All movies are 2015/16 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVD | Blu-ray | Both Blu-ray and DVD
Tilda Swinton reunites with her I Am Love director for this remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 film La Piscine. In this simple but effective tale, Swinton plays a rock star whose idyllic Italian island vacation with her filmmaker boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) is disrupted by her ex-boyfriend (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson).
A fine pairing of material with director, this comedic adaptation of Jane Austen’s early novella Lady Susan reunites director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Damsels in Distress) with his The Last Days of Disco stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny. Beckinsale delivers a scene-stealing performance as Lady Susan Vernon, a widow scheming to find suitors for herself and her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), while Sevigny is an American who is her best (and maybe only) friend, Stephen Fry plays Sevigny’s husband, and Tom Bennet plays a rich but dim-witted potential husband. It's one of this year's best films to date.
Susan Sarandon stars as Marnie Minervini, the meddler of the title, in the latest from writer-director Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). In this modest but charming dramedy, Marnie is a recent widow who moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne). J.K. Simmons, Lucy Punch, Billy Magnussen, Casey Wilson, Cecily Strong and Jason Ritter round out the cast.
In this only somewhat successful thriller that unfolds in real time, George Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a Jim Cramer-esque financial cable host who is taken hostage on live TV by an angry investor played by Jack O’Connell (Starred Up). Helping to defuse the situation and uncover the truth behind the crash of a high-tech stock is Gates’ producer (Julia Roberts). Also starring Caitriona Balfe, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito, and Greta Lee, this is Jodie Foster’s fourth film in the director’s chair following The Beaver, Home for the Holidays and Little Man Tate.
Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second narrative feature surprised critics (in a good way) when it showed in Venice and Toronto last fall. Coming just a year after he found festival success with his first feature, August Winds, Neon Bull takes viewers into the world of vaquejada, a traditional sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls down by their tails. (Don't try this at home.) The elliptical narrative focuses on Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), who designs outfits for dancers in his spare time while dreaming of making fashion his vocation.
The true-crime analogue to American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series (created with Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski of The People vs. Larry Flynt fame) spends its entire, excellent first season focusing on the 1994-95 murder trial of O.J. Simpson. The cast is (with a few possible exceptions) almost uniformly excellent. Sarah Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark, joined by David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J., John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey, Bruce Greenwood as Gil Garcetti, and Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran—and those are just some of the recognizable faces—plus breakout star Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden. Critics loved it, and Emmy voters did too: it received 22 nominations this year, second only to Game of Thrones.
|More movie releases on September 6, 2016|
|Buddymoon COMEDY | David Giuntoli|
|Compadres ACTION/COMEDY | Omar Chaparro, Joey Morgan|
|Daddy Long Legs (1955) MUSICAL | Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron|
|The Darkness HORROR/THRILLER | Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell|
|Equals SCI-FI/DRAMA | Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart|
|From Afar FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Genius DRAMA | Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman|
|The Iron Giant (1999) ANIMATION (Director's cut)|
|Night Train to Munich (1940) Criterion Collection Blu-ray release|
|Nina DRAMA/MUSIC | Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo|
|Now You See Me 2 THRILLER | Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson|
|The Ones Below THRILLER | Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey|
|Tale Of Tales FANTASY | Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly|
|Urge THRILLER | Justin Chatwin, Pierce Brosnan|
|What Happened, Miss Simone? DOCUMENTARY/MUSIC|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Center Stage: On Pointe TV MOVIE|
|Charlie's Angels COMPLETE SERIES SET|
|Coach SEASONS 1 & 2|
|CSI: Cyber SEASON 2|
|The Flash SEASON 2|
|Friday the 13th: The Series COMPLETE SERIES SET|
|The Hunt MINISERIES|
|Limitless SEASON 1|
|Necessary Roughness COMPLETE SERIES SET|
|Rectify SEASON 3|
|South Park SEASON 19|
|Supernatural SEASON 11|
|Tales from the Darkside COMPLETE SERIES SET|
One of the highest-scoring Marvel films to date (and this year's best comic book film so far) is this third Captain America film, which kicks off Marvel's Phase 3 while picking up after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Returning directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) have a huge cast to work with, including regulars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., William Hurt, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily VanCamp, and Paul Rudd, plus newcomers Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and Tom Holland (who makes his debut as Spider-Man).
James Wan (Furious 7) directs this sequel to his 2013 horror hit The Conjuring. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return for a new story based on the Enfield Poltergeist. Reviews were comparable to those for the first film, so if you liked that one, you should like this too.
Quick: Name the best-reviewed movie released so far in 2016. Yes, it's this under-the-radar indie drama (unless you caught a screening at Sundance or Venice, in which case you already know how good it is). Director Anna Rose Holmer’s feature narrative debut is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni (Royalty Hightower), a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End.
One of this summer's more notable box office flops (despite fairly good reviews and a good reception among moviegoers who saw the film), the Lonely Island's spoof of modern pop stardom follows clueless singer/rapper Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) as his sophomore album flops, forcing him to reunite with his old boy band.
|More movie releases on September 13, 2016|
|Marauders ACTION/THRILLER | Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier|
|The Measure of a Man FOREIGN/DRAMA | Directed by Stéphane Brizé|
|Standing Tall FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) Criterion Collection release|
|Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) COMEDY | Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda|
|Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman 25-film Criterion Collection Blu-ray set|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Back to the Future (The Animated Series) SEASON 2|
|The Big Bang Theory SEASON 9|
|Chicago PD SEASON 3|
|The Doctor Blake Mysteries SEASON 2|
|Empire SEASON 2|
|Father Brown SEASON 3 PART 2|
|Hawaii Five-0 SEASON 6|
|Law & Order: SVU SEASON 17|
|Longmire SEASON 4|
|Madam Secretary SEASON 2|
|Newhart SEASON 6|
|Quantico SEASON 1|
|Scorpion SEASON 2|
|Suspects SERIES 3/4|
Another unsuccessful summer release, Gary Ross’ first directorial effort since The Hunger Games tells the true story of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey) and his rebellion that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell also star. Critics found this period drama well-meaning but largely unsuccessful as entertainment.
|More movie releases on September 20, 2016|
|Beauty and the Beast (1991) 25th Anniversary Edition|
|The Blackout Experiments DOCUMENTARY/HORROR|
|Blood Simple (1984) Criterion Collection release|
|Cat People (1942) Criterion Collection release|
|Colliding Dreams DOCUMENTARY|
|The Enemy Below (1957) ACTION-ADVENTURE | Robert Mitchum|
|High Noon (1952) WESTERN | Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly (new restoration)|
|Johnny Guitar (1954) WESTERN | Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden (new restoration)|
|Labyrinth (1986) 30th Anniversary Edition|
|Ma Ma FOREIGN/DRAMA | Penélope Cruz|
|Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising COMEDY | Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron|
|Pele: Birth of a Legend DRAMA/SPORTS|
|Sacrifice THRILLER | Radha Mitchell, Rupert Graves|
|Sunday Ball DOCUMENTARY|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ACTION/COMEDY | Will Arnett|
|Under the Sun FOREIGN/DOCUMENTARY|
|Wedding Doll FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|2 Broke Girls SEASON 5|
|Blue Bloods SEASON 6|
|Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders SEASON 1|
|Doctor Who SERIES 8 PART 1|
|The Good Wife SEASON 7|
|Gunsmoke SEASON 12 (VOLS. 1 & 2)|
|Midsomer Murders SERIES 18|
|Modern Family SEASON 7|
|The Originals SEASON 3|
|Rookie Blue COMPLETE SERIES SET|
Dekalog [The Decalogue] (1989)
A major achievement in a career filled with them, The Decalogue comes from legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski. Originally airing as a TV miniseries in his home country (and occasionally screened in theaters around the world), The Decalogue consists of 10 one-hour films, each one loosely revolving around modern-day moral issues raised by one of the Ten Commandments. (The films—mostly dramas, save for one more comedic hour—are meant to be viewed independently, as there is little overlap between them other than a common setting.) This Criterion Collection release features new restorations of all of the films (including longer cuts of two of the chapters), as well as interviews, a book, and more.
New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi’s follow-up to cult comedy hit What We Do in the Shadows is an adaptation of Barry Crump’s novel Wild Pork And Watercress. The well-reviewed film follows Ricky (Julian Dennison), a city kid who warms to his new foster family, Aunt Bella and Uncle Hec (Rima Te Wiata and Sam Neill), even though they live in the New Zealand countryside. Unfortunately for Ricky, foster care threatens to move him to a new home, so he and Uncle Hec flee into the bush.
While its critical reception at Cannes was an improvement on that of 2013’s Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest feature failed to match the accolades of Drive (for which he won best director in 2011). Starring Elle Fanning as Jesse, a model whose youth and vitality are preyed upon by the Los Angeles fashion industry, this modern horror story features plenty of Refn’s hyper-stylized imagery as well as his predilection to shock (think cannibalism, necrophilia, and more). Reviews are all over the map, ranging from "hot garbage" to "magnificent."
Blake Lively must become “self-reliant” when she’s attacked by a great white shark and stranded 200 yards from the shore. (Either that, or she becomes "lunch.") Stalked by the shark, she devises a plan to remain alive. This survival thriller is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night) from a Black List script by Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on 7th Street). It is indeed shallow, according to critics, but it nevertheless offers some escapist fun.
The world is still waiting for the first good videogame movie. This latest failed attempt—based on Blizzard's long-running fantasy videogame series—comes from director Duncan Jones, who previously did much better work with Source Code and Moon. Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, and Dominic Cooper star. A slight box office dud despite setting records as the highest-grossing videogame movie of all time (again, why do they keep making these things?), Warcraft was envisioned as potentially kicking off a film series, but the results would suggest that a sequel may not happen anytime soon.
|More movie releases on September 27, 2016|
|An American Werewolf in London (1981) Restored edition|
|Cell SCI-FI/THRILLER | John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson|
|Central Intelligence ACTION/COMEDY | Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart|
|City of Gold DOCUMENTARY|
|Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words DOCUMENTARY|
|The Innocents FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates COMEDY | Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|The Catch SEASON 1|
|Grimm SEASON 5|
|Indian Summers SEASON 2|
|Reign SEASON 3|
|Ripper Street SEASON 4|
|The Wonder Years SEASON 6|
More on home video