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A family (including Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) is targeted by a deadly alien force in this sci-fi/horror mash-up directed by Scott Stewart (Legion). It didn't make much of an impression on critics or moviegoers, but neither did anything else released on DVD this slow Memorial Day week.
|More movie releases on May 28, 2013|
|35||Dorfman in Love Sara Rue, Elliott Gould||Add to Queue|
|The Grass is Greener (1960) Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr|
|Life Is Sweet (1990) Criterion Collection|
|76||Lore German drama||Add to Queue|
|40||The Numbers Station John Cusack||Add to Queue|
|Rolling Thunder (1977) William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Beetlejuice Complete series|
|Covert Affairs Season 3|
|Doctor Who Series 7, Part 2|
|67||Longmire Season 1|
|48||Red Widow Season 1|
|Suits Season 2|
If you're like us, you'll be spending the summer re-watching the entire run of Breaking Bad prior to the airing of the acclaimed drama's final eight episodes (beginning August 11th on AMC). If, for some reason, you have yet to watch the show, the early release of season five means that you have no reason not to catch up; remember, 99's aren't exactly a regular occurrence around here.
Blame the foreign markets. There was certainly nothing good about this fifth (and easily worst-reviewed) installment in the Die Hard series, which finds Bruce Willis' John McClane in Russia, where he spends a day battling terrorists and hardly dying with the help of his grown son Jack (Jai Courtney). Critics panned the film as a "bewildering mess," and it tanked at the domestic box office. Yet nearly $240 million in foreign grosses means that yet another installment (tentatively titled Die Hardest) is now in development. Die hard, indeed.
This high concept R-rated comedy finds criminal Melissa McCarthy stealing the identity of clueless Jason Bateman, who then tracks her down; the result is yet another odd couple road trip movie, and one that critics didn't seem to like much (with most finding it wholly or partially unfunny). Yet distributor Universal was laughing all the way to the bank; the film was enough of a hit that a sequel is in the works.
Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the zombie rom-com comes from 50/50 director Jonathan Levine and stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, and John Malkovich. Critics gave it a surprisingly warm reception, though note that the emphasis here is definitely on romance, rather than horror.
|More movie releases on June 4, 2013|
|Aroused Documentary||Add to Queue|
|77||Brooklyn Castle Documentary||Add to Queue|
|Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) Richard Carlson, Julie Adams|
|Earthquake (1974) Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner|
|35||Escape From Planet Earth Animated sci-fi comedy||Add to Queue|
|The Invisible Man (1933) Claude Rains|
|57||It's a Disaster David Cross, Julia Stiles||Add to Queue|
|45||The Last Ride Biopic about singer-songwriter Hank Williams||Add to Queue|
|42||Mental Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber||Add to Queue|
|Midway (1976) Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda|
|The Mummy (1932) Boris Karloff|
|The Odd Couple (1968) Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau|
|Rope (1948) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock|
|The Shadow (1994) Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Adventure Time Seasons 1 & 2 (separate sets)|
|Combat! Season 3|
|64||Falling Skies Season 2|
|Ice Road Truckers Season 6|
|64||Major Crimes Season 1|
|Mountain Men Season 1|
|Pretty Little Liars Season 3|
|Rawhide Season 6, Vols. 1 & 2|
|Vexed Series 2|
|Wilfred [Australian version] Complete series|
One of several adult-oriented fairy tale projects to hit theaters in 2013 (see elsewhere on this page), Witch Hunters plays the classic Hansel and Gretel story as an R-rated horror-comedy-adventure, with the action picking up 15 years after the events you read about as a child; the siblings (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) are now a bounty-hunting tandem hired to target an evil sorceress (Famke Janssen). (For some reason, though, they have modern weaponry.) The film's release was delayed for a year, but perhaps it should have stayed on the shelf; critics found that it failed on pretty much every level. Wrote The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, "This movie is a case in point. It's a film which is so demeaningly bad, so utterly without merit, that there is a kind of purity in its awfulness." (Not the film's worst review, by the way.)
Netflix's first major original series (now arriving on DVD/Blu-ray for those folks not signed up with the streaming service) is a bleak political thriller that's a loose remake of the acclaimed British miniseries of the same name. This House of Cards comes from director/producer David Fincher (The Social Network) and writer Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), reportedly working with a $100 million budget. Kevin Spacey produces and stars as a ruthless U.S. congressman with White House aspirations; he's joined in the cast by Robin Wright and Kate Mara, though the real star is the relatively unknown Corey Stoll, who quickly impressed critics. Note that the above Metascore is based on reviews for the first few episodes only; we have also compiled subsequent reviews for the season as a whole. A second season is expected next year.
One of the highest grossing films of 2013 so far, Oz is a $200 million, visually dazzling, 3D prequel to the story told in 1939's The Wizard of Oz, and director Sam Raimi's first film since 2009's Drag Me to Hell (and first big-budget production since his Spider-Man trilogy). James Franco stars as the title character (who is shown as a younger man, rising from his humble beginnings as a small-time Kansas magician), while Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz play the witches. Critics found little great about the film, with many feeling that Franco was miscast.
Aiming to be just that, Wrong is the latest surreal oddity from Rubber director Quentin Dupieux. The absurdist comedy features a story loosely revolving around a man searching for his missing dog, though that isn't entirely relevant. Critics were divided (as they were for Dupieux's previous film), with some dismissing it as "weird for weirdness's sake" but others much more amused.
|More movie releases on June 11, 2013|
|71||11 Flowers Chinese drama||Add to Queue|
|76||Dead Man's Burden Western||Add to Queue|
|29||Driven (2001) Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds|
|Enter the Dragon (1973) 40th anniversary edition|
|52||Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder Documentary||Add to Queue|
|34||Knife Fight Rob Lowe, Julie Bowen||Add to Queue|
|40||Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Documentary||Add to Queue|
|Rockshow (1980) Paul McCartney and Wings concert film (new full-length cut)|
|52||Snitch Dwayne Johnson, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon||Add to Queue|
|57||The Taste of Money Korean drama||Add to Queue|
|Wild Strawberries (1957) Criterion Collection (Blu-ray release)|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Burn Notice Season 6|
|The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 3|
|Fairly Legal Season 2|
|Ghost Hunters Season 8 Part 2|
|In the Heat of the Night Season 8|
|57||Killing Lincoln TV movie|
|Misfits Season 3|
|Necessary Roughness Season 2|
|57||The Newsroom Season 1|
|Perry Mason Season 9 Vol. 1|
|The Philadelphia Experiment Syfy TV movie (remake of the 1980s film)|
|Rizzoli & Isles Season 3|
|Tosh.0 Vol. 3|
|Wagon Train Season 8|
|61||Wedding Band Complete series|
|The Wild Thornberrys Season 3|
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, writers of the original The Hangover (you know, the good one), step behind the camera for the first time, and the results are disappointing for all ages. The raunchy comedy features a similar compressed time frame, centering on a student who goes out to celebrate his 21st birthday with a pair of friends the night before a big exam, though critics found a major lack of originality, humor, and intelligence.
Bryan Singer's first directing gig since Valkyrie in 2008 is a CGI-heavy take on the classic fairy tales "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Jack the Giant Killer." Slayer stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as Jack, and he's joined in the cast by Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, and Ewan McGregor. The delayed film was preceded by poor early buzz, was met by indifferent reviews, and went on to become one of the year's biggest box office flops. But, hey, here it is.
No relation to the 1981 film of the same name that also starred Maggie Smith, this Quartet is the directorial debut for 75-year-old Dustin Hoffman and is based on a play by Ronald Harwood (who also wrote the film's screenplay). Smith stars as an opera singer whose arrival at a retirement home disrupts the lives of her peers. Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Michael Gambon also star.
Called "the best new show you haven't watched" by our sister site TV.com, this six-episode drama (recently renewed for a longer second season) is the Sundance Channel's first original drama series and comes from a few of the producers behind Breaking Bad (Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson). Created by actor Ray McKinnon (Deadwood), Rectify stars Aden Young as a wrongly convicted prisoner who is set free after two decades on death row and must readjust to life in the outside world. Critics had mostly raves for a series that is short on action but works as a deep, engaging character study.
This Hitchcockian thriller marked the English-language debut for director Chan-wook Park, best known for his cult hit Oldboy (currently being remade by Spike Lee). This creepy look at a young girl’s coming of age stars Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode, and serves as the screenwriting debut for actor Wentworth Miller. Stoker divided critics when it debuted at Sundance in January, and further split them upon release in March, though more critics liked the film than didn't.
|More movie releases on June 18, 2013|
|39||The Brass Teapot Juno Temple, Michael Angarano||Add to Queue|
|44||Come Out and Play Horror||Add to Queue|
|The Howling (1981) Collector's edition|
|36||The Last Exorcism Part II Ashley Bell||Add to Queue|
|36||Let My People Go! Comedy||Add to Queue|
|Marketa Lazarova (1967) Criterion Collection|
|19||Movie 43 Comedy anthology||Add to Queue|
|Safety Last! (1923) Criterion Collection|
|62||Supporting Characters Comedy||Add to Queue|
|Things to Come (1936) Criterion Collection|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Body of Proof Season 3|
|Call the Midwife Season 2|
|Drop Dead Diva Season 4|
|Fraggle Rock Season 4|
|80||Web Therapy Season 2|
|56||Wilfred [U.S. version] Season 2|
|Workaholics Season 3|
Halle Berry stars in this creepy but rather routine thriller as a 911 operator who attempts to save a kidnapped girl (Abigail Breslin) who phones for help. The film comes from director Brad Anderson, who has done superior work in the past (most notably, 2008's Transsiberian)
Veteran TV director Don Scardino (30 Rock) returned to feature directing for the first time in nearly 15 years with this PG-13 comedy about rival magicians penned by the team behind Horrible Bosses. Steve Carell stars as a Vegas magician who attempts to enlist his former partner (Steve Buscemi) to regain his mojo after a street magician (Jim Carrey) becomes the most popular act in town. Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini also star. Don't expect anything incredible here; reviewers found it funny in parts but mostly let down by its script.
If there's any movie to say yes to this week, it's this entertaining, based-on-a-true-story drama from director Pablo Larraín, nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. The film stars Gael García Bernal as an ad man who attempts to bring down Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1980s, through a clever advertising campaign. Critics mostly loved it, though a few complained about the intentionally shoddy look of the film, which was designed to mimic 1980s-era videotape.
|More movie releases on June 25, 2013|
|Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984) Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm|
|82||In the Family Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John||Add to Queue|
|Into the White Rupert Grint||Add to Queue|
|68||A Place at the Table Documentary||Add to Queue|
|99||Shoah (1985) Criterion Collection|
|43||Upside Down Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess||Add to Queue|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|CSI: NY Season 9|
|Inspector Lewis Series 6|
|MADtv Season 3|
|Nova: Australia's First 4 Billion Years PBS special|
|Peter Gunn Season 2|