July keeps on truckin’ starting with one of the biggest surprise hits of the year so far, A Quiet Place. After Earth has been overrun by lethal extraterrestrial creatures with incredibly sensitive hearing, those who survived now live lives of silence as they try to live each new day amongst the roaming creatures. Lee and Evelyn Abbott (John Krasinski and Emily Blunt) and their children have survived so for twelve months on a carefully constructed farm where they live in absolute silence. But with Evelyn expecting a new baby, they must come up with a plan that will ensure all of their survival.

A Quiet Place was directed and co-written by Krasinski and being his first major motion picture directing gig, he has created a phenomenal piece of cinema. Utilizing sound, and the lack of it, to amazing effect, the filmmakers created a film like none I can think of before it. When viewed with an audience it is amazing how quiet they all are, most people even hesitating to eat or drink for fear of interrupting the silence. Even aside from the brilliant premise, A Quiet Place is a beautifully written and acted exercise in tension. The whole cast are fantastically believable and relatable, the pace is quick and at times breathtaking, and the cinematography gorgeous. This is a movie that absolutely lives up to the hype, check it out as soon as possible.

Next up is a new Criterion Collection edition of one of the most loved sports movies ever made, Bull Durham. Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) is the Durham Bulls biggest follower. In fact, Annie likes to take a new player under her wing every year. And often into her bed. When she starts her new season affair with the childish Nuke (Tim Robbins), she also finds herself drawn to a veteran catcher brought in to train Nuke, Crash Davis (Kevin Costner). The intertwining relationships of the team members and the effect Annie has on them all affects the entire season, it’s just a matter of whether it is for better or worse.

Bull Durham was written and directed by former minor leaguer Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup) and his knowledge of the sport shows through in every word and frame. Costner really broke through after this memorable role as did Tim Robbins, and Sarandon gave one of her best performances. A perfect balance of humor, sports and romance, Bull Durham is a true classic. The new Criterion Collection edition boasts a great collection of special features and a brand new 4K transfer making your upgrade well worth it.

Also of note this week is the new Nicolas Cage heist thriller 211, Chappaquiddick starring Jason Clarke, Ed Helms and Jim Gaffigan, and the Blu-ray debut of the horror cult classic Who Can Kill a Child? 

Until next week movie lovers.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday July 10, 2018


A Bill of Divorcement*

A Ciambra

A Quiet Place

All Strippers Must Die!

Bigger Fatter Liar*

Blue Desert

Born Losers*

Bring It On Again*

Bring It On: All or Nothing*

Bring It On: In It to Win It*

Bull Durham* - Criterion Collection

Casual Sex?*


Cop and a Half: New Recruit*

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards!*

Future World

Godmonster of Indian Flats*

Green Acres: The Final Season

I Am Another You

I Am Elizabeth Smart


Lean on Pete

Lionheart + Black Eagle (Van Damme Double Feature)


Modern Life is Rubbish


Puppet Master 4*

Puppet Master 5*

Rocco and his Brothers*



The Adventures of Tom Sawyer*

The Equalizer 4K

The French Way*

The Magicians: Season Three

Who Can Kill a Child?*

Women Who Kill

WWE: Then, Now, Forever: The Evolution of WWE’s Women’s Division

*Catalog Blu-ray debut