June continues with one of the biggest hits of the year, Captain Marvel. After crash landing on Earth, intergalactic Starforce member Vers (Brie Larson) meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) of S.H.I.E.L.D. and with enemies close behind soon discovers that she is actually human Air Force pilot Carol Danvers and was taken by the alien Kree’s years before when she crashed in an experimental aircraft. Now Carol must fully embrace her newfound powers and use them to protect the powerful Tesseract and the Earth from marauding invaders.
Captain Marvel is another big hit for Marvel. Larson is a fantastic lead as the ultra-powerful Danvers and carries the movie steadily on her shoulders. Although she is one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe, Larson keeps her grounded and relatable making her one of the most popular characters in the MCU. Captain Marvel has a great storyline, amazing action sequences, plenty of laughs and stunning special effects. I look forward to seeing more of Captain Marvel in the new phase of the MCU to come.
Next up is a new thriller out of Russia, T-34. In 1944, a courageous group of Russian POWs manage to escape captivity in a half destroyed legendary T-34 tank. As they traverse the great distance to get to safety, they must face the German army head on and use whatever means at their disposal to stop those in their way and get themselves, as well as the dilapidated tank, out of enemy territory.
T-34 is a state-funded Russian movie and one that broke all kind of records there. It does follow the same template as American movies that overplay the heroic aspects of war, but it does it very well and it is refreshing to see this type of story be told from another angle. The cast are all excellent as is the production quality with some absolutely spectacular action sequences. I think this film actually works better than similar American films like Brad Pitt’s Fury. The whole film has a bit of a throwback 80s vibe and is definitely over the top in places, but T-34 is incredibly fun and well made. Check it out if you want your action with something a little different.
Lastly this week is a new limited series from TNT, I Am the Night. Chris Pine stars as Jay Singletary, a disgraced reporter in 1950s Los Angeles who helps a teenage girl named Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) try to unravel the mystery of her past, a mystery that will lead to very unexpected answers and possibly a link to one of the most infamous murders in American history.
I Am the Night is a great modern example of film noir with a hypnotic pace, a fantastic twisty plot and stellar lead performances by Pine and especially Eisley. The characters of Fauna and Jay start off looking into their mysteries separately but their stories are eventually intertwined and start to form a much more complex web of intrigue that changes both of their lives forever. Fans of old style mysteries take note and check out I Am the Night.
Also of note this week is the new John Goodman thriller Captive State, a new 4K edition of the brilliant 13 Hours with John Krasinski, and the retro horror anthology Hi-Death.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday June 11, 2019
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 4K
60 Seconds to Die 2
Can't Stop the Music (1980)*
Devil's Kiss (1976)*
Evil Bong 666
Final Stab (2001)*
Five Feet Apart
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)*
Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II 4K
I Am the Night
Mean Girls: 15th Anniversary
Mutual Appreciation (2005)*
My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie (1975)*
Naruto Shippuden Uncut Set 38
Nemesis 5: The New Model
Orange Is the New Black: Season Six
Piranha: Limited Edition Steelbook
Resurrecting the Champ* - MVD Marquee Collection
Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home
Slaughter of the Innocents (1993)*
Swing Time (1936)* - Criterion Collection
The 27 Club
The Dark Side of the Moon (1990)*
The Entity (1982) - Collector's Edition
The Illusionist - MVD Marquee Collection
They Might Be Giants (1971)*
WWE: John Cena: Hustle, Loyalty, Respect
*Catalog Blu-ray debut