A mixed week with tons of smaller indie releases and a couple of big screen titles including Deadpool. But really, in a week with Deadpool you don’t need much else. These are your new releases for May 10, 2016.
First up this week is one of the most unusual, original and entertaining superhero movies I’ve ever seen, Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces operative working as a mercenary in New York City when he finds out he has terminal cancer. But after being approached by a recruiter from a secret program, Wade is given an experimental cure for his condition that horribly disfigures him but gives him extraordinary abilities. Now on a mission to find the man who disfigured him, he assumes the identity of masked vigilante Deadpool.
Deadpool is so hilarious, so inventive, so action packed and so original there is no way I could have been prepared for it. Reynolds was born to play the role of the wise cracking, potty mouthed anti-hero and does so with great relish and charisma. The film even breaks the fourth wall with Deadpool constantly talking to the audience about what is going on in the film. Not only does this add a new level to the film but it makes the jokes that much funnier. And even if you are only in it for the action Deadpool will not disappoint with epic fight scenes and gun battles that hold up to any superhero movie with twice the budget. Do yourself a favor and find out what all the hype is about, it is a rare example of a film that lives up to it.
Next up this week is The Boy. Lauren Cohan, Maggie from The Walking Dead, stars as Greta, a young American woman escaping an abusive relationship by taking a job as a nanny in a remote English village only to discover that the elderly couple’s 8 year old son is actually a life sized doll that they treat as if it was a real boy. But when the couple leave for their holiday, Greta starts to experience strange occurrences involving the doll making her question if the doll is in fact just an inanimate object.
The Boy is a very cool retro horror flick that is very well constructed in the arc of its storytelling. Cohan is very good as the strong willed woman who ends up questioning reality when it comes to the strange doll. Director William Brent Bell, who directed the movie The Devil Inside, which was a hit but critically lambasted (although I loved it), does a great job of building the tension to almost unbearable levels and deftly guiding the expectations of the audience. The Boy is great fun with solid twists and turns, a solid horror flick worth checking out.
Lastly this week is a new movie from director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others) called Regression. Ethan Hawke stars as Bruce Kenner, a detective in 1990 Minnesota investigating a case of abuse in which a man admits to assaulting his daughter Angela (Emma Watson) but has no recollection of the events. With the help of a psychoanalyst (David Thewlis) they use experimental regression techniques to regain the father’s memories and uncover what really happened.
As with Amenábar’s film The Others, Regression is a film filled with heavy atmosphere and built up tension. The cast including Hawke, Watson, Thewlis and Aaron Ashmore are excellent, the look of the film is dark and brooding and the story is well constructed and definitely keeps the audience guessing as to what is really going on. Part horror, part thriller and part mystery, Regression is an excellent whodunit.
Also of note this week is The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season One, the Blu-ray debut of the little known 70s thriller You’ll Like My Mother with Patty Duke, and a new sci-fi thriller Synchronicity.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday May 10, 2016
Adventures of Captain Marvel
Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti
Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs
Beauty and the Beast: The Third Season
Bubble Guppies: Fun on the Farm
For Men Only
Garden of Evil*
Gingerdeadman 3: Saturday Night Cleaver
Have Gun Will Travel: The Complete Series
I Could Go On Singing*
In a Lonely Place – Criterion Collection*
Jezebeth 2: Hour of the Gun
Killjoys: Season One
Lawrence & Holloman
Lego Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood
Manson’s Lost Girls
Newhart: Season Five
Purim: The Lot
School for Sex
The Bourne Trilogy
The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season One
The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane*
The Perfume of the Lady in Black
The Untouchables: The Complete Series
Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Season One
War & Peace
You’ll Like My Mother*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut