As we wallow in one of the rainiest spring’s in many years, at least we have a nice selection of releases this week to keep us busy. We start off with Fighting with my Family. Based on a true story, Fighting with my Family follows Saraya (Florence Pugh) and her brother Zak (Jack Lowden) teach wrestling classes to kids at their family's wrestling gym and also perform as part of an amateur wrestling league run by their father Patrick (Nick Frost) and their mother Julia (Lena Headey). When both of them are selected to try out for the WWE, their dreams take different paths as Saraya gets selected but Zak is not. As Saraya, now going by the name of Paige, navigates the viciously competitive world of professional wrestling while Zak copes with his disappointment and depression.
Fighting with my Family is based on the true story of pro wrestler Paige and is a fun, authentic, funny and inspiring story that will please all ages. There are lots of great inspiring moments to teach the kids some valuable lessons, but adult wrestling fans and even non-fans won’t be able to resist the charm of the story and the excellent cast including Dwayne Johnson portraying himself and actually producing as well. Very highly recommended.
Next up is the sequel to the surprise 2017 hit Happy Death Day, aptly titled Happy Death Day 2U. Jessica Rothe reprises her role as Tree Gelbman, who finds herself once again having to live her birthday over and over again but this time it is her boyfriend Carter’s (Israel Broussard) roommate Ryan (Phi Vu) who claims he is experiencing the repeating day. So together they must figure out why the day is repeating again and how they can possibly stop it and get back to their original lives.
Happy Death Day was a well-deserved hit with fantastic performances, hilarious situations, really fun horror elements and brilliant sci fi themes. Surprisingly Happy Death Day 2U holds up just as well as the original with even more twists and turns, some great death set ups and tons of laughs, maybe even more this time around. A few scenes go a little far into the silliness but it never takes away from the fun.
Lastly this week is a new martial arts epic, Triple Threat. When Xian, a Chinese billionaire’s daughter (Celina Jade) uses her influence to take down a crime syndicate, the criminals won’t go down without a fight and dispatch a team of assassins to take her out. But when fate intervenes and three men (Tony Jaa, Tiger Chen and Iko Uwais) are forced to work together to save Xian and get vengeance on the syndicate that has affected all of their lives.
Triple Threat is kind of a martial arts version of The Expendables if you will. In addition to Jaa, Chen and Uwais the film also features Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White and Jeejee Yanin and the action, especially in the last third of the movie is just incredible. Watching these masters fight each other with some unbelievable choreography is quite a treat and does not disappoint. If martial arts is your thing you really can’t go wrong with Triple Threat.
Also of note this week is the new Liam Neeson action-fest Cold Pursuit, the documentary Apollo 11 and the Blu-ray debut of the classic thriller The Eyes of Laura Mars.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday May 14, 2019
A Killer Awaits
Beer League (2006)* - MVD Marquee Collection
Bigfoot Blood Trap
Bigfoot Exists 3 pack
Boogie Boy (1998)*
Conduct Unbecoming (1975)*
Eyes of Laura Mars*
Field of Dreams 30th Anniversary 4K
Fighting with My Family - Director's Cut
Funny Games - Criterion Collection
Ghosts of Mars*
Happy Death Day 2U
House of Games* - Criterion Collection
Invasion of the Bee Girls
Mortuary (2005)* - MVD Marquee Collection
Mr. Peabody & Sherman: The Complete Collection
Never Grow Old
Never Look Away
Power: The Complete Fifth Season
Quartermass 2 (1957)*
Quartermass and the Pit (1967)*
The Bedroom Window (1987)*
The Big Clock (1948)*
The Big White (2005)* - MVD Marquee Collection
The Chosen (1977)*
The Four Feathers
The Jurassic Dead
The Landlord (1970)*
The Least of These
The Lone Ranger: Seasons 1 & 2
The Shape of Now
This Gun for Hire (1942)*
Valentine: The Dark Avenger
Wakaliwood Supa Action Volume 1: Who Killed Captain Alex? + Bad Black
WWE: Andre the Giant
*Catalog Blu-ray debut