I honestly can’t remember the last time we had a new release week so tiny! But the good news is there are great titles still to be found. Let’s kick off the week with the newest film from Pixar and Disney, Turning Red. Mei Lee (Rosalie Chiang) is a proudly dorky 13 year old girl living in Toronto. Constantly torn between being a dutiful daughter and growing into her own personality, Mei finds herself in a totally new predicament. Whenever she gets too riled up, she turns into a giant red panda. Not knowing what is happening, Mei finds out that it is a family thing, that all females in her lineage turn into pandas when in a state of high emotion. Now Mei must learn to deal with her new situation while also facing the challenges of every 13 year old – growing up.
Pixar very rarely disappoints and I am happy to report Turning Red is another instant classic. Not only is it set in our very own Toronto, but the memorable characters all represent Asian people, families, culture and lives, which is refreshing. It also presents a rarely represented relationship between a mother and daughter, both the positives and negatives. On top of all that, there are plenty of laughs to be had making for another great Pixar story for the whole family. But maybe especially if you happen to have a young teenage daughter. Turning Red is very highly recommended.
Next up this week is the newest film featuring Liam Neeson, Blacklight. Neeson plays Travis Block, a fixer, bringing in undercover agents who are in unstable or tricky situations. But when Travis finds out FBI Director Gabriel Robinson (Aidan Quinn), whom he has worked with for years, is hatching a plot that targets US citizens, he must go rogue to stop him and save his daughter and granddaughter from Robinson’s clutches.
Neeson has been on a roll the past few years, cranking out 2-3 solid action thrillers per year. Blacklight is another solid entry to add to the list. Full of everything you expect from a Neeson thriller, Blacklight has tons of great action sequences, some sly humor, and lots of trademark Liam Neeson one liners. You go into Neeson films nowadays knowing exactly what to expect and every time, Neeson delivers. If you are looking for pure popcorn fun, look no further.
Also of note this week is the excellent new thriller The Outfit with Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch and Dylan O'Brien, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan, and the 4K debut of the Joe Carnahan action classic Smokin’ Aces.
Until next week movie lovers, stay safe!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday May 3, 2022
Constantine: The House of Mystery (2021-2022)
Dinosaur World (2020)
King Otto (2021)
Mr. Jones (2019)
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)*
Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)*
Smokin' Aces (2006) 4K
The Good Fight: Season Five
The Outfit (2022)
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021)
Turning Red (2022)