Sunday, September 3, 2017

DVD Outlook: September 2017

After a disappointing crop of titles arrived to DVD and streaming last month (August's suggestions), September rebounds with a stellar set of top tier selections. Whether you're looking for some legitimate laughs, a mysterious thriller, or an action-packed superhero flick, there's something for everyone available this month. Here's a look at the new release:

The Big Sick - 3 stars out of 4 - (Read my rapid review here)

Judd Apatow produces The Big Sick, a hysterical and moving dramedy that stands as one of the early year's finest films. Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani stars as an amateur comedian who falls hard for Emily (Zoe Kazan), despite his Pakistani family's intention of arranging a marriage for him. There's so much heart and humor weaved into Nanjiani and his real-life wife, Emily V. Gordon's semi-autobiographical screenplay. The Big Sick admittedly suffers from an over-extended third act, but Apatow's return to a comedy-first approach proves to be a winning formula. (September 19th)

It Comes at Night - 3 stars out of 4 - (Read my rapid review here)

One of the most inaccurately marketed films of the year is Trey Edward Schults' It Comes at Night. Angling for a horror audience, this modestly budgeted indie gem is really an intensifying psychological thriller. A former history teacher (Joel Edgerton) is in full survival mode keeping his wife and son safe from a mysterious fatal illness outside of their boarded-up home. But when a desperate man shows up on their property, a combination of resources finds two families forced to live under the same roof with these looming conditions just beyond their walls. Paranoia and tension mount beautifully in It Comes at Night, but expecting a scary horror entry will result in immense disappointment. Yet, if you're eager to watch an artistic psychological thriller that unfolds at a gripping pace, Trey Edward Schults provides a worthwhile watch. (September 12th)

Wonder Woman - 3 stars out of 4 - (Read my rapid review here)

Release after release, DC Comics felt a pummeling from the brilliantly crafted Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, now the DC has found its cornerstone to build off of with Patty Jenkins' wildly effective origin film, Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot is hypnotic as Diana, a princess warrior of the Amazons who, with the help of a stranded pilot (Chris Pine), thrusts herself into the first World War to help save the world from defeat. Wonder Woman provides breakneck action, immaculately choreographed fight sequences and perfectly-timed humor that helps make the film a quintessential summer blockbuster and backbone for the DC film universe. (September 19th)

Honorable Mention: A trio of new releases this month that I've reviewed include the female-centric comedy Rough Night (9/5), the shark infested waters thriller 47 Meters Down (9/26), and Selma Hayek's indie drama Beatriz at Dinner (9/12). Indie horror sensation Raw (9/5) arrives in September, as does the military drama Megan Leavey (9/5). Finally, a few critically panned films are also available such as the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me (9/5), Tom Cruise's The Mummy (9/12), and newest installment Transformers: The Last Knight (9/26).

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