Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DVD Outlook: November 2015

Another month is upon us and that means there's a fresh new slate of movie titles available on DVD, Blu-Ray and multiple other viewing platforms. And although October's offerings marked the release of my favorite film of 2015 (so far), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, November also unveils a strong collection of noteworthy movies. Here are my top picks for this month:

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - 3 stars out of 4 - (Read my full review here)

Renowned auteur Guy Ritchie returned earlier this year with the espionage action-comedy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the result was one of his most superior films to date. Set during the Cold War in the early 1960s, CIA agent Solo (Henry Cavill) must reluctantly join forces with a Russian KGB operative (Armie Hammer) in order to bring down a sinister organization hoping to mass produce nuclear weapons. Ritchie finds a winning formula as he successfully blends together swift car chases, immaculate fighting sequences and laugh out loud humor. A stellar, albeit it quasi-unoriginal, story is told through exceptional performances from the film's pair of leading men and co-star, Alicia Vikander, who has had herself quite the year. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is the most fun I've had watching a movie in a long time, so check it out. (November 17th)

The End of the Tour - 3 stars out of 4 - (Read my full review here)

Every now and again you encounter a movie that strikes a chord with you on a personal level. There's obviously something profound and existential surrounding James Ponsoldt's wonderful drama, The End of the Tour. Adapted from writer David Lipsky's bestselling novel, the film follows Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) on his five-day traveling interview with acclaimed author, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), during the end of the book tour for Wallace's iconic literary masterpiece, Infinite Jest. To experience The End of the Tour is to take a personal journey of self discovery through the insight of deep-thinker, David Foster Wallace. Mainly a subtle examination of human interaction, the film's dialogue will send your mind into a glorious tailspin that sustains itself long after its conclusion. I'll admit that The End of the Tour isn't a movie experience for everyone, but it's the perfect experience for many. (November 3rd)

Inside Out - Not Yet Rated - (No review available)

It's very rare that I go out on a limb and recommend a movie I haven't seen yet, however Disney-Pixar's Inside Out circumvents the norm. With a finished product that's been so highly touted that even some Oscar prognosticators give the animated feature a fighting chance at a rare Best Picture nomination, this clearer puts Inside Out immediately on my radar. The movie follows a young girl named Riley who moves from the midwest to San Francisco and her inner emotions (each uniquely personified) struggle adjusting to a new life. With every intention of catching the movie as soon as I can, such overwhelmingly positive reviews should make Inside Out a film you go out of your way to watch. (November 3rd)

Honorable Mention: The highly marketed comedy Vacation (11/3) introduces Ed Helms as the patriarch of the newest faction of the Griswold family. The franchise continuing Terminator Genisys (11/10) is also available this month. Amy Schumer goes from stand-up to the big screen in comedy director Judd Apatow's latest, Trainwreck (11/10). Finally, a pair of standout independent films are released in November as well. Sir Ian McKellan stars as an elderly and retired Sherleck Holmes who returns for one more mystery in Mr. Holmes (11/10), and you can take a look at the controversial true story of The Stanford Prison Experiment (11/17).

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