Blu-Ray Spotlight: ‘Father Figures’ Is A Family Comedy With A Ton of Heart

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Now out on Blu-ray and DVD Father Figures centers on Kyle (Ed Helms) and Peter (Owen Wilson), fraternal twins who, on their mother’s (Glenn Close) wedding learn that their late father is actually not their dad! Determined to find their biological father, the pair go on a quest where they meet several guys who could be their dad (Terry Bradshaw plays himself, JK Simmons is a criminal, and Christopher Walken is a veterinarian).

This road comedy, which if one judges by the poster, may seem like an innocuous, forgettable affair but surprisingly the flick has a ton of heart and, running at 113 minutes, a well developed storyline. Credit goes to director Lawrence Sher for making Kyle, who is a stuffy proctologist, a rather unlikable dude for a substantial portion of the narrative. Peter, a millionaire who lucked into his money (he’s the logo for a popular drink), is the more easygoing of the two, and his zest for life absolutely rubs Kyle the wrong way. Bradshaw, Simmons, and Walken all have their moments to shine, but it’s Katt Williams as a hitchhiker they pick up along the way who steals the show.

Along with being a solid and ultimately heartwarming comedy, Father Figures also has 21 minutes of deleted scenes that are featured on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions. These sequences included more moments with Glenn Close, a bonding moment between Kyle and his son, and a scene from Peter and Kyle’s childhood that establishes their rivalry. Overall, Father Figures is definitely worth a look if you’re a fan of the two leads but, more importantly, if you dig comedies that unabashedly pulls your heart strings. 

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Agatha Christie Mystery ‘Crooked House’ Hits Blu-ray In January

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Agatha Christie had a successful cinematic run this year thanks to the success of Murder on the Orient Express, and another of her works is also available as Crooked House hits Blu-ray and DVD January 16.

The tale centers on Charles Hayward (Max Irons), a former spy turned private detective who investigates the death of a wealthy patriarch. Family secrets abound during his investigation as Hayward digs deeper into the lives of a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the patriarch’s widow (Christina Hendricks) and the family’s matriarch (Glenn Close). Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the script was penned by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).

Blu-ray extras include three featurettes (Agatha Christie: A Timeless Fascination, Whodunnit? – The Characters of Crooked House, and Elegance & Innovation: The Design of Crooked House). The DVD comes with the two featurettes (the Agatha Christie segment is a Blu-ray exclusive).

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Holly Hunter To Receive Career Achievement Award At Palm Springs Fest

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Holly Hunter, who starred this year in The Big Sick, will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Film Awards Gala. Taking place January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the event will be hosted by Mary Hart.

Holly Hunter’s career is filled with many memorable performances including her Academy Award winning role in The Piano as well as other films including Broadcast News, The Firm, The Incredibles and more,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her recent film The Big Sick, she brings comedy and poignancy as a mother coping with her daughter’s coma, while bonding with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Holly Hunter.

Click on the media bar to hear The Big Sick co-star Zoe Kazan discuss why she’s a fan of Hunter’s work:

Previous recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, and Clint Eastwood. Hunter also received Emmy Awards for her work in Roe vs. Wade and The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.

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Noomi Rapace Goes Seven Deep In ‘What Happened To Monday’ Trailer

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Being a fan of the Dead Snow films as well as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, I’m definitely excited to see director Tommy Wirkola’s sci-fi thriller What Happened To Monday. Since it’s a Netflix feature, the movie will get worldwide attention and hopefully more people will check out Wirkola’s previous work.

The story takes place in the near future, where overpopulation has forced governments to enforce the “One Child Policy.” This rule is not followed by one particular family, with Noomi Rapace playing seven sisters who are each named after a day of the week.When Monday disappears, her grandfather (Willem Dafoe) and sisters attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Glenn Close co-stars as the head of the Child Allocation Bureau who is also on the trail of the seemingly vanished into thin air Monday. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

What Happened To Monday debuts August 18 on Netflix.

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‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Reviews Zombie Thriller ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’

thegirlwithallthegifts2Zombie apocalypse movies are a dime a dozen, but the new film The Girl With All The Gifts puts an innovative spin on the well worn genre.

Set in the near future, a young girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua) has a special bond with a nurturing teacher named Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton). They both live in a military base that’s surrounded with zombies, and when the base is overrun by the undead, the pair, along with several military officers (led by Paddy Considine) and a doctor (Glenn Close), fight for their survival.

Although most humans are immediately turned into zombies upon infection of a fungal disease, but a group of children still retain a semblance of their humanity even after being exposed to this virus. Thus, Melanie is a blend of a human and a zombie, and her struggle to embrace both parts of her identity drive the film. Thanks to first rate storytelling and engaged performances from ensemble, The Girl With All The Gifts is a top notch and surprisingly evocative thriller.

Also covered on this week’s CinemAddicts is Dying Laughing, an insightful documentary on the joys and pains of being a stand-up comic. Although it’s mainly a talking head documentary, the movie never grows wearisome thanks to its stellar line-up of humorists (Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Hart are among the interviewees). The comics don’t pull their punches when describing their respective challenges, especially when it comes to bombing on stage. Though Dying Laughing isn’t as funny as the title suggests, the documentary is worth watching, especially if you’re passionate about stand up comedy.

Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.

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