Sandra Bullock Led ‘Ocean’s 8’ Hits Blu-ray In September

Ocean’s 8, a Sandra Bullock produced box office hit which made over $269 million worldwide, hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 11. The feature hits digital platforms on August 21.

This time out, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) isn’t heading up an ambitious caper as his sister Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has organized her own crew to steal diamonds from actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at the Met Gala. Helping Debbie in her cause is her go-to partner Lou (Cate Blanchett), jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling), a street con named Constance (Awkwafina), a top fence (Sarah Paulson) fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), and hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna). 

Click on the media bar to hear Bullock discuss what made director Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven franchise (as well as the original Frank Sinatra feature) a success:

Extras on the disc include deleted scenes and three featurettes (“A Heist in Heels,” “Ocean’s Team 3.0,” and “Remiagining the Met Gala”).

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Claire Foy Praises The Cinematic Scope Of ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

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Thanks to her work in The Crown, Claire Foy knows a thing or two about taking on larger than life characters. Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara each took on the force of nature known as Lisbeth Salander, and know it’s Foy’s turn to make her mark with The Girl in the Spider’s Web

“I can only speak for myself as a person who’s read the books,” said Foy, who was seen earlier this year in the Steven Soderbergh thriller Unsane. “Lisbeth represents something different to every single person who reads about her or watches her. But for me I think she’s someone who doesn’t operate in the way that we all believe that we should do. She has no respect for authority because she’s been failed every single point in her life by people who have supposed to have taken care for her. She is someone who is moved to do things and she doesn’t know why.”

Click on the media bar to hear Foy explain why The Girl in the Spider’s Web is a flick that must be seen in the cinema:

 

The Girl in the Spider’s Web opens nationwide November 9.

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Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone Shot Thriller ‘Unsane’ Hits Theaters In March

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Steven Soderbergh made a welcome return to feature film directing last year with Logan Lucky, and now he’s back once again with the thriller Unsane.

Always willing to push creative boundaries in cinema, Soderbergh shot Unsane entirely on iPhones, a method filmmaker Sean Baker employed with the critical hit Tangerine. The process was an eye-opener for the director, adding that it was one of his most liberating experiences as a storyteller. Claire Foy, whose star has astronomically risen thanks to The Crown, plays a young woman who’s committed to a mental institution who may be facing her greatest fear. Whether this challenge is real or a figment of her imagination is the heart of this presumably twisty film that should echo his Soderbergh’s underrated thriller Side Effects.

Unsane, co-starring Joshua Leonard and Jay Pharoah, hits theaters March 23. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!


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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Steven Soderbergh Recaptures Cinematic Passion With ‘Logan Lucky’

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Director Steven Soderbergh’s self-imposed retirement from making movies lasted all of four years, and thankfully his return to cinema was a successful one with Logan Lucky. Although it’s been rightfully compared as a kissing cousin to his Ocean’s Eleven movies, Logan Lucky has an entire energy of its own.

The narrative centers on Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), a recently out of work construction worker who hatches a plan to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Helping him on his quest is his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver), an Iraq War veteran who believes their family is cursed, and their hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough), a lady who loves driving fast cars.

Keeping this criminal plan in the family isn’t enough, as they enlist explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) to help their cause. Joe, however, is in prison, and Jimmy must engineer a way to infiltrate the jail and pull off the operation. Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson co-star as Joe’s dimwitted brothers, with Hilary Swank thrown in for good measure as a determined FBI agent ready to take them down.

On a superficial level, the picture can be seen and enjoyed as an engaging heist caper that’s filled with a likable, all-star ensemble. Soderbergh also infuses a surprising level of sentiment in the film, as Jimmy’s love for West Virginia and his loving daughter (Farrah Mackenzie) is felt throughout the narrative. With Soderbergh’s own frustration with the politics of show business, it’s easy to see why a story about a group of outsiders taken down a corporate entity would be appealing (the heist is set to take place during the Coca-Cola 600).

The Blu-ray is definitely a worthy purchase if you’re a fan of Soderbergh’s previous work, and it’s an always engaging watch. Though no audio commentary or making of featurette is not featured in the disc, it does come with two deleted scenes. One sequences features a monologue from Joe Bang, and seeing Daniel Craig chew the scenery (in a good way) is an absolute pleasure.

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CinemAddicts Podcast Takes On ‘Detroit’ And ‘Logan Lucky’


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Steven Soderbergh went on a self-imposed hiatus from directing feature films (his last effort was 2013’s Side Effects), but now he’s back with the August 17 release Logan Lucky. The project once again features a collaboration with Channing Tatum (who starred in Side Effects and Magic Mike), and it features a return of the heist element featured in Soderbergh’s Ocean Eleven films. This time out,two brothers (Adam Driver,Tatum) who attempt to abscond with money from a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Riley Keough, who delivered a standout performance in last year’s American Honey, and a scene stealing Daniel Craig co-star.

Coming out August 4 is Columbus, an indie film that centers on a Korean American named Jin (John Cho) who travels to Columbus, Indiana after his architecture scholar father slips into a coma. Haley Lu Richardson gives her finest performance to date as the youth who strikes up a friendship with Jin. Reminiscent of such walking and talking films like Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation, Columbus is a filled with beautiful visual compositions from up and coming filmmaker Kogonada and excellent work from the two leads.

Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Detroit and the recent Blu-ray release Black Butterfly. Take a listen below for our August movie preview!!

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