Maze Runner – Maze Runner, based on the novel of the same name by James Dashner (Utah author! Wooo!), centers on Thomas and a group of teens deposited in the middle of a changing maze, with no clear escape. To make matters worse, at night the maze is filled with deadly monsters called Grievers that threaten anyone stuck in the maze overnight. We really liked the movie and it’s probably one of the best releases of the week. Check out our early review of the movie! Stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, and Ki Hong Lee. Rated PG-13.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – In this update on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, April O’Neil wants to be taken seriously as a reporter and tracks down the Ninja Turtles. They are trying to protect the city from the Foot Clan and defeat Shredder. While that sounds like a decent Turtles movie, the details show that it’s only on the surface and completely change the origins of everyone involved and not for the better. This is one of the worst movies of the year but somehow did well enough that a sequel has already been greenlit. This makes me sad about the state of America. You can read Krista’s overly generous review of the movie here. Note: it still is not actually made by Michael Bay. He was just the producer. Stars Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub, Whoopi Goldberg, and Will Arnett. Rated PG-13.
Skeleton Twins – This is a fairly heavy drama despite starring two famous comedians so don’t be fooled. That being said, this has been a highly praised film about a set of estranged twins that have both their lives in a state where they both have been contemplating suicide. When one of them temporarily moves in with the other, things go from bad to worse as their lives get even more complicated. Rated R.
This is Where I Leave You – This is Where I Leave You is based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Tropper. The Altman family that must stay together for a week as part of their father’s dying wish and right after Judd (Jason Bateman) discovers his wife’s affair with his boss. Stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, and Jane Fonda. Rated R.
Magic in the Moonlight – The latest Woody Allen film, starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone, about fake mystics and trying to expose the ruse along with romance during the 1920’s. Rated PG-13.
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever – Other than Maze Runner, this is one of the other best releases of the week. This is the Lifetime original movie that is totally self-aware, meme filled, and perfectly dumb as Grumpy Cat basically has a mix of a Christmas special and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. This isn’t high quality cinema but if you’re wanting a fun easy movie that breaks the fourth wall, and doesn’t take itself seriously, then this is totally the one for you. I’m still hoping for a sequel in the near future. Not Rated.
Peter Pan Live! – The underwhelming NBC live musical of Peter Pan. They changed some of the songs and it seemed like they didn’t allow themselves to have any fun so it kind of fell flat despite its great production values. Not Rated.
Extant: Season 1 – The first season of the CBS sci-fi show starring Halle Berry, an astronaut who has an adopted son robot and returns from a mission pregnant with alien life. It somehow has been renewed for a second season. Not Rated.
Americans: Season 2 – The second season of the FX drama about Russian undercover spies trying to live normal lives without getting caught. Not Rated.
Arrested Development: Season 4 – The Netflix season of Arrested Development finally comes to physical media. Not Rated.
Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series – Normally I wouldn’t include Blu-ray rerelease but this is a big one. Funimation has rescued Cowboy Bebop and remastered the classic anime series onto Blu-ray into high-definition as well as some additional special features including a brand new interview with the dub voice cast. There are a few different versions of this set by the way (though many are sold out currently) with a special Funimation.com version as well as a special just for Amazon.com. Be sure to check out what remains and which version is right for you. Not Rated.
Certain Magical Index II: Season 2 – Part 2 – The second half of the second season of Certain Magical Index with Micah Solusod! The gang takes a trip to Italy on their continuing fight against the church with the battle between science and magic. Not Rated.
Bleach – Uncut Set 23 – The DVD releases are nearing the end of the Bleach run as this set contains episodes 317 – 329. Not Rated.
Ambition of Oda Nobuna – A dubbed release from Sentai Filmworks. A young man who knows Japanese history from video games and other media is sent back and time and ends up changing history. He also finds out there is one very big detail changed. Oda Nobunaga, the man from history that helps to shape much of feudal Japan is now, Oda Nobuna, a girl that’s in much the same position. So it sort of turns into a history comedy harem show. Not Rated.
Detroit Metal City – A sub only release from Sentai Filmworks about a KISS wannabe band. These are short episodes and there is a live-action movie that is based on the same manga. Not Rated.
Okamikakushi: Masque of the Wolf – Another sub only release from Sentai Filmworks. This appears to be a mostly horror based anime about a village that has man-sized wolves that haunt it as a transfer student finds out when people start to go missing. Not Rated.
Guilty Gear Xrd – SIGN – The newest version of Guilty Gear side-scrolling fighting game that originally was on arcades finally comes to consoles. It does feature 3D cell shaded graphics and an improved fighting system, so if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll probably want to check it out. Available for PS4 and PS3. Rated T for Teen.