U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer Cory Lambert hunts wolves, mountain lions and sometimes people. Jeremy Renner shines in this solemn neo-Western as Lambert, a steady-handed survivor seeking closure. His teen daughter froze to death years ago in snowy Wyoming, and now he finds her best friend slain in similar fashion. Enter Elizabeth Olsen as rookie FBI agent Jane Banner, a stranger in this desolate world. She needs Lambert's expertise to solve the case amidst the dead-end despair of the poverty-stricken Wind River Indian Reservation. Writer-director Taylor Sheridan won a Cannes Film Festival award for this humanist thriller with bursts of intense violence and a cathartic conclusion. Inspired by true events, the August release cost $11 million and grossed $40 million. R, 107 minutes. Extras: two deleted scenes and three featurettes. From Lionsgate. Released Nov. 14 on DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix mail and Redbox.
Charlize Theron takes no prisoners as a British spy sent into a hot mess at the end of the Cold War in a divided Berlin in 1989. With the Wall on the verge of falling, someone compiled a list of names of all the double agents working for various agencies, and this potentially fatal piece of intelligence has been stolen and put up for auction to the highest bidder. Theron is targeted the moment she arrives in Germany and soon embarks on a string of insanely violent gunfights with wave after wave of killers. One especially destructive knock-down, drag-out fight takes its participants to the absolute edge of exhaustion in a life-or-death struggle. Theron takes a supreme beating but gives as good as she gets. James McAvoy, John Goodman and Toby Jones play some of the other operatives, whom any right-minded agent would know better than to trust with their life. This stylish July thriller, based on the graphic novel "The Coldest City" and backed by a driving 1980s Euro-pop soundtrack, cost $30 million and grossed $96.6 million worldwide. R, 118 minutes. From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Released Nov. 14 on DVD and Blu-ray.
A teenage witness badgered by New York City police to finger someone for a murder randomly chooses a petty car thief out of a book of mug shots. Lakeith Stanfield stars in the true story of Colin Warner, who was wrongfully convicted and sent to prison for a crime he had nothing to do with. This heavy drama from August takes a while to get going but builds speed in the second half. The years roll by, appeals are exhausted, and a despondent Warner tells friends and family to give up the fight to prove his innocence. But in one particularly powerful scene, Warner's best friend, Carl "KC" King, played by former Raiders defensive back Nnamdi Asomuchga, explains he won't quit for the simple reason that he could very easily be the victim of injustice instead of Warner. Director Matt Ruskin won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. R, 100 minutes. From Broad Green Pictures. Released Nov. 21 on DVD.
A beloved art professor, famous internationally for his avant-garde paintings, runs afoul of the ruling Communist Party in post-war Poland. Unwilling to compromise in the slightest, Wladyslaw Strzeminski (Boguslaw Linda) rejects all official efforts to bring his art into line with Stalinist principles. His stubbornness costs him his job and his ability to create art, but his spirit remains undimmed. Based on a true story, this grim 2016 biopic is the final film by Andrzej Wajda, a four-time Oscar nominee who had his own well-documented troubles with the Polish government. Wajda died in 2016 at 90. This was Poland's official submission to the Oscars for best foreign film but was not nominated. Unrated, 100 minutes. From Film Movement. Released Nov. 14 on DVD and Blu-ray.
19-2, season four
Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes star as Montreal cops trying to keep it together amidst corruption and gang warfare in the final season of this Canadian police drama. Eight episodes, 354 minutes. From RLJ Entertainment. Released in October on DVD.
CMA Awards Live, Greatest Moments: 1968 to 2015
Country music stars perform their greatest hits across five decades of the Country Music Association's annual awards show broadcasts, from Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Loretta Lynn in the late 1960s to Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton today. This 10-DVD set comes with a 44-page memory book. 710 minutes. From Time Life. Released in October.
Free to Rock
Rock music, seen as a decadent manifestation of Western culture, was prohibited in the former Soviet Union. Kids there loved it anyway. Keifer Sutherland narrates this documentary about the inexorable spread of rock 'n' roll across Communist countries and how it helped bring down the Wall. Unrated, 56 minutes. From MVD Visual. Released Nov. 3 on DVD. freetorockmovie.com
Al Pacino and Gene Hackman quarreled throughout the making of this overlooked 1973 buddy road flick, but Hackman later cited the darkly comic film as his favorite of all his movies. And Pacino called the script (by Garry Michael White) the best he's ever read. They play hitchhikers who pair up on a cross-country trip. Winner of two awards at the Cannes Film Festival, "Scarecrow" is directed by Jerry Schatzberg, who also directed Pacino in 1971's "The Panic in Needle Park," about heroin addicts. R, 112 minutes. From Warner Archive. Released Oct. 31 in its Blu-ray debut.
Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXXIX
Witty one-liners from a team of smart-aleck comics turn painfully bad movies into painfully funny delights. This long-running cult series on Comedy Central has finally exhausted its catalog of episodes never released on home video. This boxed set contains three films plus a fourth disc consisting entirely of host segments from episodes they can't release on DVD, for stupid legal reasons. The three stinkers are: "Girls Town" (1959) starring Mamie Van Doren as a gum-chewing teen who talks back to nuns at a reform school, the "last stop on the road to nowhere," co-starring Mel Torme, the sons of Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, the singing group The Platters, and introducing Paul Anka; "The Amazing Transparent Man" (1960), with a plot you can see right through; and lastly, "Diabolik" (1968), a swinging, psychedelic Euro-spy thriller starring the very tall John Phillip Law and Italian siren Marisa Mell. From Shout Factory. Released Nov. 21 on DVD.
A teenager on the autism spectrum is unable to compete on his school swim team, but his New Jersey family doesn't give up there. They form their own team, the Jersey Hammerheads, recruiting similar swimmers who want to train hard and without pity. This compassionate 2016 documentary, which aired on PBS, appears on DVD in an extended director's cut, with 10 additional minutes. Unrated, 100 minutes. From PBS Home Video. Released Nov. 7 on DVD.
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