On your marks…get set…go! It’s a race to see which of this week’s DVD and Blu-ray new releases you’ll want to check out, as there’s a lot of exciting flicks to choose from. Whether you are looking to get your motor running by watching the eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise or want to settle in with a movie that is a bit less turbocharged, we think we can help you out. Here then are this week’s new releases!
In the eighth installment in the enduring action film series, ex-street racer Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) has given up his criminal ways and retired to a quiet life with wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). But when a sinister cyber-terrorist (Charlize Theron) gets him to betray his former team and work with her, Dom finds himself on a dangerous globe-hopping trek, relentlessly pursued by his own “family,” friends, and maybe even a foe or two. With Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Helen Mirren, and Kurt Russell.
Fun-filled computer-animated adventure finds Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato) struggling with her place as the only girl in the Smurf community. The discovery of a strange map leads her, Hefty Smurf (Joe Manganiello), Clumsy Smurf (Jack McBrayer), and Brainy Smurf (Danny Pudi) on an exciting search for a long-lost village of Smurfs. Can they locate it before the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) beats them to it? Also features the voices of Mandy Patinkin, Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez.
In World War II-torn Britain, the government backed the production of propaganda movies to keep up public morale…and, concerned that their efforts weren’t resonating with women viewers, recruited copywriter Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) to collaborate on the scripts. As she proved her practical savvy to her skeptical colleagues, she found herself tested by the bitterness of her war-wounded husband (Jack Huston) and her attraction to her writing partner (Sam Claflin). Bill Nighy, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, Richard E. Grant co-star.
As he built his repute over a generation as one of the early 20th century’s most intrepid explorers and cartographers, Col. Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) was alone amongst his peers in his respect for the indigenous peoples of South America. He became certain that the Amazon jungles harbored the seat of a forgotten civilization–and his determination to prove it culminated in the 1925 expedition where he himself passed into legend. James Gray’s remarkable, old-school historical adventure also stars Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen.
Exciting, computer-animated sci-fi saga follows Spark, a teenaged monkey whose home planet of Bana was taken over by the evil General Zhong 13 years earlier. Now, with the help of his friends–cunning warrior fox Vlix and mechanically inclined pig Chunk–Spark must stop Zhong’s plan to use a monstrous space creature to create devastating black holes that will allow him to conquer the entire universe. Features the voices of Jace Norman, Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, and Patrick Stewart.
Sex in the City co-star Cynthia Nixon shines in this riveting biopic of Emily Dickinson that chronicles the famed American poet’s journey from a young schoolgirl to a reclusive artist who was unrecognized in her time. Jennifer Emile, Keith Carradine co-star.
Happiness is just a few steps away! Alive and Kicking showcases the dynamic culture and cathartic power of swing dancing from it’s historic origins to it’s impact today. Boiled down to it’s core, swing dancing is the pursuit of happiness. The film follows professionals and enthusiasts as they find joy through dance, giving an insider’s view into the exhilarating world of swing.