New to Theaters:
Cry Macho (2021) (** ½) (also streaming on HBO Max) Clint Eastwood’s latest as director and star is the tale of a broken man who finds redemption on the road while transporting his boss’s 13-year-old son back to his father. This is a mostly enjoyable tale only hampered by some uneven performances and the occasional lack of directorial polish in certain scenes.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) The rise and fall of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker (Andrew Garfield, Jessica Chastain) are dramatized in this adaptation of the 2000 documentary of the same name. Michael Showalter directs.
New to Streaming:
The Capote Tapes (2019) Animation, audio tapes and new interviews are utilized to unravel the tale of author Truman Capote’s unfinished final novel, Answered Prayers.
New to Disc:
Breakdown (1997) This terrific thriller, the tale of a man (Kurt Russell) whose wife (Anne Archer) vanishes on a cross country trek, finally gets the proper home video treatment over 20 years after its last home video release. J.T. Walsh co stars in a terrific villainous turn. The Paramount Presents release features new commentary, featurettes and trailer. Highly recommended.
Crocodile Dundee Trilogy (1986-2001) All three of the adventures of the legendary man from down under have been culled together in one Blu Ray set featuring new transfers of all of the films.
Throwdown (2004) and Love and Basketball (2000) are being issued by the label this week. Both sets includes terrific new transfers and extras.
Masquerade (1988) Meg Tilly and Rob Lowe star in this tale of a wealthy socialite who gets entangled with a questionable man. John Barry provided the wonderful score. Extras include director commentary.
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) Carl Reiner and Steve Martin’s second teaming as director and star is an occasionally funny detective tale set in the forties. The film’s main gimmick is having star Martin interact with footage from period films, which generally works. Extras include a new commentary.
Macho Callahan (1970) David Jansen is on a revenge mission against the man who tricked him into enlisting in the confederate army in this Civil War era actioner. Extras include commentary from filmmaker Alex Cox.
Golden Needles (1974) Joe Don Baker and Jim Brown are on a quest to recover a statue with healing abilities in this fun adventure entry from director Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon). Extras include a new commentary.
F9: The Fast Saga (2021) The latest entry in the Fast and the Furious saga makes its home video debut in both 4K and Blu Ray. Extras include two cuts of the film, gag reel and featurettes.
Nuclear Nightmares (1979) Peter Ustinov narrates this documentary about the likelihood of accidental nuclear launches.
The Window (1949) A nine year old boy can’t convince anyone he witnessed a murder in this thriller. No extras.
Straight Time (1978) Dustin Hoffman is an ex convict finding it hard to live the straight life in this sublime crime drama, criminally neglected in its day. Includes a commentary and trailer.
The Naked Spur (1953) Jimmy Stewart and Janet Leigh star in this western tale of an outlaw attempting to outsmart his captors. Extras include shorts, cartoon and trailer.
The Snake Girl and The Silver Haired Witch (1968) Strange things happen when a former orphan is reunited with her family in this Japanese thriller. Extras include new commentary and interview, trailer and image gallery.
The label is also releasing The Beast (1975) on this day.
Dolly: The Ultimate Collection- A new six DVD set, featuring episodes of Dolly Parton’s 80s series as well as a Christmas special and a concert, is being issued by the label.