Film Reviews by Adam Long

 

Now in Theaters and Streaming:

Black Widow (2021) The 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first to make it to theaters post Covid, has finally arrived. Scarlett Johansson gets her own film as the title character in this entry. What’s that you say? Wasn’t that character killed in the last Avengers film? If that’s what you’re thinking you’re correct. Have no fear, though, because in all Marvel films the emotional stakes are at zero since characters are never really put out to pasture. They just get brought back to life in future installments or given their own origin film, this being the latter of the two. Or maybe it’s just another cynical opportunity to pick the pockets of the franchise’s legions of fans. Discerning viewers can now be the judge after waiting with baited breath for over a year. (Also available to stream on Disney Plus for an extra $30).

Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow

New to Disc:

Indie Pix:

The Power of Moths (2017) Young people with disabilities who participate in theatrical productions are the subject of this Russian film.

Film Movement:

Rose Plays Julie (2019) A veterinary student’s life takes a dark turn when she makes an attempt to locate her birth mother in this Irish thriller. Extras include a bonus short film.

Paramount:

Almost Famous (2000) Cameron Crowe’s acclaimed coming of age comedy/drama comes to the 4K format in a new steelbook edition with two cuts of the film and a slew of new extras which include a new soundtrack, multiple featurettes and all of the previously issued extras.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) Spongebob goes on a quest after his pet snail, Gary, goes missing in the series latest feature film entry. Extras include deleted scenes, videos and featurettes.

Scream Factory:

House of Wax (2005) The second remake of Mystery of the Wax Museum is being given the deluxe treatment as only Scream Factory can do. Extras include new interviews with star Paris Hilton and the film’s composer, John Ottman. Archival extras are also included.

Criterion:

Deep Cover (1992) Bill Duke directs this acclaimed film noir set in the gritty underworld of LA where a police office (Laurence Fishburne) goes undercover to bring down a drug trafficker. Extras include new director interview, 2018 seminar, film scholar interviews, trailer and essay.

Working Girls (1986) A recent college grad (Louise Smith) takes a job as an escort in New York City and finds it increasingly difficult to keep her emotional distance from the clients in filmmaker Lizzie Borden’s groundbreaking film. Extras include 2007 commentary, new cast interviews, sex worker interviews and an essay booklet.


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