In the world of film these days, good new movies can come in all shapes and sizes. A good movie can be the latest Marvel release, a reboot of old classic tales, an original idea, or anything around there or in between.
To help make the lives of those people just a bit easier, though, we’ve compiled the new movies releases on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Amazon Video over the past 90 days and ranked the 25 best new movies among them.
Sully is based on the true story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a plane in the Hudson River after a mechanical problem. Sullenberger also wrote an autobiography called Highest Duty with Jeffrey Zaslow. Tom Hanks stars as Sully in the film.
Movie Review : Anyone who has ever worn a seat belt in the back of the high-speed aluminum tube, entrusting their entire lives to the professionalism of other people will watch this movie differently than someone who has not flown. But, everyone will find it realistic and without the Hollywood BS often seen in airline movies like the movie “Flight” and “Snakes on A Plane”. Jeeze. Watch Now.
2. Star Trek Beyond
The latest movie in the Star Trek movie franchise is one of the biggest summer blockbusters of the year. Star Trek Beyond is the 13th movie overall and the third in the J.J. Abrams reboot that stars Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Commandeer Spock.
Movie Review : All three Star Trek reboot movies have been excellent. However, “Into a Darkness” really played it safe by retelling a past Star Trek plot. “Beyond” tells a totally original story, full of action, humor, suspense and a great plot twist. The character development is great, and the actors really do well embodying the original characters, while also providing a fresh perspective. The new characters are likeable. Special effects are gorgeous. Very enjoyable for new fans, but it also had many nods and Easter eggs for old fans, particularly of the original series and “Enterprise.” Watch Now.
3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
The sequel to Neighbors promises more of the same sophomoric humor as the first. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play Mac and Kelly who are looking to sell their house with the arrival of their new daughter. The first movie saw the couple have problems with the frat house next door that hosted parties that lasted into the early morning and loud music that blasted through the neighborhood. In the sequel, it’s the same premise but instead of a frat house, it’s a sorority house led by Chloë Grace Moretz.
Movie Review : Very funny. In some ways better than the first. I love how ridiculous it it. Great comic performances by Rogen, Byrne and the other leads as well as the realtor. . Efron was good in a role similar to his in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Watch Now.
4. The Girl on the Train
Emily Blunt stars as Rachel, a woman who is recently divorced and has troubles with alcohol. You could say it’s more than troubling when she is prone to blackouts and can’t remember things as a result. Her marriage fell apart because she caught believed her husband Tom (Theroux) having an affair with their real estate agent. She also believes he couldn’t deal with her alcoholism and because she was unable to have children.
Movie Review : The first hour was kind of slow, but the last 45 minutes was awesome! So many twists I didn’t see coming, but put the whole movie together. Very good performances. The characters made me dislike them and then feel sorry for them once the truth was told. amazing performances. The storyline was very good. I liked how the movie told the story of each character and how they were connected and how it all came together in the last half hour. I love a movie that can surprise me. This one did big time. If you like mysteries with complex characters, this movie is for you. Watch Now.
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One of the best movies of 2016, Arrival received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Amy Adams. This has to be the best movie for Adams in her career who plays a linguist named Louise Banks. She is dealing with the cancer diagnosis that is going to claim her young daughter’s life. While speaking at a college, alien spaceships come to Earth and the U.S. Army asks Louise and physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to decipher the alien language and try to figure out what they want and why there are here.
Movie Review : A story about time … really. How we perceive time, and if it were not linear – which direction we might choose to go. The aliens are incidental. Amy Adams is compelling to watch in this film, (which really is a sci-fi/philosophical film), and the viewer sort of lives in her head. This particular sci-fi is along the lines of “Contact”, and (even more so) Interstellar. Watch Now.
6. The Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets is one of the best animated films in recent memory and one of the most commercially successful animated films ever. This movie is the highest grossing animated film not produced by Disney or Pixar, two giants in the animated movie industry, so this is quite an achievement and a testament to the success of movie.
Movie Review : i have a son who can’t talk, but communicates well. He bought a toy dog Max before the movie came out. Now he’s not a huge movie watcher, but if it has a fish or a dog in it he’ll watch it. I took him to the theater, and he saw the picture of Max the dog. He pointed at it and I told him that’s the movie we’re going to see. He smiled big. My six year old boy along with every other kid in the theater laughed so hard throughout the whole movie. My son rarely laughs at funny parts of movies, bc he doesn’t understand it, but this movie he understood and laughed, and he made me laugh Watch Now.
7. Sausage Party
If you like goofy, zany and downright silly animated films, then you’re going to love Sausage Party. The movie stars Seth Rogen and many of the actors who appear in his films, including Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and a special appearance from Kristen Wiig.
Movie Review : Yikes. Don’t watch with kids under 18!! Totally hilarious. Will have to watch again to catch all the innuendos we missed. Laughed hard. Totally outrageous. Watch Now.
8. Manchester by the Sea
Nominated for six Oscars, Manchester by the Sea is a gripping tale that will leave you in tears and stick in your mind for weeks after watching the movie. Casey Affleck plays Lee Chandler who learns his brother has suddenly died and he is awarded custody of his teenage nephew. It was a stunning performance from Affleck who was a star on the awards circuit, picking up a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his performance. Not a bad substitute for Matt Damon who was originally supposed to play the part.
Movie Review : I’m a movie lover but I usually try to avoid heart-wrenching stories, unless they had been previously acclaimed by many serious sources. Even then I’m very picky. I do not write reviews, though, there are experts for that that I rather read. So why I’m writing a review for Manchester by the Sea? Because it was a tragic story that I didn’t plan on watching and now is one of my all-time favorites. Watch Now.
9. Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange is the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is easily one of the most fascinating portrayals of a Marvel character yet. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Doctor Stephen Strange who is a former neurosurgeon who is schooled in the ways of magic and mysticism. It’s a really trippy and far out movie that is a far cry from the standard cookie-cutter superhero movie that Marvel has produced in recent years.
Movie Review : The plot is fairly straight forward, but I liked the subtle references to Biblical afterlife in the dialogue. Stick around past the first credits for a ‘short’ on Mordo and Benjamin Bratt, then again after full credits for a short conversation between Strange and Thor, leading intro to the next Doctor Strange movie. This seems to be a nice ‘stay for the credits and there’s an easter egg for you’ thing Marvel is doing now. Watch Now.
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10. Jason Bourne
The Bourne franchise continues and thankfully, with Matt Damon, back in the role as Jason Bourne. This is the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise and is a sequel to the 2007 movie The Bourne Ultimatum.
Movie Review : Since I had only days before purchased the Jason Bourne dvd set in a storage case, I was thrilled to find that they gave you an empty slot, with a place holder in it, for this dvd as well. It is nice to have them all stored on one convenient, well designed, storage case. Takes up less room than each one separately in it’s own hard case. Watch Now.
11. The Conjuring 2
If you’re a fan of scary movies, then you’re in luck with the release of The Conjuring 2. The first movie in the franchise was awfully good and the sequel does the first movie justice. Often, sequels tarnish or taint the memory of the first one, but the sequel was every bit as frightening and chilling as the first.
Movie Review : We weren’t able to rent the movie, therefore we purchased the digital video. The only problem is that the digital version had a technicality with scene and the voice over. It’s like watching kung fu and the voice is talked over but the mouth movement isn’t matching….the phone is ringing and she’s talking but yet she’s sitting on the couch. All of a sudden the ghost guy is popping into the scene and there’s no sound. I tried to replay the video and the same thing happened. Watch Now.
12. The Purge: Election Year
The Purge: Election Year is the third film of the Purge film franchise with Universal Pictures. There will definitely be more Purge movies coming in the next few years. The third film was also the highest grossing film of the franchise so far.
Movie Review : I didn’t like this quite as much as the first two but still thought it was good, also did like how they drew prior characters and years together. This is one of the better made trilogies out there, and they could leave it as is. Knowing Hollywood, however, I’m sure someone somewhere will come up with a way to take it further. But all in all, I thought they did a pretty good job with all three. Watch Now.
13. Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day: Resurgence is the sequel to the original Independence Day film starring Will Smith. Unfortunately, Smith was not in the second film. In the film, which is set 20 years after the events of the first film, Earth is attacked once again by an alien force. This time, though, Earth is prepared for the war!
Movie Review : Again with the movies I expected to like. Although I love the first one, I could not work myself up to want to see this in the theater, and I had to see it for cheap before I could be bothered to pick it up. Glad I did, though. Let’s see, why do I watch movies? for deep thought, or analysis of situations… not me Watch Now.
14. The Jungle Book
Most people with any familiarity with Disney are familiar with the animated Jungle Book film. However, Disney has been in the business of making live-action versions of animated classics lately. And the most recent has been The Jungle Book.
Movie Review : I had seen trailers in the theaters but hadn’t seen it until Amazon Streaming Video made it possible to buy. I was hoping that this wouldn’t be a movie that only looked good in trailers, and I was not disappointed one bit. Extremely immersive CGI, you honestly don’t even know it’s there. The character Mowgli is awesome and perfect for the role. I wanted to see a bit more of the Kaa character (now in female form) and that the song might be played as part of the hypnotic scene, but that didn’t happen; fortunately she did sing it at the credits. Watch Now.
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15. Central Intelligence
Kevin Hart and The Rock team up together in this action packed comedy movie. The Rock’s character was bullied, for being overweight in high school. He was even called Fat Robby, but Hart’s character, Calvin, stood up for him in high school when he was the star athlete. 20 years later, Fat Robby goes by Bob Stone and is a jacked up dude working for the CIA and needs Calvin’s help.
Movie Review : This movie was funny and a great Friday night movie for us to relax and watch. We got a lot of laughs and it moved fast and Rock was great with the action parts and Kevin Hart was very funny! We had a great time watching this film. Great family entertainment and a nice lesson of how to be a kind person in high school because you never know when your entertaining angles. When you judge people you make no time to love people and grow lasting friendships. Watch Now.
16. Free State of Jones
Free State of Jones is based on the life of Newton Knight, played y Matthew McConaughey, who led a revolt against the Confederate Army in Jones County, Mississippi during the Civil War. Knight was working as a medic for the Confederate Army in the war before he deserted to return home to his farm and his wife.
Movie Review : If you Google the word “microcosm”, the definition describes the movie Free State of Jones: “a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger.” Jones County, Mississippi becomes representative of the situation throughout the South during and after the Civil War. Matthew McConaughey ought to be Oscar-nominated for this movie, I think. Watch Now.
17. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Okay, this is nothing but silly silliness, but what more do you expect from an Andy Samberg movie? Samberg plays a pop star named Conner4Real who is a former boy band member who strikes out on his own. his is a parody of the musical documentary and sees his rise and fall after his second album is a complete and total disaster. He’s not about to fall out of the spotlight so Conner does whatever he can do stay in the limelight.
Movie Review : This is easy to figure out, if you like the lonely island boys, you will like this movie. Or if you liked hotrod, again, you will like this movie. So, if you like either of those things, go watch it, cause its dang funny. Watch Now.
18. X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse is the latest big movie to be released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film is the ninth X-Men movie. It is the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is a different storyline entirely than some of the other films.
Movie Review : This movie is a great way to start a new story line within the franchise. Tying together some of the loose ends of how the new re-hashed origin stories of Cyclops, Jean, Storm, etc. Is a good kick off point. Looking forward to Bryan’s ideas of other X-Men characters and how the franchise moves towards Cable, Rogue, Gambit, and what future villains/antagonists does he have in mind. Watch Now.
19. Bad Moms
In the film, Amy (Mila Kunis), a woman who needs to hit the refresh button on her life, tries to break out of her normal routine of being the perfect mom and wife. She is joined by two other moms, Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell), who are struggling with similar issues.
Movie Review : This movie is so funny. If you want to watch a movie that makes you laugh, this is it. This movie make you feel good and has a great meaning behind it. Being a mom is hard and it is ok not being perfect. Even if you are not a mom I think you would love this movie. Love this movie! Watch Now.
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20. Captain Fantastic
Captain Fantastic stars Viggo Mortensen as Ben Cash, a devoted father of six children living in the Pacific Northwest where his family is living off the grid. Ben doesn’t believe in a traditional lifestyle so his kids have lived a sheltered life, but their life is thrown into chaos when their mother Leslie is hospitalized for bipolar disorder.
Movie Review : I’ve read rather cynical comments on imdb.com of the sort that attempt to trivialize and dismiss this film as some sort of contrived hybrid of Little Miss Sunshine x Into The Wild. But those comments just tell me that some people aren’t able to see beyond the surface of things. Superficially, yes, the movie does feature a bus, some woods, and a carcass, but its themes are substantially different. Watch Now.
21. Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and came away with wins for Sound Mixing and Film Editing. Andrew Garfield stars as Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who has a personal code not to kill anyone, which is a pretty stark contrast to the soldiers he’s beside during World War II. Despite his code not to kill, Doss makes history as the first American to win the Medal of Honor and he didn’t even use his gun.
Movie Review : My grandfather was at Okinawa. He spoke of it to no one, until one summer day we were sitting together in 1997, just 2 years before he died, and he heard a slurry bomber going overhead (fire season). He stood up and scanned the skies. When the plane came into view, he said, “it’s ours.” Then he sat down and began to weep. Watch Now.
22. Captain America: Civil War
One of the biggest blockbuster releases from the summer is now on Blu-ray and DVD. Captain America: Civil War had fans declaring if they were “Team Cap” or “Team Iron Man” but you can be on both sides and buy the movie today. Why pick sides when you can have both, right?
Movie Review : The most perfect superhero movie made to date. It not only balanced its huge cast but gave every character a satisfying arc, with the main characters hitting some surprisingly moving, honest-feeling emotional highs that I would not have expected in a superhero film. It also introduced the MCU’s first African leading man superhero, Black Panther, in an absolutely glorious way–can’t wait for his standalone film as a result of this fantastic intro the Russo Brothers’ gave him in this film, and Chadwick Boseman’s arresting performance. Watch Now.
Moonlight is a coming of age story that’s told across three different time periods. The story follows our main character through adolescence, teenage years and young adulthood as he grows up in Miami during the height of the War on Drugs and without any parental guidance. All the while, he’s coming to terms with his budding sexuality.
Movie Review : The first time I saw Moonlight, I was too busy watching the movie to appreciate it. I was following plot, thinking ahead, wondering what was going to happen. I was angry at Chiron’s mom, frustrated by teen bullies and worried about Chiron’s day-to-day life. I thought the ending was abrupt and not exceedingly hopeful. Watch Now.
24. War Dogs
War Dogs is inspired by and loosely based on the lives and experiences of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, who were the subject the Rolling Stone article Arms and The Dudes written by Guy Lawson.
Movie Review : One of the most underrated movies of 2016. Jonah Hill is fast becoming one of the most versatile of American actors. This is not your ordinary predictable action movie or redundant & boring chick flick, but a fictional account of a disturbing time in American arms trading, when almost anyone in this country could sell & trade arms with foreign governments. Pretty scary & very entertaining. Watch Now.
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25. Finding Dory
Finding Dory is the sequel to Finding Nemo. We just had to wait for 13 years for it! In the film, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) tries to reunite with her parents, but she is capturues and taken to an aquarium. Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolance) try to save her.
Movie Review : Lovely movie with lots of bright colors.My toddler loves Dory and wants to watch it over and over and over. I absolutely love Ellen DeGeneres and her quirky humor. Although I must say that the Finding Nemo movie was much cuter and funnier than this one. Its still a great movie. Recommend it! Watch Now.
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