This week, Tom Cruise once again defies death in a “Mission: Impossible” outing, while Chloe Grace Moretz turns in some of her best work to date. Those are two of the top options coming to Blu-Ray and DVD today. In addition, there’s another quartet of recommendation-worthy titles, which is rare. Lest we spoil the surprise, read on for more about this fairly stuffed and high quality slate of new releases!

PICK OF THE WEEK

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

For years, Tom Cruise has been setting the action hero bar with his “Mission: Impossible” stunts. This time around, he opted to actually let us learn a little about Ethan Hunt as well. Between that and his consistently impressive stunts, Cruise helps make this sequel something special. In terms of pure enjoyment, few 2018 releases can match up with it. From our positive review here on the site:

There are action movies, and then there are Tom Cruise action movies. “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” is quite possibly the Tom Cruisiest action movie ever made. And I mean that in the best way possible.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is arguably the best franchise outing that Tom Cruise has ever been a part of. If you enjoy the icon in his action endeavors, this is a must own.

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and more
Total Box Office: $220,159,104
Major Awards: None yet

RECOMMENDED MOVIES

The Happytime Murders

Yours truly is a sucker for dirty Muppets. It’s low hanging fruit, to say the least, but it hits the spot. Matching up Melissa McCarthy with foul mouth puppets made for more laughter than many would care to admit. It’s a guilty pleasure, that’s for sure. Still, guilty pleasures are still pleasures. The Hollywood Reporter was one of the few outlets to agree with that sentiment, putting forth the following:

It’s more than funny enough, packing lots of genuine, if frequently tasteless, laughs into its relatively brief running time.

The Happytime Murders” won’t win any awards, but it made me laugh. That’s worth something in the dumpster fire that is the real world. If you agree, it’s there for the taking this week.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $20,706,452
Major Awards: None yet

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Chloe Grace Moretz does some of the best work of her career in this compelling, coming of age tale. In a year where “Boy Erased” is the more Oscar friendly conversion therapy picture, this one is arguably the superior work. Moretz especially helps to put it over the top. She is, quite simply, amazing as the title character. Our near rave here on the website had this to say about her turn:

Led by a career-best performance by Chloë Grace Moretz, the film slivers its way into a moving piece about finding and owning who you were born to be.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post” has a lot to offer. As an added bonus, here is our interview with Moretz. Check that out and definitely give the movie a shot!

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $904,703
Major Awards: None yet

Pick Of The Litter

Who doesn’t love puppies? Monsters, that’s who. So, a documentary about service animals in training is a real crowd pleaser. To some degree, is this something you could see on Animal Planet? Sure. At the same time, the feature length really legs you get to know these dogs, and that makes all the difference. Our review here on the site gets into just why this doc is so compelling:

Dogs really are spectacular creatures. You don’t have to own one to see this. No animal has the same bond with humans that canines do. Sure, other animals are pets, and other animals rely on us for food. However, only dogs seem to have that emotional attachment. In a very real way, they become family. That’s just the normal relationship. When you look at service dogs, the way they go above and beyond is just incredible.

Pick Of The Litter” is a documentary that will make you smile. How often can you say that? Pick it up and you’ll see why.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $534,673 (and counting)
Major Awards: None yet

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

The Pope is an unlikely pop culture icon, but here we are. Among religious figures, he’s about the only one in this generation with mainstream admiration. Pope Francis stands out as an oddly woke pontiff, so there’s fascination about him and the way his mind works. Filmmaker Wim Wenders set out to try and get to know him. The result is a documentary that lets the man tell his own tale. Our own review here on the site had this to say:

For anyone curious about this iconic figure, the movie lets his words speak for themselves.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” isn’t a sexy doc, but it’s one that stands out from the pack. Give it a look.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $2,008,385
Major Awards: None yet

Support The Girls

Regina Hall has been the pleasant surprise of the precursor season so far, and for good reason. Her work in this day in the life character study is truly something to behold. She and co-star Haley Lu Richardson turn in two of the more underrated performances of the year so far. Hall getting some early nominations and wins is the sort of thing that makes you smile. Truly deserving work that usually goes under the radar getting some attention? Sign me up. Our review here on the site was appreciative of the comedy on display:

“Support the Girls” is often very funny, and in a way that feels real.

Support The Girls” showcases Hall and Richardson brilliantly. If you give it a shot, you’ll understand why.

Special Features: N/A
Total Box Office: $129,124
Major Awards: Won Best Actress for Regina Hall at the 2018 New York Film Critics Circle

VINTAGE VIEWING

In honor of this week’s release of “Ben Is Back,” the pick today is going to be a prior work from star Lucas Hedges. Before this year’s wonderful collaboration with father Peter Hedges, he broke out as an Oscar nominee in “Manchester by the Sea.” Yes, while Casey Affleck and Kenneth Lonergan were winning Academy Awards, along with Michelle Williams coming up just short, Hedges was another deserving nominee. Our New York Film Festival review fell head over heels for Hedges:

The highlight of the film is the performance from Hedges, a young actor who got his start in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” Hedges magnifies the beauty of his adolescent character, inserting beats of a boy who is covering the pain of losing of his father. Hedges has placed himself in the thick of up-and-coming actors who will be around for some time.

If you like Hedges, you’ll love “Ben Is Back.” Prep for this little gem by revisiting his Oscar nominated performance.

OTHER FILMS BEING RELEASED

Here’s a look at what else is hitting shelves today, besides the sextet of “The Happytime Muders,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” and “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word”:

Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer

Animated holiday films are almost exclusively aimed at children. That’s just the name of the game. So, the fact that this kid’s outing won’t make adults bang their heads against the wall, that’s worth noting. Truth be told, adults might shrug it off, but it never turns into torture like it otherwise could have. The Hollywood Reporter wasn’t impressed, though they did mention how the little ones will dig it:

Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer is strictly for the most undiscriminating small fry.

If you have children, it’s one to consider.

Box Office: N/A

God Bless the Broken Road

The endless stream of poorly received faith-based fare continues unabated. This one adds a military angle to the proceedings. Mixing patriotism with religion can make for some dangerously rigid ideology. This drama was all but completely ignored earlier this year. This particular take from The Hollywood Reporter sums it up nicely:

Reverence for God and the church: Check. Patriotism and the highest regard for military service: Check. Country music: Check. NASCAR racing: Check… The only thing missing from God Bless the Broken Road is compelling or believable drama.

Hard pass.

Box Office: $2,846,257

McQueen

This documentary about the life of famed British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has found quite a critical fan club. The designer’s life was tragically cut short, but his legacy will live on forever. In part, this cinematic work will help make quite certain of that. Rolling Stone was one of the many outlets rather taken by the film, writing the following:

This doc on the late designer Alexander McQueen is a ravishing, haunting portrait of a fashion-shock genius. , haunting and a must-see

Documentary fans should seek this one out!

Box Office: $1,257,275

The Nun

One of the year’s worst films started out with such promise. A prequel to “The Conjuring” franchise, it debuted a legitimately spooky trailer. There’s a jump scare there that really works. Sadly, in the work itself, it decidedly does not. This is absolute garbage and a huge disappointment. Our own shrug of a review here at the site was as gentle as can be expected for a dud like this:

“The Nun” is sometimes bad, but mostly disappointing. Potential and a good jumping off point proved too high a bar to meet.

Avoid this one at all costs.

Box Office: $117,450,119

Operation Finale

You have to assume this was initially designed as an awards player. Considering the talent, the potential was there. Ben Kingsley playing a member of the Nazi high command and Oscar Isaac as a Mossad agent? That should have made for something truly compelling. Instead, we got something incredibly average in every way possible. Our mixed review here at the site had this to say:

Intended as another “Argo,” the flick doesn’t have the same soft touch. In trying to be as mainstream as possible, something is slightly lost in translation.

You can do better, though you can also do worse this week.

Box Office: $17,612,099

TV RELEASES

“Family Guy: Volume 16”
“The Handmaid’s Tale: Season Two”
“Westworld: The Complete Second Season”
“Yellowstone: Season One”

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