Moving drama stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an amputee after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Is it worth $10? Yes

Sometimes heroes emerge from the unlikeliest, and least desirable, of places. Bostonian Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) works in the Costco meat department. He’s a man child of 28 years who’s obsessed with the Red Sox and beer, but can’t bring himself to commit to on-again, off-again girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany).

It’s April 15, 2013. Jeff attends the Boston Marathon to cheer for Erin at the finish line. Two bombs are detonated. He loses both legs from just above the knee.

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"The Big Sick" and “The Hero” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

There is one striking, obvious aspect about Wonder Woman/Diana Prince that separates her from her Justice League colleagues Batman and Superman. That aspect is, of course, the fact that she kills people. Whereas Batman and Superman have codes of conduct that prevent them from taking a life unless absolutely necessary, Wonder Woman (Gal Godot) has no such code. From the time of her first battle against World War I German soldiers after saving the life of American spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), it’s clear that shooting an arrow or plunging a spear into someone’s chest is not a problem for our heroine. In fairness, she only kills in the defense of herself and others who are under attack, so her actions aren’t completely unjustified.

It’s interesting to think what kind of a movie “Wonder Woman” would be if Diana was forbidden to kill, given that her mission in the movie is to kill Aries, the ancient Greek god of war. Not knowing what Aries looks like, she believes him to be German General Ludendorff (Danny Huston), a cold-hearted man who develops poison gases with his chief scientist Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya) in order to prolong what at that time was called “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars.”

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“The Resurrected” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

“The Mummy” starts off as an action/adventure movie and ends as an action/adventure movie. There are horror elements incorporated along the way, and a healthy dose of comedy is added to keep this “Dark Universe” (Universal’s monster movie franchise) entry from becoming too drab. But does it work?

Given the critical drubbing “The Mummy” took after it was released three months ago, it can easily look like it doesn’t. I, however, thoroughly enjoyed it. Given that the critical condemnation was accompanied by low box office receipts, the odds are you didn’t see it. Now that it is out on Blu-Ray, give it a chance and see for yourself.

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Haunted sewers are not the only things that stink in this uninspired, tonally jarring screen adaptation of Stephen King's second-longest novel. 

Is “it” worth $10? No 

“It,” Stephen King's sprawling chronicle about outcasts in a Maine town who confront an evil being at two different stages in their lives, arrives on the big screen with an “R” rating it flaunts at every turn and a conspicuous time period change that allows it to indulge in ‘80s nostalgia.

But while that conceptual combo might make a target audience conditioned to idealize both the text and its revised period, the results are lackluster and schlocky. There is a noticeable attempt to capture the prolific horror novelist's voice, his distinctive flavor, but the film fails at blending its disparate thematic elements into a cohesive whole. This long-awaited adaptation suffers from a severe multiple personality disorder.

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“Rough Night” and “Megan Leavey” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

“Mr. Mom” will always have a special place in my heart for one scene that has two very funny, quotable bits of dialogue about half a minute apart. This happens when laid off auto industry engineer Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) first meets his wife Caroline’s (Teri Garr) new boss Ron (Martin Mull), who is picking Caroline up in the morning:

Jack: Want a beer?
Ron: It's 7 o'clock in the morning.
Jack: Scotch? 

A few moments later, Jack takes Ron to another room where he says he is doing some re-modeling and re-wiring. Jack proves that while he may be a great auto engineer, he’s no electrician:

Jack: Gonna rip these walls out and, uh, of course re-wire it.
Ron: Yeah? You gonna make it all 220?
Jack: Yeah, 220, 221--whatever it takes.

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The summer movie season is officially behind us (thankfully), so it’s time to get excited for the Oscar bait that comes every autumn.

Indeed, a quick look at the upcoming release schedule suggests there’s plenty to look forward to between now and Christmas. Remember release dates are subject to change, but you’ll want to keep this lighthearted preview handy to know what to look for.

September 8
Not sure what’s scarier: The return of Stephen King’s shape-shifting clown who terrorizes kids, or the fact that the movie is two hours and 15 minutes.

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Sundance darling has wonderful moments but ultimately the songs and story are lacking.

Is it worth $10? Yes

There’s no room for Patricia Dombrowski in the rap world. She’s an overweight white girl from New Jersey who’s laughed at and rejected whenever she dares to ask for a chance. But she wouldn’t be an inspiring dreamer, and we wouldn’t have “Patti Cake$,” if she didn’t try.

She’s earnest and likeable and we want her to succeed, which is why it’s a shame writer/director Geremy Jasper’s movie isn’t more of a success. Contrivances, melodrama and predictability hinder an otherwise engaging narrative that at times has us dancin’ in our seats.

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“Baywatch” is also new to Blu-Ray this week. 

Ah, youth. The impulsivity, the impetuousness, the…well…hard-headed, hormone-driven, emotion-based stupidity. No, it’s not just Millennials who act like brash know it alls. As “My Cousin Rachel,” adapted from the novel by Daphne Du Maurier to the big screen for the second time (first time being 1952, in a movie of the same name starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland) shows, this behavior has been going on for centuries.

“My Cousin Rachel” takes place in England in the early to mid-nineteenth century. Twenty-four year old Philip Ashley (Sam Claflin) is absolutely incensed at his cousin Rachel (Rachel Weisz). He believes that she married and then murdered his other cousin Ambrose (brief and uncredited performance by Deano Bugatti), who took care of him since he was a child. The motive for the murder is uncertain. All he knows is that his cousin fell ill, went from England to Italy to recuperate, met Rachel, married her, then wound up dead. His only proof that Rachel has anything to do with it are some frantically written, paranoid-sounding letters that he received from Ambrose shortly before his demise.

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The third time isn’t exactly the charm, but it’s also not the worst trip you’ll ever take.  

Is it worth $10? Yes 

The problem with a bad ending is that it becomes the only thing people remember. No matter how good a movie is leading up to the conclusion, it can all be undone/undermined by what happens in those precious final minutes. This is relevant in terms of “The Trip To Spain” because, for the most part, it’s a witty travelogue following two British comedians as they try to make one another laugh while waxing philosophical about life and love. They’re smart and the humor is sometimes dry, but we like them.

And then the ending happens and you’re thinking “what the?” as the credits roll.

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“Kill Switch” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.  

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” provides all of the action and special effects spectacle promised in the trailer. It also refuses to settle to be just another superhero movie. Along with the action comes a much deeper theme of family, and the importance of those bonds. If that’s too much to handle, then also know that it comes with a huge heaping dose of some of the most hysterically funny moments I’ve seen on screen in a long time. Seriously, most comedies out there wish they were this funny.

The movie kicks off with a perfect mix of action and comedy to set the tone. Baby Groot (voice of Vin Diesel) dances around to a selection off of Peter Quill/Starlord’s (Chris Pratt) “Awesome Mix Vol. 2”—an audio cassette tape near and dear to Peter because it’s his only connection to his home planet of Earth and a reminder of his deceased mother. While Groot gets his groove on, Starlord, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) fight off a very thick skinned inter-dimensional alien who wants to steal some precious batteries from a race who call themselves the Sovereign.

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Best Movie In Theaters Now: Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan is in expert form in this dramatization of the important WWII battle.  

Is it worth $10? Yes 

Dunkirk, France, 1940. Roughly 400,000 Allied soldiers are trapped on the beach of this northern enclave, surrounded and dominated by German firepower. The only hope for survival is evacuation, and that becomes less likely by the hour.

In a Hollywood story, these underdog Allies would fight their way out. But writer/director Christopher Nolan (the “Dark Knight” trilogy) isn’t interested in a Hollywood story. Instead, “Dunkirk” focuses on the sometimes heroic, sometimes selfish, and always-brave actions of individuals on land, at sea and in the air, and how each contributed to the evacuation of more than 330,000 men.

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