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“The Maze Runner: The Death Cure” and “Dear Dictator” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

“Hostiles” is bookended by a tragic, yet all too true occurrence in the days of the frontier in the United States of America. This occurrence is the wholesale slaughter of entire families. For pioneer Wesley Quaid (Scott Shepherd), the slaughter is unprovoked and undeserved. He and his family are merely living their quiet, humble, peaceful existence when a vicious group of Comanche ride in to take their horses. For Cyrus Lounde (Scott Wilson), the reason is different. He and his three sons wind up dead due to Cyrus’s foolish pride in disobeying an order from the federal government.

The journey we take in “Hostiles” from the Quaids to the Loundes is the meat of the movie. This journey is led by Captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale). He’s ready to retire after twenty-five years of service, and not a moment too soon. He’s battle-hardened and war weary. Bale’s performance is soft-spoken and low key. Yet he is forceful and sure of his convictions when the situation calls for it. The sense given is that buried deep inside of Blocker is a raging storm just waiting to be let loose, and anyone in the way had better watch out.

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“The Post” is also new to Blu-Ray this week

My sympathies went right out to Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) early on in “The Commuter.” After a montage in which several seasons and weather patterns go by and the passage of time is made clear, Michael is summarily dismissed from his job as an insurance salesman in Manhattan. It’s also clear from these opening moments that he loves his family and is good at his job. However, he is leveraged to the hilt and his family’s finances are hanging by a thread. This is devastating news. As he leaves the office building for the last time there is an extreme overhead shot looking down on Michael. My own thought about the situation was that I would be so incredibly enraged.

Michael takes it differently though. He’s upset, but rather than in an angry way, he is more upset in an anxious and depressed way. He is so unsure about his life at that moment that when his wife Karen (Elizabeth McGovern) calls, he does not break the news to her. As his buddy Alex Murphy (Patrick Wilson), an ex-partner of Michael’s from back when he was a cop, points out to him, that is not a good idea. The sooner he comes clean, the better.

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"The Greatest Showman,” “All the Money in the World,” and “Phantom Thread” are also new to Blu-Ray this week

Most movies about card games focus on the players. We almost invariably see a group of men staring each other down in smoke-filled back rooms, looking for tells, calling, raising, and bluffing to win the big pot in the center of the table. It’s rare to get a glimpse, let alone an entire movie, about the person who put the game together. But we get one such movie with “Molly’s Game.”

The title character is Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), an ex-Olympic class skier who never made the team. Why she didn’t make the team is painfully recounted in the opening moments of “Molly’s Game,” as she briefs us on her childhood with her hard-nosed psychologist father (Kevin Costner) pushing her to be the best on the slopes. Molly, we learn, also had ambition to become a lawyer. Judging by her above average LSAT score and clearly high level of intelligence, she would have made a good one.

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

It’s a nice treat when studios decide to trust the director they hire to direct a horror movie. Most of the time, they don’t. That’s why so many horror movies have annoying soundtracks that employ cheap jump scare tactics. Frankly, I get it. I’ve seen my fair share of bad horror movies that needed to be punched up a bit. I still argue against the jump scare tactic, in which something suddenly happens and an ear-bustingly loud noise plays on the soundtrack, but I understand the concern. The trick for studios is to be savvy enough about horror movies so they can differentiate between when there is a need to use low brow fright tactics and when there isn’t.

This puts “Insidious: The Last Key” in an odd position. It sits between two worlds, much like the dark and limitless “The Further” for which these movies are known (this is the fourth movie in the “Insidious” series). In the beginning of the movie, jump scares abound. The setting is a town called Five Keys, New Mexico, in 1953. It’s there we see where young Elise Rainier (Ava Kolker) grew up. Even at the age of about ten, she was able to see spirits from the other side. The director, Adam Robitel, creates a wonderful close quarters setting, involving a room she shares with her brother Christian (Pierce Pope). The two sleep on a bunk bed, with Christian on top and Elise on the bottom. Her bed is covered by a curtain, creating yet another opportunity for the unseen to be lurking anywhere in the dark. The camera stays tight, moves at the right pace, and the music is low. This is what’s called creating mood an atmosphere, and Robitel does a great job. The chintzy jump scare moment on the soundtrack is totally unnecessary. The moment it is used was plenty shocking and scary enough—it did not need to be cheapened in such a crude way.

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