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

Denzel Washington returns as vigilante do-gooder Robert McCall in director Antoine Fuqua’s “Equalizer 2,” a slightly superior sequel to the 2014 hit. This outing takes more of a globe-trotting approach, with scenes set in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Brussels, Belgium. But before we get to any of that we see McCall, with shaved head and scraggly beard, on a train in Istanbul, Turkey, dispensing his own brand of justice in under thirty seconds and helping a Boston book store owner (Tamara Hickey) get her daughter (Rhys Olivia Cote) back from her abusive kidnapper husband (Adam Karst).

After that it’s back to Boston, where McCall is the city’s most concerned Lyft driver. His concern is for more than just the safety and well-being of his passengers though. He also checks in on the book store owner and her daughter to make sure they are okay. This makes McCall unique in that he is not just interested in punishing those who do bad things, he also wants to make sure that what he does is right and good and that things do in fact work out that way.

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“The Nun,” “The Happytime Murders,” and “Becoming Iconic” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

It’s a good thing Tom Cruise keeps up the cardio. As IMF agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible—Fallout” he needs to rumble in hand to hand combat, sprint for long distances, and hang on to objects while dangling hundreds of feet in the air—usually after fighting or sprinting. Even with the magic of Hollywood cheating here and there, the man is in amazing shape. Director Christopher McQuarrie (who also wrote the screenplay) wants to make you aware of this as well, since many of the shots make it clear that Cruise is doing his own stunts.

The “Mission: Impossible” franchise has made a name for itself with impressive, suspenseful, death-defying stunts. “Fallout” is no exception, delivering the goods from start to finish with a hair raising high altitude skydive by Hunt and CIA partner August Walker (Henry Cavill) early on to a harrowing helicopter chase through a narrow canyon for the movie’s climax. There is also a mid-movie motorcycle chase. It isn’t a “Mission: Impossible” movie without motorcycles.

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

I must confess, most movies I watch with an all-Asian cast that take place in locations like Shanghai, Taiwan, or Singapore, usually involve said Asians beating the ever-loving crap out of each other. So it was certainly something different for me to watch “Crazy Rich Asians” and not have a high octane, expertly choreographed fight scene break out every ten minutes or so. That said, while these Asians may not be physically assaulting each other, their words and actions are pretty brutal in their own right.

Receiving the brunt of the abuse is Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a Chinese-American woman living in New York. Rachel is seriously dating Nick Young (Henry Golding). What she knows about Nick is that he is handsome, humble, and charming. What she doesn’t know is that his family is one of the wealthiest land owners in Singapore and that Nick’s every move—especially in regard to who he’s dating—is juicy page six fodder in the Asian community.

Read moreBlu-Ray Pick of the Week: Crazy Rich Asians

“Mile 22” and “Alpha” are also new to Blu-Ray this week. 

Jason Statham puts aside his high-kicking, quick-punching escapades as Jonas Taylor, deep dive rescue expert. While this character may not snap kick faces with joyful aplomb as Statham characters often do, Jonas is no less brave and badass. Certainly more so than me. Put it this way: Midway through “The Meg,” he voluntarily swims up to the giant megalodon (fun fact: this means “big tooth”) shark of the title to shoot a tracking device on to its fin. I wouldn’t.

“The Meg” hits the ground running, showing the tragic event in Taylor’s past that forced him to retire to a life of steady beer drinking and shabby boat repair jobs in Taiwan. After things go pear-shaped during a deep sea expedition involving Taylor’s ex-wife Lori (Jessica McNamee), Taylor’s old friends--who are also part of the expedition--Mac (Cliff Curtis) and Zhang (Winston Chao) convince Taylor to go to their deep underwater facility to rescue Lori and her two crew members Wall (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and Toshi (Masi Oka). He begrudgingly accepts, and lucky for all involved, five years of constant beer drinking didn’t give Taylor a beer belly or inhibit his senses in any way. This fact alone makes it clear that he is no mere mortal.

Read moreBlu-Ray Pick of the Week: The Meg
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