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“Bad Samaritan” and “Higher Power” are also new to Blu-Ray this week.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is like a final exam—only way, way more fun. The movie is a culmination of the past 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, which kicked off with 2008’s “Iron Man.” All of the superheroes, villains, storylines, and objects (most notably the cosmic “Infinity Stones”) we’ve seen since Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) first blasted his way on to the big screen come to fruition in “Infinity War,” including this year’s earlier entry into the MCU, “Black Panther.” It’s been an amazing ride for the past decade—and it continues to be one.

After being hinted at as the big baddie since his mid-credits appearance in 2012’s “The Avengers,” we finally get to see the Thanos (Josh Brolin) in action. His M.O. is pretty straightforward. In order to achieve peace and balance in the universe, he goes to planets with his loyal minions and wipes out half of the population. But this is tedious, going one planet at a time. It would be much simpler if he could literally snap his fingers and half of the universe would vanish into dust. To do this, he had dwarf Eitri (Peter Dinklage) craft a gauntlet. This gauntlet can hold six Infinity Stones that control various aspects of the universe—Power, Space, Reality, Time, Soul, and Mind. Obtaining all six means that Thanos would become an omnipotent god-like being.

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“The Death of Superman” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.

There’s something naturally appealing to me about the “middle-aged college student” trope. Perhaps it’s because it serves as an affirmation that age is just a number and that one is never too old for gaining knowledge, getting a degree, and achieving a better life. Or it could be that this trope also shows that one is never too old for over-doing it on agave shots, having promiscuous sex, and doing the walk of shame the following morning. Probably both.

The middle-aged college student in “Life of the Party” is Deanna (Melissa McCarthy), or “Dee Rock” as she later becomes known. Shortly after she and her husband Dan (Matt Walsh) drop their daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) off for her senior year at Decatur University, Dan tells Deanna that he wants a divorce. Anyone who has been dumped and didn’t see it coming--particularly if you were dumped while in the passenger seat of a SUV—will relate to Deanna’s anguish and heart break.

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

“Tully” is about Marlo (Charlize Theron). Marlo is a miserable woman.

That’s not to say she isn’t sympathetic. As written by Diablo Cody, directed by Jason Reitman, and acted by Theron, we understand Marlo’s plight. On the surface everything seems great. She’s settled into suburban middle class life with her caring husband Drew (Ron Livingston). He just got a promotion that forces him to travel, but when he is home he does what he can to help out with their two kids, eight year old Emmy (Maddie Dixon-Poirier) and five year old Jonah (Asher Miles Fallica). Marlo is pregnant at the start of the movie and due any day. She’s raising a beautiful family in a cozy home in a safe neighborhood. What is there to be miserable about?

For starters, Jonah has emotional issues. When we first see Marlo and Jonah, she is brushing him. At first I thought the kid had a skin condition that required rigorous exfoliation, but come to find out the reason for the brushing is because it helps to relax Jonah. He goes into bouts of frenzied panic and frustration, screeching and yelling. It doesn’t help that he also constantly kicks the back seat as Marlo is trying to drive. His outbursts have caught the attention of the principal (Gameela Wright) of the private school Jonah and his sister attend. She thinks Jonah would be happier elsewhere, and says so in the most roundabout way possible.

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“The Con Is On” is also new to Blu-Ray this week

“Ready Player One” is “Forrest Gump” for Generation Xers. Much like Robert Zemeckis’ Best Picture Oscar winning 1994 movie played on the nostalgia of the Baby Boomers, Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” plays on Gen-X nostalgia, mostly from the 1980s—but with some ‘90s thrown in. It works.

As someone who is part of Gen-X and spent his formative years in the 1980s, half the fun of this movie is spotting all of the cool stuff I remember from my childhood, gasping and pointing to the screen and saying, “DeLorean!” or “The Shining!” or “OMG there’s a ‘Greatest American Hero’ symbol on the side of the protagonist’s visor! So cool!” Even Zemeckis himself gets some nods, not only from the aforementioned DeLorean, which is easily spotted as the centerpiece of his “Back to the Future” trilogy, but also in that what we who remember the ‘80s once called a Rubik’s Cube is now called a Zemeckis Cube.

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