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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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“How to be a Latin Lover” is also new to Blu-Ray this week. 

In spite of the name, the “Alien” movies have always been more about the people than the alien. This is true for the first movie and holds true right through to the most recent entry, “Alien Covenant.”

The “Alien” movies have also always been strikingly egalitarian. There is always a mix of races and genders in the crew, but the beauty part is that when push comes to shove, none of that really matters in these movies. Everyone is human, and anyone can be a hero or a coward. As the lone survivor in 1979’s “Alien,” Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) showed that a woman with bravery and ingenuity can defeat the alien. This can be contrasted most sharply with Covenant crew member Faris (Amy Seimetz), who is cowardly and winds up getting herself and fellow crew member Karine (Carmen Ejogo) killed because of her nervous bumbling with a shotgun. If Faris had been in Ripley’s place, the 1979 movie would have been an hour long.

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

One of the main duties of fantasy is to give the audience something they’ve never seen before. This is easier said than done given the mind-numbing amount of sword clanking and spell conjuring seen in so many movies since the turn of the century. So I have to hand it to co-writer/director Guy Ritchie: The opening moments of “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” begin with colossal size elephants with glowing red-orange eyes—possessed by evil mage Mordred (Rob Knighton)—ransacking the fabled city of Camelot. Definitely a new one.

Camelot is getting decimated, but they have an ace up their sleeve. King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) wields the powerful sword Excalibur. After making is way on to the back of the gargantuan elephant that Mordred is riding—and being a total jerk to a perfectly innocent white horse in the process—Uther defeats Mordred and saves the last bastion of mortals from being overrun by mages.

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“Going in Style” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.

The best way to tackle writer-director Nacho Vigalondo’s “Colossal,” one of the most inspired and original movies I’ve seen in a long time, is to set up the premise. In it, New York City party girl Gloria (Anne Hathaway) breaks up with her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) and is forced to move back to her old hometown, into her parents’ abandoned house. Shortly after she returns, a monster returns after 25 years of dormancy and attacks the city of Seoul, South Korea. She soon realizes that this is not a coincidence—she and the monster are connected.

For a premise that lends itself to comedy and satire, “Colossal” is surprisingly serious and straightforward. Sure, there are funny moments. That’s to be expected when a funny and charming actress like Hathaway is involved. Jason Sudeikis, known as a comedian, plays Oscar, a former classmate of Gloria’s whom she reconnects with after she moves back. One would expect a certain level of silliness and buffoonery given the casting of Sudeikis in the role, but there is none of that. Sudeikis fleshes out his character in a well-rounded, straightforward way, and turns in one of the best performances I’ve seen from him to date.

Read moreBlu-Ray Pick of the Week: Colossal