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

The estate of the late singer/song writer John Denver must have had a deal on Channing Tatum movies that use his song, “Take Me Home Country Roads.” “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is the second Tatum movie this year, alongside “Logan Lucky,” to feature the song. This makes “Kingsman” the third movie this year, also including “Alien: Covenant,” to feature the song. It’s a great song, but I hope movies don’t become too saturated with it. Doing so would make movies less unique and make the song less of a joy to listen to. If it ever comes to the point where I hear the song and think to myself, “Oh, this again,” then I’ll know we’re in trouble. Three is okay though.

As for the movie itself, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” doesn’t exactly re-invent the wheel after the success of its 2014 predecessor, but it does what all great sequels do: It takes the best elements of the first movie and amps them up to be bigger, better, and more.

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“Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.

There is one thing that is immediately striking about the opening scene of “American Assassin,” which takes place on a beautiful, sandy beach in Spain. This is that the hero of our story, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), is a fairly average dude. With this being a mainstream movie, one would naturally expect a super-toned body with well-defined muscles. Not on Mitch. He’s in decent shape and not fat or anything, but he’s not particularly beefy either. Throw in the pale skin and—gasp!—chest hair, and Mitch’s look flies in the face of all of the muscle bound action heroes of recent decades. I like it and it’s refreshing—a great call back to the action heroes of yore, whose manliness relied less on muscle and more on grit and determination.

And oh boy, is Mitch determined. After the peaceful tranquility and happiness of the beach scene is ruined by terrorists with automatic weapons, Mitch’s girlfriend—who became his fiancée minutes earlier—is gunned down. Mitch is shot too, but he survives his wounds. This fundamentally changes him from a happy go lucky regular guy to a man whose life is dedicated to hunting down and killing the terrorists responsible for that fateful day.

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

Time and place go unappreciated in movies. When people think of the characters in a movie, their thoughts tend to go to the living beings—humans and animals—whose story is being told. Oftentimes the setting is just a backdrop on which to tell the story. Occasionally, as with “Logan Lucky,” the setting is so crucial that it is not mere backdrop. In these cases, the setting not only supplies a time and a place for the character to inhabit, it is a character in and of itself.

The setting as character in “Logan Lucky” is primarily the Charlotte Motor Speedway, home to a big NASCAR race on Memorial Day weekend. But more than that, director Steven Soderbergh creates a great sense of community in the lower West Virginia/upper North Carolina area of the United States. These people have a certain way of life and set of values—and pride—that is very clear from the get go. If anything, Soderbergh might take his characterization a bit too far—the backwoods, hillbilly, country bumpkin stereotype of some of the characters is less than flattering.

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“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.

With a title like “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” you know the movie isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. Good thing, too, because it’s absurd almost to the point of all out comedy. The best thing about it is watching two incredibly charismatic actors—Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson—fight, shoot, banter, and in general appear to have a really good time.

Jackson in particular looks like he is having a blast as hitman Darius Kincaid. His infectious smile lights up many scenes, tipping off the audience that he’s enjoying this crazy ride just as much as they are. In comparison, Reynolds’ highly rated professional bodyguard Michael Bryce is more of the straight man, but with the usual Reynolds quips and witticisms thrown in to give him some laughs as well.

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