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“Happy Death Day” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.

Boobs! Boobs everywhere.

Normally that would just be an attention grabber, but in the case of “Blade Runner 2049,” it’s straight reportage. There’s a good amount of boobage throughout this movie, seen on everyone and everything from statues in the desert, to giant neon advertisements for a holographic A.I. companion named Joi (Ana de Armas), to a newly created replicant (Sallie Harmsen), to a “real girl” named Mariette (Mackenzie Davis) who is used by the movie’s protagonist K (Ryan Gosling) as a way to have sex with his own personalized holographic version of Joi. No sex is shown, but the build up to it has to be one of the most fascinating seduction scenes I’ve ever seen. Joi can provide K with all of the emotional companionship and intellectual stimulation that he needs, but being a hologram, she can’t stimulate him in the way he enjoys the most—until she finds a pretty clever work around.

But, as “Showgirls” taught us oh so many years ago, boobs aren’t everything. A movie’s characters, plot, and story have to be good as well. At that, “Blade Runner 2049” also delivers.

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

Mention the name “Jackie Chan” to me and I’ll immediately conjure up images of his movies from the 1990s in which the ever-daring Chan would perform his own extremely dangerous—and at times death-defying—stunts, all for the entertainment of his audience. To this day, those movies have some of the most exciting, entertaining, and just plain fun fight choreography I’ve ever seen.

Jackie Chan is still ever-daring as ever in “The Foreigner,” but in a different way. Rather than risking his body and limbs to perform all manner of crazy spins, flips, and tricks, Chan takes a more nuanced approach here. He plays Quan Ngoc Minh, a Vietnamese immigrant living in London. Early on a member of a rogue faction of the IRA (that’s Irish Republican Army for you youngsters lucky enough to not recall when bombings by this political organization were far too common) sets off a bomb on a busy London street and kills Quan’s daughter Fan (Katie Leung). She was his only surviving family member, a fact we find out later in flashbacks about Quan’s past.

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“Battle of the Sexes” is also new to Blu-Ray this week.  

There’s something about the character of Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) that threw me off in the opening moments of “American Made.” Early on, while at an airport bar, he meets a CIA agent who identifies himself as Monty “Schafer” (Domhnall Gleeson). Monty needs a pilot who can fly reconnaissance missions over jungle countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, to take photographs. Seal is very enthusiastic about the opportunity, to the point where he can’t believe he’s working for the CIA—it’s like a boyhood dream come true.

Then it hit me: The age dynamic was throwing me off. Gleeson is in his early- to mid-thirties and Cruise is in his mid-fifties. To have Cruise act childlike, naïve, and innocent is one thing in and of itself that is bit of a stretch, but to have him to do it with someone who is twenty years his junior is strikingly unrealistic—to the point where it took me out of the movie. I actually mean this in a complimentary way. I enjoy Cruise’s movies immensely (even taking the dissenting opinion on “The Mummy” by recommending it), and I want him to keep going for as long as he can. That doesn’t change the fact that the lines and creases in his still handsome face betray a certain level of experience and world-weariness that do not fit the behavior of that character. I can see someone the same age as Gleeson, or someone more baby-faced, pulling it off, but it’s too much to ask with Cruise. Again, I mean this in the most sincerely positive way. Through the decades that he’s been on the big screen, the man has aged like a very fine wine. Those opening scenes are intended for an actor who is still a grape.

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

“The Mountain Between Us” has finally cemented a notion I’ve pondered: Would it be better to be stranded on a deserted island or on the top of a snowy mountain? Neither one is a picnic, but I think that the island, assuming it is tropical, offers the best chance for survival. At the very least, there are trees to build shelter, wild plants to eat (as long as you pick the right ones), wild fish and game    (if you can catch it), and a reasonably hospitable climate. There are downsides, such as insects, a potential lack of clean fresh water, and the resulting much higher risk of disease, but I’ll take the odds of survival in that environment over that of a barren, snow covered mountain. Up there is nothing.

This is a fact that Ben (Idris Elba) and Alex (Kate Winslet) find out very soon. They meet at an airport in Idaho, and each one needs desperately to get back east. He is a neurosurgeon who is operating on a ten-year-old patient the next day, and tomorrow is her wedding day. Commercial flights are all grounded due to a storm, so the two pool their resources to charter a small two engine plane to fly them from Idaho to Denver, home of the world’s creepiest airport (really--google “blucifer” and take it from there), so they can then book flights back east.

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