Don’t plan your weekend until you’ve visited The Drop! See what’s new in theaters, disc and digital each week. Not excited by the new releases or don’t want to get out of your pajamas? Armchair Smack is for you. We suggest alternatives to each week’s theatrical releases. Choose one or see both and then Smack us in the comments section below and let us know how they compare.
What will you view this weekend?
New in Theaters:
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight
Armchair Smack: Stream The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. True, the 2013 Getaway is not a remake, but didn’t reading the title make you long to see Sam Peckinpah’s 1972 film one more time? Bonus: The McQueen version was written by Walter Hill.
One Direction: This Is Us
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Stars: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles
Armchair Smack: Pretty much any other music documentary ever made would be Super Sized in comparison. If your cable is not being blacked out by Time Warner, catch the Ginger Baker documentary Beware of Mr. Baker on Showtime (also streaming on amazon.com). You may have figured Baker was a little eccentric, but you have no idea.
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace
Armchair Smack: You might enjoy a different workplace thriller, Margin Call, starring Zachary Quinto and Kevin Spacey.
Stars: Eric Bana, Jim Broadbent, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds
Armchair Smack: Watch the thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, also produced by the team of Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin, and Eric Fellner. Or pull up those Homeland episodes that still are clogging up your DVR.
Stars: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer
Armchair Smack:The Lifeguard is available to stream, as well as in theaters.
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Stars: Eugenio Derbez, Jessica Lindsey
Armchair Smack: Try the 1987 classic baby-on-a-doorstep comedy, 3 Men and a Baby, starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg.
New on Disc and Digital:
The English Teacher
Stars: Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Michael Angarano, Nathan Lane, Lily Collins
Stars: Guy Pearce, Claudia Karvan
At Any Price
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Heather Graham
Stars: Christian Slater, Brendan Fehr
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon
A coming-of-age tale with an award-worthy performance by Matthew McConaughey as a drifter with a complicated past. Mud has been available on disc and streaming since August 6, but bears mention for those of you who have not yet seen it.