Check The Drop to see what’s new in theaters, disc and digital each week. Click below for theater showtimes. If you’d rather stay home, check out Armchair Smack, where 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. And don’t forget about the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
New in Theaters:
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo
Armchair Smack: If you watch late-night talk shows, you already know this is being heavily promoted as an awards contender. If you can’t catch it, stream Taken or Taken 2 (see our Smack to choose between the two) for a similar… um… take on a dad defying the authorities to find a kidnapped daughter.
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette
Armchair Smack: A sentimental favorite, since it is the beloved Gandolfini’s final film. It is in limited release, so if it’s not showing in your area, try Holofcener’s wonderfully touching film about complicated relationships, Please Give. Both films feature muse Catherine Keener.
Thanks for Sharing
Director: Stuart Blumberg
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad
Armchair Smack: Director Blumberg was nominated for a writing Oscar® for The Kids Are Alright, and the stars are all well respected, but this film has been sitting on the shelves for about a year, so it gives us pause. In multiple film festival-winner Shame, Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan burn up the screen in a different take on sex addiction. Unlike Thanks for Sharing, it’s not a comedy, so if you are hotter for that genre, try I Am a Sex Addict. We’ve Smacked them against each other.
The Wizard of Oz – 3-D IMAX
Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr
Armchair Smack: Forgive us but “there’s no place like home.” We could recommend this year’s Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, as it is lavishly produced and a visual wonder, but honestly, nothing compares with the original. If you have the DVD in your cabinet somewhere, dig it out, pull your chair up close to the screen (so it looks bigger) and watch The Wizard of Oz.
New on Disc and Digital:
The Bling Ring
Stars: Emma Watson, Leslie Mann
Stars: Jason Bateman, Paula Patton, Hope Davis
Behind the Candelabra
Stars: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon
Stars: Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård
Tune in to see Neil Patrick Harris host the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast Sunday night on CBS. Check local listings for times in your area. Smack founding editor Bryce Zabel, the former chairman/CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will be in attendance, so we hope to have a few insider reports from the show. Click here for a list of nominees.