One blockbuster and three other flicks make for a new lose situation for renters this week.
SPECTRE – Turns out our previous entry on this excellent Bond flick was merely for the digital release. Now it is available on Disc and worth wait for the extras that streaming doesn’t offer. Response to this Bond effort was so high that star Daniel Craig signed up for three more and that’s good news for fans as he gets his first recurring villain here .
CRIMSON PEAK – Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim) is back with another high concept horror yarn. This time he tackles the Gothic genre in a tale about a woman on the run after a family tragedy who married an exotic stranger. Turns out he lives in a huge, brooding, and remote castle that is very much alive. A fine cast (Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Jim Beaver and Charles Hunnam) shows up but this film belongs to the visuals. Great camera work and effects make the haunted home a major character here. It takes a little bit to get going but worth the trip.
MI-5 – Britain’s long running spy series gets the film treatment here with Peter Firth returning as Pierce, the head of the C.I.A. like titular group. His team loses a terrorist in a routine transfer to the American authorities and a former agent, played by Kit Harrington of ‘Game of Thrones,’ is brought into find out what went wrong. Pierce goes off the radar and it becomes a hunt for him as well. Good stuff with plenty of action and double crosses.
99 HOMES – Drama fans will be absorbed by the events depicted in this topical film about underhanded business practices. Andrew Garfield(Spiderman) stars as a blue collar worker who loses his home to a foreclosure by a shady business group . He has to move his family into a cheap motel and struggles to get things together until an opportunity to make big bucks presents itself. This means going to work for the same shifty guy who took his home and keeping it all from his family. dependable cast sells this story with Michael Shannon as the shady tycoon.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.