August got off to a low profile start with four excellent releases but no big box office giants.
BATMAN:THE KILLING JOKE – DC’s first ‘R” Rated animated film is a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore’s(The Watchmen) excellent Batman story that forever changed the character of Batgirl. Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy return to play the Joker and Batman after essaying the roles more often than any other performer to date. The story is a brutal tale that finds the Joker going after his nemesis by attacking the family of Commissioner James Gordon.
KEY AND PEELE : THE COMPLETE SERIES – All 55 episodes of this comic pair are packaged here . These guys are hilarious and the show mixes together stand-up performances and skits that skewer popular culture. If you never caught their Comedy Central show this is a chance to own the complete run with extras and no commercials.
KEANU – Key and Peele are back in this, their first , feature film. They play a pair of cousins who hatch an elaborate plan to steal back their kitten from a gangster by posing as drug lords. Funny stuff that finds the talented duo essaying dual roles.
HIGH- RISE – This science fiction/dram should have done better at the box office. It focuses on an apartment building which is secluded and chock full of various oddballs whose social strata mirrors their living quarters with the poorest folks struggling at the bottom. Rising tensions explode when power problems place everyone in the same leaking boat. A terrific cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, James Purefoy, Jeremy Irons, and Elisabeth Moss.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.