A slim release week offered a treat for the kids and plenty of fun flicks that should appeal to the adventurous viewer.
HOME – The children will love this well told story about a child helping an alien get home. The plot is a little familiar but the earnest presentation will appeal to the young ones. The story offers plenty of well intentioned messages about not taking the little moments for granted and friendship plus there is a solid cast that includes Jim parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez.
MIRACLE MILE- A young man picks up a ringing pay phone(remember those) and accidentally intercepts a panicked phone call from a missile silo tech who has misdialed in this heart pounding 80’s chiller. The caller announces that the nuclear war heads have been launched and begs our hero to find his loved ones as he won’t get a second chance to make this call. What follows is a tense real time exploration of people in crisis as this message is acted upon by others. Great stuff with a fine cast(Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, and veteran John Agar)and an amazing finale . This edition features a retrospective on the flick, reminisces with the cast, and a blooper reel.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS- Welcome to an alternate reality where Batman , Superman, and Wonder Woman keep the peace through brutal beat downs that leave the world cowering at their booted feet. DC Comics continues to prove here that they are dynamite when it comes to animated flicks. The voice cast includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and C. Thomas Howell.
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000: COLLECTION 33 – This time out the robots poke fun at four goofy flicks from the fifties and sixties. See them riff on spy flicks (Agent from H.A.R.M.) and juvenile delinquent capers (Teenage Crime Wave and Daddy-O) while saving their best jokes for the creature feature, “Earth VS the Spider.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.