RT on DVD

RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Walter Mitty, Ride Along, and More

Philomena, The Nut Job,

by | April 15, 2014 | Comments

This week on home video, we’ve got an ambitious project from Ben Stiller, a small Oscar-nominated drama from the UK, a surprise hit action comedy, and an underperforming animation, as well as the usual list of smaller films. Read on for the full list:



The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

51%

Ben Stiller has proven he knows what it takes to craft a memorable film; his first three feature directorial efforts — Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, and Zoolander — have all earned cult followings, and his 2008 action comedy Tropic Thunder was a smash hit with both critics and audiences. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, though? Not so much. Stiller plays the titular daydream-prone Life magazine photo manager, who embarks on a globetrotting adventure to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn) when he discovers the negative for a cover photo is missing. Can he secure the image and win the heart of his crush (Kristen Wiig) before Life shuts down for good? Critics acknowledged Stiller’s ambition in adapting the James Thurber short story and praised the striking visuals, but many of them felt there simply wasn’t enough substance behind all the razzle dazzle, leading to an underwhelming 49% on the Tomatometer.



Ride Along

18%

Tim Story’s odd-couple buddy-cop comedy Ride Along didn’t impress a whole lot of critics, but you know what? It made a lot of money, and audiences were much kinder to it, so he’s already been tapped for a sequel. Kevin Hart stars as Ben Barber, a spunky security guard and video game junkie who agrees to accompany no-nonsense Atlanta detective James Payton (Ice Cube) on a 24-hour ride along (natch) in an effort to convince him he?s man enough to marry James’ sister, Anglea (Tika Sumpter). When Ben unwittingly helps uncover a new lead in a heavy case James is working, the two must work together to survive. Unfortunately, critics found Ride Along too predictable and overly reliant on familiar genre mechanics to recommend it to anyone who’s seen any number of similar films. Kevin Hart’s manic energy helped pick up the pace from time to time, but even that couldn’t save the film from its 18% Tomatometer score.



Philomena

90%

Stephen Frears’ based-on-true-events story was the acclaimed director’s first hit since 2006’s The Queen, and it earned a multitude of accolades, including four Oscar nods in fairly hefty categories. Adapted from the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, the film stars Steve Coogan as journalist Martin Sixsmith, who takes it upon himself to investigate further when he learns the story of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an elderly woman who was forced to give up a son for adoption fifty years prior. Together, Martin and Philomena travel from Ireland to the US in search of answers and closure. Critics largely credited the performances here — especially Dench, who was nominated for Best Actress — for the film’s charm and power, which helped elevate Philomena beyond your typical human interest drama, and the film earned a Certified Fresh 92% on the Tomatometer as a result.



The Nut Job

13%

It’s got talking animals, a celebrity voice cast, and a barrel of slapstick yuks, but The Nut Job failed do much of anything with all that. Will Arnett lends his gravelly inflections to Surly, a misfit squirrel banished from his park community of wild critters after an attempted peanut cart theft goes awry. Left to fend for himself, Surly happens upon a criminal plot to rob a bank and leave nuts in place of the cash, and, with the help of some friends, he plots his own heist to nick the nuts. Based on a short film called Surly Squirrel by director Peter Lepeniotis, The Nut Job drew groans from most critics, who found Surly too unlikable a character and the film’s story a paper thin facsimile of its source material that wears out its welcome fairly quickly. At 11% on the Tomatometer, this is one for the easily entertained little ones, but probably no one else.

Also available this week:

  • Mike Newell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (66%), starring Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ralph Fiennes.
  • Black Nativity (48%), starring Forest Whitaker and Angela Basset in a drama inspired by Langston Hughes’ stage play.
  • Quentin Dupieux’s ensemble comedy Wrong Cops (44%), featuring Marilyn Manson, Eric Wareheim, and more in a story about crooked cops trying to hide a body.
  • Ronald F. Maxwell’s Copperhead (22%), a Civil War movie about a Northern pacifist who is increasingly harassed for his views.
  • Better Living Through Chemistry (21%), starring Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde in a dark comedy about a straight-laced pharmacist who sheds his inhibitions after meeting a woman in his neighborhood.
  • And Criterion releases another updated Blu-ray/DVD combo pack: Lars von Trier’s breakout 1996 film Breaking the Waves (86%), starring Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård.
  • Season 2 of period crime drama Ripper Street (100%).

Tag Cloud

remakes Television Academy indie sequel Classic Film Columbia Pictures revenge Photos E3 Superheroes FX Netflix Christmas movies scary movies dramedy toronto Rock Marvel Emmy Nominations Heroines The Academy medical drama Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Adult Swim Creative Arts Emmys critics CNN Toys Black Mirror crime Anna Paquin Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Central harry potter documentaries Western ABC black cinemax Nominations quibi MSNBC Tomatazos 2018 BAFTA canceled Bravo historical drama justice league boxoffice Vudu BBC sports Winter TV Summer APB children's TV Comedy rt archives Marathons Set visit Peacock BBC One a nightmare on elm street stand-up comedy Christmas unscripted Mystery VOD Netflix movies sag awards halloween slashers Paramount Turner Classic Movies game of thrones ghosts diversity Lionsgate fast and furious DirecTV films Rom-Com canceled TV shows ITV Sony Pictures 4/20 Sundance DC streaming service Trivia A24 71st Emmy Awards Quiz space festival RT21 SundanceTV TCA Martial Arts Reality Competition Apple TV Plus TBS sequels universal monsters TCM Box Office stop motion indiana jones comiccon ID kids anthology TLC Best and Worst period drama OneApp cartoon DC Universe reboot YouTube Teen 99% Interview Reality spanish Funimation directors FOX transformers Cannes chucky Thanksgiving Alien Trailer Sundance Now Baby Yoda Elton John Pop TV Land Cartoon Network cancelled TV series criterion IFC all-time Valentine's Day Women's History Month Song of Ice and Fire PaleyFest worst 2016 Travel Channel Lucasfilm anime 24 frames Apple Tubi Discovery Channel psycho satire See It Skip It book romantic comedy TCA 2017 concert war BBC America richard e. Grant movie Awards Tour Esquire Mary poppins TV The Witch Syfy true crime History Film PBS Watching Series robots MTV batman PlayStation werewolf Starz biography political drama crime drama TCA Awards Awards comics nbcuniversal christmas movies YA Academy Awards Animation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The CW Premiere Dates cats Avengers spy thriller Fall TV comic books natural history Britbox Hallmark video disaster fresh child's play obituary Spring TV spanish language deadpool Film Festival NBC Writers Guild of America BET Awards animated Chernobyl james bond TV renewals Disney Channel elevated horror discovery Grammys travel video on demand Television Critics Association Disney 45 MCU what to watch Emmys green book crime thriller FXX AMC ABC Family Fox Searchlight Hulu 2020 Arrowverse zombies Tarantino TNT cults Election VICE social media Lifetime Marvel Studios blaxploitation zombie Character Guide latino Year in Review Extras FX on Hulu worst movies Musical Pixar game show adaptation docudrama blockbuster romance dceu spinoff Disney Plus television facebook National Geographic series Ovation 2019 20th Century Fox Comic Book Brie Larson Endgame A&E Mudbound witnail talk show news Musicals toy story ESPN Red Carpet Food Network superhero YouTube Premium Disney+ Disney Plus reviews VH1 die hard hollywood Schedule Sundance TV composers Star Trek E! Shondaland GIFs independent DGA south america USA Trophy Talk based on movie Comics on TV rotten WGN franchise USA Network BET cancelled Family Paramount Network mockumentary Shudder Spike science fiction Super Bowl Universal Amazon Prime Video Pop TV Country Captain marvel Dark Horse Comics Countdown supernatural Kids & Family stoner comedies politics Horror scorecard cops GLAAD binge cancelled television italian documentary Winners serial killer tv talk spider-man halloween tv Spectrum Originals Nickelodeon CMT Mindy Kaling Sneak Peek 72 Emmy Awards nfl Podcast golden globes crossover Stephen King Disney streaming service 2017 mutant dogs Freeform mission: impossible 21st Century Fox technology award winner Black History Month Polls and Games Amazon Studios cancelled TV shows Epix twilight YouTube Red HBO Max Opinion Mary Poppins Returns Superheroe Apple TV+ laika Holidays SDCC RT History Music screenings spain jamie lee curtis Certified Fresh President adventure finale Hallmark Christmas movies LGBTQ Calendar LGBT police drama vampires free movies Hear Us Out DC Comics OWN casting Oscars The Arrangement joker 007 strong female leads versus name the review football australia boxing psychological thriller SXSW festivals Marvel Television CBS All Access WarnerMedia Amazon HBO dark zero dark thirty Binge Guide Lifetime Christmas movies Drama Cosplay New York Comic Con San Diego Comic-Con breaking bad doctor who Pride Month sitcom Infographic American Society of Cinematographers foreign X-Men Masterpiece screen actors guild emmy awards CW Seed ratings Pet Sematary Fox News CBS renewed TV shows Crunchyroll best Star Wars The Walking Dead archives rotten movies we love TIFF miniseries Logo Fantasy NYCC japanese hist HBO Go Warner Bros. Action Sci-Fi french First Look Biopics theme song venice Acorn TV Ellie Kemper Pirates dc The Purge GoT parents Nat Geo nature streaming Showtime Tumblr TCA Winter 2020 comic teaser El Rey asian-american dragons Crackle Walt Disney Pictures First Reviews IFC Films singing competition hispanic aliens Holiday thriller Ghostbusters Turner cars 2015 classics cooking Amazon Prime Video Games TruTV Rocky Rocketman