NEW THIS WEEK: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND PRE-ORDERS

 

WEIRD WORLDS

 

The quantum realm. The dark web. Dark money groups. The heroes of this week’s new releases are taking trips to the other side, and their mileage may vary.

 

 

Ant-Man’s (begrudgingly) back in action with his newly suited partner-in-justice in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The variably-sized heroes will need a giant-sized helping of teamwork as they shrink, grow, and shock their way to victory against the mysterious, phase-shifting ghost.

 

 

The dark web is a hive of illegal, immoral, and unspeakable activity, and once you’re in, you may never get out. The stakes are higher, the truth is more twisted, and the danger is all too real in Unfriended: Dark Web.

 

 

Following the money has never been this hard – or this important. As the unseen forces that guide our electoral process do everything in their power to remain in the shadows, one documentarian is determined to shine the light on their Dark Money.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

 

In Sicario, he got his revenge. In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, haunted hitman Alejandro walks the long road to redemption, where friends and enemies sometimes share a face.

 

 

For anyone who has watched the Purge movies only to wonder how this barbaric practice could possibly have taken root, The First Purge has the unfiltered (and unexpected) answers.

 

 

She’s here, she’s fierce, and she’s not done yet. RBG chronicles the life and times of America’s most notorious Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from early aspirations to career-defining decisions.

 

PRE-ORDER

 

 

The reviews are in, and Venom’s twisted take on the buddy movie has sunk its teeth into comic and movie fans alike. Pre-order your copy this Friday 10/5 and get ready to unleash your inner symbiote.

 

 

SCIENCE BITES BACK IN JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

YOU WON’T LIKE THEM WHEN THEY’RE HUNGRY

 

 

What could have more bite than Shark Week, induce more heart palpitations than Lobster Fest, and grab the attention of more kids than the Puppy Bowl? Dinosaurs of course! And it’s time we started counting down to next week’s release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in up to 4K UHD on Vudu. Luckily, you don’t need to wait for the next extinction-level event to get the movie. You can pre-order it now and get a $3 movie credit to spend as you please after release day. Once you’re finished enjoying all the spine-tingling, human-munching thrills of course.

 

Bro, do you even science?

 

 

In the newest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, the “fallen kingdom” isn’t just the once beautiful Isla Nublar. As lava ravages the cloned-dinosaurs’ island home, the kingdom of humanity must reckon with the consequences of creating the genetically-engineered beasts. As one returning character warns (in a scene-stealing cameo), it may already be too late to close the Pandora’s Box of Velociraptors, Mosasauruses, and hybrid horrors leftover from Jurassic World.

 

 

Jurassic Park isn’t the first franchise to deal with experiments gone apocalyptically wrong. Just as John Hammond’s scientists ignored the warning signs in their pursuit of a new race of revived dinosaurs, the negligence of biotech firm Gen-Sys ignites a full-scale interspecies war in the Planet of the Apes series. The pros and cons of ape world vs. dinosaur world (take your stinking claws off me you damn dirty dinos!) are up for debate, but the message is clear: meddling in the gene pool can have unintended results.

 

 

But why should monkeys and lizards have all the fun? In the Resident Evil films, it’s humans that are subjected to the unregulated experiments of a shady genetic research corporation, and the resultant zombie army causes enough trouble for six films worth of gory genetically modified chaos.

 

 

And why have hundreds of medium-sized mistakes when you can have a handful of very, very big ones? The Godzilla franchise is home to countless skyscraper-sized monsters (or Kaiju) including moths, aliens, and-of course-dinosaurs. Not all are the direct result of human tampering (unless you count disturbing their centuries-long nap in the middle of the ocean), but when they’re not created by our nuclear warfare, genetic experimentation, or corporate greed they tend to be bailing us out from those same problems. The humanity-Kaiju relationship status is “It’s Complicated.”

 

 

And just because a scientific disaster isn’t Indominus Rex-sized doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. Just ask the Szalinski family, who are consistently being shrunk, blown up, and otherwise inconvenience by dad Wayne’s ill-advised inventions in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movies. It’s all family fun until somebody ends up in the vacuum cleaner.

 

MORE RAPTORS, MORE PROBLEMS

 

 

So, what have we learned? Probably nothing. But for now, just leave the super-science to the “professionals,” and pre-order Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to get your $3 movie credit before the offer (or the world) ends.

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK: COMPULSION, SUPERFLY, AND MORE

PLUS RENTALS AND MOVIES STILL IN THEATERS

 

PULSE-POUNDERS

 

You’d better use the bathroom now, because you won’t want to look away from this week’s new releases. With murderous party games and winner-take-all drug wars on the agenda, anything goes and the stakes have never been higher.

 

 

When you’re the one that got away, how do you keep yourself from being pulled back in? When writer Sadie is visited by the ex who inspires her most dangerous work, his invitation to an unusual party is too alluring to resist. Will she escape to tell the tale, or fall victim to Compulsion?

 

 

Superfly may be a remake of the 70s Blaxploitation classic, but with the modern Atlanta backdrop, Future-curated soundtrack, and a cast of up-and-coming stars this remix is all 2018. Drug dealer Youngblood Priest wants out of the game for good, but getting there is going to be the fight of a lifetime.

 

NEW TO RENT

 

With 30 days to start watching and 24-72 hours to finish once you’ve started, you can enjoy these fast-paced flicks at your own speed.

 

 

 

Everyone thinks they could pull of a heist, but in 2003 four twenty-somethings put their money where their mouths were. Cutting between documentary interviews and faithful reenactments, American Animals tells the fascinating story of what happens when regular people go all-in on a bad idea.

 

 

Tricks aren’t just for kids anymore. Five grown friends locked in a lifelong game of Tag will go through embarrassment, disgrace, great personal cost, and furniture to claim the title of champion, and they just may learn the value of friendship along the way.

 

 

Why ask Siri or Alexa to do your dirty work when you can do it yourself? With a powerful onboard AI implanted directly in his body, a man with nothing to lose and everything to avenge is going to do just that. Sometimes all you need is a little Upgrade.

 

STILL IN THEATERS

 

 

I Am Vengeance is a moving portrait of love and longing between two lost souls bonded in their shared love of cats and ice cream. Just kidding. An ex-disappeared ex-soldier rains blood and hellfire on the people who killed his best friend, and has a bloody good time doing it.