Muppets Most Wanted - Disney - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: James Bobin
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ray Liotta, Steve Whitmire. Full cast + crew
Oh those silly Muppets. The last time we saw them, they were having a hard time proving to the world that they were still relevant and that people everywhere still found joy in their lives. 2011's The Muppets was a delightful, self-aware (but not obnoxiously so) reintroduction to a personality that's been missing from our lives this cinematic generation.
Now that they're back, though, there's no need to convince the world that they needed a reintroduction, which allows Muppets Most Wanted to become a more traditional movie involving larger-than-life caper and an increasingly absurd scenario. So if you're fan of the Muppets, new and old, and miss movies like The Muppets Take Manhattan, you'll most likely get plenty of joy out of this one, too.
Other Notable New Releases
Disneynature has been doing a wonderful job in recent years of weaving elaborate, heartwarming stories out of footage captured in the wild, and its latest, Bears, is no different. As with Chimpanzee and African Cats before it, it's a delightful way to teach some emotionally complex lessons to kids, while also just showcasing some of the true beauty and wonder our world still holds.
And if Bears and Muppets aren't enough family-friendly material for you this week, the mouse house has put out new Blu-rays for a half dozen older films as well (see those below).
And if you want to get away from the family flicks, you have a handful of very different options this week. If your local art house didn't have Locke (aka the Tom Hardy-in-a-car movie), then now's your chance to see it. Then there's Filth, featuring James McAvoy's best performance to date, and a really provocative blend of humor and depression. But if you like filthy topics but don't like dramas, you can go for A Haunted House 2, which features Marlon Wayans spoofing the most popular horror movies of the last few years by way of writing himself a handful of different sex scenes (including one with the doll from The Conjuring). It's crude and basic, but if that's your speed, have at it.
Speaking of horror spoofs, one has to wonder if the bizarre Motel Hell came out in 2014 instead of 1980, if anyone would even bother spoofing it. If you've never seen it, this is a low-budget, grungy, comedic-yet-freaky movie about a brother and sister team of psychos who bury people neck deep in their yards so they can keep them alive to fatten them up and eventually harvest them. It's a strange, strange movie that is itself a bit of a satire of grungy late '70s horror movies like The Last House on the Left, and so its humor may be lost on a a teenager picking this movie up today, but horror fans from that period will get along with it just fine.
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