Monday, June 3, 2019

New on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Stream June 4, 2019 "Captain Marvel," "A Madea Family Funeral" and "Gloria Bell"

A Madea Family Funeral
Starring: Tyler Perry and Cassi Davis
Rated PG-13   
The family gathers for a funeral in small-town Georgia but nothing goes as planned.

“A Madea Family Funeral” is basically another wig comedy that rehashes the jokes found in all the other Madea films, except told without any enthusiasm or timing.

You might get a chuckle here and there, but mostly the film's gags just fall flat.

Pass it by. It gets a D and is rated PG-13.

Gloria Bell
Starring: Julianne Moore and Sean Astin

Rated R    

A free spirited woman in her 50's tries to fight her loneliness by visiting dance clubs in LA.

“Gloria Bell” is a movie desperately trying to find itself, but dismally failing at every turn. The film is lifeless, flat and uninspired remake of the 2014 Chilean film of the same name.

Both Julianne Moore and Sean Astin are completely lost in this bland, emotionless and one-note film.

“Gloria Bell” should come with a warning that it causes drowsiness and excessive boredom.

It gets an F and is rated R.

Captain Marvel
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg
Rated PG-13   

In the film, Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. But Danvers must first come to terms with her past.

Although “Captain Marvel” is an 'origin story,' it could have been so much better if the plot were not muddled down by a lackluster and slow to boil script.

The film becomes incoherent and confusing, making the audience work too hard to extract some sense to it all.

If you're a big Marvel Universe fan, the film will resonate with you on a few levels, but the movie really just falls short of action film expectations. This is because the script kept adding too many subplots to the mix, weighing the the film down.

Brie Larson is actually the best thing about “Captain Marvel.” Her performance is heartfelt and well played. But that's like being chosen to be valedictorian for summer school, as “Captain Marvel” has so many script and plot problems piled against it.

Samuel L. Jackson offers up a less-hardened and crusty 'Nick Fury,' as we watch his character going back to his beginnings. Jackson makes great use of his screen time.

In the end, “Captain Marvel” doesn't feel like a Marvel movie, but rather an attempt at making a Marvel Movie.

It gets a C and is rated PG-13.