In John Madden's ensemble comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a group of British seniors travel to India only to discover their hotel isn't the luxurious palace they were expecting. The building is run by Sonny (Dev Patel), a young man trying to keep his departed father's beloved hotel alive by advertising to elderly vacationers, and he is suddenly the host of a recently widowed housewife (Judi Dench), a retired judge (Tom Wilkinson) who grew up in India, a couple (Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy) looking for a retirement they can afford, a single woman (Celia Imrie) searching for a new husband, a self-styled ladies man (Ronald Pickup) trying to re-live his youth, and woman (Maggie Smith) with a prejudice against Asians in-country for immediate hip replacement surgery. Though Sonny puts a cheerful spin on everything, the guests initially have trouble with their new environment... until, one by one, they understand that not getting what they expect has given them what they need. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Forward-thinking Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) loses his job in late 1800s England when he refuses to ignore the new "germ theory" in Hysteria. Though it's difficult for a doctor who believes in germs to find work, he's eventually hired to assist Dr. Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce) to treat women suffering from "hysteria" by manually massaging them to "paroxysmal convulsions." Mortimer is popular at the clinic and is drawn to Dr. Dalrymple's youngest daughter (Felicity Jones), a proper English young lady, until he develops hand cramps and cannot satisfy his patients' needs. When he notices the vibrations in his friend's (Rupert Everett) invention, an electric duster, Mortimer comes up with an idea for a device that could induce paroxysms more efficiently than a doctor's massage. His outcast status and breaks from traditions draws him to Dalrymple's other daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an opinionated, educated woman whose refusal to fall in line with conventional thinking could lead some to label her hysterical. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods is both a bloody monster movie and a clever horror comedy where college student Dana (Kristen Connolly) is joining her friends (Chris Hemsworth and Fran Kranz) and the guy they're setting her up with (Jesse Williams) for a weekend in a remote cabin. It sounds like the set-up for any number of generic horror movies... and in a way, it is, but not only are they stuck in a traditional horror movie set up, they're being monitored by technicians (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) making sure everything goes according to plan. As their vacation goes inevitably awry, they discover that there's more to being trapped in a "spam in a cabin" movie than they suspected. On DVD and Blu Ray.
When Second Lieutenant Bart Gregory (David Anders) is killed in action in Iraq, his body is shipped home. His best friend Joey (Chris Wylde) has a bit of a shock after the funeral: Bart has risen from the grave, come to Joey's apartment, and wants some help figuring out his condition in The Revenant. They discover Bart needs fresh blood to keep himself from decomposing, but they find a benefit of being undead when Bart gets shot in the middle of a robbery... he can't be killed. Bart and Joey take to the streets to foil crimes and thin the criminal population. Being the living dead has other unexpected side effects, and their adventure can't possibly go the way they planned.
American Tom (Ethan Hawke) comes to Paris to be closer to his daughter in The Woman in the Fifth, but his ex-wife doesn't want anything to do with him. Tom, a writer whose first novel was a moderate success, finds himself adrift in France with no money, no work, and no place to stay... but as he starts to put a new life together, he begins an affair with the elegant Margit (Kristin Scott Thomas), a widow who sets elaborate rules for their trysts. Margit tells him that his hardships (and relationship with her) will make Tom's next novel a masterpiece... and then people start dying around him. Since meeting Margit, Tom's reality shifts into a strange, dreamlike haze, and the lines between his real and fictitious lives blur into literary symbolism.
One morning, as the children arrive at their Montreal classroom, they find their elementary school teacher has taken her own life, and her replacement has his work cut out for him in the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar. Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, doesn't have too solid a grasp on modern education or how to deal with 21st-century children, but he's dealing with a recent ordeal, and Mr. Lazhar may be the perfect man to help with the children's grief and confusion. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Tommy (Paul Schneider) and Audrey (Olivia Munn) have been trying to have a baby but just can't get pregnant in Jay Chandrasekhar's The Babymakers. Tommy doesn't want to believe the doctor that tells him he has a low sperm count, because he's made numerous donations to a sperm bank... and they wouldn't have paid him for useless samples. This gives him an idea: he enlists his best friend (Kevin Heffernan) to set up a heist, raiding a clinic and re-claiming his genetic material, but these guys are hardly criminal masterminds. What they lack in planning and experience, they make up in crazy dedication, and they might just be able to come out of the ordeal with a baby.
Charismatic, evangelical Pastor Dan Day (Pierce Brosnan) gets together with popular, published atheist Dr. Blaylock (Ed Harris) after their debate in Salvation Boulevard, but Dan accidentally shoots Dr. Blaylock during their discussion. The only other man in the room is a member of Pastor Dan's flock, former Dead-head Carl (Greg Kinnear), who watches the pastor frame the shooting as a suicide. No one believes Carl's story, and he's suddenly on a strange side of a morality debate that includes his zealot wife (Jennifer Connelly), mobster real estate agents, and friends willing to sacrifice him to save their church.
Chihuahuas Papi (George Lopez) and Chloe (Odette Annable) move into an upscale Beverly Hills Motel and they bring the whole family with them in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! When Rosa (Kay Panabaker), their youngest pup, feels neglected in the chaos of the new place, the family has to band together and host an epic fiesta to show Rosa how special she really is. On DVD and Blu Ray.
The new Thomas the Tank Engine movie is Thomas the Tank Engine: Blue Mountain Mystery, where Thomas and his friends have to solve the mystery of a missing engine while riding the rails at the Blue Mountain Quarry.
The self produced documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me takes a camera back stage for behind-the-scenes access to the pop star, including full song performances in concert, fan testimonials, the story of Katy Perry's history and long climb to stardom. On DVD and Blu Ray.
The comedy DVD John Mulaney: New in Town is a feature length stand-up performance by comedy writer/performer John Mulaney, filmed live at NYU. The disc also includes a video-in-video commentary of Mulaney and comic friends Anthony Jeselnik and Dan Mintz ripping into Mulaney's recorded performance.
New this week in our TV New Releases:
|The rules change for Sam and Dean as they face more powerful enemies than they've ever encountered before: the Leviathans, who render their weapons and expertise useless.||Modern
|The multi-family show continues the deal with the extended Pritchett family, from Jay and his new wife to his son Mitchell, his daughter Claire, and their spouses and children, as they find themselves in a variety of sitcom crises.|
|George leaves New York City to provide his teenage daughter Tessa with a better life... but Tessa isn't sure how to handle suburban conformity and social mores.||The
|Imprisoned after the events of Season 3, Patrick has to defend himself in court and earn his freedom to continue solving crimes and discover the truth behind the Red John serial killings.|
|Three young trains have adventures, learn new skills, and make new friends in six episodes of the kid-friendly Chuggington.||Sally Lockhart
The Shadow in the North
Investigating the missing ships that caused the bankruptcy of her clients, Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) navigates an underworld of corrupt businessmen, psychics, and stage magicians six years after Ruby in the Smoke.
Super Troopers, Beerfest
Keeping Mum, The Secret Garden
A Dry White Season, The Mission
Orange County, Rise: Bloodhunter
The West Wing, Billy Madison
Glengarry Glen Ross, The Affair of the Necklace
Cemetery Man, Stage Beauty
Space Cowboys, The Ten
Mansfield Park, Doctor Who