From raunchy comedy to bone-chilling horror, this week’s lineup of DVD releases has it all. There’s the silly and entertaining Zac Efron and Robert De Niro flick Dirty Grandpa, the creepy and unsettling The Witch, the musically inclined 10,000 Saints and the Lance Armstrong-inspired The Program. There’s also the Oscar-nominated Theeb from Jordan and for those who appreciate professional wrestling, WrestleMania 32. ~Matthew Pariselli
Dirty Grandpa follows straight-laced Jason Kelly (Zac Efron), who is coerced into driving his foul-mouthed and perverted grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro), a former Army general, to his Florida vacation home. Little does Jason know, Dick has other plans for their trip. On the way, they run into some girls who invite them to Daytona Beach for Spring Break, a detour to which Jason warily agrees. What follows is a rampage of drugs, alcohol, gratuitous nudity and sex – definitely not the road trip that Jason, or even Dick, thought it was going to be.
Trailer: Dirty Grandpa
In 1630 New England, The Witch is the story of William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie), devout Christians and parents to five children. They have recently moved to a remote homestead located at the edge of a vast forest. Almost immediately, things begin to go horribly wrong. Their newborn son inexplicably vanishes, their crops fail, their animals show uncharacteristic behavior and one child appears to be possessed by an evil spirit. The family begins to turn on one another, blaming oldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) of being a witch. Their lack of unity tests their faith and loyalty and leaves them wide open to evil.
Trailer: The Witch
In the 1980s, 16-year-old Jude (Asa Butterfield) and his best friend Teddy dream of moving to New York City to escape their small Vermont home town. Jude’s father Les (Ethan Hawke) comes for a visit along with his girlfriend Di and Di’s daughter, Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld). Les asks Jude to come live with him in Manhattan, where the teen, a punk rock fan who writes songs and plays guitar, enjoys exploring New York’s eclectic music scene and getting to know Eliza. 10,000 Saints costars Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer.
Trailer: 10,000 Saints
Irish sports reporter David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd) covers the world of competitive bicycle racing. He sees promise in an American racer, Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster), even though he doesn’t place high among the world’s best. Lance is diagnosed with testicular cancer and has to drop out of racing to beat his illness. When he does, he goes to an Italian doctor who supports using steroids and EPO – the hormone Erythropoietin – to improve racers’ speed. Suddenly, Lance is at the top of the leader board, winning the Tour de France and triggering a storm of suspicion from Walsh. The Program chronicles the doubts David has and the unraveling of Lance’s scandalous story.
Trailer: The Program
A 2016 Oscar nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category, Theeb is set in the province of Hijaz in 1916 when it’s under severe attack during World War I. Young Theeb and his older brother Hussein work tirelessly to survive in a rapidly changing environment. With the Ottoman Empire on the brink of collapse and the Great Arab Revolt brewing, the boys quickly adopt the habits necessary to survival.
The “Super Bowl” of WWE takes place on April 3, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. WrestleMania 32 features unprecedented access inside the event and contains every match.