Much like last week’s batch of DVD releases, this week’s list verges on the shorter side but certainly doesn’t lack in star power. Leading the pack is Joy, the David O. Russell film that earned Jennifer Lawrence her fourth Oscar nomination. There’s also The Choice, which is based on a 2007 Nicholas Sparks novel; the Chloë Grace Moretz sci-fi picture The 5th Wave; and the Canadian drama Endorphine. ~Matthew Pariselli
Joy is the true-story account of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), a woman stuck in a dead-end job, with debt up to her eyeballs. She shares a house with her divorced parents, her grandmother and her ex-husband. She decides something has to change, so she comes up with an idea for a new product and launches her own business. Directed by David O. Russell, the film also stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.
Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, The Choice follows Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) as he meets his new neighbor, medical student Gabby (Teresa Palmer), after she accuses his dog of knocking up her female dog. Travis wins her over with his charm but it turns out that Gabby already has a boyfriend (Tom Welling). As the two grow close as friends, Travis begins to fall for her and tries to get Gabby to change her mind.
Trailer: The Choice
The 5th Wave is a sci-fi film following Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz), 16, who goes on the run to find her younger brother after four waves of deadly attacks have devastated most of Earth. As she prepares for a fifth and final wave in which there is little hope of survival, Cassie comes across a young man who may be able to help, but she’s not sure she can trust him. The picture also stars Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Ron Livingston and Maria Bello.
Trailer: The 5th Wave
Endorphine is a Canadian-made film that chronicles the life of a woman named Simone. At 12, Simone (Sophie Nélisse) witnesses the brutal murder of her mother in a stairwell. At the age of 25, she’s studying mathematics, earning a living as a parking attendant, and becoming increasingly obsessed with her neighbor across the street, a young actress who has also noticed Simone. At 60, Simone teaches quantum physics at the University of Luxembourg and lectures on the perception of time. All through her life, she struggles to make peace with her dark and troubled past.