It’s going to be an exciting week of drama and adventure with a host of new movies available for home entertainment such as Wonder Woman, The Bad Batch, I, Daniel Blake and The Big Sick. But if you’re feeling like a classic, then grab the 40th anniversary re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind! ~Alexa Caruso
Wonder Woman – Diana (Gal Gadot), princess of the Amazons, has learned to fight on her closely guarded Amazon homeland of Paradise Island. Although her mother has always tried to protect her, Diana must take up her destiny as a warrior when an American pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), crashes his plane off their waters and reveals there’s a massive conflict taking place in the outside world. Diana travels with Steve to London during WWI, believing a rogue German general named Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) is the God of War — Ares — and that only she can stop him and end the violence.
Trailer: Wonder Woman
The Bad Batch – A young woman named Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) is exiled into the desert in a post-apocalyptic America where she discovers a whole crew of misfits deemed “not good enough, smart enough or young enough.” They call themselves “The Bad Batch.” It quickly turns into a fight for survival in a savage desert wasteland populated by those deemed undesirable to civilized society — including murderers, drug dealers and illegal immigrants.
Trailer: The Bad Batch
I, Daniel Blake – This film tells the story of two people struggling to make ends meet, who find comfort in each other. Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old carpenter who recently suffered a heart attack. His claim for disability is denied, and he must now struggle to find another way to make a living. He meets Katie (Hayley Squires) at a welfare office. She is a single mother with two children by two different fathers, who is also struggling to survive. Daniel becomes a grandfatherly figure to her kids and tries to help by making some repairs to the apartment where they live.
Trailer: I, Daniel Blake
The Big Sick – Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani knows his traditional Muslim family wouldn’t be happy with his relationship with his American girlfriend, Emily (Zoe Kazan) — if they knew. Kumail’s and Emily’s relationship breaks down when she learns he hasn’t told his parents about her and that if he does, they’ll disown him. But when Emily is admitted to the hospital and being prepped for an induced coma, Kumail immediately calls her parents — Beth (Holly Hunter) and Terry (Ray Romano). Although they try to get rid of him, Kumail refuses to leave Emily’s side.
Trailer: The Big Sick
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 40th Anniversary Edition – After he spots U.F.O.s, a line worker named Roy (Richard Dreyfuss) feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. But he’s not the only one who has experienced an encounter with aliens — government officials are trying to explain why WWII crafts that have disappeared are suddenly reappearing in odd places. Government agents, along with Roy, follow clues taking them to a mysterious location where they’re about to make contact with these extra-terrestrial beings.
Trailer: Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 40th Anniversary Edition