9/05/2017

Punch Drunk DVDs: 'Rough Night', 'Megan Leavey', 'All Eyez On Me', and More!

NEW THIS WEEK




This star-studded raunchy comedy from the minds behind Broad City centers on local politician and bride to be Jess (Scarlett Johansson), and the wild bachelorette weekend her old college friends have planned for her. Their night of partying quickly takes a hard left turn, when they accidentally kill a local male stripper in their rented beach house. Dark, madcap hilarity ensues, as the women try everything they can think of to get themselves out of this situation.

We Said: “The boundaries of decency are frequently pushed to the limit and the script by Aniello and co-star Paul W. Downs doesn't pull back...well, until the end which wraps up too neatly. There are penis jokes everywhere, but to be fair male comedies have those too...sometimes more, actually, and plenty of frank gags about sex that are good for a laugh even when they're uncomfortable. […] And that's pretty much how Rough Night goes, throwing one insane situation after the other, each increasingly more outrageous.” Rating: 3.5 out of 5






Based on the inspiring true story of the eponymous Leavey, the film follows Megan [Kate Mara] and the dog who changed her life, and saved many others. Following a disciplinary hearing, Leavey, a Marine corporal by trade, is assigned to train service dogs in their K-9 unit for an extended period of time. Although initially resentful of her assignment, Leavey soon forms a strong bond with Rex, a particularly aggressive dog, who she identifies with, trains, and befriends. Together, the pair are eventually deployed to Iraq, where they heroically put their lives on the line to save their fellow servicemen.

We Said: “Fortunately, where Megan Leavey succeeds is in the interactions between [Kate] Mara and her canine co-star, Varco, the dog who plays Rex in the majority of shots. The film pays proper tribute to our soldiers, ALL of them, even the four-legged variety, in a subtle but moving way..” Rating: 3 out of 5






The long awaited Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me tells the story of Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), rising from his early days in streets of New York to the legendary rap game-changer we now know him to have been. The film chronicles the tragic life and death of the artist, following him as he grows and shapes his brutally honest, powerful poetry into the voice of a generation, and faces the violent fallout of his controversial message.