7/03/2018

Punch Drunk DVDs: 'Blockers', 'Beirut', 'Borg vs McEnroe', And More!


NEW THIS WEEK




The new hit comedy Blockers follows three teenage girls who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, and their overprotective parents (Leslie Mann John Cena and Ike Barinholtz) who will stop at nothing to ruin their daughters’ plans. Together, they join forces on a chaotic journey to “block” their daughters.

We Said: “Cena's earnest dorkiness is just about perfect if slightly overused, while Mann and Barinholtz are natural cornballs. It's impossible to overlook how much more enjoyable Blockers is when it gets away from the younger actors. Not their fault as they are all pretty good, but clearly the adults had more to work with.” Rating: 3 out of 5





In 1980s Beirut, a former US diplomat (Jon Hamm) is called back into service to rescue a former coworker from the terrorists he holds responsible for the death of his family. Things get further complicated when an undercover CIA agent (Rosamund Pike) is tasked with keeping him alive and ensuring that the mission is a success.

 We Said: Beirut could be the start of a comeback for this old school genre, one that Gilroy himself helped usher into oblivion with his Jason Bourne screenplays. In a way it'd be fitting if this years-old script for Beirut helped change things to how they once were. We'll just have to wait and see if audiences are ready to turn back the clock.” Rating: 3 out of 5





Based on the legendary true story, Borg vs. McEnroe follows the lead up to the epic tennis showdown. Set in the  summer of 1980, the world’s top tennis player Bj√∂rn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) is prepared to win his record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship. The only thing standing in his way is the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf). With three days until the tournament begins, the fiercely professional and obsessive Borg trains religiously for the event.

We Said: “Beautifully shot and performed with ferocious athleticism, every serve, every volley, every split second decision is fueled by all that we've come to learn about these two ambitious players. It's as the match winds down to the inevitable conclusion that the excessive backstory pays off. Borg vs McEnroe becomes something deeply personal and more than just a cinematic recreation of a classic tennis match you could just as easily watch on YouTube.” Rating: 4 out of 5