Punch Drunk DVDs: ‘The Shape of Water’, ‘Justice League’, ‘I, Tonya’, ”Call Me By Your Name’, And More!

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Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, visionary
writer/director Guillermo Del Toro’s new dark fantasy is beautiful meditation
on what it is to be voiceless in America. Set in a time of darkness and
oppression, a mute cleaning woman (Sally Hawkins) finds kinship and falls in
love with a creature being housed in a top secret government facility. Haunting
and beautiful, The Shape of Water will leave you speechless.

We Said: “While unmistakably
a love story, with big operatic moments of passion literally flooding the
screen like tidal waves, Del Toro recognizes the world in which The
Shape of Water
enters. At a time when hatred and prejudice have
stitched their way into our society’s fabric like never before, Del Toro brings
a message of acceptance, love, and harmony that we could all use a lot more of.
[…] Del Toro has given us a small piece of cinematic magic with The
Shape of Water.
[…] Nobody does dark fairy tales better than him; he’s
a true master of the art form and right now he’s at the height of his powers.   Rating:
4.5 out of 5





The long awaited big screen team up of DC Comics greatest heroes, Justice
League
pits Batman (Ben Afleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal
Gadot), The Flash  (Ezra Miller), Aquaman
(Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) against their greatest threat yet.

We Said: “While I think the
vitriol towards Batman v Superman, Man of Steel, and Suicide
Squad
are overblown (audiences liked them, but critics didn’t), it’s
still a low bar to say that Justice League is simply better than
those movies. It’s substantially better; imperfect but another clear step
towards the DC Universe taking its rightful place as Marvel’s equal. There’s still
some way to go, but at least we have reason to hope.” Rating: 3.5 out of 5



Stranger than fiction, I, Tonya tells the unbelievable true
story of infamous figure skater Tonya Harding (an Oscar nominated Margot Robbie)
from several conflicting points of view, including her violent ex-husband
(Sebastian Stan) and her tough-as-nails mother (an Oscar winning Allison
Janney).

We Said: I, Tonya may not change your
mind whether she was complicit, but that’s not really the point. Tonya Harding
was often called a rebel, simply for daring to be herself and not what the
powers within the figure skating community wanted her to be. And isn’t that the
kind of lesson we’d expect from a champion?” Rating: 3.5 out of 5



This hilarious and heartwarming animated adventure follows Ferdinand
(John Cena), a young bull who wants nothing more than to stop and smell the
flowers. When a series of mistakes lead him to be chosen as the next bull to
fight a famous matador, he has to train and toughen up before its too late.

We Said: “While Ferdinand
is based on a book from more than 70 years ago, the story remains
timeless.  The film did some necessary
padding to help flesh out the story to more contemporary times with a great
amount of heart.  As this is the holiday
season, and we all love a good feel good film, Ferdinand is a film that the
whole family can enjoy.” Rating: 4 out of
5



Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Call Me By Your Name is a
beautiful reflection on love and loss. Set against the backdrop of 1980’s
Italy, the film follows the blossoming relationship between a young man
(Timothee Chalemet) and a visiting grad student (Armie Hammer), who with each
other, experience genuine love for the first time.

We Said: “Call Me by Your Name is a simple, but
wonderfully told story of two people who find a special connection and love
with each other. Set in beautiful Northern Italy, the film is like watching a
moment in time. One that is significant and allows Chalamet’s character to
flourish, learn about himself, and feel more than he ever has before. The film
looks exquisite and its storyline moving, its characters treated with a sense
of maturity, and the relationship explored in a nuanced fashion. The film is
sensual and does a great job in keeping itself grounded in the human
experience. Moving and fluid, Call Me by Your Name is gorgeous to
look at and natural in its romantic narrative.” Rating: 3.5 out of 5


A great film about the worst film ever made, The
Disaster Artist
follows the bizarre friendship of Tommy (a Golden Globe
winning James Franco), and Greg (Dave Franco), who despite all odds, are
determined to make a movie, no matter the cost.

We Said: “While not
especially deep, The Disaster Artist is a movie for people who love movies. I’d
suggest seeing it as part of a double-feature with The Room, and then after
that you’ll never have to watch The Room again. And we have James
Franco to thank for that.” Rating: 3.5
out of 5

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