Happy New Year! Here are our picks for the top 10 DVD releases of January 2015:
January 6 – Boyhood
From Richard Linklater, director of the beloved arthouse romance Before Sunrise and its sequels, comes the ordinary coming-of-age story of a young Texas boy, filmed in a most unusual style: shot over the course of 12 years, it uses the same young actor for boy and teen and is expected to be nominated for several Oscars.
January 6 – Glee: Season 5
Season 5 of the hit tv show includes the show’s touching tribute to Finn (Cory Montheith).
January 6 – Black Sails
Produced by Michael Bay, this gory and graphic prequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island features impressive visuals but uneven writing.
January 13 – Gone Girl
Based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling thriller about a young wife who disappears under suspicious circumstances, this film has generated Oscar buzz for its performances.
January 13 – A Walk Among the Tombstones
Liam Neeson’s latest action thriller is based on the Matt Scudder mystery series by Lawrence Block and focuses on a private investigator who agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) track down the people who kidnapped and brutally murdered his wife.
January 13 – Boardwalk Empire
The final season of HBO’s blood-soaked show about Prohibition-era Atlantic City.
January 20 – The Drop
This smart, character-driven New York crime drama stars James Gandolfini in one of his final roles, as well as rising British star Tom Hardy.
January 20 – Lucy
Unlike The Drop’s somewhat cerebral slow burn, Lucy powers through a fairly silly plot (among other things, it’s a myth that humans only use 10% of our brains) on mile-a-minute action and Scarlett Johansson’s charm. Note to Marvel: Can we get a Black Widow movie already?
January 27 – Downton Abbey: Season 5
The smash hit British tv series’s 5th season returns with new romances, new police drama, and plenty of witty comments by Violet! Super-fans may also want to check out The Manners of Downton Abbey, which releases on January 6 and gives an in-depth look at the social customs and etiquette of Edwardian England.
January 27 – The Judge
Robert Downey, Jr. starred in and produced this film about an unscrupulous attorney who has to return home to small-town Indiana when his mother dies, and soon finds himself having to defend his estranged father (Robert Duvall) from murder charges.
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