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Home video: ‘Book Club’ members touched by ‘Grey’

August 28, 2018

Whether you stream, buy or rent, here’s a look at what’s new or notable in home video. Movies are available on streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon and Vudu unless otherwise noted.

Rent it now

“Book Club”: This romantic comedy inspired by “Fifty Shades of Grey” has a higher Rotten Tomatoes score than the three official “Fifty Shades” movies combined, yet still falls short of a Fresh rating. That’s about right. The movie, which follows four female friends in their 60s and 70s whose love and/or sex lives are revved up by reading E.L. James’ bawdy best-seller, is kind of clunky and has too many pat endings. Still, there are some big laughs, and it’s good to see these actors onscreen, not just the A-list stars (Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen) but co-stars such as Richard Dreyfus, Andy Garcia and Alicia Silverstone. Bonus points for steering observant viewers to a superior dirty book, Erica Jong’s “Fear of Flying.”

Also: “Tag”

Buy it now

“Hereditary”: Here’s the latest entry in the boom in horror movies that appeal both to film-festival audiences and folks who own stacks of Fangoria back issues, movies such as “Get Out,” “A Quiet Place,” “The Witch” and “It Follows.” Toni Colette stars as a mom who’s having a hard time coping with loss, and some hidden family secrets, following her own mother’s death. First-time director Ari Aster “means to petrify us,” Anthony Lane writes in The New Yorker, “and he succeeds.”

Also: “Superfly”

Reissue

“Memories of Underdevelopment”: New restoration of a landmark 1968 Cuban film gets a home-video release from The Criterion Collection. Directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea, it follows an upper-class Havana resident through the streets of his city in the wake of Castro’s revolution. It has been praised for the way it astutely examines both sides of the capitalist-socialist divide, as well as for innovate film techniques that draw on the French New Wave and catch-as-catch-can street documentary.

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