New DVDs: February 2022

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some suggestive references.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“Warm, witty and full of wonder, Afterlife reanimates a franchise without spitting on its grave.” – Jane Crowther, Total Film

“Director Jason Reitman does his father and fans proud with a funny, sweet, and spooky family movie that proudly takes on the legacy of Ghostbusters, while also introducing something exciting and new.” – Rosie Knight, IGN

“[Reitman] finds the perfect tone here… He’s also skilled at getting genuine performances out of young actors, as he proved in Juno, and balancing humor with stakes — essential for comedy-horror like Ghostbusters. The jokes are very funny and Wolfhard and Grace make life-threatening peril look like a ball.” – Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

Midsomer Murders: Series 22

A veteran Detective Chief Inspector and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Rated TV-14 for mild language, violence, sexual content, and smoking.

Description and score provided by IMDb.

“…highly-entertaining… a cracking good story, with twists and turns, red herrings, puzzles of different sorts, and humor.” – Linda Jew, The British TV Place

“[A] delight… if you need to escape the real world, why not pay a visit to Midsomer? Just keep an eye out for murderers…” – Sarah Ann Harris, The Guardian

Vienna Blood: Season 2

In 1900s Vienna, junior doctor Max Liebermann shadows Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt to learn about the criminal minds but soon finds himself helping solve cases in this crime drama series based on novels by Frank Tallis.

Rated TV-14 for violence, sexual content, and nudity.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“It’s a cop show, a police procedural, and it combines in a formulaic way the usual characteristics of all such stories and series… When it is done well, as here, the results are exceptional and make for compelling viewing.” – Sean O’Grady, The Independent

“If Vienna Blood seems to resemble other thrillers in pacing and tone, there’s a reason: Its creator is screenwriter Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Deep State, Jericho), so there will be a certain comfortable familiarity to the proceedings. (The directors are Umut Dag and Robert Dornhelm.) But there’s also enough that’s novel about the show’s cerebral gumshoes to keep viewers rapt, and likely hoping for more.” – John Anderson, Wall Street Journal


Hive is based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility. The men in the village condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and the women around her, starting a feud that threatens their newfound sovereignty—and the financial future of Fahrije’s family. Against the backdrop of Eastern Europe’s civil unrest and lingering misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village join in a struggle to find hope in the face of an uncertain future.

Not Rated.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“This is an immersive portrait, buoyed by a central performance that’s hypnotizing in its sparse naturalism. What Basholli has made is a thoughtful, humanistic exploration of the fortitude needed to summon hope in a time and place resigned to hopelessness.” – Roxana Hadadi, AV Club

Hive seizes and holds your interest simply through the drama created by sympathetic characters trying to surmount awful, unfair hurdles. Mostly, though, what holds you rapt is Gashi’s powerful, physically grounded performance, which lyrically articulates her taciturn character’s inner workings.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Though it doesn’t break new ground, Hive still reminds one how urgently significant it is to honor the unique fighting spirit of women, and how much cinematic joy seeing that spirit flourish against the odds can bring about.” – Tomris Laffly,

Off the Rails

Now in their 50’s, four friends recreate an inter-rail journey across Europe, but this time 18-year-old Maddie is taking her mother’s place, fulfilling her dying wish. With lost passports, train strikes and romantic entanglements thrown in their way, they must put old feuds aside to complete the journey within five days and remind themselves that they are still at their peak.

Rated R for some language.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“It’s like a 94-minute-long holiday.” – Brian Viner, Daily Mail

“It aims to be meaningful, and while it doesn’t achieve much sincerity, it offers engaged performances and a brightness of spirit that should easily connect it to its target audience.” – Brian Orndorf,

“This is a sweet and charming movie that requires an uncynical eye in order to enjoy.” – Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media


A young woman (Maya Hawke) thinks she’s found a path to internet stardom when she starts making YouTube videos with a charismatic stranger (Andrew Garfield) – until the dark side of viral celebrity threatens to ruin them both.

Rated R for pervasive language, and some graphic nudity.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“Gia Coppola’s sophomore feature effort is a memorable, jarring satire that could help teens think critically about the personalities who influence their actions, attitudes, and self-worth.” – Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media

“Garfield has settled in nicely to a career, where he isn’t afraid to take chances and his performance as Link is everything it should be: Damaged, annoying, noxious and desperate.” – Matthew Passantino, Awards Radar

Mainstream is a cautionary tale to approach with caution, deserving of a like but perhaps not quite a subscribe.” – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Funny Thing About Love

A successful business woman takes her boyfriend home for Thanksgiving only to find her family is scheming to reunite her with her lost love.

Rated PG for brief rude humor.

Description provided by IMDb.

“The strongest part of the film is how relatable it is.” – Carey-Ann Pawsey, Orca Sound

King Richard

King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons. The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.

Rated PG-13 for some violence, strong language, a sexual reference, and brief drug references.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“It’s the most sheerly pleasurable movie I’ve seen so far this year.” – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

“This is a fundamentally — and I would say marvelously — old-fashioned entertainment, a sports drama that is also an appealing, socially alert story of perseverance and the up-by-the-bootstraps pursuit of excellence.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“As the hard-driving daddy of Venus and Serena Williams, Will Smith gives the performance of his life in an unapologetic crowd-pleaser. You just may want to stand up and cheer.” – Peter Travers, ABC News


The Madrigals live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

Rated PG for some thematic elements, and mild peril.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“In a movie as visually stunning as Encanto, it’s the depth of its empathy that might be its most miraculous feature.” – Drew Taylor, The Playlist

“It’s only appropriate that Encanto — fueled by eight original songs by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda — turns into that most special thing of all: A triumph in every category: art, songs and heart.” – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

Encanto is a masterpiece that makes the Disney musical-with-a-splash-of-magic formula soar.” – Petrana Radulovic, Polygon

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

In Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland… with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and contain the danger, while trying to make it through the night.

Rated R for strong violence and gore, and language throughout.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“Everything I’ve been asking for from a Resident Evil movie? Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City accomplishes.” – Matt Donato, Paste

“The film is empty-headed good fun that’s blessedly under two hours and has just enough character development to make you kind of care when someone gets bitten.” – Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

“For all of its limitations and points of departure from the previous series, though, Raccoon City maintains that lineage of B-movies made with skill.” – Jesse Hassenger, Polygon

The Beatles: Get Back

Peter Jackson’s three-part Beatles documentary features hours of edited and restored film from 1969 by Michael Lindsay-Hogg as the Fab Four created the songs that would appear on Abbey Road and Let It Be.

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, and smoking.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“Glorious… The Beatles: Get Back is an astonishingly up-close and engrossing view of Paul, John, George, and Ringo and their creative process.” – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

The Beatles: Get Back is as much archaeology as it is cinema, a docuseries committed not just to showing us new moments of the band that we’ve never seen before, but to crafting a broader picture of their oft-controversial dynamic.” – Clint Worthington, Consequence

“What’s startling about Get Back is that as you watch it, drinking in the moment-to-moment reality of what it was like for the Beatles as they toiled away on their second-to-last studio album, the film’s accumulation of quirks and delights and boredom and exhilaration becomes more than fascinating; it becomes addictive… In the end, Get Back is better than good. It’s essential, an extended love letter to everything that made the Beatles real.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Miss Willougby and the Haunted Bookshop

A university professor with an insatiable appetite for investigation is asked by some old family friends to investigate a series of hauntings at their antique bookstore.

Rated PG for violence, thematic material, scary images, and brief language.

Description provided by IMDb.


Eternals follows a group of heroes from beyond the stars who have protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.

Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and action, some language, and brief sexuality.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“[A] fun movie, with several satisfying, if occasionally hard-to-follow fight sequences, and a cast of characters that winds up feeling more fully-developed than you would expect given just how many of them there are.” – Sean Farrell, AFPL Journal

“Zhao keeps these far-reaching propositions grounded through the laser-like focus of her vision and the precision of the images dreamed up by her and veteran MCU lensman Ben Davis. For once in a movie like this, ocean waves and cloudscapes carry as much weight as the ultra-choreographed battles between intergalactic interlopers.” – Oliver Jones, Observer

“What’s interesting about Eternals is how genuinely down to earth most of it is, rejecting the time-honoured duality of the flashy superhero who also has to contend with the banality of domestic life. This is more like reality, in that it is about coming to terms with smallness and impotence in the face of so much cosmic sprawl.” – David Jenkins, Little White Lies

Last Words

It is 2085. A young man, one of the few survivors of the human community of old, embarks on a long voyage to find others.

Not Rated. Contains thematic elements, nudity, and sexual content.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“Seek out Last Words if you have an interest in the fall and decline of humankind. It is one of the more stark and striking versions of the end of the species these eyes have born witness to.” – Benjamin Franz, Film Threat

“The movie’s depiction of age — specifically, age as it affects movie stars — has real potency. This extends beyond its ostensible message, delivered by Kal: ‘We live and die by the stories we tell each other.’ The stronger statement Last Words ends up making is that we die no matter what.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

Last Words takes a somewhat intimate look at what those wishes might be, how that finality would weigh on those last humans left, and what are the memories we take, the pieces of ourselves we leave behind, when there will be no one to leave them to.” – Shelagh Rowan-Legg, ScreenAnarchy


Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denis Gough), two Americans in their mid-thirties living in Athens, meet in the heat of summer one whirlwind weekend. When Chloe’s time in Greece is drawing to a close, she decides to give up her high-flying job back home and explore whether one weekend’s passion can stand the reality of the inevitable Monday.

Rated R for sexual content, nudity / graphic nudity, drug use, and pervasive language.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“There will be viewers out there who will recoil from these two crazy kids’ wild, exhibitionistic carnality, their druggy hedonism and their cavalier attitude toward interior decoration. But anyone else who’s ever been in a relationship like this — especially the kind that starts to feel like a codependent bipolar disorder trapped on a rollercoaster by the end — will painfully relate to Monday‘s sensual, funny and above all honest look at amour fou.” – Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

“This honest examination of a passionate, disastrous, adult relationship, might feel like a warning itself. Papadimitropoulos doesn’t offer easy answers, but what Monday brings is something tangibly real and profoundly human.” – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

“The audience brings to this film a set of expectations born from a lifetime of watching romantic fiction. That Monday skewers them so pointedly and thoroughly is what makes it such an entertainingly subversive spin on the genre.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

House of Gucci

House of Gucci is inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately… murder.

Rated R for language, some sexual content, brief nudity, and violence.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

“Locked in a heated conversation with its own campiness from the moment it starts, House of Gucci leverages that underlying conflict into an operatic portrait of the tension between wealth and value.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“…the cast all really shine, with Driver and Gaga’s central performances being especially noteworthy, and they really help to carry the audience’s interest…” – Sean Farrell, AFPL Journal

“In the end, this is Lady Gaga’s film: her watchability suffuses the picture, an arrabbiata sauce of wit, scorn and style.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

American Underdog

American Underdog tells the inspirational true story of Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi), who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback. The film centers on Warner’s unique story and years of challenges and setbacks that could have derailed his aspirations to become an NFL player – but just when his dreams seemed all but out of reach, it is only with the support of his wife, Brenda (Anna Paquin) and the encouragement of his family, coaches, and teammates that Warner perseveres and finds the strength to show the world the champion that he already is.

Rated PG for some language and thematic elements.

Description and score provided by Metacritic.

American Underdog is a fitting family album for the Warners and solid, safe entertainment for the viewer.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

American Underdog is a thoroughly predictable yet hugely entertaining sports biopic that is bound to please almost anyone who’s not a sourball cynic or a snarky critic.” – Joe Leydon, Variety

“The beauty of Kurt Warner’s story is that it’s so unlikely it’s nearly impervious to clichés. The strength of American Underdog, Andrew and Jon Erwin’s film about Warner’s life in football and with his wife, Brenda, is that they realize this and let the story speak for itself.” – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

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