A Cure For Wellness is the Pick of the Week

It's a packed week of new releases featuring a beauty, a beast, a cure for wellness, a young Pope, and much, much more.
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Listen closely and you can hear a million voices suddenly cry out in anger that I did not choose Beauty and the Beast as my pick this week.  I did consider it, but ultimately decided that I am simply not the fan it deserves.  Were my wife writing this article, she’d be all over it, but as it's me and not her, I decided to go in a different direction.

A Cure For Wellness is a psychological thriller from Gore Verbinski.  An ambitious executive is sent to a mysterious “wellness center” in the Swiss Alps to rescue his company’s CEO but finds the spa’s treatments to be not what they seem .  The reviews have been mixed but everyone agrees it's weird.  I like weird.  I like Gore Verbinski.

I’ll take that over a live-action remake of a Disney classic.

Also out this week that looks interesting:

Beauty and the Beast:  I really did enjoy the film and we will no doubt be buying this sooner or later.  There are various “exclusive” versions on Blu-ray so do your research before buying.

The Ticket:  Dan Stevens and Malin Ackerman star in this drama about a blind man who can suddenly see and becomes kind of a jerk because of it.  That’s a premise that could be really interesting or kind of stupid depending on how well the story is told.

A United Kingdom:  Rosamnd Pike, Tom Felton, and Laura Carmichael star in this drama about the Prince of Botswana causing an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the 1940s.

The Young Pope: Season 1:  Jude Law stars in this HBO series about a young American Catholic who faces both internal and external battles as he becomes the new Pontiff.

Bambi (Anniversary Edition):  New to the Signature Collection line, it doesn’t seem to have any new bonus material that’s essential, but if you don’t already have it on Blu-ray, now is your chance.

Doctor Who: Series 10, Part 1:  I’ve mostly been enjoying this season of Doctor Who.  I like the new companion quite a lot, but the stories have been only okay.  I always hold off until we get the entire season’s release, but if you are in a hurry, here’s the first half.

Aftermath:  Revenge drama starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a man grieving for his family killed in an airplane accident caused by an air-traffic controller.  I’ve not seen any of Arnold’s post-Governor films, but I dig that he’s at least trying to make some interesting dramas rather than just his usual action flicks. [Read David Wangberg's review.]

Voice From the Stone:  Emilia Clarke stars in this moody melodrama.  Set in 1950s Tuscany, Clarke stars as a solemn nurse sent to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.

Van Helsing: Season One:  SyFy channel's updated take on the classic Dracula story.  This one stars Kelly Overton as Vanessa Helsing - distant relative to the Van Helsing we all know who is resurrected only to find out that vampires have taken over the world.

Ugetsu (Criterion Collection):  Classic Japanese film tells the story of two ambitious peasants in the 16th century trying to make their fortunes.

The Assignment:  Walter Hill directed this action drama starring Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, and Tony Shalhoub about an ace assassin who is double crossed by gangsters and turned into a woman by a rogue surgeon.

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