DVD: “Love Is All You Need?” “War Dogs,” “The Squid And The Whale,” & More!

Lawrence Ferber

wardogs_clip_fiftyAwkward situations seems to be the theme of this week’s home entertainment highlights!

A young massage therapist becomes a weapons runner in the loopy War Dogs, while a pair of Brooklyn kids are torn between a pair of artistic parents in Noah Baumbach’s delightful divorce dramedy, The Squid And The Whale.

Finally, Love Is All You Need? imagines a world where heterosexuality is considered a sin.

Now for the trailers, details and your comments!

 

Love Is All You Need?

(VOD)

Kim Rocco Shields’ 2011 short film about a topsy-turvy gender-inverted world where heterosexuality is a no-no went viral, amassing 50+ million views. Now she has expanded the conceit into a full feature, which charts the clandestine, forbidden romance between a female university quarterback, Jude, and aspiring sports journalist, Ryan, and how it rocks their town when Jude’s girlfriend and a religious leader find out.

 

War Dogs

($29.98 Blu-ray, $28.98 DVD; Warner)

in the vein of Middle Men, Wall Street, The Big Short, and other getting-rich-while-dealing-with-mucho-sketchiness movies, the latest from The Hangover director Todd Phillips sees Miles Teller as a Miami massage therapist who partners up in a gun running business with former school friend Jonah Hill. Based on a true story and set during the Iraq War, it’s a fast-paced romp filled with seedy characters including Bradley Cooper – at his most creepy, wearing major, distorting eyeglasses – and Hill in his most sleazy, manipulative mode. Extras include a trio of featurettes.

 

The Squid And The Whale

($39.95 Blu-ray, $29.95 DVD; Criterion Collection)

Writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) truly put himself on the map by garnering a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination for his 2005 Brooklyn-set dramedy about divorce, now fantastically restored in 4K with loads of Criterion Collection extras. Jesse Eisenberg stars as the oldest of two sons of a writer couple – Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney – that has decided to divorce. This forces the kids to choose sides and act out in their own ways, while the parents saddle up with new love/sex interests, including a ditzy tennis coach (William Baldwin). A fantastically acted and written piece, filled with angst, humor, and awkwardness. Extras include new interviews with the cast, Baumbach, and music composers, a behind the scenes featurette, audition footage, and more.

 

ALSO OUT:

 

Cyan Magenta Yellow Black

Kubo And The Two Strings

Hell Or High Water

Good Kids

Mechanic 2: Resurrection

I.T.

Yoga Hosers

 

 

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