Living & Entertainment

New on DVD: ‘Inside Out’ a smart choice

The Disney/Pixar film “Inside Out” was released on DVD this week.
The Disney/Pixar film “Inside Out” was released on DVD this week. Courtesy

Take a fun trip inside the mind or head to Wally World with the Nov. 3 DVD releases.

“Inside Out”: 3 1/2 stars. Smart writing and the deeper elements fill “Inside Out” with emotion. This is particularly true when memories of the young girl as a child and her family are shown. It will evoke core memories for a lot of people.

Be warned. There is an emotional moment with Riley’s imaginary friend, Bing Bong, who is brought lovingly to life through the voice work of Richard Kind. Be prepared to have a conversation with young moviegoers after seeing the movie.

That’s the only concern with “Inside Out,” Pixar’s latest successful blend of fun elements for kids and smarts for adults. If you have mixed emotions about seeing “Inside Out,” don’t feel any fear. It’s a joy to watch.

“The End of the Tour”: 3 stars. Movie characters can come across as two-dimensional when given too many smart things to say and it sounds like scripted banter. But the words in “The End of the Tour” resonate with a truth that makes them compelling. These are two people who just don’t have lines, but have something to say.

Jason Segel’s career is built on goofy comedy, but this film finally tests him as an actor. He not only delivers David Foster Wallace’s wonderful words with an ease, he even makes quiet very powerful. With one look, Segel can show the confusion, concern or contempt Wallace is feeling.

“Vacation”: 1/2 star. If there was a 10th circle in Dante’s vision of Hell it would be reserved for movies like “Vacation.”

Not only does the film feature a script that has less life than roadkill, a pacing that makes Los Angeles traffic look like the Indy 500 and as much humor as a mass funeral of orphans, nuns and kittens, it smears the good name of the 1983 Chevy Chase comedy, “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

If “Vacation” was a road trip, the most humane thing would be to slam into the first giant tree and end the agony.

ALSO NEW ON DVD

“Best of Enemies”: Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. debate politics on live TV in 1968.

“She’s Funny That Way”: Cast and crew of a Broadway production deal with interconnected relationships. Jennifer Aniston stars.

“Empire: Season 1”: TV series about the behind-the-scenes workings in the music industry. Taraji P. Henson stars.

“A LEGO Brickumentary”: First official documentary about the world of the LEGO brick.

“Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas”: Elf rekindles spirit of Christmas in New York.

“Black Sails: The Complete Second Season”: Cable series dealing with the efforts of the Walrus crew to find a treasure.

“Masterpiece: Worricker: The Complete Series”: Bill Nighy stars in three films about a longtime MI5 officer.

“Liz in September”: Woman hides secret from friends during birthday celebration. Patricia Velasquez stars.

“The Golden Cane Warrior”: Two students search for the Golden Cane relic.

“Caillou: Caillou’s Christmas”: Includes 12 holiday tales.

“Doc McStuffins: Pet Vet”: Includes five pet-themed episodes of the Disney series.

“Christmas Trade”: Mystery toy causes son, dad to switch bodies.

“The Story of Women and Power”: Historian Amanda Vickery looks at the battle for women’s rights in England.

“The Diabolical”: Single mother and her children are tormented by strange presence.

“I Love Lucy: The Complete Series”: Includes 180 episodes of the program considered one of the best TV comedies of all time.

“In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali”: Examination of the famed boxer’s life.

“Shelby”: Stray pup helps a young aspiring magician.

“Odd Squad: Reindeer Games”: Ms. O attempts to get off Santa’s naughty list.

“Getting On: The Complete Second Season”: Staff works with female patients in an extended wing of a rundown hospital.

“Bloodsucking Bastards”: Office comedy with a vampire touch.

“Californication: The Complete Series”: David Duchovny stars in this cable series about an author dealing with writer’s block.

“Stung”: Wasps go to battle with WASPS.

“Paulo Coelho’s Best Story”: Look at one of the world’s most influential writers.

“In the Grayscale”: Married architect meets an intriguing gay man.

“Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine”: Documentary about the gay young man who was tortured and murdered in 1998.

“Some Kind of Hate”: Young man summons dead teen to help him get revenge.

“Peppa Pig: Cold Winter Day”: Features 10 episodes of the preschool series.

“Tiger House”: Gymnast tries to get her life back after a career-ending injury.

“Breaking Through”: Internet sensation must deal with fame.

  Comments