Crime Thriller ‘City of Lies’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD June 8

The crime thriller City of Lies will come out on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD June 8 from Saban Films and Lionsgate.

Based on the book LAbyrinth by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Randall Sullivan, the film follows the investigation into the infamous murder of iconic rap artist Notorious B.I.G. Johnny Depp stars as determined LAPD detective Russell Poole, who spends nearly 20 years trying to solve the murder, and Forest Whitaker as Jack Jackson, a journalist who teams up with Poole in search of the elusive truth. Together they explore why the case remains cold — and why a secretive division of the LAPD is seemingly set on keeping it that way.

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Extras include seven deleted scenes; “Crafting the Characters in City of Lies”; and audio commentary with director Brad Furman and author Randall Sullivan.

Crime Thriller ‘Pixie’ Due on DVD May 11 From Paramount

The Saban Films feature Pixie will come out on DVD May 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is already available on digital and on demand.

Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) and Alec Baldwin (The Departed) star in this crime story set in Ireland. On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy (Cooke) attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small-town life behind.  When the plan goes horribly wrong, she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads. On the run from an organized gang — criminal priests and nuns, led by Father McGrath (Baldwin) — the trio will scheme and swindle anyone they come across in this hilarious and thrilling adventure.

The film also stars Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack and Colm Meaney.

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Comedy ‘Happily’ Coming to DVD May 25 From Paramount

The Saban Films comedy Happily, starring Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé, will come out on DVD May 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the film, a happily married couple (McHale and Bishé) discover their friends are resentful of their lustful relationship. When a visit from a mysterious stranger leads to a dead body, they begin to question the loyalty of their so-called friends.

Directed by BenDavid Grabinsk, the film also stars Stephen Root, Paul Scheer, Breckin Meyer, Natalie Zea and Natalie Morales.

The film is available now in select theaters, on digital and on demand.

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Fatman

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 1/26/21;
Paramount;
Action;
Box Office $0.28 million;
$19.99 DVD, $22.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for bloody violence, and language.
Stars Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Chance Hurstfield, Robert Bockstael, Eric Woolfe, Susanne Sutchy, Deborah Grover.

The idea at the center of Fatman hints at a fun deconstruction of a Christmas movie — a kid upset with his gift hires a hitman to kill Santa Claus. However, the premise turns out to be more intriguing than the execution.

Mel Gibson stars as Chris Cringle, who is presented as the gruff, put-upon chairman of the Christmas workshop whose business is declining every year due to children becoming less enthralled by the magic of the holidays. The workshop gets paid by the U.S. government based on the number of presents delivered, but as Cringle explains, more and more children are being naughty every year, and per the rules of his existence are eligible to receive only coal.

One such child is a spoiled rich kid named Billy (Chance Hurstfield) who tortures his classmates into dropping out of the school science fair so he can win. He is so incensed by receiving a lump of coal that he steals $25,000 from his grandmother to send an assassin played by Walton Goggins to kill Cringle.

In a twist, the killer has his own beef with Santa over crappy childhood Christmases, and has been amassing a collection of toys that seem to have come from the workshop.

Meanwhile, to make ends meet, Cringle takes on another contract with the U.S. government, this time outsourcing the workshop’s elves to make military hardware.

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A modernist take on Santa that is somewhere between Elf and Die Hard by way of No Country for Old Men, the film offers some clever takes on the Santa myth, such as when Cringle returns from his Christmas deliveries and reveals a gunshot wound he has to patch up, the result of an increasingly violent society mistaking his sleigh as hostile. Gibson is certainly a non-traditional Santa, eschewing the jolly red suit for antacid tablets and shots of whiskey to get by in the harsh winters, and using his knowledge of the naughty list to shame men into not cheating on their wives.

The film’s absurdist quality makes it passable as a curio, though its leisurely pacing and sparse action make it seem to drag on a lot longer than its 99 minutes.

Among the Blu-ray extras is a nice commentary track with Mel Gibson, directors Eshom and Ian Nelms, producer Michelle Land, and cinematographer Johnny Derango, that gives a good idea of the flavor the filmmakers were after.

Also included are two storyboard-to-film comparisons of key scenes, running a total of 10 minutes.

Finally, the Blu-ray offers six deleted scenes running nine minutes total with optional commentary by the filmmakers.

Thriller ‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ Due in Theaters and on Digital Jan. 15 From Lionsgate

The thriller Don’t Tell a Soul will come out in theaters, on digital and on demand Jan. 15 from Lionsgate and Saban Films.

In the film, while stealing money to help their sick mother (Mena Suvari), teen brothers Matt and Joey (Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer) are surprised by Hamby (Rainn Wilson), a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well.

Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family, in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.

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Thriller ‘The Night Clerk’ Due on DVD April 7

The thriller The Night Clerk will come out on DVD April 7 from Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is already available on digital and on demand.

Tye Sheridan stars as hotel night clerk Bart Bromley, who is a highly intelligent young man on the autism spectrum. When a woman is murdered during his shift, Bart becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigation closes in, Bart makes a personal connection with a beautiful guest named Andrea (Ana De Armas), but soon realizes he must stop the real murderer before she becomes the next victim.

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The film also stars Helen Hunt as Ethel Bromley and John Leguizamo as Detective Espada.