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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of August 2nd – ‘Luca’ and Angelina Jolie Come Home

Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” is a coming-of-age story about a boy sharing summer adventures with a newfound best friend. But their fun is threatened by a secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. Directed by Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”), “Luca” opens in U.S. theaters June 18, 2021. © 2021 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, the newest Pixar movie Luca joins up with Those Who Wish Me Dead as top options. This week is a bit thin, quantity-wise, but when it comes to quality, there’s very little to complain about (minus a lack of a Criterion Collection release). Read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” is a coming-of-age story about a boy sharing summer adventures with a newfound best friend. But their fun is threatened by a secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. Directed by Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”), “Luca” opens in U.S. theaters June 18, 2021. © 2021 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Luca

Luca is another Pixar success story, plain and simple. While there have been better efforts from the animation giant, this is still undeniably strong. I spoke to star Jacob Tremblay here about his voice work, and that’s just one aspect of it that works. Pretty much everything here is high quality. In my review (here), I had this to say:

Luca has the look and feel of a more disposable flick, but that’s just on the surface. Beneath, it has the beating heart of a classic family tale in the making. If it’s another Pixar endeavor that’s just good or very good, as opposed to great, well…that’s not the fault of Luca. Everyone involved here is doing strong work, that’s for sure.

Recommended Viewing

Warner Bros.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Angelina Jolie and Taylor Sheridan team up for a rock-solid genre flick. Those Who Wish Me Dead won’t blow anyone away, but it’s largely a pleasing experience. Especially if you like Sheridan, there are plenty of things to latch on to here. In my positive review here on the site, I included the following:

Those Who Wish Me Dead is a throwback to the sort of thing that the 90s would churn out fairly often. Luckily, it’s a pretty strong version of that type of flick. Having a female protagonist separates it a bit, even if Sheridan doesn’t particularly explore that as much as he could. Mostly, you’re watching tough individuals try to survive. It’s macho and simple, but done with enough nuance to be very engaging.

Also Available This Week

NEON

Here Today

The Killing of Two Lovers

Seance

The Transformers: The Movie (in 4K)

No Criterion Collection releases again this week, folks. Sorry. Stay tuned for more next week!

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