2 Superb DVD/Rental Recommendations

Southpaw is the most emotional and stirring boxing performance on film since Rocky chased chickens and ran steps in 1976 Philly.”

The Gift this year’s mind-blowing Gone Girl offering. And in a time when movies are becoming more and more predictable, that’s saying a lot.”

– Patrick King, REEL BRIEF



(L-R) RACHEL MCADAMS and JAKE GYLLENHAAL star in SOUTHPAW from the Weinstein Co. press site.

Photo courtesy of the Weinstein Co.

“Southpaw” – Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams

Genre: Action Drama

Rated R for language throughout and some violence.

Between songs from rapper Eminem, Southpaw takes us on a powerful journey of a devoted husband and father who has risen to the top of the boxing profession only to face one personal struggle after another. Extraordinary performances bookend Gyllenhaal’s most challenging and successful acting masterpiece to date. HBO True Detective star Rachel McAdams plays the strong wife to Gyllenhaal and nurturing mother to their daughter, portrayed by Oona Laurence (from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black). Both McAdams and Laurence shine bright as firm influences upon Gyllenhaal’s intense Billy Hope character, delivering the realism to Southpaw’s moving storyline. CLICK HERE to read MY ENTIRE MOVIE REVIEW.



“The Gift” – Starring Joel Edgerton, Justin Bateman and Rebecca Hall

Genre: Suspense Thriller

Rated R for language.

Joel Edgerton writes, directs and stars in this tense conundrum, playing Gordo—an awkward creeper to a young couple moving into their new house. Nicknamed “Weirdo Gordo” back in high school, Edgerton’s character enters into the married life of Simon (Justin Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) after a random chance encounter that escalates quickly into troublesome meddling.

In her breakout leading-lady role, Rebecca Hall provides the film’s best performance as wife Robyn. Hall’s perfect blend of graciousness and caution towards the misfit Gordo keenly balances out the shrewdness and anger displayed by her controlling husband, Simon. Hall’s slow simmer to acknowledge her intuitive Spidey senses while Simon goes overboard prejudging Gordo, reverberates an eerie feeling for viewers throughout.

A thoughtful but terrifying mystery adventure with several twists and turns, The Gift takes an awkward, creepy character and stresses audiences with clever, timely plot changes. CLICK HERE to read MY ENTIRE MOVIE REVIEW.


Watch now on streaming at Amazon.com.  Available to buy on DVD. Both movies will be available to rent on November 3rd at Netflix and Redbox.

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