‘Bad Moms’ un­corks a rau­cous good time

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Amy Longs­dorf For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Three cheers for “Bad Moms” (2016, Univer­sal, R, $30), a rau­cous com­edy about an over-worked sub­ur­ban­ite (Mila Ku­nis) who has grown weary of try­ing to be the per­fect mom.

Along with her new besties (Kris­ten Bell, Kathryn Hahn), she de­cides to cut loose and have some fun. Writ­ten and di­rected by “Hang­over” scripters Jon Lu­cas and Scott Moore, “Bad Moms” un­corks one giddy scene after an­other, as the moms wreak havoc in a gro­cery store, take on the PTA Queen Bee (Christina Ap­ple­gate) and do JellO shots with Martha Ste­wart.

Best of all, “Bad Moms” is a show­case for all of the women in­volved. And, boy, do they rock it. Ex­tras: gag reel, deleted scenes and fea­turettes.

Also New To DVD

An­thro­poid (2016, Univer­sal, R, $28): If you’re in the mood for an old-fash­ioned thriller set dur­ing the early days of World War II, check out this riv­et­ing look at the plot to as­sas­si­nate Rein­hard Hey­drich, Hitler’s third in com­mand and the main ar­chi­tect of the Fi­nal So­lu­tion. Cil­lian Mur­phy and Jamie Dor­nan are su­perb as two Czech re­sis­tance fight­ers tasked with shoot­ing down the Nazi. The film takes quite a while to get go­ing as the men wait for the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to strike. But once Op­er­a­tion An­thro­poid kicks in, di­rec­tor Sean El­lis keeps you on the edge of your seat with non­stop ac­tion. Ex­tras: fea­turettes. *** My Love, Don’t Cross That

River (2016, Film Move­ment, $25): The high­est gross­ing in­die film in the his­tory of its na­tive South Korea, this doc­u­men­tary about a mar­ried cou­ple to­gether 76 years is a brac­ing look at life and death. Shot over the course of 15 months, “My Love” doesn’t pull any punches when one mem­ber of the cou­ple grows ill and the other must fig­ure out how to cope. Ex­pect to be deeply moved by this look at two soul­mates who aren’t ready to say good­bye. Ex­tras: deleted scenes.


One Day Since Yes­ter­day: Pe­ter Bog­danovich and the Lost Amer­i­can Film (2016, Warner Archive, un­rated, $22): After en­joy­ing a come­back with “Saint Jack,” di­rec­tor Pe­ter Bog­danovich em­barked on “They All Laughed,” a sparkling ro­man­tic com­edy that changed his life. Dur­ing pro­duc­tion, he fell in love with lead­ing lady Dorothy Strat­ten, who was mur­dered by her es­tranged hus­band be­fore the movie’s re­lease. This touch­ing doc­u­men­tary, which in­cludes in­ter­views with fans Wes An­der­son and Quentin Tarantino as well as Bog­danovich in­ti­mates like Cy­bill Shep­herd and Jeff Bridges, makes a strong case for the film as a lost clas­sic. “One Day” also serves as an af­fec­tion­ate tribute to Strat­ten and fel­low cast mem­bers who have since passed away. Ex­tras: none.

*** Car­nage Park (2016, Shout Fac­tory, un­rated, $28): Cheap, pulpy thrills can be a blast. That’s the take­away of this in­tense gore-fest that be­gins with the hostage (Ash­ley Bell) of a heist­gone-wrong fight­ing for her life against her kid­nap­pers. Once the bad guys are dis­patched, she finds her­self in even deeper trou­ble thanks to an ex-mil­i­tary sniper (creepy Pat Healy) who sets her free in the desert so he can hunt her like an an­i­mal. It’s a shame di­rec­tor Mickey Keat­ing chooses to plunge the fi­nal act into to­tal dark­ness be­cause, un­til then, “Car­nage Park” man­ages to in­still plenty of ter­ror. Ex­tras: none.


Shared Rooms (2016, Wolfe, un­rated, $25): If Garry Mar­shall had ever di­rected a gay rom-com that took place over Christ­mas, it would look a lot like this feather-weight film about three cou­ples who must deal with a num­ber of eas­ily re­solved sce­nar­ios, in­clud­ing the sud­den ap­pear­ance of a young man aban­doned by his fam­ily and the re­al­iza­tion be­tween pla­tonic roomies that they have feel­ings for each other. It’s fizzy and sweet enough to be kind of fun but you’ll for­get it as soon as it is over. Ex­tras: bloop­ers and com­men­tary by writer/di­rec­tor Rob Wil­liams. ***

Men and Chick­ens (2015, Alamo Draft­house, un­rated, $40): For a while, this bizarre black com­edy is watch­able thanks to Mads Mikkelsen, the splen­did Dan­ish ac­tor who’s best known for em­body­ing a sin­is­ter charmer on TV’s “Han­ni­bal.” But not even Mikkelsen, play­ing against type as an ar­ro­gant nitwit, can sus­tain this out­ing which one critic aptly de­scribed as a hy­brid of “The Is­land of Dr. Moreau” and a Three Stooges com­edy. Mikkelsen and David Den­cik star as two so­cially in­ept broth­ers who dis­cover they are adopted and then travel to a re­mote is­land to meet their bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. A tsunami of weird­ness en­sues. Ex­tras: none.


Taxi Driver: 40th An­niver­sary Edi­tion (1976, Sony, R, $20): Di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese and scripter Paul Schrader once called this clas­sic an ur­ban spin on “The Searchers.” Four decades later, that de­scrip­tion seems right on tar­get. Not un­like John Wayne in the John Ford west­ern, cab­bie Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) goes to hell and back to save a young woman (Jodie Foster) who might — or might not — need sav­ing. One of the best and most no­to­ri­ously vi­o­lent movies of the 1970s, this mas­ter­piece never seems to age, per­haps be­cause it gets so com­pletely in­side the mind of a man on the brink of psy­chosis. Ex­tras: fea­turettes, sto­ry­boards and com­men­taries. *** The Hor­ri­ble Dr. Hich­cock (1964, Olive, un­rated, $25): After killing his wife in a sex-game-gone-bad, di­a­bol­i­cal sur­geon Dr. Hich­cock (Robert Fle­myng) de­parts Eng­land for more than a decade. When he re­turns home, he seems re­formed thanks to the new wife (cult ac­tress Bar­bara Steele). But the good doc­tor is still bad to the bone. It takes a bit of time for Hich­cock to re­veal his creepy plans for his bride but when he does, this Ham­mer Hor­roresque out­ing kicks into high gear. Ex­tras: none.


Into The Bad­lands: Sea­son One (2016, An­chor Bay,

un­rated, $40): In a fu­ture where guns have been out­lawed, it’s up to a badass war­rior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) to use his fight­ing skills to pro­tect his ter­ri­tory from vil­lains, all of whom seem to be armed with ma­chetes, knives and axes. What this pulpy out­ing, orig­i­nally broad­cast on AMC, lacks in char­ac­ter devel­op­ment, it makes up for with some as­ton­ish­ingly well-staged hand-to-hand com­bat scenes and pot­boiler-ish plot twists. Ex­tras: fea­turettes.


This im­age re­leased by STX Pro­duc­tions shows, from left, Mila Ku­nis, Kris­ten Bell and Kathryn Hahn in a scene from “Bad Moms.”

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