“CHRISTO­PHER ROBIN”

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - FUN & GAMES -

In this an­i­mated, greatly en­joy­able Dis­ney-Pixar se­quel from writer-di­rec­tor Brad Bird – which fol­lowed the orig­i­nal “In­cred­i­bles” 14 years later – the su­per­hero clan sud­denly is a fam­ily with­out a cause, since the gov­ern­ment bureau they worked for has been shut down ... but all might not be lost, since a tech­nol­ogy guru (voiced by “Bet­ter Call Saul’s”

Bob Odenkirk) of­fers to give them a base to con­tinue pro­tect­ing the world from evil. Elasti­girl (voice of

Holly Hunter) specif­i­cally is called back into ac­tion while her hus­band (voice of Craig T. Nel­son) plays

“Mr. Mom” at home. Keep your eye on the youngest mem­ber of the In­cred­i­bles’ fam­ily, Jack-Jack, highly amus­ing in his own right. Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, Is­abella Ros­sellini and di­rec­tor Bird also are heard. DVD extras: au­dio com­men­tary by an­i­ma­tors; “Bao” short sub­ject. (PG: P) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand) Just be­cause Christo­pher Robin grew up doesn’t mean he for­got about Win­nie the Pooh and his other an­i­mal friends in the Hun­dred Acre Wood. That’s the heart­tug­ging con­ceit of this pleas­ant Dis­ney movie, which is in the hands of the right di­rec­tor: Marc Forster, who ex­panded on the back­ground of an­other clas­sic story in “Find­ing Nev­er­land.” As played quite well by Ewan McGre­gor, the adult Christo­pher Robin is a fam­ily man and busi­ness drone who has lost many of the qual­i­ties that made him spe­cial ... not only

to him­self, but also to the an­i­mated Pooh and com­pany. They re­unite with him to try to show him the way back, but they all have to be found first. Pooh is voiced by Jim Cum­mings. Hay­ley Atwell co-stars as Christo­pher Robin’s wife. (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand) Pro­ducer, di­rec­tor and co-writer Spike Lee’s in­tense, true drama fol­lows a novice po­lice de­tec­tive (played by John David Wash­ing­ton) who in­fil­trates the Ku Klux Klan in early-1970s Colorado Springs. He seeks as­sis­tance in the mis­sion from a col­league (Adam Driver), and both then risk their safety to main­tain their un­der­cover iden­ti­ties as they get ever closer to the heart of the lo­cal Klan chap­ter. The strong cast also in­cludes To­pher Grace

(as David Duke), Corey Hawkins, Laura Har­rier, Alec Bald­win, Ryan Eg­gold, Ni­cholas Tur­turro and the leg­endary Harry Be­la­fonte. DVD extras: ex­tended the­atri­cal trailer; “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­tary.

(R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand) Em­bod­ied by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoff­man in the 1973 ver­sion, Devil’s Is­land con­victs Henri Char­riere (on whose writ­ings the story is based) and Louis Dega are played by fa­mil­iar tele­vi­sion faces Char­lie Hun­nam (“Sons of An­ar­chy”) and Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) in this retelling of the saga. Though the two men be­come close friends, Char­riere has an un­quench­able thirst for free­dom, and Dega agrees to help him es­cape in ex­change for pro­tec­tion within prison bound­aries. Co-stars in­clude Tommy Flana­gan and Eve Hew­son, but the true in­ter­est here lies in gaug­ing how well the main stars fare with roles pre­vi­ously done so ef­fec­tively by two screen leg­ends.

(R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray) Cox as the pa­tri­arch, a me­dia ty­coon whose ques­tion­able health puts con­trol of the com­pany in play among him and his four chil­dren (Sarah Snook,

Alan Ruck, Jeremy Strong, Kieran

Culkin). None of their paths is an easy one, given other al­liances and con­flicts they have both within and out­side their blood­line. Peter Fried­man, James Cromwell, Caitlin FitzGer­ald, Eric

Bo­gosian and David Rasche also are in the im­pres­sive en­sem­ble of ac­tors for the show, which has been re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son. (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

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