Whitney Houston film uncovers fresh truths about the singer
“Whitney” (2018, Lionsgate, R, $25) does more than re-tell Whitney Houston’s rise and tragic fall.
Sexually abused as a youngster by her cousin, Houston apparently questioned her sexuality for the rest of life, which contributed to her dependence on drugs and her decision to marry Bobby Brown. Director Kevin Macdonald employs never-before-seen archival footage, as well as candid interviews with Houston’s family, friends and business associates to create a moving portrait of a complicated woman. Extras: commentaries.
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Boundaries (2018, Sony, R, $25): Not unlike its characters, the latest from “Country Strong” director Shana Feste is alternately raw and messy, sweet and goofy. Vera Farmiga stars as a single mother who agrees to drive her weed-dealing father (Christopher Plummer) across the country so he can live with her sister (Kristen Schaal) in San Francisco. Along for the ride is her oddball son (Lewis MacDougall) and a bevy of special-needs dogs that she picks up along the way. In addition to drawing sharp, unsentimental performances from her cast, Feste displays a real talent for exploring the bonds that truly connect people. Extras: featurettes.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Olive Signature Edition (1956, Olive, unrated, $30): The rare sci-fi classic which, 60 years after its release, can still send shivers down your spine, this gem stars Kevin McCarthy as a physician who returns home to Santa Mira, Calif., only to discover that scores of people have been replaced by emotionless duplicates. Soon McCarthy and his gal pal (Dana Wynter) unearth pods ready to steal human souls. “Invasion” was remade in 1978, 1997 and 2007, but the original is impossible to beat. Extras: commentaries and featurettes. Trilogy of Terror (1975, Kino,
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