Whit­ney Hous­ton film un­cov­ers fresh truths about the singer

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LIVING - By Amy Longs­dorf For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

“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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