Week in Film, DVD and pay-per-view July 15

On DVD and pay-per-view July 15

Breakthrough (PG-13) Drama – Prayer miraculously brings a drowned teen back to life. Allegedly based on a true story.

Shazam! (PG) Action fantasy – 14-year-old Asher Angel is magically transformed into a somewhat-super superhero, Shazam – Zachary Levi. First-rate combination of humor and special-effects action. Pick of the week.

Shortcut to Happiness (PG-13) Fantasy – Novelist Alec Baldwin sells his soul to devil Jennifer Love Hewitt. Anthony Hopkins argues that the contract should be scrapped. Infamous 2001 production, long shrouded in controversy, finally arrives on DVD.

In theaters July 19

The Lion King (PG) Fantasy – Jon Favreau’s CGI-heavy remake of Disney’s animated hit is receiving rapturous advance reviews.

On DVD and pay-per-view July 22

Alita: Battle Angel (PG-13) SF Action – Long-in-the-works adaptation of a popular comic book combines animation and live-action. Produced by James Cameron (Avatar); directed by Robert Rodriguez (Machete). The big-eyed heroine strikes me as creepy.

Hellboy (R) SF Action – David Harbour takes over the stone-handed superhero eleven years after the last entry in the series.

 

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