New on DVD & Blu-Ray: ‘Ender’s Game’, ‘The Best Man Holiday’, ‘All is Lost’

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Ender’s Game – Based on the popular book by Orson Scott Card, the film follows Ender Wiggin, a kid who is recruited to battle school in order to train and prepare himself mentally for the next alien invasion attack on earth. But Ender isn’t a soldier, as the battle school only recruits young boys to train by watching them as children to see if they’re worthy of being recruited. The film stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, and Viola Davis. 

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The Jungle Book (Diamond Edition) – The beloved Disney classic is getting its first Blu-ray release as we celebrate such classic songs like “Bare Necessities” and “That’s What Friends Are For” that made the movie so memorable. Now Mowgli and Baloo can be seen in even better quality you can enjoy with the family over and over again. 

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The Best Man Holiday – Taye Diggs, Nia Long, and the rest of The Best Man gang are back in this fun sequel. When they get together for a reunion over Christmas, they remember how easy it is for old rivalries and romances to be brought into the present. The film stars Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, Regina Hall, and Terrence Howard. 

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Austenland – Jane Austen’s novels have been a staple in the literary world for a long time. To the point where many women would like their own versions of Mr. Darcy and be Lizzy Bennett for a day. Well, Jane (not Austen) is so obsessed with Austen’s novels that any man she goes out with never quite meets her standards. And as her experiences get worse, she clings to Austen’s world even more. So, to kick her habit and experience some time with a Mr. Darcy of her own, Jane travels to England to Austenland, where the world of Jane Austen comes to life. The film stars Keri Russell and Jane Seymour. 

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All is Lost – There’s nothing scarier than being stranded and alone in the middle of the ocean after having a cargo storage container ram into your boat. This film is a story about survival as even Robert Redford’s character doesn’t have a name, just a man at sea. The movie’s subtle and evokes emotions from the audience because of everything that Redford has to fight through in order to survive. 

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The Counselor – Director Ridley Scott and author Cormac McCarthy bring to life a story of a lawyer who gets in over his head when he buys into a drug cartel and it all goes to hell. He’s forced to deal with the consequences once events start getting out of his control and learns a major lesson in the choices one makes and the aftermath. The film has an all-star cast in Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Peneleope Cruz. 

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Diana – Since the death of Princess Diana in 1997, her story has been told and told again. This time around, Naomi Watts plays the beloved princess. The new take on this story being the focus on only the last two years of Diana’s life and her relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. The film also stars Cas Anvar, Naveen Andrews, and Charles Edwards. 

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The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box – When Mariah’s parents vanish and his brother is kidnapped, he sets out on an adventure to find the Midas box. A box tasked by his parents and a secret organization to protect from anyone looking to find it and use it for evil purposes. Mariah is given the responsibility of spying at a hotel where the box is hidden underground and tries to stop its destruction. The film stars Sam Neill, Michael Sheen, and Lena Heady.

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Chicago (Diamond Edition) – The Diamond Edition of the Best Picture Academy Award Winning film is now available. Watch the special edition and re-watch Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart battle it out in a stunning silver screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. The film stars Renee Zellweger, Catherin Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Lucy Liu, and Taye Diggs. 

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Wadjda – A young Saudi Arabian girl signs up for Koran recitation class so that she can win the competition and gain the funds needed to finally get the green bicycle she’s been wanting. Through her eyes, we see her culture. We watch as she befriends a neighborhood boy, watches the relationship between her mother and father deteriorate, and get through her days at school. The film stars Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani. 

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The Armstrong Lie – Alex Gibney started out making a documentary about the return of Lance Armstrong to professional cycling, but had to seriously rethink his project when Armstrong admitted that he’d take performance enhancing drugs and was then stripped of all his tour de France titles. The film explores the cyclists history from before he began his professional career to the present day. 

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G.B.F – Two closeted gay friends are taken on a Mean Girls-esque adventure when one of them is outed and then targeted by the three most popular girls in school to be their G.B.F. (gay best friend), and the new must-have accessory. The film is funny, witty, and quotable and stars Michael J. Willett, Paul Iocono, Sasha Pieterse, Evanna Lynch, Andrea Bowen, Molly Tarlov, and Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque.

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Life of a King – In order to help troubled teens living in inner-cities in Washington, DC, ex-felon Eugene Brown, establishes a chess club for them to participate in. The film stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Thurston Hill, Dennis Haysbert, and Lisa Gay Hamilton. 

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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