Mar 25, 2020 9:30 PM

Movie news you can still use

Posted Mar 25, 2020 9:30 PM

[ By DAN DEMING ]

[ ENTERTAINMENT CONTRIBUTOR ]

B&B Theaters at the Hutchinson Mall and most other theaters in this country are closed because of the coronavirus. But that doesn't mean you can't catch up on movies you haven't seen yet by renting them at Family Video or Red Box.

This week several suggestions are based on sampling what was available. Remember, rentals are often more scarce on weekends with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday often being good times for better selections.

My choice for last year's best movie, "Richard Jewell," a true story of the Atlanta Olympics bombing of twenty years ago, is a good start. Also from last year: "Rocketman," a tribute to Elton John containing must of his best music; "Bohemian Rhapsody,"  modeled after another true live story; "Ford v Ferrari;" "Frosen II;" "Joker;" "The Mule" with Clint Eastwood; "Jumanji: The Next Level;" "Dark Waters;" "The Lion King;" "Midway;" and the much touted war movie, "1917," are all out on DVD.

For the kids, there is "A Dog's Way Home;" "Abominable;" and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."

You can also take advantage of numerous movies from years past, such as "Harriet," an inspiring Civil War documentary; "On The Basis of Sex," about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; or last year's big sleeper, noteworthy because it features a Down Syndrome actor in a lead role, "Peanut Butter Falcon."

With the virus shutting down movies immediately after the faith film, "I Still Believe," I'm hopeful it will be released very soon, so those unable to see it in theaters can catch a good Christian movie at home. It could be a big selling rental. And for those yearning for new movies, after COVID-19 is defeated, and it will be, a sequel to "Top Gun," a classic from 1985, is set to hit the big screen later this year. It has already been delayed a year because of difficulties with spectacular fighter jet sequences, but from those who have seen previews, "Top Gun: Maverick" (sorry no Tom Cruise again) should be spectacular.

“Movie news you can use” is a weekly feature submitted by Dan Deming. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of Hutch Post or its affiliates.