(Ratings for each film begin with a "star'' rating -- one star meaning "poor,'' four meaning "excellent'' -- followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.)
"Crazy Rick Asians'': Director Jon M. Chu's hit comedy takes an old-fashioned love story and gives it freshness through its ethnic sheen and its casting -- in this case, one of the most fully Asian and Asian-American casts in a good number of years. At the center of the story is the New York couple played by Henry Golding and Constance Wu ("Fresh Off the Boat''), who take a trip to Singapore for a wedding -- subjecting the woman to all sorts of scrutiny from her boyfriend's family and friends, and eventually making her wonder if she'll be able to handle it over the long haul. It's a treat to see Michelle Yeoh out of her martial-arts mode as Golding's mother, and Ken Jeong ("Community''), Awkwafina and Nico Santos ("Superstore'') also turn up. DVD extra: "making-of'' documentary. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Dog Days": Canines have pronounced effects on several Los Angeles residents in director Ken Marino's comedy-drama, which links several stories as the movie literally goes to the dogs. One subplot features Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries'') as a television newscaster whose interview with an ex-basketball star (Tone Bell) has surprising results, while another tale casts Vanessa Hudgens as a barista enamored with a self-centered veterinarian (Michael Cassidy), though an animal-shelter operator (Jon Bass) pines for her. Eva Longoria, Rob Corddry, Adam Pally, Thomas Lennon and father-and-daughter Ron Cephas Jones ("This Is Us'') and Jasmine Cephas Jones also appear. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on On Demand)
"Blindspotting": A popular attraction on the film-festival circuit earlier this year, this seriocomic tale follows an Oakland, Calif. parolee -- played by Daveed Diggs, of Broadway's "Hamilton'' and television's "blackish'' -- as he heads toward the end of his probation trying to stay on the right side of the law. He might not make it, though, thanks to a friend (Rafael Casal, who also wrote the film with Diggs) who becomes involved in a police shooting ... driving an enormous wedge between the longtime pals. Janina Gavankar ("True Blood''), Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin and fellow "Hamilton'' veteran Jasmine Cephas Jones also star. DVD extras: two "making-of'' documentaries; audio commentary by Diggs, Casal and director Carlos Lopez Estrada; deleted scenes. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
"Kin": A very special metallic box and its contents may be the only hope for a recent parolee (Jack Reynor) and his family to evade the wrath of a criminal (James Franco) in this combination of science fiction and melodrama, an expansion of an earlier short film. The box becomes a weapon and helps the former convict recognize and embrace his real identity ... which is much loftier than he could have imagined. Dennis Quaid, Myles Truitt and Zoe Kravitz also star. DVD extras: audio commentary by directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and screenwriter Daniel Casey; "Bag Man'' short subject; two "making-of'' documentaries; deleted scenes; roundtable discussion. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)
Also Releasing this Week:
"Longmire: The Sixth and Final Season": The modern Western inspired by Craig Johnson's novels doubled its life span by getting three additional seasons out of its Netflix pickup after its A&E cancellation ... and it did much to establish the streaming service as a place where some shows can continue after their original networks part with them. In this concluding round, Wyoming lawman Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) -- initially unaware of his deputy Vic's (Katee Sackhoff) pregnancy -- looks into the disappearance of his friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), then faces a murder accusation and gives serious consideration to retirement. Cassidy Freeman also stars as Longmire's attorney daughter Cady, and A Martinez, Peter Weller and Dylan Walsh also appear. A "Complete Series'' set also is newly available. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V)
"Kevin Smith: Silent but Deadly": Shown last spring by Showtime, this stand-up-comedy special has quite a back story ... since "Clerks'' filmmaker Smith suffered a massive heart attack right after the first of the two scheduled performances at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Calif. That wasn't anticipated during his set that sees him reflect humorously on his life and career, which also encompassed his directing of episodes of some of The CW's superhero shows. In sequences recorded after his routine and his medical treatment, Smith reflects on the related events of that night and beyond. *** (Not rated: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)
"Searching" (Nov. 27): A man's (John Cho) determination to locate his missing daughter takes him through every form of modern communication. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
"Sharp Objects" (Nov. 27): Amy Adams plays a reporter back in her hometown to probe a troubling story in the HBO drama based in Gillian Flynn's novel. (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)
"The Handmaid's Tale: Season Two" (Dec. 4): A pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss) continues her fight to ensure a better world for her forthcoming child. (Not rated: AS, N, P, V)
"The Happytime Murders" (Dec. 4): A puppet sleuth and his human ex-partner (Melissa McCarthy) investigate the killings of the stars of a popular TV show. (R: AS, P, V)
"Mission: Impossible - Fallout" (Dec. 4): Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), his team and a CIA agent (Henry Cavill) pursue enemies who possess stolen plutonium. (PG-13: P, V)
"Operation Finale" (Dec. 4): After the capture of war criminal Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), a Mossad agent (Oscar Isaac) finds getting him to trial a complicated mission. (PG-13: AS, P, V)
Oldies But Goodies:
"Candyman" (1992): The Clive Barker-produced thriller, about a supernatural spirit (Tony Todd) preying upon a housing project, gets new Blu-ray ``Collector's Edition'' treatment. ***
"The Girl in Black Stockings" (1957): This melodrama, which makes everyone staying at the same motel a murder suspect, is part of a new "Mamie Van Doren Film Noir Collection.'' ***
"Streets of Fire" (1984): With its 35th anniversary nearing, a new, Steelbook-encased Blu-ray edition of the rock-music-underscored drama stars Michael Pare and Diane Lane. ***
TOP 10 DVD & Blu-Ray Rentals
(Week ending November 11, 2018, Courtesy of comScore, Inc)
1) "The Spy Who Dumped Me"
2) "Incredibles 2"
3) "Ant-Man and the Wasp"
5) "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"
7) "Slender Man"
8) "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"
9) "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again"
10) "Sicario: Day of the Soldado"
FAMILY VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence