Movies We Like - Fall 2023
Our favorite movies from Amoeba's discerning and knowledgeable experts.
Amoeba Music’s discerning & knowledgeable movie loving experts (AKA, our staff) bring you a biased & completely unobjective selection of a few of our favorite films, shows, docs & more!
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kracken
Kirk DeMicco / Faryn Pearl
Dive into the turbulent waters of high school with this heartwarming action comedy about a shy teenager who discovers that she's part of a legendary royal lineage of mythical sea krakens and that her destiny, in the depths of the oceans, is bigger than she ever dreamed. Learning to be an all-powerful sea creature while hiding among humans is hard enough for Ruby, but to make matters worse, her super popular new bestie, Chelsea, is secretly a mermaid! Mermaids have been battling the krakens for eons to rule the ocean, but Chelsea has come to land to finally put an end to that conflict. However, when Chelsea double-crosses her, Ruby will ultimately need to embrace who she is and GO BIG to protect those she loves most.
Meg 2: The Trench
Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush with Meg 2: The Trench, a literally larger-than-life thrill ride that supersizes the 2018 blockbuster and takes the action to higher heights and even greater depths with multiple massive Megs and so much more! Dive into uncharted waters with Jason Statham and global action icon Wu Jing as they lead a daring research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal Megs and relentless environmental plunderers, our heroes must outrun, outsmart, and outswim their merciless predators in a pulse-pounding race against time.
Jujutsu Kaisen: Season 1 Part 2
Jujutsu High is about to host its Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event—an annual competition of Tokyo and Kyoto Jujutsu High campuses. Fushiguro, Kugisaki, and second-years Maki, Toge, and Panda meet up to greet Todo and the other Kyoto students on arrival. Sparks immediately start to fly when Gojo rushes in late to the meetup and starts handing out the souvenirs he brought from his business trip overseas.
Evangelion: 3.0 & 1.11 Thrice Upon A Time
From legendary director Hideaki Anno, Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time is the fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion films, bringing an epic conclusion to the story of Shinji and his fellow Eva pilots, with the stunning visuals and thought-provoking storytelling that has made Evangelion a global pop culture phenomenon. Misato and her anti-NERV group Wille arrive at Paris, a city now red from core-ization. Crew from the flagship Wunder land on a containment tower. They only have 720 seconds to restore the city. When a horde of NERV Evas appear, Mari's improved Eva Unit 8 must intercept. Meanwhile, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei (Provisional Name) wander about Japan.
From award-winning director Ben Affleck, AIR reveals the game-changing partnership between a then undiscovered Michael Jordan and Nike's fledgling basketball division which revolutionized the world of sports and culture with the Air Jordan brand.
Andrew L. Stone / Friz Freleng
Targets [Criterion Collection] (Blu-Ray)
Boris Karloff plays an elder horror cinema star scheduled to make an appearance at a Los Angeles drive-in. But when a sniper takes over the city the line between fantasy and real life horror blurs forever. Peter Bogdanovich & Polly Platt’s feature film debut confronts the idea of escapism in the reality of the Bad Trip 60’s
Armageddon Time (Blu-Ray)
James Gray’s autobiographical tale of a Jewish family in NYC at the dawn of Reaganism. The idea of Haves and Have Nots is in flux again in America, leading to nothing but complications for a sensitive teen who has made a friend from the wrong side of the tracks.
The Jackie Chan Collection, Volume 2 [1983-1993] (Blu-Ray)
This second volume of Shout! Factory’s Jackie Chan features the long overdue American release of City Hunter. A film which answers the question “what if Speed 2: Cruise Control was directed by Chuck Jones and had Jackie Chan dressed as Chun-Li from Street Fighter?” Vol 1 also available.
In The Cut (Blu-Ray)
This new edition restores Jane Campion’s intended cut of the film. At the time of its release was molded and marketed to resemble something like Se7en or Copycat, when in fact the movie is bonkers on a completely different plane from those films. Society is finally ready. Iconic Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh turns.
Hollywood Shuffle [Criterion Collection] (Blu-Ray)
Robert Townsend’s deeply funny and insightful comedy about the alienating absurdity of being a Black actor in ‘80s Hollywood remains as fresh as it was when originally released. Which isn’t a great thing to say about the current state of society, but says a lot about the perceptive comic mind of Townsend. Stays silly and absurd while grounded in a cutting truth.
Inland Empire [Criterion Collection] (Blu-Ray)
David Lynch’s Inland Empire works as sort of an act break in his explorations of negative ancient energies that travel through the electrical system to torment us. Laura Dern leaves it all onscreen on a trip that takes her from Hollywood to Prague, to the void, to a sitcom in actual purgatory, and back to Hollywood again. Many people find this film to be the most accurate description of visiting the walk of fame in cinema history, but that’s just opinion.
Marlowe (Blu-Ray Combo)
Set in 1939 Los Angeles, hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson) is hired to find the lover of a glamorous heiress (Diane Kruger). Unexpectedly, Marlowe finds himself embroiled in a deadly mystery. Adapted from a novel by John Banville (under the pen name Benjamin Black), based on Raymond Chandler’s legendary character.
Magic Mike's Last Dance (Blu-Ray)
Channing Tatum returns as “Magic” Mike in Steven Soderbergh’s latest addition to the franchise. After a lengthy hiatus, Mike returns to the stage following a failed business deal that left him broke and taking bartending jobs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite (Salma Hayek) who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse.
Cocaine Bear (Blu-Ray Combo)
The stuff of legend -- and, apparently, history -- comes to life in the form of a rampaging horror comedy. This film is inspired by the true story of a drug runner's plane crash, his missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it. Follow the cops, criminals, tourists, and teens who converge on a forest in Georgia where the titular 500-pound beast has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage.
Virtually Heroes (DVD)
Mixing comedy and action/adventure, Virtually Heroes follows two self-aware characters in a Call of Duty -inspired video game as they battle never-ending Vietcong, crazy level bosses, and their own existential crises. Mark Hamill is featured as a Yoda-like monk who helps them try to win the game. A Roger Corman production with a post-modern twist.
Knock At The Cabin (Blu-ray Combo)
M. Night Shyamalan
While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her two fathers are taken hostage by four armed strangers led by Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). The strangers demand that the family make an unthinkable choice: save their family or save humanity. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.
Shazam! Fury Of The Gods (Blu-ray)
David F. Sandberg
In this sequel, Billy Batson (aka Shazam) and his foster siblings are still learning how to manage teenage life while having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when a vengeful trio of ancient gods, the Daughters of Atlas, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world.
In this hilarious and heartwarming story, Woody Harrelson stars as a former minor-league basketball coach who, after a series of missteps, is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realizes that despite his doubts, this team can go further than they ever imagined.