On DVD & Blu-Ray: June 4, 2019

Tyler Perry puts to rest the character of Madea in A Madea Family Funeral as the multi-hyphenate's final film in the franchise follows a joyous family reunion that becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets. I didn't see it, but can safely assume those that wanted to, did.

Gloria Bell stars Julianne Moore as the titular character in this re-make of the 2014 Chilean film, of the same name. The story follows a free-spirited woman in her fifties who seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

Director Terry Gilliam has been working on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote since 1989-when star Adam Driver was six years-old-but was unable to secure funding until 1998 when it entered full pre-production with Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp as Toby Grisoni. Shooting began in 2000 in Navarre, but a significant number of difficulties led to a sudden suspension of the production which in turn became the subject of the documentary, Lost in La Mancha, which I can remember being shown in film school. Gilliam made repeated attempts to relaunch production between 2003 and 2016, but it wasn't until early 2017 that the writer/director announced filming had begun with Adam Driver, who was confirmed to star as Grisoni in 2016 and helped secure funding. Two years ago to the day, Gilliam announced that shooting of the film was finally complete, seventeen years after it originally started and now one can watch the film on Amazon Prime for $2.99...which I'm going to do...at some point...soon.

Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern star in JT LeRoy about a young woman named Savannah Knoop who spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law. After the film premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival to mixed-positive reviews I expected to hear a little more about this, so I was surprised to see it landing on home video and streaming services today. While not overly familiar with the story, it is based on the life of the real Knoop who wrote the memoir, Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy, which the film is based on. I'll be anxious to check this one out soon as well.

Vincent D'Onofrio makes his second feature film in nearly ten years with The Kid, a film about a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid's encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett. Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt star along with Dane DeHaan playing Billy 'The Kid' Bonney.

Hilary Duff stars in this (very) fictionalized tale concerning actress Sharon Tate (who was brutally murdered along with four others by the Manson Family in 1969). In this stunningly disrespectful take on the tragedy, The Haunting of Sharon Tate follows a pregnant Tate who, at the time of her death was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with she and husband Roman Polanksi's son, as she becomes plagued by visions of her imminent death. Needless to say, the reviews have been horrible and I'll go ahead and wait for Quentin Tarantino's revisionist history in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood...which also features Tate (as played by Margot Robbie) as a central character.

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