Stand by Me (Sony)
Is there a better movie about friendship, growing up, and dead bodies? The coming-of-age classic celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Blu-ray debut that tags on picture-in-picture commentary by director Rob Reiner and stars Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman. The movie itself holds up a quarter century later. Based on a Stephen King story, it follows four 12-year-old boys who spend a summer weekend in 1959 looking for the body of a kid who was hit by a train. They smoke, they swear, they talk about Annette Funicello’s boobs, and they have run-ins with a seriously douchey Kiefer Sutherland. And they learn a lot about life and growing up and friendship.
Firebreather (Cartoon Network/Warner)
Cartoon Network’s first original CGI movie is about a 16-year-old kid who has the usual teen problems with school and girls. He’s also from a long line of orange-skinned, fire-breathing creatures who want to take over the world. Good story, standard CGI stuff.
This alien-invasion movie isn’t nearly as awful as you’d think. The script is loosely recycled, and the characters/actors are unlikable, but the people-harvesting monsters that attack Los Angeles are gooey fun. It’s sorta like Cloverfield, without the found-footage gimmick.
Yogi Bear (Warner)
This CGI/live-action mess (with Dan Aykroyd as the picnic-stealing bear and Justin Timberlake as pal Boo Boo) is loud, obnoxious, and unfunny. But you probably knew that, right? The Blu-ray adds a new Road Runner short, which is way better than the main feature.