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"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" (20th Century Fox DVD, $ 29.98; Blu-ray, $ 34.99; also available on VOD)

In the dramedy, Cate Blanchett plays a grumpy, agoraphobic architect who mysteriously disappears and leaves her precocious teenage daughter Bee (played by Emma Nelson) to summarize the meaning of her life. Maria Semple's bestseller tells Bernadette's story through a series of found documents. For the film, director Richard Linklater (who also wrote the script) roughly spends the first half of the photo on a more objective, collage-like portrait of the heroine, and then spends much of the second half on Bernadette & # 39; s own, more subjective impressions of her own experiences. Although the split structure does not exactly replicate the experience of reading the book, Blanchett brings a lot of spark to her portrait of a frustrated woman and mother trying to rediscover what once made her special.

(Special features: Featurettes)

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"The Report" (available on November 29 on Amazon Prime Video)

Based on a true story, writer-director Scott Z. Burns & fascinating and informative political drama plays Adam Driver as real-life congress researcher Daniel Jones, who was commissioned by senator Dianne Feinstein (played here by Annette Bening) to be classified by to dig documents to determine to what extent the US government had punished torture during the fight against terrorism after 9/11. Despite the heavy subject, the film moves quickly. Burn's clever use of flashbacks fills the audience with what happened in some American detention centers abroad in the morally dark mid-2000s, although this film is ultimately more concerned with the complicated and frustrating politics of telling truth.

TV of the week

"Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet – Season 12" (Shout! Factory DVD, $ 44.99; Blu-ray, $ 59.97; also available on VOD)

The most recent season of the pop culture institution is one of the most ambitious and also one of the funniest. Instead of just making Jonah Ray and his math-cracking robot friends laugh at a random assortment of awkward B movies, the six episodes in this set tell a bigger story, about Jonah and the & bots being forced to binge half a dozen -watching terrible movies in a row. With this simple twist, a classic concept is revived. In addition, the use of some stunningly misguided films – including the all-time "Mac and Me" stinker – makes this run as hilarious as the best of the MST3K.

(Special features: None)

From the archives

"Now, Voyager" (Criterion DVD, $ 29.95; Blu-ray, $ 39.95)

"All About Eve" (Criterion DVD, $ 29.95; Blu-ray, $ 39.95)

During the 1930s, Bette Davis was one of the most exciting actresses in Hollywood, bringing flint and worldliness to spicy melodramas. But most of her best films came after her starlet years – including 1942 & # 39; s & # 39; s Now, Voyager & # 39; in which she played a depressed middle-aged spider who loved herself and 1950 & # 39; s & # 39; All About Eve & # 39 ;, where she is a dim Broadway star in danger of being overshadowed by a sycophantic ingenuity. At its best, Davis lived in versatile roles with little concern about whether she might be & # 39; unlikely & # 39; was seen. She often placed the needs of the story above her own vanity.

(Special features: comment tracks and new and vintage interviews)

Three more to see

"Angel Has Fallen" (Lionsgate DVD, $ 29.95; Blu-ray, $ 39.99; 4K, $ 42.99; also available on VOD); "Hotel by the River" (Cinema Guild DVD, $ 29.95; Blu-ray, $ 34.95); "Young Justice: Outsiders – Season 3" (Warner Bros. DVD, $ 24.98; Blu-ray, $ 29.99; also available on VOD)

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