It’s a week of nostalgia in entertainment. “Wreck-It Ralph” is a glorious homage to the golden age of video games, while “All in the Family” reminds us that we could sure learn a lot from an unabashed bigot – if that bigot is Archie Bunker, that is. And in “Flight,” Denzel Washington plays a heroic pilot who is all too human. Here are our three entertainment picks for the week ahead.
TUESDAY: ‘All in the Family’ on DVD
Edith! Stifle yerself! Meathead! Little Goil! If Archie Bunker’s famous lines are familiar to you, you’ll want to know that the entire series of “All in the Family” comes out on DVD this week. That’s 28 discs, 213 episodes, and plenty of pig-headed Archieness. The set includes a 40-page book and plenty of extras. Gee our old La Salle ran great … those were the days. (Out on DVD Oct. 30.)
FRIDAY: ‘Wreck-It Ralph'
Disney looks to have done it again. “Wreck-It Ralph” features the voice of John C. Reilly as a bad guy in a “Donkey Kong”-like video game who longs to be a good guy. He manages to ditch his own role and go wandering through other video games, meeting characters voiced by Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch along the way. Whether you’re a kid who’s only played Angry Birds or a child of the ‘80s who loves seeing the Pac-Man ghost in Ralph’s bad-guy support group, you’ll want to level up for this one. (Opens Nov. 2.)
In “Flight,” Denzel Washington plays a heroic pilot in the style of Chesley Sullenberger, who lands a damaged airplane and saves the passengers and crew. But when it’s discovered he has alcohol in his system, the way he’s viewed by the world suddenly changes radically. Early reviews are positive, with TIME Magazine’s critic writing that the film boasts a “character sharpness and an openness to ambiguity that are rare in movies from big studios and commercially savvy directors.” (Opens Nov. 2.)