Audiences go on a journey of creativity with 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

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Cate Blanchett in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

One woman takes the leap of finding her former self after years of sacrificing for others in one of the movies released to home rental outlets this week.

According to the production company, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” is based on the runaway bestselling book of the same title and is an inspiring comedy about Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett, “The Aviator” and “Elizabeth”), a loving mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family.

Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

Directed by Richard Linklater, the film also stars Billy Crudup (“Almost Famous” and “Watchmen”), Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids” and “The Skeleton Twins”), Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace” and “Why Him?”), Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix” and “Mystic River”) and Emma Nelson (“Margaret and the Moon”).

According to IMDb Trivia, at one point during the shoot, the production was going to resort to ‘green screen’ for some of the arctic scenes, but when Blanchett insisted on authenticity, the production moved to Greenland.

On the Rotten Tomatoes website, critics give the film just a 48 percent rating while audiences are a bit more generous with a 74 percent approval rating.

The film is rated PG-13 for some strong language and drug material.

Other films released to rental outlets this week include:

n “Angel Has Fallen,” directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Gerard Butler, Piper Perabo, Morgan Freeman and Jada Pinkett Smith. When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull, his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President.

The film is rated R for violence and language throughout.

n “Don’t Let Go,” directed by Jacob Estes and starring David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson and Alfred Molina. Detective Jack Radcliff gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley. Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen.

This film is rated R for violence, bloody images, and language.

n “Ophelia,” directed by Claire McCarthy and starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen and Tom Felton. Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. Amid it all, the queen’s brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince.

The film is rated PG-13 for a scene of violence/bloody images, some sensuality and thematic elements.

The synopsis for each film is taken from the website Rotten Tomatoes.

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