'This is Us' star makes way to home theaters this week

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Milo Ventimiglia in “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”

Dog lovers and Milo Ventamiglia lovers alike will have the chance to get their fill of both this week as “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” was released to rental outlets.

Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, the oroduction company says the film is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves” and “The Postman”).

Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia, “This is Us” and “Gilmore Girls”), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

The film follows Denny and the loves of his life — his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried, “Mamma Mia” and “Dear John”), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong, “It” and “Anne with an E”), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.

While the critics gave the film just a 43 percent on the tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score was much higher at 96 percent.

The critic’s consensus on the website said, “Its heartstring-tugging overtures may be difficult for dog lovers to resist, but ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ is sentimental and contrived.”

Directed by Simon Curtis, the film is rated PG for thematic material.

Other films released to rental outlets this week include:

n “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” directed by David Leitch and staring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby. Hobbs, a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw, a former British military elite operative, have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, these two sworn enemies will have to partner up.

This film is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language.

n “The Kitchen,” directed by Andrea Berloff and staring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss and Domhnall Gleeson. Three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI are featured in the film. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands, proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition.

The film is rated R for violence, language throughout and some sexual content.

The synopsis for each movie is taken from rottentomatoes.com.

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