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Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Releases - February 2, 2010

Across the Hall - The late Brittany Murphy stars in this tense noir thriller about a jealous man (Danny Pino from TV's Cold Case) who thinks his girlfriend (Murphy) is cheating on him, so he follows her to a sleazy motel and gets the room next to her and waits, gun in hand. Mike Vogel plays the best friend who has to try to stop Pino before something terrible happens. 16x9 Widescreen. With featurettes. 88 minutes. R.





Amelia - Although Hilary Swank [Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry] drew mostly very good reviews for her portrayal of ground-breaking aviatrix Amelia Earhart, this sweeping biopic polarized both critics and audiences. Director Mira Nair [Monsoon Wedding] and the screenplay were criticized for spending too much time on Earhart's romances with her business partner/husband George Putnam (played with customary charm by Richard Gere) and her lover Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor) rather than on her history-making flights. Trivia buffs note: Vidal was writer Gore Vidal's father! 16x9 Widescreen. With deleted scenes and featurettes. 2009. 111 minutes. PG.

Amreeka - A divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son try to assimilate in suburban Illinois in this dramedy presented by National Geographic Entertainment. Written & directed by frst-time filmmaker Cherien Dabis and starring Nisreen Faour, Mulkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, and Yussuf Abu-Warda. 16x9 Widescreen. 2009. 96 minutes. PG-13.

Edge of Darkness [1986 BBC Mini-series] - Director Martin Campbell [Casino Royale, The Legend of Zorro] has joined a select group of directors who have re-made their own films. The new version with Mel Gibson has gotten mostly escellent reviews, but it is a leaner, scaled back version of Campbell's original 1986 BBC mini-series. Bob Peck gives a super-intense performance (a la Gibson) as a police detective who demands answers when his daughter is brutally murdered. As he peels back the layers of deceit and corruption that surround the case and make him react more and more violently, a government conspiracy involving nuclear contamination reveals itself. Joanne Whalley is also memorable as Peck's environmental activist daughter. Jack Woodson and Joe Don Baker co-star. 2 separate rentals. 16x9 Widescreen. With alternate ending, music only track (featuring Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen's score), interviews and stills. 1986. 314 minutes. Unrated.

Law & Order: 7th Year - Beautiful Bond girl Carey Lowell (License to Kill) joins the prosecution for the excellent 7th season of this classic crime procedural show. She joins stars Benjamin Bratt, Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston and Steven Hill. Guest stars include Lauren Graham, Taye Diggs, Felicity Huffman, and Jennifer Esposito. 23 episodes spread across 3 discs. 2 separate rentals. 16x9 Widescreen. 1079 minutes. Unrated.

Lemon Tree - Tel Aviv director Eran Riklis made this drama that is a microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hiam Abbass (The Visitor) plays a widow who owns a lemon grove on the Israeli-Palestine border, but when the Israeli Defense Minister and his wife move in next door, they demand that the grove be destroyed because it could harbor terrorists. The widow hires an attorney, and a media circus begins. Abbass won an Israeli Academy Award for Best Actress. 16x9 Widescreen. In Hebrew with English subtitles. 2008. 106 minutes. Unrated.

Little Ashes - Set in 1922 Madrid, this dramatic recreation/speculation shows how young Salvador Dali was influenced by fellow artists and future icons Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunuel while in art school. Just as Spain was going through an upheaval as well, the trio experiment with life and love as much as with their art, changing their paths forever. Before he donned his fangs for Twilight, Robert Pattinson starred in this indie drama as Dali along with Javier Beltran (as Lorca) and Matthew McNulty (as Bunuel). Marian Gatell and Esther Nubiola also star. 16x9 Widescreen. 16x9 Widescreen. 2008. 112 minutes. R.

Love Happens - Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking) plays in a straight romantic comedy for a change instead of an idie cult flick and he scores points for being one of Jennifer Aniston's more compatible romantic leads. He plays a famous self-help guru and writer who counsels people in grief, but he needs a little help himself when it comes to opening up and relationships. When he accidentally meets an adorable florist (Aniston) who has sworn off men after a string of disastrous relationships, he seems to have met his perfect match if he can only keep himself from getting in the way. Just in time for Valentine's Day. The charismatic leads help carry the familiar story with lots of charm. The supporting cast includes Dan Fogler, Judy Greer, Joe Anderson, John Carroll Lynch, and Martin Sheen. For romantics looking for like fare, check out the surprisingly similar 2009 comedy The Answer Man starring Jeff Daniels (who actually looks a little like Eckhart!) and Lauren Graham (who doesn't look like blonde Aniston but is an equally adorable dark brunette) about a religious self-help writer/misanthrope who meets his possible soul mate. 16x9 Widescreen. 2009. 109 minutes. PG-13.

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning - People who choose titles for movies are a special breed, and the person who chose the title for this film deserves special mention because this movie has nothing to do with the 2003 hit Ong Bak other than having the same star in Tony Jaa and a lot of kickass martial arts. They don't even pretend it's a prequel in the movie! So much for "The Beginning." In this tale, a boy prince sees his parents killed by a power-hungry madman, and as an adult, vows to get revenge after learning extraordinary fighting skills. Fans of the first film and martial arts in general will not be disappointed. With featurettes and interviews. 16x9 Widescreen. 2009. 98 minutes. R.



Pie in the Sky: Series 2 - The always wonderful Richard Griffiths [The History Boys] returns as semi-retired policeman Henry Crabbe, who splits his time between trying to run a gourmet restaurant in a small English burg and solving big city oddball crimes. The result is a delightful mix of humor, murder usually, and mouth-watering food. Maggie Steed plays his fretting accountant wife and Malcolm Sinclair is his harried boss at the police station. Full Screen. 4 separate rentals. 492 minutes. Unrated.



Tennessee - Singer/actress Mariah Carey continues to rehabilitate her acting reputation with her excellent performances in this film and Precious. Here, two very different brothers (Adam Rothenberg and Ethan Peck) take to the road with a waitress with big dreams (Carey) to try to find their childhood home and their estranged father. Along the way, they discover who they are and overcome their troubled pasts. 16x9 Widescreen. 2008. 99 minutes. R.



Waking the Dead: Season 4 - Britain's answer to CSI returns with even more twisted cold cases involving sadism, sexual perversion, fetishism and much more. Regulars Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Will Johnson, Holly Aird, and Claire Goose all return. 3 separate rentals. 16x9 Widescreen. 690 minutes. Unrated.



Where God Left His Shoes - John Leguizamo gives a fine performance as a Gulf War vet and prizefighter who finds himself homeless in NYC. Set during the holidays, he has to scramble to find a job on Christmas Day if he wants to get a single apartment that has become available. Leonor Varela and Jerry Ferrara co-star in this moving spiritual story. 16x9 Widescreen. 2007. 101 minutes. Unrated.



Zombieland - Woody Harrelson provides one of his best comic turns as a good ol' boy who loves kickin' and killin' zombie butts while trying to help a nerdy teen (Jesse Eisenberg) navigate a post apocalyptic world filled with flesh-eating zombies. Matters get even more complicated when they run into a pair of young and cute sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) who are on their way to an amusement park in L.A. Wacky humor and splatter join forces in this surprise hit that is as funny as it is twisted. And yes, it stars the same Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine and My Sister's Keeper! With featurettes, commentary, deleted scnes and more. 16x9 Widescreen. 2009. 88 minutes. R.



Blu-Rays:



Amelia



Michael Jackson's This Is It



Ong Bak 2: The Beginning



Zombieland



descriptions written by manager Steven Y. Mori

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