According to Greta - Hilary Duff gives one of her best performances as a troubled teen who is shunted off to her grandparents for the summer. Originally, she has suicide on her mind, but she finds herself bonding with her grandparents...that is, until an interracial romance threatens to derail her summer epiphany. Co-starring Evan Ross, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy. 2008. PG-13.
Big Fan - Robert Siegel, the writer of The Wrestler, makes his directing debut with this surprisingly moving dramedy starring Patton Oswalt as a huge fan of the New York Giants. When he follows his favorite player to a strip club and an unfortunate incident occurs, he finds himself at odds with the team, the media and his own family, making him question his loyalty to the team. Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, and Marcia Jean Kurtz co-star. Including outtakes and interviews. 2009. R.
Blood Creek - Joel Schumacher [The Phone Booth] directed this action thriller about a family's involvement with Nazis that comes back to haunt them 70 years later. Dominic Purcell [Prison Break] and Henry Cavill [The Tudors] play brothers who are out for vengeance. Michael Fassbender, Emma Booth, and Shea Whigham star. 2009. R.
Bugs Bunny's Cupid Capers - The unflappable Bugs appears in this compilation of Valentine's Day-oriented cartoons. $2 rental. 24 minutes. 2009. Unrated
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama - Amy Rice and Alicia Sams directed this behind the scenes look at the 2008 Presidential campaign, election and inauguration of Barack Obama. 2010. Unrated.
Damages: 2nd Season - The always excellent Glenn Close returns as an enigmatic attorney who is suddenly reunited with an old acquaintance [William Hurt] who needs her help in a murder case. As a government conspiracy unfolds, Close also has to watch her back as a rival attorney [the equally great Rose Byrne] decides to take Close down by talking to the FBI. This marks a long awaited acting reunion between Close and Hurt [who were also wonderful together in The Big Chill], and Tate Donovan and Anastasia Griffith also star. Two separate rentals. 2009. Unrated.
Death in Love - The romance between a Nazi doctor and a Jewish woman comes back to haunt a family decades later as two brothers take very different paths in 1990's NY. Josh Lucas, Adam Brody, Lukas Haas, and Jacqueline Bisset. 2009. R.
The Exiles - This very low budget and mostly improvised 1961 indie drama was restored in 1998. Set over the course of one night, director Kent Mackenzie explores the lives of American Indians in the Bunker Hill area of Los Angeles as they talk, drink, fight and ponder their uncertain futures. B/W. 1961/restored 1998. Unrated.
Gamer - In this futuristic thriller, Gerard Butler  stars as a violent superstar of a virtual video game who is actually separated from his family and forced to fight. When he decides to break free and go against the creators, all hell breaks loose. Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick, Amber Valletta, Alison Lohman, Logan Lerman, John Leguizamo, and Zoe Bell also star. Directed by Mark Nevledine and Brian Taylor, who did the equally frenetic Crank. 2009. R.
Headless Woman, The - Quirky Spanish thriller about a woman who hits what could be a dog or young boy while driving and finds herself losing her memory and questioning her own sanity. Maria Onetto stars as the troubled woman. In Spanish with English subtitles. 2009. Unrated.
Humpday - In this gay-themed indie comedy, two old buds reunite and dare each other to star in an amateur porn film together to win a contest. Forget the fact that both of them are supposed to be straight [one is married]. Will they or won't they? Mark Duplass [The Puffy Chair], Joshua Leonard and Alycia Delmore star. 2009. R.
Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound - Excellent uncut version of the PBS documentary about the legendary and ground-breaking folk singer. Filled with rare performances and intercut with interviews with Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and others. With unaired interviews and bonus concert footage. 2009. Unrated.
No Greater Love - Ten years after giving birth to a son and mysteriously leaving her much beloved husband, a woman re-enters her family's life and tries to make sense of what has happened. Anthony Tyler Quinn, Danielle Bisutti, Jay Underwood, and Alexis Boozer star in this moving Christian-themed drama. 2009. PG.
Pandorum - Better than average sci-fi/horror thriller stars Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster as hibernating astronauts who wake up on a spaceship with amnesia. They soon discover a few other humans on board but they also find that a horde of mutants want to kill every human in sight. Norman Reedus, Niels Bruno Schmidt, Delphine Chuillot, Cung Le, and Antje Traue co-star. 2009. R.
Pre-Code Hollywood Collection, The - This Universal set of Pre-code melodramas includes The Cheat, starring Tallulah Bankhead as a woman who will do anything to pay off her debt, Merrily We Go to Hell, with Fredric March as an alcoholic husband who meets with a woman from his past spurring his wife (Sylvia Sidney) to a surprising act, Hot Saturday Scandal, featuring Nancy Carroll as a woman who spends an innocent night with a playboy (Cary Grant) and neglects to tell her fiance (Randolph Scott), Torch Singer, starring Claudette Colbert as a nightclub singer who tries to find the daughter she gave up for adoption, Murder at the Vanities, a lurid tale of a sexy musical revue's premiere while a hunt goes on backstage for a murderer, and Search for Beauty, in which Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino are tricked into endorsing a racy magazine. 3 separate disc rentals: The Cheat and Merrily; Hot Saturday and Torch; and Murder at and Search. B/W. Unrated.
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins Ball - The original director of Smokin' Aces returns for more of the same non-stop shoot 'em ups as competing hitmen and even hotter hitwomen try to take out a low-level FBI agent. Starring Tom Berenger, Clayne Crawford, Tommy Flanagan, Maury Sterling, and Martha Higareda. 2010. R.
Weeds: Season 5 - Showtime's hit comedy returns for another season of illicit pot selling, but this time, Mary-Louise Parker's plight gets even darker as she gets romantically involved with a politician turned drug lord and may even be carrying his baby. Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon also return. 3 separate rentals. Includes commentary, featurettes and gag reel. 2009. Unrated.
Whiteout - Kate Beckinsale stars as U.S. Marshal investigating Antarctica's first murder in this literally chilling mystery thriller. Unfortunately for Kate, one killing leads to another and nature threatens to wipe everything out before she can solve the crimes. Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short and Tom Skerritt also star. 2009. R.
8 1/2: The Criterion Collection - To coincide with the theatrical release of Nine, the film musical based on this Federico Fellini masterpiece and subsequent Broadway show, Criterion has released an excellent Blu-ray transfer of the original. Marcelllo Matroianni is brilliant as a grandiose, woman obsessed Italian filmmaker, based loosely on Fellini himself, who is preparing his next big film, but finds himself reflecting more over his life and the many women he has loved. Mixing surreal elements with neo-realitistic encounters, Fellini weaves a fascinating portrait of a man and his women that remains one of the best films ever made and Fellini's outright best. The women are played by Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Barbara Steele and Rosella Falk. If you are interested in seeing hilarious satires of 8 1/2, check out 1965's What's New Pussycat? written by Woody Allen and starring Peter O'Toole as a handsome man who goes from one woman to the next [lampooning 8 1/2's whipping scene in one of numerous fantasy sequences] and 1985's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton's hysterical cult classic that has Pee-Wee (aka Paul Reubens) walking through a drive-in movie theatre at the end passing by all of the characters that were in the film (a la Mastroianni in the climax of 8 1/2 and accompanied by a Nino Rota-like score/homage by Danny Elfman!). With many extras including commentary, a documentary, featurettes and stills. In Italian with English subtitles. B/W. 1963. Unrated.
Moon - See last week's listing for description. Includes commentary, featurettes and interviews. 2009. R.
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