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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Releases - February 16. 2010

Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening - The comic actor from Parks and Recreation makes his standup debut in this hilarious concert. With extra stand up material. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 55 minutes. Unrated.

Black Dynamite -
Director Scott Sanders perfectly recreates the milieu of 1970's blaxploitation flicks in this hysterical send-up of the genre. Sporting a killer afro and mustache, Michael Jai White plays an ex-CIA agent who grabs his gun and his nunchuks and decides to clean up the neighborhood after his brother is killed by drug dealers. Tommy Davidson and Byron Minns play his buds and sexy Salli Richardson also dons an afro and does her best Pam Grier imitation as B.D.'s hot recruit. Arsenio Hall, Brian McKnight and John Salley provide fun cameos too. With commentary, featurettes and deleted scenes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 84 minutes. R.

Black Rain [1989] -
Director Shohei Imamura explores the after effects of the Hiroshima H Bomb explosion in this moving drama. The bombing and fallout are seen through the eyes of one family, as they struggle to survive five years after the bombing, with two family members suffering from radiation sickness and facing an uncertain future at best. Still, they try to keep their dignity and use their inner strength to move on. Starring Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shoichi Ozawa. Norihei Miki. With alternate color ending and interview. In Japanese with English subtitles. B/W. 1989. 16x9 Widescreen. 123 minutes. Unrated.

Bronson - Tom Hardy gives a stirring performance in this true story based on the life of Michael Peterson, a young man who decides to rob a post office and spends most of his life in a British prison. He morphs from a 7 year sentence to a 34 year stay, mostly in solitary, and becomes Britain's most notorious prisoner, self-nicknamed Charles Bronson. Also starring Hugh Ross, Juliet Oldfield, Jonny Philip, James Lance, Amanda Burton. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. With featurettes. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 93 minutes. R.

Bugs Bunny's Easter Favorites - Bugs salutes Easter time in this compilation of cartoon adventures. $2 rental. 1977. 50 minutes. Unrated.

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever - Rider Strong returns for this sequel to the cult horror film Cabin Fever originally directed by Eli Roth. Although everyone seemed to die in the first film, one survivor, Paul (Strong) emerges from the lethal chemical disaster. Despite being ravaged by the event, Paul tries to prevent a new outbreak when he discovers that bottled water tainted with the same poison has been distributed to a high school. You can guess what happens next. Co-starring Noah Segan, Alexi Wasser, Rusty Kelley, Marc Senter, Michael Bowen, Larry Fassenden, Mark Borchardt, Judah Friedlander, and Giuseppe Andrews. Directed by Ti West. With featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 86 minutes. Unrated.

Coco Before Chanel - Before she became fashion designer icon "Coco" Chanel, she was known as Gabrielle Chanel, a feisty young woman who grew up in an orphanage, where she learned how to sew, and later became a cabaret singer for a short time. In this bio of the young Chanel, we discover that her beauty attracted many men, who recognize her attractiveness but not her talent, until she meets a British investor who changes her life by funding her store. The incandescent Audrey Tautou [Amelie and DaVinci's Code] mesmerizes once again as the resilient yet lovely heroine. Benoit Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nimola, Marie Gillain, and Emmanuelle Devos also star. Directed by Anne Fontaine. In French with English subtitles. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 110 minutes. PG-13.

Emma [2010 BBC] - This acclaimed new BBC re-telling of the venerable Jane Austen classic features a wonderful performance by Romolo Garai as the title heroine, a headstrong young beauty who mistakenly believes she is a great matchmmaker, leading her into a delightfully disastrous attempt with her awkward new friend. Jonny Lee Miller [Eli Stone] , Michael Gambon, Tamsin Greig also star. Philippa Giles directed. 2 separate rentals. With featurettes. 2010. 229 minutes. Unrated

Good Hair -
Actor-comedian Chris Rock explores the meaning of good and bad hair to African-Americans in this very funny documentary, inspiried by a question his daughter asked him. As he visits hair salons and other gurus of hair fashion, we find that what constitutes "good hair" is not easily answered. Guest stars include Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symone, Maya Angelou, Salt-N-Pepa, Eve, and Rev. Al Sharpton. Directed by Jeff Stilson. With commentary. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 95 minutes. PG-13.

Hunger - British artist Steve McQueen (no relation to the actor) made his film directing debut with this harrowing re-creation of an IRA hunger strike in a Belfast prison called The Maze in early 1980's. Michael Fassbender is riveting as Bobby Sands, the leader of a group of imprisoned IRA members who go on a hunger strike because the British refuse to recognize them as political prisoners. McQueen's depiction of the prison is extremely realistic and done in a straight-forward, almost documentary style. Also starring Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon, andKaren Hassan. With interviews and documentary. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.

I Can't Think Straight - A beautiful Indian woman meets a lovely but shy Muslim woman while preparing her wedding in London, and they immediately bond as more than just friends, leaving her to choose between love and tradition in this charming comedy. Starring Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth. Antonia Frering, and Salip Tahil. Directed by Shamim Sarif. With commentary, featurette and interview. 2008. 84 minutes. PG-13.

- Director Christian Petzoid [Yella] helmed this excellent reworking of The Postman Always Rings Twice in which an ex-soldier, a Turkish businessman and his beautiful young wife find themselves in a steamy triangle in a small northeastern German town. Starring Benno Furmann, Hilmi Sozer, and Nina Hoss. With documentary. In German with English subtitles. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 96 minutes. Unrated

Law Abiding Citizen - An intriguing premise fuels this better than average action thriller as a family man's wife and daughter are killed during a home invasion, and prosecutor Nick Rice (Jaime Foxx) gives one of the killers a light sentence for giving up his accomplice. Ten years later, the killer is found dead and the family man, Clyde Shelton, (Gerard Butler) confesses to the killing. However, he warns the Rice that many more people will die until he fixes the judicial system. Shelton follows through on his promise even though he's in prison, and it's up to Rice and the cops to figure out how to stop him. Co-starring Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, and Regina Hall. Directed by F. Gary Gray. With commentary and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 109 mins. R.

Revanche -Austrian director Gotz Spielmann won raves for this dramatic thriller that earned a Best Foreign Film nomination. Johannes Krisch is excellent as an ex-con who works in a Viennese brothel and falls in love with a Ukranian prostitute. They decide to leave and change their lives, but that dream is put on hold when they run afoul of a rural cop and his wife. Also starring Ursula Strauss, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Hannes Thanheiser, and Hanno Poschl. In German with English subtitles. With interview, documentary, and short film. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 122 minutes. Unrated.

Scooby-Doo!: Abracadabra-Doo - Scooby-Doo investigates a mystery in a school for magicians this time. 2010. 75 minutes. Unrated.

Streamers - Robert Altman directed this rarely seen adaptation of the acclaimed David Rabe play about a group of Army recruits who are preparing for a tour in Vietnam when it is discovered that one of them is gay. The young and little known cast at the time includes Matthew Modine, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Michael Wright, George Dzundza, Guy Boyd, and David Alan Grier. With interviews with actors from the play and the film, including Bruce Davison. 1983. 16x9 Widescreen. 106 minutes. R.

Women in Trouble [2009] - The lives of 12 mostly beautiful women are examined on one day of their lives in L.A., some poignant, some funny. The all-stsr cast of stars and cameos include Simon Baker, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Connie Britton, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Sarah Clarke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton, Josh Brolin, Xander Berkeley, Elizabeth Berkley, and Isabella Gutierrez. Directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. With deleted scenes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 90 minutes. R.


Hunger [2008]


Notes written by manager Steven Y. Mori

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