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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Releases - February 9, 2010

...and the earth did not swallow him - Based on a best-selling novel, this indie drama shows the immigrant experience via a young boy who decides to travel and work with his migrant working parents as they struggle to make a living. 1994. 16x9 Widescreen. 99 minutes. Unrated

Adam [2009] - Hugh Dancy gives a moving performance as a young man who has Asperger's Syndrome. When an attractive woman (Rose Byrne) moves into his apartment building, he tries to find a way to communicate his attraction for her in this appealing dramedy. Co-starring Mark-Linn Baker, Peter Gallagher, and Amy Irving. With deleted scenes, featurette, and commentary. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 99 minutes. PG-13.

Couples Retreat - Vince Vaughn headlines this wacky farce about a group of friends who find a great vacation deal in paradise, but they soon find out that they have to participate in oddball couples therapy. Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Kristin Bell, Jean Reno, and Malin Akerman also star in this comedy hit. Directed by actor Peter Billingsley [remember the kid from A Christmas Story?]. With deleted scenes, commentary and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 114 minutes. PG-13.

Curious George: Makes New Friends! - 8 episodes of the incredibly popular animated kid series including one episode called The Color of Monkey. 2010. Full Screen 108 minutes. Unrated.

Dare - Emmy Rossum [Phantom of the Opera], Zach Gilford, and Ashley Springer star as friends who are going though their last semester of prep school and find their lives and relationships changing as they rehearse for a performance of A Streetcar Named Desire. Ana Gasteyer, Sandra Bernhard, Matt Saracen and Alan Cumming co-star in this well-reviewed and unpretentious indie drama. With commentary, deleted scenes, short film, audition. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 91 minutes. R.

Endgame - Unlike most films about the end of apartheid in South Africa, this exciting docudrama/thriller tells the little known story of the major part that Britain played behind the scenes during the pending crisis that could have erupted into a race war. William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Mark Strong give excellent performances in this intense film that is being shown on some PBS stations. With interviews. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 109 minutes. PG-13.

Hello Goodbye [2008] - Veteran actors Fanny Ardant and Gerard Depardieu are wonderful as a middle-aged couple who decide to move from France to Tel Aviv to explore the husband's Jewish heritage. Being fish out of water is only a small part of their problem, as their marriage goes from rejuvenated to disaster as they start to grow increasingly tense. This very funny comedy also co-stars Jean Benguigui. With featurette and stills. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.

House of the Devil, The - This better than average horror flick is a welcome throwback to old school horror thrillers. Jocelin Doanahue stars as a sweet college student who is so desperate for money that she accepts a babysitting job from a creepy couple in a creepy old house even though she finds out they have no baby. Her girlfriend warily leaves her off at the dark house, and one night of employment turns into an unrelenting nightmare. Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, and A.J. Bowen co-star in this creepfest. With deleted scenes, commentary, and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 95 minutes. R.

I Hate Valentine's Day - Nia Vardalos is still looking for a follow-up hit to her blockbuster debut My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Although this is her best effort post-Wedding, it still did disappointing box office even though it reunited her with its co-star John Corbett. Vardalos (who also directed) stars as a florist who has a rule that she will only go on 5 dates per guy because she doesn't want to get hurt. That mandate is put to the test when she meets a charming restauranteur (Corbett) who wants more than a handful of dates. Guess how it ends? Released just in time for Valentine's Day, hoping to tie in with the holiday and the new movie named Valentine's Day. Judah Friedlander, Zoe Kazan, and Rachel Dratch co-star. With Commentary. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 89 minutes. PG-13.

Ice Castles [2010] - Director Donald Wrye helmed this remake of his own popular romance classic from 1978 that follows a beautiful ice skater who falls and suffers a brain injury that leaves her almost blind. Despite her handicap, she becomes a champion skater with the help of her father and boyfriend. Taylor Firth and Rob Mayes take over the roles originally played by Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson. A five hankie romance just in time for Valentine's Day. With deleted scenes and commentary. 2010. 95 minutes. PG.

Life & Times of Tim, The: 1st Season - Steve Dildarian created and provides the voice of Tim in this hilarious animated sitcom about an ordinary guy whose entire life seems to be a series of misunderstandings. 10 epis spread over 2 discs. 2 separate rentals. With shorts. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 300 minutes. Unrated.

Man Called Adam, A - Sammy Davis Jr. is excellent in this drama about a troubled jazz trumpeter who tries to overcome his addiction when he meets a beautiful woman. The groovy score is provided by jazz great Benny Carter, and the amazing cast includes Ossie Davis, Louis Armstrong, Cicely Tyson, Frank Sinatra Jr., Mel Torme, and Peter Lawford. A little seen gem that is definitely worth a look. 1966. 16x9 Widescreen. B/W. 103 minutes. Unrated.

Mickey Mouse Club, The: Minnie's Bow-Tique - Feature-length collection of TV episodes from TMMC. 2010. Full Screen. Unrated.

More Than a Game - Dynamic documentary about how basketball greats Lebron James, Dru Joyce, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee, and Romeo Travis went from talented high school players to Ohio pro basketball players. With featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. PG.

NewTricks: Season 2 - Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman and James Bolam return as the sometimes cranky, sometimes exasperated but always sharp and fun veteran detectives who tackle cold cases with aplomb in this enjoyable crime series. 10 episodes. 3 separate rentals. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.

New York, I Love You - This multi-story companion piece to Paris, I Love You is basically a valentine to New York City. The amazing cast includes Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Orlando Bloom, Julie Christie, Shia LaBouef, Chris Cooper, Andy Garcia, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Maggie Q., Ethan Hawke, Olivia Thirlby, James Caan, Blake Lively, Drea DiMatteo, Eli Wallach, Cloris Leachman, Christina Ricci, and Hayden Christensen. Directors also include Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Brett Rattner, Shekhar Kapur, and more. With interviews. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. R.

Penguins of Madagascar, The: Operation DVD Premiere - Those hysterical penguins from the Madagascar films star in this feature-length compilation of animated adventures. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 130 minutes. Unrated.

Polanski Unauthorized - Actor Damian Chapa directed and stars in this lurid bio of the brilliant boy genius turned troubled filmmaker Roman Polanski. It's all here: his romancing of beauty Sharon Tate, his breakthrough filming of blockbuster Rosemary's Baby, Charles Manson's brutal murder of Tate, the child molestation charges against him, and his subsequent exile. Also starring Thomas Druilhet, Silvia Suvadova, Christian Serritello, Elana Talan. 2009. 90 minutes. Unrated.

Ring Finger, The - Bond babe Olga Kurylenko [Quantum of Solace] made her film debut in this drama about a frustrated young beauty who loses her job and moves to another town. She finds a job in an odd lab that preserves items for customers and begins a torrid affair with her employer. Kurylenko oozes eroticism in a role that must have caught the eye of casting agents for 007. With Marc Barbe, Stipe Erceg, Edith Scob, Hanns Zischler, Sotigui Kouyate, and Doria Achour. In French with English subtitles. 2005. 16x9 Widescreen. 100 minutes. Unrated.

Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy -Improved prints of Rossellini's three classics dealing with WWII. It includes Rome Open City, a brilliant neo-realist drama about how a number of resistance members fight against Nazi occupation in rome, Paisan, a six episode drama dealing with the liberation of Italy, and Germany Year Zero, a portrait of the post-war devastation Germany faced as seen through the eyes of a twelve year old boy who tries to help his family survive in the ruins. With commentary on Rome Open City and featurettes, documentaries and interviews on Paisan and Germany Year Zero.

Serious Man, A - The Coen Brothers [Burn After Reading, No Country for Old Men] return to their cult comedy roots in this subtle but delightfully askew view of the world as seen through the eyes of a physics professor whose family and entire life seem to be coming apart at the seams. He consults three rabbis to make sense of it all, but his subsequent journeys take him to unexpected places. Michael Stuhlbarg is memorable as the dumbfounded anti-hero. The cast also includes Fred Melamed, Richard Kind, Aaron Wolf, Sari Wagner, and Jessica McManus. This acclaimed dramedy has received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. With featurettes. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 106 minutes. R.

Serious Moonlight - Meg Ryan pushes the envelope for a change in this outrageous and novel romantic comedy about a woman who kidnaps and tortures her husband after she finds out he's leaving her for a younger woman. Timothy Hutton plays her husband, cute Kristen Bell [Veronica Mars, Heroes] is the other woman and Justin Long is an unexpected intruder. With commentary and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 84 minutes. R.

Stepfather, The [2009] - The cult classic 1987 horror thriller gets an effective makeover with Dylan Walsh [Nip/Tuck] taking over for Terry O'Quinn [Lost] in the title role of a seemingly ordinary real estate agent who is actually a serial killer in suburban clothing. He marries a beautiful woman (Sela Ward) who has 3 kids and settles into a new home, but it isn't long before his psychotic alter-ego begins showing through. Also starring Penn Badgely and Paige Turco. With commentary, featurettes, and gag reel. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 102 minutes. Unrated.

Tale of Sorrow, A - Cult director Seijun Suzuki [Branded to Kill] helmed this offbeat erotic drama about a magazine editor who grooms a young beauty into a pro golfer overnight and becomes sexually involved with her. Starring Kyoko Enami, Yoshio Harada, Masumi Okada, Shuji Sano, and Yoko Shiraki. In Japanese with English subtitles. 1977. 16x9 Widescreen. 93 minutes. Unrated.

Time Traveler's Wife, The - Based on the best-seller, this romantic sci-fi fantasy stars Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana as a married couple whose perfect romance is occasionally interrupted because Bana's ability to time travel cannot be controlled. Ron Livingston, Arliss Howard, Jane McLean, and Stephen Toblowsky co-star. With featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 107 minutes. PG-13.

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie- Those bad boys from the cult Canadian sitcom star in their first feature film, which finds them in prison and already planning their next big heist! Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike South, Lucy DeCoutere, and Lydia Lawson-Baird star. With deleted scenes, featurette and interview. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. R.

Triangle - Sexy Melissa George [The Amityville Horror] stars as a young beauty who goes yachting with friends in this horror thriller. When they are forced off their yacht, they end up on a deserted and creepy cruise ship where her friends seem to be getting murdered one by one. Also starring Michael Dorman, Rachel Carpani, and Henry Nixon. With interviews. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 98 minutes. R.

Universal Soldier: Regeneration - Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, stars of the first film, return for this third entry in the sci-fi series. This time, a terrorist group has created a new Universal Soldier, and they threaten to unleash a nuclear disaster unless ex-Universal Soldier Van Damme and Lundgren can stop them. With commentary and featurette. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 97 minutes. R.

X-Men & Wolverine: Fate of the Future [animated] - Another installment of the animated series featuring Wolverine and the X-Men. With commentary. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 110 minutes. Unrated.


Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior - This original film introduced martial arts phemon Tony Jaa to the world, and he immediately established himself as one of the best current fighters on film alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li. In this exciting Thai actioner. Jaa plays a non-violent monk who must resort to violence to recover a stolen sacred Buddha head figure. With featurettes and music videos. 2003. 16x9 Widescreen. 101 minutes. R.

Serious Man, A

Time Traveler's Wife, The

descriptions written by manager Steven Y. Mori

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