Afghan Star - This documentary won an award at Sundance and goes behind the scenes of an American Idol-style TV competition show that is hugely popular in Afghanistan. The uplifting and insightful film shows how pop culture can give a war-torn and dangerous country hope and a sense of normalcy amidst the ever-present tension. In Dari and Pashto with English subtitles. With interview. Directed by Havana Marking. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 88 minutes. Unrated.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Cult director Werner Herzog directed this fun redo of fellow cult director Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant. In the original cult classic, Harvey Keitel gave one of his best and most raw performances as a drug addicted cop who tries to face his demons while solcing the rape of a nun. This new version stars Nicolas Cage in the part and transplants him to post-Katrina New Orleans, and like the original film, he tries to stop his drug-addicted/good cop bad cop world from crumbling although he is investigating a family's murder this time. Although he is not as intense or as crazy as Keitel, Cage still gives one of his best performances in years as the spaced out cop, reminding one of his work in Leaving Las Vegas and several pre-Oscar films. The terrific supporting cast includes Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes, Fairuza Balk, Brad Dourif, and Jennifer Coolidge. With stills and featurette. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 122 minutes. Unrated.
Fear[s] of the Dark - This is a striking French film that collects six animated horror/noir/suspense films by comic & graphic artists Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre DiSciullo. Lorenzo Mattotti. and Richard McGuire. Definitely recommended for fans of anime and noir horror. With featurettes. In French with English subtitles. 2007. 16x9 Widescreen. 83 minutes. Unrated.
Harlem Aria - Little seen drama starring Gabriel Casseus as an aspiring opera singer who ends up homeless in Harlem when a hustler (Damon Wayans) robs him. Christian Camargo plays a homeless street musician who teams with Casseus in attempt to gain fame and break out of their situation. Also starring Richard Edson, Kristen Wilson, Edye Byroe, Malik Yoba and Paul Sorvino. Directed by William Jennings. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 100 minutes. R.
Home of the Giants - Haley Joel Osment, who hasn't been seen much since his awesome Oscar-nominated turn in The Sixth Sense, gets a pretty meaty role in this drama about a high-riding high school basketball star (Ryan Merriman). Osment is the player's best friend and booster, but when his friend convinces him to help rip off a drug dealer, their friendship takes a tragic turn, Co-starring Danielle Panabaker, Kenneth Mitchell, and Brent Briscoe. Directed by Rusty Gorman. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 101 minutes. PG-13.
Housebroken - Danny DeVito stars in this broad farce as a retiring family man who decides to move out of his own home when his grown slacker sons move back in. Co-starring Ryan Hansen, Skyler Stone, Matthew Glave, Tom Wilson, Brie Larson, Caitlin Crosby, Adam Herschman, Tony Yalda, John Farley and Katey Sagal. With interviews and rehearsal. Directed by Mark Dindal. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 91 minutes. R
Killer, The  - Yet another re-release of the shoot 'em up cult classic that made stars of charismatic actor Chow Yun-Fat and director John Woo. As mentioned last week, the story has Yun-Fat as a hitman who takes one last job and finds that he has been betrayed by his boss, sending him on a blood-splattered revenge spree. This Dragon Dynasty version is a mixed bag as the print is occasionally but not consistently better than previous versions and the special features are not as exciting as previous incarnations. Also starring Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu, and Kenneth Tsang. 2 discs. In Cantonese with English subtitles or English dub. With interview+featurette. 1989. 16x9 Widescreen. 111 minutes. Unrated.
My Frined Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths - Pooh and Tigger become detectives in this new to video Disney adventure for kids. $2 rental. With bonus episode. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 45 minutes. Unrated.
Open Graves - Mike Vogel and Eliza Dushku [Dollhouse] star in this better than average horror chiller about young surfers who discover an ancient board game made from the skin and bones of a witch executed during the Spanish Inquisition. Unfortunately, they decide to play the game, unleashing ancient curses that start killing them. This is the uncut version not shown on the Syfy Channel. With Ethan Rains, Naike Rivelli, Gary Piquer, Ander Pardo, Boris Martinez, Alex O'Dougherty, and Lindsay Caroline Robba. Directed by Alvaro de Arminan. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 88 minutes. R.
Prince & Me, The: The Elephant Adventure - Kam Heskin & Chris Geere star as the Queen and King in this 4th Prince & Me installment. This time, they travel to Sangyoon for the wedding of a Princess, but they soon find that she is unhappy with her arranged marriage and actually loves someone else. Add to that a missing elephant and you have an adventure. Co-starring Jonathan Firth, Selina Lo. Directed by Catherine Cyran. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 92 minutes. PG.
Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction - The comic returns to stand-up for the first time in years, post heart surgery, in this wild concert taped in Washington D.C. And if you don't remember Williams' concert work, you can bet no target is safe in his controversial set. If that isn't enough incentive to rent this, the DVD also includes hysterical clips from various recent shows and some of the funniest bits from past shows. Directed by Marty Callner. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 120 minutes. Unrated.
Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love - The Senegalese pop singer Youssou N'Dour is the subject of this documentary, which also features many of his songs. With rehearsal and extra performances. Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2008. 16c9 Widescreen. 102 minutes. PG-13.
Clash of the Titans  - The fun cult classic that inspired the new hit 3-D version stars a toga-clad Harry Hamlin (way before L.A. Law) as Perseus, the son of Zeus, and he is sent on a mind-blowing odyssey that includes slaying several bizarre creatures on his quest to rescue the beautiful Andromeda. Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen [7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, Mysterious Island, etc.] provides the great stop motion special effects creatures that include the hulking Kraken, Medusa, Pegasus, scorpions, two-headed dogs and more. Judi Bowker plays the comely Andromeda while Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Claire Bloom, and Laurence Olivier play Godesses and Zeus respectively. With Harryhausen interview and stills. Directed by Sam Wanamaker. 1981. 1080p 16x9 Widescreen. 118 minutes. PG.
descriptions written by manager Steven Y. Mori
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