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Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Releases - February 14, 2012

About Fifty [Martin Grey and Drew Pillsbury star as two golf buddies about to turn 50 who decide to have one wild weekend to recapture their youth in this wacky comedy. The fine supporting cast features Wendie Malick, Anne-Marie Johnson, Kathleen Noone, Jessalyn Gilsig, Steven Hytner and Michaela McManus. Directed by Thomas Johnston. 2011.]

Best of Bluegrass Underground, The: American Experience [2012 concert/documentary focusing on bluegrass groups that literally play their music underground to get offbeat acoustics.]

Burzynski: The Movie [Eric Merola directed this effective documentary about a Texas medical doctor and biochemist who developed an effective cancer cure in the 1970's and is still struggling to this day to get FDA approval for the drug that may be better than chemotherapy.]

Debt, The [2007] [Israeli film directed by Assaf Bernstein that inspired the acclaimed remake with Helen Mirren. The story (three Moussad agents discover 35 years later that an evil Nazi killer they thought had died may still be alive) is basically the same. Starring Gila Almagor, Edgar Selge, Netta Garrti, and Itay Tiran.]

Everything Strange and New [Indie drama starring Jerry McDaniel, Beth Lisick, Luis Saguar, and Rigo Chacon, Jr. Directed by Frazer Bradshaw.]

Fireflies in the Garden [Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hayden Panetierre and Julia Roberts star in this moving drama as a successful midwestern family who find their lives and relationships changed forever when a serious accident mars what should be a celebration. Directed by Dennis Lee in 2011.]


How to Die in Oregon [ 2010 documentary by Peter D. Richardson dealing with the controversial legalization of mercy killing in Oregon, which was the first state to legalize the practice.]

Human Centipede 2, The: Full Sequence [Tom Six's gory and disturbing 2011 sequel goes far beyond the first film in terms of splatter and disgustiness, so if you are not into horror porn or do not have a strong stomach, we would advise you to rent something else. In this outing, Laurence R. Harvey stars as a super creepy weirdo who is inspired by watching the original film and decides to make his own "human centipede."  Unfortunately, unlike the intial film's hero/villain, he is not a surgeon, so things get a lot messier. You get the picture.]

Mama I Want to Sing [R and B sensation Chiara Harris stars as an up and coming superstar soul singer whose pious TV preacher mother (nicely played by Lynn Whitfield) disapproves of her lifestyle. Billy Zane, Will Harper, and Patti Labelle also star. Directed by Anthony Simon.]

Mozart's Sister [Lovely Marie Feret stars as Mozart's equally musically talented sister, whose career is forced to take a back seat to her brother thanks to her family and society's prejudices. David Moreau stars as Mozart in this speculative French film directed by Rene Feret in 2011.]

New Tricks: Season 6  [Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Alun Arnstrong and Dennis Waterman return for yet another fun season in this lighthearted British TV crime thriller in which older detectives show up the younger cops by solving cold cases.]

Paranormal Activity 3 [This sequel is arguably the best and most chilling in the series. Actually a prequel, it takes viewers back to how it all started as two young sisters are terrorized by an unknown evil. Henry Fuest and Ariel Schulman directed this entry that was another box office hit.]

Penguins of Madagascar, The: Operation: Get Ducky [More episodes of the incredibly popular animated TV series. 92 minutes.]

Project Nim [James Marsh directed this fascinating 2011 documentary that is like a real-life Rise of the Planet of the Apes as it deals with a Columbia University experiment from the 1970's in which a chimpanzee was raised as if he was a human. Marsh directed the Oscar winning Man on a Wire.]

Rebound, The [After a long screen absence, the ever-beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones returns to the big screen as a happily married woman whose bliss turns to miss when she discovers her husband is screwing around (in real life, what idiot would do that to Cat?). She gets a divorce and moves out with her kids. She finds a young nanny (Justin Bartha) and quickly falls in love in this better than average romcom just in time for Valentine's Day. Directed by Bart Freundlich. 2009.] 

Rum Diary, The [Johnny Depp once agaiu visits Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo-style drunken journalism in this glossy comedy based on a Thompson book. Depp plays a thinly veiled version of Thompson. a boozy newspaper reporter in 1960's Puerto Rico who gets involved with a shady real estate magnate (Aaron Eckhart) and falls in love with his gorgeous and fun fiancee (Amber Heard). Co-starring Michael Rispoli, Richard Jenkins and Giovanni Ribisi. Bruce Robinson directed this fun, rum-soaked confection. 2011.]


Take Shelter [Michael Shannon, of Boardwalk Empire fame, stars as a family man who has troubling nightmares about a disastrous storm and decides to build a storm shelter without telling anyone why, causing everyone to deem him crazy.  Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Moxon, and Kathy Baker also star in this critically acclaimed disaster mystery thriller directed by Jeff Nichols. 2011.]


Tiny Furniture [Lena Dunham stars in and directed this off-kilter 2010 comedy in which she plays a young woman who moves in with her mother and sister, causing complications. She even gets the 2-disc Criterion Collection treatment here with many extras, including her short films that were YouTube sensations.]



Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story [Zachary Levi (TV's Chuck) narrates this enjoyable Kevin Tostado documentary about the popular board game that is due to become a feature film. 2012.]

Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, A [John Cho and Kal Penn return for their third Harold and Kumar farce. In this hilarious Christmas-themed comedy smash, the pals have gone their separate ways but somehow end up causing trouble together again when they have to replace a trashed Christmas tree.  They tangle with Santa Claus and bring Neil Patrick Harris back to life in one of the rudest Xmas films ever. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. 2011.]

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell [Solid documentary about talented but obscure musician Arthur Russell directed by Matt Wolf in 2008.]

Woody Allen: A Documentary [If you saw this terrific documentary about the master filmmaker on PBS, you will get to see even more in this extended DVD version that contains lots of edited footage. America's most prolific and wittiest director and screenwriter, Woody really opens up here, making this the best of many documentaries about the multi-Oscar winner.  Everything from his early TV writing days to Midnight in Paris is covered, and he is sure to win this year's Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Midnight so this is a good primer. The amazing list of interviewees includes Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Dick Cavett, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, Martin Scorsese, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest, Owen Wilson. Directed by Robert B. Weide. Highly recommended!]

Recent/New Arrivals:


Member of the Wedding [1952] [Julie Harris is fine as a teenage tomboy who is upset when her close brother marries and causes her to run away. Ethel Waters and Brandon De Wilde also star in this classic drama directed by Fred Zinneman.]

Nightfighters: The True Story of the 332nd Fighter Group [2002 documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen.]

Three Outlaw Samurai [Hideo Gosha directed this rousing 1964 sword-fighting Japanese film starring Tetsuro Tamba (who later played Tiger Tanaka in the James Bond classic You Only Live Twice) as a ronin who encounters two other samurai masters (Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hata) who are hired to kill a band of peasants who have kidnapped a corrupt magistrate's daughter.]

Tuskegee Airmen, The: They Fought Two Wars [PBS doucmentary about the ground-breaking WWII black air squadron.]

Wings [Exciting silent film about two WWI airmen and the woman they both love. William A. Wellman directed this terrific action drama that featured ground-breaking aerial stunts and won Best Picture for 1927. Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Gary Cooper starred.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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