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Friday, July 13, 2012

New Releases - July 17, 2012

Blu-rays:

Margaret [Anna Paquin gives an intense, bravura performance as a New York teen who believes she is responsible for a woman's death in a traffic accident. She wants to set things right but meets opposition at every turn, making her lash out at everyone and question if she can tell the real from the unreal. The great cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Jean Reno, Jeannie Berlin, J. AMith-Cameron, Sarah Steele, John Gallagher, Jr., Allison Janney and Kieran Culkin. Kenneth Lonergan directed. This was delayed from release for several years due to legal battles over the film and the final cut, but it still received fairly good notices. Important note: this Blu-ray contains the preferred theatrical version only.]


DVDs:

Black Butterflies [Carice Van Houten is captivating as Ingrid Jonker, a free-spirited poet (known as the Sylvia Plath of South Africa) whose arguments with various lovers and her strict minister father Rutger Hauer ledas to shocking events. Also starring Liam Cunningham, Graham Clarke, Nicholas Pauling, and Candice D'Arcy. Directed by Paula Van Der Oest. 2010.]

Casa de mi Padre [Will Ferrell is hilarious in this send-up of Mexican action melodramas starring as a simple Mexican who must fight a dangerous drug lord who threatens to take his father's ranch. Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, Pedro Armendariz, Jr., Nick Offerman, Efren Ramirez, and Adrian Martinez co-star in this campy treat. Directed by Matt Piedmont. 2012.]


Deserter [2002][In this true story, Paul Fox plays a young Englishman who idealistically joins the French Foreign Legion but soon finds that his fellow Legionnaires have darker pasts than his and that the Algerian war for independence is not as romantic a notion as it seems. Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, This Means War) also stars. Directed by Martin Huberty.]

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress [A mouthwatering look st the kitchen of chef Ferrari Adria in his restaurant El Bulli in Catalonoa, Spain. He closes for six months a year so he can design a new menu after much research and experimentation. Directed by Gereon Wetzel. 2011.]


Elite Squad: The Enemy Within [Exciting action film about a Rio police captain who becomes an inadvertent hero when a gang leader dies in a jail riot he tries to quell. Promoted, he rids the city of gangs but finds himself facing an even more deadly enemy: dirty cops and politicians. Starring Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, Andre Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, Maria Ribeiro, Seu Jorge, Sandro Rocha, and Taina Muller. Directed by Jose Padilha. 2011.]


Fairy, The [In this homage to silent comedies, a hotel clerk searches all over La Havre for the fairy who made two of his three wishes come true before disappearing. Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy star and directed. 2011.]

Friends with Kids [Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein, Ira and Abby) wrote, directed and stars in this smart and genuinely funny adult comedy. She and Adam Scott play the only single couple amidst a group of married pals. When they decide to have a child and still keep dating other people, it makes everyone in the group question their relationships with each other. The terrific cast includes Jon Hamm (from TV's Mad Men and Westfeldt's longtime main squeeze), Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns. This is also an unofficial reunion for Bridesmaids cast members as 4 of them appear here. 2012.]


Get the Gringo [While Mel Gibson is still trying to resurrect his career, he did receive good reviews for this edge-of-the-seat action thriller as a career-criminal who pulls off a big heist but messes up the getaway. He ends up in a hardcore Mexican prison where he escapes and tries to elude the cops and crooks with the help of a 10 year old boy. Peter Stormare, Dean Norris, Bob Gunton, Sofia Sisniega, Scott Cohen, Kevin Hernandez, Dolores Heredia and Patrick Bauchau also star. Directed by Adrian Gurnberg. 2012.]


Here [Erotically charged drama in which US satellite mapping engineer Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Contraband) and expatriate photographer Lubna Azabal have a brief but intense relationship while traveling through Armenia. But what happens when the vacation ends? Beautiful shot indie road trip. Braden King directed. 2011.]

Hunter [2011] [In this intriguing thriller, Willem Dafoe stars as an enigmatic mercenary who is sent by a mysterious corporation to find the last Tasmanian tiger. While he searches for the elusive animal, he becomes involved in the lives of the family in whose house he is living, threatening his life and his mission. Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor also star. Daniel Neitheim directed.]

Intruders [Clive Owen stars in this creepy thriller in which two children living in different countries are visited nightly by the same faceless being who wants to posses them. Also starring Carice Van Houten, Daniel Bruhl, Pilar Lopez De Ayala, Ella Purnell, Izan Corchero, Kerry Fox and Hector Alterio. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. 2011.]

Lockout [In this futuristic thriller, Guy Pearce plays a renegade CIA agent who is sentenced to 30 years frozen in a cryonic chamber unless he can rescue the President's daughter Maggie Grace from prisoner hostage takers. Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James and Peter Stormare co-star. Directed by Saint and Mather. 2012.]

Margaret [Important note: The DVD contains the extended version only.]

Midnight Son [In this erotic thriller, Zak Kilberg stars as a young security guard who lives a life of isolation due to a rare skin disorder that allows him to only go out at night. He meets a bartender, falls in love and changes his life, but he soon discovers that he needs human blood to stay alive. Co-starring Maya Parish, Jo D. Jonz, Larry Cedar, Juanita Jennings, Arlen Escarpeta, Tracey Walter. Directed by Scott Leberecht. 2011.]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen [In this gentle and classily offbeat romcom, sheik Amr Waked dreams of bringing glorious salmon fishing to the desert of Yemen. With help from assistant Emily Blunt, reluctant fisheries expert Ewan McGregor, and the British government, it might become a reality. A delightful, likable fish out of water comedy that brings to mind Local Hero. Kristin Scott Thomas also stars. Lasse Hallstrom (My Life As a Dog, Chocolat) directed. 2011.]


Three Stooges, The: The Movie [2012] [In this wild and crazy reboot or re-slap of the classic comedy trio, orphans Moe, Larry, and Curly grow up to be eye-poking, face-slapping, head-clunking knuckleheads with hearts of gold as they try to save their childhood home from foreclosure. Sean Hayes (TV's Will and Grace), Will Sasso (TV's MadTV), and Chris Diamantopoulos play the Stooges and are surprisingly good. Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko, and Larry David also star. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (The Farrelly Brothers), the movie received some shockingly good reviews: for example, Entertainment Weekly gave it an A-, the same grade as The Artist!]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Derek Jarman's The Last of England [Tilda Swinton. Spencer Leigh and Nigel Terry star in this devastating 1988 vision of an apocalyptic and chaotic Britain of the near future. New improved master.]
Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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