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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Releases - September 25, 2012

Blu-rays: 

Avengers, The [2012][The biggest box office film of the year is also one of the best, not an easy feat for even superheroes sometimes. This is sort of a Marvel Comics movie greatest hits as it features a group of their best superheroes: Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). They and wonderfully droll Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) join forces to fight Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor's nemesis, who has come to earth to capture a powerful energy cube that can destroy the planet and everyone on it. Directed and written by Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer), the movie is a wild roller coaster ride of non-stop state of the art action and great and humorous interactions between the heroes. Whedon joins the ranks of J.J. Abrams, Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay as one of the best action directors working in film today. However, it is Whedon's witty script that truly shines here, making it one of the best superhero comic book films ever. The performances are all equally brilliant, including Hiddleston's likeably snarky and silky villain. Sure to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, don't miss this first rate and intelligent popcorn movie. Definitely one of the best of the year so far. Highly recommended!]

DVDs:

Adventures in Plymptoons [Alexia Anastasio directed this enjoyable documentary about Bill Plympton, the talented and quirky animator who has made over 60 distinctive shorts and features. In addition to Plympton, there are interviews with Tom Kenny, David Silverman, Terry Gilliam, Martha Plimpton, Matthew Modine, Ed Begley, Jr., Weird Al Yankovic, Moby and Peter Jason. 2011.]  

American Horror Story: Season 1 [One of the best horror TV shows ever, this FX TV show focuses on troubled married couple Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott who move into a new house for a fresh start. Instead, the haunted abode provides shocks, twists, and an unhealthy dose of sexual depravity. Jessica Lange gives an unforgettably chilling performance that earned her a Best Supporting Actress Emmy and Golden Globe this year. Recommended.]

Avengers, The [2012]

Babymakers, The [Wacky and likable farce in which husband Paul Schneider tries to impregnate hot and sexy wife Olivia Munn (TV's The Newsroom) but may be shooting blanks. He cooks up a nutty scheme to steal his deposit back from a sperm bank he left years ago. Can anything go wrong? Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, Club Dread) directed and co-stars. 2012.]

Ballplayer Pelotero [Gritty documentary about Major League Baseball's recruitment of top talent from the Dominican Republic. John Leguizamo narrates.]

Big Bang Theory, The: Season 4 [Those lovable nerds return with more hilarity as romantic complications multiply. Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsosn, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, and Kunal Nayyar star.]

Chico and Rita [Nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, this Spanish romance set in 1948 Cuba is about a piano player with big dreams and the beautiful and talented singer he falls for as they globetrot, chasing each other and their dreams. Fernando Trueba directed this exuberant drama. 2011.]

Damsels in Distress [Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) brings his distinctive and quirky style to this offbeat and hilarious comedy starring Greta Gerwig as a college student who takes transfer student Analeigh Tipton under her wing and attracts the attention of both a playboy and a grad student causing romantic chaos. Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore and Carolyn Farina co-star. 2012.]

Desperate Housewives: Season 8 [The Final Season][Those naughty, sexy, frustrated and beautiful housewives of Wisteria Lane return for one more jaw-dropping season filled with fun, death, sex, murder, moving tragedy and a surprising but fitting ending.] 

Detachment [2010] [Adrien Brody gives an intriguing performance as an unusual substitute teacher who tries to remain detached from his students until he goes to a public school  where he becomes an unlikely role model and finally finds students who bond with him. The top notch cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston and Tim Blake Nelson. Tony Kaye (American History X) directed. 2012.]

Goodbye, First Love [Bittersweet love story of two lovestruck French teens who part when the boy goes to South America. Eight years later, they reunite and try to rekindle their relationship although they both have new lives established. Mia Hansen-Love directed this drama starring Sebastian Urzendowsky, Lola Creton, Magne-Harvard Brekke, Valerie Bonneton, Serge Renko and Ozay Fecht.]

Grimm: Season 1 [Fun tongue-in-cheek sci-fi action re-imagining of Grimm's Fairy Tales with modern day Portland cop discovering that he is related to Grimms, who have acted as police over mythical hidden creatures among us for centuries. David Giuntoli is great and charismatic as the lead who is one of the few people who can see what the creatures actually look like. Recommended!] 

Happy [2011][This fascinating documentary from director Roko Balic interviews people from around the world trying to find out what makes them happy.]

Jock the Hero Dog [Animated family comedy about a young South African man and his dog, who goes from runt of the litter to beloved companion. Donald Sutherland, Helen Hunt, Ted Danson, Mandy Patinkin, and Bryan Adams provide the voices. 2012.]

Letter, The [2012][In this intriguing psychodrama, Winona Ryder stars as a NY theatre director whose life starts to unravel when boyfriend Josh Hamilton seems interested in his young co-star and newcomer James Franco becomes obsessed with Ryder, throwing her off balance. Marin Ireland and Katherine Waterston co-star. Directed by Jay Anania.]

Man from Beijing, The [In the film noirish 2-part thriller, 19 people are killed in a shocking murder. Judge Suzanne Von Borsody discovers that all of the victims were related to her as clues lead her to China and a millionaire businessman. Michael Nyqvist, Claudia Michelsen, Amy J. Cheng, Jimmy Taenaka, and August Schmolzer star. From the producers of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.]

Marvel Knights: Black Panther [Animated feature bringing Marvel Comics' offbeat African superhero to life as he battles a villain named Klaw, who threatens to take over his village with ruthless mercenaries. Djimon Hounsou, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Stephen Stanton provide the voices.]

New Tricks: Season 8 [Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Alun Armstrong and Dennis Waterman are back as the literally senior detectives for more quirky cold case solving in this popular British TV series.]

Off White Lies [Elya Inbar and Gur Bentwich star in this moving Israeli drama about a teenage girl who reunites with her homeless father on the eve of the second Lebanon war. They pose as refugees from northern Israel and are given shelter by a rich family where they finally reconcile their relationship. Maya Kenig directed in 2011. From Film Movement.]

Parks and Recreation: Season 4 [More laughs at the expense of local government's zany antics as Amy Poehler considers running for office. Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe also star.]

Salt of Life [Gianni Di Gregorio directed and stars in this tasty sequel to Mid-August Lunch. He plays a middle-aged retiree who tries to figure out the puzzling women in his life: his mother, wife, daughter, and all the women he knows and does not know. 2012.]
Samaritan, The [Dramatic thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson as an ex-con who meets new love Ruth Negga and wants to go straight, but the son of his former partner plans a big score for him. Gil Bellows, Luke Kirby and Tom Wilkinson co-star.]
She Wants Me [Cute romance with Josh Gad as a filmmaker who is in a quandry when he offers the starring role in his next film to beautiful girlfriend Kristen Ruhlin the night before big star Hilary Duff expresses interest in the same role. Charlie Sheen, Johnny Messner, Aaron Yoo, and Melanie Diaz co-star.] 
Sleepless Night [Tense Tribeca French thriller starring Tomer Sisley as a respected cop who is recognized stealing lots of cocaine from a mob boss. When the boss finds out, his son is kidnapped and held hostage until he returns the drugs. Dominique Bettenfeld, Joey Starr, Julian Boisseller, Serge Riaboukine, Laurent Stocker and Lizzie Brochere also star. Directed by Frederic Jardin.]
Steve Martin: Television Stuff [This hilarious and rare collection of Martin's various vintage NBC-TV Specials displays his versatility and that he's a wild and crazy guy.]
Tall Man, The [In this horror chiller, children go missing without a trace in a dying mining town thanks to a mythic Tall Man.  Jessica Biel plays a nurse who is skeptical until her son is stolen, sending her on a creepy hunt for her son and the kidnapper. Co-starring Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Harris and Samantha Ferris.]
Tempest, The [2010] [One of the few straight versions of Shakepeare's classic play about banished duke  Prospero who lives on an island with his daughter and tries to perfect his magic to get revenge on his enemies. Christopher Plummer dominates this Stratford Shakespeare Festival production.] 
Wallander: Series 3 [BBC][Brilliant Kenneth Branagh is back in this extremely popular British version of the brooding Swedish detective series. He appears in 3 new episodes: An Event in Autumn, Dogs of Riga and Before the Front.  Saskia Reeves, Donald Sumpter, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Soren Mailing, Jeany Spark and Linday Duncan co-star. 2012.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Les Visiteurs du Soir [Marcel Carne directed this whimsical classic about two emissaries of the Devil who are supposed to bring sadness and destruction to a medieval village but are thwarted by human love instead. Arletty, Marie Dea and Fernand Ledoux star. 1942. From The Criterion Collection. DVD debut,] 

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori

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