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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Releases - November 6 and 9, 2012

November 6, 2012:

DVDs:

12 Dogs of Christmas: The Great Puppy Rescue [Danielle Churchran returns to save the dogs of Doverville from mean-spirited mogul Sean Patrick Flannery in this musical comedy for the whole family. D.B. Sweeney and Alli Simpson co-star. ]

2016 Obama's America [Incredible hatchet job supposedly revealing why President Barack Obama does not deserve another 4 years in office. Dinesh D. Souza and John Sullivan directed this 2012 "documentary" that is more like right wing propaganda. One of the most controversial films of 2012.]

360 [Fascinating thriller directed by Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener) about a businessman who is tempted to be unfaithful to his wife, setting off a chain of events around the globe. The terrific cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Ben Foster.]

Arthur Christmas [Excellent reviews greeted this Christmas themed animated feature with a great voice cast (James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen). This witty comedy is about retired Grandsanta, a rebellious elf, an old sleigh and an untrained reindeer who scramble to deliver one Christmas present to the one child everyone forgot: Santa's son Arthur.]

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 [In thie excellent animated TV film, Two Face Harvey Dent descends into evil, causing Bruce Wayne to come out of retirement and don his cowl and cape again. The fine voice cast features Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby and Wade Williams. 2012.]

Chilly Christmas [FBI agent C. Thomas Howell wants to get rid of his son's dog Chilly until a dog thief tries to steal him on Christmas Eve. Tom Arnold, Karan Brar and Brooke Langton also star in this family farce.]

Confessions of a Superhero [Fun documentary about 3 mortal men and 1 woman who make a living playing superheroes on Hollywood Boulevard. Matt Ogens directed.]

Copper: Season 1 [Excellent atmospheric British TV crime series starring Tom Weston-Jones as an Irish-American boxer turned cop who tries to keep law and order in New York's wild Five Points (remember Martin Scorsese's The Gangs of New York?) in 1864.  Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh, Kevin Ryan, Dylan Taylor, Kiara Glasco, Tanya Fischer, Tessa Thompson, and Franka Potente also star.]

Crimson Petal and the White, The [Excellent British miniseries starring Romola Garai (BBC's The Hour) as a notorious prostitute who romances married perfume Heir Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) with intriguing results. Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant also star.]

Dinotasia [For dinosaur lovers everywhere comes this enjoyable documentary that brings the fascinating creatures to life with realistic animation based on recent fossil findings. Werner Herzog hosts. Directed by David Krentz. 2012.]

Doctor Who: Series 6 Part 2 [Matt Smith returns as the Doctor in the second half of Series 6. Also starring Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston. 2011.]

Even the Rain [Fascinating drama about passionate filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal and cynical producer Luis Tosar in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about Christopher Columbus but caught in the middle of a citizens war over water. Loosely based on a true story.]

Fire with Fire [2012] [A good cast stars in this action thriller about firefighter Josh Duhamel who testifies against a crime lord who murdered a father and son and is put in witness protection but has to fend for himself when his identity is revealed. Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Julian McMahon, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, Richard Schiff, Vinnie Jones and Vincent D'Onofrio.]

Hirokin: The Last Samurai [Wes Bentley plays a samurai torn between avenging his family's murder and saving the survivors from slavery in this post-apocalyptic action thriller. Co-starring Julian Sands, Angus MacFadyen, Laura Ramsey, and Jessica Szhor.]

I Wish [Heartwarming story of two brothers living in different regions of Japan due to their parents' divorce. They hope to reunite some day and their wish may come true when a new bullet train connects the two distant regions. Hirokazu Kareeda directed this drama starring Maeda Koki, Maeda Oshiro, Hayashi Ryoga, and Nagayoshi Senosuke.]

Iron Sky [Camp cult classic with sexy Nazis attacking earth 70 years after WWII since the Fuhrer and his minions have been discovered on the moon and planning a fourth reich! Timo Vuorensola directed. Julie Duetze, Gotz Otto, Christopher Kirby, Peta Sergeant and Udo Keir star.]

Kiss Me [Honest and beautiful Swedish drama about an unexpected lesbian romance developing between two women whose parents are getting married. Lena Endre, Krister Henriksson, Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjones, and Joakim Matterqvist.]

Kung Fu Panda Holiday

Last Call at the Oasis [Engrossing documentary about how important water is in our lives and how people conserve or waste it. Jessica Yu directed. Erin Brockovich, Peter Gleick, Alex Prud'homme. Robert Glennon and Jay Familetti appear.]

Pact, The [In this creepy horror thriller, Caity Lutz, detective Casper Van Dien, and a clairvoyant try to find Lutz's sister who went missing in their childhood home. Kathleen Rose Perkins, Haley Hudson, Sam Ball, Mark Steger and Agnes Bruckner star.]

Penguins of Madagascar, The: Operation Antarctica

Rec 3 [in this second sequel, found footage horror unfolds as a joyous wedding turns into a zombified nightmare as video cameras roll and capture all of the bloody carnage. Starring Diego Martin, Leticia Dolera and Smael Martinez. Paco Plaza directed.]

Red Dog [Sometimes the owner chooses the dog and sometimes the dog chooses the owner. The latter occurs in this family adventure based on a true story about a big red dog that wanders all over Australia until he finds his true owner. Starring Josh Lucas, Rachel Taylor, Koko, Luke Ford, John Batchelor, Arthur Angel, Rohan Nichol, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Noah Taylor. Directed by Kriv Stenders.]

Trishna [Unusual and erotic updated version of Thomas Hardy's Tess of D'Ubervilles transplanted to India and starring Freida Pinto as a working class hotel worker who catches the eye of a resort owner's son Riz Ahmed with tragic results. Michael Winterbottom directed.]

Upstairs Downstairs: Season 2 [2012][The reboot of the ever popular British TV series about a rich family and their servants continues a year before WWII. Jean Marsh, Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard, Adrian Scarborough, Ned Jackson, Anne Reid and Art Malik star.]

Vera: Set 2 [Brenda Blethyn returns as the disheveled, snippy but effective police detective Vera Stanhope in this excellent British TV crime series. David Leon also stars.]

With Great Power...:The Stan Lee Story [Long overdue documentary about the Marvel Comics co-creator of over 500 pop culture characters. Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, John Romita, Todd McFarlane, and Eva Mendes appear in this Nikki Frakes documentary.]

Your Sister's Sister [In this quirky romantic comedy, Mark Duplass plays a man who is still mourning the death of his brother a year later. He decides to meditate at his ex-girlfriend's isolated cabin but is distracted by her lesbian sister who is going through a bad break up and his ex-girlfriend/best friend when they show up unexpectedly. Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt also star. Directed by Lynn Shelton.] 

Recent/New Arrivals:

10 Rillington Place [Chilling 1971 true crime thriller starring a superb Richard Attenborough as cold British serial killer John Christie who has a young couple in his sites as his next victims. John Hurt and Judy Geeson play the couple. Directed by Richard Fleischer. Recommended.]

Coma [1978][Classic medical chiller from Michael Crichton starring Genevieve Bujold as a young doctor who discovers a deadly conspiracy in her hospital. Michael Douglas and Richard Widmark co-star. Tom Selleck also has a small role. Back in stock.]

Defending Your Life [Hilarious comedy classic about litigation in heaven with Albert Brooks directing and starring alongside Meryl Streep, Lee Grant and Rip Torn. Back in stock. Recommended.]

Diggstown [Fun 1992 boxing comedy directed by Michael Ritchie and starring James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr., Heather Graham, Bruce Dern and Oliver Platt. Back in stock. Recommended.]

Halloween II [1981][More slasher fun as Michael Myers proves to not be so dead and returns to terrorize Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Plesence in a hospital in this original sequel directed by Rick Rosenthal. Back in stock.]

Music Man, The [1962][Terrific original film version of the hit Broadway musical starring Robert Preston as charming musical charlatan Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as the lovely librarian he romances. Buddy Hackett, Paul Ford, The Buffalo Bills and Hermionie Gingold co-star. Future director Ron Howard (billed as Ronny Howard) made his film debut in this rousing Mervyn LeRoy classic that includes such classic tunes as "Trouble,""Til There Was You," and "Seventy-Six Trombones.". Back in stock. Recommended!]

What About Bob? [Hysterical Frank Oz classic farce in which Bill Murray plays a lovable but needy neurotic who follows his therapist Richard Dreyfuss and his family when they go on vacation. Julie Hagerty co-stars. 1991. Back in stock.]

Friday November 9, 2012:

Blu-ray:

Amazing Spider-Man, The [2012][Excellent reboot of the popular Marvel Comics spider-like superhero with Andrew Garfield appealing as the title superhero and Emma Stone fine as his adorable girlfriend. Terrific special FX and a fun cast (Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Campbell Scott) are also a major plus for this exciting action hit. Directed by Marc Webb (I kid you not).]

DVD:

Amazing Spider-Man, The [2012]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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