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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Releases - December 18 and 21, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012:

Blu-rays:

Pitch Perfect [Anna Kendrick excels as the awkward new girl in college who finds her niche when she joins an a Capella women's singing group in this exhilarating and hilarious musical standoff comedy hit. Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Rebel Wilson also star. 2012.]

Total Recall [2012] [Good but totally straight sci-fi/action remake of the great Philip K. Dick story starring Colin Farrell as a bored factory worker who takes a futuristic mind trip ride and finds himself on the run from police, thugs and hot babes who think he is an anarchist/terrorist. Not quite as fun as the cult classic Arnold Schwarzenegger version but still enjoyable and exciting with fine FX. Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel as the babes fighting over Farrell and Bryan Cranston as the cop pursuing him add star luster. Bokeem Woodbine and John Cho also co-star. Len Wiseman (Live Free and Die Hard) directed.] 

Trouble with the Curve [Clint Easwtood gives a moving performance as a cranky veteran baseball scout who is unexpectedly reunited with estranged daughter Amy Adams and discovers they have more in common than he thought. Robert Lorenz directed this fun dramedy that is one of the few Eastwood films over the last few decades that he did not direct. Justin Timberlake and John Goodman also star. 2012.]

DVDs:

10 Years [A charming all-star cast of hot young actors (Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Ari Graynor, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, and Max Minghella) play a group of friends who meet again for a 10 year high school reunion in this witty comedy directed by Jamie Linden.]

Angel [2007] [Romolo Garai (The Hours) charms as a young woman who sells her romantic novel and becomes a success, hoping to land struggling artist Michael Fassbender as her lover in this romantic period piece. Francois Ozon (The Swimming Pool) directed and Sam Neill, Charlotte Rampling, Lucy Russell and Jacqueline Tong also star.]

Californication: Season 5 [David Duchovney is still helplessly, hopelessly addicted to sex and beautiful women, so what can be wrong with that? Natascha McElhone and Evan Handller also star.]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days [Zachary Gordon returns another hit sequel based on the popular book series. This time he pretends to work at a posh country club, goes on a father-son camping trip, and deals with a problematic new dog. Also starring Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachel Harris, and Steve Zahn. David Bowers directed. 2012.]

Forgiveness of Blood, The [Stunning indie drama about a teenage brother and sister involved in a family blood feud in Albania thanks to their father's involvement in a rival clan. Tristan Halilaj, Refet Abazi, Zana Hasaj, Erjon Mani, and Luan Jaha star. Joshua Marston directed. From The Criterion Collection.]

Good Doctor, The [Insecure young doctor Orlando Bloom gets a morale boost from his beautiful 18 year old kidney patient, but when his admiration turns to obsession, trouble follows. Riley Keough, Michael Pena, Rob Morrow, Troy Garity, J.K. Simmons, and Taraji P. Henson headline the stellar cast. Directed by Lance Daly.]

Hermano [Acclaimed drama of two Caracas young men who get an opportunity to try out for a pro soccer team and a better life until fate intervenes. Macel Rasquin directed, and Fernando Moreno, Eli Armas, and Ali Rondon star.]

House of Lies: Season 1 [Don Cheadle won raves as a successful but self-loathing management consultant in this wicked Showtime sitcom with beautiful Kristen Bell also standing out as the sexy team leader. Glynn Turman, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, and Donis Leonard Jr. also star.]

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey and Donald Have a Farm [The Disney gang appears in over two hours of fun episodes, including the title farm adventure.]

Pitch Perfect

Plan Eat [Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and forests being cut down as we produce food to support our over population? This documentary tries to answer these important questions.]

Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish [The title says it all in this fascinating version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy spoken on today's Yiddish mostly by young ex-Orthodox actors. Lazer Weiss, Malki Weisz, Mendy Zafir, Ydeki Bubbles, and director Eve Annenberg star.]

Total Recall [2012]

Trouble with the Curve

Why Stop Now [Wacky farce in which piano prodigy Jesse Eisenberg gets sidetracked from an important audition when he has to take mom Melissa Leo to rehab and lots of distractions arise.  Tracy Morgan , Sarah Ramos. Stephanie March and Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. also star. Phil Dorling directed.]

Recent Arrivals:

Children of Paradise [Marcel Carne's 1945 masterpiece starring Arletty as a beautiful woman who has four men who love her has been remastered for The Criterion Collection. Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir and Marcel Herrand play the lovers.]

Dance Me Outside [Excellent drama with Ryan Black and Adam Beach as two Canadian Indian friends who want to better their lives until tragedy strikes. Michael Greyeyes, Kevin Hicks, Herbie Barnes and Sandrine Holt also star in this 2008 cult film directed by Bruce Mcdonald.]

Eating Raoul [Hilarious black comedy starring Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel as a quirky married couple who are blackmailed by thief Robert Beltran until they devise a nasty way to get rid of him. Bartel also directed this 1982 cult classic from The Criterion Collection.]

Girlfriends [1978] [Melanie Mayron gives a fine performance as a woman who has to adjust to life without her best friend and roomie Anita Skinner, when her friend decides to get married. Claudia Weill directed this classic comedy starring Bob Balaban, Viveca Lindfors and a young Christopher Guest.]

Going My Way [Leo McCarey directed this 1944 Best Picture winner that stars Best Actor winner Bing Crosby in one of his best roles as a hip, singing priest who joins a struggling parish run by old but sweet Irish priest Barry Fitzgerald and tries to help save it from going under. This classic has become a Christmas staple and also contains Bing's hit song "Swingin' on a Star" that won Best Song.]

Holiday Inn [This is the original 1942 classic musical starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale and Walter Abel that was later re-made as White Christmas. This also introduced that hit song that has become a holiday standard over the years.]

Quadrophenia [Franc Roddam directed this visually and aurally dazzling adaptation of The Who's rock opera about a stylish young Mod anti-hero's misadventures in 1965 London, culminating in the Mods vs, Rockers in Brighton. Phil Daniels, Sting, Ray Winstone and Leslie Ash star along with The Who's music. Remastered for The Criterion Collection.]

Rosemary's Baby [Roman Polanski directed this chilling, darkly funny and erotic 1968 horror masterpiece starring Mia Farrow as a desperate pregnant newlywed who believes that an odd, old couple she and husband John Cassavetes befriended are part of a witches coven who want to steal her baby. Ruth Gordon steals the film as the eccentric and funny old woman, earning a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. The great cast includes Maurice Evans, Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Bellamy, Charless Grodin, Wende Wagner and Angela Dorian (aka Victoria Vetri). Beautifully remastered for The Criterion Collection] 

Friday, December 21, 2012:

Blu-rays:

Arbitrage [Richard Gere is effective as a seemingly successful hedge-fund magnate/family man, but his empire is actually crumbling around him and raising red flags for detective Tim Roth. Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casia, and Nate Parker also star in this thriller directed by Nicholas Jarecki. Gere is nominated for a Best Actor (Drama) Golden Globe for this.] 

Killer Joe [Unrated] [Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Jade) is back in top form with this wild noir thriller starring Matthew McConaughey as a Dallas detective who moonlights as a hit man but runs into trouble when Emile Hirsch hires him to kill his mother for the insurance money. Thomas Haden Church, Juno Temple and Gina Gershon also star.[

Premium Rush [Pulse-racing thriller with Joseph Gordon-Levitt great as a hyper bike messenger who finds himself in a real life and death chase when cops and killers pursue him for the parcel he is carrying. David Koepp directed and Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie Chung also star. 2012.]

Red Hook Summer [This latest entry in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn series focuses on a young boy from Atlanta who spends the summer with his very religious grandfather, a Bishop in Red Hook who makes the ill-advised mistake of trying to convert him to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Clarke Peters, Nate Parker, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Toni Lysaith, and Jules Brown star. 2012.]

Resident Evil: Retribution [Sexy Milla Jovovich returns for yet another action-packed and over-the-top hit sequel to the popular sci-fi/horror franchise about a female killing machine who saves mankind from lethal viruses by blasting and blowing away infected mutants and zombies. Michelle Rodriguez makes a welcome and unusual return as does some of the other "dead" cast from the very first movie and Jovovich's husband, director Paul W.S. Anderson (The Three Musketeers), directed once again.]   

DVDs:
 
Arbitrage

Killer Joe

Premium Rush

Red Hook Summer

Resident Evil: Retribution

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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