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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Releases - July 16, 2013

Blu-rays:

42: The Jackie Robinson Story [Acclaimed and crowd-pleasing bio of Jackie Robinson, the black baseball phenomenon who broke the race barrier for the sport. Newcomer Chadwick Boseman is fine in the lead, but Ford steals the show as prickly Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, who fights for Robinson. Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, and Ryan Merriman co-star. Directed by Brian Helgeland. 2013. Rated PG-13. 128 minutes.]

Bullet to the Head [Sylvester Stallone is back in crime action again as an aging New Orleans hitman who teams up with DC cop Sung Kang to avenge his partner's murder with extreme prejudice. Co-starring Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater and Jason Momoa. Action directing master Walter Hill (48 Hrs., The Warriors,  The Driver) directed this action-packed and ultra-violent flick after a 10 year absence from the big screen, and his uncanny flair for staging exciting action scenes has not diminished.  A must for action fans, and Momoa (from Conan and TV's Stargate Atlantis) comes off much better here as the sadistic villain than he did in Conan (which was obviously not his fault).  2012. Rated R. 92 minutes.]

DVDS:

42: The Jackie Robinson Story [Acclaimed and crowd-pleasing bio of Jackie Robinson, the black baseball phenomenon who broke the race barrier for the sport. Newcomer Chadwick Boseman is fine in the lead, but Ford steals the show as prickly Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, who fights for Robinson. Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, and Ryan Merriman co-star. Directed by Brian Helgeland. 2013. Rated PG-13. 128 minutes.]

45 Minutes from Broadway [In this better than average Henry Jaglom recent comedy, a heart-broken actress and her "civilian" sister return to their theatrical family's crumbling home, stirring up old rivalries and exposed secrets. Jagolm's current favorite actress Tanna Frederick once again lays the lead with Judd Nelson as the romantic lead. Julie Davis, Jack Heller, David Proval, Harriet Schock, Diane Salinger, and Michael Emil also star. 2012. Rated R. 110 minutes.]

Bullet to the Head [Sylvester Stallone is back in crime action again as an aging New Orleans hitman who teams up with DC cop Sung Kang to avenge his partner's murder with extreme prejudice. Co-starring Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater and Jason Momoa. Action directing master Walter Hill (48 Hrs., The Warriors,  The Driver) directed this action-packed and ultra-violent flick after a 10 year absence from the big screen, and his uncanny flair for staging exciting action scenes has not diminished.  A must for action fans, and Momoa comes off much better here as the sadistic villain than he did in Conan (which was obviously not his fault).  2012. Rated R. 92 minutes.]

Damages: Season 5 [The Final Season] [Rival neurotic attorneys Glenn Close and Rose Byrne go head to head one last time in this great series ender over a wrongful death suit against charismatic hacker Ryan Phillippe, Jenna Elfman and Michael Gaston also star. 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]
 
Detective Montalbano: Episode 16 (Track of Sand), Episode 17 (Wings of the Sphinx) and Episode 18 (August Heat) [Luca Zingaretti returns for 3 more epis in this popular Italian TV crime series. 3 separate rentals.]

Endeavour: Series 1 [Shaun Evans gives a dynamic performance as the young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse who arrives in 1965 Oxford to investigate the disappearance of a missing schoolgirl. This set includes the pilot and all of the Series 1 episodes. 2013. 3 separate rentals.]

Erased [Intriguing chase thriller in which ex-CIA operative Aaron Eckhart and estranged daughter Liana Liberato become targets of various assassins and hot Olga Kurylenko, making them bond while on the run for their lives and try to restore Eckhart's erased life. Alexander Fahling and Beil Napier co-star. Philipp Stolzi directed. 2012. Rated R. 104 minutes.]

Evil Dead [2013] [Fun and gory update of the cult horror classic co-produced by Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell (who return in the same function here) about five young friends who find the Book of the Dead in a cabin in the woods and release an evil demon who begins to posses them one by one. Starring Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore. Fede Alvarez directed this more visceral redo that was a big enough hit to spawn a forthcoming Evil Dead II. Rated R. 82 minutes.]

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead [This documentary tells the story of Joe Cross, a 310 pound man who has an autoimmune disease and decides to lose weight without the help of doctors or conventional medicine. Kurt Engfehr directed. 2010. Unrated. 97 minutes.]

George Gently: Seasons 2 through 4 [Martin Shaw is fine in the title role of grizzled London detective who has to deal with the social changes of the 1960s in remote Northumberland with young sergeant Lee Ingleby. Unrated. 8 separate rentals.]

Hecho en Mexico [Made in Mexico][Duncan Bridgeman directed this fascinating trip through modern day Mexicanity. Elders and youths, artists of all types, come together to speak out about their craft, their homeland and what it means to be Mexican. Starring Lupe Esparza, Lupe Albarran, Adanowsky, Ali Gua Gua, Amandititia, and Banda Agua Caliente. 2012. Rated R. 100 minutes.]

Inspector Lewis: Series 6 [Kevin Whatley and Laurence Fox return for this enjoyable British TV crime series. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Kabei - Our Mother [Yoji Yamada directed this moving drama about a mother who has to take of her family in Tokyo after her husband is arrested and accused of being a Communist and is further complicated when World War II breaks out. Sayun Yoshinaga, Tadanobu Asano, and Tsurubei Shofuktei star. 2009. Unrated. 133 minues.]

Major Crimes: Season 1 [This follow-up crime TV series to The Closer is a worthy successor, even with the departure of charismatic lead Kyra Sedgwick. Mary McDonnell, who played Sedgwick's occasional semi-nemesis, takes over as the head of Major Crimes and encounters a rocky start as most of her detectives distrust her (however, that is understandable as Sedgwick went through a similar hostile initiation), but her investigative abilities eventually win out as they solve brutal crimes. The Closer regulars G. W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, and Raymond Cruz also return along others. Recommended! Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Solomon Kane [James Purefoy, the scene-stealing villain from TV's The Following, is great in the title role, a ruthless 16th century leader who heads a group of brutal killers as they pillage and plunder across many continents for England until demonic creatures begin killing them off one by one in northern Africa. Michael Bassett directed this wild and violent action horror sci-fi hybrid co-starring Pete Postlethwaite, Max Von Sydow, Ian Whyte, and Rachel Hurd-Wood. 2009. Rated R. 103 minutes.]

Up Series Disc 7, The: 56 Up [In this dazzling 7th documentary sequel, director Michael Apted once again re-acquaints us with the 13 survivors of the original 14 children he first interviewed in 1964 an every 7 years since. Each chapter deepens in emotion and maturity as we see the many changes they have experienced over the years. Recommended! 2013. Unrated. 138 minutes.]

Recent Arrival:

Lord of the Flies [1963]: The Criterion Collection [Beautiful HD remaster of Peter Brook's brilliant adaptation of William Golding's classic novel about a group of British school boys who crash land on an island and gradually revert to savage tribal instincts with chilling results. Starring James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin and Tom Gamany. 1963. Black and white. Unrated. 90 minutes. Many new extras have been added to this new version that should be a major improvement over the original bare bones edition that was not even 16x9. Highly recommended!] 

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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