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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Releases - August 13, 2013

Blu-rays:

Girls: Season 2 [The dark laughs continue as this hit HBO sitcom follows the further misadventures of Lena Dunham (who also created the series), a twentysomething New Yorker and her complicated web of friends, ex-friends, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends. Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky co-star in this polarizing show that breeds both lovers and haters. In any case, Dunham is a critical darling right now, having won a mantle full of awards for this offbeat comedy. 2013. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Olympus Has Fallen [Wild and fun over-the-top political action thriller in which President Aaron Eckhart is kidnapped by a terrorist mastermind and only disgraced former Presidential guard Gerard Butler can save him. The fine cast includes Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directed this action-packed hit that beat the similarly-themed White House Down to theaters and also out-grossed it by millions. Recommended! 2013. Rated R.  120 minutes.]

What Maisie Knew [Clever and offbeat update of Henry James' classic novel with newcomer Onata Aprile as a young girl who is the focus of her parents' bitter custody battle. This unusual modern day thriller is taken entirely from her point of view. Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Joanna Vanderham, and Steve Coogan also star. Directed by Scott McGehee. Recommended! 2013. Rated R. 99 minutes.] 

DVDs:

Band Called Death, A [In this music documentary, three teenage brothers in the 1970's formed a band named Death and created "Punk" before it existed. They did a few local gigs and cut a single before disbanding, and we find out what happened to them and the movement they inadvertently created. Directed by Jeff Howlett. 2012. Unrated. 96 minutes.]

Beware of Mr. Baker [Ginger Baker, the wild drummer from the classic rock groups Cream and Blind Faith, is profiled in this acclaimed documentary featuring interviews with Eric Clapton, Johnny Rotten Lydon, Tony Allen and Jack Bruce. Jay Bulger directed. 2013. Unrated. 74 minutes.]

Big Wedding, The [An amazing all-star cast saves this somewhat predictable wedding farce with Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton shining as long-divorced parents who pretend to still be together because the conservative birth mother of their adopted son is attending his wedding. Naturally this creates all kinds of wacky complications and misunderstandings. Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, Patricia Roe, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace and Robin Williams also star. Directed by Justin Zackham, 2013. Rated R. 89 minutes.]

Company You Keep, The [Well-acted and exciting political thriller starring Robert Redford (who also directed) as a lawyer and single father who is revealed by reporter Shia LaBouef as the fugitive leader of a 1970's antiwar group wanted by the FBI. He goes on the run and confronts the friends and demons of his past as he reunites with his ex-compatriots. Co-starring Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott. Jackie Evancho, Brendan Gleeson and Terrence Howard. 2013. Rated R. 123 minutes.]

Compulsion [2013] [Heather Graham goes against type in this darkly satiric foodie erotic thriller as a sexy femme fatale (what other kind is there?) who lures her victims with her sexy cuisine. When her idol (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) moves in next door, Heather seems to have found her next victim, but who will out sexpot the other? Joe Mategna, Kevin Dillon, Kate Trotter, Katie Douglas, Natalie Brown, Theresa Joy, and Dan Johnston also star. Egidio Coccimiglio directed. 2013. Rated R. 88 minutes.]

Emperor [Well-acted and underrated historical drama starring an effective Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas Macarthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces who is given the unenviable task of deciding whether to execute or spare the life of Japan's Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a god by the people, after their surrender in WWII. Matthew Fox plays General Fellers, the Japanese legal expert whom Macarthur brings in to help him make his crucial decision, which could affect millions of Japanese lives. Co-starring Eriko Hatsuke, Masayoshi Haneda, and Toshiyuki Nishida. Peter Webber directed this interesting depiction of a little known historical event.]

Enlightened: Season 2 [The Final Season] [Shortly after HBO cancelled this witty and wonderful sitcom, lead Laura Dern received a well-deserved Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy. Typical.  Just when a really good series starts getting in the groove it gets axed, but regardless, this second season is just as darkly hilarious as the first.  As you will remember from Season 1, Dern, a stressed out worker at a SoCal corporation, had a nervous breakdown and worked out her issues at anger management, at home and at work. In this now presumably final season, she decides to give her corporation a politically correct makeover and have them atone for their literally toxic sins - an idea that understandably does not sit well with her employers. Dermot Mulroney joins the cast as an investigative reporter Dern recruits to expose her employers, while Luke Wilson returns as her confused ex. Recommended! 2013. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Floating City [Intriguing drama about a mysterious blue-eyed Asian boy who is abandoned and shunned. Aaron Kwok plays him as an adult as he rises from laborer to esteemed engineer for the British colonies and marries a beautiful woman, but he is still haunted by identity issues. Charlie Young, Nina Paw, Josie Ho, Annie Liu, Carlson Cheng, Henry Lo, and Chan Wing also star in this film directed by Yim Ho. 2012. Unrated. 105 minutes.]

Girls: Season 2 [The dark laughs continue as this hit HBO sitcom follows the further misadventures of Lena Dunham (who also created the series), a twentysomething New Yorker and her complicated web of friends, ex-friends, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends. Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky co-star in this polarizing show that breeds both lovers and haters. In any case, Dunham is a critical darling right now, having won a mantle full of awards for this offbeat comedy. Recommended! 2013. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Hot Flashes, The [Fun generation gap comedy as middle-aged Texas women challenge the arrogant girls high school state champs to a series of basketball games to raise money for breast cancer prevention. Starring Brooke Shields, Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Camryn Manheim, and Wanda Sykes. Directed by Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan, Boynton Beach Club). 2013. Rated R. 99 minutes.] 

Life After Death Project, The [Four NY Times best-selling authors, 3 top science professors, and 3 respected mediums explore the possibility of life after death in this fascinating Syfy documentary. Interviewees include Whitley Streiber (The Hunger), Richard Matheson (Duel, many of the best episodes of The Twilight Zone), Dannon Brinley, Gary E. Schwartz, Michael Shermer, and Forrest J. Ackerman. Ironically, Matheson died just before this DVD was released, and the late horror icon Ackerman also seems to have left a posthumous message delineated in part of this chilling documentary. 2013. Unrated. 207 minutes.]

Lost and Found in Armenia [In this fish out of water romantic comedy, Jamie Kennedy plays an American who accidentally parasails into Armenia and is arrested as a spy. Beautidul American Angela Sarafyan rescues him but not he must save her from an amorous local playboy. Co-starring Mikael Pogosyan, David Tovmasyan, and Vachik Mangassarian. Directed by Gor Kirakosian.  2013. Unrated. 86 minutes.]

Mindy Project, The: Season 1 [Mindy Kaling (The Office) headlines this hysterical Fox sitcom that was one of the funniest and best comedies to debut last season. She plays an OB/GYN  who is smart, successful, witty and looking for love in all the wrong places. Chris Messina (The Newsroom) co-stars in this genuinely funny show that features great guest shots by people like Seth Rogen, Ed Helms, Allison Wlliams and more. Highly recommended!  2012-2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Olympus Has Fallen [Wild and fun over-the-top political action thriller in which President Aaron Eckhart is kidnapped by a terrorist mastermind and only disgraced former Presidential guard Gerard Butler can save him. The fine cast includes Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directed this action-packed hit that beat the similarly-themed White House Down to theaters and also out-grossed it by millions. Recommended! 2013. Rated R.  120 minutes.]

What Maisie Knew [Clever and offbeat update of Henry James' classic novel with newcomer Onata Aprile as a young girl who is the focus of her parents' bitter custody battle. This unusual modern day thriller is taken entirely from her point of view. Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Joanna Vanderham, and Steve Coogan also star. Directed by Scott McGehee. Recommended! 2013. Rated R. 99 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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