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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New Releases - August 6, 2013

Blu-rays:

Mud [Superb character study/thriller about two boys who find enigmatic outlaw Matthew McConaughey living on an island in the Mississippi River. He tells them many intriguing tales, including one about saving true love Reese Witherspoon by killing a man. When the kids reunite the lovers, they inadvertently bring trouble when bounty hunters come hunting for the couple. In this well-reviewed film, McConaughey gives one of his best performances, and he could receive attention during awards season. Also starring Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Joe Don Baker, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Sparks. Directed by Jeff Nichols. 2013. Recommended! Rated PG-13. 130 minutes.]

Oblivion [2013] [Mind-blowing special effects and a compelling story propel this great and dazzling sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise as a lone security repairman stationed on a desolate, damaged earth and who rescues a beauty in distress, setting off a chain of events that may either save or destroy the earth. Although this was not a huge box office hit, the film received really good reviews overall for both Cruise and the complex story that bear repeated viewings to fathom. Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Roseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo co-star. Joseph Kosinski directed. This is probably one of those films that is going to be recognized as a cult classic years from now. Rated PG-13. 124 minutes.]

Place Beyond the Pines, The [Superb crime thriller with the emphasis on strong characters as it pits major hunks Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper against each other as two very different family men. Gosling stars as a stunt performer who gets mixed up in a string of bank robberies. Cooper is an ambitious rookie cop who has to stop the robbers. It isn't long before their worlds collide. Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne, Dane DeHaan, Mahershala Ali, Emory Cohen, Bruce Greenwood, Harris Yulin and Ben Mendlesohn also star. Brilliantly acted by all and effectively directed by Derek Cianfrance, this is one of the best films of the year so far and another candidate for year end awards. Highly recommended! 2013. Rated R. 141 minutes.]

Sapphires, The [Delightful feel-good musical based on a true story starring Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Sheri Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell as four talented young singers who become a hit group in 1968 by singing to the troops in Vietnam thanks to Chris O'Dowd as an R and B loving Irish musician. Tony Kittles and Eka Danville co-star. Wayne Blair directed this popular Australian film. 2013. Rated PG-13. 99 minutes.]

Storm Surfers: The Movie 3D [Exciting and visually stunning documentary following surfing legends and best pals Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones and surf forecaster Ben Matson as they track giant storms to find the biggest and most dangerous waves. Kelly Slater also appears, and Christopher Nelius directed. The Blu-ray contains both the 3D and 2D versions. 2012. Unrated. 95 minutes.]

To the Wonder [A talented all-star cast is the highlight of this typically ethereal Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) drama about men and women grappling with love and its many phases and seasons. Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum of Solace), Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem star. A difficult film for sure, but still a must for any Malick fan. 2013. Rated R. 120 minutes.]

DVDs:

Adventures in Zambezia [Fun family animated feature about a falcon who moves to the fabulous city of birds Zambezia, but when his father is captured by a lizard, he returns home to save him and learns the meaning of community. Jeremy Siarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Samuel L. Jackson provide the voices. Directed by Wayne Thorley. 2013. Rated G. 93 minutes.]

Antiviral [Brandon Cronenberg, son of iconic horror director David, follows in his father's footsteps with this creepy horror thriller that is like his dad's early works. In the future, the obsession with celebrity is so crazy that fans will try to replicate the diseases and illnesses that their idols have. Caleb Landry Jones stars as a specialist who finds diseases for fans, but things backfire when he injects himself with a new virus from a hot female artist. When the artist dies, Jones has to fend off rivals and collectors who want the disease while trying to find the cure so he doesn't follow in the star's footsteps. Sarah Gadon co-stars. 2013. Unrated. 108 minutes.]

Borgias, The: Season 3 [The Final Season] [Jeremy Irons shines once again as the scheming pope Alexander in this third and final season about the ruthless Borgia family and created by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins). Francois Arnaud, Holliday Granger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, Thure Lindhardt, Julian Bleach, Gina McKee, Peter Sullivan, and Colm Feore also star. 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Community: Season 4 [Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Chevy Chase, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong  return for another hilarious season for this sitcom set in a community college. 2012-2013. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Garden of Words, The [Makoto Shinkai directed this beautiful Japanimation short film for teens and adults. The story focuses on a restless 15 year old boy who spends most of his days cutting class and visiting a garden pavilion while dreaming of becoming a designer/shoemaker. He meets a 27 year old woman and finds that they have much in common, striking up an unusual friendship. 2013. Unrated. 44 minutes.] 

Magic Magic [Better than average chiller with an attractive cast. Juno Temple stars as a US vacationer who is stranded on a remote Chilean island with her cousin's sadistic friend Michael Cera when bizarre occurrences start plaguing them. Co-starring Emily Browning and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Directed by Sebastian Silva. 2013. Rated R. 97 minutes.]

Mud [Superb character study/thriller about two boys who find enigmatic outlaw Matthew McConaughey living on an island in the Mississippi River. He tells them many intriguing tales, including one about saving true love Reese Witherspoon by killing a man. When the kids reunite the lovers, they inadvertently bring trouble when bounty hunters come hunting for the couple. In this well-reviewed film, McConaughey gives one of his best performances and he could receive attention when awards season comes around. Also starring Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Joe Don Baker, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Sparks. Directed by Jeff Nichols. Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes.]
Not Today [Gripping drama starring Cody Longo as a young man who arrives in India expecting to party. However when he refuses to help a starving man and his little girl, he tries to right his wrong and stumbles upon the human trafficking trade. Walid Arnaud, Persis Karen, and John Schneider also star. Jon Van Dyke directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes.]  

Oblivion [2013] [Mind-blowing special effects and a compelling story propel this great and dazzling sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise as a lone security repairman stationed on a desolate, damaged earth and who rescues a beauty in distress, setting off a chain of events that may either save or destroy the earth. Although this was not a huge box office hit, the film received really good reviews overall for both Cruise and the complex story that bear repeated viewings to fathom. Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Roseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo co-star. Joseph Kosinski directed. This is probably one of those films that is going to be recognized as a cult classic years from now. Rated PG-13. 124 minutes.]

On the Road [After five decades of so-so Jack Kerouac film adaptations and pseudo bios, director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, Central Station) has finally delivered a film worthy of the iconic Beat generation writer. In this beautifully shot and acted drama, Sam Riley plays a young writer whose life is changed forever when he meets outgoing, unpredictable and spontaneous Garrett Hedlund, and they decide to let life unfold during a cross-country trip in the 1940's. This thinly veiled semi-autobiographical coming of age road trip features a terrific cast: Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Danny Morgan and Viggo Mortensen. Recommended! 2013. Rated R. 124 minutes.]

Pink Ribbons, Inc. [Pink ribbons are everywhere and everything from T-shirts to corporate wares, but are they really helping in the fight against breast cancer? Lea Pool's documentary attempts to answer that question as it explores the corporations who may be latching onto the ribbons for good PR instead of really helping the cause. 2011. Unrated. 98 minutes.]    

Place Beyond the Pines, The [Superb crime thriller with the emphasis on strong characters as it pits major hunks Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper against each other as two very different family men. Gosling stars as a stunt performer who gets mixed up in a string of bank robberies. Cooper is an ambitious rookie cop who has to stop the robbers. It isn't long before their worlds collide. Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne, Dane DeHaan, Mahershala Ali, Emory Cohen, Bruce Greenwood, Harris Yulin and Ben Mendlesohn also star. Brilliantly acted by all and effectively directed by Derek Cianfrance, this is one of the best films of the year so far and another candidate for year end awards. Highly recommended! 2013. Rated R. 141 minutes.]

Political Animals [Sigourney Weaver gives a powerful performance as a former first lady and current secretary of state who struggles to keep her family together while still very much in the public eye. Carla Gugino and Ciaran Hinds also star in this limited run political melodrama that ran on the USA Network.]

Room on the Broom [From the creators of The Gruffalo comes this cute animated short about a kind witch who invites an offbeat collection of animals to ride with her on her broom. The voices include Gillian Anderson, Rob Bryson, Martin Clunes, Sally Hawkins, Simon Pegg, Timothy Spall, and David Williams. Max Lang directed. 2012. Unrated.]

Sapphires, The [Delightful feel-good musical based on a true story starring Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Sheri Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell as four talented young singers who become a hit group in 1968 by singing to the troops in Vietnam thanks to Chris O'Dowd as an R and B loving Irish musician. Tony Kittles and Eka Danville co-star. Wayne Blair directed this popular Australian film. 2013. Rated PG-13. 99 minutes.]

Storm Surfers: The Movie [Exciting and visually stunning documentary following surfing legends and best pals Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones and surf forecaster Ben Matson as they track giant storms to find the biggest and most dangerous waves. Kelly Slater also appears, and Christopher Nelius directed. 2012. Unrated. 95 minutes.]

Story of Luke, The [Moving drama starring Lou Taylor Pucci as a young autistic man whose life is turned upside down when his caretaker grandmother dies and his grandfather is placed in a nursing home by his relatives. He finds he has to fend for himself and he decides to get a job, find a girl and live in his own life. Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer also star. Directed by Alonso Mayo. 2013. Unrated. 95 minutes.]

Strike Back: Season 2 [American renegade Philip Winchester and British spy Sullivan Stapleton team with super hot boss Rhona Mitra as they scour Africa for criminals in pursuit of nuclear weapons in this sexy action-packed second season of the over-the-top Cinemax series. 2013. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

To the Wonder [A talented all-star cast is the highlight of this typically ethereal Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) drama about men and women grappling with love and its many phases and seasons. Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum of Solace), Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem star. A difficult film for sure, but still a must for any Malick fan. 2013. Rated R. 120 minutes.]

Recent Arrival:

Blue Water, White Death [Peter Gimbel, the producer of The Deep, directed this ground-breaking 1971 documentary that explored the living habits of the great white shark as he and his camera crew followed the species around the world for 9 minutes. Just in time for Shark Week, if you find sharks fascinating, this film is for you.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori. 

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