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Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Releases - September 17, 2013

Blu-rays:

Behind the Candelabra [Michael Douglas gives a phenomenal and uncanny performance as the flamboyant and closeted gay performer-pianist Liberace as director Steven Soderbergh explores his loving but unpredictable relationship with young assistant/lover Matt Damon. A funny, sad and ultimately poignant classic that is sure to earn Douglas a Best Actor Emmy this Sunday (even though equally excellent Damon is also nominated in the same category). The interesting supporting cast includes Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds. Highly recommended! 2013. Unrated.  120 minutes.]

Bling Ring, The [Stylish and fun true story of innocent outsider/student Israel Broussard who ends up going to a high school for errant youth and finds himself bonding with only Katie Chang, who shares her obsession with fashion and celebrity.  It isn't long before he and Chang's equally spoiled girlfriends decide to rob rich celebrity homes to keep up with the bling bling lifestyles of the rich and famous. Director Sofia Coppola (Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) finally seems to have rejuvenated her promising career with this cult dramedy co-starring Emma Watson, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, and Paris Hilton (in a memorable role as herself). Recommended! 2013. Rated R. 87 minutes.] 

Disconnect [Gripping cyber drama starring Alexander Skarsgard as an ex-Marine who pursues and becomes obsessed with identity thief Michael Nyqvist when he steals wife Paula Patton's identity. Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Colin Ford, Andrea Riseborough and Max Thieriot also star. Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin. 2013. Rated R. 115 minutes.]

East, The [Exciting conspiracy thriller starring Brit Marling as a new recruit at an elite private intelligence firm. Her first assignment is to infiltrate a radical group that terrorizes corporate leaders who commit crimes, but things go awry. Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page also star. Zal Batmanglij directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 117 minutes.]

World War Z [Dazzling state of the art special effects and a blazing pace drive this non-stop horror/sci-fi/action epic that was one of the best-reviewed and biggest box office hits of the summer of 2013. Brad Pitt is typically quirky and likeable as the ex-UN investigator who races against time to save his family and the world from an overwhelming zombie epidemic. If you thought the zombies on The Walking Dead were fast and plentiful, wait until you see this cast of a thousand zombies (with a little help from CGI wizards). Mireille Enos (AMC's The Killing) and Daniella Kertesz also star. Directed by Marc Foster (Monster's Ball, Machine Gun Preacher). They are already talking sequel to this big hit. Recommended! 2013. Unrated version. 113 minutes.]

DVDs:

Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner [Gregory's fascinating life as a director, actor, and artist is explored in this revealing documentary made by his wife, Cindy Kleine. He rose to fame with Louis Malle's classic My Dinner with Andre co-starring Wallace Shawn, hence the title. Julianne Moore and Shawn also appear. 2013. Unrated. 108 minutes.]

Backstairs at the White House [Excellent miniseries starring Leslie Uggams and Olivia Cole as two women who served as White House maids over the course of five decades and several presidents. In addition to Uggams and Cole's fine performances, the terrific cast also features Robert Hooks, Leslie Nielsen, Louis Gossett, Jr., Robert Vaughn, Cloris Leachman, Lee Grant, Julie Harris, Andrew Duggan, Ed Flanders, Harry Morgan and Eileen Heckart. Part of this true story inspired the current hit Lee Daniels' The Butler.  Highly recommended!  Unrated.  4 separate rentals.]

Bates Motel: Season 1 [I know what you are thinking: why do we need another Psycho prequel or sequel since we've had a number of them (too many some would say), including Psycho IV:The Beginning?  Surprisingly, there are a lot of reasons: this A&E series is produced and created by the producers of cult favorites Lost and Friday Night Lights; the updating to the present and the re-imagining of Norman Bates' psychotic teenage years contains twisted brilliance (that equals NBC-TV's great and darkly funny and sadistic Hannibal prequel) that both enhances and pays homage to the Alfred Hitchcock original; and there are incredible performances by Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates, Norman's sympathetic but overly loving and protective mother, Freddie Highmore as the awkward, likeable but obviously bipolar Norman, and Max Thieriot as his much more grounded in reality brother Dylan. There is also terrific support from Jere Burns as a creepy motel regular, Olivia Cooke as a sickly high school friend of Norman who loves him, Nestor Carbonell as the suspicious sheriff, and Ian Tracey as Dylan's bitter drug dealing co-conspirator. This is one of the best and biggest surprises of the 2013 TV season with enough twists and shocks to make your head spin. Also, if you are a fan of Under the Dome, you will definitely want to rent this to see Mike Vogel (Dome's anti-hero Barbie) in a very different role as an unforgettable deputy. Highly recommended! 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Behind the Candelabra [Michael Douglas gives a phenomenal and uncanny performance as the flamboyant and closeted gay performer-pianist Liberace as director Steven Soderbergh explores his loving but unpredictable relationship with young assistant/lover Matt Damon. A funny, sad and ultimately poignant classic that is sure to earn Douglas a Best Actor Emmy this Sunday (even though equally excellent Damon is also nominated in the same category). The interesting supporting cast includes Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds. Highly recommended! 2013. Unrated.  120 minutes.]

Bless Me, Ultima [Offbeat coming of age story about a young boy growing up in New Mexico during WWII and how his life is affected when a curandera named Ultima moves in with his family and mystically changes their lives.  Starring Luke Ganalon, Miriam Colon, Benito Martinez, Dolores Heredia, Castulo Guerra and Joaquin Coslo. Directed by Carl Franklin. 2013. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes.]

Bling Ring, The [Stylish and fun true story of innocent outsider/student Israel Broussard who ends up going to a high school for errant youth and finds himself bonding with only Katie Chang, who shares her obsession with fashion and celebrity.  It isn't long before he and Chang's equally spoiled girlfriends decide to rob rich celebrity homes to keep up with the bling bling lifestyles of the rich and famous. Director Sofia Coppola (Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) finally seems to have rejuvenated her promising career with this cult dramedy co-starring Emma Watson, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, and Paris Hilton (in a memorable role as herself). Recommended! 2013. Rated R. 87 minutes.] 

Disconnect [Gripping cyber drama starring Alexander Skarsgard as an ex-Marine who pursues and becomes obsessed with identity thief Michael Nyqvist when he steals wife Paula Patton's identity. Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Colin Ford, Andrea Riseborough and Max Thieriot also star. Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin. 2013. Rated R. 115 minutes.]

East, The [Exciting conspiracy thriller starring Brit Marling as a new recruit at an elite private intelligence firm. Her first assignment is to infiltrate a radical group that terrorizes corporate leaders who commit crimes, but things go awry. Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page also star. Zal Batmanglij directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 117 minutes.]

Gimme the Loot [Funny anarchy as graffiti artists Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson decide to pull off the biggest tag in history to show up their rivals by bombing the NY Mets home run apple with street art. The problem is they need $500 to pull it off so they gon on a mini, minor crime spree. Directed by Adam Leon. 2012. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Hollow Crown, The: The Complete Series [In this series exec produced by Sam Mendes, great actors of today tackle Shakepeare's amazing leaders. On disc 1, Ben Whishaw plays Richard II, and Patrick Stewart, James Purefoy, David Morrissey, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Lindsay Duncan, and Clemence Posey co-star. On discs 2 and 3, Jeremy Irons is Henry IV. Tom Hiddleston, Michelle Dockery and Julie Walters also star. On disc 4, Hiddleston returns as Henry V, and Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Freeman, Tom Georgeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Lambert Wilson, and Julie Walters co-star. 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Luther: Season 3 [Idris Elba (The Wire) returns for another excellent and presumably final season of the acclaimed British TV series as the tough title homicide detective who once again tackles brutal serial killer cases. 2013. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Mentalist, The: Season 5 [One of the best seasons ever as title anti-hero Simon Baker gets closer and closer to Red John, his wife's killer and the serial killer of many victims, and pinpoints him as possibly someone in law enforcement. Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman, Amanda Righetti, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Kevin Corrigan also star. Highly recommended! 2012-2013. Unrated. 5 separate rentals.]

Phil Spector [Al Pacino gives a striking performance as the eccentric and spaced out title music producer and his relationship with attorney Helen Mirren as he faces charges for killing actress Lana Clarkson. David Mamet (House of Games, Homicide) directed this excellent HBO film co-starring Jeffrey Tambor and Chiwetel Ejiofor. 2013. Unrated. 92 minutes.]

Scenic Route [Josh Duhamel (Transformers series, Las Vegas) and Dan Fogler give fine performances as lifelong friends who go out on a buddy road trip and break down in the desert. As their situation turns worse, the angry truths and lies in their past come to the surface in a boiling psychodrama. Kevin and Michael Goetz directed. 2013. Rated R. 86 minutes.]

Simon Killer [In this Spanish thriller, Brady Corbet plays a college graduate who experiences a bad breakup and becomes obsessed with exotic hooker Mati Diop. He devises a scheme to get her out of the business by blackmailing her clients but things go horribly wrong. Directed by Antonio Campos. 2012. Unrated. 106 minutes.]

War of the Buttons [2012] [Moving new French version of the WWII story about French kids who create their own version of war where they capture each other's buttons, belts and laces to see who wins, but they put their game aside to help a Jewish girl newcomer hide from the real Nazis. Starring Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet, Kad Merad, Gerard Jugnot, Jean Texier and Ilona Bachelier. Rated PG. 94 minutes.]
World War Z [Dazzling state of the art special effects and a blazing pace drive this non-stop horror/sci-fi/action epic that was one of the best-reviewed and biggest box office hits of the summer of 2013. Brad Pitt is typically quirky and likeable as the ex-UN investigator who races against time to save his family and the world from an overwhelming zombie epidemic. If you thought the zombies on The Walking Dead were fast and plentiful, wait until you see this cast of a thousand zombies (with a little help from CGI wizards). Mireille Enos (AMC's The Killing) and Daniella Kertesz also star. Directed by Marc Foster (Monster's Ball, Machine Gun Preacher). They are already talking sequel to this big hit. Recommended! 2013. Unrated version. 113 minutes

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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