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Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Releases - September 24, 2013

Blu-ray:

Iron Man 3 [This second sequel to Iron Man is the biggest box office hit of the summer of 2013, and the critics liked it much better than the last entry. Robert Downey, Jr. returns as the wonderfully acerbic billionaire, philanthropist and genius Tony Stark, who also dons a super outfit that turns him into superhero Iron Man. In the last episode, he saved New York from destruction and is having trouble getting back in the groove, but he has to when a master villain named The Mandarin summons the world's nastiest terrorists, known as The Ten Rings, to destroy the world as we know it. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle also return, and Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce (as the villain) join the fun. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) directed this massive Marvel Comics hit. Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes.]

DVDs:

Dear Mom, Love Cher [Timed to coincide with the release of Cher's new CD, this unusually candid documentary profiles Georgia Holt, a singer, actress and model who overcame obstacles to raise two loving daughters, one of whom is iconic singer-actress Cher. Directed by P. David Ebsersole. Featuring Cher's sister Georganne LaPiere Bartylak and Holt's grandchildren ChazBono and Elijah Blue Allman. 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Fill the Void [Moving Israeli drama about a young bride to be who has to scrap her own plans for happiness when her sister dies during childbirth and her parents want her to marry her sister's widower before he marries another woman and moves their grandchild far away. Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein and Irit Sheleg star. Rama Burshtein directed. 2013. Rated PG. 90 minutes.]

Fonteyn and Nureyev: The Perfect Partnership [This in-depth documentary explores one of the greatest partnerships (Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev) in ballet from their first pairing in 1962 to their finale in 1979. Robert Powell narrates. 2005. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Foyle's War: Season 8 or Set 7 [Michael Kitchen returns as Foyle in this enormously popular British TV crime series. Now, that WWII is over, Foyle has retired, but the secret service recruits him to deal with the Cold War threat. His chauffeur Honeysuckle Weeks returns as a newlywed. The 3 separate rentals are: Eternity Ring, The Cage and Sunflower. Because of the distributor's somewhat screwy labeling, this is actually Season 8 although they marked their release as Set 7.]

Hannibal: Season 1 [Like Bates Motel, this film noir prequel has a beautiful and distinctive look as we are introduced to mentally troubled but highly gifted serial killer FBI profiler Will Graham (superbly played by Hugh Dancy). He is recruited by a cold FBI head (Laurence Fishburne) who matches him up with a brilliant psychiatrist and gourmet  named Hannibal Lechter (amazingly played by Casino Royale's Mads Mikkelsen) to solve a series of baffling murders. The murders and murderers become increasingly more dark and gruesome as the series progresses (or is there really only one main murderer that we all know?), and the fascinating relationship between Graham and Lechter grows more symbiotic and twisted. Based partly on the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon (which was also made as a feature film and as Manhunter), this terrific series is one of the best of the past season, but be warned that it is one of the darkest network TV shows ever made (along with The Following).  There is also a good amount of gallows humor. The performances are all outstanding, particularly the two leads. The X Files' Gillian Anderson is fine in a recurring supporting part as Lechter's attractive personal psychiatrist. Caroline Dhavemas and Hettiene Park also co-star.  This includes one episode that was pre-empted by NBC and was never shown. Highly recommended (if you can stomach the gore)! 2013. Unrated. Four separate rentals.]

In the House [In this unusual French drama, a teen boy schemes his way into the house of a fellow lit student and writes about it for his French teacher, leading to turmoil. Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner and Denis Menochet star. Francois Ozon, who directed the great film The Swimming Pool, helmed.2013. Rated R. 105 minutes.] 

Iron Man 3 [This second sequel to Iron Man is the biggest box office hit of the summer of 2013, and the critics liked it much better than the last entry. Robert Downey, Jr. returns as the wonderfully acerbic billionaire, philanthropist and genius Tony Stark, who also dons a super outfit that turns him into superhero Iron Man. In the last episode, he saved New York from destruction and is having trouble getting back in the groove, but he has to when a master villain named The Mandarin summons the world's nastiest terrorists, known as The Ten Rings, to destroy the world as we know it. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle also return, and Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce (as the villain) join the fun. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) directed this massive Marvel Comics hit. Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes.]

Kings of Summer, The [This indie coming of age comedy drew excellent reviews and deals with three teen boys who decide to build a cabin in the woods so they can spend the summer without much parental rule. Starring Nick Robinson,  Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullaly, and Alison Brie. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. 2013. Rated R. 95 minutes.]

Modern Family: Season 4 [This Emmy-winning sitcom returns with more hilarious angst as the Pritchett/Dunphy clans go through some surprising changes. All of the talented regulars return: Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet. Guests include Matthew Broderick, Shelley Long and Elizabeth Banks. Recommended! 2012-2013. Unrated. Three separate rentals.]

My Brother the Devil [Sally El Hosaini directed this well-reviewed British drama about a young Egyptian Londoner who idolizes his older brother/gang leader, who actually wants a better college life for his younger sibling, but they are soon at odds with each other. James Floyd, Fady Elsayed, Said Taghmaoui, Aymen Hamdouchi and Ashley Thomas star. 2012. Unrated. 111 minutes.]

Nureyev [Fine bio of the intriguing ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev who changed the world of dance. Featuring Ninette De Valois, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Roland Petit, Dame Merle Park, Maude Lloyd, Syvlie Guillem and Cliff Morgan. Patricia Foy directed. 2009. Unrated. 120 minutes.]

Redemption [2013] [Action stalwart Jason Staham, who seems to be the new generation's Charles Bronson or Lee Marvin, stars as an Afghan war vet who comes back a mess and is helped by a nun. Unfortunately, he turns to the dark side when he works as a mob collector and discovers his friend's murderer, sending him out to get revenge. Agatha Buzzek also stars in this decent action programmer directed by Steven Knight.]

Room 237 [For decades now, Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film version of Stephen King's tome The Shining has developed a massive cult following that has spawned many conspiracy theories about the peculiarities behind the film and its contents. This fascinating Rodney Ascher documentary explores the myths. Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Julie Kearns, John Fell Ryan and Jay Weidner appear. 2012. Unrated. 102 minutes.]

Savannah [True story starring Jim Caviezel as an ex-plantation owner who hunts on the rivers of Georgia illegally with ex-slave Chiwetel Ejiofor and tries to change the law. The real problem comes when he falls for Jaimie Alexander. Also starring Sam Shepard, Bradley Whitford and Hal Holbrook. Directed by Annette Haywood-Carter. 2013. Rated Pg-13. 109 minutes.] 

Sharknado [The best of the worst movies of the year and perhaps the decade, this wacky Syfy horror action thriller cult hit has an unlikely hurricane tossing hungry killer sharks around Los Angeles, eating all sorts of shocked Angelenos. Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, John Heard, Jaason Simmons and Cassie Scerbo star. Local filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante directed this classic bad movie that inspired thousands of tweets when it was first broadcast. It also was a hit as a one night midnight show and will spawn an inevitable sequel that is reportedly going to take place in NYC. Ironically, it was kind of blown off by Syfy as one of their standard awful movies (i.e., Mega Shark vs. Mega Octopus), but viewers picked up on the camp value almost immediately when it premiered on the cable channel this summer and created a record tweeting frenzy. It is sure to give The Room a fun for its money. Highly recommended if you love enjoyable turkeys! 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Something in the Air [Filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Carlos, Summer Hours) directed this acclaimed semi-autobiographical French drama about a young painter/filmmaker in politically volatile 1971 Paris who has an activist girlfriend but finds his career ambitions start to conflict with her commitments. Clement Metayer, Lola Creton, Felix Armand, Carole Combes, and India Salvor Menuez star. 2013. Unrated. 122 minutes.]

Spiral: Season 1 [Stark film noir French TV series about the brutal murder of a beautiful woman and the three very different men who try to find and prosecute the killer. Unrated. Four separate rentals.]

Unfinished Song [If you like Quartet, you should check out this delightful feel good UK comedy starring Terence Stamp as a curmudgeon who finds his passion for music and life rekindled when wife Vanessa Redgrave introduces him to young and beautiful Gemma Arterton, who leads a singing group. Christopher Eccelston and Barry Martin also star. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams. 2013.  Rated PG-13. 94 minutes.]

Blogger's/Manager's Note: I apologize for the delay in the September 17 blog appearance. I thought it was published, but there was some technical error that prevented it from going online.

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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