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Monday, November 18, 2013

New Releases - November 19, 2013

Blu-rays:

2 Guns [Solid hit action thriller starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as two undercover cops whose attempt to take down a drug cartel goes horribly wrong. The twist is they don't know they are cops, but that changes when they become the hunted and have to work together to make things right. Baltasar Kormakur (who did the underrated Contraband with Wahlberg) directed with an eye toward non-stop action and gun play. Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden and Fred Ward also star. 2013. Rated R. 110 minutes.]

We're the Millers: Extended Cut [If you're in the mood for a good, rude and very funny farce in the same vein as the old National Lampoon vacation movies, you might want to check out this wacky comedy starring Jason Sudekis as a hopeless suburban pot dealer who gets into deep debt and is forced to smuggle a large stash of drugs in from Mexico for his glib supplier. As a cover, he hires hot stripper Jennifer Aniston to play his wife and a couple of snarky teens to play their kids and takes to the road in a big RV. What can go wrong?  Fortunately for the audience, everything does, and that's why this farce was a huge summer hit. Aniston and Sudekis are hysterically funny as always, and the likable co-stars include Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, and Kathryn Hahn. Directed by Rawson Marshall. 2013. Unrated and R versions included (mostly for language and sexual situations). 110 minutes.]

World's End, The [Star and writer Simon Pegg and director and co-writer Edgar Wright reunite for this third film in their trilogy that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. In this outing, a bunch of childhood pals decide to recreate an epic pub crawl that they fondly remember from 20 years earlier that ends at a bar called The World's End. Unfortunately, they choose the wrong night for the event: the same night aliens decide to take over the world by taking over humans' bodies. In addition to Pegg, the amiable cast includes Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, and Eddie Marsan. Audiences and critics were a little disappointed with this comedy (and it even paled in comparison to the other end of the world movie This Is the End both critically and at the box office), but I think their expectations were way too high, as they were probably expecting another Shaun or Fuzz.  Regardless of its theatrical reception, it should supply a good number of laughs to DVD and Blu-ray renters, especially if you are fans of Pegg (who has added both humor and geeky charm to both the new Star Trek and Mission:Impossible franchises) and dry British wit. 2013. Rated R.] 

DVDs:

2 Guns [Solid hit action thriller starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as two undercover cops whose attempt to take down a drug cartel goes horribly wrong. The twist is they don't know they are cops, but that changes when they become the hunted and have to work together to make things right. Baltasar Kormakur (who did the underrated Contraband with Wahlberg) directed with an eye toward non-stop action and gun play. Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden and Fred Ward also star. 2013. Rated R. 110 minutes.]

All Is Bright [Down to earth holiday comedy starring Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd as ex-cons trying to go straight by selling Christmas trees in New York City, and although the likable guys mean well, they run into plenty of trouble. Peter Hermann, Sally Hawkins and Amy Landecker also star. Phil Morrison directed. 2013. Rated R. 107 minutes.]

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster [Interesting documentary about the great movie poster artist Drew Struzan, who provided iconic images for Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and many other films. Interviewees include Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and more. A must for true movie fans. 2013. Unrated. 88 minutes.]

Hannah Arendt [Well-acted biopic about the influential German-Jewish philosopher/political theorist whose reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolph Eichmann was full of insight. Barbara Sukowa is commanding in the lead, and Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Klaus Pohl, and Icolas Woodeson co-star. Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. 2013. Unrated. 113 minutes.] 

Paranoia [2013] [Critics were not kind to this corporate thriller, but it has enough star power to make it interesting since Harrison Ford gets to go bald and play a sort of bad guy. Liam Hemsworth does the heavy lifting as a fired telecom guy who is forced by nefarious CEO Gary Oldman to spy on equally nasty corporate rival Ford. The solid cast also includes Amber Heard, Lucas Til, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway and Richard Dreyfuss. Robert Luketic directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.]

Passione [Director John Turturro explores the music of Naples, Italy and its influence on the world in this musical documentary also featuring Max Casella and Lina Sastri. 2010. Unrated. 92 minutes.]

Planes [First, Disney-Pixar gave us Cars. Now, Disney hands us Planes...with pretty much the same story adapted to airplanes: an unassuming crop dusting plane wants to race and gets a chance thanks to its friends.  At least the kids should enjoy the usual state of the art animation. The notable voice talent includes Carlos Alazraqui, Val Kilmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, and Cedric the Entertainer. 2013. Rated PG.]

Pusher [2012] [OK British redo of the 1996 Danish thriller about a London drug dealer's life spinning out of control after he borrows money from his supplier on what should be a sure thing. Richard Coyle, Agyness Devn and Bronson Webb star. Directed by Luis Prieto. Unrated. 89 minutes.]

Renoir [Fascinating drama about young artist Jean Renoir's return to artist father Pierre-August's home after WWI to recuperate and the inspiration his delightful girlfriend provides both the father and son. Starring Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Michele Gleizer, and Romaine Bohringer. Gilles Bourdos directed. 2013. Rated R. 111 minutes.]

Therese [2013] [Excellent drama starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as a young woman stuck in an oppressive marriage who is supposed to talk her sister-in-law out of marrying her Portuguese fiancé but instead see what true passion is like and seeks her own freedom. Also starring Gilles Lellouche, and Anais Demoustier. Directed by Claude Miller. Unrated. 110 minutes.]

To Do List [Smart teen sex comedy featuring fine Audrey Plaza as a bitchy grade A student virgin who wants to complete her sexual to do list before she graduates. Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alla Shawkat, Scott Porter, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Andy Samberg and Donald Glover co-star. Directed by Maggie Carey. 2013. Rated R. 104 minutes.]

Treme: Season 3 [Almost 6 years after the Katrina disaster, New Orleans is still a hot mess, full of crime, corruption, and suffering people. This acclaimed HBO drama finally returns for another memorable season with Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Chris Coy, Kim Dickens, India Ennenga, Michael Husman, Melissa Leo, Lucia Micarelli, David Morse, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Jon Seda, and Steve Zahn. 2013. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Waiting Room, The [2012] [Topical Peter Nicks documentary about what goes on behind the scenes of an American public hospital when it tries to care for mostly uninsured patients. Another reason to watch this is the local angle: it was shot at Oakland's Highland Hospital. Demia Bruce, Carl Connelly, Eric Cyganik Morgan and Nicole Douglas are featured. Unrated. 81 minutes.]
  
We're the Millers: Extended Cut [If you're in the mood for a good, rude and very funny farce in the same vein as the old National Lampoon vacation movies, you might want to check out this wacky comedy starring Jason Sudekis as a hopeless suburban pot dealer who gets into deep debt and is forced to smuggle a large stash of drugs in from Mexico for his glib supplier. As a cover, he hires hot stripper Jennifer Aniston to play his wife and a couple of snarky teens to play their kids and takes to the road in a big RV. What can go wrong?  Fortunately for the audience, everything does, and that's why this farce was a huge summer hit. Aniston and Sudekis are hysterically funny as always, and the likable co-stars include Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, and Kathryn Hahn. Directed by Rawson Marshall. 2013. Unrated and R versions included (mostly for language and sexual situations). 110 minutes.]

World's End, The [Star and writer Simon Pegg and director and co-writer Edgar Wright reunite for this third film in their trilogy that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. In this outing, a bunch of childhood pals decide to recreate an epic pub crawl that they fondly remember from 20 years earlier that ends at a bar called The World's End. Unfortunately, they choose the wrong night for the event: the same night aliens decide to take over the world by taking over humans' bodies. In addition to Pegg, the amiable cast includes Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, and Eddie Marsan. Audiences and critics were a little disappointed with this comedy (and it even paled in comparison to the other end of the world movie This Is the End both critically and at the box office), but I think their expectations were way too high, as they were probably expecting another Shaun or Fuzz.  Regardless of its theatrical reception, it should supply a good number of laughs to DVD and Blu-ray renters, especially if you are fans of Pegg (who has added both humor and geeky charm to both the new Star Trek and Mission:Impossible franchises) and dry British wit. 2013. Rated R.] 

Recent Arrivals:

Glass Slipper, The [Leslie Caron is luminous in this beautiful Technicolor musical retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale including Roland Petit ballets as a highlight. Veteran MGM musical director Charles Walters (Lili, High Society and Easter Parade) helmed this classic co-starring Michael Wilding, Keenan Wynn, Estelle Winwood, the Ballet de Paris, and Elsa Lanchester. 1955. Unrated. 94 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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