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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Releases - November 26, 2013

Blu-ray:

Red 2 [Fun, pretty good sequel to the action comedy hit skewed toward older audiences and headlining Bruce Willis in one of his better recent parts as a top ex-CIA agent who re-teams with affably crazy fellow assassin John Malkovich, sexy Russian counterpart Helen Mirren, and his new younger squeeze Mary-Louise Parker. This time, they try to retrieve a Cold War Russian nuke that everyone is after. Brian Cox also returns, but impressive newcomers include Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, and Neal McDonough. If you haven't seen the first film, I would definitely recommend seeing that first for the initial setup. Both films are filled with action and plenty of laughs.  Recommended. Directed by Dean Parisot. 2013. Rated PG-13. 116 minutes.]

DVDs:

Breaking Bad: Season 6 [The Final Season] [AMC infuriated many fans by splitting the last season in two to make more money and stretch the show's award potential out (they are unfortunately doing the same thing with Season 7 of Mad Men). In any case, the final season, which we are calling Season 6, is finally here!  The cult TV show about teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White comes to a very bloody but satisfying end with Bryan Cranston capping his Emmy-winning role with one of his best performances, which is sure to be up for another Emmy. Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte and Dean Norris also return. One of the best shows of the past decade. Highly recommended! 2013. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Canyons, The [Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Hardcore) directed this disturbing and polarizing thriller starring James Deen as a rich Hollywood kid who is producing a horror movie with girlfriend Lindsay Lohan casting it. However, things go awry when she tries to cast a lead who was once her ex and is primed to rekindle their affair, inspiring Deen to play ultra mind games. Co-starring Nolan Funk, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Houston, and Gus Van Sant. 2013. Unrated. 100 minutes.]

How Sherlock Changed the World [Fascinating PBS documentary about how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the world's most famous detective and Holmes' influence on real-life forensics and crime fighting, culture and the world. 2013. Unrated. 120 minutes.]

Jobs [Most critics ripped this film and Ashton Kutcher's performance as Steve Jobs, the genius who helped invent the home computer and changed the course of the world. Regardless of that, this is still an interesting study and recreation of the major events in his life, and then there is also the local angle. In his defense, at least Kutcher has the guts to tackle a serious role that is light years away from the sitcom roles he is known for in That '70's Show and Two and a Half Men. The supporting cast is also excellent: Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, Lesley Ann Warren, J.K. Simmons, Eon Eldard, Ahna O'Reilly, John Getz, and James Wood. Joshua Michael Stern directed. 2013. Rated PG-13. 129 minutes.]

Red 2 [Fun, pretty good sequel to the action comedy hit skewed toward older audiences and headlining Bruce Willis in one of his better recent parts as a top ex-CIA agent who re-teams with affably crazy fellow assassin John Malkovich, sexy Russian counterpart Helen Mirren, and his new younger squeeze Mary-Louise Parker. This time, they try to retrieve a Cold War Russian nuke that everyone is after. Brian Cox also returns, but impressive newcomers include Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, and Neal McDonough. If you haven't seen the first film, I would definitely recommend seeing that first for the initial setup. Both films are filled with action and plenty of laughs. Recommended. Directed by Dean Parisot. 2013. Rated PG-13. 116 minutes.]

Watsons Go to Birmingham, The [Moving drama about a Flint, Michigan black family's unforgettable trip to visit grandpa in Alabama during the summer of 1963. David Alan Grier, Anika Noni Rose, Wood Harris, LaTanya Richardson, and Skaj Jackson star. Directed by Kenny Leon. 2013. Rated PG. 86 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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