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Monday, January 27, 2014

New Releases - January 28, 2014

Blu-rays:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 [The first family friendly animated foodie film was a big hit, so a sequel was bound to follow. This second course is equally appetizing and sure to satisfy fans of the original.  After the food storm in film 1,  hero Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) and his pals are forced to leave town but soon have to return when voracious food beasts overrun the island and the world needs saving again. The other star voices include Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt and Kristen Schaal. Directed by Cindy Cameron and Kris Pearn. 2013. Rated PG. 95 minutes. Box Office: $119 million.]

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa [In case you did not get the memo, this is bad behavior by seniors in film week if you consider this and Last Vegas are coming out on the same day. Although the Jackass movies are usually compilations of outrageous stunts and their jaw-dropping results, this one is more like Borat, meaning that it actually has a storyline built around real-life events and pranks.  The story follows a recently widowed 86 year old (played by Jackass star Johnny Knoxville in heavy but realistic makeup) who ends up on a wacky road trip taking his 8 year old grandson (Jackson Nicoll) from Nebraska to North Carolina to his real father. As the title implies, grandpa drops a lot of jaws with his naughty antics, and audiences made this one of Jackasses biggest hits. The offbeat cast includes Greg Harris, Georgina Cates, Kamber Hejlik, Catherine Keener and director Spike Jonze (Her). Jeff Tremaine, who directed all of the previous Jackass films, does his best job yet - of course, this is the first time he has to tell a real story so that is a step forward. I would bet that you would never expect a Jackass movie to get an Academy Award nomination, but you would be wrong because it has been nominated for Best Makeup. Only the Blu-ray contains the unrated 102 minute version. 2013. Rated R. 92 minutes. Box Office: $103 million. Due to arrive Tuesday.] 

Last Vegas [For slightly older film fans who found The Hangover series a little too rude and raunchy, you might want to ease back into that hilarious franchise after watching this fun but PG-13 rated farce starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four sixty-something friends who decide to throw a wild bachelor party in Las Vegas for the last of them to get married. The solid supporting cast features Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Roger Bart, Joanna Gleason, Romany Malco, Michael Ealy and Bre Blair. It certainly looks like the four male leads had a great time working together for the first time.  Jon Turtletaub (the National Treasure franchise) directed. 2013. 105 minutes. Box Office: $64 million. Due to arrive Tuesday.]

DVDs:

1 the Movie [Forumla One] [Paul Crowder (Undefeated) directed this fine documentary about the history of Formula One racing and featuring the real racing greats Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, Sebastian Vettel, and Jacky Ickx. Michael Fassbender narrates. This is being released in tandem with Rush, so if you like that film, you should check out the real thing. 2014. Unrated. 111 minutes.] 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 [The first family friendly animated foodie film was a big hit, so a sequel was bound to follow. This second course is equally appetizing and sure to satisfy fans of the original.  After the food storm in film 1,  hero Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) and his pals are forced to leave town but soon have to return when voracious food beasts overrun the island and the world needs saving again. The other star voices include Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt and Kristen Schaal. Directed by Cindy Cameron and Kris Pearn. 2013. Rated PG. 95 minutes. Box Office: $119 million.]

Concussion [First of all, this is not a documentary about football. This is a provocative R rated erotic drama starring Robin Weigert as a normal gay married soccer mom who hits her head in a playground accident and becomes a high-priced call girl for women, turning her staid life upside down. Maggie Siff (TV's Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy), Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Ben Shenkman, Julie Fain Lawrence, and Janel Maloney also star. Directed by Stacie Passion. 2013. 96 minutes.]

Downton Abbey: Season 4 [Although this polarizing season has been received with mixed reviews due to major cast changes, fans will still want to check out how the Crawley family and their servants are dealing with a world of changes. Most of the cast returns: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Raquel Cassidy, Michelle Dockerey, Kevin Doyle, Paul Giamatti, Lily James, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton and Shirley Maclaine. 2014. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa [In case you did not get the memo, this is bad behavior by seniors in film week if you consider this and Last Vegas are coming out on the same day. Although the Jackass movies are usually compilations of outrageous stunts and their jaw-dropping results, this one is more like Borat, meaning that it actually has a storyline built around real-life events and pranks.  The story follows a recently widowed 86 year old (played by Jackass star Johnny Knoxville in heavy but realistic makeup) who ends up on a wacky road trip taking his 8 year old grandson (Jackson Nicoll) from Nebraska to North Carolina to his real father. As the title implies, grandpa drops a lot of jaws with his naughty antics, and audiences made this one of Jackasses biggest hits. The offbeat cast includes Greg Harris, Georgina Cates, Kamber Hejlik, Catherine Keener and director Spike Jonze (Her). Jeff Tremaine, who directed all of the previous Jackass films, does his best job yet - of course, this is the first time he has to tell a real story so that is a step forward. I would bet that you would never expect a Jackass movie to get an Academy Award nomination, but you would be wrong because it has been nominated for Best Makeup. Only the Blu-ray contains the unrated 102 minute version. 2013. Rated R. 92 minutes. Box Office: $103 million. Due to arrive Tuesday.] 

Last Vegas [For slightly older film fans who found The Hangover series a little too rude and raunchy, you might want to ease back into that hilarious franchise after watching this fun but PG-13 rated farce starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four sixty-something friends who decide to throw a wild bachelor party in Las Vegas for the last of them to get married. The solid supporting cast features Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Roger Bart, Joanna Gleason, Romany Malco, Michael Ealy and Bre Blair. It certainly looks like the four male leads had a great time working together for the first time.  Jon Turtletaub (the National Treasure franchise) directed. 2013. 105 minutes. Box Office: $64 million. Due to arrive Tuesday.]

Rush [2013] [Ron Howard did a terrific job directing this underrated and dazzling true story about the rivalry between Formula One racers British James Hunt (nicely played by Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian Niki Lauda (played by scene-stealing Golden Globe nominee Daniel Bruhl from Inglorious Basterds and Good Bye Lenin!). Although they are bitter rivals, Hunt helps Lauda recuperate when he almost loses his life in a devastating crash. Howard used many new film techniques to give audiences the true feeling of being in a Formula One race car doing 180 mph. Hemsworth (Thor, Snow White and the Hunstman) gives his best performance to date along with Bruhl's star making turn.  Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino, David Calder, Natalie Dormer, and Stephen Mangan head the supporting cast. One of the best and most overlooked films of the year. Sure to join Grand Prix, Le Mans and Days of Thunder as one of the best racing films ever made. Highly recommended! Rated R. 123 minutes. Box Office: $27 million.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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