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Monday, April 7, 2014

New Releases - April 8, 2014

3D BLU-RAYS:

Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug [Peter Jackson's Chapter 2 in The Hobbit Trilogy is even better than the first and filled with non-stop action and less filler as the epic journey of Bilbo Baggins and friends to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor continues. In this outing, they are confronted by a plethora of exotic and weird new creatures and obstacles. The fascinating cast features Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. The film definitely whets fans appetite for the third and final chapter due this Christmas holiday. The 3D effects are spectacular, and the film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Highly Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 161 minutes. Box Office: $259 million.]

Nurse [2013] [Wild cult horror film starring hot Paz de la Huerta (Choke, Boardwalk Empire) as a dedicated nurse by day and a dangerous party girl by night who doles out bloody and lethal justice to cheating men. A sexy new nurse begins to suspect her agenda, leading her to unleash her fury at work. Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, and Judd Nelson co-star. Directed by Doug Aarniokoski (Highlander: Endgame). Rated R. 84 minutes. Note that this Blu-ray contains both the 2D and 3D versions of the film so you can choose which to play.]
 
BLU-RAYS:

August: Osage County [An amazing cast powers this cathartic dramedy about a dysfunctional family brought together by a crisis and having to deal with out of control, addicted and acid-tongued matriarch Meryl Streep. Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham also star in this moving and darkly funny adaptation of Tracy Letts' award-winning play. Directed by John Wells (The Company Men). Streep and Roberts were both Oscar nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. 2013. Rated R. 121 minutes. Box Office: $38 million.]

Grudge Match [Did you ever wonder who would win in a boxing match if "Raging Bull"'s Jake LaMotta and "Rocky" Balboa squared off?  This well-acted comedy sort of answers that question as offscreen pals Robert De Niro (who played LaMotta in Raging Bull) and Sylvester Stallone (who played Rocky in a series of hit films) star as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one big match. For fans of Seventies films, this will certainly be a nostalgic trip to the past with two of the decade's biggest stars having lots of fun playing off each other and making fun of their own iconic images. Giving the leads lots of competition for laughs are scene-stealing co-stars Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart, still hot Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal
(of The Walking Dead fame). 2013. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Box Office: $30 million.]

Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug [Peter Jackson's Chapter 2 in The Hobbit Trilogy is even better than the first and filled with non-stop action and less filler as the epic journey of Bilbo Baggins and friends to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor continues. In this outing, they are confronted by a plethora of exotic and weird new creatures and obstacles. The fascinating cast features Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. The film definitely whets fans appetite for the third and final chapter due this Christmas holiday. The 3D effects are spectacular, and the film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Highly Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 161 minutes. Box Office: $259 million.]

Nurse [2013] [Wild cult horror film starring hot Paz de la Huerta (Choke, Boardwalk Empire) as a dedicated nurse by day and a dangerous party girl by night who doles out bloody and lethal justice to cheating men. A sexy new nurse begins to suspect her agenda, leading her to unleash her fury at work. Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, and Judd Nelson co-star. Directed by Doug Aarniokoski (Highlander: Endgame). Rated R. 84 minutes. Note that this Blu-ray contains both the 2D and 3D versions of the film so you can choose which to play.]

Past, The [This acclaimed French drama was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Holden Globe and stars Ali Mosaffa as a man who returns to Paris to finalize his divorce from wife Berenice Bejo because she is going to remarry. However, he discovers that her relationship with their is strained, leading to secrets from their past coming to light. Tahar Rahim also stars. Directed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation). 2013. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Touch of Sin, A [Inspired by shocking true events, four unrelated characters are driven to violence as China ironically grows into a major world power of innovation and economic success. Zhangke Jia (Still Life, The World) directed this well-reviewed drama starring Zhao Tao, Jiang Wu, Wang Brodiang, Luo Lanshan, Zhang Ziyai, and Li Meng. 2013. Unrated. 133 minutes.]

DVDs:

At Middleton [This charming, moving and funny dramedy stars Andy Garcia (of The Godfather Part III and City Island fame)  and Vera Farmiga (so terrific in TV's Bates Motel) as two parents who fall in love in one day while meeting at a college where both of their children are taking a college tour. Taissa Farmiga, Tom Skerritt, Nicholas Braun, and Peter Riegert also star. Directed by first time director Adam Rodgers. 2013. Rated R. 99 minutes.]

August: Osage County [An amazing cast powers this cathartic dramedy about a dysfunctional family brought together by a crisis and having to deal with out of control, addicted and acid-tongued matriarch Meryl Streep. Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham also star in this moving and darkly funny adaptation of Tracy Letts' award-winning play. Directed by John Wells (The Company Men). Streep and Roberts were both Oscar nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. 2013. Rated R. 121 minutes. Box Office: $38 million.]

Bag Man, The [Action-packed thriller with John Cusack acting as a bag man for boss Robert De Niro as crooked cops and mobsters go gunning for him. Co-starring Rebecca Da Costa, Crispin Glover, Dominic Purcell and Sticky Fingaz. Feature directing debut of actor David Grovic. 2014. Rated R. 108 minutes.]

Bastards [Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum) serves up her darkest film yet in this dark film noir starring Vincent Lindon as a sea captain who tries to rescue his estranged sister and her daughter from the influence of a rich businessman whose wife happens to be his lover. Chiara Mastroianni, Julie Bataille, Lola Creton, Michel Subor, and Laurent Grevil also star. 2013. Unrated. 100 minutes.]

Black Coffee [Cute African-American romcom starring Darrin Dewitt Henson as a guy who loses his job but finds the girl of his dreams in Gabrielle Dennis but things start to go awry when her ex-hubby and his ex-girlfriend both want them back. Co-starring Christian Keyes, Lamman Rucker, and Eric Hubbard. Mark Harris directed. 2014. Rated PG.]

Everyday [Director Michael Winterbottom (The Killer Inside Me, 24 Hour Party People) made this daring British drama over a 5 year period to reflect the story he was shooting. In it, John Simms (star of the British TV version of Life on Mars) plays a family man who is sent to prison for five years and we see the gradual change in relationships between he and his wife and kids as they visit him over the years until he is released. Shirley Henderson plays his wife who has to care for 4 kids on her own. Shaun Kirk, Robert Kirk, Stephanie Kirk, Katrina Kirk, and Darren Tighe co-star. 2013. Unrated. 106 minutes.]

Falcon [In this gripping British TV crime series, Martin Csokas (The Lord of the Rings) gives a charismatic performance as a clever, intuitive inspector who exposes hard truths and corruption in beautiful Seville even when it personally costs him dearly. Co-starring Charlie Creed-Miles and Kerry Fox. 2012. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.

Field in England, A [This British cult thriller is set in 1648 AD UK during a civil war when some deserters are captured by two men and forced to hunt for questionable treasure in a huge field. Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) directed this intriguing thriller with horror elements. Starring Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope, Reece Shearsmith, and Michael Smiley. 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Grudge Match [Did you ever wonder who would win in a boxing match if "Raging Bull"'s Jake LaMotta and "Rocky" Balboa squared off?  This well-acted comedy sort of answers that question as offscreen pals Robert De Niro (who played LaMotta in Raging Bull) and Sylvester Stallone (who played Rocky in a series of hit films) star as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one big match. For fans of Seventies films, this will certainly be a nostalgic trip to the past with two of the decade's biggest stars having lots of fun playing off each other and making fun of their own iconic images. Giving the leads lots of competition for laughs are scene-stealing co-stars Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart, still hot Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal
(of The Walking Dead fame). 2013. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Box Office: $30 million.]

Guardian of the Highlands [Sir Sean Connery reinforces his love for Scotland by providing the lead voice in this wacky animated family comedy starring as Sir Bill, an elder Scot who tries to save the last beaver (!) in Scotland with help from his animal pals. This cute comedy is a must for Connery fans, who haven't seen or heard from him onscreen since The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen! Alan Cumming, Larry Sullivan, Alex Norton, Miriam Margolyes, Ruby Wax, and Valentina Hartmann are the other featured voice actors. 2014. Unrated.]

Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug [Peter Jackson's Chapter 2 in The Hobbit Trilogy is even better than the first and filled with non-stop action and less filler as the epic journey of Bilbo Baggins and friends to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor continues. In this outing, they are confronted by a plethora of exotic and weird new creatures and obstacles. The fascinating cast features Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. The film definitely whets fans appetite for the third and final chapter due this Christmas holiday. The 3D effects are spectacular, and the film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Highly Recommended! 2013. Rated PG-13. 161 minutes. Box Office: $259 million.]

I Am Divine [Affectionate documentary about the legendary crossdressing camp actor Divine (aka Harris Glenn Milstead) who earned immediate cult superstar status by eating real dog shit in John Waters' Pink Flamingos. He then became a Waters favorite and went on to do several of his best films. In addition to Waters, interviewees include Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter and Mink Stole. Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, who has directed many short film documentaries including many dealing with cult director William Castle). 2013. Unrated. 90 minutes.]

Jack Taylor: Set 1 [In this Irish TV crime series, Iain Glen is great as a boozing, hard-driving ex-cop turned p.i. tackling lurid cases in western Ireland. Directed by Stuart Orme and also starring Nora-Jane Noone and Killian Scott. 2010. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Murph: The Protector [Acclaimed documentary about Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who was killed by the Taliban in 2005 while trying to protect his Navy SEAL team. Directed by Scott Mactavish (God and Country: Untold Stories of the American Military).  2013. Unrated. 79 minutes.]

Norman [Moving indie dramedy starring Dan Byrd as a high schooler in the middle of a dealing with tragedy who gets caught up in a lie that send his life spiraling out of control. Emily VanCamp (TV's Revenge and Everwood), Adam Goldberg, and Richard Jenkins also star. Directed by Jonathan Segal (The Last Run). 2011. Rated R. 99 minutes.]

Nurse [2013] [Wild cult horror film starring hot Paz de la Huerta (Choke, Boardwalk Empire) as a dedicated nurse by day and a dangerous party girl by night who doles out bloody and lethal justice to cheating men. A sexy new nurse begins to suspect her agenda, leading her to unleash her fury at work. Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, and Judd Nelson co-star. Directed by Doug Aarniokoski (Highlander: Endgame). Rated R. 84 minutes. Note that this Blu-ray contains both the 2D and 3D versions of the film so you can choose which to play.]

Past, The [This acclaimed French drama was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Holden Globe and stars Ali Mosaffa as a man who returns to Paris to finalize his divorce from wife Berenice Bejo because she is going to remarry. However, he discovers that her relationship with their is strained, leading to secrets from their past coming to light. Tahar Rahim also stars. Directed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation). 2013. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Rake: Season 2 [Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Mission:Impossible II) has one of his best roles in this hit Australian TV comedy starring in the title role of a totally outrageous Aussie criminal barrister who is good at getting his clients off but is even better at getting in trouble with the law, women, and just in general. Matt Day, Adrienne Pickering, Russell Dykstra, Danielle Cormack, Caroline Brazier, Damien Garvey, Keegan Joyce, and Kate Box also star. This series, co-created by Roxburgh, is the basis for Fox's darkly hilarious US remake with Greg Kinnear, which Roxburgh also co-produces. Highly Recommended! 2012. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Touch of Sin, A [Inspired by shocking true events, four unrelated characters are driven to violence as China ironically grows into a major world power of innovation and economic success. Zhangke Jia (Still Life, The World) directed this well-reviewed drama starring Zhao Tao, Jiang Wu, Wang Brodiang, Luo Lanshan, Zhang Ziyai, and Li Meng. 2013. Unrated. 133 minutes.]

Zero Charisma [Acclaimed cult comedy starring Sam Eidson as the nerdy ruler of a fantasy role playing game until a cool rival shows up and dethrones him, sending him to all-out war. Brock England, Garrett Graham, Anne Gee Byrd, and Cyndi Williams co-star. Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews. 2013. Unrated. 86 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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