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Sunday, June 8, 2014

New Releases - June 10, 2014

Blu-rays:

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Stunningly beautiful hi-def remake of the ground-breaking original Carl Sagan science TV miniseries that explores the origins of the earth, humans, and our place in the universe. Neil Degrasse Tyson hosted this acclaimed new version. Highly recommended! 2014. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Devil's Knot [Cult director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica) directed this true crime story based on the 1993 case in which 3 young boys go missing in West Memphis, Arkansas and three boys who are possible devil worshippers are accused of their murders. The first-rate cast includes Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane Dehaan, Kevin Durand, Elias Koteas, Bruce Greenwood, and Mireille Enos. This is based on the same events covered by the Paradise Lost documentaries. 2014. Unrated. 114 minutes.] 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [Star Trek's Chris Pine stars as young CIA analyst Ryan who discovers a Russian plot to topple the US economy with a terrorist attack in this exciting reboot of the famous Tom Clancy action series that included The Hunt for Red October, and A Clear and Present Danger. Pine has some big shoes to fill as he replaces previous Ryans Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck, but he does a very good job under Kenneth Branagh's sterling direction. The fine cast also showcases Kevin Costner, Branagh, Keira Knightley, Peter Anderson, and Colm Feore. Recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. Box Office: $51 million.]

Non-Stop [2014] [Enjoyably over-the-top hit thriller in which Air Marshal Liam Neeson has to find out who is texting him for a ransom or else the killing will start while onboard a packed jet with hundreds of suspects! Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockerey, Lupita Nyong'o, Scoot McNairy, and Corey Stoll also star. Directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, who did Orphan and the great, underrated thriller Unknown also with Neeson. Highly recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. Box Office: $92 million.]

Tim's Vermeer [Fascinating art documentary about Texas inventor Tim Jenison who explores how Dutch painter Vermeer painted so photo realistically ahead of his time by visiting Holland, talking to artist David Hockney, and traveling to Buckingham Palace. Directed by Teller of magicians-actors Penn and Teller fame. Penn Gillette also puts in an appearance. Highly Recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 80 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

True Detective: Season 1 [Terrific HBO TV noir series with amazing and riveting performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two very different detectives (McConaughey as the ethereal, intellectual and out of the box thinker and Harrelson as the cynical, seemingly straight forward married one) working on a totally twisted serial killer case that takes years to unravel as their relationship goes through infinite changes. Attractive Michelle Monaghan and Alexandra Daddario are also stunning as the women in their lives. This is one of the best series of 2014 (and maybe period) and is sure to be nominated for many awards during award season. Oakland native Cary Fukanaga (Jane Eyre) directed all 8 episodes of the unforgettable series created by Nic Pizzolato, who also wrote all 8. On IMDB, the show gets a staggering 9.4 rating. Highly recommended! 2014. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Visitors [2013] [Another challenging and beautiful visual and aural collaborative work from Godrey Reggio, Jon Kane, and composer Philip Glass (who did Koyaanisqatsi). This time, they present a black and white experience comprised of various human, animal, and landscape portraits. Unrated. 87 minutes.] 

DVDs:

Adult World [Charmingly quirky coming-of-age comedy starring Emma Roberts as a young budding poet college grad who takes a job at an adult bookstore while trying to learn about poetry from alcoholic mentor/poet John Cusack. Co-starring Evan Peters, Armando Riesco, Shannon Woodward, Reed Birney, and Catherine Lloyd Burns. Directed by actor-director Scott Coffey (Ellie Parker). 2014. Rated R. 97 minutes.]

Alan Patridge [Hilarious farce in which Steve Coogan (Wilomena) reprises the British TV role that made him famous, Alan Partridge, a famous DJ and talk show host who becomes a hostage of angry fellow DJ Colm Meaney (Star Trek The Next Generation) when he finds out he's being fired by new management. Directed by Declan Lowney, who directed the Father Ted TV series. 2013. Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Anonymous People, The [Documentary about the 23.5 million Americans who are living in long term recovery for alcoholism or addiction. Featuring appearances by Kristen Johnson, Chris Herren, Patrick Kennedy, Jim Ramstad, Tara Conner, William Cope Moyers, and William White. Directed by first-time director Greg D. Williams. 2013. Unrated. 88 minues.]

Capital [Fun drama starring Gad Elmaleh as a power hungry young exec who takes over a French bank when the CEO dies and has to stave off a takeover from US forces led by Gabriel Byrne. Celine Sallette, Natacha Regnier, Liya Kebede, Hippolyte Girardot, Daniel Mesquich, and Olga Grumberg co-star. Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing) directed. 2012. Rated R. 114 minutes.] 

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Stunningly beautiful hi-def remake of the ground-breaking original Carl Sagan science TV miniseries that explores the origins of the earth, humans, and our place in the universe. Neil Degrasse Tyson hosted this acclaimed new version. Highly recommended! 2014. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Devil's Knot [Cult director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica) directed this true crime story based on the 1993 case in which 3 young boys go missing in West Memphis, Arkansas and three boys who are possible devil worshippers are accused of their murders. The first-rate cast includes Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane Dehaan, Kevin Durand, Elias Koteas, Bruce Greenwood, and Mireille Enos. This is based on the same events covered by the Paradise Lost documentaries. 2014. Unrated. 114 minutes.]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [Star Trek's Chris Pine stars as young CIA analyst Ryan who discovers a Russian plot to topple the US economy with a terrorist attack in this exciting reboot of the famous Tom Clancy action series that included The Hunt for Red October, and A Clear and Present Danger. Pine has some big shoes to fill as he replaces previous Ryans Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck, but he does a very good job under Kenneth Branagh's sterling direction. The fine cast also showcases Kevin Costner, Branagh, Keira Knightley, Peter Anderson, and Colm Feore. Recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. Box Office: $51 million.]

Non-Stop [2014] [Enjoyably over-the-top hit thriller in which Air Marshal Liam Neeson has to find out who is texting him for a ransom or else the killing will start while onboard a packed jet with hundreds of suspects! Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockerey, Lupita Nyong'o, Scoot McNairy, and Corey Stoll also star. Directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, who did Orphan and the great, underrated thriller Unknown also with Neeson. Highly recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. Box Office: $92 million.]

Omar [2013] [Acclaimed Palestinian drama about a Palestinian freedom fighter who agrees to be an informer when he is framed in an  Israeli soldier's killing. Starring Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Waleed F. Zuaiter, Eyad Hourani, and Samer Bisharat. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now). Unrated. 96 minutes.]

Patrick: Evil Awakens [More graphic remake of the fun Australian cult classic horrorshow about a comatose young man who catches the attention of a pretty nurse he starts to manipulate in a terrifying way. Starring Sharni Vinson, Charles Dance, and Rachel Griffiths. Directed by Mark Hartley, who made the terrific documentary about Oz exploitation, Not Quite Hollywood. 2013. Unrated. 96 minutes.]

Perfect Sisters [Chilling true thriller starring Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley as two sisters whose alcoholic mother seemingly drowns in a bathtub, but rumors soon swirl about what really happened. James Russo, Mira Sorvino, Rusty Schwimmer, Zoe Belkin, and Jeffrey Ballard also star in this suspense film featuring the directing debut of Stanley M. Brooks. 2014. Unrated. 100 minutes.]

Ray Donovan: Season 1 [Liev Schreiber is great in the title role of this Showtime drama about a fixer/hit man for L.A. celebrities, athletes, and moguls whose life unravels when his gangster father Jon Voight is released from prison. The excellent cast includes Elliott Gould, Paula Malcolmson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moening, Pooch Hall, Keris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, and Rosanna Arquette. Highly Recommded! 2013. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Short History of Decay, A [Bittersweet, well-reviewed comedy starring Bryan Greenberg as a failed Brooklyn writer whose successful author/girlfriend leaves him, and his life is further thrown in flux when he has to visit his dad, who has had a stroke, and his Alzheimer's stricken mom in Florida. Also starring Harris Yulin, Linda Lavin, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Benjamin King, Rebecca Dayan, and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Directing debut of Michael Maren. 2014. Rated R. 94 minutes.] 

Tim's Vermeer [Fascinating art documentary about Texas inventor Tim Jenison who explores how Dutch painter Vermeer painted so photo realistically ahead of his time by visiting Holland, talking to artist David Hockney, and traveling to Buckingham Palace. Directed by Teller of magicians-actors Penn and Teller fame. Penn Gillette also puts in an appearance. Highly Recommended! 2014. Rated PG-13. 80 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

True Detective: Season 1 [Terrific HBO TV noir series with amazing and riveting performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two very different detectives (McConaughey as the ethereal, intellectual and out of the box thinker and Harrelson as the cynical, seemingly straight forward married one) working on a totally twisted serial killer case that takes years to unravel as their relationship goes through infinite changes. Attractive Michelle Monaghan and Alexandra Daddario are also stunning as the women in their lives. This is one of the best series of 2014 (and maybe period) and is sure to be nominated for many awards during award season. Oakland native Cary Fukanaga (Jane Eyre) directed all 8 episodes of the unforgettable series created by Nic Pizzolato, who also wrote all 8. On IMDB, the show gets a staggering 9.4 rating. Highly recommended! 2014. Unrated. 3 separate rentals.]

Unacceptable Levels [Stunning documentary by Ed Brown about all the chemicals in and around our body, which is a lot since we have about 232 industrial chemicals around us on average. Ralph Nader, Dr. Richard Clapp, Ken Cook, Christopher Gavigan, Randy Hayes, Dr. Alan Greene, Jeffrey Hollander, Andy Igrejas, Stacy Malkan, and Dr. Jennifer Saas are some of the experts interviewed. 2014. Unrated. 76 minutes.]

Visitors [2013] [Another challenging and beautiful visual and aural collaborative work from Godrey Reggio, Jon Kane, and composer Philip Glass (who did Koyaanisqatsi). This time, they present a black and white experience comprised of various human, animal, and landscape portraits. Unrated. 87 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori. 

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