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Sunday, June 15, 2014

New Releases - June 17, 2014

3D Blu-ray:

Lego Movie, The [One of the funniest and biggest hits of the year so far, this hysterical animated Lego comedy has an ordinary Lego construction worker join a bunch of motley Lego superheroes to help stop a villain from gluing the Lego world into stasis! The recognizable and very funny voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Anthony Daniels, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Charlie Day, Shaquille O'Neal, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum, and Billy Dee Williams. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller co-directed this critically hailed hit that should please adults as much as kids. The comedy has made an astounding $256 million so far. Highly Recommended! 2014. Rated PG. 100 minutes. Real 3D version.]

Blu-Rays:

Ernest & Celestine [Nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award, this delightful French-Belgium-Luxembourg animated family comedy focuses on the unlikely bond between a bear named Ernest and a young mouse named Celestine. This features both the original French version with English subtitles and an English dub version with voices by Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megn Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright. 2013. Unrated. 80 minutes.]

Grand Budapest Hotel, The [Cult director Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tannenbaums, Rushmore) has one of his best films here in this universally acclaimed comedy that is already considered one of the best films of 2014. Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Quiz Show), the great and refined British actor who is known more for his dramas and romance films, is terrific in a change of pace as a wonderfully eccentric concierge at a lavish European hotel between wars who remains unflappable while outrageous hijinks abound.  The amazing ensemble cast includes both Anderson regulars and some newcomers: Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Wilkinson. This is also Anderson's highest grossing film ever. Highly recommended! 2014. Rated R. 100 minutes, Box Office: $58 million.]

Joe [2014] [In this moving character drama, Nicolas Cage gives ones of his best recent performances as an ex-con who meets a 15 year old boy and becomes an unlikely role model while he tries to redeem himself. Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Gary Pulter co-star. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) directed this we--reviewed film. Rated R. 117 minutes.]

Lego Movie, The [One of the funniest and biggest hits of the year so far, this hysterical animated Lego comedy has an ordinary Lego construction worker join a bunch of motley Lego superheroes to help stop a villain from gluing the Lego world into stasis! The recognizable and very funny voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Anthony Daniels, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Charlie Day, Shaquille O'Neal, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum, and Billy Dee Williams. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller co-directed this critically hailed hit that should please adults as much as kids. The comedy has made an astounding $256 million so far. Highly Recommended! 2014. Rated PG. 100 minutes. 2D version.]

Machine, The [Intriguing UK sci-fi/horror thriller about two Artificial Intelligence engineers who try to create a fully functional AI funded by the Ministry of Defence, but things go horribly wrong. The cast is headlined by Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Die Another Day), Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Sam Hazeldine, and Pooneh Hajimohammadi. Directed by Caradog W. James (Little White Lies). 2013. Rated R. 91 minutes.] 

DVDs:

2 Autumns, 3 Winters [Charming French romantic triangle comedy starring Vincent Macaigne as a man who literally runs into beauty Maud Wyler and falls for her while best friend Bastien Bouillion has an accident and also falls for physical therapist Wyler, leading to an oddball triangle that last 2 autumns and 3 winters. Directed by Sebastien Betbeder. 2013. Unrated. 91 minutes.]

DCI Banks: Season 1 [BBC] [Three chilling crimes collide in this popular British TV crime series starring Stephen Tompkinson as tenacious and stubborn Inspector Banks and Andrea Lowe as his feisty and ambitious young assistant Annie Cabot. Jack Deam and Lorraine Burroughs co-star. 2010. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]

Death in Paradise: Season 1 [BBC] [Delightful and beautifully filmed British TV crime series starring terrific Ben Miller (TV's Primeval) as a stiff upper lip British cop sent to lovely Saint-Marie in the Caribbean to help solve murders. He is an awkward fish out of water at first unaccustomed to the sunny weather, sand, and laid back attitude, but he eventually warms up to the warmer climate and his crew, especially the sexy and beautiful Sara Martins. Co-starring Danny John-Jules, Gary Carr, Elizabeth Bourgine, Hugo Speer, and Don Warrington. Highly recommended! 2011. Unrated. 2 separate rentals.]   

Ernest & Celestine [Nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award, this delightful French-Belgium-Luxembourg animated family comedy focuses on the unlikely bond between a bear named Ernest and a young mouse named Celestine. This features both the original French version with English subtitles and an English dub version with voices by Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megn Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright. 2013. Unrated. 80 minutes.]

Escape Artist, The [2014][PBS] [Tense and unnerving British TV noir miniseries starring Doctor Who's David Tennant as a talented barrister who is known for getting his clients out of tight spots, but his past comes back to haunt him when he gets a notorious murder suspect acquitted. Highly Recommended! Unrated. 180 minutes.]

Fighting Man, A [Solid Canadian sports drama with a good cast headlined by Dominic Purcell (TV's Prison Break) as an undefeated but washed up boxer who is given one last shot in the ring and hopes to keep his record clean with the help of his old training team. Louis Gossett Jr., Freddie Roach, Famke Janssen, James Caan, Michael Ironside, Adam Beach, Emma Campbell, and Maggie Dawson also star. Directed by Damian Lee (Dark Truth). 2014.  Rated R.]

Grand Budapest Hotel, The [Cult director Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tannenbaums, Rushmore) has one of his best films here in this universally acclaimed comedy that is already considered one of the best films of 2014. Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Quiz Show), the great and refined British actor who is known more for his dramas and romance films, is terrific in a change of pace as a wonderfully eccentric concierge at a lavish European hotel between wars who remains unflappable while outrageous hijinks abound.  The amazing ensemble cast includes both Anderson regulars and some newcomers: Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Wilkinson. This is also Anderson's highest grossing film ever. Highly recommended! 2014. Rated R. 100 minutes, Box Office: $58 million.]

House of Cards [2014]: Season 2 [Even more nastiness, illicit sex, and betrayal unfurls in the second season of this hit TV drama as the ultimate power couple of Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright continue their ruthless rise to power in Washington D.C. no matter who gets hurt along the way. Michael Kelly and Michael Gill also star. Highly Recommended! Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Jimmy P. [Well-acted drama starring Benecio Del Toro as a Native American vet who bonds with French psychiatrist Mathieu Amalric while trying to figure out what the root of his illness is. Co-starring Gina McKee, Larry Pine, Joseph Cross, Elya Baskin, Gary Farmer, Michelle Thrush, Misty Upham, and A Martiniez. Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale, Kings & Queen) directed. 2013. Unrated. 117 minutes.]

Joe [2014] [In this moving character drama, Nicolas Cage gives ones of his best recent performances as an ex-con who meets a 15 year old boy and becomes an unlikely role model while he tries to redeem himself. Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Gary Pulter co-star. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) directed this we--reviewed film. Rated R. 117 minutes.]

Lego Movie, The [One of the funniest and biggest hits of the year so far, this hysterical animated Lego comedy has an ordinary Lego construction worker join a bunch of motley Lego superheroes to help stop a villain from gluing the Lego world into stasis! The recognizable and very funny voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Anthony Daniels, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Charlie Day, Shaquille O'Neal, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum, and Billy Dee Williams. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller co-directed this critically hailed hit that should please adults as much as kids. The comedy has made an astounding $256 million so far. Highly Recommended! 2014. Rated PG. 100 minutes.]

Machine, The [Intriguing UK sci-fi/horror thriller about two Artificial Intelligence engineers who try to create a fully functional AI funded by the Ministry of Defence, but things go horribly wrong. The cast is headlined by Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Die Another Day), Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Sam Hazeldine, and Pooneh Hajimohammadi. Directed by Caradog W. James (Little White Lies). 2013. Rated R. 91 minutes.]

Major Crimes: Season 2 [In this improved sophomore season, police captain Mary McDonnell's crime solving is made more difficult by her new DA Nadine Velasquez and her personal life involving her troubled adopted teen son and ex Tom Berenger. Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, and Graham Patrick Martin also star. 2013. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

Motel Life, The [Moving drama starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as brothers who work odd jobs, play hard, and drift from motel to motel until a hit and run accident forces them back to their home town and Dakota Fanning, one of their exes. Co-starring Kris Kristofferson. 2013. Directed by Alan and Gabe Polsky.Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Walk of Shame [Fun and rude slapstick comedy starring Elizabeth Banks as a TV anchor wannabe who spends the night partying and wakes up in a stranger's bed to find out she has to get across town in time for a plum job but many crazy obstacles block her path. The first-rate cast includes James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright Olsen, and Kevin Nealon. Directed by Steven Brill of Mr. Deeds and Litlle Nicky fame. 2014. Rated R. 90 minutes.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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