"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Feb 262015

photo for Based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters in the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. "Big Eyes" centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband — whom she sued for the rights to her work . Vitals: Director: Tim Burton. Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp, Heather Doerksen, Emily Bruhn, Emily Fonda, Jon Polito. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $14.190 million, The Weinstein Company. Extras: TBA.

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Feb 242015

From the Big Screen:

"Big Hero 6," "Whiplash" and "Horrible Bosses 2." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

From TV to DVD:

"The Carol Burnett Show: Together Again" is a single DVD that features three uncut episodes, as they originally aired on television, and showcases "The Family," with Eunice, Mama and Roddy McDowall as brother Phillip; movie parodies "High Hat" and "Raised to Be Rotten"; and long-running sketches "The Old Folks" and "Carol and Sis." Episodes include #705 (original airdate: September 29, 1973), #712 (original airdate: December 15, 1973) and #1115 (original airdate: January 8, 1978). $12.95 from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life … In the Norwegian photo for The Carol Burnett Show: Together Again "Goodnight, Darling" (2009), a struggling musician tries his hand at blackmail after inadvertently filming a murder in this dark and quirky three-part miniseries based on the novel by Norwegian author Fredrik Skagen. Two-disc set, $29.95, from MHz Home Entertainment … Neil Dudgeon and new partner Gwilym Lee star in five new mysteries in "Midsomer Murders, Set 25" (2013-14), including the 100th episode of the series: "The Christmas Haunting" (New detective Charlie Nelson helps Barnaby investigate a stabbing at a haunted house), "Let Us Prey" (A series of murders mimics scenes on a medieval fresco in Midsomer St. Claire), "Wild Harvest" (The death of a wealthy farmer leads the detectives to rotten dealings at a celebrity chef's restaurant), "The Flying Club" (After a man falls out of a plane, Barnaby and Nelson scrutinize the turbulent relationships at an airfield). "The Killings of Copenhagen" (When a Midsomer businessman is poisoned on a trip abroad, Barnaby assists the Danish police with their inquiry). Three-disc DVD, $49.99 from Acorn Media … "Mountain Men: Season 3" (2014) is a four-disc set with 15 episodes, $19.98 from Lionsgate photo for Salamander"Salamander" (2012) is a gritty crime-thriller from Belgium. In a private Brussels bank, 66 safe-deposit boxes are burglarized. The owner of the bank wants to keep the heist under wraps, but police inspector Paul Gerardi catches wind of the affair and throws himself into the investigation. He's a mix of incorruptible, old-school morals with devil-may-care individualism. He realizes just how big the case is when some of the key players are murdered, commit suicide or simply vanish. The boxes contained the holders' most intimate secrets, the compromising documents and photos that no one should ever see—and that literally could bring down the nation. Gerardi soon learns that all the 66 burglary victims are members of the country's industrial, financial, judicial and political elite—even a member of the royal family is involved. What's more, when Gerardi discovers that they're all members of a secret organization called "Salamander," he becomes targeted by both the criminals and the authorities. Gerardi must quickly find out what their agenda is and who is behind the heist. Three-disc set, $39.95 from MHz Home Entertainment … "Serangoon Road" (2013) is set in tumultuous 1960s Singapore. Sam Callaghan (Don Hany), an Australian expat, agrees to help his neighbor Patricia Cheng (Joan Chen) at her detective agency after her husband is mysteriously killed while working a case. Filled with action-packed drama, mystery, and intrigue, this 2013 series marks the first original series from HBO Asia. North American DVD Debut in a three-disc set with 10 episodes, $49.99 from Acorn Media … "Sons of Anarchy Season Seven" (2014) is a five-disc set with 13 episodes. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Fox.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "Green Street Hooligans: Underground" (2013) Danny, once the leader of the Green Street Elite — the top hooligan football firm — has turned his back on the lifestyle, and the trouble that comes with it … until he gets a call that his younger brother has died in a fight against another firm, and he returns to London to find the people responsible. Stars Scott Adkins, Kacey Barnfield, Joey Ansah, Jack Doolan and Josh Myers. From Lionsgate … In "The Intruders" (2012), starring Miranda Cosgrove, Donal Logue, Austin Butler and Tom Sizemore, a troubled teenager with a history of mental illness moves into a new home with her father. Soon after she begins experiencing strange, seemingly supernatural occurrences inside her home, leaving her struggling to determine whether it's the kids in town giving her a hard time, or if it's all in photo for The Intruders her head. From Sony … "The Shift" (2013), starring Leo Oliva, Casey Fitzgerald, Danny Glover, Genesis Ochoa and Sara Castro is the story of one 12-hour night shift in the ER where a veteran nurse, who struggles with the haunting guilt of his brother's drowning, is forced to train a new nurse. They both struggle with the spiritual turmoil of what is right and wrong: the veteran believes in doing whatever is best for the patient, even if that means letting them rest in peace while the new nurse believes you should fight for everyone until there is nothing left. From Random Media/Cinedigm … "Zombieworld" (2015) is a post-apocalyptic anthology of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world. There's nowhere to hide … nowhere to run … the Zombie Apocalypse has come, and our photo for Zombieworldworld now belongs to the dead. From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale — walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there's only one thing on the menu– us. From Image Entertainment … "Final Prayer (aka The Borderlands)" (2013), starring Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill and Aidan McArdle, is a found footage film about a team of Vatican investigators who descend upon a church in a remote area of the British West Country to demystify some unusual happenings … but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined. From Lionsgate … In "VANish" (2015), starring Maiara Walsh, Tony Todd, Danny Trejo, Austin Abke, Bryan Bockbrader and Adam Guthrie, three amateur thugs in a van — in hopes of scoring a big ransom — kidnap Emma Rodriguez from the home of her father, drug kingpin Carlos Rodriguez, and force her to record a video of herself pleading for her life. But what they don t know is that Emma is all but estranged from her notorious father, and the murderous blood that made Carlos a name to fear in the underworld also runs through her veins. As time ticks away and the unlucky threesome find themselves in more and more danger in the form of the police, crime bosses, and Carlos himself, they must find a way to keep their once-perfect plan in order before all hell breaks loose — inside the kidnap van itself. On DVD and Blu-ray from Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group.


In "Love Me" (2014 — Turkey/Ukraine), a familiar romantic comedy narrative is set on a timely geo-political backdrop as a Turkish man — bound by tradition to marry a girl he's never met — finds himself falling for a beautiful woman from Kiev. From Film Movement … In "Traitors" (2014 — Morocco), the lead singer of a Moroccan all-girl punk band is determined to drum up the money to record an album by any means necessary. From Film Movement.

For the Family:

In "Zoey to the Max" (2015), starring Amy Smart, Grant Bowler and Cassidy Mack, a 13-year-old foster child watches helplessly as her foster family's dog gets stolen by a pair of "Home-photo for Zoey to the Max Alone"-like thugs while she's in charge and, with her techy new friend, sets out to track down the dog and save her relationship with her new foster family. From Cinedigm … In "My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders" (2014) obtaining a cutie mark is an important coming-of-age moment for a young pony in Equestria; ponies acquire their cutie marks only after they discover a unique characteristic about themselves, setting them apart from all other ponies. So when Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom meet, they instantly become friends and make it their mission to find their cutie marks: they are the Cutie Mark Crusaders. From Shout! Factory Kids.

Special Interest:

There's two interesting documentaries from Music Box Films this week:

photo for Code Black"Code Black" (2015): In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where "more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States." The documentary offers a tense, doctor's-eye view, right into the heart of the health care debate — bringing us face to face with America's only 24/7 safety net.

"Watchers of the Sky" (2014): "Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?" With that provocative question, Raphael Lemkin — the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide — changed the course of history. Directed by Edet Belzberg, this documentary looks back on impassioned visionary Lemkin as he confronts world apathy in a tireless battle for justice, setting the stage for the creation of the International Criminal Court. Belzberg examines historical events from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Bosnia to Darfur, and from apathy to action. Inspired by Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book "A Problem From Hell."

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