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Apr 152014
 

 
photo for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Very loose remake of James Thurber's classic story about a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. Ben Stiller directs and stars in this mixed-bag of a film that juxtaposes gorgeous cinematography with a story line and dialogue that can't decide whether it wants to be clever and rich or mundane and flaccid, though it tends to lean to the latter. Stiller plays Mitty, a timid photo manager at LIFE just at the time the print magazine was being retired in favor of an online version; when an important negative for the very last cover goes missing, Mitty has to give up his daydreams and embark on a global mission to find the film. Stiller composes the first half of the movie in squares and rectangles, kind of a cinema version of Mondrian's grid-based paintings — and Stiller's images are striking and beautiful. Later, when Mitty travels to Iceland, Greenland and Afghanistan, the vistas open up and the gorgeous scenery fills the screen. Too bad the dialogue and acting aren't as bold as the images; they're cramped and awkward. Supporting actors Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine and Kathryn Hahn are totally wasted. Extras: Behind the scenes featurettes "The Look of Life," "The Music of Walter Mitty," "Sights and Sounds of Production: Skateboarding Through Iceland"; gallery of reference photography. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; extended and alternate scenes; additional featurettes "The History of Walter Mitty"; "That's A Shark," "Icelandic Adventure," "Nordic Casting," "Titles of Walter Mitty," "Sights and Sounds of Production: Ted-Walter Flight"; "Stay Alive" music video by Jose Gonzalez; theatrical trailer. Also included is a special gift with purchase redeemable until August 31, 2014: a Shutterfly 20-page 8×8 hard cover photo book valued at $29.99. Consumers will be able to redeem their photo book by entering a unique promo code at checkout on Shutterfly.com. Vitals: Director: Ben Stiller. Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 114 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $56.887 million, Fox. 2 stars

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photo for The wild antics of comedian Kevin Hart rescues this cop-buddy-comedy from the mundane and predictable; he stars as a video game junkie and high school security guard who not only wants to become an Atlanta cop but also wants to marry the sister of the city's toughest detective, James Payton (Ice Cube). To persuade him otherwise, James invites him on a ride-along designed to scare the hell out of him and show him he doesn't have what it takes to take care of his sister. It's all pretty silly — especially when Shakespearean actor Laurence Fishburne shows up as the underworld's top bad guy — and fairly innocuous. It's kind of a downtown version of "Rush Hour" — and has taken in almost as much as that smash hit. "Ride Along 2" is scheduled for 2016. Extras: Gag reel; "It Was a Good Day: On the Set of Ride Along" backstage visit; "Atlanta — The Character" location tour; commentary with director Tim Story. Blu-ray adds alternate ending; deleted scenes; alternate take; "Kev & Cube's Wild Ride"; "An Explosive Ride" stunt double featurette; "You Gonna Learn Today" look at the film's many off-script moments including b-roll, dailies and alternate takes; "Anatomy of the Big Blast" behind the scenes of the movie's most explosive sequence. Vitals: Director: Tim Story. Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $133.941 million, Warner. 3 stars

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From the Big Screen:

"Ride Along," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "Philomena"and "The Nut Job." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Best Bets:

It doesn't get any better than this: Director: Billy Wilder. Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. Screenplay adapted by Wilder and Raymond Chandler from a book by James M. Cain. Music by Miklós Rózsa. And costumes by Edith Head. The film: "Double photo for Double IndemnityIndemnity" (1944), arguably one of the first — and certainly the most influential — example of film noir, about an insurance agent who teams up with a femme fatale to murder her husband to collect on the latter's accidental life insurance policy. Universal has digitally restored the film from 35mm film elements for its "Double Indemnity Limited Edition" Blu-Ray debut on the occasion of its 70 anniversary and its big-screen restoration screening at the 2014 TCM Classic Film festival in Hollywood. In addition to gorgeous images (deeper, clearer and purer than the previous DVD version) and a DTS-HD soundtrack, the Blu-ray contains an introduction by Robert Osborne; a fascinating "Shadows of Suspense" featurette that plots out the history of film noir; a made-for-TV movie version from 1973 starring Richard Crenna and Samantha Eggar; the theatrical trailer; and commentaries with film historian Richard Schickel, film historian/screenwriter Lem Dobbs and film historian Nick Redman. Don't miss this one.

Universal also comes in for kudos for their digital presentation of one of the grittiest, darkest and nastiest crime thrillers of all time, Orson Welles' unabashedly cynical take on morality, corruption, sex, drugs, murder and racism, "Touch of Evil" (1958). Starring Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver and Marlene Dietrich, the complex and convoluted story line ostensibly follows photo for Touch of Evilthe joint U.S.-Mexico investigation of the bombing murder of a wealthy American builder and his female companion on the border between the two countries … but there are so many other subplots going on that the murder gets pushed into the sidelines. Welles fills each scene with incredible detail, overlapping dialogue, and characters who wander in and out of the frame with abandon. The image (which reveals more detail than in any other edition) and sound (DTS-HD) are superb. Features three versions of the film: the original 1958 theatrical version, which the studio put together after Welles traveled to Mexico for a new project; the "Preview" version, which was discovered in the 1970s and which incorporated some changes that Welles wanted to make to the studio version; and the Reconstructed version, which was put together in 1998 based on Welles' original vision using a detailed 58-page memo Welles wrote to the studio when he first saw the theatrical version in 1958. Extras include "Bringing Evil to Life" featurette; "Evil Lost and Found" featurette; the theatrical trailer; commentary on all three versions; and a reproduction of Welles' 58-page memo.

Lars von Trier became an international sensation with "Breaking the Waves" (1996), a galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. Emily Watson stuns in an Oscar-nominated performance, as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgard) is paralyzed in an oil-rig accident. "Breaking the Waves," both brazen and tender, profane and pure, is an examination of the expansiveness of faith and of its limits. In a new 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. In a Blu-ray/two-DVD Dual Format Edition from The Criterion Collection.

From TV to DVD:

"Anger Management: Volume Three" (2013) contains all 24 episodes of the third season of the series starring Charlie Sheen as Charlie Goodman, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary-patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist and best friend (Selma Blair), his ex-wife (Shawnee Smith), whose positive outlook but poor life-choices frustrate Charlie, their 15-year-old daughter who has OCD (Daniela Bobadilla) and, of course, his interfering and meddlesome father, Martin (Martin Sheen). On DVD, $34.97; Blu-photo for Anger Management: Volume Threeray Disc, $34.99; from Lionsgate … "The Beverly Hillbillies – The Official Fourth Season" (1965-66) is a four-disc set with 32 episodes, $29.98 from CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount … "The Bletchley Circle Season 2" (2014) is based on the lives of four extraordinary and brilliant women with the ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment; the women now use their code-breaking skills to solve crimes in post-war London. On Two-disc DVD, $29.99,; two-disc Blu-ray, $34.99; from PBS Distribution … "The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Crack Ups" (2013) is a six-disc set with 17 uncut episodes hand-picked by Burnett featuring regulars Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and later Dick Van Dyke. Includes classic sketches such as "The Family," "Carol and Sis," "Alice Portnoy," "The Charwoman" and "The Old Folks," along with parodies and favorite segments including "TV Commercials," "Terminal Hospital," "Rebecky" and "Raised to Be Rotten." With guest stars galore. $59.95 from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life … "Farscape: Season 4, 15th Anniversary Edition" (2002-03) features some of the most imaginative science fiction seen in the series so far, while always remaining true to the extraordinary characters, passionate chemistry and whip-crack dialogue that have become "Farscape" signatures. Six-disc photo for The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Crack Ups DVD: $39.95, five-disc Blu-ray: $49.95; From Cinedigm … "Flowers in the Attic" (2013) stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka, Mason Dye, Dylan Bruce in a Lifetime Original Movie version of the gothic story of four siblings who, after the death of their father, are torn from a peaceful life and subjected to abuse resulting from a dark, family secret. Abandoned by their mother and forced to endure unimaginable treatment living in the attic of their grandparents' mansion, the children form their own family unit and try to survive and escape the harsh living conditions. From Lionsgate … "The Gabby Doublas Story" (2014) stars Regina King, Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla and S. Epatha Merkerson in a Lifetime bio-drama that recounts how young black athlete Gabby Doublas overcame numerous obstacles to not only make the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastic team, but also go on to win two Olympic gold medals. From Sony … "Midsomer Murders: Village Case Files" (2004-2006) is an eight-disc collection that includes 16 feature-length, stand-alone mysteries (Series 8-9) in photo for Farscape: Season 4, 15th Anniversary Edition broadcast order from the best-selling U.K. mystery series in which the cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets. The mysteries: "Things that Go Bump in the Night," "Dead in the Water," "Orchis Fatalis," "Bantling Boy," "Second Sight," "Hidden Depths," "Sauce for the Goose," "Midsomer Rhapsody," "The House in the Woods," "Dead Letters," "Vixen's Run," "Down Among the Dead Men," "Four Funerals and a Wedding," "Country Matters," "Death in Chorus," "Last Year’s Model." $79.99 from Acorn Media … "Murder on the Home Front" (2014) follows a pathologist who uses forensics to solve murders during the London Blitz. Patrick Kennedy stars as Dr. Lennox Collins, a pathologist new to murder cases who works in a world where criminals can use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities. As the Luftwaffe drop their bombs from above, below people are literally getting away with murder. From the makers of "Downton Abbey." On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution … "Petticoat Junction – The Official Third Season" (1965-66) is a five-disc set with 34 episodes, $29.98 from CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount … "The Practice: The Final Season" (2003-04) is a six-disc set with all 22 episodes of David E. Kelley's photo for The Practice: The Final Season Emmy Award-winning legal drama's eighth and final season (which paved the way for its critically acclaimed spin-off, "Boston Legal"). In the last episodes, major upheavals have left Ellenor (Camryn Manheim), Eugene (Steve Harris) and Jimmy (Michael Badalucco) in charge of the firm. In an attempt to rebuild their ranks, Ellenor hires an old friend: the enigmatic and ethically-challenged Alan Shore (James Spader). Shore's brilliant-yet-highly-unorthodox methods succeed in winning big cases, but will they also threaten the future of the firm? $29.93 from Shout! Factory … "Ripper Street: Season Two" (2014) contains eight episodes of the BBC series that provides a vivid, violent look at post-Jack the Ripper Victorian London as it staggers toward the 20th Century. DVD $29.98; Blu-ray $34.98 from BBC Home Entertainment.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"Mobius" (2014), starring Jean Dujardin, Cecile De France, Tim Roth and Emilie Dequenne, is a mind challenging thriller about international espionage, double agents, and a new world order in which the goal of spying is not to uncover military secrets but to manipulate international economies. A Russian FSB (heir to the Soviet Unions KGB) operative will do whatever it takes to crack an international money laundering operation and he recruits a young French woman, Alice, who works as a trader in the bank, to help him. There's only one problem: he isn't the only one after Alice: She's already working for the CIA and, unknown to her, she's being manipulated to entrap the Russian in a higher stakes game. There's plenty of double-photo for Mobius dealing and surprises in this well-wrought thriller to keep you guessing and surprised until the very end. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … In "Copperhead" (2013), starring Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, Francois Arnaud, Lucy Boynton and Casey Thomas Brown, an upstate New York family is torn apart during the American Civil War. The film, inspired by actual events, takes place in 1862. Dairy farmer Abner Beech despises slavery — but just as passionately opposes the war that President Lincoln is waging. Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel; he's what is known as a "Copperhead" — and a local anti-slavery zealot named Hagadorn stirs up the town against him. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Warner … In "Better Living Through Chemistry" (2014), starring Sam Rockwell, Michelle Monaghan, Olivia Wilde, Jane Fonda and Ray Liotta, a strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Universal … "The Invisible Woman" (2014), directed by Ralph Fiennes and starring photo for The Invisible Woman Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Nelly Ternan and Kristen Scott Thomas, is a melodrama based on the true story of a young actress' exciting but fragile and secret relationship with the famous, controlling and emotionally isolated Charles Dickens. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Sony … A bachelor/bachelorette party at a remote cabin takes a horrifying turn as members of the group are brutally picked off one by one in "Death Do Us Part" (2014), starring Julia Benson, Peter Benson and Emilie Ullerup. From Anchor Bay … When an unsuspecting office worker becomes trapped in his office building with a demented killer, he rushes to protect those employees working late but soon discovers that his legal firm has been hiding sinister secrets that could put thousands of lives at risk in "Not Safe for Work" (2014), starring Max Minghella, J.J. Field, Eloise Mumford and Molly Hagan. From Universal … In in effort to resurrect his gory 1980s slasher series "Summer Camp" via a modern reboot patterned after reality filmmaking, the director, along with his former leading lady and an eclectic group of 10 young "contestants," returns to the same locale where his old splatter-fests were filmed in "Camp Dread" (2014). But when one of the campers is found savagely murdered, he realizes there's more at stake than just photo for Confession of Murder new fame and fortune. Stars Eric Roberts, Danielle Harris, Felissa Rose. From Image Entertainment … When the statute of limitations expires on a series of high-profile murders, a handsome and mysterious young man emerges with a tell-all book, taking credit for the crimes in "Confession of Murder" (2012 — South Korea). As he seduces the media into following him to book signings and televised debates, the officer who hunted him falls deeper into obsession, and the victims' families plot their own revenge. Stars Jeong Jae-yeong and Park Si-hoo. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA … In "Trap for Cinderella" (2013), starring Tuppence Middleton, Kerry Fox, Alexandra Roach and Aneurin Barnard, a young girl suffering from amnesia after surviving a house fire that took her childhood friend's life begins a tormented road to recovery. But as she gets closer and closer to rebuilding her old self, she begins to uncover evidence of a deadly plot that may have led to the fatal incident. From IFC Films … "The Formula" (2013), starring Brandon Baker, Mike Schminke, Sasha Jackson and Reginald VelJohnson, is a modern adult fable about the pleasures and perils of sexual and romantic photo for Date and Switch chemistry: Two enterprising college engineering students discover an extremely effective mathematical formula for picking up women. From Level 33 Entertainment … Two guys who make a pact to lose their virginity before prom find their friendship tested when one of them comes out of the closet in "Date and Switch" (2014), starring Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope and Dakota Johnson. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate …"Wrong Cops" (2013) is a surreal comedy about a cop who accidentally shoots a man and stores him in the trunk of his car; his fellow cops could care less since they're more interested in committing petty theft, blackmailing colleagues, soliciting prostitutes, sexually harassing the community and pursuing careers in electronic music. Stars Mark Burnham, Eric Judor, Steve Little, Marilyn Manson, Grace Zabriskie, Arden Myrin and Eric Roberts. From IFC Films … "Martial Arts Movie Marathon" is a two-disc set with "Manchu Boxer" (1974), directed By Ma Wu; "The Association" (1975), directed by Chang-Hwa Jeong; "The Skyhawk" (1974), directed by Chang-Hwa Jeong, and "Dragon Tamers" (1975), directed by John Woo. $19.97 from Shout! Factory.

On the Indie Front:

In "Boys of Abu Ghraib" (2014), an American soldier deployed at Abu Ghraib finds himself behind the walls of the infamous Hard Site, where he develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee. Stars Luke Moran, Sean Astin and Omid Abtahi. From Vertical Entertainment … "Being Ginger" (2013) is the story of one redhead's attempt to regain his self-confidence; an illuminating look into the life of the film's director, Scott P. Harris, as he photo for Interior.Leather Bar.lets the viewer into his thoughts, experiences, and internal processing about how his red hair has influenced his life and how it makes him feel about himself. Available exclusively at Amazon. From Garden Thieves Pictures … Inspired by the mythology surrounding the highly controversial 1980 film, "Cruising," starring Al Pacino — in which 40 minutes of sexually explicit material was forced to be cut out — filmmakers James Francco and Travis Mathews set out to re-imagine the lost footage. Assembling a mix of gay and straight men, including Val Lauren in the lead role, the result is "Interior.Leather Bar." (2013), a provocative exploration of the importance of the radical and transgressive in society and the value of engaging with the unfamiliar. Co-stars Christian Patrick and Franco. From Strand Releasing … After she receives unexpected news about herself, a 17-year-old girl experiences an exciting, yet challenging life in and out of the rodeo circuit in this coming-of-age story that is the second chapter of the Cowgirls 'N Angels story, "Cowgirls 'N Angels 2: Dakota's Summer" (2014), starring Haley Ramm, Jade Pettyjohn, Emily Bett Rickards and Keith Carradine. From Fox.

Foreign:

"Alice" (1989 — Czechoslovakia), Czech animator Jan Svankmajer has created a masterpiece of cinema, a strikingly original interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale. Svankmajer's Alice remains true to the absurdity of Carroll's original, but bears the stamp of his own distinctive style and obsessions. Combining techniques of animation and live action, he gives a new and fascinating dimension to the classic tale of childhood fantasies. Stars Kristina Kohoutova and Camilla Power. In a Blu-ray debut from First Run Features.

For the Family:

Join Chuck, Matilda, Red, Bomb, the Blues and Terence as they attempt to foil the sneaky scheming of the Bad Piggies in 26 episodes of "Angry Birds Toons: Season One – Volume Two" (2014), on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Sony … "Stan Lee's Mighty 7: Beginnings" (2013) is the first in a trilogy of feature-length films premiering on The Hub Network. Reality, fantasy and adventure collide in this action-fueled animated movie from comic book photo for Angry Birds Toons: Season One - Volume Twolegend Stan Lee. When Stan stumbles upon seven aliens who have crash-landed in the desert, he soon finds himself swept up in their journey as a top-secret military force led by the ominous Mr. Cross and the evil reptilian Taegons close in on the group. He quickly moves them to his Malibu beach house, but in order to guarantee their survival, Stan must show the Mighty 7 how to develop their powers and become Earth's newest team of superhero fighters. With the voices of Armie Hammer, Christian Slater, Mayim Bialik, Teri Hatcher, Flea, Darren Criss, Sean Astin, Jim Belushi, Michael Ironside, Stan Lee. Available exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Cinedigm … When everyone's favorite dinosaur Barney's birthday arrives, the kids throw him a special party with an extra special surprise: all of the people he loves in "Barney: Happy Birthday Barney" (2014): "It's Your Birthday, Barney," "Caring" and "The Magic Lamp." $9.98 from Lionsgate … "Shuriken School: Ninja's Secret" (2006-08) is the first feature film from the flash animated Nickelodeon series about three friends who must release their inner ninjas (which includes the abilities to melt into walls, fly over roof tops and disappear in a cloud of smoke) when one of their dads is kidnapped. $14.98 from Cinedigm … photo for Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Classic Complete Collection "Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Classic Complete Collection" (1986-1989) is an 11-disc set with 73 episodes of the original, crossover Japanese series, together for the first time, $99.95. The series follows five mystical warriors called the "Saints" who fight wearing sacred armors, the designs of which are derived from the various constellations, and who are empowered by a mystical energy. The Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena in her battle against the other Gods who want to dominate the world. From Cinedigm … Cinders and Ashes! There's trouble on the tracks for Thomas and his friends in five new episodes in "Thomas & Friends: Railway Mischief" (2014): "Gordon Runs Dry," "Kevin's Cranky Friend," "Scruff's Makeover," "Wayward Winston" and "Steamie Stafford." From Lionsgate.

Special Interest:

"The Curse of the Gothic Symphony" (2011) is a documentary that follows the journey of a fanatical and eclectic group of music lovers who aspire to break the curse behind British composer Havergal Brian's notorious First Symphony. At over two hours long and requiring two orchestras, four brass bands and five full choirs, it is regarded as the Mt. Everest of classical music. Gripped by the challenge to bring off the first staging of this monstrous symphony, these modern day crusaders will not stop until they triumph against all odds … failure is not an option. The curse must be broken. From First Run Features … In the moments after 9/11, people ran for shelter in lower Manhattan. But a handful of New Yorkers turned to face the towers. In their hands, digital video cameras captured sounds and images few could photo for The End of Timeever have imagined. Then, in the days that followed, cameras continued to document the drama, passions, anger and fear as New York came to terms with life under a plume of smoke and ash. "7 Days in September" (2002) is seen through the eyes of a postal worker, a college professor, a middle-school student, a Muslim-American woman and a firefighter's wife, 27 New Yorkers who captured what they experienced and told their stories. From Docurama/Cinedigm … First Run Features is offering two Peter Mettler films this week: the enthralling, mind-bending "The End of Time" (2012) and "Picture of Light." "The End of Time" is a tour de force that challenges our conception of time — and perhaps the very fabric of our existence. With stunning cinematography and a knack for capturing astonishing moments, this documentary travels the planet — from the CERN particle accelerator outside Geneva to the lava flows of Hawaii; from a disintegrating Detroit where Henry Ford built his first factory to the tree where Buddha was enlightened. Both mind-expanding and eerily familiar, Mettler's provocative film explores the links between renewal and destruction, between primordial mysticism and the furthest reaches of modern science, offering the viewer a transcendent cinematic experience. "Picture of Light" is a mesmerizing tale about a filmmaker's journey to Canada's arctic in search of one of Earth's greatest natural wonders: the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. While combining glimpses of the characters who live in this remote environment with the film crew's comic and absurd attempts to deal with the extreme cold, the film reveals the paradoxes involved in trying to capture the spectacular light show of the Northern Lights on celluloid.

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Apr 152014
 

 
photo for The Lego Movie Emmet, an ordinary rules-following, perfectly average Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied "Special," is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant — Lord Business — from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Chris Pratt is the voice of Emmet, an ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, and Will Ferrell is the voice of President Business, aka Lord Business, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life. Voicing the members of Emmet's rebel crew on this heroic mission are Morgan Freeman as the ancient mystic Vitruvius; Elizabeth Banks as tough-as-nails Wyldstyle, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Wyldstyle shares a history; Nick Offerman as the craggy, swaggering pirate Metal Beard, obsessed with revenge on Lord Business; Alison Brie as the sweet and loveable Unikitty and Charlie Day as Benny, the 1980-something Spaceman. Extras: Feature commentary, "Batman: A True Artist," "Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops," "Enter the Ninjago," "Bringing LEGO to Life," "Everything Is Awesome" sing-along, "See it! Build it!," "Stories From the Story Team," "Fan-Made Films: Top Secret Submissions," outtakes, additional promotional content, alleyway test, deleted scenes. Everything is Awesome Edition adds "Dream Job: Meet the LEGO Builders." Vitals: Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller. Stars: Voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 100 min., Animated, Box office gross: $250.608 million, Warner.

 

 

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photo for Lone Survivor Based on The New York Times best-selling true story of heroism, courage and survival, "Lone Survivor" tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on Operation Red Wings, a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As the confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish. Extras: "Bringing the Story to Light" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings" profile of the real-life heroes. Blu-ray adds "Will of the Warrior" in-depth look at Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy SEAL who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in Operation Red Wings; "Recreating the Firefight" featurette; "Learning the Basics" SEAL training for the four leads; "The Pashtun Code of Life" featurette. Vitals: Director: Peter Berg. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, Yousuf Azami, Sammy Sheik. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Action-Drama-War, Box office gross: $125.069 million, Universal.

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Apr 082014
 

 
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JONNY QUEST: THE COMPLETE EIGHTIES ADVENTURES (1986-87) Jonny Quest, Hadji, Bandit, Dr. Quest and Race Bannon return for an all-new suite of super-adventures in this originally syndicated sequel series from the heyday of the animation awesome age. In this 13-Episode go round, plucky pre-teen tomboy Jessie Bradshaw breaks into the band of bros along with a new stoneman ally, Hardrok. The Quest plane gets a too-cool makeover as well, now capable of splitting off a hi-speed shuttle for one-man missions. But the more things change© the more Jonny and company still square off against weird menaces from the very edge of science! Giant Viking apes, prehistoric reptile clones, animated clay warriors are just some of the fantastic foes faced in this funtastic new series – not to mention the implacable, fiendish Dr. Zin. 2-Disc, 13-Episode Collection.

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TREASURE ISLAND (1934) Victor Fleming's classic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson beloved adventure tale defines the gold standard of Long John Silvers with Wallace Beery's amazing performance as the one-legged pirate. Lionel Barrymore's Billy Bones raises the bar plenty high in the first act, and MGM's A-team of Lewis Stone, Otto Kruger, and Nigel Bruce are on hand to help young Jim Hawkins (Jackie Cooper) navigate the treacherous waters to treasure and maturity.

CAGED (1950) While working on the story that would give birth to "Caged," writer Virginia Kellogg ("White Heat") reportedly went undercover inside a women's prison in her quest for truth. What emerged was one of the most noted – and notorious – pictures of the women-behind-bars sub-genre. While its over-the-top mise-en-scene and sly Sapphic references may place the picture in "camp" territory," Eleanor Parker's and Hope Emerson's performances elevate "Caged" from a cinema curio to a movie must-see. When 19-year-old Marie Allen (Parker) arrives at a women's prison already pregnant, she finds herself at the center of a war for her soul waged between a reform minded warden (Agnes Moorehead) and a sadistic matron (Emerson).

BEYOND THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1979) Michael Caine and Sally Field head a cast of all-stars in Irwin Allen's action-packed sequel that picks up where "The Poseidon Adventure" left off. Rival teams of salvage crew race through the capsized superliner to claim a secret fortune before the craft finally sinks to her watery grave. One crew finds a cluster of survivors, while another, headed by the sinister Dr. Stefan Svevo (Telly Savalas) hunts for a deadly secret. (Never trust Savalas aboard a cruise ship!) 16×9 Widescreen.

THE SOULER OPPOSITE (1998) Christopher Meloni stars in this indie romance of mismatched lovers, one a struggling stand-up (Meloni), the other a political idealist (Janel Moloney). He's an overgrown adolescent getting by on a glib, crass, and sexist routinge, while she's an old soul that's ten years younger and will tear his whole world apart. (But in a good way. Really.) A mature look love in its early bloom for a late bloomer. Written and directed by Bill Kalmenson, also starring Timothy Busfield. 16×9 Widescreen.

Re-Paramount Time (BACK IN PRINT) 

LADY JANE (1986) Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes star in this historical epic detailing the events that led to Lady Jane Grey's infamous nine day reign. Carter's control and range astonishes, given her very apparent youth. 16×9 Widescreen.

BRAIN DONORS (1992) The comedic tropes and stylings of the Marx Brothers receive a nineties era makeover in this manic comedy. John Turturro, Bob Nelson and Mel Smith play a lawyer, a cabbie and a handyman who end up in charge of a ballet company. 16×9 Widescreen.

THE ADVENTURES OF SEBASTIAN COLE (1998) Adrian Grenier and Clark Gregg star in this art-house coming-of-age tale about an iconoclastic teen and his clash with unconvention. Clark Gregg's heartfelt and hysterical turn as the lad's transgender step-dad is one for the ages. 16×9 Widescreen.

ANGELA'S ASHES (1999) Frank McCourt's debasing memoir of life on the streets of New York and Limerick. Alan Parker directs Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle. 16×9 Widescreen.

BLOODY SUNDAY (2003) Director Paul Greengrass bring his dramatic verite style to bear on this look at one of the most tragic moments in the history of the troubles – one that led to the shooting of 26 civil rights marchers by police in Northern Ireland. James Nesbitt stars. 16×9 Widescreen.

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photo for Grudge Match Though it must have looked good on paper, the idea for this senior citizen's version of "The Fighter" — let's pit "Raging Bull's" Robert De Niro against "Rocky's" Sylvester Stallone in a boxing match 30 years down the road from their prime — gets bogged down with cliched plot lines, sentimental shtick, and the general unbelievability of seeing 70-year-old De Niro facing off against an almost-68 Stallone in the ring. Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone) were two local Pittsburgh fighters with a fierce rivalry; each had scored a victory against the other. But, in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, ending their careers. Thirty years later, a wannabe boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) persuades them to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all — with a lot of money riding on the match. There's plenty of stale "old-man" jokes (many of the predictable punchlines are uttered by grumpy-old-man Alan Arkin, who's Stallone's trainer), a cardboard characterization by De Niro as a skirt-chasing senior, and lifeless directing by Peter Segal, whose portfolio includes "Tommy Boy," "My Fellow Americans," "Nutty Professor II – The Klumps," "Anger Management," "50 First Dates," the remake of "The Longest Yard" and "Get Smart." The stars of the film: a still-radiant Kim Basinger as Stallone's love interest, the de-aging technology used in the scenes with De Niro and Stallone as younger boxers, and Stallone's vintage white mustang. Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "The Bull & The Stallion," "In the Ring With Kevin Hart," "Ringside With Tyson & Holyfield," "Blow for Blow With Larry Holmes," "Kevin Hart Unedited," alternate opening, alternate endings with an introduction by Peter Segal. Vitals: Director: Peter Segal. Stars: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 113 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $29.342 million, Warner. 2 stars

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Peter Jackson's second in his Hobbit film trilogy continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. There's lots of action, great special effects and enough mystical goings-on to thrill photo for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug J.R.R. Tolkien fans and aficionados of this genre. Like many other movie franchises taken from fantasy books, you need to be primed for the story line and can't jump in mid-stream, so if you're inclined to grab hold of this escapist entertainment, make sure you take a look at Jackson's previous "Ring" and "Hobbit" work. I understand that Jackson really loves this stuff, but I wish he would go back to making small films; his quest for the gold has all but obscured the fine directing hand that gave us the masterpieces "Dead Alive" (1992) and "Heavenly Creatures" (1994). Available as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection; only 25,000 will be available in the U.S., $105.43), in a 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack and two-disc DVD. Extras: "Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set: In the Company of the Hobbit" and "Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set: All in a Day's Work" behind-the-scenes featurette; Peter Jackson production videos; "New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 2" locations featurette; Ed Sheeran "I See Fire" music video. Vitals: Director: Peter Jackson. Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makoare. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 161 min., Fantasy Adventure, Box office gross: $255.576 million, Warner. 3stars

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From the Big Screen:

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Grudge Match" and "August: Osage County." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
 

This Week's Best Bets:

The Cohen Film Collection and the British Film Institute teamed up to restore "Black Jack" (1979), a little-seen classic from social-realist master Ken Loach and a real gem of a film. "Black Jack," based on Leon Garfield's novel for children, is a dark and complex photo for Black Jack: 35th Anniversary Edition adventure film set in brutal 18th century England — 1750 to be exact. After French thief and ruffian Black Jack (Jean Franval) escapes the hangman's noose after being convicted of murder, he kidnaps young Tolly (Stephen Hirst) and forces him to accompany him in his escape. Along the way they save a young girl, Belle (Louise Cooper), who is being transported by a pair of unscrupulous doctors to a madhouse because her wealthy parents don't want her to get in the way of their older daughter's marriage; join up with a traveling fair; get involved in murder and blackmail; and solve a nefarious crime. Shot primarily in 16mm and on a modest budget on location in Yorkshire by future Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges with a young cast of non professionals — chosen by Loach for their authentic northern accents — the film is a naturalistic tour-de-force and, like most of Loach's later films, deals with ordinary people and their dilemmas. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

"The 400 Blows" (1959) is the unforgettable debut feature by Francois Truffaut; it's a wrenchingly personal coming-of-age story that introduced the character that would become the director's lifelong cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud, in one of the screen's great child performances). With the utmost sensitivity, "The 400 Blows" dramatizes the trials of Truffaut's own difficult childhood, characterized by aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marks its maker's official transition from influential critic to one of Europe's most brilliant auteurs. In a high-definition digital restoration, in a Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray) from The Criterion Collection.

"I Am Divine" (2013) by award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwartz ("Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story") is a superb documentary that chronicles the life and times of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, an overweight, teased Baltimore youth who rose to prominence as a photo for I Am Divine "drag" superstar in a series of John Waters' films and on-stage performances in major cities around the world. Milstead — with the help of Waters and other friends — reinvented himself as Divine, using his plus-size to defy the status quo of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty. He took the world by storm in Waters' "Pink Flamingos," "Lust in the Dust" and "Hairspray" with a completely committed in-your-face style that blurred the line between performer and personality; he was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. In addition to its complete coverage of Divine's rise to fame, the film is also a cultural artifact that shines a light on the underground film and pop culture scene of the late-1960s and 1970s. Schwartz has compiled great clips from Divine's movies and stage appearances, as well as interviews with many key figures from Divine's life, including Waters, co-stars Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter and Mink Stole, and his mother. On DVD from Wolfe Video.

For sheer fun check out "Nurse" (2013), a blood-infused black comedy-thriller about a split-personality nurse, Abby Russell (Paz de la Huerta), who lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital during the day but, at night, prowls nightclubs to lure photo for Nurse unfaithful married men into dangerous liaisons so she can kill them. Abby's two lives are kept separate until she meets and falls for Danni (Katrina Bowden), a young, sensitive nurse, who has just joined the hospital's staff. When Danni spurns her amorous advances, Abby becomes obsessed with the younger woman and she goes on a rampage of terror that unleashes a bloodbath in the hospital's wards. Great gore effects and a wonderfully off-kilter performance by de la Huerta. Co-stars Corbin Bleu and Judd Nelson. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo and 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Lionsgate.

I was really looking forward to "Snake and Mongoo$e" (2013), a dramatization of the lives of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, a pair of Southern California drag racers who, beginning in the 1960s and through the 1970s, helped legitimize the sport by merchandising their drag racing rivalry, primarily by swinging a sponsorship by Mattel Hot Wheels. Unfortunately the film, which intersperses real drag-racing footage with vignettes from the men's lives, comes off as a made-for-TV movie, with weak acting by the leads, sluggish and leaden scenes, and, at times, inane and cliche dialogue (in one scene, when McEwen tells his head mechanic that he wishes that his dad, who died as a test pilot when he was a baby, could see him racing, the mechanic replies: "That sure does explain … your craving for speed"). Still, for car buffs, it has enough fast cars, racing scenes and sense of history to make it an enjoyable ride. Stars Jesse Williams, Richard Blake, Ashley Hinshaw, Kim Shaw, Fred Dryer, Ian Ziering, Tim Blake Nelson and Noah Wyle. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay.

From TV to DVD:

"Holliston: The Complete Second Season" (2013) is a single disc set with 10 episodes of the FEARnet series about two down and out aspiring filmmakers who struggle with life, career, photo for Mayberry R.F.D.: The Complete First Season and the opposite sex as they attempt to make it out of their small New England town. $19.98 on Blu-ray Disc from Image Entertainment … "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" (2014) is the tale of Lizzie Borden,a young American woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892, and whose subsequent trial fed into America's obsession with the scandalous and sordid. Stars Christina Ricci, Billy Campbell, Clea DuVall and Gregg Henry. From Sony … "Mayberry R.F.D.: The Complete First Season" (1968-69): The classic continuation of "The Andy Griffith Show" comes to DVD for the very first time in a four-disc set with 26 episodes, $29.98. Ken Berry stars as widowed farmer Sam Jones, who's raising his son Mike with the help of their outspoken, headstrong, and lovable housekeeper Aunt Bee. Add to the mix Sam's girlfriend Millie, good-natured Goober, County Clerk Howard and fix-it man Emmett, and you've got a slice of American small-town life. On DVD from Warner.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

Filmed over the course of five years, Michael Winterbottom's "Everyday" (2012) is a portrait of a family trying to hold itself together despite the harsh passage of time. After being found guilty of drug smuggling, patriarch Ian is sent to prison, leaving his wife to care for their four children alone. Offered only occasional visits, each member of Ian's family develops a different relationship with him, as their lives take their own paths without the guidance of a father and husband. Stars John Simm, Shirley Henderson, real-life siblings Shaun, Katrina, Stephanie and Robert Kirk. From IFC Films … In "Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses" (2014), starring Danny Trejo, Danny Glover, Loni Love, Jonathan Lipnicki and Andrew Divoff, Vietnam vet Frank Vega (Trejo) runs an East L.A. community center where he trains young boxers photo for Everydayto survive in and out of the ring. But when his prize student falls in with the wrong crowd and turns up dead, Frank teams up with his pal Bernie (Glover) to take matters into their own fists and prove that justice never gets old. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Fox … "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" (2014) expands on the world created by the phenomenal horror franchise with an intense tale of black magic, superstition and possession set in a gritty urban environment. Stars Andrew Jacobs, Katie Featherston, Molly Ephraim and Richard Cabral. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Paramount … A sheriff and his deputy track down a serial killer in the old West in "Sheriff of Contention" (2010), starring Angelo Ortega, Miguel Corona, Wendy Wiltsey and Tom O'Mary. From Lionsgate … After a night of partying, four friends are kidnapped by a mysterious man, wake up in a basement, and realize they are part of something horrifying: A human breeding farm where they're to be milked, bred, and … in "Breeding Farm" (2010), starring Thomas Sender, Timo Fuchs and Manoush. From Troma/CAV Distributing … "Holy Ghost People" (2013) is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. Stars Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender and Cameron Richardson. From XLrator Media … A group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century are captured by an alchemist and led photo for Sheriff of Contention into a vast mushroom field to find a treasure, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces in "A Field in England" (2013), starring Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt and Peter Ferdinando. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Drafthouse Films … After being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, a young man discovers that the justice that awaits him on the streets is far worse than anything he had experienced behind bars and his older brother must do one last "delivery" to break them free from the criminal underworld in "513 Degrees" (2013), starring Malik Barnhardt, Avelawance Phillips, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore, Taryn Manning, James Russo, Steven Bauer, Bokeem Woodbine and Gary Dourdan. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Entertainment One … "Four Seasons" (2014), starring Robin Givens, Jazsmin Lewis, Keith Robinson and Laila Odom, is an urban comedy about a 35-year-old bachelor who is "almost" ready to settle down, but first wants to try the singles scene one last time, deciding to date a different woman each season and then choose the one he will commit to marrying. From Entertainment One … "Men, Money & Gold Diggers" (2014) is an urban comedy about a man who has it all: a great job, plenty of money, and a fiancee who he's ready to marry — but he won't sign a prenuptial agreement. Stars Omar Gooding, Patrice Fisher, Miguel A. Nunez Jr. and Vanessa Williams. From Entertainment One.

On the Indie Front:

"Black Coffee" (2014), starring Darrin Dewitt Henson, Gabrielle Dennis, Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes, Erica Hubbard and Tiffany Hines, is a romcom about a young man who meets his soulmate after being fired from his own father's company and who has to contend with her ex-photo for Cavemen husband, who wants her back, and his gold-digging ex-girlfriend, who has an agenda of her own. From One Village Entertainment … In "Cavemen" (2013), an aspiring screenwriter living in Los Angeles' "hip" downtown artists' loft district grows tired of one-night-stands and searches for true love, turning to his nine-year-old nephew and his best friend for dating advice … but he quickly realizes that finding love in L.A. is more difficult than he thought. Stars Skylar Astin, Camilla Belle, Chad Michael Murray, Dayo Okeniyi, Kenny Wormald, Alexis Knapp. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA … A bride-to-be, her sister and two quirky friends set off to Las Vegas for a one-night bachelorette party that turns out to be more than they bargained for in "Best Night Ever" (2014), starring Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, Eddie Ritchard and Crista Flanagan. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label.

For the Family:

"Ben 10 Omniverse: Duel of the Duplicates" (2012) is a three-part story arc from the fourth installment of the franchise that follows the adventures of Ben Tennyson, wielder of the Omnitrix, a watch-like device that allows him to change into aliens to battler evil from space and on the earth: "The Ultimate Heist, "A Fistful of Brains" and "For a Few Brains More." $14.97 from Cartoon Network/Warner … "Guardian of the Highlands" (2012 — U.K.) is an photo for Ben 10 Omniverse: Duel of the Duplicates animated film about Sir Billi, an eccentric veterinarian working in a remote Scottish village who encounters a goat who thinks he's a dog, an Admiral who's afraid of the water and a beaver who was raised by rabbits. The skateboard-loving vet unites the local people to protect the last beaver in Scotland. Voices of Sean Connery (his first animated voice-over role), Alan Cumming, Patrick Doyle. $14.93 from Random Media/Cinedigm … "Power Rangers Megaforce: The Great Dragon Spirit" (2013) features four episodes of the hit Nickelodeon series about a group of teenage superheroes who must work together to defend the planet from evil. Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake must convince the mysterious Robo Knight to work alongside them and battle a collection of enemies with evil powers including photo for Power Rangers Megaforce: The Great Dragon SpiritPsychotick's energy-draining abilities, Shadow Serpent's paralyzing touch, Distractor's giant army of MegaMonsters and Nojoke's laughter-stealing traps. $14.98 from Lionsgate … In "Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show" (2014), the Lalaloopsy girls welcome some new friends to Lalaloopsy Land: a group of talking ponies. The ponies are eager to put on a show, but there's a hitch — their caravan and carousel need rebuilding. Third release from the successful Lalaloopsy toy and entertainment brand. From Lionsgate … "Bella Sara: Emma'a Wings" (2013) is the first animated feature-length movie based on the trading card sensation; it takes kids on a magical journey to "North of North," a mythical horse-filled land where earthling Emma comes face to face with the evil Ivenna, who is out to destroy the herds, steal their magic and take possession of the land itself. $14.98 from Entertainment One.

Special Interest:

  • "Bayou Blue" (2011): From 1997 until 2006, Ronald Dominique raped and murdered 23 men across Southern Louisiana, from New Orleans to Houma. Some of these men came from hard-working families, some were homeless, some were drug addicts, some were still high school students. This documentary tells the story of these victims and their families. Using the audiotapes from Dominique's interrogation to guide the story, the film follows an increasingly dark trail. Included are interviews with the arresting officers, who visit the sugar cane fields, small bayous, and ditches where Dominique discarded the bodies. From Garden Thieves Pictures. photo for Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded
  • "Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded" (2014): Third documentary (after "Cocaine Cowboys" and "Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin' With the Godmother") about how Miami became the drug, murder, and cash capital of the United States. This docu is packed with footage and stories that have never been told about the Griselda Blanco, the Medellin Cartel, and Miami's Cocaine Wars, with firsthand accounts by hit man Jorge "Rivi" Avala, cocaine trafficker Jon Roberts, smuggler Mickey Munday, and others.On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment.
  • "Don't Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and the Rumour"
    (2014): Graham Parker has recorded and performed nonstop for more than 35 years. Refusing to compromise, he has always marched to his own drum. He was a heroic inspiration for artists who followed him such as Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson and admired by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. But in the end he defied the new wave movement that he had helped spark. As the music business continued to change beyond recognition, he remained true to his musical vision. But, at age 59, he has had a slight change of heart: He may be ready to go just a little commercial. Leaning on his publishing company to place his music in ads and TV shows, Parker attempts to sell without selling out. The film, from documentarian Michael Gramaglia, recounts Parker's long career up to the present, revealing his independent spirit and defiant optimism while celebrating the sincerity of his music and his self-deprecating wit. From Virgil Films.

 

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photo for About Last Night A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy from 1986, this version follows two couples as they discover new love and journey from the bar to the bedroom, testing their relationships in the real world. Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: Steve Pink. Stars: Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald, Paula Patton. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $27.838 million, Sony.

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