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Mar 162019
 

Top 10 Underrated Reality TV Shows

Reality shows have long been in the league of the most sought-after and profitable TV projects. And it is not surprising, since we like to watch how much other people are willing to do anything just to get their fifteen minutes of fame. Here are the world’s top 10 underrated reality TV shows.

  1. Dadagiri

Dadagiri ran for four seasons and was called the meanest show on Indian television. Described as a competition that required physical strength, brains, and raw courage, the show took four ex-students and brought them metaphorically back to their first day of college. The show was complete with bullies who would torment students and ridicule them for being dumb, insult their appearance and personalities, and even physically attack them every round. Some of them would be eliminated and then forced to eat disgusting meals like maggots. It’s just ugly.

  1. Something About Miriam

Something About Miriam was a dating show labeled by critics as the cruelest reality show idea. The program had six men competing to be chosen by Miriam — a 21-year-old Mexican model. Sounds great, except that the men didn’t know that Miriam was a transwoman. At the end of the season, the winner learned the truth about Miriam and that he’d been lied to. After the debunking, he denied the prize and filed a joint suit against the producers with the five other men. The lawsuit cited a series of crimes committed against the contestants. These included psychological damage, defamation, breach of contract, and sexual assault. The network that aired this show opted to settle the matter out of court for an unknown amount of money and went ahead with airing the show anyway after its delay.

  1. Married at First Sight

This is another show about love relationships. Married at First Sight originally aired on July 8, 2004. The participants were six single people pairs who meet literally on their wedding day. Without any time to know a thing about each other, the couples say “I do” and become legally married. Next, each couple spends their first night in a hotel, goes on a honeymoon, and then spends six weeks living together. At the end of the bizarre journey, they get to decide if they want to stay married or get divorced. Do you want to find your soulmate? It’s not necessary to take part in reality shows; you can simply visit this Ukrainian dating site.

  1. I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant

This reality show was filmed in the best traditions of American MTV. It was based on the premise that many women do not always know that one of the spermatozoids has reached its goal, and they’re unaware of pregnancy for some time. As a rule, this situation disappears after a pregnancy test or a visit to the doctor. But wait, how is it possible not to know about what is happening with your body for nine months!? Exactly! This series is not for the faint-hearted.

  1. My Cat From Hell

All social networks and some TV channels often prove that cats are such cute creatures that are just waiting for people to smother them with caresses. Fat chance! The famous rocker Jackson Galaxy takes on the most difficult cases related to the furry devils in his show My Cat From Hell. He deals with cats with the nastiest tempers.

  1. Extreme Couponing

Most people use savings coupons at least once in their life. If your apartment is filled with rolls of toilet paper that were bought at a bargain price, and your closets are full of unnecessary things that were bought at a discount with coupons, then this show is definitely for you.

  1. Doomsday Preppers

This show is for you if:

1) You are sure that one day zombies will rise from their graves;

2) You are afraid that you will get lost in a forest, and when you return, you’ll be the last person in the world;

3) It seems to you that very soon there will be no food/water/electricity left on earth; in other words, the end of the world will come one day (very soon!).

This show gives advice on how to prepare for the apocalypse.

  1. The Arrangement

This is the first of its kind flower design competition. Ten very talented designers enter into a series of competitions where they need to use flowers in the most unexpected ways. After a couple of seasons, you’ll realize that all these games and machinations with roses and tulips are not just a job: they’re art.

  1. My Strange Addiction

If you think that addiction is limited to drugs, sex, and alcohol, you are mistaken. This show demonstrates some of the most unusual addictions that people have. Some are just so weird: people eat toilet paper, bullets, glass … or marry a doll. But the most important thing is that many of these people have very interesting personalities.

  1. Born in the Wild

The women in this show give birth in the wild without any help. It’s hard to imagine, but some couples did agree to take part in such a weird project and gave birth amidst the wild without the participation of doctors. Such a bold idea has been repeatedly criticized and condemned.

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Mar 152019
 

 

“THE BEST WORK NICOLE KIDMAN HAS EVER DONE”
— ALAN CERNY, COMINGSOON.NET

Nicole Kidman is Unrecognizable in the Thrilling Crime Drama

Destroyer

Arriving on Digital and Movies Anywhere April 9 and on Blu-ray and DVD April 23

Academy Award® Winner Nicole Kidman* gives a Golden Globe®-nominated performance in this gritty, suspenseful crime drama. In the years since she engaged in an undercover drug ring assignment that ended tragically, L.A.P.D. detective Erin Bell (Kidman) has stumbled along a path of self-destruction. But now that the ring’s boss has resurfaced, Bell is drawn back into action to try to stop a violent new crime wave. Forced to face the demons of her past, she begins an odyssey that’s as deeply personal as it is dangerous.

DESTROYER Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • Commentary with Director Karyn Kusama
  • Commentary with Writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi
  • Breakdown of an Anti-Hero: The Making of Destroyer
  • Gallery

DESTROYER Blu-ray and DVD Specifications:
Street Date:                          April 23, 2019
Pre-Book:                             March 20, 2019
Screen Format:                    Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio:                                   Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA
DVD: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Total Run Time:                   121 Minutes
U.S. Rating:                          R (Restricted)
Closed Captioned:               Yes

*Actress, The Hours, 2002.

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Mar 142019
 

“A nice adventure that’s fit for the whole family.” Lindsay Bahr, Associated Press

 

A DOG’S WAY HOME

Starring Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp with Wes Studi and Bryce Dallas Howard

 

Arrives on Digital March 26

On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 9

Includes DIY Doggy Treat Recipes, Deleted Scenes and more!

 Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A DOG’S WAY HOME finds its way onto Digital March 26 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 9 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, the brave and adventurous dog that embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human, Lucas. A DOG’S WAY HOME highlights the power of unconditional love between man’s best friend and its human companion.

The film stars Ashley Judd (“Twin Peaks”), Jonah Hauer-King (Old Boys), Edward James Olmos (“Mayans M.C.”), Alexandra Shipp (Love, Simon), and Wes Studi (Hostiles ) with Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) providing the charming and lovable voice of Bella. A DOG’S WAY HOME is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey) and directed by Charles Martin Smith (Air Bud).

A DOG’S WAY HOME arrives with adorable extras including a DIY guide to creating your own tasty dog treats at home and several deleted scenes. Also included are interviews with novelist W. Bruce Cameron, director Charles Martin Smith and cast and crew as well as a heartwarming look at the film’s canine star Bella’s rags to riches journey from the shelter to the big screen.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • DIY Doggie Treats With Shelby What animal doesn’t like a special treat? With adult supervision and some help from our furry friends, we’ll make a couple of tasty homemade dog treats!
  • Unforgettable Journey Join novelist W. Bruce Cameron, director Charles Martin Smith and the extraordinary cast and crew as they discuss their journey to bring Bella’s heartwarming tale to the big screen.
  • Dog Days:  Shelby’s Production Diary Meet Shelby, the canine star of A Dog’s Way Home and track her journey from being adopted from a shelter to being cast as “Bella”.  Follow Shelby and her trainers as she prepares for the film and join her on set as she makes her big screen debut.
  • Deleted Scenes

A DOG’S WAY HOME has a run time of approximately 96 minutes and is rated PG for thematic elements, some peril and language.

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Mar 132019
 

Series Title: ACTION

Date: Sunday, March 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Network: SHOWTIME

Synopsis: ACTION explores the legalization of sports gambling and its evolving impact on the gambling community as the industry navigates a landmark 2018 court ruling. Peeling back the curtain on a once taboo industry during its most critical juncture, the four-part series chronicles the lives of professional gamblers, bookies and oddsmakers throughout the 2018 NFL season following the Supreme Court decision to lift a ban on sports betting. The four-part series will culminate with the biggest gambling day of the year, Super Bowl Sunday.

 Posted by on March 13, 2019 No Responses »
Mar 122019
 
Hal

Hal

Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s—HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE LAST DETAIL, SHAMPOO, COMING HOME, BEING THERE—he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott’s exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist. Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood, but also a unique soul with an unprecedented insight into the human condition and an unmatched capacity for good. His films were an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity. Through the heartrending and inspiring HAL, you feel buoyed by Ashby’s love of people and of cinema … a little like walking on water.

Special Features:
  • Feature-length audio commentary with director Amy Scott, producers Christine Beebe, Brian Morrow, Jonathan Lynch and Lisa Janssen
  • The Cutting Room Floor – interview outtakes
  • Behind the scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
On DVD and Blu-ray April 2 from Oscilloscope Laboratories

 Posted by on March 12, 2019 No Responses »
Mar 122019
 

The witchcraft-centric horror film Blood Craft, featuring Dominique Swain (Face-Off), Dave Sheridan (The Devil’s Rejects), Mark Rolston (Aliens) and Twilight’s Michael Welch (The Final Wish), will be out April 9th.

Directed and co-written by genre specialist James Cullen Bressack, the film tells of two witchcraft-practicing sisters (Madeleine Wade and Augie Duke) out to get revenge on their already dead father.

Madeleine Wade, who also stars in the film, co-wrote the screenplay.

Says Bressack, “We can’t wait for audiences to discover this unique, thrilling and very Disturbing film …”

The film, which will first play festivals through March, arrives on digital April 9th.

The film was produced by James Cullen Bressack, Micah Brandt, James Thomas, and Madeleine Wade.

Official synopsis : Two sisters who suffered abuse as children at the hands of their sadistic father decide, after his death, to use witchcraft to bring his spirit back to get revenge.

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Mar 122019
 

MAN FROM ATLANTIS (1977) New 2019 1080p HD Master  

Shortly before ascending to the status of true TV icon thanks to his portrayal of good guy Bobby Ewing on the landmark TV series Dallas, Patrick Duffy played another sort of good guy in a series of Sci Fi action epics that spawned a short-lived TV series. Storm-tossed and washed ashore, an amnesiac man (Duffy) is rescued from certain death thanks to the insights of Navy doc Elizabeth Merrill (Belinda Montgomery), who realizes that her patient has a most amphibious nature. Dubbed Mark Harris, the man exhibits a host of extraordinary aquatic abilities – gills, strength, speed, webbed hands and feet, enhanced vision and more. While Dr. Merrill and Mark attempt to uncover the mystery of his origins, a new menace arises in the form of genial genius (and quite mad) scientist Dr. Shubert (Victor Buono), a marine eco-terrorist with world conquering aims. Produced by Star Trek veterans Robert Justman and Herbert Solow under the auspices of Hanna-Barbera’s live action wing, the Man from Atlantis TV movies successfully blended thoughtful, Eco-aware Science Fiction and Superheroic Action/Adventure for a concoction as wild and wolly as the deep blue sea. Seldom seen in the US after its initial run, Mark Harris’ adventures proved an overseas syndication smash. Revisit the birth of a legend as never seen before thanks to this sea-sparkling crystal-clear transfer in 1080p HD!

 

Hard-to-Find Rarities

A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (1928) New to DVD

After losing the man of her dreams, Neville Holderness (John Gilbert), due to the meddling of his disapproving father (Hobart Bosworth), Diana Merrick (Greta Garbo) reluctantly weds another admirer, David Furness (John Mack Brown), whom her brother (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr) idolizes. David harbors a most dishonorable secret, which leads to his suicide on their wedding night. Sacrificing her reputation to save David’s honor, Diana’s free-spirited lifestyle is deemed the unofficial cause of his death and she is banished from “good society.” Thus chastised, Diana decides to live up to her reputation and ventures on a series of “foreign affairs,” amorously globe hopping with dignitaries from London to Cairo. Diana is at last reunited with her one true love – only to learn of his recent engagement. This silent screen adaptation of Michael Arlen’s “The Green Hat” sizzles with the real-life chemistry of Gilbert and Garbo.

 

THE STAR WITNESS (1931) New to DVD

This gripping crime thriller by way of courtroom drama is directed by cinema titan, “Wild Bill” William A. Wellman. The Leeds family (mother Abby, father George, and their four children) have just sat down for dinner with Abby’s father, Civil War veteran Grandpa Summerill (Chic Sale) when shots are fired outside down the street. Gangster Maxey Campo has gunned down two men in cold blood and he makes his getaway through the Leeds family house, assaulting feisty Grandpa along the way. Crusading District Attorney Whitlock (Walter Huston) is elated at first, with an entire family of witnesses ready to do their civic duty and testify against the racketeers running rampant in the city. Maxey, however, isn’t finished with the Leeds and unleashes his forces of fear and intimidation against them, leaving Grandpa as the one patriot to stand against crime.

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection, WB Shop.com, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Mar 122019
 

 

BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON FOUR

Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian
Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito

Available on Blu-ray™ and DVD May 7
Featuring a Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes, Exclusive Featurettes, Cast & Crew Commentaries on Every Episode & More!

S’all good, man!  The prequel to the Emmy®-winning phenomenon Breaking Bad, BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON FOUR lands on Blu-ray™ and DVD May 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  In the critically acclaimed show’s fourth season, the death of Jimmy McGill’s brother catalyzes his transformation into the bigger-than-life legal legend Saul Goodman.  Now, Jimmy steps into the criminal world, putting his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim Wexler — in deep jeopardy.
BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON FOUR stars Bob Odenkirk (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) as Jimmy McGill, Jonathan Banks (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) as Mike Ehrmantraut, Rhea Seehorn (TV’s “Franklin & Bash”) as Kim Wexler, Patrick Fabian (The Last Exorcism) as Howard Hamlin, Michael Mando (TV’s “Orphan Black”) as Nacho Varga, and Giancarlo Esposito (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) as Gus Fring. The AMC drama series, produced by Sony Pictures Television, hails from creators Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould, who serve as executive producers along with Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz, and Gennifer Hutchison.
BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON FOUR contains all ten episodes in three-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets.

The Blu-ray and DVD collections include cast & crew audio commentaries on every episode, a gag reel, and the featurette “Slippin’ Kimmy,” which explores the complex character Kim Wexler, whose personal and professional triumphs are threatened by the temptation to cut corners, Slippin’ Jimmy-style. Also included are ten Madrigal Security Training Videos with Mike Ehrmantraut and the short film “No Picnic” featuring fan-favorite characters, The Kettlemans. Blu-ray exclusive content includes seven deleted scenes, three storyboard scene comparisons, a directorial walk-through, and two featurettes: “Flashing Forward, Looking Back,” which highlights the show’s use of non-linear storytelling to explore the many layers of Jimmy’s transformation, and “Constructing the Superlab,” which takes an in-depth look at the process of building Gus Fring’s Superlab both on and off-screen.

Synopsis:
In the critically acclaimed drama’s fourth season, his brother’s death catalyzes Jimmy McGill’s transformation into “Saul Goodman.”  Now Jimmy steps into the criminal world, putting his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim Wexler — in deep jeopardy.  Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut’s work for Gustavo Fring throws the cartel into chaos, with tragic results.

 Blu-ray™ and DVD Special Features include:

  • Gag Reel
  • Slippin’ Kimmy Featurette
  • Cast & Crew Audio Commentaries for all 10 Episodes
  • 10 Madrigal Security Training Videos with Mike Ehrmantraut
  • Short Film: No Picnic

Blu-ray™ Exclusive Features include:

  • Deleted Scenes:
    • “C.C. Mobile”
    • “Kim Saves the Day… Again”
    •  “Another Day, Another Euro”
    • “The Shells Taste Better”
    • “The Getaway”
    • “Destroying the Evidence”
    • “Clean Up”
  • Featurettes:
    • Flashing Forward, Looking Back
    • Constructing the Superlab
  • Storyboard comparisons and directorial walk-through with introductions by Co-Creator and Executive Producer Peter Gould

Broadcast Year: 2018. BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON FOUR is not rated.

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Mar 122019
 

From the Big Screen:

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward,” “Green Book” and “Mortal Engines.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets

“The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends: The Complete Series” (1959-1964): “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends” introduced some of the most unforgettable characters in TV history. Premiering in 1959 from Jay Ward Productions, the original series was comprised of 163 episodes featuring photo for The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends: The Complete Series Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, Aesop and Son, Fractured Fairy Tales, Peabody’s Improbable History and more. Starring Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, Natasha, Dudley Do-Right, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, this comprehensive 18-disc collection includes every unforgettable adventure, insightful bonus features and an episode guide. The series was officially known as “Rocky and His Friends” from 1959 to 1961, “The Bullwinkle Show” from 1961 to 1964, and “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” (or “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” or “The Adventures of Bullwinkle and Rocky”) in syndication. From Universal … photo for The Kid Brother “The Kid Brother” (1927): Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespectacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a traveling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces — including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship — with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, “The Kid Brother” is a hilarious and heartwarming high-water mark of early screen comedy. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, from The Criterion Collection … photo for The Magic Flute “The Magic Flute” (1975): This scintillating screen version of Mozart’s beloved opera showcases Ingmar Bergman’s deep knowledge of music and gift for expressing it cinematically. Casting some of Europe’s finest soloists — Josef Köstlinger, Ulrik Cold, Håkan Hagegård, and Birgit Nordin among them — the director lovingly recreated the baroque theater of Sweden’s Drottningholm Palace to stage the story of the prince Tamino and his zestful sidekick Papageno, who are sent on a mission to save a beautiful princess from the clutches of evil. A celebration of love and forgiveness that exhibits a profound appreciation for the artifice and spectacle of the theater, “The Magic Flute” is among the most exquisite opera films ever made. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … photo for The Prisoner “The Prisoner” (1955): Banned from the Cannes and Venice Films Festivals for being anti-Communist and excoriated elsewhere as pro-Soviet propaganda, Peter Glenville’s “The Prisoner” stoked controversy at the time of its original release and remains a complex, challenging and multifaceted exploration of faith and power. In an unnamed Eastern European capital, an iron-willed Cardinal (Alec Guinness) is arrested by state police on charges of treason. Tasked with securing a confession from him by any means necessary is a former comrade-in-arms from the anti-Nazi resistance (Jack Hawkins). Knowing the Cardinal will never fold under physical torture, the Interrogator instead sets out to destroy him mentally, breaking his spirit rather than his body. Adapted by acclaimed playwright Bridget Boland (“Gaslight”) from her own stage-play and showcasing powerhouse performances by two actors at the height of their game, “The Prisoner” is a tense, thought-provoking and disturbing drama about the endurance of the human spirit. On Blu-ray from Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment … photo for Kolobos “Kolobos” (1999): “The Real World” meets “Saw” by way of “Suspiria” in this super-smart, super-gory — and, sadly, super-overlooked — late ’90s slasher effort from filmmakers Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk, released in the midst of the post-“Scream” slice-and-dice revival. A group of youngsters arrive at a snow-covered house under the guise of participating in a “grounding-breaking” new experimental film. With the entire property fitted out with cameras, their every move will be recorded. But when the house locks down, trapping the youngsters within, it soon becomes clear that something sinister is afoot. Scream — you’re on camera … Marketed as little more than a generic horror flick at the time of its release, “Kolobos,” far from being a run-of-the-mill slasher clone, has much more in common with the booby-trap stylings of “Cube” (1997) and the reality TV theme of “My Little Eye” (2002), which it preempted by some three years. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

From TV to Disc:

“Ancient Aliens: Season 11, Volume 2” (2016) is a two-disc set with nine episodes. This season explores incredible new developments in the search for evidence of extraterrestrial contact in our distant past — and even today. In Egypt, new technology has detected a previously unknown void in the Great Pyramid; on the island of Sardinia, ancient statues of giants with robotic faces are being shown to the public for the first time; and, in the north of England, scientists claim to have discovered what could be biological evidence of alien life. From Lionsgate … “The Simple Heist” (2018) is a two-disc set with six episodes. When two women find themselves overlooked and underappreciated as they face their older years, they resort to drastic measures to get payback. Jenny is a teacher struggling to stay afloat during a messy divorce, while her best friend, gastroenterologist Cecilia, has financial problems from a failed stock investment. After Cecilia learns of a bank robbery plan from a dying patient, she convinces Jenny that a crime spree is just what they need to take control of their lives. As the robbery sets off a chain of events exposing them to blackmail, car chases, and a dangerous biker gang, Jenny and Cecilia quickly learn that money won’t solve all their problems. Rich with dry humor, this Swedish-language comedy-drama combines crime caper with sharp social critique. From Acorn Media.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Vengeance: A Love Story” (2017), starring Nicolas Cage, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Deborah Kara Unger and Don Johnson, single mother Teena is brutally assaulted by a local gang in front of her daughter Bethie. Despite Bethie’s ability to identify the attackers, the defense hires a hot-shot attorney who manipulates the law. When the criminals are set free, a veteran-turned-detective (Cage) is dismayed at the lack of justice and plots revenge against the men on Teena’s behalf. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Filmrise … In “Lifechanger” (2018), starring Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Elitsa Bako, Rachel VanDuzer and Steve Kasan, a murderous shape-shifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Every few days, Drew has to shape-shift, or face a painful death. He has to find someone and make a copy. He takes everything: their looks, memories, hopes, and dreams. Their entire life. He becomes them, and they die horribly. Enter Julia, the object of Drew’s affection. How can he make things right when he’s never the same person for very long? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Uncork’d Entertainment … photo for Dark River Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years to claim from her estranged brother (Mark Stanley) the family farm she believes is rightfully hers in “Dark River” (2017), co-starring Jonah Russell and Sean Bean. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Filmrise … “London Fields” (2018), starring Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton, is a dark, suspenseful thriller based on Martin Amis’ best-selling novel. Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six (Heard) has a premonition about her impending murder. Yet rather than try to save herself, she engages in the elaborate seduction of three men, one of whom she knows will be her murderer. One, an American author with a fatal illness (Thornton), decides her story will form the basis of his final novel. From Fox … In the twisted love story “Piercing” (2018), starring Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska and Laia Costa, a man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own. A playful psycho-thriller game of cat-and-mouse based on Ryû Murakami’s novel.On DVD, Blu-ray, from Universal … photo for Showdown In “Showdown” (1993), starring Kenn Scott, Billy Blanks, Christine Taylor, Patrick Kilpatrick, James Lew and Brion James, Ken Marks (Scott) finds a dangerous enemy on his first day at his new school; an enemy who makes his living as the champion of an illegal fighting operation. School janitor and ex-cop Billy Grant (Blanks) trains Ken to defend himself. What Billy doesn’t know is that the man behind it all is the one man from his past who wants him dead. On Blu-ray from MVD Rewind Collection … In “And Then There Was Eve” (2018), starring Karan Soni, Tania Nolan, Rachel Crowl and Mary Holland, Alyssa, a successful photographer, wakes one morning to find her apartment ransacked and her husband mysteriously missing. Left without even a photograph to offer the police, she turns to his colleague Eve, a talented jazz pianist with a flirtatious charm and disarming grace. Eve helps her confront her husband’s longtime struggle with depression and to, over time, accept his absence. While getting to know this woman through such unusual circumstances, Alyssa is surprised to find herself falling in love again. From Breaking Glass Pictures … In “The Glorious Seven” (2018), ex-military commander David Guerra is hired by a shady millionaire to rescue his wife, who was kidnapped by the leader of a guerrilla group. Guerra hires six of his former special forces comrades to join him on the mission. From photo for The Craft [Collector’s Edition] Uncork’d Entertainment … In the horror-thriller “The Craft” (1996), starring Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Skeet Ulrich, Campbell stars as Sarah, the new kid at St. Benedict’s Academy. Having always been a bit unusual, she fits right in with the school’s outsiders. There’s something different about them though, and it’s not just that they won’t settle for being a group of powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft … and they are going to use it. In a Blu-ray Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory … In “A.I. Rising” (2019 — Serbia), on a lonely mission to Alpha Centauri, Sebastian is teamed up with Nimani 1345, a female cyborg designed to fulfill his every need. At first thrilled to be able to control her, Sebastian grows tired of having his desires fulfilled so easily. Longing for human intimacy, Sebastian alters Nimani’s programmed responses, but in doing so he risks the mission’s security — and his own life. From Lionsgate … In the dystopian thriller “The Last Man” (2019), starring Hayden Christensen and Harvey Keitel, Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes photo for Man's Best Friend BLU-RAY DEBUT home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question — but local street prophet Noe (Keitel) says it’ll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. As Kurt heeds Noe’s advice and readies for the apocalypse, he meets sultry Jessica, who also begins to believe. Yet even as the planet falls apart, Kurt finds his life finally coming together. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … “Man’s Best Friend” (1993), starring Ally Sheedy and Lance Henriksen, makes its Blu-ray debut this week. When an ambitious news journalist (Sheedy) breaks into a genetic research facility, she uncovers the biggest story of her career and unleashes the lab’s most dangerous experiment: Max — a genetically enhanced guard dog with a vicious killer instinct. Superior sight, hearing, strength, and intelligence make him faster, stronger, and smarter than almost any other animal alive — and deadlier. Without the neuropathic drugs needed to curb his aggressive nature, his predatory urge runs out of control … and once he tastes blood, nothing can stop him. From Scream Factory.

On the Indie Front:

In “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (2018), starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians in 1993. Once there she finds an unconventional family in fellow “sinners” Jane and Adam. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Filmrise … photo for Tyrel In “Tyrel” (2018), starring Christopher Abbott, Trust Arancio, Nicolas Arze, Tyler joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn’t know. As soon as they get there, it’s clear that (1) he’s the only black guy, and (2) it’s going to be a weekend of heavy drinking. Although Tyler is welcomed, he can’t help but feel uneasy in “Whitesville.” The combination of all the testosterone and alcohol starts to get out of hand, and Tyler’s precarious situation starts to feel like a nightmare. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Magnolia Home Entertainment.

Foreign Films:

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the British Independent Film Awards, the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest and a César Award for music direction, photo for Marquise “Marquise” (1997 — French), starring Sophie Marceau, Bernard Giraudeau and Patrick Timsit, is a lavish costume dramedy set in 17th century France. Presented in a new 2K digital restoration. Born into poverty, Marquise (Marceau) is a beautiful street dancer who found fame and notoriety among the 17th century aristocratic elite under the stage name Mademoiselle Du Parc. When the distinguished Molière (Giraudeau) and his theatre troupe come to town, Marquise mesmerizes the men, and joins the troupe. She marries Gros René (Timsit) and becomes a favorite of King Louis XIV, but it is not until Marquise becomes the mistress of rival playwright Racine that she finally realizes her ambition to become a great actress. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement Classics.

Special Interest:

“Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” (2018) is a documentary that deftly fuses the personal, the political and the just plain surreal as it charts the rise and fall of Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes. Variously called a bulldog, a kingmaker, and the Ernest Hemingway photo for Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes of campaign advisors, Ailes was a key media consultant to presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, powerfully shaping American political history over the last 50 years. After creating a ratings powerhouse, with more viewers than all its direct competitors combined, in 2016 Ailes was forced out of Fox amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. He died in May 2017 at the age of 77. This is the origin story of one of the most powerful and divisive figures in American media, as well as a clear-eyed look at how we got where we are today. From Magnolia Home Entertainment.

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Mar 112019
 

WELCOME TO ACAPULCO

Momentum Pictures

ON DIGITAL AND ON DEMAND: March 12, 2019

DIRECTED BY: Guillermo Ivan

WRITTEN BY: Garry Charles

CAST: Ana Serradilla, Michael Kingsbaker, Michael Madsen, Paul Sorvino, William Baldwin, Bradley Gregg, Jeannine Kaspar, Michael Papajohn

SYNOPSIS: Video game designer Matt Booth has one shot to save his career by unveiling his biggest project yet at the Video Game Awards in New Mexico. But after running into a friend at the airport and having a little too much to drink before his flight, he ends up in ACTUAL Mexico – specifically, Acapulco. As soon as he lands, he finds himself on the run from high-powered criminals, deadly hitmen and the Feds, all looking for a mysterious package that he has allegedly smuggled through customs yet knows nothing about. Partnering with a badass, beautiful femme fatale and channeling his inner video game action hero, the pair unravels a conspiracy that could shake the foundation of the United States, maybe even the world.

GENRE: Action, Comedy

DISTRIBUTOR: Momentum Pictures

YOUTUBE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLJYUlHJZUo

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