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In "The Brand New Testament" (2016), starring Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde and Catherine Deneuve, God exists … and He’s a jerk. Or so it appears in the world of this irresistible and irreverent comedy-fantasy from veteran Belgian filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael. In the beginning things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe. “God” (Benoit Poelvoorde), you see, rules the universe from a high-rise apartment in Brussels and rarely changes out of His T-shirt and ratty bathrobe. Sitting behind a computer, He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new “laws” to torment humanity and tyrannizes His wife (Yolande Moreau) and 10-year-old daughter, Ea (Pili Groyne). Like her brother JC before her, Ea has had enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world — by text message — the only thing He has over them: everyone’s inevitable death date. As the world’s denizens react (and over-react) to the information, Ea takes the elevator down to Earth — with daddy in pursuit — and gathers apostles to help write her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Music Box Films … "Bloodrunners" (2017) is a thriller that centers on a turf war between a crooked cop and a power-hungry vampire over a small town soaked in illegal hooch during the height of Prohibition. Stars Ice-T, Michael McFadden, Chris James Boylan and Airen DeLaMater. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Speakeasy Pictures/IMPULSE-FX … "Resistance" (2011) starring Michael Sheen, Iwan Rheon, Tom Wlaschiha and Andrea Riseborough, is an alternate universe drama based on the acclaimed novel by Owen Sheers and set in Nazi-occupied Britain. D-Day has failed, and, as Panzer divisions and Nazi troops sweep westward across the dispirited countryside, the British Resistance Organization (BRO), Churchill's top-secret and highly trained civilian army designed to wreak havoc on occupying enemy forces, mount resistance to the German invaders. From Film Movement … "Cold War 2" (2016 — Hong Kong), starring Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung and Chow Yun-fat, is a sequel to the 2012 Hong Kong box-office smash, and continues the saga of intra-police rivalry, picking up some time after the events in the first movie. Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) is now the Commissioner of Police. A suspected criminal mastermind escapes from police custody, throwing the city into turmoil. Things get worse when Lau's wife and daughter are kidnapped and he must seek help from a former rival (Tony Leung) to save their lives. With the police department now divided, rival police chiefs are forced to take their fight to the streets of Hong Kong — with deadly consequences. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA … In "The Eyes of My Mother" (2016), starring Kika Magalhaes Will Brill and Olivia Bond, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, however, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment … In "Incarnate" (2017), starring Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno and David MazouzAaron, Eckhart stars as Dr. Seth Ember, an unconventional exorcist who uses science instead of religion to tap into the minds of the possessed to remove the demon from their subconscious. When an 11-year-old boy becomes possessed by a creature of unspeakable evil, Ember enters the mind of the boy to attack the vengeful demon, but he finds himself facing the battle of his life and the horrors of his own past. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal … "The Lesson" (2015), starring Robert Hands, Evan Bendall and Rory Coltart, is a UK horror thriller about a bullied school teacher who has a mental breakdown, resulting in a terrifying act of revenge on his students. ON DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Shout! Factory … In "Man Down " (2015), starring Shia LaBeou, Jai Courtney, Charlie Shotwell, Kate Mara and Clifton Collins Jr., LaBeouf stars as a former U.S. Marine who returns home from Afghanistan to a completely different world, and sets out on a mission to find his estranged wife and son. When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Courtney), a hard-nosed Marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the location of his estranged son, Johnathan (Shotwell), and wife Natalie (Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles (Collins Jr.), a man carrying vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … Thr ensemble drama "100 Streets" (2016), starring Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, Franz Drameh, Kierston Wareinga and Ken Stott, follows three contrasting and interwoven stories as they play out in one square mile of modern day London. A former rugby player struggles to find a life off the field while fighting to save his marriage to a former actress; a small time drug dealer desperately seeking a way off the street meets a local thespian, who gives him the push he needs out of his dead end life and into a very different, creative world; a cab driver and his wife Kathy dream of having kids but a devastating road accident puts their hopes on hold even testing their otherwise strong marriage. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Sony … In "Trespass Against Us" (2016), starring Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Georgie Smith, a man looks to find a way to escape the criminal ways of his outlaw family. Set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of a rich countryside. Chad Cutler (Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … At a time where online dating could prove fatal, Jack and Kristy decide they're ready to meet in person in "Slasher.com" (2017). Aiming for an adventurous first date, they plan a weekend getaway to a cozy cabin deep in the woodlands of rural Missouri. While discovering each other, they soon learn of the terrorizing horrors that the forest, and the family lurking there, has in store for outsiders. Stars Jewel Shepard, R.A. Mihailoff, Ben Kaplan, Morgan Carter. From Firefly Films/ITN Distribution.
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In "Kendra On Top: Season 4 & 5" (2015-16), Kendra Wilkinson is back series that follows the life and times of the reality queen. After the scandal that nearly ripped her marriage apart, Kendra aims to strengthen her relationships both in her career and at home. From MPI/Dark Sky Films … "Mama's Family: The Mama's Family Favorites Collection" (1983-90) is a six-disc set featuring 37 complete episodes hand-picked by Mama (Vicki Lawrence) herself, packaged together for the very first time at retail. After breaking out from "The Family" sketches on "The Carol Burnett Show," Thelma "Mama" Harper's home-spun humor earned its own well-loved sitcom which ran for six seasons. Set in the fictional city of Raytown, "Mama's Family" revolves around the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by Mama Harper, who does not suffer fools gladly. In fact, she makes everybody suffer a little with her patented snappy retorts that truly put the "diss" in dysfunction. From Time Life … "Suspects, Series 5" (2016 — UK) is a two-disc set with six episodes. Filmed from an eyewitness perspective with improvised dialogue, this one-of-a-kind procedural delivers an immersive, authentic look at police investigations. "Suspects" relies on the cast to develop their own dialogue, creating a uniquely realistic tone. DS Jack Weston and DC Charlie Steele are shocked when their boss, DI Martha Bellamy, is shot dead in her home. DCI Daniel Drummond joins Jack and Charlie to lead the investigation into Martha’s murder, also bringing in detectives Alisha Brooks and Gary Roscoe. The new team soon realizes that Martha’s murder could be connected to a cold case she was investigating. Could one of those suspects have killed her? From Acorn Media … "Wentworth, Season 2" (2014 – Australia) is a four-disc set with all 12 episodes of the second season of the critically acclaimed Australian prison series. Drastic changes are in store for the women at Wentworth Prison. In Season 2, Bea languishes in solitary, plotting revenge for her daughter’s murder, while Franky runs the prison unopposed. But the arrival of sadistic new governor Joan Ferguson threatens Franky’s top-dog status. With Franky’s contraband operation in her crosshairs, Ferguson attempts to recruit informants, and the inmates are forced to choose a side. From Acorn Media.