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Sep 152014

November 4:

A Most Wanted Man

photo for A Most Wanted Man Hamburg, Germany: 2012. A mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run (Grigoriy Dobrygin) arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity. Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker (Willem Dafoe) and a young female lawyer (Rachel McAdams) who is determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. In an adrenaline laced and heart-rending escalation of tension and collision, it’s not long before he becomes everyone’s most wanted man. John Le Carre’s cerebral tale of intrigue and spying is also a contemporary and deeply human meditation on love, rivalry and the politics we live with every day. Extras: “The Making of A Most Wanted Man” featurette, “Spymaster: John Le Carre in Hamburg” featurette. Vitals: Director: Anton Corbijn. Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl, Martin Wuttke, Nina Hoss, Rainer Bock, Kostja Ullmann. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 121 min., Suspense/Drama, Box office gross: $15.920 million, Lionsgate.

Planes: Fire & Rescue

photo for Planes: Fire & Rescue Follow-up to last year’s hit “Planes.” When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Extras: Exclusive Animated Short “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular”; “Welcome to Piston Peak!” mock-umentary promotional piece that shows off all the highlights of the Piston Peak National Park and its aerial firefighting team; “CHoPs” TV Promo; “Air Attack: Firefighters From The Sky” behind-the-scenes piece that takes an inside look at the real smoke jumpers and firefighters; Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”; two deleted scenes; animated shorts: “Dipper,” “Smokejumpers.” Vitals: Director: Roberts Gannaway. Stars: Voices of Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Captain Dale Dye, Cedric the Entertainer, Erik Estrada, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Stacy Keach, Regina King, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller, Wes Studi. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 83 min., Animated, Box office gross: $52.950 million, Disney.

November 11:


photo for Tammy Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She’s totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint and, instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It’s time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. Her only way out is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who has a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls — leading to a road trip neither will ever forget. Extras: Gag reel. Blu-ray adds extended cut, “Tammy’s Road Trip Checklist,” deleted scenes, fun extras. Vitals: Director: Ben Falcone. Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $81.530 million, Warner.

November 18:

22 Jump Street

photo for 22 Jump Street After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. Extras: Commentary with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum; five deleted & extended scenes; “The Perfect Couple of Directors” featurette; “Line-O-Rama: Schmidt and Tattoo Art.” Blu-ray adds 17 additional deleted & extended scenes; six additional featurettes: “Everything is Better in College” look at Jenko and Schmidt’s undercover transformation into college students, “Janning and Chonah” dives into the relationship of the film’s two stars, “New Recruits: Casting 22 Jump Street,” “The Perfect Line: Ad-libbing on Set,” “Don’t Cry Yet: The Mr. Walters Prison Scene” with unfiltered improvisation that occurred while filming the Mr. Walters prison scene, and “The Dramatic Interpretation of 22 Jump Street” version of the film (with all jokes removed); “Joke-a-Palooza” montage of jokes cut from the film; four more “Line-O-Ramas”; two videos: “Zook & McQuaid’s Football Tape” and “Jenko Split.” Vitals: Director: Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Dave Franco, Peter Stormare, Sal Longobardo, Wyatt Russell, Richard Grieco, Amber Stevens. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 112 min., Action-Comedy, Box office gross: $190.822 million, Sony.

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