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Tuesday, July 5 -- Monday, July 11

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  • The Mermaid

    photo for The Mermaid From Stephen Chow, director of "Kung Fu Hustle," comes China’s highest-grossing film of all time. When greedy real estate tycoon Liu Xuan (Deng Chao) buys up a pristine coastal enclave known as Green Gulf, he plans to turn it into the hottest property on the market. But Green Gulf harbors a secret: It’s home to the last surviving mermaids, and they are done playing nice. Their plan: Send the beautiful Shan (Yun Lin) to seduce Liu and stop the destruction of their beloved oceans. But when Shan falls for Liu Xuan, their plan goes belly-up. When neither humans nor mermaids are willing to back down, a final, fatal frenzy becomes inevitable. Vitals: Director:. Stars: Deng Chao, Yun Lin, Show Luo, Yuqi Zhang, Pierre Bourdaud. 2016 -- China, CC, MPAA rating: R, 94 min., Comedy Action Fantasy, Box office gross: $3.232 million, Sony. Extras: “The Making of The Mermaid,” “The Mermaid: Behind the Scenes,” Invincible music video. 3 stars


  • I Saw the Light

    photo for I Saw the Light The story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs, and created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. Vitals: Director: Marc Abraham. Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt, David Krumholtz. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 123 min., Music Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $1.642 million, Sony. Extras: Two featurettes: "Illuminating a Legend: Inside I Saw The Light' and 'Talking Hank'; commentary with director Marc Abraham. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; 'A Night in Nashville: Premiere and Musical Performance by Tom Hiddleston' featurette. 2 stars

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    The In-Laws (1979) (Criterion)

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The Adderall Diaries (2016) James Franco, Amber Heard, Christian Slater, Ed Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, Cynthia Nixon. Franco stars as a famous but troubled author whose fascination with a high-profile murder case brings his own dark past into focus. Based on the best-selling book by Stephen Elliott, "The Adderall Diaries" follows one man's desperate journey through sex, drugs, and lies as he tries to separate fact from fiction and ignite a life-changing romance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

Blood and Black Lace (1964) The Cristiana Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models ... and backstabbing. .. and blackmail ... and drug deals ... and now MURDER. Having established a template for the giallo with "The Girl Who Knew Too Much," Mario Bava set about cementing its rules with "Blood and Black Lace." In doing so he created one of the most influential films ever made -- an Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre, provide a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin photo for Blood and Black LaceScorsese. Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see "Blood and Black Lace" afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking. New 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. Optional Italian and English soundtracks presented in original uncompressed mono PCM audio. Formats: Dual Format Blu-Ray/DVD. Extras:New audio commentary by Mario Bava's biographer Tim Lucas; "Gender and Giallo" visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the giallo's relationship with the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s; "An Appreciation" by Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani, the creative duo behind "Amer" and "The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears"; "Yellow," a neo-giallo by Ryan Hansom & Jon Britt; "The Sinister Image: Cameron Mitchell" episode of David Del Valle's television series, devoted to the star of "Blood and Black Lace" and presented in full; the alternative US opening titles, sourced from Joe Dante's private print and scanned in 2K especially for this release; original theatrical trailer, with optional English and Italian audio; original theatrical trailer, with optional English and Italian audio; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes, author of Cinema Italiano, and an interview with Joe Dante, illustrated with archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

photo for Boy & the World Boy & the World (2013 -- Brazil) Brazilian artist Alê Abreu's Academy Award-nominated animated masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color. Cuca's cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city. Determined to reunite his family, Cuca embarks on a journey that unfolds like a tapestry -- the film's stunning visuals becoming more complex as his small world expands. The story of a changing world through the eyes of a curious child, "Boy and the World" depicts a clash between village and city, nature and industry, the rich and the poor -- and despite the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Boy & the World," Music video: "Aos Olhos De Uma Criança" by Emicida, theatrical trailer. (Universal).

By the Sea (2015) Written, directed and produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt. Melodrama follows a writer, Roland (Brad Pitt), and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a seaside resort in 1970s France. As they spend time with fellow travelers and locals, the couple come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. Co-stars Mélanie Laurent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Making By the Sea," "Gena Rowlands: An Inspiration." (Universal).

Cabin Fever (2016) Gage Golightly, Nadine Crocker, Samuel Davis, Dustin Ingram. Just out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying – only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. Remake of the 2002 Eli Roth horror flick. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of Cabin Fever, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

photo for Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (2015 -- China) Wang Qingxiang, Mark Chao, Yao Chen. The Mongolian border, 1979: Massive fossils of unknown creatures are discovered in the mountains, and the research team assigned to excavate the remains includes acclaimed Professor Yang, Hu Bayi, and Ping, the professor’s beautiful daughter. When a freak explosion, lethal bat attack, and fall to the mountain’s floor leaves only a handful of survivors, the small remaining band uncovers a mythic Cyclopean Temple – and an Interdimensional Portal that lets loose a pack of ravenous Hell-Beasts, leaving only Hu alive. New York City, present day: Now living a quiet but tormented life as a librarian, Hu studies demonology manuscripts to find answers for that fateful day. Little does he know that Professor Yang has just been found wandering the mountains thousands of miles from where he supposedly died; a young woman with amnesia was just discovered in a recently-uncovered tomb; and a Northern Chinese mining town has just been ravaged by giant, unknown creatures. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).

Code of Honor (2015) Steven Seagal, Craig Sheffer, Louis Mandylor, Helena Mattsson, Griff Furs, Rafael Petardi, Michael Flynn, James Russo. When his family is killed in a drive-by shooting, Robert Sikes (Seagal), a former Special Ops operative, vows to rid his city of every last criminal. Sikes's former protégé, FBI agent Porter (Sheffer), with help from a witness (Mattsson), tries to find his vigilante friend before the police -- or the maniacal mobster Romano -- are able to. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

photo for Dear Eleanor Dear Eleanor (2016) Isabelle Fuhrman, Liana Liberato, Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas, Luke Wilson, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ione Skye. Best friends Max (Isabelle Fuhrman) and Ellie (Liana Liberato) decide to leave their rural hometown on an adventurous, cross-country road trip to meet former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Sneaking away in a bright blue convertible belonging to Ellie's dad (Luke Wilson), they set out with the wind in their hair and the radio turned up. While trying to stay a step ahead of Ellie's father and the police, the girls cross paths with an eclectic mix of people. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Kevin Connolly, commentary with screenwriters Cecilia Contreras and Amy Garcia. (Sony).

Electra Woman & Dyna Girl (2015) Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Andy Buckley. Two superheroes, Electra Woman (Grace Helbig) and Dyna Girl (Hannah Hart) move from Akron to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big in the crime fighting world, only to find competition with other vigilantes and infighting amongst themselves. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, "Making of" Electra Woman & Dyna Girl featurette, "Inside Creative Masked Management" featurette, eight behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Electra Car for Sale," "Making the Movie Poster," "CMM: The Superhero Agency," "Dan Dixon: CMM Super Agent," "Megaline: The Source for Celebrity news," "Everybody Loves Plant Man," "There's No Sidekick Here," "Grace & Hannah at San Diego Comic-Con." (Sony).

Emma's Chance (2016) Greer Grammer, Joey Lawrence, Missi Pyle, Jennifer Taylor. While fulfilling her community service hours at a horse rescue ranch, Emma (Grammer) forms an unlikely bond with an abused show horse who won't let anyone ride him. Gaining new skills and confidence, Emma hatches a plan to redeem herself and ultimately save the ranch when it's threatened by a predatory horse-buyer. Formats: DVD, Digital. Sony).

The Family Fang (2016) Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, Josh Pais, Maryann Plunkett. A pair of grown siblings (Nicole Kidman and director-star Jason Bateman) are compelled to search for their missing eccentric parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), conceptual performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes whose lifetime of public interventions have alienated their children. Unsure whether it's foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).

House of Cards: The Complete Fourth Season (2016) Four-disc set with all 13 epiosdes. Kevin Spacey returns as President Frank Underwood alongside Robin Wright as his wife, first lady Claire Underwood. Season Four reveals even more of the dark twisted underbelly of politics as the Underwood's continue their pursuit of power, battling everyone in their way, including each other. Featuring guest stars Cicely Tyson, Neve Campbell, Ellen Burstyn, Joel Kinnaman and Colm Feore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Sony).

I Saw the Light (2016) Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt, David Krumholtz. The story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams (Hiddleston). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Illuminating a Legend: Inside I Saw The Light' and 'Talking Hank'; commentary with director Marc Abraham. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; 'A Night in Nashville: Premiere and Musical Performance by Tom Hiddleston' featurette. (Sony).

The In-Laws (1979) Peter Falk and Alan Arkin make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman ("Blazing Saddles", "The In-Laws" may at first seem like a generic meet-the-parents comedy, as Arkin's mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Falk's volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter. But soon, through a series of events too serpentine and surprising to spoil, the two men are brought together by a dangerous mission that takes them from suburban new Jersey to Honduras. Fueled by elaborate stunt work and the laconic, naturalistic charms of its two stars, "The In-Laws" deserves its status as a madcap classic -- and has continued to draw ardent fans in the years since its release. new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew Bergman; new interview with Arkin; "In Support of The In-Laws," a new interview program featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong, and David Paymer; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by comedy writer Stephen Winer and a 2011 recollection of the making of the film by Hiller. (The Criterion Collection).

Joseph & Mary (2016) Katie Boland, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Sorbo, Lara Jean Chorostecki. Recipient of the "Faith-Based Seal" by The Dove Foundation. Follows Elijah (McCarthy), a devout Rabbi, during a time of unrest when King Herod the Great's slaughter of innocents claims the lives of two boys Elijah had sworn to protect. Elijah makes it his life's mission to avenge their deaths, but when he meets Joseph (Sorbo), Mary (Chorostecki) and their young son Jesus, the beliefs fueling his revenge are put into question. When the time comes to face his life-long enemy, Elijah finds himself warring within whether or not to kill or choose forgiveness. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).

The Levenger Tapes (2016) Johanna Braddy, Lili Mirojnick, Morgan Krantz, Chris Mulkey. Found footage horror tale follows three college students on an ill-fated weekend getaway. After finding what seems to be evidence of murder, the kids disappear, leaving behind a video camera. Thinking the missing students' footage may help solve the kidnapping of a teenage girl, the police uncover even greater terror. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

The Mermaid (2016 -- China) Dir.: Stephen Chow; Stars Deng Chao, Yun Lin, Show Luo, Yuqi Zhang, Pierre Bourdaud. From Stephen Chow, director of "Kung Fu Hustle," comes China's biggest film of all time, a fantasy adventure about a real estate tycoon's plans to develop a pristine coastal enclave that harbors a secret: It's home to the last surviving mermaids, and they're done playing nice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: 'The Making of The Mermaid,' 'The Mermaid: Behind the Scenes,' Invincible music video. (Sony).

photo for Only Yesterday Only Yesterday (1991 -- Japan) Having lived her whole life in the city, 27-year-old Taeko (Daisy Ridley) decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. As she travels, memories of her youth resurface and after meeting young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), she wonders if she's been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Deftly switching between past and present, "Only Yesterday" is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by Studio Ghibli. From Academy Award-nominated director Isao Takahata ("The Tale of the Princess Kaguya") and general producer Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away"), this critically acclaimed film has never before been released in North America until now -- in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Making of Only Yesterday," "Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast," "Interview with the English Dub Team," foreign trailers and TV spots, U.S. trailer. (Universal).

The Pack (2015) Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips. Man's best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family's farmhouse in a remote stretch of the Australian Outback. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of The Pack" featurette, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

photo for Search Party Search Party (2016) Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Adam Pally, Shannon Woodward When the love of his life jilts him at the altar thanks to his hard partying pals Jason and Evan, Nardo follows her down to Mexico where he's carjacked and left naked in the middle of nowhere. Reluctantly summoning Jason and Evan to help reunite him with his runaway bride-to-be, Nardo becomes involved in an escalating series of outrageous misadventures courtesy of the guys who created the mess in the first place. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).

Sesame Street: Elmo's Favorite Stories (2016) A compilation of engaging and educational stories for preschool children. In one story, a disagreement arises between Big Bird and Elmo as they are about to act out one of Elmo's favorite stories, "Maria the Cowgirl." In another story Abby recalls that green creatures are often princes in disguise! Abby soon concludes that Oscar could be a frog—he is green isn't he?—and therefore is also an enchanted prince! She thinks that a kiss is the only way to break the spell and turn Oscar back into Prince Oscar. Children will learn early reading skills such as letter recognition, letter sounds, and story structure (beginning/middle/end) as the Sesame friends use their imaginations to make up and act out all kinds of stories. Formats: DVD: $14.97, Digital. (Warner).

photo for 600 Miles 600 Miles (2015) Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Harrison Thomas. Hank Harris (Roth) is a U.S. agent out to bust an international arms-smuggling racket. While attempting an arrest, Hank is overpowered by a young Mexican gunrunner (Ferrer), who makes a fateful decision to smuggle Hank into Mexico and deliver him to his crime bosses. As the two enemies begin a tense journey into the heart of deadly cartel country, they are suddenly bound together in a desperate fight for survival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

Suture (1993) Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Seconds", the desert noir of "Detour" and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara's "The Face of Another" and "Woman of the Dunes," "Suture" is one of great feature debuts -- by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee -- and a truly unique piece of cinema. The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father's funeral and is struck by their photo for Suturesimilarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity. After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. "Suture" went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance, where it deservedly won the award for Best Cinematography. Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee; all-new interviews with Siegel, McGehee, executive producer Steven Soderbergh, actor Dennis Haysbert, cinematographer Greg Gardiner, editor Lauren Zuckerman and production designer Kelly McGehee; deleted scenes; "Birds Past," Siegel & McGehee's first short film, about two young San Franciscans who journey to Bodega Bay along the path set by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock's classic, "The Birds"; U.S. theatrical trailer; European theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) Jack Hill spent the seventies specializing in tough female characters. He made movies about girl gangs ("Switchblade Sisters") and women in prison ("The Big Doll House," "The Big Bird Cage"), turned Pam Grier a star with "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown," and contributed to the Cheerleaders line of drive-in favorites with "The Swinging Cheerleaders." Kate, an photo for The Swinging Cheerleaders undergraduate at Mesa University, goes undercover as a cheerleader for her college newspaper in order to expose "female exploitation in contemporary society." But instead of oppression she finds love, friendship and a bigger fish to fry: corruption in the football team, headed up by the coach and his pals. A favorite of Quentin Tarantino, who screened it at the very first Tarantino Film Fest, "The Swinging Cheerleaders" features a cast of cult favorites including Colleen Camp, Rainbeaux Smith and future Playmate of the Month Rosanne Katon. Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-director Jack Hill, recorded exclusively for this release; new interview with Jack Hill; archive interview with cinematographer Alfred Taylor; archive interview with Hill and Johnny Legend; Q&A with Hill, and actors Colleen Camp and Rosanne Katon recorded at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles in 2012; TV spots; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

photo for Term Life Term Life (2016) Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, Jonathan Banks, Mike Epps, Jon Favreau. Nick Barrow (Vaughn) plans and sells heists to the highest bidder. But when his latest job goes horribly wrong and the son of a major drug cartel leader is assassinated, he finds himself being hunted by the head of the cartel. To clear his name, Nick must expose the dirty cops who committed the crime, but with both the Cartel and the cops tracking him, he does the only thing he can think of to help his estranged daughter, Cate (Steinfeld): He takes out a million dollar life insurance policy on himself with her as the beneficiary. But the policy will not take effect for 21 days and now his enemies also have their sights on Cate as well, forcing the pair to go on the run and forcing him to be a father for the very first time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Focus Features/Universal).

Vigilante Diaries (2016) Paul Sloan, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Michael Jai White, Jason Mewes, Michael Madsen. Based off the popular web series on Revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters, led by an elusive, brooding anti-hero of near-mythical physical and weapons skills, known only as The Vigilante (Sloan). Abandoned by governments, corporations and his handlers and with a bounty on his head, The Vigilante's jam-packed missions of rescue and revenge move from the mega-mansions and underbelly of Los Angeles to far-flung locales including Iraq, Armenia, Russia, and the UK. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).

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