NEW DVDS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 5, 2014

 

DVD PICK OF THE WEEK:

More Than The Rainbow

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There is no telling how many stories Matt Weber has attempted to capture since he first started taking pictures out of the window of the cab he used to drive. But his quarter century-plus devotion to candidly depicting the lives of his fellow New Yorkers, many of them from the fringes of society, has yielded a remarkable document of a New York that most of us will never experience. Part character study and part meditation on photography, MORE THAN THE RAINBOW interweaves live action, still photography and revealing interviews with Weber and fellow photographers. Shot on both hi-def video and in 35mm, and largely scored to the music of Thelonious Monk, this beautiful and evocative documentary is a poetic celebration of the world's greatest city and the individuals who walk its streets.

 

 


Around the Block

Genre: Drama

Director: Sarah Spillane

Starring: Christina Ricci, Matt Nable

It's about breaking cycles and building dreams. Set in a contemporary, tough, inner-city precinct, this is a story of revenge and triumph, as a teenage boy is torn between his unexpected love of theatre and the disintegration of his family. With encouragement from his unconventional American drama teacher, he confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future.

 

Bad Words

Genre: Comedy

Director: Jason Bateman

Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn

Guy Trilby is a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of the Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. While reporter Jenny Widgeon attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward ten-year-old Chaitanya Chopra, who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life.

 

Bicycling with Moliere (Foreign Language - French)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Philippe Le Guay

Starring; Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson

Gauthier is a handsome and famous soap opera star; Serge is a serious stage actor who has renounced his profession. When Gauthier visits Serge to convince him to join him in a production of Moliere's The Misanthrope, a battle of wits ensues over who will play the lead role of Alceste. Between rehearsals, the two bike along the windswept beaches and rival for the affections of a beautiful Italian divorcee. As tensions mount, Gauthier begins to wonder what Serge's true plans and motivations are.

 

Divergent

Genre: Action

Director: Neil Burger

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James

In a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.

 

Dream Deceivers (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Documentary

Director: David Van Taylor

Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance, severely disfigured, survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band 'mesmerized' their sons. The unprecedented trial is the framework for this one-of-a-kind, Emmy-nominated documentary.

 

I'll Follow You Down

Genre: Drama

Director: Richie Mehta

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Haley Joel Osment

After the disappearance of a young scientist on a business trip, his son and wife struggle to cope, only to make a bizarre discovery years later, one that may bring him home.

 

More Than The Rainbow (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Documentary

Director: Dan Wechsler

As it chronicles the life and times of street photographer and former cabbie Matt Weber, More Than The Rainbow becomes a vibrant conversation about the photographic medium, artistic expression and NYC. Set to wonderful jazz and drenched in evocative images, the film is bittersweet and nostalgic from beginning to end.

 

Need for Speed

Genre: Action

Director: Scott Waugh

Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper

Tobey Marshall, a mechanic who moonlights as an underground race-car driver, strives to take the top prize in America's most prominent street race in order to have his revenge against the ambitious ex-NASCAR champ who had him framed and sent to prison.

 

Oculus

Genre: Horror

Director: Mike Flanagan

Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites

Seeing is deceiving in this 'deeply terrifying' film that reflects heart-stopping terror as you've never imagined! It's been ten years since the lives of siblings Tim and Kaylie Russell were shattered and Tim was convicted of murdering their parents. Now released from a mental institution, Tim wants to move on, but his sister has other plans. Kaylie blames their childhood nightmare on the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror with a grisly history, which she intends to destroy by any means possible.

 

Ping Pong Summer

Genre: Comedy

Director: Michael Tully

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson

The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, thirteen-year-old white kid obsessed with two things: Ping-Pong and hip-hop. During his family's annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor.

 

 
 



NEW DVDS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 29, 2014

 

DVD PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Dueling Street Photographers

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Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.


In No Great Hurry is a fascinating documentary on one of the 20th century’s most beloved street photographers, Saul Leiter (1923–2013). Leiter—a contemporary of Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon—could have been celebrated as the great pioneer of color photography long ago (his fashion work was published in Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire), but he was never driven by the lure of conventional success.


 


The Big Chill

Genre: Drama

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: Kevin Kline, Glenn Close

After the shocking suicide of their friend, a group of thirty-somethings reunite for his funeral and end up spending a weekend together, reminiscing about their shared pasts as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.

 

Cold Turkey

Genre: Comedy

Director: Will Slocombe

Starring: Peter Bogdanovich, Alicia Witt

Thanksgiving get-together for the eccentric Turner clan, presided over by eminent scholar and patriarch, Poppy, turns into a disastrous holiday weekend when black sheep daughter Nina pays her fist visit home in fifteen years. Nina immediately clashes with stepmother, Deborah, and competes with her siblings for Poppy's affection, and money. Over three days, the family gradually disintegrates over who will get Poppy's money; only to discover Poppy has his own bad news to share.

 

Cuban Fury

Genre: Comedy

Director: James Griffiths

Starring; Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd

Beneath Bruce Garrett's shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire, but first Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long-lost swagger, and claim the love of his life. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click.

 

Finding Vivian Maier (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Documentary

Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

 

In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Documentary

Director: Tomas Leach

A fascinating documentary on one of the twentieth century's most beloved street photographers, Saul Leiter. Follow Leiter as he deals with the triple burden of clearing a house full of memories, becoming world-famous in his eighties, and fending off a pesky filmmaker.

 

It Felt Like Love

Genre: Drama

Director: Eliza Hittman

Starring: Gina Piersanti

In this unflinchingly honest and refreshingly unsentimental coming-of-age story, fourteen-year-old Lila spends a languid South Brooklyn summer playing third wheel to her promiscuous friend Chiara and Chiara's boyfriend Patrick. Eager for her own sexual awakening, Lila gamely decides to pursue the older, thuggish Sammy, rumored to sleep with anyone. But as Lila's overt advances unmask her inexperience and quiet desperation, she's quickly pushed into frightening and unwelcome new territory.

 

Jodorowsky's Dune (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Drama

Director: Frank Pavich

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's determined but ultimately ill-fated film adaptation of the influential science fiction novel.

 

Lullaby

Genre: Drama

Director: Andrew Levitas

Starring: Amy Adams, Garrett Hedlund

A man who's estranged from his family receives word that his father has chosen to take himself off life support within 48 hours.

 

Noah

Genre: Drama

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly

A man is appointed by God to carry out a crucial mission of rescue before a calamitous flood destroys the world.

 

On My Way (Foreign Language - French)

Genre: Drama

Director: Emanuelle Bercot

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Camille

When her mother tells her that her married lover has ditched her for a 25-year-old beautician's assistant, Bettie, a former Breton beauty queen turned bistro owner, takes to the road and winds up at a dive bar named Le Ranch, for an evening of drunken revelry sets. Bettie's resentful daughter, Muriel, then asks her mother to chauffeur her son, Charly, to his grandfather's, and the pair sets out on a trip that will ultimately lead Bettie to revisit her past.

 

The Other Woman

Genre: Comedy

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on, she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

 

Paris Blues (Classic)

Genre: Drama

Director: Martin Ritt

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward

Two American jazz musicians living in Paris fall in love with two girls on vacation from America. They must decide whether to stay in Paris for their music careers, or move back to America for love.

 

Planet of the Apes - The Legacy Edition  (Classic)

Genre: Sci-Fi

Director: Various

Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell

Includes: Planet of the Apes; Escape from the Planet of the Apes; Conquest of the Planet of the Apes; Battle for the Planet of the Apes; Beneath the Planet of the Apes; Behind the Planet of the Apes; and bonus features including a documentary.

 

Separate Tables (Classic)

Genre: Drama

Director: Delbert Mann

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Rita Haywarth

At the Beauregard Hotel, all the eccentric guests feel lonely. In one emotional evening, four of them will bare their innermost secrets and change each other's lives forever.

 

7 Boxes (Foreign Language - Spanish)

Genre: Action

Director: Juan Maneglia, Tana Schembori

Starring: Celso Franco, Victor Sosa

A seventeen year old wheelbarrow leader dream of becoming famous receives an unusual proposal to carry seven boxes of unknown content in exchange for a torn half of a $100 bill. Embarking on the journey seemed easy, but things get complicated along the way.

 

Wet Behind the Ears

Genre: Comedy

Director: Sloan Holcombe

Starring: Margaret Keane Williams

When Samantha, a bright-eyed graduate who plans to live in the city with her best friend, Victoria, can't find employment due to lack of experience, she is forced to move back home and take a job at an ice cream parlor, where she is further demoralized by old classmates. When Samantha convinces Victoria to use her corporate position as part of a shady business opportunity to solve their problems, the strain on their friendship comes to a head.

 
 



NEW DVDS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 22, 2014

 

DVD PICK OF THE WEEK:

THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS (1972)

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Dreams die hard in wintry Atlantic City in Bob Rafelson's downbeat character drama. Depressive deejay David Staebler (Jack Nicholson) tends to his grandfather as he philosophizes on late-night Philadelphia talk radio. When his huckster older brother Jason (Bruce Dern) calls out of the blue one day, David travels to Atlantic City to see what his latest easy money scheme is. Along with his former beauty queen companion Sally (Ellen Burstyn) and her pretty stepdaughter Jessica (Julia Anne Robinson), Jason plans to open a resort on a small Hawaiian island, insisting to an initially skeptical David that the deal is as good as done. David plays along but, as he learns the reality of the situation, tries to talk some sense into Jason. Jason and his women will have none of it, leading to a tragic lesson about the cost of superficial values like beauty and wealth, and the limits of brotherly love. Rafelson's follow-up to his 1970 hit Five Easy Pieces once again questions American myths of success, with one brother unwilling to come to earth to realize his dreams and the other unable to do much beyond talk about his inertia to an unseen radio audience. With Five Easy Pieces star Nicholson as the introverted lead, and impressive cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs, The King of Marvin Gardens had the makings of another Hollywood New Wave hit.



The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Genre: Comedy

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Starring: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis

A foul-tempered Brooklyner is told he has ninety minutes to live, sending him rushing all over New York to make amends.

 

Blue Ruin

Genre: Suspense

Director: Jeremy Saulnier

Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray

A strange outsider's life suddenly changes when he returns to his childhood home to implement an act of vengeance. Proving himself a novice assassin, he ends up in a ruthless fight to protect his estranged family.

 

Cesar Chavez

Genre: Drama

Director: Diego Luna

Starring: Michael Pena, America Ferrara

The story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. He inspired millions of Americans who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world.

 

Dead Ringers

Genre: Suspense

Director: David Cronenberg

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold

In portrayals that won the New York Film Critics Best Actor Award, Jeremy Irons plays twin gynecologists whose emotional dependency collapses into mind games, madness, and murder.

 

Dom Hemingway (Blu-Ray)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Richard Shepard

Starring: Jude Law, Richard E Grant

A larger-than-life safecracker with a short fuse and a long memory sets off to collect what he's owed after twelve years in prison. When his long-awaited payday goes awry, Dom tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter, only to be tempted again to crack safes.

 

Georgia

Genre: Drama

Director: Ulu Grosbard

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mare Winningham

The riveting story of two sisters - one talented, the other passionate - and the rivalry that binds them together.

 

Heaven is For Real

Genre: Drama

Director: Randall Wallace

Starring: Greg Kineear, Thomas Haden Church

The true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. He recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth.

 

The King of Marvin Gardens (Classic)

Genre: Drama

Director: Bob Rafelson

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern

A brother fails to discourage his brother outlandish financial schemes.

 

Last Exit to Brooklyn

Genre: Drama

Director: Uli Edel

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Lang

Hailed as an uncompromising look at life on the dark side, the film follows a gang of young hoodlums, a down-and-out call girl, an abusive father, and a low-level union official as they attempt to survive in the harsh underbelly of lower-class 1950s Brooklyn.

 

The Rapture

Genre: Drama

Director: Michael Tolkin

Starring: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny

A beautiful telephone operator engages in indiscriminate sexual adventures to relieve the boredom of her job and life.

 

Red Wing

Genre: Drama

Director: Will Wallace

Starring: Bill Paxton, Frances Fisher

A young couple takes in a mysterious foster child to rise on their farm. But when the boy grows up to be a handsome young man, the husband suspects that his wife has feelings for their charge, and the family starts to dissolve. The young man must venture out on his own to discover the world around him, and realize the power of marching to your own drum.

 

Royal Flash (Classic)

Genre: Comedy

Director: Richard Lester

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Oliver Reed

A schemer convinces a man wanting to be accepted into high society to pretend he is a noble and marry a duchess. When their plan is found out, they try to escape across Europe.

 

Sabata (Classic)

Genre: Western

Director: Gianfranco Parolini

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Senta Berger

When a group rob the Army safe of $100,000 so they can buy land to build a railroad, they have to deal with the justice of master gunslinger, Sabata.

 

The Single Mom's Club

Genre: Comedy

Director: Tyler Perry

Starring: Nia Long, Amy Smart

When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.

 

Transcendence

Genre: Drama

Director: Wally Pfister

Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall

Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.

 

A Young Doctor's Notebook

Genre: Drama

Director: Alex Hardcastle

Starring: Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe

It's 1917, on the eve of the Russian Revolution, and a young doctor (Radcliffe) arrives in the middle of the night to lead an eerie, back-woods hospital. Fresh from med school, he is completely unprepared for the bizarre people and alarming medical maladies that face him, so, in an unexpected twist, he turns to his older self (Hamm) for advice. It's a fascinating, dark and original comedy with two of Hollywood's leading talents that surprises and entertains in a wholly unique way.

 
 



NEW DVDS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 8, 2014

 

DVD PICK OF THE WEEK:

MAIDENTRIP

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14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out-camera in hand-on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger's debut feature amplifies Laura's brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.



Afternoon of a Faun (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Documentary

Director: Nancy Biurski

Tanaquil Le Clercq was the foremost dancer of her day; she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike. Her unique style, humor, and authenticity redefined ballet for all dancers. Then, at age 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. But rather than be a victim, she refused to be conquered by disease. She gradually took control of her life in a way few women of her day would've done. The documentary provides a useful and inspiring model for how to avoid being defined by tragedy.

 

Bad Grandpa .5

Genre: Comedy

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Starring: Johnny Knoxville

A whole new perspective on the world of Irving Zisman with unbelievable bonus scenes and hilarious pranks. A look at the evolution of Johnny Knoxville's naughty alter-ego, makeup effects, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the idiocy it takes to make a hidden camera movie in public.

 

Caught (Classic)

Genre: Suspense

Director: Max Ophuls

Starring: James Mason, Robert Ryan

A tale of Leonora, an aspiring carhop who meets and marries a mysterious millionaire, Smith Ohlrig. Soon after the wedding, Laura realizes she's trapped in a loveless marriage with a ruthless workaholic husband who torments her with twisted mind games. Unable to obtain a divorce from Smith, she moves out of the mansion and goes to work for a dedicated doctor, Larry Quinada. The two quickly fall in love but the romance comes to an abrupt halt when Leonora learns that she is pregnant.

 

Maidentrip (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Documentary

Director: Laura Schlesinger

Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker set out, camera in hand, on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family, and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea.

 

Minouchkine: Les Naufrages Du Fol Espoir (Foreign Language - French)

Genre: Drama

Director: Ariane Minouchkine

Starring: Theatre du Soleil

On the eve of World War I, a silent film crew is shooting a story inspired by one of Jules Verne's novels (The survivors of the 'Jonathan'), in which the heroes, shipwrecked in Patagonia, innocently narrate their tales as the snow flakes drift around them.


Non-Stop

Genre: Action

Director: Juam Collet Suara

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore

During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every twenty minutes.

 

Nymph()maniac

Genre: Drama

Director: Lars Von Trier

Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Uma Thurman

Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac is found beaten in the gutters. As a kind soul tries to nourish her back to health, Joe reveals her troubled past encounters, through erotic flashbacks of her youth that led her down this road to low self-esteem and self-worth.

 

Pandora's Promise (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Documentary

This feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it. The film aims to inspire a serious and realistic debate over what is without question the most important question of our time: how do we continue to power modern civilization without destroying it?

 

Popeye

Genre: Comedy

Director: Robert Altman

Starring: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall

Live-action version of the popular cartoon with Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea.

 

The Raid 2 (Blu-Ray)

Genre: Action

Director: Gareth Evans

Starring: Iko Uwais

Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife. He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself.

 

Watermark (Non-Fiction)

Genre: Documentary

Director: Jennifer Baichwal

Following their success with Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.

 

La Week-End

Genre: Comedy

Director: Roger Michell

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan

Long-married British couple Nick and Meg are revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness, and even deeper regret. An invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan, an amusingly eccentric American academic, soon leads them to a hopeful vision of what their marriage might still become.

 

Zero Charisma

Genre: Comedy

Director: Katie Graham, Andrew Mathews

Starring: Sam Eidson, Gerritt Graham

As the strict Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game, Scott leads his friends in a weekly quest through mysterious lands from the safety of his grandmother's kitchen. But his mastery of his own domain starts to slip - along with everything else.

 
 

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