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BROKEN CITY – Seven years after being forced to resign as a New York City police officer, a private detective (Mark Wahlberg) is hired to follow the wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of the city’s mayor (Russell Crowe), who’s convinced she’s cheating on him, but there’s a lot more to the story in this gripping crime thriller where everyone has a motive and no one can be trusted.
DJANGO UNCHAINED – Quentin Tarantino’s reinterpretation of the spaghetti western as southern potboiler won Oscars for its screenplay and for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to seek out the south’s most wanted criminals, and to find and rescue the wife (Kerry Washington) he lost to the slave trade long ago. His search ultimately leads to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) the infamous and brutal proprietor of a slave plantation. Vengeance and violence follows.
GANGSTER SQUAD – A great cast, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone, animate this 1940′s set crime thriller. Ruthless gangster Mickey Cohen has the city of Los Angeles under his thumb, and corruption runs rampant through the police force. Chief Bill Parker takes the extreme step of forming a special unit, not to make arrests, but to exact vigilante justice. Inspired by the true story of the cops who fought for L.A.’s soul.
A HAUNTED HOUSE – The newest intallment in the comedic “Scary Movie” franchise finds a young couple (Marlon Wayans & Essence Atkins) moving into their dream home only to discover they’re not alone. Funny, silly fun!
SOUND OF MY VOICE – Critically acclaimed psychological thriller. A filmmaker and his girlfriend set out to expose the beautiful leader of a cult, who claims to be from the future. But the more they uncover, the more danger they face. Stars former New York Video employee Christopher Denham!
THE LONLIEST PLANET – One of the best reviewed films of the year, coming in at number 15 in the National Film Critics poll : A young couple in love and engaged to be married take a summer backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. They hire a local guide to lead them on their camping trek. Venturing into the stunning wilderness, a brief, shattering incident interrupts the trio’s peaceful adventure, opening a subtle rift between the couple. Gael Garcia Bernal stars.
EASY MONEY – This Swedish crime thriller based on the international best-selling novel stars Joel Kinnaman from TV”s “The Killing”. He plays a lower-class business student who falls in love with a sexy heiress while leading a double life mingling with Stockhom’s wealthy elite. He soon finds himself embroiled in a life of crime with dramatic results. In Swedish with English subtitles.
HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN – Director Phillip Kaufman’s (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) recounting of the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage of literary master Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and the beautiful, trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, as they serve as adventurous witnesses to history, through the Spanish Civil war and beyond.
THE GUILT TRIP – This road trip comedy stars Barbra Streisand & Seth Rogen as mother and son on an 8-day 3,000 mile journey across America. For fans of either of these stars this is certainly worth seeing, especially since Streisand rarely appears in films anymore.
HYDE PARK ON HUDSON – Bill Murray’s performance is the highlight of this charming, humorous take on our 32nd President of the United States. As Great Britain faces war with Germany, Franklin D. Roosevelt invites the King & Queen of England for a weekend at his home in upstate New York. But during this historic visit FDR must juggle his wife, mother and mistresses, while dealing with the complexities of an international crisis. Also stars Laura Linney.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – Terrific performances by Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, and Jackie Weaver highlight this romantic dramedy about two mentally unstable people who find each other, while trying to rebuild their troubled lives. Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress Oscar for 2012.
THE IMPOSSIBLE – Based on the true story of one family who survived the Christmas tsunami in Thailand in 2004. Naomi Watts was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her devastating performance, and the recreation of the tsunami for the film is truly incredible to watch.
GAME OF THRONES (2nd Season) – The latest installment of the epic fanstasy series continues. Based on the best-selling books by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is set in the fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years. Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast approaching winter, the season of the white raven. If you haven’t sampled this HBO show before please check out Season 1. You won’t be disappointed.
THIS IS NOT A FILM – This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone, and smuggled out of Iran in a cake for a last minute submission to the Cannes Film Festival, depicts the day-to- day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence of 6 years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking, Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer, discussing his plight with fellow director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking. This was ranked #5 in the 2012 National Film Critics poll.
RUST AND BONE – From director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) comes this tale of two souls finding strength in each other after tragedy reunites them. Marion Cotillard gives a tour-de-force performance as Stephanie, an orca trainer whose life is transformed dramatically. Faced with unbearable circumstances, she turns to Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a street boxer who is having his own battle with life changing events. As their stories intersect, they navigate their relationship through a world where love and courage appear in many forms. In French with English subtitles.
KILLING THEM SOFTLY – Brad pitt delivers an explosive performance as Jackie Cogan, an enforcer for the Mob in director Andrew Dominik’s gritty yet stylish thriller. Cogan must restore order in the criminal underworld after a Mob protected card game is robbed by a group of inexperienced crooks. James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins round out the great supporting cast.
HITCHCOCK – Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren star in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema’s most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Alfred Hitchcock becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the Hollywood studios won’t back. Determined to make “Psycho” he risks his reputation and his home as he collaborates with his wife Alma to create an influential cinematic masterpiece. Available in Bluray and regular dvd.
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER – One of the best films of 2012, this bittersweet coming of age tale is the feel good movie of the year. Logan Lerman plays Charlie, a High School freshman, and the eponymous “wallflower” of the title who is always watching from the sidelines until two charismatic seniors (Emma Watson & Ezra Miller) take him under their wing. Great writing, terrific performances, and a remarkable directorial debut from Stephen Chbosky, adapting his own novel, has resulted in what will be considered, in years to come, a classic of the genre. Not to be missed! Highly recommended!
LINCOLN – Daniel Day-Lewis’ Oscar winning turn as Abraham Lincoln is just one of the many highlights in Steven Spielberg’s inspiring and revealing drama focusing on the 16th president’s tumultuous final four months in office as he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery. It also won an Oscar for it’s Production Design. If you didn’t see it in the movies you really need to see it now.
THIS IS 40 – From director Judd Apatow comes this sort- of -sequel to his previous film Knocked Up. Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) reprise their characters from the first film as they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in various humorous and candid ways. Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, and John Lithgow lend able comedic support.
THE INTOUCHABLES – France’s biggest Box Office hit of all time finally comes to dvd. When an ex-con from the projects is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat his newfound job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. Racing a Maserati through Paris streets, seducing women and paragliding over the Alps are just the beginning as the two men turn the world of Parisian society upside down. This is a real crowd- pleaser of a film. In French with English subtitles.
THE COLLECTION – From the twisted minds of the writers of the “Saw” movies comes this riveting and macabre tale of horror. A group of friends attending an underground warehouse party find themselves caught in a nightmarish trap when a masked psychopath sets in motion a series of contraptions that kill the revelers in various ingenious and disgusting ways. For fans of the ghoulish and gory.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE – Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are old school grandparents who get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their daughter’s (Marisa Tomei) over- protected kids.
A LATE QUARTET – After 25 years together, the members of a world renowned string quartet learn that their beloved cellist (Christopher Walken) may soon be forced to retire. But the news stirs up equally painful challenges when competing egos, resentments, and secrets threaten to derail the group as they struggle to maintain harmony in their music and their lives. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener also star.
HOLY MOTORS – This mind-bending masterwork by French director Leos Carax (The Lovers On The Bridge, Pola X) came in at number 3 in the National Film Critics Poll for 2012. Monsieur Oscar (Denis Levant) takes a rollicking, soulful journey by limousine through the streets of Paris as he transforms into multiple characters for a series of mysterious appointments. Carax blends genres – film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, even anime – to create a fever dream of a film that is both mirthful and dazzling. Perhaps not for every moviegoers taste, but it’s an undeniably adventurous viewing experience for those willing to take the ride.
MARGARET – Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, and Matt Damon star in director Kenneth Lonergan’s long awaited follow-up to “You Can Count On Me”. This story of a Manhattan teenager whose life is profoundly altered after witnessing a terrible accident, went unreleased for 4 years while the director battled the studio over his final cut of the film. It’s had an equally troubling journey to DVD, first as a Bluray only release, before finally coming out on regular DVD. It was worth the wait. Anna Paquin gives the performance of her career as an emotional teen whose ideals come into conflict with the harsh realities of the adult world. Polarizing and provocative!
THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Jackson’s epic prequel to “The Lord Of The Rings” saga follows the young Bilbo Baggins as he is swept up in the quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. It’s through this adventure that the “precious” ring first comes into his possession and where we first meet the treacherous Gollum. Beautifully photographed with some great set pieces including the epic final battle.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS – The Guardians of the title are Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus together for the first time in one movie. When the evil Pitch threatens to take over the world, it’s up to these heroes to protect the hopes and dreams of children everywhere. From Dreamworks animation.
THE MASTER – Haunted by his past, a traumatized WWII veteran and drifter, Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancaster Dodd- “The Master” of the title (Phillip Seymour Hoffman)- and his wife Peggy ( Amy Adams). Their twisted relationship is at the core of this latest film by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood). Steeped in the psychology of fear, delusion, exploitation, and rage, with unlikeable characters and no transcendant truths this is P.T. Anderson’s most challenging film so far. It was declared the number 1 film of the year in the National Film Critics Poll, though audiences seem to either love it, or hate it.
LIFE OF PI – Winner of 4 Academy Awards including Best Director (Ang Lee), this tale of young Pi Patel stranded on a lifeboat with only one other survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, is a remakable cinematic achievement, especially when the book it’s based on was considered unfilmable. With Oscar winning Cinematography, Music score , and Visual Effects, if you didn’t get to see this in theaters in 3-D you need to at least watch it on DVD.
MEEK’S CUTOFF – This stark and poetic drama set in 1845 follows a wagon train of three families as they try and navigate the Oregon Trail. Claiming to know a shortcut their hired guide, Stephen Meek, leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage brush. They are soon facing hunger, thirst, and their own lack of faith in each other’s instincts for survival. Michelle Williams stars in her second collaboration with director Kelly Reichhardt (Wendy and Lucy).
THE KID WITH A BIKE – The Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury prize winner finally arrives on DVD. The great Belgian directors Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne continue their exploration of people at risk, in this case, an 11 year-old boy who has been abandoned by his single father. The Dardenne brothers spare, unsentimental approach actually makes the story more affecting. In French with english subtitles.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN – This year’s Oscar winning Best Documentary about the 1970′s Detroit singer Rodriguez, who lived in obscurity here in America, but who became, over the course of two decades, a seminal rock icon in South Africa.
BREAKING DAWN PART 2: THE TWILIGHT SAGA – The big finale of the Twilight films has the birth of Bella and Edward’s child causing an all out war between the Cullen clan and the Volturi.
PLAYING FOR KEEPS – Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones & Dennis Quaid star in this romantic comedy about a charming, divorced, down on his luck former soccer star who returns home to coach his son’s soccer team, rekindling his relationship with his ex-wife.
HEADHUNTERS – Terrific Norwegian thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. An accomplished corporate headhunter subsidizes his expensive lifestyle by stealing highly prized art, but when he targets a valuable painting he discovers something that makes him a hunted man himself. Clever, funny, and maniacally surprising.
ANNA KARENINA – The latest adaptation of the classic Tolstoy tale of doomed love stars Keira Knightley & Jude Law. Visually innovative direction from Joe Wright (Atonement) brings a new dimension to a familiar story. This years Oscar winner for Best Costume Design.
SINISTER – Ethan Hawke is a true crime writer who moves his family into a home where the previous occupants were brutally murdered and a child disappeared. He soon discovers a box of home movies, unwittingly setting in motion a nightmarish mystery.
HELLO I MUST BE GOING – A modern, unconventional love story told with humor and raw, emotional honesty. Melanie Lynskey plays a recently divorced woman who, demoralized and directionless, takes refuge in the suburban Connecticut home of her parents. When she meets a 19 year old actor her passion for life is reignited, starting her on the road back to independence.
THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY – The new “Superman”, Henry Cavill, stars as a man whose family is kidknapped while on vacation in Spain. In order to get his family back alive he must recover a briefcase at the center of the mystery, while tangling with corrupt intelligence agents who want him dead. Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis also star.
DOWNTON ABBEY (3rd Season) – All is not tranquil at the majestic English country estate in the thrilling third season of this great British series. The Great War is over and a long awaited engagement is on, but in a changing post-war landscape nothing is assured.
ARGO – Ben Affleck’s Oscar winning Best Picture based on the true story of the impossible escape of six Americans from Iran during the Iranian Revolution. It also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
THE SESSIONS – A 38 year old man paralyzed from the neck down (John Hawkes) wants to lose his virginity. Helen Hunt is the sex therapist hired to help him do that. Both give terrific performances, as does William H. Macy as a sympathetic priest.
FEMALE TROUBLE – Director John Waters’ utterly sacrilegious comedy starring the incomparable Divine as Dawn Davenport who, right out of high school, begins a criminal lifestyle that culminates in a shocking conclusion, literally!
PINK FLAMINGOS – The perverse classic that started it all! Divine stars as Babs Johnson, “The Filthiest Person Alive”. John Waters set a benchmark for the bizarre with this film that has never really been equalled in it’s unbridled offensiveness.
ALEX CROSS – Homicide detective and psychologist Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) meets his match in a serial killer, played by Matthew Fox. The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. Based on the novel “Cross” by James Patterson.
DEADFALL – Unhinged thriller stars Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charle Hunnam, and Sissy Spacek. A brother and sister on the run from a casino heist go their separate ways, but with their reunion comes a showdown that pushes the bonds of family to the limit.
SILENT HILL: Revelation – Surreal sequel to the original horror hit follows the young girl (Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean) from the first film, as they try to stay one step ahead of the malevolent forces that almost destroyed them.
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS – Epic action adventure inspired by classic kung fu movies stars Russell Crowe and Lucy Lui. When the emperor’s gold is stolen, every warrior, assassin, and hired gun in China will battle to claim the missing fortune. Enjoyable mayhem!
FLIGHT – Director Robert Zemeckis’ first non-animated film since Cast Away stars Denzel Washington, in an Academy Award nominated performance, as a commercial arline pilot who, after a mid-air catastrophe, is hailed for his heroic efforts, but questions arise as to who or what was really at fault.
SKYFALL – Daniel Craig is back as James Bond in the franchises 23rd installment, and it’s biggest grossing hit. Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. OO7 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Javier Bardem is the mysterious and lethal villain Silva.
THE IMPOSTER – Award-winning documentary that made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival tells the true story of a Texan boy who went missing in 1994 and was miraculously found 3 1/2 years later thousands of miles away in southern Spain. This is a jaw-dropping story about the lies we want to believe and the truths we choose to construct.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA – Animated hit takes place at Dracula’s 5-Stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed, that is until one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything.
FAREWELL MY QUEEN – Director Benoit Jacquot’s film adaptation of the best selling novel by Chantal Thomas, follows one of Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting as she quietly works her way into the Queen’s favor, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. In French with English subtitles.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 – For all the fans of the first 3 films no explanation is necessary. For anybody who hasn’t experienced Paranormal Activity, start at the beginning – you have a lot of catching up to do.
FROM BEGINNING TO END – Controversial gay-themed film from Brazil centering on the intimate bond between two half-brothers and the effect it has on their families and friends. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
MY JOY – The fiction film debut of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa. My Joy is a haunting, inscrutible, mysterious, moody, darkly humorous critique of post-communist Russia. Beautifully shot by master cinematographer Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 days) it follows truck driver Georgy as he sets out on a provincial Russian highway for a routine delivery, but after a series of chance encounters his journey spirals out of control.
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS – From director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) comes this blood drenched black comedy about a struggling writer, an unemployed actor, a psychotic gangster, and one stolen dog. Stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken.
THE SALT OF LIFE – In his warm and witty follow-up to Mid-August Lunch, writer-director-actor Gianni Di Gregorio has created a bittersweet comedy about a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all women, regardless of age or relation. Funny, poignant, and very, very Italian. In Italian with English subtitles.
END OF WATCH – A gritty, gripping cop drama stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as police officers who find themselves on the receiving end of a violent backlash from a notorious drug cartel after a routine traffic stop.
POINT BLANK – Thrilling french thriller about a man whose pregnant wife is kidknapped by a dangerous criminal, pitting him against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a race to save his wife and unborn child. Director Fred Cavaye wrote the Russell Crowe film “The Next Three Days”. In French with English subtitles.
COMPLIANCE – Chilling story, inspired by true events, about a fast food manager who gets a call from a man claiming to be a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky, has stolen money from a customer. What follows is an invasive and disturbing investigation into the lengths a person will go to obey an authority figure. Terrific acting by Ann Dowd and Dreama Walker.
MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE – Gerard Depardieu is a nearly illiterate man in his 50′s who happens to sit beside Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus), a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. This chance encounter on a park bench transforms both their lives in director Jean Becker’s charming film about friendship and new beginnings.
THE POSSESSION – An antique wooden box purchased at a yard sale spells trouble for a divorced couple and their two young girls in this supernatural thriller starring Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
TO ROME WITH LOVE – Woody Allen continues his tour of foreign cities with this ensemble comedy starring Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and of course Woody Allen.
TAKEN 2 – Liam Neeson returns as the ex-CIA operative who stopped at nothing to rescue his daughter from kidknappers in “Taken”. On vacation in Istanbul he faces off with the families of the kidknappers he so excellently dispatched in the first film.
THE PAPERBOY – A sexually and racially charged film noir from director Lee Daniels (Precious). Deep in the backwaters of 1960′s south Florida an investigative reporter and his partner chase a sensational, career-making story. Stars Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Zac Efron, and in a remarkably sweaty, and slutty, performance, Nicole Kidman.
Here are the top 25 films of the year as determined by 85 film critics from across the country. This is by far, the most comprehensive, democratic distillation of current critical opinion that exists. You may not agree with some of the rankings, you may not have heard of some of the films, but this poll will challenge your thinking about what constitutes great cinema.
1 THE MASTER - available on dvd
2 ZERO DARK THIRTY - available on dvd
3 HOLY MOTORS - available on dvd
4 MOONRISE KINGDOM - available on dvd
5 THIS IS NOT A FILM - available on dvd
6 ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA - available on dvd
7 AMOUR - not scheduled for release yet
8 THE TURIN HORSE - available on dvd
9 LINCOLN - available on dvd
10 TABU - not scheduled for release yet
11 THE DEEP BLUE SEA - available on dvd
12 THE KID WITH A BIKE – available on dvd
13 BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - available on dvd
14 OSLO, AUGUST 31ST - available on dvd
15 THE LONLIEST PLANET - available on dvd
16 COSMOPOLIS - available on dvd
17 DJANGO UNCHAINED - release date April 16th
18 BERNIE - available on dvd
19 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK - release date April 30th
20 RUST AND BONE - available on dvd
21 ARGO - available on dvd
22 BARBARA - not scheduled for release yet
23 ALMEYER’S FOLLY - not scheduled for release yet
24 NEIGHBORING SOUNDS - not scheduled for release yet
25 MAGIC MIKE - available on dvd
COSMOPOLIS - Robert Pattinson stars in director David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the Don Delillo bestseller, thought to be unfilmable, but he did adapt a previous “unfilmable” book with “Naked Lunch” so he was definitely the right director for the job. Pattinson plays a 28 year old billionaire asset manager whose perfectly ordered world begins to implode over the course of one day.
HIT & RUN - An action-packed comedy about a nice guy with a criminal past (Dax Shepard) who risks everything when he busts out of a witness protection program to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles for the job opportunity of a lifetime. Bradley Cooper plays a vengeance crazed ex-pal, and Tom Arnold is the inept Fed chasing them.
FRANKENWEENIE - Director Tim Burton’s offbeat, but heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life – with a few minor adjustments.
THE WORDS - This romantic thriller stars Bradley Cooper as an author whose best-seller may not be entirely his own putting his life and relationships in jeopardy. Zoe Saldana is his wife. Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid also star.
DREDD - Remake of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone post-apocalyptic thriller about an ultra violent future where the only law enforcers are Judges who are literally Judge, jury, and executioner.
TAKE THIS WALTZ - Michelle Williams stars in actress Sarah Polley’s second directorial feature (Away from Her), Seth Rogan is her husband, and Luke Kirby is the handsome artist who lives across the street and complicates their lives. Critics gave high marks to this film that was also written by Polley.
STOLEN - Nicholas Cage is a master thief just out of prison whose former criminal cohorts and an FBI agent suspect he’s hidden the $10 million he went to prison for stealing in this heist thriller, which also stars Josh Lucas.
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET - Jennifer Lawrence & Elizabeth Shue are a mother and daughter who move to the suburbs hoping for a fresh start only to discover that horror awaits in the house next door.
LOOPER - Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same character in this futuristic action thriller that brings together time travel, hit men, and the mob.
THE FROZEN - A young couple take an ill-advised winter camping trip that takes a haunted turn in this supernatural, psychological thriller. There are some real chills here, and not just from the cold. Stars talented, up and coming actress Brit Morgan.
KILLER JOE - Matthew McConaughey is terrific as a Dallas detective who moonlights as a hitman in this twisted, redneck, trailer park thriller.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - Unique, magical feature film debut from director Ben Zeitlin. 6-year old Hushpuppy lives with her tough, but loving father in an isolated bayou community that’s under siege by the melting of the ice caps. A true American art film with great performances by Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry, both “non-actors” in their first film. Watch the making of doc on the bonus features to appreciate just what an accomplishment this film is.
V / H / S - A found footage anthology of Horrror in the tradition of Tales from the Crypt with a different genre director helming each of the stories. This is a must-see for any fans of horror with some really original, creepy moments.
THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN - Inspiring family film about a young couple who dream of having a child only to discover a boy on their doorstep one stormy night. From the director who brought us “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”. Stars Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and Dianne Wiest.
PITCH PERFECT - An a capella singing group competition comedy starring Anna Kendrick, and the scene stealing Rebel Wilson. Critics and audiences loved it for it’s inventive song mash-ups and winning cast.
360 - From the director of “City of God” and “The Constant Gardener” comes this sexy, dramatic thriller about interconnected romantic life in the 21st century. The stories are set in different cities, Paris, London, Rio, Denver, Phoenix, and has an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Ben Foster.
TED - Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut is a comedy about a grown man (Mark Wahlberg) whose cherished teddy bear came to life as a result of a childhood wish, and hasn’t left his side since, creating numerous complications in his adult life. The potty-mouthed teddy is voiced by Seth MacFarlane himself.
TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE - Clint Eastwood plays a top baseball scout at the end of his career. Justin Timberlake is the young rival looking to replace him, and Amy Adams is his estranged daughter, who puts her own career as an attorney at risk to help her father.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Dog Days - The third film in the “wimpy kid’ series finds Greg in all sorts of trouble as he tries to keep his dad from sending him to military school, while contending with the family’s new trouble making canine.
RESIDENT EVIL: Retribution - Milla Jovovich is once again the star of the fifth film in the series. For the many fans of Milla and her ass-kicking alter ego “Alice” ,this is a non-stop action packed installment.
PREMIUM RUSH - Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is the bike messenger whose last delivery of the day is a “premium rush” that turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. Inventive action sequences make for an exciting thriller.
ARBITRAGE - A riveting, suspense filled thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. Richard Gere (in one of his best performances) is a New York hedge-fund magnate who goes to desperate lengths to protect his family when his financial empire is threatened. Also stars Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth.
TOTAL RECALL - Not a scene for scene remake of the original Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi, this “reimagining” is a special effects filled thrill ride with some over the top action sequences. Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale & Jessica Biel star.
THE BOURNE LEGACY - Jeremy Renner is the genetically engineered agent in the cat and mouse game started by Matt Damon in the first three Bourne movies. Rounding out the government conspiracy are Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz.
HOPE SPRINGS - Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell star in a feel good romantic comedy for adults.
PARANORMAN – A new animated classic from the makers of “Coraline” about a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
SPARKLE – Remake of the 1974 film stars American Idol winner Jordin Sparks in her film debut as a young singer warned against the pitfalls of the music business by her protective mother, played by Whitney Houston in her last screen performance.
HERE – Set against the gorgeous landscape of Armenia, HERE follows the brief but intense relationship between an American satellite mapping engineer (Ben Foster) and an expatriate photographer (Lubna Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel together. Well acted adult drama.
MEN IN BLACK 3 – The third installment of the highly entertaining sci/fi comedy series directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back as agents J & K, with Josh Brolin playing a young Tommy Lee Jones.
DEXTER – The 6th season of the hit Showtime series has Dexter, our serial killer hero, trying to solve an outbreak of gruesome killings based on the Book of Revelations, while juggling life as a single father. If you haven’t tuned in to this show, please start with season 1. You will not be disappointed!
MONSIEUR LAZHAR – Nominated this past year for Best Foreign Film, Monsieur Lazhar tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well liked teacher, and the Algerian immigrant who offers his services as a substitute teacher and helps in the process of collective healing.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – Director Christopher Nolan’s final film in his Batman trilogy with Christian Bale once again donning the black cape to rid Gotham City of the destructive force known as Bane (Tom Hardy).
LAWLESS – Three bothers become outlaws, and then heroes in this period bootlegging drama. Shia Labeouf, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain star.
LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN – Finally on DVD for the first time, adapted from the cult classic best-selling novel by Hubert Selby, Last Exit to Brooklyn follows a gang of young hoodlums, a down and out prostitute, an abusive father, and a low level union official as they attempt to survive the harsh underbelly of 1950′s Brooklyn. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives the performance of her career as does Stephen Lang. If you haven’t seen this you are really missing out on a singular cinematic experience. Highly recommended!
HOMELAND – The first season of the acclaimed TV series with Claire Danes as a brilliant but volatile CIA agent and Damian Lewis as a Marine Sgt. war hero, who may or may not be an Al Qaeda sleeper agent plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
THE EXPENDABLES 2 – This sequel to the first film, which included every major action star of the past 3 decades, is actually better than the original. Stars Sylveter Stallone, Jason Stathem, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
THE SKIN I LIVE IN – Spanish director Pedro Amodovar’s film follows a driven plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) haunted by personal tragedies, who perfects a new type of skin, and whose latest guinea pig is a mysterious woman whose true identity masks a shocking mystery.
HYSTERIA – This lighthearted romantic comedy tells the surprising story of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness. Hugh Dancy plays the inventor. Maggie Gyllenhaal is his love interest.
THE BAD SEED – The first, and best, screen version of Maxwell Anderson’s stage hit about a well-mannered, murderous 8 year-old little girl stars Patty McCormack as the evil Rhoda, and Nancy Kelly (in an over the top – Oscar nominated performance) as her disbelieving mother. This new pristine print includes a great commentary by Patty McCormack and writer/actor Charles Busch.