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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.