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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.