Friday, December 30, 2011

New Releases - Weeks of 12/20 & 12/27

New to our shelves in the last two weeks:

Midnight in Paris
A charming confection by Woody Allen (that also happens to be one of the biggest box office successes of his long and varied career) centers around a blocked writer (Owen Wilson) vacationing in Paris with his rather mismatched fiancee (Rachel McAdams). Some midnight strolls lead to some fantastical journeys.

Margin Call
An excellent dramatization of the financial crisis of 2008, set in a 24-hour period. Features great understated turns by Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons, and Stanley Tucci.

The Fighter of the year, featuring lauded performances by Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte.

Dolphin Tale
Based on the true story of a dolphin who lost his tail and was surgically fitted with a prothesis (starring the actual dolphin!), this family friendly feature also stars Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, and Kris Kristofferson.

The Tempest
Director Julie Taymor (Titus; Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) takes on Shakespeare's final play, with Helen Mirren in the Prospero role. Also features Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Whishaw, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, and Felicity Jones.

Brighton Rock

A new adaptation of Graham Greene's novel of teenage delinquency in 60s England.

Straw Dogs
This remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 controversial thriller stars Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, and True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard.

Catch .44

A noirish suspense tale featuring Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, and Malin Akerman.

Apollo 18
Don't worry: it'll still make sense even if you haven't seen Apollo 14 through Apollo 17.

Final Destination 5
Apparently, the final destination hasn't yet been reached and there are still more gruesome ways for younguns to die.

Burke & Hare

John Landis (An American Werewolf in London; The Blues Brothers) directs this ghoulish comedy about Victorian era grave-robbers, starring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis (without CGI-enhancement!), Jessica Hynes, Isla Fisher, and Tom Wilkinson.

Zoe Saldana (Avatar; Star Trek) headlines this South American set actioner.

Maverick Canadian director Bruce McDonald (Pontypool; Highway 61) directs this tale of two ex-bandmates (Molly Parker and Tracey Wright) who re-unite for an evening.

Pete Smalls is Dead

Black comedy featuring Peter Dinklage, Mark Boone Jr., Tim Roth, Rosie Perez, and Steve Buscemi.

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Jason Sudeikis headlines this comedy about aging friends who come up with a questionable plan to recapture their youth for an evening.

The 39 Steps
A new adaptation of John Buchan's novel.

Julia's Eyes
A Spanish horror thriller, produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Love Crime
Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier play two women caught up in a dangerous relationship in this French thriller.

Love Exposure
Director Shion Sono (Suicide Club; Strange Circus) helms this four-hour blend of romance, comedy, drama, and action that follows three abused and neglected youths whose lives intersect in wild and unpredictable ways.

The Tree
Charlotte Gainsbourg plays a grieving wife and mother in this adaptation of a novel by Judy Pascoe.

Island Etude

A Taiwanese drama about a deaf student who decides to cycle around the country before graduating.

Saint Nick
The dark side of Santa Claus! Read Margot Harrison's intriguing review of the Danish horror comedy here.

Tuesday, After Christmas

A Romanian drama about a married man's affair with a much younger woman.

The Piano in a Factory
A custody battle propels this Chinese drama, which finds the father attempting to build a piano from scratch in order to entice his daughter to live with him.

The First Grader
An octogenarian villager decides to attend school for the first time in this Kenyan-set film.

Woody Allen: A Documentary
An excellent portrait of the prolific writer and director (44 films and countin!), featuring candid interviews with colleagues, friends, and the man himself.

Eames: The Architect & the Painter

Documentary about the husband and wife team of Ray and Charles Eames, two of America's most influential and important industrial designers.

Bobby Fischer Against the World

A great examination of the famed chess player and his troubled life.

Life After Tomorrow
An interesting look at various women who starred in professional productions of the popular musical Annie when they were young and how the experience has shaped their lives - for better or worse.

Jane's Journey

After establishing herself as one of the world's foremost primatologist, Jane Goodall stepped away from her science career to devote herself full-time to environmental and philanthropic causes.

On the ground perspective of a group of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan in 2009.

Worst in Show
Ugly dogs need love, too.

The Borgias - 1st Season

Shameless - 1st Season (US & UK)

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret - 1st Season

Futurama - 6th Season

Archer - 2nd Season

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Friday, December 16, 2011

New Releases - Week of 12/13/11

New to our shelves this week:

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
A surprisingly lively and entertaining update of the Apes franchise, starring Andy Serkis, James Franco, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow.

Kung Fu Panda 2
The gang's back for more... with a script allegedly doctored by Charlie Kaufman!

Fright Night

A remake that actually works! Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher "McLovin" Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette, and David Tennant star in this vampire-next-door comic horror tale.

Detective Dee & the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

A martial arts actioner from Tsui Hark (Once Upon a Time in China). Check out Margot Harrison's review of it here.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975

A hit at this year's Vermont International Film Festival, this documentary uses previously unreleased footage from Swedish filmmakers.

Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent
Another solid stand-up offering from the sassy, envelope-pushing comic.

The Smell of Success

Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho; Northfork) directs this comedy about a family manure business starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kyle MacLachlan, Tea Leoni, Ed Helms, & Frances Conroy.

Tanner Hall
Coming of age tale set at an all-girls boarding school, starring Rooney Mara (The Social Network; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

Two Iranian girls fall in love.

Daddy Longlegs
A divorced father displays incredibly questionable parenting techniques in this indie feature.

A Serbian Film
Quickly earning a notorious reputation as one of most extreme films out there, this horrific tale follows the exploits of a faded porn star who's lured back into the business only to find himself at the mercy of some truly depraved sickos.

No Woman No Cry
A documentary by Christy Turlington about health care issues surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

Family Guy - 10th Season

The Life & Times of Tim - 2nd Season

Daria - Complete Series

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Releases - Weeks of 11/29 & 12/6

New to Our Shelves:

The Help
The adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel has already garnered a lot of Oscar buzz for its performances, particularly for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

The Debt
A period-jumping espionage thriller starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain, and Ciaran Hinds.

Hangover II
The wolfpack's at it again... this time in Thailand.

Cowboys & Aliens
Jon Favreau (Iron Man; Elf) helms this high-concept sci-fi actioner starring Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell, and Olivia Wilde.

30 Minutes or Less
Ruben Fleischer follows up his Zombieland with this black comedy heist thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, & Nick Swardson.

Friends With Benefits

aka No Strings Attached, Pt. 2

Our Idiot Brother

Paul Rudd plays the titular idiot brother, sibling to Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, & Emily Mortimer.

One Day
Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in the adaptation of the popular romance book. Lone Scherfig (An Education; Italian for Beginners) directs.

The Future
Performance artist Miranda July (Me, You and Everyone Else) returns with this odd, oddly endearing film about... well, many things. Read Margot Harrison's review here.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Werner Herzog play tour guide in this documentary about the ancient paintings of the Chauvet caves.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Hillbilly horror with a comic twist. Read Margot's review of it here.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Jim Carrey stars in one for the kids.

The Smurfs
The latest iteration of the famed Belgian blue creatures gives them the CGI treatment.

Another Earth
A duplicate planet is discovered.

The Art of Getting By
Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts star in a tale of young love.

5 Days of War
An American journalist and his cameraman are caught up in the crossfire during the war between Russia and Georgia.

The Wave
A teacher trying to impart a lesson about fascism develops an experiment that quickly gets out of hand.

A French thriller about a kidnapped industrialist.

Life, Above All
A South African story about a mother and daughter.

Seven Days in Utopia
A failed golfer finds guidance in Utopia, Texas.

Sons of Perdition
A compelling documentary that follows a couple of teenage boys who have escaped from the FLDS (a Mormon sect) and are trying to assimilate to "normal" life.

Becoming Chaz
A profile of Chaz Bono, directed by Fenton Baily & Randy Barbato (The Eyes of Tammy Faye; Party Monster; Inside Deep Throat).

Histoire(s) du Cinema
Jean-Luc Godard's epic and idiosyncratic 8-part examination of cinema.

Design For Living
A delightful, sassy & saucy pre-Code comedy from Ernst Lubitsch (Trouble in Paradise; The Shop Around the Corner) that follows the ups & downs of a menage-a-trois. Stars Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins (who also appeared together in the great 1931 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) and Gary Cooper.

Portlandia - 1st Season
Oh, the funny! Here's the opening couple of minutes:

Big Love - 5th Season

30 Rock - 5th Season

Smallville - 10th Season

Lie to Me - 3rd Season

The Simpsons - 14th Season
"All my life I've had one dream: to achieve my many goals."

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