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New Releases for August 25th

Here's a list of the new rental titles on our shelves for the week of August 25th. You can also click here to see the new stuff for sale online. ADVENTURELAND-In a world inundated with teen comedies & coming of age stories, it's hard to know which are actually worth the watch. This one, written and directed by Greg Mottola (he also directed Superbad) falls into the must-watch category. Jesse Eisenberg (Squid & The Whale) plays a recent college grad working at an amusement park to pay for grad school. There he meets the eccentric managers (the always entertaining Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig), a philosophical co-worker (Freaks & Geeks' Martin Starr) the handyman (Ryan Reynolds) who swears he played guitar with Lou Reed and Em (Twilight's Kristen Stewart), with whom he's immediately smitten. The usual pining/misunderstandings/romantic complications ensue with sweet and satisfying results. It's all set in the summer of 1987 with the fashion and soundtrack to prove it. DUPLICITY-Tony Gilroy, writer/director of Michael Clayton, delivers another corporate crime caper. This one's a bit more lighthearted than Clayton-it stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen as corporate spies at rival companies who team up to swindle their employers out of millions so they can shack up in style. Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti co-star as the heads of the warring companies. SUNSHINE CLEANING-Just when we thought the whole "It's this year's Little Miss Sunshine!" phenomenon was over, here comes Sunshine Cleaning. But since it's produced by the same people and stars Alan Arkin as a grandfather-type, we'll forgive the never-ending comparisons. It's also has a similarly funny and poignant story about two sisters (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt) in need of cash who go into the crime scene clean-up business. TROUBLE THE WATER FIGHTING-Is this film starring Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard actually about fighting or is it merely a metaphor about fighting? Turns out it's a bit of both. There's an excellent review here. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES-Criterion releases Chantal Akerman's experimental exploration of time, space and character to DVD. The two disc set includes a newly restored digital transfer and new English subtitles, a making-of documentary, Akerman's first film Saute Ma Ville and more. THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO-Whit Stillman's (Metropolitan, Barcelona) tale of recent college graduates looking for love and enlightenment during the dawn of the 80s, now on Criterion DVD. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny and the awesome Mackenzie Astin. NIKKATSU NOIR-More Criterion! This collection is from their Eclipse series and includes five bruised and bloody films from Japan's oldest film studio: I Am Waiting (1957), Rusty Knife (1958), Take Aim at the Police Van (a Seijun Suzuki film from1960), Cruel Gun Story (1964) and A Colt is My Passport (1967). STUNT ROCK--It's OK to rock out sometimes... RUDO Y CURSI-Carlos Cuaron, brother of Alfonso and co-writer of Y Tu Mama Tambien reunites Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal for his directorial debut. They star as brothers and soccer stars battling each other for a chance at fame. This is also the first film Cha Cha Cha Films, the production company founded by Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Guillermo Del Toro. HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD-A History Channel biography of the man who once had a studied in our neighborhood, as told through interviews, rare home movies and comments from folks like Jackie Chan, Stan Lee and John Woo. GOODBYE SOLO-Retrojam, a fellow Tweeter on Twitter, said, "Indie film pick of the week: Goodbye Solo. Get this at your local video store!" There's info on the film here. INVISIBLE GIRLFRIEND-You'll want to watch the trailer for this one. NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS--An indie examination of long-distance relationships, co-starring Humpday's Lynn Shelton! SOMETHING IS KILLING TATE LOTS OF NEW TV ON DVD Booker: Complete Series-21 Jump Street spin off starring Richard Grieco! Raise your hand if you had a picture of him in your locker and/or binder!) Californication: Season 2-Another season of midlife debauchery starring David Duchovny First Amendment Stand Up: Season 3-Produced by Martin Lawrence, hosted by Doug Williams, featuring DJ Biz Markie!) Gangland: Season 4-Another season of the History Channel's exploration of gangs in the U.S. House: Season 5-Oh Hugh Laurie, we love you. This season features a guest appearance by Mos Def! Lie To Me: Season 1-Another "this is how we do it" crime solving show starring Tim Roth as an expert in lie detection. Life: Season 2-NBC's quirky crime drama Mama Cass Television Program-A pilot for a musical variety show in 1968 that was never picked up, features Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame), Martin Landau, Buddy Hackett and Joni Mitchell. NCIS: Season 6-I had no idea that stood for Naval Crime Investigation Service. New Tricks: Season 1-A British cop comedy series Scrubs: Season 8-Eight seasons? Impressive, Mr. Braff! Smallville: Season 8-The ongoing dramas of young Clark Kent, Lex Luthor and co. Thirtysomething: Season 1-Even though I am now of the titular age range, I will always think of this show as something only grown-ups watch. Untouchables: Season 3 Vol. 1-More crime fighting classic TV, starring Robert Stack. ANIME NEW RELEASES Destiny of the Shrine Maiden: Complete Series Hana Yori Dango Final: The Movie -Live action Boys Over Flowers film Mushi-Shi: The Movie -Live action movie One Piece: Season 2-Second Voyage FAMILY NEW RELEASES Batman: The Brave and The Bold Vol. 1 Pokemon: DP Battle Dimension Vol. 3 & 4 Yo Gabba Gabba!: Halloween -speaking of Biz Markie, check this out: NEW FOREIGN FILMS & IMPORTS Apres Lui (2007, France) Diary of a Nobody (2008, British comedy) Fear and Desire (PAL Code 2)-Stanley Kubrick's film from 1953 First 7th Night (2009, Hong Kong) Gradiva (C'est Gradvia Qui Vous Appelle) (2006, a ghost story from France) High Noon (2009, Hong Kong) Housemaid (1960, Korea) I Corrupt All Cops (2009, Hong Kong) Landscape No. 2 (2008, Slovenia) Newcastle (2008, Australia) Pourquoi Israel? (PAL Code 2) (1973, Israel) Scandal Makers (Code 3) (2009, Korea) Shelter (2007, Israel) Silence (2005, Australia) Spirited Killer Trilogy (2009, Thailand) Weekend Murders (1972, Italian horror aka Giallo) NEW DOCUMENTARIES American Photography: A Century of Images Beef State--Doc. about raising cattle in the American prairie, narrated by Peter Coyote Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures & Sea Ghosts Cry for Help (2009) (doc. on depression, anxiety and mental illness in teens & young adults) 4 400 Years of the Telescope --To coincide with 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope Frontline: Bigger Than Enron Frontline: Sick Around America Inside Planet Earth Legacy of War Mosque in Morgantown--A look at the American Muslim community Public Enemy #1 (American Experience doc. about John Dillinger) Right to Exit: Kevorikian Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture Second Skin (2008)-A look inside how World of Warcraft and other online games have changed lives Secrets of the Dead: Blackbeard's Lost Ship Secrets of the Dead: Michelangelo Revealed White House Workers: Traditions and Memories (sounds like a perfect companion to a West Wing marathon) WWII Memorial: A Testament to Freedom AND MORE NEW MOVIES American Son-The gripping story of the last few days in a soldier's life before heading off to Iraq, starring Nick Cannon. Billy Jack-The original 1971 badass movie, newly remastered Boot Camp-Unrated juvenile delinquent action Exploitation Cinema Double Features: Deliver Us From Evil & Fox Affair and Teenage Graffiti with Teenage Mother Frayed (2007)-The description warns that it contains one of the most brutally graphic scenes ever depicted on film. Full Grown Men-Indie comedy enriched by the presence of Judah Friedlander, and if that's not enough for you, Amy Sedaris also appears as a "horny bartending clown." Informers-Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis and starring Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Mickey Rourke and Brad Renfro in his last film role. Life is Hot in Cracktown-Yeah it is! Love & Debate-Indie romantic comedy from 2005 featuring Sean Astin. Merlin and the Book of Beasts-The description begins, "Welcome to the dark side of Camelot..." Minstral's Daughter-Mini-series from 1984 based on Judith Kranz's book, starring Lee Remick & Stacy Keach. Screwballs-80's comedy new to DVD Sick Girl (2007)-Bloody stalker horror goodness There's more about in the New to Store section and of course, the new Adult films upstairs. Check 'em all out here in the store. stuntrock