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New Releases: Thanksgiving/Snowpocalypse Edition

It's the last new release Tuesday before Thanksgiving, so if you're able to get out of your snow covered driveways and navigate the streets, head in for all your holiday weekend viewing needs. We'll be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day from 11am-9pm (weather permitting) in case you need some cinematic assistance with digesting your feast. We here at the store are extremely thankful for all of our amazing customers and are especially grateful to those who've braved the elements this week. Scarecrow wishes all of you a happy and safe holiday. This week's new releases has everything from action heroes to nuclear bombs, two movies about one Beatle, an amazing new collection of late 60s/early 70s indies, a new issue of McSweeney's Wholphin, cowboys, classic comedies, The Cramps and much more. Here's the full list; * means it's also on Blu-ray. THE EXPENDABLES*—An action movie lovers Dream Team: Stallone, Lundgren, Statham, Li, Austin, Crews, Rourke and however briefly Bruce Willis & Arnold Schwarzenegger. We would have preferred some Seagal and Van Damme, but we'll take it. EAT PRAY LOVE* —Julia Roberts stars in the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoirs chronicling her soul-searching journey. I'M STILL HERE*—It's actually weirder to watch this "documentary" knowing that Joaquin Phoenix is making it all up. Or is he? THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREEDGemma Arterton stars as a not exactly complacent kidnap victim in this twisty thriller. COUNTDOWN TO ZERO*—A thorough look at the history of the atomic bomb with a pro-disarmament message. MOCK UP ON MU—Craig Baldwin's "collage-narrative" based on sometimes true stories from California's subcultures... LENNONYC—A look at John Lennon's post-Beatles life in New York City, told via interviews with Jack Douglas, Elton John, Yoko Ono & others. TERROIR (2010)—A new Korean TV drama series about love in the wine business. THE PILLARS OF THE EARTHDeadwood's Ian McShane, Alison Pil, Matthew MacFadyen, and Donald Sutherland star in this epic miniseries based on Ken Follett's novel about England's Dark Ages. MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY: THE PLAY—Tyler Perry's Madea puts the family's drama into perspective. FLIPPED—Rob Reiner's latest film follows a boy and girl as they fall in love in the early sixties. AMERICA LOST & FOUND: THE BBS STORY—The Criterion Collection presents seven films from BBS Productions, the folks responsible these fine films: Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, A Safe Place, The Last Picture Show, Drive She Said, Easy Rider, and Head (with commentary by The Monkees!). You can buy the whole set, or rent out each individually (Drive, He Said and A Safe Place are on one disc). For now they are only available on Blu-ray; the DVDs will be out on December 14th. ANIME NEW RELEASES Hell Girl: Three Vessels Collection NEW VIDEO GAMES Marvel Superhero Squad: Infinity Gauntlet (Wii) Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (PS3, Xbox) Shaun White Skateboarding (PS3) Sims 3 (Wii) NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Deadwood: The Complete Series (Seasons 1, 2 & 3 rent separately) The Game (1997) The League: Season 1 Metropolis (1926)—The Complete Edition (one week behind last week's DVD release) Salon Kitty (1975)—Tinto Brass' uncensored Director's Cut Spirits of The Dead (1969) Street Angel (1928) Twilight Zone: Season 2 NEW TV ON DVD Ancient Aliens: Season 1 Six Million Dollar Man: Seasons 1-5 NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Amor, Dolor Y Vice Versa (2008)—Mexico Downtown Abbey: Season 1 (2006)(PAL Code 2)—UK Free Agents (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Freefall (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Frontier Blues (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Iran Jalsaghar (1958)(PAL)—India, directed by Satyajit Ray Peak Practice: Season 1 (1993)(PAL Code 2)—UK Le Refuge (2009)(PAL Code2)—France, directed by Francois Ozon Roman's Empire: Series 1 (2007)(PAL Code 2)—UK Shanghai (2010)(Code 2)—USA Victoria, En Busqueda De La Felicidad (2009)—Puerto Rico Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide (PAL)—UK Whistleblowers: Series 1 (2007)(PAL Code 2)—UK Zookeeper (2002)—UK City Under Siege (2010)(Code 3)—Hong Kong—A new sci-fi action movie from Benny Chan. The Concert (2009)(PAL Code 2)—France, An uplifting dramedy that played at this year's SIFF. NEW WARNER ARCHIVES/SONY CLASSICS 27th Day (1957)—"Gene Barry (War of the Worlds) stars in this unique, intelligent sci-fi thriller. Five ordinary humans are summoned by an alien (Arnold Moss, Gambit) who gives each a box containing capsules capable of killing millions of people. If they can refrain from using the capsules for 27 days, the Earth will be spared. Will they be able to stand firm, especially when word leaks out and a panicked and furious population starts to hunt them down?" Bachelor Mother (1939)—"Unemployed Polly Parrish (Ginger Rogers) impulsively picks up a baby left at orphanage doors at Christmas. Everyone assumes the foundling is hers, including Polly's playboy ex-boss (David Niven), who offers her a job if she'll live up to her maternal duties. A paycheck would be handy, so Polly complies. Then the boss's tycoon dad (Charles Coburn) assumes the infant is his secret grandson...and things really spin out of control." Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)—"As World War II rages, U.S. Navy submarine Lt. Commander Jeff Conway (Academy-Award® winner Cliff Robertson, 1968, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Charly) is captured by the Japanese and taken to a small island in the Pacific. While undergoing questioning by his captors, Conway meets the island's owner, Karen Philips (Gia Scala, The Guns of Navarone), who is acting as an interpreter for the Japanese yet offers to help him escape. Can he trust her? And would he make it back in time to help guide the American fleet to victory?" Birds Do It (1966)—"In his only starring feature film, legendary TV comic Soupy Sales plays a top-secret janitor at Cape Kennedy who dreams of becoming an inventor and has, in fact, created devices to help him keep the place clean. Then one day he walks into the wrong room, and before you can say 'Up, Up and Away!' he has the power to fly. Naturally, the bad guys want him even more than the NASA folks. This zany comedy for all ages features Tab Hunter in a dual role, many popular TV comedy actors, and a gag cameo by a very famous singer." Boy's Night Out (1962)—"Bowling? Nope. Another round of beers? Yawn. Three married men and their divorced buddy want to try something more intriguing on their boys' night out: a boy's night in with a blonde tootsie in a secret love pad. Unknown to them, the tootsie is really a doctoral student researching the love life of the suburban male. And she proves her smarts by keeping all four relationships strictly platonic, despite the boys' boasting to the contrary. Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall and a starry supporting cast push all the funny buttons in this stylish comedy that (eventually) celebrates the virtues of marriage." Bundle of Joy (1956)—"When Bundle of Joy premiered in 1956, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were the cutest young marrieds in Hollywood, the obvious choice to headline the musical remake of one of the great comedies of the '30s, Bachelor Mother..." Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988)—"Set in early 1945, during the height of World War II, this is a powerful drama of naval trial proceedings with an exceptional cast. Oscar®-nominated director Robert Altman (1970, M*A*S*H, 1992, The Player) takes on the much-adapted tale of Lt. Cmdr. Queeg (played by Brad Davis), picking up at the court-martial of Lt. Maryk (Jeff Daniels) for relieving Lt. Cmdr. Queeg of command of the destroyer U.S.S. Caine at the height of a storm. Eric Bogosian plays Lt. Greenwald, the defense attorney who, despite being ambivalent toward his client, is forced to mount a defense on his behalf." Madam Satan (1930)—"A man is bewitched by the mysterious Madam Satan he meets at a lavish masquerade ball. Does this mean the end of his marriage to the demure spouse he left at home? Not likely, because the temptress is really his wife in disguise! Cecil B. DeMille directs this pre-Code musical extravaganza about a wife who teaches her errant husband a lesson in love."
Nightwing (1979)—"At the rock hovel home of Abner Tasupi (George Clutesi), a 92-year-old high priest of the Masakai, tribal deputy Youngman Duran (Nick Mancuso) finds the old man trying to bring the world to an end by summoning Yewah, the monster god of the Masakai who guards the gates of life and death. Called to the Mamoa ranch, Duran is puzzling over the strange razor-sharp wounds and smell of ammonia coming from a dead horse when a helicopter soon arrives bearing Walker Chee (Stephen Macht), a wheeler-dealer politician from the neighboring Pahana tribe, accompanied by a veterinarian who underscores Duran's observations as he takes samples to determine what killed the animal. After going to see Anne Dillon (Kathryn Harrold), a health service nurse with whom he's romantically involved, Duran returns to Abner's shack to find the old man dead, his flesh stripped raw like that of the Mamoa ranch horse." Old English/King's Vacation/Successful Calamity—"The distinguished career of Academy Award® winner George Arliss is marked by his powerful portrayals of historical figures from Disraeli to Alexander Hamilton to Voltaire. Fans who don't know Arliss also excelled at comedy are in for a treat with these three charmers. Drama mixes with laughs in Old English, as an indebted shipbuilder concocts a clever scheme to provide for his beloved grandchildren. Mary Astor costars in A Successful Calamity, a witty tale of a tycoon who feigns ruin to teach his inattentive kin that family means more than finance. To complete the triple bill, in The King's Vacation Arliss plays a not-so-merry monarch who takes a break from royal duties, only to discover the simple life is anything but." Peach O'Reno/Girl Crazy (1931)—"Their dialogue zings with Pre-Code sauciness, their barbed glee skewers social norms and their creativity includes daffy flights of song and dance. Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, from their feature debut in 1929 until 1937, tickled fans with a steady skein of comedy madness. Peach-O-Reno has the duo as Reno divorce lawyers eager to spring paying customers from the holy bonds. At night, the law office becomes a casino, a gamble of a storyline that makes sense in the nonsensical W&W world. The Gershwin stage hit Girl Crazy becomes a screen expanse that, chucking most of George and Ira's fascinatin' rhythms, gives the boys room to unleash lunacy on a dude ranch." Plymouth Adventure (1952)—"In 1620, a group of religious outcasts boarded the Mayflower in England and set sail for the New World, where they founded a tiny wilderness outpost that was the genesis for what would become the United States of America. This is their thrilling story, a tale of hardship and devotion, of storms, hunger and disease faced and defied. Screen great Spencer Tracy portrays the Mayflower's skipper, whose clenched heart is opened by his love for a gentle passenger (Gene Tierney) and the unfaltering courage of the pilgrims." Road Gang/Draegerman Courage—"Road Gang, scripter Dalton Trumbo's account of a reform-minded journalist (Donald Woods) unjustly sentenced to a brutal prison work camp, revisits the terrain of the studio's influential I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. Next, frequent screen villain Barton MacLane plays the heroic leader of a desperate, 10-day effort to reach survivors of a mine cave-in in Draegerman Courage, a sturdy screen wallop that some say draws on a real-life incident." Susan Slept Here (1954)—"Screenwriter Mark Christopher gets a Christmas present that isn't on his Santa list: a 17-year-old delinquent named Susan, deposited in his bachelor pad by a cop pal who doesn't want to see the kid spend Christmas behind bars. Touched by Susan's plight, Mark decides there's only one way to keep her out of juvie: marry her in name only and get an annulment when she comes of age. But after a Vegas elopement, Susan isn't so sure she wants to be the ex-Mrs. Christopher." Dick Powell and Debbie Reynolds star as the mismatched couple. Tarawa Beachhead (1958)—"Directed by Paul Wendkos (The Burglar and Gidget), Kerwin Mathews (The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad) and Ray Danton (The Longest Day) play conflicting soldiers fighting first over a woman (Julie Adams, Creature from the Black Lagoon) and then on Guadalcanal. The film is a realistic portrayal of the struggle in one of the most important earliest strategic victories in World War II, with a deep dramatic exploration of the struggles between combat soldiers and officers."
Three Stripes in the Sun (1966)— "Though his wartime service left him with a bitter hatred for the enemy, an assignment with occupation forces in postwar Japan will transform Sergeant Hugh O'Reilly (Aldo Ray). In a small war-ravaged village, Hugh's growing affection for its many orphans has inspired him to give his time and money for food and shelter, and has led him to a love affair with his translator, Yuko. Already facing her family's vehement opposition, seeing Yuko on the arm of an escort at a charity event turns Hugh against her and the Japanese people. Yet with help from his commanding officer, Hugh finally realizes that he is in love and makes Yuko his bride before returning with her to the States." Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)—"Hank Williams is making a buck pitching a snake-oil cure-all to the gullible, capping his spiel by picking up his guitar and singing. In the crowd is The Drifting Cowboys, a group of touring country-western musicians who happen to be passing through. Say, Hank, would you like to join our group? Memphis-born George Hamilton is winningly natural as Williams in the musical biopic of the short-lived but forever influential 'Hillbilly Shakespeare.'"
NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Chelsea on The Rocks (2009)—"Chelsea on the Rocks celebrates the personalities and artistic voices that have emerged from the legendary residence, the Chelsea Hotel, in the heart of New York. Once considered an untouchable, impenetrable tower for writers, artists, musicians and mavericks, it has recently been claimed as a boutique hotel venture for a management company that shows blatant disregard for its formidable history. The film intertwines archival footage, interviews and narrative sequences as well as actors who are very much part of the soul of the hotel (Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper and others)..." It was directed by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant). Citizen Architect—"In 1993 the late architect and MacArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a design/build education program, in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as Music Man because of his zeal for old R&B and Soul records. The film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building. Mockbee's program provides students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee's peers and scenes with those he's influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, social change and citizenship." Cramps: Live 2006—"The Cramps went through a number of line up changes over their 23 year history although Lux Interior, his wife and guitarist Poison Ivy remained constants. This DVD was filmed at the Lokerese Festival in Belgium on August the 7th 2006. The band enjoyed massive cult status in Europe and the set contained on this DVD went down well with the festival crowd. Including songs such as "Rock On The Moon," "Hanky Panky," "Big Black Witchcraft," "Primitive" and "Psychotic Reaction." This DVD is a rare opportunity to see one of the leading exponents of the Psychobilly movement and certainly one of the last DVD performances from The Cramps!"
The Edge of Never—"The Edge of Never is a real-life coming of age saga about the tribe of big-mountain skiers who challenge the world's most dangerous peaks. In 1996 extreme-skiing legend Trevor Petersen was killed in Chamonix, France. Nine years later, skiing icon Glen Plake decides it's time for Trevor's 15-year-old son, Kye, to ski the route that killed his father and join the tribe of big-mountain skiers. In this thrilling film, three generations of skiers mentor Kye as he attempts to finish his father's final run. A ripping adventure tale of a young man coming of age, The Edge of Never is also a rich and subtle portrait of men and women who live big in the face of their greatest fears." Electric Chair (1985)—"A powerfully honest performance by the late, great Victor Argo as an aging stand up comic, and struck a chord in me somewhere between Lenny and The King of Comedy." --Andy Gately, Austin Underground Film Festival Harlan: In The Shadow of the Jew Suss—Though almost forgotten today, Veit Harlan was one of Nazi Germany's most notorious filmmakers. Millions all across occupied Europe saw his films, the most infamous of which was the horrific anti-Semitic propaganda film Jew Süss - required viewing for all SS members. An unrepentant and blindly obsessive craftsman, no figure - save for Leni Riefenstahl - is as closely associated with the cinema of the Holocaust years as that of Joseph Goebbels' top director..." I Have Roots and Branches: Personal Reflections on Adoption—"The film conveys a positive, encouraging and honest message about adoption, and is most appropriate for children viewers. Viewers will find out first hand how it feels to have been adopted and discover that all kids have common experiences growing up in their homes, surrounded by the families they know and love. Families formed through adoption, prospective adoptive and birth parents and professionals in the adoption community should not miss this wonderful film." Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert: Live in Vancouver—"The all-star lineup includes Dave Alvin, John Hammond, Van Dyke Parks, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jim Byrnes, Colin James, Bob Brozman, Geoff Muldaur, Robin Holcomb, The Sojourners, Oh Susanna, and Steve Dawson. Features 12 new performances by this unique group of artists, including collaborations and an encore performance of Sitting On Top Of The World that includes all the artists at once."
National Geographic: Can The Gulf Survive?—"With startling imagery and intimate accounts, Can the Gulf Survive? chronicles the activities of a number of individuals taking part in the first response whose work and expertise is especially critical in stopping the spill at the well head and cleaning up its effects in the weeks and months that follow." NOVA: Judgment Day—Intelligent Design on Trial—"Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial captures the turmoil that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in a landmark battle over the teaching of evolution in public schools. In 2004, the Dover school board ordered science teachers to read a statement to high school biology students about an alternative to Darwin s theory of evolution called intelligent design the idea that life is too complex to have evolved naturally and so must have been designed by an intelligent agent. The teachers refused to comply, and both parents and teachers filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the school board of violating the constitutional separation of church and state." NY Export: Opus JazzNY Export: Opus Jazz is a scripted adaptation of a 1958 'ballet in sneakers' by Jerome Robbins, a companion piece to his legendary West Side Story, that tells an abstract tale of disaffected urban youth. Shot entirely on location in the abandoned spaces of today's New York City on anamorphic 35mm, the film returns the original choreography to the streets that inspired it."
...AND MORE MOVIES Aegri Somnia: A Sick Man's Dreams—An experimental film collection. "A Sick Man's Dreams! Edgar is living in the shadow of his wife's sudden death. Haunted by vivid hallucinations and a faceless city threatening to swallow him whole, Edgar's world begins to unravel as his nightmares become a reality and he is left with a choice: prison or paradise." Best of the B's Collection 3: Escape from Prison!—"No girly girls here ... these women are angry, desperate, prone to violence and on the run! It's maximum security, too much estrogen and non-stop action. But no one's ever rocked an orange jumpsuit better! Featured in this special 3-disc collector's set are bad attitudes and such stars as Pam Grier (Showtime's The L Word), Golden Globe-winner Mike Connors (Mannix), Beverly Garland (Mrs. Douglas, My Three Sons), Carole Mathews (Miss Chicago 1938) and 'blaxploitation' star Vonetta McGee. Five full-length Roger Corman feature films, including The Hot Box, co-written and co-produced by Jonathan Demme." There's also Swamp Women, Women in Cages, and The Big Bust Out, plus the bonus film High School Big Shot. Beyond The Prairie: True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder—"Amidst the adventure, hardships and excitement of her teenage years on the Dakota prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder (Meredith Monroe) puts pen to paper and begins to document her extraordinary life. Uniquely told in two enthralling movies brought together on one DVD, this story is an honest portrayal of the many challenges and humble delights of the 19th-century frontier. During this time, Laura matures from young girl to woman, making sacrifices to help her family survive. She also meets her loving husband, Almanzo Wilder (Walton Goggins), and together with their daughter, Rose, they set off on their own pioneer adventure in Missouri. Inspirational, remarkable, and true, this heartwarming story is a fitting tribute to the beloved author and the legendary woman who has inspired generations." Blues (2010)—"Ty Hodges (TV's Even Stevens) and Steve Connell (The Beat) star in this riveting and explosive crime thriller from Sundance Film Festival alum Brandon Sonnier (The Beat). Co-starring Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof), Ari Graynor (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), Henry G. Sanders (Rocky Balboa) and Peter Gail (JarHead). Chile (Hodges) and Head (Connell), two wannabe thugs, get more than they bargained for when they duck into a Blues joint while on the run from the cops. The seventy-year-old owner of the club and his staff, each societal misfits in their own right, become hostages and bear witness to an intense journey of self discovery as Chile and Head move down vastly divergent paths. When the situation explodes into violence, each person must look deep inside himself to discover what they are truly made of. A hero can be found in each of us...but so can a villain." Covered Wagon Trails (1940)—"Pioneers head across the plains to Prairieville, where they plan to settle. Local Cattlemen's Association president, J. P. Allen, stirs up anti-homesteader sentiment among the ranchers and sends a gunman to infiltrate the wagon train and poison the horses. When young settler Ed Cameron travels ahead to secure new stock from his older brother, Jack, he is ambushed and murdered by Allen's men. Jack loads his pistols and rides out, determined to hit the vengeance trail." It stars Jack Randall.
Darkest Corner of Paradise—"When college graduate, Peter Landsman, moves to the city to pursue a career in professional accounting, he finds himself in a situation far less predictable. With the disappearance of a mysterious woman, Landsman is lured into an underworld of black market traders and killers." Demon Haunt—"Legions of evil demons from the fiery depths of Hell haunt the newly-acquired home of a beautiful widow and her handicapped sister, wreaking terror and bloodshed on any who dare enter. Paranormal expert Raymond LeCleur agrees to do battle with the demonic hordes. Joining forces with his estranged father, he enters into a deadly combat with Satan's minions - one that will leave LeCleur desperately fighting for his own survival. Directed by the legendary Ted V. Mikels (The Corpse Grinders, The Doll Squad, Astro-Zombies) Demon Haunt features eerie medieval locations filmed in England. This special effects spook-tacular boasts some of the weirdest, most terrifying creatures to ever haunt your worst nightmares." Dolla Morte—"A Masterpiece of Lo-Fi Madness and Satanic Silliness! So disgusting and so demented - it had to be filmed with dolls! Nothing and no one is sacred in a this special re-release of Bill Zebub's (Breaking Her Will, Zombiechrist) long lost and out of print experiment in delirious doll destruction. Bill Zebub's Dolla Morte slaughters sacred cows using all of your beloved toys from childhood, conjuring up a hilarious and sickening spoof of religion, government and war that pulls no politically incorrect punches! Plus, it features all of the sex, violence, humor and religious irreverence you've come to expect from Bill Zebub, only with dolls!" Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles—"When her kingdom is besieged by a monstrous Fire Dragon, Princess Luisa searches for a savior to slay the mighty beast. She finds Gabriel, the son of a legendary knight, and the two summon the powerful Ice Dragon, a decision which may prove deadly. Starring Amy Acker, Tom Wisdom, and John Rhys-Davies." It's directed by Jean C. Comar aka Pitof, director of Catwoman and Vidocq. Frontier Crusade (1940)—"Frontier Crusade was Tim McCoy's first western vehicle for the newly-formed Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). The star plays Trigger Jim Rand, an itinerant peacekeeper who springs into action when a gang of thieves steals the payroll money from a local mining company. The theft was actually a subterfuge, to throw the miners off the trail so that the outlaws can plunder a heretofore unknown vein of gold ore." Greaser's Palace (1972)—In a film that must be seen to be believed, the story of Christ's sufferings is set in the Old West. A zoot-suited drifter (Allan Arbus-Damien: Omen 2, Cisco Pike) performs miracles and attracts a large following. But what he really wants to do is sing and dance! He finally gets to play The Palace, a saloon run by the ruthless Seaweedhead Greaser, and he's a big hit. But he's got more miracles to restoring life to Greaser's son, killed by his father, and contending with Greaser's envious daughter Cholera (Luana Anders—The Killing Kind, The Last Detail). It's directed by Robert Downey, Sr. and new on DVD.
House of the Wolf Man—"House of the Wolf Man tells the story of Dr. Bela Reinhardt and the five guests he has invited to his castle to see which one will inherit his estate. He has arranged for a competition of sorts, and the victor shall be determined through a process of elimination. But it quickly becomes apparent to the five unwitting visitors that danger lurks in every corner, and that the House of the Wolf man holds a secret that could drive anyone to insanity! Starring Ron Chaney, grandson of Lon Chaney." If You Could Say It In Words—Nelson has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition that impairs social function. Undiagnosed, poor, and an artist, he is pushed to society's fringes. He meets Sadie, a young woman with broken dreams. A one-night stand between them grows into an unlikely romance wherein these two lost souls in different ways begin to find themselves through each other. With Sadie, Nelson is now overcome by the emotions he struggled to paint. As the weeks go by, Nelson becomes more immersed in his painting, racing to capture on canvas what he cannot say in words. Unapologetically romantic, savagely realistic, If You Could Say It In Words takes a long, hard look at the price of integrity and the illogical ways of the heart." Journal of a Contract Killer—"Stephanie Komack was a high-class hooker and assassin for the Italian Mob. Now working in London as a waitress and a single mother to her seven year old daughter, the mob tracks Stephanie down and persuades her to do one last job. The hit goes wrong and Stephanie soon realizes the stark consequences of her failure. They snatch her daughter as punishment... but didn't figure on Stephanie's capacity for revenge! Inspired by true events, Journal of a Contract Killer is the gripping story of a woman driven to turn on her paymasters with devastating consequences." Lennon NakedA biopic starring Christopher Eccleston. Can he portray Lennon as well as Ian Hart? Long Pigs—"Long Pigs is a "documentary" by two desperate young filmmakers who stumble upon the ultimate Anthony McAllister, who agrees to let them document every aspect of his horrifically violent lifestyle. Initially terrified, the filmmakers get to know Anthony as a person, and even begin to identify with the ecological and philosophical justifications for his cannibalistic lifestyle. It's only when they investigate further that the filmmakers begin to doubt Anthony's accounts of his past. Tensions noticeably rise as the filmmakers confront Anthony about his conflicting stories and ever-changing philosophies." Luther (2010)—"Idris Elba (The Wire, American Gangster) stars as Detective John Luther in this thrilling new crime series from BBC America. A self-destructive near-genius, Luther might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. Luther follows his own moral code as much as the rules of criminal law. But he quickly becomes locked in a lethal battle of wits with Alice (Ruth Wilson, The Prisoner, Jane Eyre), a beautiful, highly intelligent mass murderer, and his decision-making process becomes increasingly murky..." Mark of The Spur (1932)—"Aided by his hardworking adopted daughter, Alice, 'Hardshell' Beckett has turned the Box B Ranch into the gem of Mesquite County, and become a very wealthy man. Smelling a payday, his long-lost wife, who ran off decades earlier, suddenly turns up with Hardshell's 'real' son, John. John is an arrogant, lazy, crook whose sole purpose is scheming to inherit his dad's money. When he fails to ingratiate himself, he stabs his father, while framing Alice's sweetheart, 'The Kid,' for the crime. The only thing that can save 'The Kid' from the hangman's noose, are mysterious clues found on 'Hardshell's' body." Miyuki—"Miyuki is the story of the McKenzie family - who take in a young Japanese exchange student. At first their expectations of a sweet and innocent Japanese girl are realized, but soon strange things start to happen....Is it a clash of cultures, or something older and far more sinister?" Silver Dream Racer (1980)— Rock star David Essex (top 10 hit for 'Rock On' and star of the cult classic films That'll Be The Day, Stardust) and three time Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges (The Landlord, The Incident, Two Minute Warning) star as rival motorbike racers in this adventure of fast paced action and passion on the international motorbike circuit! Both are immersed in a battle of ego and honor...of love and passion. They both want to win the World Motorcycle Championship, and they both want to win the love of young, passionate Julie (Cristina Raines-The Sentinel, Nightmares, Nashville).
Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac—"Linda comes to the big city in search of fun and excitement. What she finds is exploitation and abuse at the hands of a succession of sleazy guys. Searching for love, she enters into a lesbian relationship with a beautiful countess, discovers drugs and swingers' parties and starts acting in porno movies. She also begins to write a secret diary... With a cast of some of the most stunning Euro actresses of the period, wall-to-wall sex and nudity, pot parties, porno shoots and a psychedelic soundtrack, this is a gem of 1970s exploitation cinema." It's directed by Jess Franco. Spirit of The West (1932)—"Rodeo star Johnny Ringo returns home upon learning that his younger brother Bud has been badly injured. Crooked livestock brokers Matt Ryder and Tom Fallon, whose principal business is rustling cattle belonging to local ranchers, take control of Bud's spread during his convalescence. To allay the suspicions of Ryder and Fallon while secretly plotting against them, Johnny poses as a dim-witted bumbler, accepting a job on the ranch as the cook's assistant - a masquerade that could have deadly consequences." Super Spook—This 1975 blaxploitation crime comedy is also this week's Late Night movie at Grand Illusion Cinema. Target Practice—"Based on true events, Target Practice centers on 5 blue-collar friends on a weekend fishing trip and the hell that's unleashed upon them when they almost run into a car that's been abandoned in the middle of an isolated mountain road. They inadvertently stumble into the middle of an undercover operation involving a CIA agent and a hidden training camp for homegrown terrorists. These 5 everyday guys find themselves way out of their league, fighting a bloody battle against a cunning, well-trained brutal enemy that knows the rugged terrain like the back of its hand." Vindication—"Vindication is a psychological horror film, centering around a disturbed young man, whose failed suicide attempt unleashes an inner guilt, which manifests itself into frightening apparitions. A stylish and frightening exploration of the depths of guilt." Who?—"Elliott Gould stars in Jack Gold's thought provocative sci-fi/cold war thriller Who? While visiting the Soviet Union, American scientist Lucas Martino (Joseph Bova, Serpico is nearly killed in a car accident. The Russians are only able to save Martino's brain and eyes, and to keep that alive, they ingeniously create a cyborg humanoid body. This functioning and thinking 'robo-man' in a metallic body is released back to the Americans six months later."
Wholetrain—"With his fantastic cinema debut Wholetrain Florian Gaag tells the story of a crew of four 'writers' David, Tino, Elyas und Achim who observe the hierarchies, the values, the rules and the codes of the graffiti scene. Night after night they make off for the subway stations of the city, intent on leaving opulent images behind. But as another crew appears on the scene, and the four feel challenged, a creative battle ensues, one that will change the lives of these young people for ever." Winning Season (2009)—"Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2) stars as an adult misfit who is brought on to coach the local girls' high school basketball team and, while he leads the girls to victories on the court, he discovers they have a lot to teach him as well. The film co-stars Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew), Rob Corddry (W), Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson) and Emily Rios (Quinceanera)." Wholphin: No. 12"Wholphin No. 12 proudly presents the Academy Award-nominated short 'Miracle Fish,' Eric Lynne's Sundance-honored short about kissing cousins, Danny McBride as George Washington, several films about the dark desires of men and a cameo by Sam Rockwell in Jonathan Lisecki's hilarious critique of Hollywood's terrorist-obsession 'Woman in Burka.' And, as we always say and always mean, much, much more!"