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New Release Tuesday

Lots of good movies out this week. Some highlights: Direct Your Own Damn Movie! - Troma founder and Toxic Avenger director Lloyd Kaufman (who will be in our store for a signing at 7pm on Monday June 8) presents this 4-disc how-to set for aspiring DIY filmmakers. He shows you how to plan, create and sell a movie and talks to filmmakers ranging from Dario Argento to The Office's Jenna Fischer (she directed LolliLove for Troma). Driven To Kill - As good as Liam Neeson is at kicking ass to save his daughter in Taken, you have to acknowledge those who saved daughters before him. One of the best is of course Steven Seagal. In Seagal's latest he plays an ex-Russian gangster trying to figure out who attacked his daughter and killed his ex-wife. Along the way there may be impalements and broken bones. Fanboys - The long-in-the-works comedy about circa-1999 Star Wars nerds whose friend is dying of cancer so they try to break into Skywalker Ranch to see The Phantom Menace six months early (yeah, I know, I know). Today is the tenth anniversary of the release of Phantom Menace, so blow up your inflatable Darth Maul chair, fill up your Taco Bell Mace Windu drink cup and watch Fanboys. Friday Night Lights Season 3 - The critically acclaimed TV series that keeps dodging the ax and gave us the guy who played Gambit in the Wolverine movie. Okay, I have nothing to say because I haven't watched it, but I've heard nothing but praise for this show. mahakaalMahakaal The Monster/Tahkhana The Dungeon - Volume three of Mondo Macabro's Bollywood Horror series is a double feature featuring the Bengali rip-off/homage to Freddy Krueger. Man Hunt - Ahead-of-its-time 1941 Fritz Lang thriller starring Walter Pidgeon as a British hunter who gets caught with Hitler in his gun sights. My Bloody Valentine 3-D - The surprisingly fun slasher remake comes to video with a red/blue approximation of the theatrical 3-D experience, but you can also watch it in 2-D and just imagine the eyeballs are flying out at you. Outlander - Jim Caviezel stars as an alien who crash lands in viking-era Norway and has to figure out how to kill the huge glowing monster that escaped from his ship. It's a clever and entertaining viking/sci-fi crossbreed that wasn't really given the chance it deserved in its miniscule theatrical release. Paul Blart: Mall Cop - The one that started the mall cop movie fad of '09. The Rez: Complete Series - A mid '90s Canadian television series about life in a First Nations community, it features Adam Beach and Gary Farmer and is based on characters from the book and movie Dance Me Outside. Russell Brand in New York City - The rock star guy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall is better known as a comedian in the UK. Now he's on our shores, let's see what happens. Telefon/St. Ives - Two Charles Bronsons for the price of one. True Blood: Season 1 - The HBO vampire series from Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under. Second season starts soon. Valkyrie - Director Bryan Singer reunites with his Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie for this tense thriller about the 1944 plot by German army officers to kill Hitler and take control of the country. Sure, you know their plan is not going to work, but it's a fascinating story that wracks suspense out of how close they'll get and what exactly will happen to them for trying. The ensemble cast includes not just Tom Cruise but Terence Stamp, Kenneth Branagh, Billy Nighy, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann and Tom Wilkinson. New Criterion editions this week: The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Insect Woman, Intentions of Murder and Pigs and Battleships. We're especially excited about The Friends of Eddie Coyle, a unique crime movie starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. It's never been on video before (not even VHS) and it's from Peter Yates, the director of Bullitt and The Hot Rock. Mitchum plays a low-level criminal who doesn't necessarily turn into the hot shot you might expect him to. As in the book by George V. Higgins, it's more about characters, dialogue and setting than a traditional Hollywood thriller plot. New anime: Claymore Vol. 5, Dragonball Z: Fusion Reborn/Wrath of the Dragon (also on Blu-Ray), Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: Coll. 2, Mouth Agape (PAL Code 2) New Blu-Ray: 3 Days Of The Condor, A Bug's Life, Changing Lanes, Circle of Iron, Enemy At The Gates, Fast Company (David Cronenberg's racing movie), Journey Into Amazing Caves, Lions for Lambs, The Machinist, Not Easily Broken, Paycheck, Rush: Snakes & Arrows, Star Trek: Original Cast Movies 1-6, Star Trek: Captain's Summit New imports (all of these are region coded and/or PAL): Ano Una, Antique, Baader Meinhof Complex, Being Human: Series 1, Boys Over Flowers: Final, Broken Noses, Chop Suey, Espionage: Complete Series, Frozen Flower (Uncut), Glory Guys, He Ran All The Way, Julia (2008), Last Bus Home, Lisztomania, Married Woman, Mouth Agape, Red Riding Trilogy, Skellig, Wushu: The Young Generation.

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