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New Releases for January 18th

This week's new crop of titles includes great foreign films, TV shows, documentaries, a slew of Blu-rays, and a sale on Sam Fuller's Criterion titles. Here's the list; remember a * indicates we've got it on Blu-ray too. BURIED *—This year's other "one character trapped in confined space for most of the running time" film. This one stars Ryan Reynolds and his phone. ANIMAL KINGDOM—A psychological drama that follows a teenager through his dealings with his notorious crime family in Melbourne. Jacki Weaver was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as the family matriarch. It comes recommended by my Australian uncle and local film critic Vern. JACK GOES BOATING—Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut is about two socially awkward people (Hoffman and Amy Ryan) trying to forge a relationship. JUSTIFIED: SEASON 1 *—Hopefully this cop show starring Timothy Olyphant will break the critically-acclaimed-but-canceled-too-soon curse that TV shows based on material by Elmore Leonard seem to have (see Karen Sisco). Read more about it on local film critic Sean Axmaker's blog. ARMY OF CRIME *—Armenian poet Missak Manouchian and a rag-tag team of ex-pats lead a resistance against the Nazi occupation of Paris. LEBANON—The 1982 war as seen through the eyes of four young soldiers inside a tank. STONE—Robert DeNiro admonished audiences during his acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday's Golden Globes for not having seen this movie. He's not someone you want mad at you. FREAKONOMICS *—A seasoned team of documentary directors--Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki, and Seth Gordon--come together for this film version of the book that explores "incentive based thinking." TAKERS—A formulaic but entertaining "one last big stakes heist and we're out" action film with a handsome man cast that includes Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, Hayden "I don't like sand" Christensen, and Matt Dillon. PAPER MAN—Jeff Daniels is a man trying to rid himself of his imaginary friend (Ryan Reynolds) in this offbeat film which co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Emma Easy A Stone. MERLIN: SEASON 2—More of the BBCs show with Merlin the teenage wizard. THE NAKED KISS and SHOCK CORRIDOR—Two new Samuel Fuller re-issues from the Criterion Collection, now with new cover art by Eightball and Ghost World artist Daniel Clowes. They are each on sale on DVD for $19.95 or $24.95 for the Blu-ray. Other Criterion editions of Fuller's work on sale include White Dog, Pickup on South Street and The First Films of Samuel Fuller. See the store for details. NEW VIDEO GAMES DC Universe Online (PS3) Lost in Shadow (Wii) Motor Storm: Pacific Rift (PS3) National Geographic Challenge! Wild Life (PS3) Sonic and The Secret Rings (Wii) Kinect Sports (Xbox 360) ANIME NEW RELEASES Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 3 Kurokami: The Animation Volume 4—Blu-ray Phantom: Requiem for The Phantom Parts 1 & 2 FAMILY NEW RELEASES The Dukes: Complete SeriesThe Dukes of Hazzard animated series, courtesy of Warner Archives NEW TV ON DVD Army Wives: Season 4 Arrest & Trial Part 2 Boy Meets World: Season 4 Coronado 9: Complete Series Dark Blue: Complete Season 1 Dragnet 1969: Season 3 Gene Simmons' Family Jewels: Seasons 4 & 5 Hawaii Five-O: Season 10 JAG: Season 10—The final season Jersey Shore: Season 2—Uncensored!!! Lucy Show: Season 3 Private Practice: Season 3 Secret Life Of The American Teenager Vol. 5 State Trooper (1956): Season 1 Vegas: Season 2, Vol. 1 The Virginian: Season 2 Vols. 1, 2 & 3 Waking The Dead: Season 5 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations—Collection 5, Part 2 NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Anjaana Anjaani (2010)—India Carlos (2010)—France. Yes, it's the same Carlos that just won best TV movie at the Golden Globes. Clubbed (2008)—UK Dabangg (2010)—India David's Birthday (2009)—Italy Jade Tiger (1977)—Hong Kong, directed by Yuen Chor Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1987—UK Uncle Boonmee (2009)(Code 3)—Thailand Taxi Zum Klo: 30th Anniversary Edition (1981)--Germany
NEW BLU-RAY Across The Line: the Exodus of Charlie Wright And Soon The Darkness (2010) Barry Munday Dancing Across Borders Dear Mr. Gacy Derailed (2005) Devil (2010) Easy A Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest Family Guy: It's A Trap! Futurama: Volume 5 Harsh Times Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat, I'm... Madea's Big Happy Family: The Play Mademoiselle Chambon Matador (2005) Nanny McPhee Returns Rob Roy Rush Hour Shrek Shrek 2 Space 1999: Season 1 True Grit (1969) Twelve 24: Season 8 2010 World Series Champions: San Francisco Vampires Suck—Extended "Bite Me" Edition The Year Of Getting To Know Us NEW DOCUMENTARIES, EXPERIMENTAL FILMS, AND OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Angry Planet—"Whenever there's a crisis, modern adventurer George Kourounis gathers up his courage and his film crew for another encounter with nature at its harshest. From the Midwest's 'Tornado Alley' to the 'Boiling Lake of Dominica' to the treacherous waters of South America's 'Fin del Mundo,' Angry Planet presents a compelling—and edifying—record of one man's extremely dangerous obsession. Acclaimed for its camera work and its host's unflinching wonder in the face of our planet's most vicious tantrums, this 12-part series will have you on the edge of your seat." Champions of the Wild—"Part superb entertainment, part educational, these stunningly photographed shows feature endangered animals from around the world and the heroic human effort dedicated to saving them. Featured are Polar Bears, Pandas, Grizzlies, Chimpanzees of Uganda, Costa Rican Monkeys, Orangutans and Gorillas!" Chiefs: Sitting Bull —"In the years following the American Civil War, a hard-fought Sioux resistance to western expansion, led by warrior and healer Sitting Bull, seemed to have accomplished the impossible: a treaty in which the United States gave the Sioux control of their territory for all time. However, the potential to harvest the riches of the western plains, especially gold, soon proved more important to the nation than honouring the treaty. This two-part episode of Chiefs chronicles the life and legacy of a remarkable Native leader that the US government regarded as a stubborn and dangerous obstacle." Chiefs: Trial of Poundmaker/Black Hawk War/World of Joseph Brant/Pontiac's Rebellion—"This series is the saga of five great First Nations chiefs -- Sitting Bull, Pontiac, Joseph Brant, Black Hawk and Poundmaker. Their stories form a central drama of the history of the North American continent. Their living descendants are the storytellers. By blending documentary and re-enactment, the episodes reveal an alternative and essential history of Canada and the United States." It's Time: Incredible Season of the Texas Rangers—Yeah, yeah, yeah, the 2010 American League Champions did have an amazing season. My fellow Mariners fans and I will just be over here trying not to be bitter about Cliff Lee. Marion Jones: Press Pause--"Few athletes in Olympic history have reached such heights and depths as Marion Jones...Eventually though, her accomplishments and her reputation would be tarnished when she finally admitted what so many had long suspected - that she had indeed used steroids. It's directed by John Singleton for ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Denis Leary and Friends: Douchebags and Donuts—"Live from New York's Town Hall, this film features an amazing night of comedy and music with stand-up from Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Whitney Cummings and Adam Ferrara, and musical performances by The Enablers featuring The Rehab Horns." Neshoba: The Price of Freedom—"In 1964, a mob of Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers in the small Mississippi county of Neshoba -- the infamous 'Mississippi Burning' murders. The young men, two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi, were in the Deep South helping to register African-American voters during what came to be known as the Freedom Summer. Although the killers bragged about what they did, it took the State 40 years to indict the mastermind, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old Baptist preacher and notorious racist. Neshoba tells the story of these three American heroes and the long struggle to bring their killers to justice, in a place that is still dealing with the legacy of a violent and racist past." Sabda—"Inspired by Indian poetry, philosophy, and religion, video artist Daniel Reeves set out on his own mystical journey through India. Sabda is his lyrical video poem, a collaboration with some of the great Indian medieval poets. In it Reeves succeeds as few Westerners have in revealing the complex reality that is India. The tape is a visual rhapsody of exquisite, luminous, slow-motion imagery. Reeves' movement vocabulary ranges from breathless still images of a moon between two trees to wide, sweeping arcs that shift ground and transport the viewer into a mental state where Shiva indeed seems to dance amid the flames." San Francisco Giant: 2010 World Series—See Texas Rangers description above and sub Tim Lincecum for Cliff Lee. Tom, Tom The Piper's Son—"Ghosts! Cine-recordings of the vivacious doings of persons long dead. Preservation of their memory ceases at the edges of the frame. One face passes "behind" another on the two-dimensional screen. Seven infinitely complex cine-tapestries indicate a narrative-path not taken." ...AND MORE MOVIES The Assistants—"They are the eyes and ears of Hollywood. Every script, every contract, every birthday card passes through their hands. They know every actor's price. They know every agent's weak spot. They know which producers are having affairs and with whom. If they ever pooled their resources there's nothing they couldn't do." This comedy about a group of assistants who when presented with their big brake, become exactly what they loathe about Hollywood stars Jane Seymour, Stacy Keach, and Joe "Fat Tony" Mantegna. Black Klansman (1966)—"The melodrama exploits racial tensions with the tale of a light-skinned African-American who impersonates a Caucasian and joins the notorious Ku Klux Klan to get revenge on the bigots who bombed a church and killed his daughter...This classic exploitation film is finally out, authored from the camera negatives." It stars Max Julien (The Mack) and was directed by Ted V. Mikels. Death Race 2 *—Straight-to-video prequel alert! It's Vern approved! Down Terrace—"Father and son Bill and Karl (real life father and son Bob and Robin Hill) have just been released from jail free and clear, but all is not well at Down Terrace. Patriarchs of a small crime family, their business is plagued with infighting. Karl has had more than he can take of his old man's philosophizing and preaching, and Bill thinks Karl's dedication to the family is seriously compromised when he takes up with an estranged girlfriend who claims to be carrying his baby. To make matters worse, there's an unidentified informant in their midst that could send them all to prison for a very long time, and none of their associates can be trusted." Eichmann—"Moments before he is to be executed for war crimes, Adolf Eichmann finds himself in a battle of wills with Captain Avner Less, an Israeli police officer, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth behind the atrocities. Starring Thomas Kretschmann, Troy Garity and Stephen Fry." El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances—"Born Jonathan French in Beverly Hills, California and orphaned at 3 months, this young boy was adopted by his Mexican nanny, Nena (Lupe Ontiveros) and step-father, E.J. (Danny Trejo) and raised to be a good, God-fearing Mexican with a love for ranchero music. At age 33, in his Jesus Year, and now known as Juan Francés, he is a gardener, valet-parker, short-order cook, nanny and janitor by day, but has been blessed by the Virgin of Guadalupe with the talent to sing like the angels. He takes his ranchero act from the small, half-empty soccer bars in East L.A., to a larger music festival audience where he is discovered and quickly swept into Mexican pop stardom..." Full House For The Devil and The Moment To Kill—Two late 60s Spaghetti Westerns starring George Hilton.
Roger Corman Sci-Fi Classics—Three films produced and directed by Mr. Corman: "In Attack Of The Crab Monsters, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific... An alien comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in Not Of This Earth. He needs the blood of humans to take back to his planet of Davana for his dying race...In War Of The Satellites, an unknown force declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere. Rustler's Hideout/Fugitive of the Plains—A Billy The Kid double feature! "In 1941, with his cliffhanger-serial triumphs (as Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Tarzan) behind him, former Olympic swimming champion Larry 'Buster' Crabbe accepted an offer from producer Sigmund Neufeld to star in a series of low-budget Westerns for Producers Releasing Corporation, the smallest studio in Hollywood. Teamed with silent-screen comic Al St. John, Crabbe starred for PRC in three-dozen horse operas over the next five years, first as reformed bad man Billy the Kid and later as wandering cowboy Billy Carson. The series became immensely popular due to their fast action, familiar casts and, above all, the palpable chemistry between Buster and Fuzzy." There's Nothing Out There!—"See the original film that inspired Scream! Three hot body teens look to get away for the weekend at a vacation house on the lake. Little do they know that There's Something Out There! A creature that wants to eat the men and mate with the women." This 20th Anniversary Edition is brought to you by our friends at Troma. Up From The Depths/Demon of Paradise—Another double feature from Roger Corman's Cult Classic series: "In Up From The Depths, staff and vacationers at a first-class resort on the island of Maui are beginning to mysteriously disappear. A biologist believes that an underwater earthquake has caused a giant, and very hungry dormant prehistoric fish to be released from his slumber...The hunters become the prey when illegal dynamite-fishing prematurely ends the hibernation of a mythological carnivorous lizard-man in Demon Of Paradise. The owner of the local resort, whose patrons have become the appetizers on this predators menu, and a herpetologist join forces with the sheriff to save the tourists from succumbing to the feasting of the beast."