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New Releases for February 1st

The small but mighty band of new releases for the first day of February includes  incredible true stories, movies based on incredible true stories, two remakes, one lost classic, and a double shot of Melissa Leo. Here's the list; remember the little * means we also have it on Blu-ray and you can buy it online at our everyday low prices by clicking SALE.   The new @ indicates we have it for sale at the store. LET ME IN *—We all thought an American remake of Let The Right One In was a horrible idea. We were wrong SALE @ NEVER LET ME GO—In this month’s issue of City Arts, we highly recommend you not, “allow anyone to reveal the nature of this story to you ahead of time.” The movie, Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, tells its secrets in due time. You’ll spend the rest of the film aching for the three friends—Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan, and future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield—as they deal with their reality. In fact, maybe you shouldn't watch the trailer...  @ THE TILLMAN STORY—One of last year’s best documentaries chronicles the life of the promising NFL player who was killed in Afghanistan and the outrage his family & friends felt at the government’s portrayal of his story. @ MONSTERS *An ambitious journalist and a daring tourist make their way through an “infected zone” full of aliens.  @ THE PROWLER—This 1951 noir directed by Joseph Losey & written by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was long thought lost. Until now. @ A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP—Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) remakes the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple. @ NIGHT WATCHES US--A man returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up during the Black Power movement in this drama starring Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington. It also features a score by The Roots. CONVICTION—Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars in the incredible & inspiring true story of a woman who put herself through law school to defend her brother (Sam Rockwell) from a murder charge that left him with a life sentence.  It co-stars future Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. WELCOME TO THE RILEYS—Speaking of Melissa Leo, she co-stars with James Gandolfini in this drama following parents dealing with the death of their teenage daughter and what happens when he takes a prostitute (Kristen Stewart, who is usually great in her non-Twilight roles) under his wing. NEW VIDEO GAMES Endless Ocean: Blue World (Wii) Little Big Planet 2 (PS3) Tangled (Wii) Dead Space 2 (PS3)—Isn’t this the game your mother is supposed to hate?
ANIME NEW RELEASES Initial D: 2nd Stage and OVA Extra
FAMILY NEW RELEASES Pokemon: Arceus and The Jewel of Life
NEW BLU-RAY An Affair To Remember SALE @ All About Eve SALE @ The Double Life of Veronique—Criterion Collection @ Alice In Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition—The classic Disney films look amazing on Blu-ray. @
NEW TV ON DVD Garrow’s Law: Series 1—“A passionate young barrister leads a legal revolution in this superb new courtroom drama set in 18th-century England. Appalled by the corruption of London’s Old Bailey, William Garrow (Andrew Buchan, Cranford, The Fixer) advocates for the accused and pioneers the art of cross-examination, paving the way for our modern legal system. Aided by his mentor (Alun Armstrong, Little Dorrit, New Tricks) and the beautiful Lady Sarah Hill (Lyndsey Marshal, Being Human, The Hours), he faces down ruthless bounty hunters; callous judges; smug solicitors; and MP Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves, The Forsyte Saga), who sees Garrow as a threat to the law—and his marriage.“ Single-Handed: Set 1—“When Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell) returns home to the windswept west coast of Ireland, his father—and predecessor at his new post--warns: "Out here, it’s a team of one." As chief law-enforcement officer in this insular community, Jack soon learns the hard truth in those words. Small-town life presents challenges he never faced in Dublin--among them, winning the respect of the villagers and escaping the shadow of his father (Ian McElhinney, Little Dorrit), whose methods relied more on pragmatism than principle.”
Storm Stories—A six disc set featuring harrowing tales of survival from The Weather Channel series. Piano—“Hye-rim (Jo Min-Soo) moves to Busan with her two children Kyung-ho (Jo In-Sung) and Su-ah (Kim Ha Neul) to open a piano school. She meets a lowlife gangster named Uk-gwan (Jo Jae-Hyun) who falls in love with Hye-rim and decides to turn his life around. The two of them get married, but tragedy forces Uk-gwan to raise the children on his own. Despite Uk-gwan's sincere efforts to win over the children, will this makeshift family be able to overcome years of bitterness, resentment, and anger?   SALE @
NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Bullshot (1983)—UK  “Forget Austin Powers! Banish Inspector Clouseau! The world’s most dashing, determined, and deliriously funny detective is here! Come along with Captain ‘Bullshot’ Crummond, a suave sleuth who’s also a prime Olympic athlete, flying ace, car racer and all-around sporting chap, as he courts beautiful damsel-in-distress Rosemary whose scientist father has been abducted by Bullshot’s arch-nemesis, the devious Count Otto van Bruno. From a giant killer octopus to rampant house spiders, nothing can stop Bullshot from fighting the forces of evil in this rapid-fire British cult comedy classic!”
Decoder (1984)—Germany “First time on DVD! Deluxe release of the 1984 German cult film featuring William S. Burroughs, Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle), F.M. Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Christiane F, the prolific underground film star Bill Rice.” Final Combat (2010)—A Hong Kong TV series starring Kung Fu Hustle’s Stephen Chow. So there's probably some fighting in it. Giulia Doesn’t Date at Night (2009)—Italy “Guido, an acclaimed author, falls for a mysterious swim instructor, unaware that her past is wrought with secrets of betrayal and violence. Starring Valerio Mastandrea, Valeria Golino and Sonia Bergamasco.” Made In Romania (2008)—UK  “Jennifer Tilly, Elizabeth Hurley and Jason Flemyng star as themselves in this wacky look at the underbelly of filmmaking. As an actress, Tilly's dream project is the Victorian-set drama, The Tides of Reason. She's found a producer, Sebastian, who's landed a sketchy financing deal with a catch—the film must be shot in Romania. After the director of choice is fired, a bi-polar ex-con is hired—and the chaos continues.” My Airhostess Roommate (2010)—China “When bubbly and beautiful flight attendant Ran Jing (Wang Luodan) passes out drunk, hapless game designer and certified otaku Lu Fei (Wilson Chen) picks her up and gives her a place to stay for the night. Just evicted by her landlord, Ran Jing decides to flat out move in with Lu Fei, who isn't quite sure what's hit him. Ran Jing lays down 23 rules of cohabitation that serve as inspiration for the game Lu Fei's designing, and gradually throw his dry life into budding romance.” Shopping (1994)—UK  The " hard-hitting, fast-moving, ultraviolent drama” starring Jude Law and Sadie Frost. Skin (2008)—South Africa  “Despite being born to Afrikaner parents, Sandra faces prejudice from her community due to her dark skin and African features. Torn between her family and the man she loves, Sandra must overcome the racial intolerance of her society in this uplifting true story. Starring Sophie Okonedo and Sam Neill. Based on the best-selling book When She was White by Judith Stone.”
NEW WARNER ARCHIVES & SONY/ COLUMBIA CLASSICS Jungle Moon Men (1954)—“In an effort to find the site of an ancient Baku civilization, writer Ellen Marsten (Jean Byron), archer Bob Prentice (Bill Henry), and a trader named Santo turn to Olympic swimming champion and jungle guide Johnny Weissmuller (himself) for help. The safari is taken captive by the Moon Men, a pygmy tribe that worships the immortal high priestess Oma (Helene Stanton). Johnny struggles to free the captives in one of the final installments of the adventure series full of strange rituals and even stranger natives and wildlife that began with Weissmuller playing the character ‘Jungle Jim.’” Paradise For Three (1938) / Miracles For Sale (1939)—“Robert Young’s low-key manner is powerfully effective in films like Three Comrades and Crossfire, but Young’s fine talents are perhaps best served by films showcasing his affable ease – like these lighthearted Golden Era works. In Paradise for Three’s tale of mistaken and hidden identities, Young is a flat-broke jobseeker whose jingle-contest entry wins him a stay at an Alpine ski resort. There, he’s treated like royalty because the staff thinks he’s a slumming millionaire. Young next is an illusionist who offers Miracles for Sale, a playful whodunit from director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks) that has him using conjuror’s skills to help unmask a killer. Young’s frequent co-star Florence Rice, daughter of sports scribe Grantland Rice, is the charming love interest in both films.”
Society Lawyer (1939) / Stronger Than Desire (1939)—“Before he hit his stride as a symbol of screen decency and likeability (notably in films opposite Greer Garson), Walter Pidgeon worked in numerous A films as second leads and as the occasional male lead in compelling B programmers like these two movies from 1939. As a Park Avenue Society Lawyer, Pidgeon pieces together details of a murder at an exclusive high-rise. Virginia Bruce teams with Pidgeon in this remake of the pre-Code Penthouse. Stronger Than Desire’s tale of murder and matrimony has Pidgeon defending a woman accused of killing her husband – all the while unaware that his wife (Virginia Bruce) is involved in the crime.” Times Square Playboy (1936) / Don’t Bet On Blondes (1935) / The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932)—“If 1930s Hollywood needed a man’s man who was at ease mixing a martini at a penthouse, the call could go out for Warren William. The star shows his range in three flicks that helped audiences forget the Depression. In The Woman from Monte Carlo, William plays a lieutenant who hides his commander’s wife in his stateroom. Courtroom thrills ensue. Then, insurance conman William has advice for New Yawk’s guys and dolls: Don’t Bet on Blondes. He tries to woo a fair-haired stage star he’s guaranteed won’t head for the altar from the arms of marriage-minded Errol Flynn. And William gets more laughs as the Times Square Playboy, whose bumpkin pal does not approve of the sophisticate he’s about to wed.” NEW DOCUMENTARIES & ONE NEW OPERA Against The Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance—“Explore the lives of visual artists who made the Harlem Renaissance one of the 20th century's richest artistic moments. Archival footage, newsreels, and photographs recall the influential force of exhibitions, Harlem's vibrancy in the Roaring Twenties, and significant personalities such as William E. Harmon, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke. Watch African-American artists triumph over formidable odds to create lasting beauty.” AKA Tommy Chong—“At the height of the Bush administration, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong was charged with selling bongs over the internet and sentenced to nine months in federal prison. As part of the government's $12 million 'Operation Pipe Dreams' drug paraphernalia sting operation, Chong, a vocal opponent of Bush's handling of the War on Terror, was singled out among 55 defendants to serve time. Filmmaker Josh Gilbert captures the post-prison, avuncular Chong as he turns his SWAT team arrest into hilarious stand-up material. But the laughs are seasoned by the recognition of our government's questionable priorities and its shameless use of the judicial system to scapegoat a counterculture icon.”
Discovering Hamlet—“In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare’s prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career under the guidance of celebrated actor Derek Jacobi, considered "the best Hamlet of his generation" (The New York Times). Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this hour-long film documents how these two intelligent, passionate men found new depths in Shakespeare’s classic drama. Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry Klein follow the company through four weeks of rehearsals, from the first read-throughs to opening night. Interviews with principal actors--as well as the set designer, costume supervisor, text advisor, and others--reveal how each member of the company meets the production’s challenges.” Gurdjieff’s Mission: The Life & Significance of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff-Introducing the Teaching to the WestGurdjieff’s Mission’s the first documentary to detail Gurdjieff's unwavering struggle to fulfill his mission of establishing the ancient teaching of The Fourth Way in the West. Shot on site in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Constantinople, London, Paris and New York, the 80-minute color documentary follows Gurdjieff from his arrival in Russia in 1912 through to 1924. Having finally established his Institute for the Harmonious Development in France he risked all in a make-or-break gamble to take the teaching to America, for America, Gurdjieff believed, despite its ‘feverish existence’ and obsession with ‘growing dollars,’ was a country which had ‘the largest percentage of beings in whose presences the possibility of acquiring Being is not entirely lost.’” Riders to the Sea (2008)—“Riders to the Sea is Vaughan Williams' most successful operatic achievement. It is short, but musically and emotionally on a grand scale. The setting is the rugged and stormy west coast of Ireland where Irish dramatist J.M. Synge spent several summers, and where the primitive life of the inhabitants, whose existence depended almost entirely on the sea, provided him with the material for his great tragic play Riders to the Sea.”
With God On Our Side—“With God On Our Side takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God's chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies, even those that privilege Jews at the expense of Palestinians, leading to great suffering among Muslim and Christian Palestinians alike and threatening Israel's security as a whole.” Young Widow: Naked in the Memorial Playground—“Young Widow: Naked in the Memorial Playground is a contemporary look at love and untimely loss in death-phobic Western society. Interviews with Young Widows and Widowers, clips, commentaries and plenty of dark humor reveal the challenges and transitions through loss, grief and renewal. Three years in the making, this Documentary trades Widow's weeds for tattoos, throws out black veils, and invites you to consider death and survival in the vernacular of our times.” …AND MORE MOVIES Black Panther—“Deep in the heart of Africa lies Wakanda, an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. The latest in this famed line is young King T’Challa, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther. Now, outsiders once again threaten to invade and plunder Wakanda. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, a deadly assassin with the blood of T’Challa’s murdered father on his hands, who brings with him a strong army of super-powered mercenaries. Even with Wakanda’s might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against this deadly invading force? From respected filmmaker/producer Reginald Hudlin and legendary comic book artist John Romita, Jr., comes the epic Black Panther story for which comic fans have waited 25 years. Starring Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) and Alfre Woodard (True Blood, Star Trek: First Contact).”
Cold Dog Soup—“An unforgettable night awaits mild-mannered stockbroker Michael Latchmer (Vacancy’s Frank Whaley), who finally scores dinner with the girl of his dreams (ER’s Christine Harnos). However, their night together is thrown into chaos as Michael is hurled into one surreal mishap after another involving a lunatic cabbie named Jack Cloud (Brokeback Mountain’s Randy Quaid), suspicious Chinese restaurants, unbridled voodoo rituals and an ill-fated, anchovy-loving dog named Jasper who sets the madness in motion. Based on the novel by cult writer Stephen Dobyns (The Church of Dead Girls), this critically acclaimed indie comedy is a quirky, fast-paced delight from start to finish!” Elena Undone—“From Nicole Conn, director of the lesbian classic Claire Of The Moon. Elegant and refined Elena (Necar Zadegan, TV’s 24, The Event) is a devoted wife to her pastor husband, mother to her teenage son, and daughter to her traditional Indian family. When she meets lesbian writer Peyton (ravishingly beautiful Traci Dinwiddie, TV’s Supernatural) Elena is confronted with intense, unexpected feelings for a woman and their relationship evolves into a passionate romance. Charming, funny and poignant as well as smoldering and sensual!” 11 Harrowhouse (1974)—“With the help of a wealthy widow (Candice Bergen), an eccentric oil baron (Trevor Howard), an angry employee (James Mason), and, of course, a cockroach, a talented burglar (Charles Grodin) attempts a daring robbery of the world’s largest clearinghouse for gems. Based on the novel by Gerald A. Browne and adapted by Charles Grodin, 11 Harrowhouse delivers precise wit and comedy through its talented ensemble cast, resulting in a wild-ride spoof on suspense thrillers.”
Hatchet II—Unrated Director’s Cut—“Victor Crowley Lives Again!” . The trailer is dark so it's hard to tell if this is bad for squeamish, but we recommend you err on the side of NSFW. Lorna The Exorcist (1974)—“Patrick, a rich businessman, celebrates his daughter Linda's 18th birthday by taking her and his wife to a famous casino resort in the south of France, where, 20 years earlier, he had won the money that enabled him to start his business and begin his rise to the top. At the casino he meets the beautiful and mysterious Lorna, whom he first encountered that night 20 years ago. She reminds him that he made a promise to her back then. She is the power behind his success and now she has returned to claim her reward - his daughter, Linda. A masterpiece of transgressive horror from Jess Franco.”  @
Lucky Lady (1975)—“When three down-on-their-luck losers, Claire (Liza Minnelli), Kibby (Gene Hackman) and Walker (Burt Reynolds), come together in a Mexican border town to start a booze-running operation during the prohibition, egos, enemies and envy collide. But through some mysterious alchemy and a couple of gunfights, the three become immensely successful bootleggers and, even more surprising to them, a fully functioning menage a trois. A throwback to the great screwball comedies of the 1930s, Lucky Lady was written by Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz (American Graffiti) and directed by the great Stanley Donen (Singin’ In The Rain).”
Rhineland—“Set in March, 1945 during the battle known as, ‘the last great killing ground in the west,’ Rhineland tells the story of a young replacement thrown into an under-strength mine platoon. A burned-out lieutenant and a bitter sergeant are his only guides as he struggles to come to terms with the brutality of war during the final bloody months of World War II.” Tripping Forward—“Flat broke and facing eviction, aspiring movie actor Ford (Chris Fogleman) reluctantly agrees to help his freeloading roommate Tripp (William Gregory Lee) deal cocaine to supermodels, which unfortunately leads to big trouble with an extremely angry mafia boss. An amusing look at life in Hollywood, this hilarious buddy comedy also features Amber Benson, Ed Begley Jr., M.C. Gainey and Ezra Buzzington.”