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New Releases for August 9th

There's superheroes, aliens, punks, politics, hungry bears, kung fu, Lucy, Gable, classic cinema and much more in this week’s batch of new titles. Here’s the list:

* = also available on Blu-ray

@ = available in the store for sale

SALE = available for purchase from our online store

 

PAUL *—Simon Pegg & Nick Frost are two British nerds on holiday visiting San Diego Comic Con and famous UFO sites in the Southwest when they happen upon an actual alien (with the voice of Seth Rogen). Sweet, sci-fi nerd-reference laden comedy ensues.  @   SALE

 

SUPER *—Do you like your DIY superhero movies with a lot of gore and violence (I’m not talking about a little girl hitting people, I mean real gore and violence)? Do you like them with dark humor and pathos and genuine heart? Then James Gunn’s (Slither) movie starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler & Kevin Bacon is for you.    SALE

 

YOUR HIGHNESS *—Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman are on a quest full of raunchy humor. We recommend one of our tasty varieties of Uncle Woody’s popcorn to complement your viewing experience.  @   SALE

 

TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM—You may have seen Taqwacores, a fictional story about a college student who moves into a house full of Muslim punk rockers that played at Northwest Film Forum and is currently in our New Release section. This documentary follows the real-life experiences of Muslim musicians on tour across the country as they “give the finger to both sides.”   @

 

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS—The Criterion Collection presents Gillo Pontecorvo’s powerful and influential story of the Algerian fight for independence, now available on Blu-ray.  @   SALE

 

MARS NEEDS MOMS *—A nine-year-old boy (Seth Green) sets out to rescue his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s kidnapped by Martians in this animated family adventure.  @

 

JUMPING THE BROOM—Working class and upper class families blend when the kids come together for a whirlwind wedding in this smart comedy.

 

JAMES ELLROY’S LA: CITY OF DEMONS—The LA Confidential writer explores the dark underbelly of the city with real life tales of crime and drama. Our colleague Spenser recommended it in the current issue of City Arts magazine.

 

EDDIE VEDDER LIVE: WATER ON THE ROAD—Director’s Christoph Green and Brendan Canty (from Fugazi!) capture Vedder’s live performances of songs from his “Ukulele Songs” album and the “Into The Wild” soundtrack as well as favorites from the Pearl Jam catalog.  @

 

MALFUNKSHUN: THE ANDREW WOOD STORY—A portrait of Malfunkshun/Mother Love Bone singer who tragically died of a heroin overdose in 1990. The DVD has over an hour of rare, unreleased footage and never before seen interviews with Wood himself.

 

NEW VIDEO GAMES

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition—Xbox 360

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

The Girl Who Leapt Through Space 2

Mobile Suit Gundam UC: Volume 1

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

The Fox and The Hound/Fox and The Hound 2

Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears (1988)

Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose (1987)

Yogi’s Great Escape (1987)

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Dazed and Confused  @

Dead Man   @

Fast Times at Ridgemont High @

Red Planet

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives @

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Elvis Costello—Spectacle: Season 2

Doctor Who, Story 95: The Sun Makers (Baker)

Doctor Who, Story 149: Paradise Towers (McCoy)

The Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Final Season

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Clash (2009)—Vietnam

The Clinic (2010)—Australia

Deep End (1970)(PAL) *—US  @

Doctor at Sea (1955)—UK

Dream Home (2010)—Hong Kong

Fortress of War (2010)—Russia

To Be Twenty (1978)(theatrical & unrated cuts)—Italy  @

Outside The Law (2010)--This film tells the story of three brothers fighting for Algerian independence. It was a nominee for Best Foreign Language film at this yea'rs Oscars.

 

NEW SHAW BROTHERS CLASSIC COLLECTION

Executioners From Shaolin (1977)  @

Five Shaolin Masters (1974)  @

Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1982)  @

Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)  @

 


NEW DOCUMENTARIES & STAND-UP COMEDY

Burning in the Sun—“An inspirational portrait of a young West African man who starts a business building solar panels from scratch and selling them to rural customers in Mali… Addressing climate change, poverty, and self-sufficiency, the film demonstrates how a small-scale, local business model can provide jobs, appropriate technology, and empowerment to people everywhere.”

Dirty Business (2010)—“In the digital age, half of our electricity still comes from coal. DIRTY BUSINESS reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to a renewable energy future.”

Multiracial Identity—“Multiracial people are the fastest growing demographic in America, yet there is no official political recognition for mixed-race people. Multiracial Identity explores the social, political, and religious impact of the multiracial movement and the lived experience of being multiracial.”

Original Minds—“Inspirational film that shows a way to bring out the individual talents of five teenagers normally classified as learning disabled… Parents, teachers, friends, therapists, and coaches all weigh in, sometimes with conflicting views, but it's the kids who become the experts in this film, as they work intensively with the filmmaker to tell their stories and discover that they are smarter than they thought.”

Priceless (2011)—“PRICELESS examines the growing cost of federal elections, the impact of political campaign fundraising on members of Congress and on policymaking, and the citizen movement to limit the "undue influence" of large campaign donors. This non-partisan film includes a look at two national policies - agriculture and energy - shaped by a variety of interests including industry groups, political parties, lobbyists, citizen groups, candidates and officeholders.”

Unknown Comedy Special/Urban Legend/Art of Nude Bowling—“‘The Unknown Comic’ Murray Langston goes on stage to insult and delight the audience with his classic nightclub and television act that spawned the late 70's/early 80's madcap madness. See Langston and a host of other comics go uncensored in this funny special filled with down and dirty comedy.”

What On Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mystery—“Longtime producer of events and projects having to do with our consciousness and our worldview, filmmaker Suzanne Taylor tracks her interactions, in England, over six summers, with an international community of visionary artists, scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, educators, writers, and farmers who marvel at crop circles. The superstars of the film are the circles, which remain an unexplained global phenomenon that has puzzled humanity for centuries -- the photography is awe-inspiring. Evidence is presented that challenges the idea that all the glyphs are made by people, and the motives of hoaxers, who make some of the formations, is a subject for speculation.”

 

MORE MOVIES

Camp Hell—“At the end of every summer, the children of a local community attend Camp Hope. While teaching them the ways of a proper society, one teacher leads them, unknowingly, into a world of evil. As deep dark secrets are exposed about Camp Hope, the children’s bodies slowly start to be taken over by something evil. What was supposed to be a safe summer camp has now turned into a nightmare that not even faith can end.” It stars Dana Delany, Andrew McCarthy, Bruce Davison, and Jesse Eisenberg.

Choose—“The slasher genre gets an iconic new killer with Nathan Jones, the monster at the center of Marcus Graves CHOOSE. His methods are simple. He selects a victim and forces them to choose between horrific options, his blood-filled hour glass counting down the seconds they’re allowed to decide. And if his victim fails to choose, then Nathan forces both horrible options upon them. Katheryn Winnick (Love And Other Drugs) and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) star in this nail-biting thriller that unleashes a terrifying new face onto the horror scene.”

Fuller Brush Girl (1950)—“ Hysterical catastrophes follow door-to-door salesgirl Lucille Ball in this classic comedy co-starring Eddie Albert.”

Hands Across The Rockies (1941)—“Wild Bill Hickock (Bill Elliott) and Cannonball (Dub Taylor) help two young people in love (Mary Daily and Stanley Brown) and bring the murderer (Kenneth MacDonald) of Cannonball's father to justice.” This is not to be confused with the Hands Across America VHS tape we have in the American Culture section.

Her Husband’s Affairs (1947)—“In this classic slapstick romance, Lucille Ball plays a "helpful" wife who constanly meddles in her husband's business. Some of her follies include weird potions, including a hair restorer that grows way too much hair. Ball and Tone work well as a comic team and the madcap script make this film a laugh riot.”

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost—“Tom Selleck returns as Paradise's anguished former Chief of Police, Jesse Stone, in his most gripping mystery yet. Cindy Van Aldan was like a daughter to Jesse. Now she's dead. Although all signs point to a suicidal drug overdose-a checkered history riddled with addiction, associations with homicidal mobsters and an involvement in prostitution-Jesse knows his friend better than that. This time it's personal, and Jesse will stop at nothing to avenge the lost innocence and subsequent death of the young girl he once mentored.”

The Last Godfather—“Mob boss Don Carini (Harvey Keitel) is retiring from the Mafia business – but when he gathers the family to announce his heir, the Don surprises everyone by anointing his goofy adopted son Young-gu (Hyung-Rae Shim) as the next godfather. With everyone gunning for his job – and his father pressuring him to succeed – will Young-gu overcome his enemies and rise to become the head of the family before he winds up snoring with the fishes?”

Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)—“Dizzy comedy stars Lucille Ball as a spitfire secretary who unwittingly reforms a gang of crooks! Also starring William Holden.”

Tell It To The Judge (1949)—“ Screwball comedy is alive and kicking with Rosalind Russell as a would-be federal judge whose ex-husband (Robert Cummings) wants her back. Seems the cause of the split-up was dumb blonde Marie McDonald who kept popping up at the most untimely moments.”

Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)— Set in New Mexico during the years 1912-1915, a fictional black ‘Bonnie and Clyde’-type race through the Southwest in their ancient jalopies, shooting lawmen and sharing the riches with poor blacks, whites, and Indians alike. One avenging sheriff, determined to bring the pair in, pursues them relentlessly.” It stars Max Julien, Vonetta McGee, and Glynn Turman.

Wide Open (1974)—Taxi driver Paul and his beautiful journalist girlfriend Marianne have a strained relationship. Things get crazy when Paul brings his drunken father back to their apartment. As tensions between the two lovebirds rise, they decide to chill out at a wild movie party and things go from bad to worse (for Marianne anyway) when they both wake up in bed together with Marianne's sister, Beryl! Marianne leaves, so Paul decides to spend some time watching strippers and taking Beryl along for some nighttime fun. Everything is going great, until Beryl gets picked up by the evil Mr. X and things turn dangerous. A stolen mink coat, drugs, and violent sex games lead Paul and Beryl to confront Mr. X during the film's perverse stag party climax! Chock full of nudity and sex, Wide Open is a must for all fans of sexy Swedish sin-ema!”  @

 

…AND NEW WARNER ARCHIVES/MGM LIMITED

Across the Wide Missouri (1951)—“In fur-trapping country, a man depends on his single-shot rifle and his courage. One of those men is Flint Mitchell (Clark Gable), who heads into Blackfoot territory with his fellow mountain men – and with his new Blackfoot bride (María Elena Marqués) who may be the key to their safety in the dangerous land. Mitchell is a rough, buckskinned man of action and Gable shows he’s more than rough enough to portray him in a brawling, breathtakingly beautiful frontier tale.”

Any Number Can Play (1949)—“Career. Love. Family. You play the cards life deals you. Casino owner Charley Kyng has taken plenty of risks through the decades, known plenty of wins and losses. But now the stakes are suddenly raised. Hollywood’s legendary King, Clark Gable, portrays Kyng, faced at once with failing health, crooks seeking a big score from his posh establishment and the homelife pressures of a devoted wife (Alexis Smith) and son (Darryl Hickman) who want him to leave the gaming biz.”

Big Boodle (1957)—“Errol Flynn plays a croupier in a Havana casino who is falsely accused of counterfeiting pesos. As self-protection, he is forced to uncover a racket involving highly respected banking officials.” Rossana Rory and Francisco Canero co-star.

Cannon for Cordoba (1970)—“In 1912, a Mexican rebel named Cordoba steals six cannons from the forces of General Pershing who's been sent to bring order to the Texas-Mexico border. Pershing assigns a soldier named Rod Douglas to retrieve the cannons. Douglas recruits a trio of misfits and they, along with a Mexican officer and an enigmatic woman, travel 200 miles south to Cordoba's mountain fortress. Explosions and gun battles soon erupt…” It stars George Peppard.

Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950)—“A U.S. military scout is assigned to stop Indian attacks on a defenseless group of wagon trains making their way West.” It stars George Montgomery, Ellen Drew, and Noah Berry, Jr.

Fort Bowie (1958)—“Attempting to affect peace between his men and the Apaches, the commander of a fort unwittingly inspires an Indian massacre.”

Fort Defiance (1951)—“The story of a young blind man, the brother he worships and a Civil War veteran who intends to kill the latter.” It stars Dane Clark and Peter Graves.

Fort Massacre (1958)—“Joel McCrea gives a compelling performance as a cavalry sergeant apparently leading his men to safety, but actually slowly going mad in an insane attempt to avenge an Indian massacre.”

Four Boys and a Gun (1957)—“The moving story of 4 young men struggling against overwhelming odds to remain honest. Crooked employer shorts their earnings; they turn to crime, their first theft ending in tragedy.”

Ghost Town (1956)—“A stage headed West with a group of passengers is attacked by Cheyenne Indians, and takes refuge in a nearby ghost town.”

Gun Brothers (1956)—“Buster Crabbe and Neville Brand star as brothers on opposite sides of the law. Chad (Crabbe) is a law abiding rancher, while Jubal (Brand) has opted for life as an outlaw. The siblings manage to keep peace until a jealous Indian maiden tells Jubal that his brother has turned him into the authorities.”

The Hawaiians (1970)—“A sea captain's discovery of water on a plantation leads to planting of pineapples on the island.” It stars Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin, John Philip Law, Tina Chen, and Alec McGowen.”

Hell Bound (1957)—“His scheme: to steal war-surplus narcotic drugs from a ship in the Los Angeles harbor. However, he requires backers--which he seeks with a 16mm promotional film shown to gangsters. They agree. Bad decision.”

Hot Cars (1956)—“A likable car salesman, facing a financial crunch involving urgent medical attention for his infant son, is tricked into selling stolen cars. Framed for the murder of a cop, he finds himself in life-or- death combat with the real killer on a zooming rollercoaster.”

The Hucksters (1947)—“Vic Norman is an advertising executive, a snappily suited huckster who dreams up ways of singing his clients’ praises and selling their wares. Principles? That’s something the ad biz isn’t selling this year. Clark Gable portrays Norman, struggling to preserve his integrity while hustling to serve the whims and demands of a deep-pocketed client (Sydney Greenstreet) who, noted the New York Herald Tribune, “thinks of America as a blank space between New York and Hollywood where people buy soap.” Deborah Kerr (“rhymes with star” said the film’s publicity) and Ava Gardner join in an often funny look at Madison Avenue.”

Hurricane Streets (1997)—“This Sundance Film Festival award winner, focuses on a troubled teen trapped by the city, planning for the day that he can make a new life with his uncle in New Mexico. Just when he is on the verge of realizing his dream, a stunning turn of events creates a dark vortex that threatens to pull him down...unless he can engineer his escape.”

Keaton’s Cop (1990)—“When a ruthless mob hit-man mistakenly murders the wrong guy, a detective (Lee Majors) and his partner (Don Rickles) are ordered to protect the intended target (Abe Vigoda) in this hard-edged action-comedy.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968)—“A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play in which four lovers sort out their problems with the help of fairies at midnight in the forest of Athens.” The cavalcade of stars includes Derek Godfrey, Barbara Jefford, Nicholas Selby, David Warner, Diana Rigg, Helen Mirren, and Ian Holm.

Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)—“A man is found guilty and sentenced to death of a thirteen year old girl but the governor declares that the trial was unfair which leads to the murder of the accused by a lynch mob.” It stars Jack Lemmon, Richard Jordan, Peter Gallagher, and Kathryn Walker.

The Nun and The Sergeant (1962)—“A sergeant commanding a mission in Korea is joined by a schoolgirl and a nun.” It stars Robert Webber, Anna Sten, and Leo Gordon.

Oklahoma Territory (1960)—“A district attorney prosecutes an Indian chief on a murder charge, gets a conviction and then arranges his escape when it's discovered that the Indian chief is innocent.” It stars Bill Williams, Gloria  Talbot, and Ted de Corsia.

Quincannon, Frontier Scout (1956)—“An ex-army officer leads a search party into Indian territory to investigate the disappearance of a top-secret shipment of repeating rifles.” Will Cook and John C. Higgins star.

Riot on Sunset Strip (1967)—“A crowd of undisciplined young people gather for kicks on the Sunset Strip. Aldo Ray plays a police lieutenant who is sympathetic to the kids but is pressured by businessmen to clear them out.”

Sporting Blood (1931)— Sporting Blood is a key work in Clark Gable’s 1931 leap to stardom, a film in which he plays a race-fixing underworld gambler who rediscovers his inner decency. It marks the first time Gable tops a cast list, although the future Hollywood King doesn’t appear until midway in the film’s story… John Larkin plays Uncle Ben, the devoted stable groom of Tommy Boy, a magnificent thoroughbred who triumphs over owners’ mistreatment to gain a shot at the Kentucky Derby. In a historical sense, the movie is Gable’s. But its powerful and soul-touching last scene rightly belongs to Uncle Ben and Tommy Boy.”

Wicked Stepmother (1989)—“Transforming into a cigarette-smoking black cat is just one of Bette Davis' evil tricks in this campy, fun-filled brew that mixes magic with mayhem and costars Barbara Carrera as Davis' doting daughter.”

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