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New Releases you'll love for February 14

This day of appreciation for the things we love brings several critically-acclaimed documentaries and independent movies, along with titles from India, Romania, and Brazil, and much more. Here’s the list:

BLU = Also available for rent on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in the store

SALE = Available for purchase from our online store


TAKE SHELTER—In the recent issue of City Arts, our colleague Kevin says Jeff Nichols’ film “is a masterpiece of tension that expertly straddles the line between psychological indie drama and enigmatic, paranoid horror film.” It features amazing performances by Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, plus a great score by our former colleague David Wingo.  BLU   SALE


URBANIZED—Gary Hustwit, director of Helvetica and Objectified, turns his lens on the world's cities to explore the strategies and issues behind their design.  @


THE RUM DIARY—Johnny Depp dons a hat and heads to Puerto Rico for an alcohol-fueled, investigative journalism adventure. It’s based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson.  BLU  @


ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN—Jose Padilla’s sequel to his 2007 cop film. Our colleague Bryan says in City Arts that it’s a “mix of down-with-the-system preachiness and [a] gritty action thriller.”  BLU


HOW TO DIE IN OREGON—Peter Richardson’s moving documentary is a portrait of patients and families of those who have chosen (or are in the process of choosing) physician-assisted suicide as part of Oregon’s Death With Dignity law.  @


AMERICAN TEACHER—Matt Damon narrates this documentary focusing on the challenges facing four teachers throughout the country and future of their profession. It was produced author Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari, founders of the nonprofit 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centers for students. Be sure to visit Seattle’s 826 chapter, located behind the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Store. @


THE INTERRUPTERS—The Frontline documentary from Hoop Dreams director Steve James “follows three individuals who with bravado, humility, and even humor, work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.”


THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI—The Criterion Collection presents Hideo Gosha’s 1964 tale of loyalty, revenge, and great sword play. This trailer doesn't have English subtitles, but you'll get the idea. BLU   @ 


TINY FURNITURE—Lena Dunham’s pseudo-autobiographical indie comedy about a young woman stuck in a "post-graduate delirium." The Criterion Collection edition includes Dunham’s first feature, Creative Nonfiction.  BLU  @  



Darkness II (PS3, Xbox 360)




Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury

Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred

G.I. Joe: Series 2, Season 1

The Lorax (1972)—Deluxe Edition   BLU   @

The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Get Ducky



Colin Quinn: Long Story Short



Beavis and Butt-head: Volume 4—I can’t tell you how much I enjoy hearing them snark over clips of Jersey ShoreBLUSALE

Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe—This is the 2011 Christmas Special  BLU  @

Doctor Who, Story 007: The Sensorites—Starring the First Doctor, William Hartnell

Doctor Who, Story 136: Caves of Androzani—Starring the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison

Night Court: Season 4--Not starring Jenna Maroney, werewolf lawyer.

Wainy Days: Seasons 1-4—David Wain’s hilarious webseries makes the leap to DVD. Watch it.   @



Crippled Masters 3 (1981)—Taiwan

The Debt (2007)—Israel  The recent Helen Mirren/Jessica Chastain vehicle was based on this film  @

Dirty Picture (2011)—India

Innocents (1961)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl (2011)—India

Mausam (2011)—India

Mozart’s Sister (2011)—France  BLU

My Kingdom (2011)—Hong Kong  The action sequences are directed by Sammo Hung.   @

Ocean Heaven (2010)—China  Drama starring Jet Li as the father of an autistic child.  BLU @

Ra One (2011)—India

Shabri (2011)—India

Shades (2011)—UK

Summer Holiday (2008)—Romania  @

Sword of Desperation (2010)—Japan  @

Tales From the Golden Age: Romanian Urban Myths of the ‘80s (2009)—Romania  @

That Girl in the Yellow Boots (2010)—India

A Town Like Alice (1956)—UK

Vips (2010)—Brazil



East Meets West: Oriental Medicine & The Future


Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

How to be a Jewish Son

Nature: Kangaroo Mob

National Geographich: Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan

NOVA: Lincoln’s Secret Weapon

Patrice O’Neal: Elephant in the Room


Slavery by Another Name

The Sons of Tennessee Williams

Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story

Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Woody Allen: A Documentary—We've had this for rent for a while, but we now have copies for sale. A double feature with Midnight in Paris, perhaps?  @   SALE



All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)  BLU

Boeing Boeing   BLU @

Bollywood Beats (2009)

Drew Christie: The Animations of Drew Christie

The Dead (2010)  BLU  @

Dishonored/Shanghai Express (1932)

Dragon Age: Redemption

The Geisha Boy (1958) BLU   @

Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence—Unrated Director’s Cut  BLU  @

The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Mondus Operandi (2009)

The Night We Never Met (1993)

Rock-A-Bye-Baby (1958)  BLU  @

Seducing Charlie Barker  (2011)

Shag Carpet Sunset --A film by local director Andrew McAllister.

Suspicion (1987)

Thrive (2011)


Next week brings MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, Leonardo DiCaprio in J. EDGAR, the Fishbone doc. EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, the Criterion release of ANATOMY OF A MURDER, and much more. See you then. And much love to all our customers for your continued support. Please let us know how we can serve you better.


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