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New Releases for February 21

Happy almost-Oscar weekend! We’re here for all your last-minute catch-up viewing needs; just consult the list of nominated films already on our shelves. For everyone who doesn't have a touch of the Academy Award Fever, here’s what’s new this week:

BLU = Also available for rent on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in our store

SALE = Available for sale from our online store


J. EDGAR—Leonardo DiCaprio, sometimes in refreshingly not-silly-looking old-man makeup, flashes back through the life and career of J. Edgar Hoover. It was written by Dustin Lance Black (who gave one of my favorite Oscar speeches ever when he won for writing MIlk) and directed by Clint Eastwood.  BLU   @


MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE—Elizabeth Olsen delivers an incredible debut performance as a young woman fleeing from a mysterious cult. As Matt describes in the recent issue of City Arts, “events shift and merge in the murk of her paranoid and possibly washed brain as she struggles to regain control of her mind and body.” The great John Hawkes co-stars as the cult’s leader.   BLU   @   SALE


TOWER HEIST—We were spared a Brett Ratner-produced/Eddie Murphy-hosted Oscar show this weekend, but we do get this surprising enjoyable Brett Ratner-directed/Eddie Murphy-starring comedy about employees of a fancy skyscraper plotting Ocean’s Eleven-style revenge on a greedy businessman (Alan Alda). The best part: Ben Stiller and Tea Leoni together--Flirting With Disaster reunion!   BLU   @


LONDON BOULEVARD—A stylish, witty, and brutal gangster film starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis, and Ben Chapin (from The Truth About Cats & Dogs.)  BLU   @ 


THE WAY—Martin Sheen plays a father who undergoes a transformative journey as he travels through France in the footsteps of his son, who was killed while hiking in the Pyrenees. It was directed Emilio Estevez (aka Martin Sheen's actual son).  @


EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE—Fun fact: At least four people on staff saw Fishbone perform at the first Lollapalooza. This trailer has some pervasive language and therefore is NSFW. BLU  @  SALE


SPOKANARCHY!—A retrospective of Spokane's 80’s punk scene.  @


BLANK CITY—A look at New York City on the eve of the Reagan era and the work filmmakers were inspired to create from the environment. The documentary features interviews with  Amos Poe, Lizzy Borden, Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi, John Waters, and many others.  @


WORLD ON A WIRE—The Criterion Collection presents Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s, “gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future.” The recently rediscovered 1973 three-and-a-half hour epic was originally made for German television.  BLU  @  


ANATOMY OF A MURDER--When it was released in 1959, Otto Preminger’s now seminal courtroom drama caused controversy for its frank dialogue (like “bitch” and “panties”) and discussion of taboo subjects like sex and rape. The stellar cast includes Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Even Arden, Ben Gazzara, and a cameo by Duke Ellington, who did the score. It was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.     BLU   @  


PUSS IN BOOTS--Who knew a Shrek spin-off could be so enjoyable? This nominee for Best Animated Feature will be out on Friday, February 24 BLU   @


Asura’s Wrath (Xbox 360)

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Xbox 360)

Syndicate (PS3, Xbox 360)

Twisted Metal (PS3)

UFC 3: Undisputed (PS3, Xbox 360)



Young Justice: Season 1, Volume 3



Deadly Spawn—Millennium Edition  @

Fort Apache (1948)   @

Roots of Heaven (1958)

Swamp Water (1941)



Borgia: Faith and Fear-Season 1

The Fades: Season 1   BLU

Frederick Forsyth Presents: Six Films

Nurse Jackie: Season 3    BLU

Weeds: Season 7   BLU



Carmen (2011, Teatro Real)—Spain, by Antonio Gardes and Carlos Saura

Fatherland (1986)—UK, directed by Ken Loach

Lefthanded (2009)—Japan

Octubre (2010)—Peru

Tears for Sale (2011)(PAL Code 2)—Serbia

War of the Arrows (2011)—Korea    BLU   @

The Widowmaker (1990)(PAL Code 2)—UK



Balalaika (1939)

British Agent (1934)

Broadway Serenade (1939)

Diplomaniacs (1933)

The Firefly (1937)

I Married an Angel (1942)

Idle Rich (1929)

Kentucky Kernels (1934)

Man to Man (1930)

On Again-Off Again (1968)

One Sunday Afternoon (1948)

Rainmakers (1935)

Red Danube (1949)

Voice of The City (1929)

The Woman Racket (1930)



Clinton—American Experience

Last Fast Ride: Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess

Lovers’ Guide 3D—20th Anniversary Edition

Bernie Mac: I Ain’t Scared of You…A Tribute

On The Bowery: Films of Lionel Rogosin-Volume 1  BLU  @

Colin Quinn: Long Story Short

Shooting Robert King

The Story of Ireland

Woman With The Five Elephants  @

Yoga Shakti with Shiva Rea



Bad Actress (2011)   @

In The Sign of The Lion (1976)

Inkubus (2011)

Little Death (2011)

My Name is Julia Ross (1945)

Outcast (2009)

Prairie Love (2011)

Retreat (2011)

Son of No One (2011)  BLU

The Space Between (2011)

Tight Spot (1955)

Track 29 (1987)

Who Stole The Electric Car? (2011)

We'll be back next week with the multi-Oscar nominated HUGO and much more. Happy viewing to all.



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