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New Releases for May 1

The first day of May brings us several Japanese TV series, films from India and Korea, and a lot of movies where people are either kicking, singing, scheming, or dreaming. Some even have a stylish combination of them all. Here’s the list:


BLU = Also available for rent on Blu-ray disc

@ = Available for sale at our store

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HAYWIRESteven Soderbergh’s action/spy movie stars mixed martial artist Gina Carano as a betrayed mercenary seeking revenge on co-stars including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, and Antonio Banderas. Our colleague Bryan says in the May issue of City Arts, “the thrill is in the many hard-hitting, shaky-cam free fight scenes, where Carano’s skills are put to entertaining use punching, choking and tossing respected actors through furniture and doors.”   BLU    @


GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD—Martin Scorsese’s documentary features never-before-seen footage spanning Harrison’s life, along with interviews with Eric Clapton, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and many others. BLU   @


W.E.—A young woman (Abbie Cornish) in the last golden days of the 1990s becomes enthralled with the story of Edward VIII’s (James D’Arcy) abdication of the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) in this period drama co-written and directed by, yes, Madonna.  @


FILMS OF FURY: THE KUNG FU MOVIE MOVIE—A history of kung fu movies from the Peking Opera to Kung Fu Panda.  @


JOYFUL NOISE—I love Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton is one of my cherished idols, so I will wait patiently through the parts about teenage love and battling over the control of a church choir and important messages about doing your best just to get to the singing.   BLU


NEW YEAR’S EVE—It’s the first of May. Do you feel like your year could use a reset? Maybe Garry Marshall’s tale of an eclectic ensemble cast searching for love, hope, and second chances before the ball drops in New York City will help. Because sometimes you just need to see a gigantic group of celebrities bumbling their way to a bunch of happy endings.   BLU



Prototype 2 (PS3, Xbox 360)



Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part 7



Level Up: The Movie



Pillow Talk (1959)



Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century: Season 6

Covert Affairs: Season 2

The Invisible Man: Complete Series (1975)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Masterpiece Classic (2012)  BLU   @

Suits: Season 1  @



Agneepath (2012)—India

Café Seoul (2009)(Code 3)—Korea

Chivalrous Helper (2009)—Japanese TV

Cirkus Columbia (2010)—Bosnia-Herzegovina

Don 2 (2011)—India

Fight the Fight (2011)—China

High School Restaurant (2011)—Japanese TV

Hum (1991)—India

Kami No Shizuku (2009)—A live-action Japan TV series based on the manga series.

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011)—A recent film from India all about hooking up in the era of Facebook.

Namak Halaal (1982)—India

The Partner (2009)—Korea

Patessiere Coin De Rue (2011)—Japan

Queen of Lunchtime Cuisine (2002)—Japanese TV

Rascals (2011)—India

Rockstar (2011)—India

Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (2011)—Egypt

Train Man (2005) —Another Japanese TV series, based on the manga.

Twilight Gangsters (2011)(Code 3)—Korea

Unmarried Man (2006) —Japanese TV



Bride Walks Out (1936)

Easy Living (1949)

Millionaire for Christy! (1951)

Rendezvous (1935)

Romance in Manhattan (1935)


Curiosity with Stephen Hawking

Disappearance of McKinley Nolan—One man’s search to find out what happened to his brother, who vanished during the Vietnam War.

Garbo the Spy (2009)—The engrossing story of Juan Pujol Garcia, a double agent who is the only person to be decorated by both the Allied and Axis powers during WWII.

Mystic India (IMAX)

NOVA: Secrets of the Sun

Saving the Titanic

Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Storycorps: Animated Shorts—Animated stories from NPR’s StoryCorps series.

Tom Palazzolo’s Chicago—A series of short documentaries spanning four decades of Chicago’s stranger side.

When the Drum is Beating—A music-filled film following Haitian band Septentrional through six decades in their country’s history.



Bird of Paradise (1932)--King Vidor's South Seas doomed romance starring Dolores Del Rio and Joel McCrea (who looks a bit Swayze on the cover).    BLU   @

Emerald City (2011)

Paradise Recovered (2010)

Strip Strip Hooray!—Six "bump and grind" burlesque classics.

Sundays at Tiffany’s (2010)

Sweet Little Lies (2010)

We'll return next week with the second season of The Big C, Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, Underworld: Awakening, The Vow, and many other fine films.

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