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SKYFALL & the New Releases for February 12

This week’s collection of New Releases is packed with high-octane action, emotion-rich stories, Oscar contenders, and a bunch of video games--including one with animation by Studio Ghibli. Here’s the list:

 

BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc

3D BLU = Available for rent on lovely 3D Blu-ray, though you must have a 3D TV to experience the full glory

@ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details)

SALE = Click this link to purchase select titles from our online store

 

SKYFALL—You know it’s a good Bond movie when 007 uses both highly advanced weaponry and a bomb made from gunpowder and nails. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, who fights his way back from near-death/retirement to fight another day. Javier Bardem is perfectly creepy as an ex-agent-turned-adversary.  BLU  @  SALE

 

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS—RZA (from the Wu-Tang Clan) teamed up with Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino to create this martial arts fever dream starring Cung Le, Lucy Liu, and Russell Crowe. Our colleague Bryan says in the current issue of City Arts that “the camerawork is sloppy and the story is choppy, but it’s passionate and bursting with fun.”   BLU  @  SALE

 

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER—If you’re like me and avoided this because you assumed it couldn’t possibly have the power of Stephen Chbosky’s book, don’t worry. He wrote and directed the film and clearly took care to make sure it captured his novel’s spirit. The cast is perfect, especially Ezra Miller as Patrick, Emma Watson as Sam, and Logan Lerman as Charlie.  BLU  SALE

 

THE SESSIONS—John Hawkes plays Mark O’Brien, a writer confined to an iron lung who decides to seek out a sex surrogate so he can lose his virginity. The film, based on the real-life story, features great performances by Hawkes, William H. Macy, and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Helen Hunt.  BLU  @

 

ROBOT & FRANK—When his children realize he can no longer safely live alone, a retired thief (Frank Langella) gets a helping hand from a walking, talking robot. The initial premise may sound a bit silly, but the movie is genuinely heartwarming and funny.  @

 

THE KID WITH A BIKE—The Criterion Collection presents the latest tender tale from directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne about a young boy longing for his absent father.  BLU  @  SALE

 

NEW VIDEO GAMES

Aliens: Colonial Marines (PS3, Xbox 360)

Dead Space 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch—with animation from Studio Ghibli! (PS3)

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3)

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Bleach: Set 14, Episodes 206-217

Bleach: Set 15, Episodes 218-229

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Despicable Me   3D BLU

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Doctor Who, Story 008: The Reign of Terror—featuring First Doctor William Hartnell

Gossip Girl: Season 6—Who is the Gossip Girl? Find out in this final season…

Nurse Jackie: Season 4   BLU

Weeds: Season 8   BLU

Weird TV Volume 1: Scrapple/Reel Fall Out

Weird TV Volume 2: Net Escape/Black Cat

 

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Hahani (2012)—India

Black’s Game (2012)—Iceland 

Catamount Killing (1974)—Poland, directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Dangerous Liaisons (2012)—China

Sexual Tension: Volatile (2012)—Argentina

Sleepy Eyes of Death 09: A Trail of Traps (1967)—Japan

Sleepy Eyes of Death 10: Hell is a Woman (1968)—Japan

Sleepy Eyes of Death 11: In The Spider’s Lair (1968)—Japan

Sleepy Eyes of Death 12: Castle Menagerie (1969)—Japan

The Thieves (2012)—Korea


NEW DOCUMENTARIES

The Abolitionists: American Experience

Ackermonster Chronicles!: The Forrest J Ackerman Story

Attenborough’s Life Stories

Bully (2012)    BLU   @

Ghosts of Ole Miss—from ESPN’s 30 for 30 series

Girl Model

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

Jedi Junkies

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman  @

Mankind: The Story of Us All

NOVA: Science Now-How Smart Can We Get?

NOVA: Science Now-What Are Animals Thinking?

Photographic Memory—from director Ross McElwee

Planet of Snail

 

MORE NEW MOVIES

Abrupt Decision

Black Oak Conspiracy (1976)

Dracula vs Frankenstein (1971)  @

Silent Hill: Revelation

Toxic Avenger—The never-before-released-in-the-U.S. Japanese cut. You can ask director Lloyd Kaufman all about it when he returns to Scarecrow Video on Wednesday, February 27. Stay tuned for details.

28 Hotel Rooms

 

Next week’s list is brimming with goodness like the surprising Best Picture frontrunner Argo, Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley, and the second season of Game of Thrones. Happy viewing to all.

 

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