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New Releases for April 23

We got another mini but mighty week with compelling documentaries, moving dramas, great PAL imports, the new Studio Ghibli movie & more. 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


THE IMPOSSIBLE—The aftermath of the 2004 Pacific tsunami as seen through the eyes of one real-life family separated by the horrific events. Matt says in City Arts that while the idea of taking a tragedy as horrible as this and turning it into a thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts (in an Oscar-nominated performance) may make you queasy, the film “manages to be both exciting and respectful.”  BLU  @ 


PROMISED LAND—Reps from a natural gas corporation go head-to-head with an environmental activist and the residents of a small Pennsylvania town over fracking rights in this powerful but not preachy drama written by and starring John Krasinski and Matt Damon (from a story by Dave Eggers) and directed by Gus Van Sant. The great supporting cast includes Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Hal Holbrook.  BLU  @  SALE


HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA—Directors Dmitry Vasyukov and Werner Herzog follow the residents of Bakhta as they trudge, dig, chop, fish, and hunt their way through four seasons in the Siberian wilderness. It’s a quiet and contemplative look at a life of solitude and purpose— and as a bonus, there are lots of cute puppies.  @  SALE


GANGSTER SQUAD—L.A. in the late 1940s: a city crawling with guns, booze, gamblers, ladies of the night, mobsters and cops who are either in with ‘em or out to get ‘em (or both). But who cares what this movie is about—everyone in it is hot. Well, except maybe Sean Penn, but that’s because he’s wearing a fake nose and isn't playing a very nice guy. Most everyone else—Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling—damnBLU  @


ANY DAY NOW—SIFF 2012’s Golden Space Needle Audience Award winner is an heartfelt drama set in the late 1970s and stars Alan Cumming (who also won the Best Actor award at SIFF) and Garret Dillahunt as a couple fighting for custody of an abandoned teen with Down Syndrome.  BLU  @


RICHARD III and PIERRE ETAIX—New today from the Criterion Collection: The 1955 Shakespeare adaptation produced, directed by, and starring Laurence Olivier; and a collection of work from a French comedy legend, including five feature films and three shorts. Click on the covers below to buy them online.  BLU  @  SALE



Dead Island: Riptide (PS3)



From up on Poppy Hill –Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro



Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 2, Volume 4

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Sylvester & Hippety Hopper



Jurassic Park  3D BLU  @

Major Dundee (1964) Directed by Sam Peckinpah

Meanwhile (2012)   Directed by Hal Hartley  @



Mr. Selfridge—Jeremy Piven stars as the eccentric department store giant in this BBC miniseries  BLU  @



Evening in Paris (1967)—India

4Some (2012)—Czech Republic

Going By the Book (2007)—Korea

Judgment (2012)—Japan

Labyrinth (2013)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Maldonne (1969)—France

Mission to Lars (2013)(PAL Code 2)--UK doc. follows two siblings on their quest to introduce their autistic brother to Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

Room 237 (2013)(PAL Code 2)—USA   Documentary that reveals all the hidden meanings in The Shining

La Sirga (2012)—Colombia

Thale (2012)—Norway  A supernatural fairy tale   BLU  @  SALE

Utopia (2013)(PAL Code 2)—UK



Die Laughing (1980)

First Family (1980)

Hey Good Lookin’ (1982)--A film by Ralph Bakshi

I Will, I Will…For Now (1976)

Second-Hand Hearts (1981)

Whiffs (1975)



Cardboard Bernini—Follow artist James Grashow’s five-year-long project to build a gigantic cardboard fountain

Central Park Five—A new documentary by Ken Burns  BLU  @

El Cerrito

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives

NOVA: Who Killed Lindbergh’s Baby?

Queen of the People

Reincarnated—Follow Snoop Dogg on his spiritual transformation into Snoop Lion

Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope

Surviving the Cut



Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie!  @

City That Never Sleeps (1953)  @

Family Weekend

The Girl (2013)

Haunted House (2013)


Magic Town (1947)

Part Time Fabulous

Pawn (2013)  BLU

War of the Wildcats (1943)

Wuthering Heights (2012)—Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of the classic Bronte romance was slightly delayed but should be in by Thursday 4/25.  BLU  @

We’ll return next week with, among other fine titles, the filmed-in-Seattle suburban malaise of The Details starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Kerry Washington, and Ray Liotta, and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook starring the awesome foursome of Jacki Weaver, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. Happy viewing.

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