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On Video - April 2015

 
 

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April 7

A Most Violent Year [2014] [R] - 3.5.8
Set in 1981 New York City: a husband and wife struggle to keep their family business afloat as they are pressed from every side to slip into the violence that surrounds them. Also with Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Andrew Walsh, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Peter Gerety. Directed by J.C. Chandor. [2:05]

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death [2015] [PG-13] - 1.5.1
As German planes drop bombs on WWII London, a primary teacher (Phoebe Fox) helps evacuate eight children to alleged safety in the English countryside. However, the teachers find a dark, unfriendly old mansion and the children begin to act oddly. Also with Helen McCrory, Leanne Best, Jeremy Irvine, Adrian Rawlins and Ned Dennehy. Directed by Tom Harper. [1:38]


April 14

Big Eyes [2014] [PG-13] - 2.4.5
Based on true events: Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), an artist in the 1950s and '60s suffered as her scheming husband (Christoph Waltz) took credit for her popular paintings and built a fortune. She accepted the fact that women were not taken seriously in art, until a courtroom showdown gave her a voice. Also with Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp and Madeleine Arthur. Directed by Tim Burton. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian without translation. [1:28]


April 21

Cake [2014] [R] - 5.4.7
A woman (Jennifer Aniston) suffering from debilitating pain after an accident struggles with the suicide of a friend in her support group. Also with Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Chris Messina. Directed by Daniel Barnz. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:42]

Taken 3 [2015] [PG-13] - 2.6.5
The third installment in the "Taken" series: A man's (Liam Neeson) ex-wife (Famke Janssen) is murdered in his apartment and he is assumed to be responsible. He begins his own search while trying to keep his daughter (Maggie Grace) safe. Some dialogue is in Russian with English subtitles. Also with Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott. Directed by Olivier Megaton. [1:49]


April 28

The Boy Next Door [2015] [R] - 8.6.6
A woman (Jennifer Lopez), separated from her husband, lives with her teenage son (Ian Nelson) next to an elderly man whose nephew (Ryan Guzman) moves in to help out. The young man befriends the teen and begins insinuating himself into the life of the woman with increasing intensity. Also with John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth, Lexi Atkins and Hill Harper. Directed by Rob Cohen. [1:31]

The Gambler [2014] [R] - 6.4.10
An associate literature professor and obsessive gambler (Mark Wahlberg) tries to borrow money from his mother (Jessica Lange), and then from a loan shark to pay off another debt, when he begins to realize that his life is going nowhere. Also with Brie Larson, Sonya Walger, John Goodman, Cassandra Starr and Michael Kenneth Williams. Directed by Rupert Wyatt. [1:51]

Inherent Vice [2014] [R] - 8.5.9
A private detective (Joaquin Phoenix) tries to sift through the confusion of the 1970s Los Angeles drug trade hoping to find his missing girlfriend. Also with Joanna Newsom, Katherine Waterston, Jordan Christian Hearn, Taylor Bonin, Jeannie Berlin, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Martin Short. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. [2:28]

Paddington [2015] [PG] - 1.3.1
Based on the children's stories "A Bear Called Paddington Bear" by Michael Bond: A young bear from deepest, darkest Peru is sent away after his uncle dies and his aunt can no longer care for him. When he arrives in England with a note around his neck that reads, "Please look after this bear" he learns that finding a home and a family is more difficult than he thought. Also with Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris. Directed by Paul King. [1:35]

The Wedding Ringer [2015] [R] - 6.5.10
An awkward groom (Josh Gad) uses a rent-a-groomsman business to find a best man and ushers for his wedding. The proprietor (Keven Hart) cautions his client that friendship is not part of the package, but things get complicated. Also with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby, Jennifer Lewis and Ken Howard. Directed by Jeremy Garelick. [1:41]



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