On Video - August 2012

 
 

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August 7

Bel Ami [2012] [R] - 7.4.5
Based on the Guy de Maupassant classic, it is the story of journalist Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) and his ambition to succeed in Paris. In order to gain success, he manipulates a number of wealthy Parisian women (Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Natalia Tena) and confronts jealousy, love and hate. Also with Colm Meany. Directed by Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormerod. [1:42]

Blue Like Jazz [2012] [PG-13] - 4.3.4
A young man raised as a Southern Baptist is preparing to leave home and go to a religious college to study writing. When he becomes disillusioned by the people he trusted most in his life, he takes a different turn and learns about life outside religion at a non-religious college. With Marshall Allman, Jason Marsden, Tania Raymonde, Claire Holt, Justin Welborn and William McKinney. Directed by Steve Taylor. [1:46]

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax [2012] [PG] - 1.3.1
Animated feature about a teen boy that sets out on a mission to find a real tree for the teen girl he has a crush on. In the process, he discovers the real reason his hometown is made of plastic and what happened to all the trees. With the voices of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Rob Riggle. Directed by Chris Renaud & Kyle Balda. [1:26]


August 14

The Raid: Redemption [2011] [R] - 1.10.10
Indonesian film about elite police officers that raid a tenement building run by a ruthless drug lord. The police must battle with an army of determined killers bent on preventing anyone from reaching their boss, who's hiding on the top floor. With Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy. Directed by Gareth Evans. (Original title: "Serbuan Maut.") [1:41]

Rosetta [1999] - 3.4.5
A poverty-stricken Belgian girl tries to find and keep a job while watching over her alcoholic mother. With Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux and Olivier Gourmet. In French with English subtitles. [1:34]


August 18

The Hunger Games [2012] [PG-13] - 3.6.3
Movie version of Suzanne Collins' young-adult novel about a future world where a reality show pits teenage contestants against each other in a fight to the death: A young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place and represent her district, along with a young man (Josh Hutcherson), in the annual televised competition; to survive they will have to kill other young people who represent their districts. Also with Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Willow Shields, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Gary Ross. [2:22]


August 21

Bernie [2012] [PG-13] - 3.5.5
Based on the true story of a beloved assistant funeral director (Jack Black) who began a relationship with a wealthy older woman (Shirley MacLaine), known for her bad attitude, only to end up shooting her and storing her body in the freezer and charitably spending her money until he was caught. Also with Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Richard Linklater. [1:44]

Chimpanzee [2012] [G] - 0.3.0
The story of a chimp followed from his birth to when he is separated from his chimpanzee group and then unexpectedly adopted by the leader of his pack. Narrated by Tim Allen. Directed by Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield. [1:18]

The Dictator [2012] [R] - 7.6.6
Sacha Baron Cohen stars as a ruthless dictator from an oil-rich small North African nation. Wanting to pursue a nuclear weapons program, he visits the United States with his brother (Ben Kingsley) to address the United Nations, but he ends up stripped of his position and has to get a job in an organic grocery store run by an activist (Anna Faris). Also with Jason Mantzoukas and J.B. Smoove. Directed by Larry Charles. [1:23]

A Separation [2011] [PG-13] - 1.4.4
When a married couple (Peyman Moaadi and Leila Hatami) are forced to decide between staying in their home country of Iran to care for the husband's father who is suffering from Alzheimer's or to move to another country to improve the life of their child, their decision is further complicated when the husband is accused of a very serious crime. Also with Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, and Sarina Farhadi. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. In Persian with English subtitles (original title: Jodaeiye Nader az Simin). [2:03]


August 28

Battleship [2012] [PG-13] - 3.6.5
A multi-national naval exercise is interrupted by an alien invasion. A force field prevents nuclear weapons from attacking the aliens and the survival of the human race depends on figuring out how to battle at sea with conventional weaponry. Based on the Hasbro board game of the same name. With Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Liam Neeson, Peter MacNicol, John Tui, Jesse Plemons and Gregory D. Gadson. Directed by Peter Berg. [2:11]

Darling Companion [2012] [PG-13] - 4.3.4
The story of an empty nester (Diane Keaton) that rescues a dog along a freeway. But after the dog runs away on a walk, she must confront her disappointment with her husband (Kevin Kline), an emotionally distant surgeon. Also with Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Elisabeth Moss, Sam Shepard and Mark Duplass. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. [1:43]

The Lucky One [2012] [PG-13] - 6.5.4
A U.S. Marine (Zac Ephron), on his third tour of duty in Iraq, finds a discarded photo of a woman (Taylor Schilling). Keeping it in his pocket, he is convinced that the image saved him from death several times and when he returns home, he walks across the country on foot in search of the woman in the photograph. He finds more than he bargained for, but also more than he dreamed. Also with Blythe Danner, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart and Joe Chrest. Directed by Scott Hicks. [1:40]

The Pirates! Band of Misfits [2012] [PG] - 2.3.2
Animated feature about a pirate (voiced by Hugh Grant) and his loser crew that dream of finally winning the annual Pirate of the Year Award against their archenemies (voiced by Jeremy Piven, Lenny Henry and Salma Hayek). The pirates must survive dangerous voyages from Blood Island to foggy London, but Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) presents obstacles for them in this Victorian-era "reality show." Also with the voices of Martin Freeman, Al Roker, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, David Tennant and Ashley Jensen. Directed by Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt. [1:27]

Think Like a Man [2012] [PG-13] - 5.2.5
Tired of trying to figure men out, four women (Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union) decide to behave just like them in the arena of love, after reading Steve Harvey's book "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man." The women apply the tenets of the book, but their men (Michael Ealy, Jeremy Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins and Romany Malco) realize what is happening and vow to fight back. Also with Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart, Jennifer Lewis, Sherri Shepherd, Wendy Williams and Chris Brown. Directed by Tim Story. [2:00]



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