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On Video - August 2014

 
 

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August 5

Divergent [2014] [PG-13] - 2.6.3
Sci-fi film about a future world with distinct groups of people responsible for different aspects of community life, which is thrown into revolt when it is determined that there are some among them who do not fit in. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Kate Winslet and Ben Lloyd-Hughes. Directed by Neil Burger. [2:19]

Need For Speed [2014] [PG-13] - 3.6.4
Based on a hit video game, this film features 1960s and 1970s muscle car restorations alongside modern super racecars: A struggling mechanic (Aaron Paul) has just endured his father's death, and soon afterward a rich ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) frames him for vehicular homicide. A secret auto race is set and a massive bounty is put on the mechanic's head. Also with Imogen Poots, Ramón Rodríguez and Michael Keaton. Directed by Scott Waugh. [2:10]

Oculus [2014] [R] - 3.7.5
A 10-year-old boy (Brenton Thwaites) was convicted of murdering his parents and after a decade he's is now free at age 21. His sister (Karen Gillan) always felt haunted by the night their parents (Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane) died and thought that supernatural powers escaped and were responsible for the crime. Also with James Lafferty. Directed by Mike Flanagan. [1:45]


August 12

Bears [2014] [G] - 1.2.0
Disney documentary that follows a family of Alaskan bears as two young cubs develop and learn to survive in the wilderness. Narrated by John C. Reilly. Directed by Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey. [1:17]

A Haunted House 2 [2014] [R] - 8.8.10
Sequel to the horror comedy: After overcoming the trauma of the possession of his girlfriend, a man (Marlon Wayans) moves on to a new relationship with another woman (Jaime Pressly) and along with her two children move into a house together. When strange things begin to happen he fears that there is more evil at play. Also with Missi Pyle, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, Steele Stebbins, Rick Overton, Hayes MacArthur, Dave Sheridan, Cedric the Entertainer and Kurt Carley. Directed by Michael Tiddes. [1:27]

Locke [2014] [R] - 3.3.10
A man (Tom Hardy) has dedicated himself to his job in the concrete trade and to his family for years. The night before the biggest assignment of his career he takes a phone call, which ignites a series of events that might unravel his life; everything unfolds during phone calls over a single car ride. Also with the voices of Ben Daniels, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Tom Holland and Bill Milner. Directed by Steven Knight. [1:28]

Muppets Most Wanted [2014] [PG] - 1.3.2
In a case of mistaken identity Kermit the Frog (voiced by Steve Whitmire) is arrested as the notorious jewel thief Constantine (Matt Vogel). Constantine's henchman, Dominic "Number Two" Badguy (Ricky Gervais), takes over as the Muppets' European theater manager while the thief impersonates Kermit. Also with Tina Fey, Bill Berretta, Ty Burrell, Eric Jacobson, Jermaine Clement, Ray Liotta, Dave Goetz and Christopher Waltz. Directed by James Bobin. A few scenes are in German with English subtitles. [1:52]


August 19

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [2014] [PG-13] - 1.6.3
Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), struggles with his identity and the death of his parents and his beloved uncle, while also fighting off evil masterminds. Also with Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott and Marton Csokas. Directed by Marc Webb. [2:22]

The Quiet Ones [2014] [PG-13] - 5.6.5
After their paranormal research project has been de-funded, a professor (Jared Harris) and his student assistants (Sam Clafin, Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne) experiment with a mysterious woman (Olivia Cooke). They attempt to capture a poltergeist, but discover other forces they cannot control. Also with Laurie Calvert, Max Pirkis, Richard Cunningham and Gemma Garvin. Directed by John Pogue. [1:38]


August 26

Belle [2014] [PG] - 3.3.2
Inspired by a Caribbean slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the film follows the life of the illegitimate daughter of a slave and a British Admiral (Mathew Goode). Raised by her great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson), she is privileged, yet still considered beneath whites in social standing. Not permitted to seek suitors, she draws them anyway and meets a vicar's son (Sam Reid) who intends to change 18th century British law and society to end slavery in England. Also with Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson and Penelope Wilton. Directed by Amma Asante. [1:45]

Blended [2014] [PG-13] - 5.3.4
After suffering through a blind date, a man and a woman (Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore) find themselves on an African vacation together with their families and they discover that they each have more to offer than first impressions may have revealed. Also with Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bella Thorne, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Joel McHale, Abdoulaye NGom, Kyle Red Silverstein, Zak Henri, Jessica Lowe, Braxton Beckham, Shaquille O'Neal and Emma Fuhrmann. Directed by Frank Coraci. [1:57]



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