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On Video - December 2012



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December 4

Beasts of the Southern Wild [2012] [PG-13] - 3.5.5
A six-year-old (Quvenzhane Wallis) lives in the Louisiana Delta nicknamed "The Bathtub" with her father (Dwight Henry). After a natural disaster and the failing health of her father, the young girl is faced with the reality of creating her own magical life. Also with Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes and Gina Montana. Directed by Benh Zeitlin. [1:31].

Butter [2012] [R] - 6.4.6
After a neglected foster child (Yara Shahidi) discovers her skills in butter carving, uptight butter carving experts (Ty Burrell and Jennifer Garner) soon have their lives turned upside down. Also with Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene, Rob Corddry, Kristen Schaal and Phyllis Smith. Directed by Jim Field Smith. [1:30]

The Dark Knight Rises [2012] [PG-13] - 2.7.3
Batman (Christian Bale) comes out of an eight-year exile to protect Gotham City from the mad terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy), who seems bent on destroying the city. Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), a burglar associate of Bane, turns to Batman's side. Also with Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Christopher Nolan. [2:44]

Hope Springs [2012] [PG-13] - 7.1.4
After 27 years a wife (Meryl Streep) decides that she wants to revive her marriage and enrolls herself and her husband (Tommy Lee Jones) for an intensive couple's counseling session. Her husband protests, but eventually relents and their journey teaches them whether their marriage is really worth saving. Also with Steve Carell, Jean Smart, Ben Rappaport and Marin Ireland. Directed by David Frankel. [1:40]

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green [2012] [PG] - 2.3.1
Hoping for a miracle, a childless couple (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner) bury a box in their garden that holds their notes on the perfectly imagined offspring. Soon, a child (Cameron "CJ" Adams) appears and while he is quite odd he changes their community. Also with David Morris, Rosemary DeWitt, Odeya Rush, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Common and Dianne Wiest. Directed by Peter Hedges. [1:45]

December 11

The Bourne Legacy [2012] [PG-13] - 2.7.5
A genetically modified soldier (Jeremy Renner) finds himself evading the people who enhanced his abilities when the program is scrapped. With the help of one of the geneticists (Rachel Weisz), they do their best to survive. Also with Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Donna Murphy, Michael Chernus and Corey Stoll. Directed by Tony Gilroy. [2:15]

Ice Age: Continental Drift [2012] [PG] - 1.3.2
The friends from the previous "Ice Age" installments (voiced by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary) find themselves in great danger when their world crumbles as the Earth shifts to form new land masses. They are separated, reunited and make new friends while fending off cutthroat pirate animals and trying to get home. Also with the voices of Alan Tudyk, Wanda Sykes, Jeremy Renner, KeKe Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Aziz Ansari, Seann William Scott, Queen Latifah, Josh Peck and Joy Behar. Directed by Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier & Carlos Saldanha. [1:27]

Ted [2012] [R] - 8.5.10
The friendship between a man (Mark Wahlberg) and his talking teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) is put to the test when the man's long-time girlfriend (Mila Kunis) asks him to choose between them. Also with Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Sam J. Jones, Norah Jones, Tom Skerritt and narrated by Patrick Stewart. Directed by Seth MacFarlane. [1:46]

December 18

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days [2012] [PG] - 2.3.2
The third installment in the series: The hero (Zachary Gordon) is an eighth grader who wants to avoid the usual summer activities his family prefers. Instead, he decides to pretend he works at the local upscale country club, where his friends (Robert Capron and Peyton List) are members. Also with Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris and Karan Brar. Directed by David Bowers. [1:34]

Pitch Perfect [2012] [PG-13] - 5.3.4
The world of college a cappella music competition is shaken when a young woman (Anna Kendrick) joins Barden University's all-girl group that's full of misfits. Together, they change the competition with conflict and humor. Also with Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alexis Knapp and Adam Devine. Directed by Jason Moore. [1:52]

Total Recall [2012] [PG-13] - 5.7.5
A remake of the eponymous 1990 science fiction film, and based on the short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick: A man (Colin Farrell) is increasingly dissatisfied with his life, and when he goes to Rekall, an organization that promises to give him new memories, he discovers there is more to his current memories than he knew. Also with Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy and John Cho. Directed by Len Wiseman. [1:49]

The Trouble with the Curve [2012] [PG-13] - 4.5.5
An aging baseball recruiter with failing eyesight (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly accepts help from his daughter (Amy Adams). His boss at the Atlanta Braves (John Goodman) gives him one last chance to recruit some good players but he has a hard time, even with his daughter's help. Also with Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard and Scott Eastwood. Directed by Robert Lorenz. [2:00]

December 21

Arbitrage [2012] [R] - 4.4.10
A man (Richard Gere) heading a successful hedge-fund company finds himself navigating many obstacles, personal and financial, in order to keep his seemingly ordered and pleasant life from crumbling. Also with Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Laetitia Casta and Nate Parker. Directed by Nick Jarecki. [1:40]

Premium Rush [2012] [PG-13] - 3.6.5
In Manhattan a top bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) accepts a strange envelope that needs to be delivered in no more than 93 minutes. The envelope draws unwanted attention from a violent and corrupt police detective (Michael Shannon) who pursues the messenger throughout the city. The chase is complicated further by rival cyclists, traffic, construction, etc. Also with Aaron Tveit, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez and Aasif Mandvi. Directed by David Koepp. [1:31]

Resident Evil: Retribution [2012] [R] - 2.8.3
Corporations have unleashed a virus that will destroy the human species by turning the Earth's population into zombies. One woman (Mila Jojovich) is the only person who can stop the menace when she wakes up inside the perpetrator's lair. Well-armed and well informed, she chases the bad guys. Also with Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer, Johann Urb, Li Bingbing, Shawn Roberts, Kevin Durand, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe and Colin Salmon. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. [1:35]

December 24

The Words [2012] [PG-13] - 4.4.5
A talented and successful writer (Bradley Cooper) must make amends for plagiarizing his most important work from another author. But his inordinate ambition and desire for success extract yet another price -- this one, psychological. Also with Olivia Wilde, Zoë Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Ben Barnes and Dennis Quaid. Directed by Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal. [1:36]

December 31

Looper [2012] [R] - 7.8.7
Sci-fi film set in a future where criminals manage assassinations by transporting victims to a different time period, where "Loopers" await to kill and dispose of bodies without leaving evidence. Things get complicated when a new super criminal begins to send Loopers to kill their future selves. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and Noah Segan. Directed by Rian Johnson. [1:59]


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