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On Video - December 2015

 
 

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December 1

Amy [2015] [R] - 5.4.6
Documentary examining the life, career and drug-related death at age 27 of singer and pop star Amy Winehouse. Also with Mitchell Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, Yasiin Bey, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett, Blake Fielder-Civil and Raye Cosbert. Directed by Asif Kapadia. [1:30]

Mississippi Grind [2015] [R] - 4.5.7
A man (Ben Mendelsohn) who's heavily in debt due to gambling losses, meets another man (Ryan Reynolds) and is convinced that he is his lucky charm. They travel across the country to participate in a high stakes poker game and face some personal revelations along the way. Also with Yvonne Landry, Anthony Howard, Jayson Warner Smith, Kerry Cahill, Sienna Miller, Jane McNeill and Alfre Woodard. Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. [1:48]

Mistress America [2015] [R] - 5.3.7
A college freshman (Lola Kirke) is disappointed with her life in a dorm. She tackles the doldrums by hanging out with her irrepressible older stepsister, a hard core New Yorker (Greta Gerwig) who lives in Times Square and manufactures misadventures for the pair. Also with Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung and Matthew Shear. Directed by Noah Baumbach. [1:24]


December 8

Ant-Man [2015] [PG-13] - 1.5.4
A professional burglar (Paul Rudd) receives a request to help a former superhero (Michael Douglas) save the world by means of high-tech body armor that will shrink him to ant-size, while increasing his strength. The thief accepts the offer and conducts a major heist while fighting international villains and crazed scientists. Also with Bobby Cannavale, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Tip Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer and David Dastmalchian. Directed by Peyton Reed. [1:57]

Minions [2015] [PG] - 2.4.2
In this prequel, the Minions form on prehistoric Earth as yellow single-celled organisms. They evolve into bipedal pills and seek the most sinister villains to serve. They always fail their masters and, nearly giving up, they send Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) out into the world, where they find a new despicable boss-lady (voiced by Sandra Bullock) in Florida. Also with Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Geoffrey Rush and Jennifer Saunders. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. The film includes dialogue in gibberish and Pidgin English with some French, Spanish, and Italian words with no subtitles or translation. [1:31]

The Transporter Refueled [2015] [PG-13] - 5.6.5
A reboot of the action series: A hired driver (Ed Skrein) becomes involved in a deadly plot for revenge when he is enlisted to drive four women in the south of France. Also with Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic, Wenxia Yu, Radivoje Bukvic and Noémie Lenoir. Directed by Camille Delamarre. [1:36]


December 15

He Named Me Malala [2015] [PG-13] - 1.4.1
A documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was targeted by the Taliban when she was 15 years old and shot on a bus after she spoke out about the need to educate girls. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Pashto and other languages with English subtitles. [1:27]

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation [2015] [PG-13] - 3.6.4
In this fifth installment the IMF leader (Tom Cruise) attempts to convince a pompous CIA chief (Alec Baldwin) that an organization called "the Syndicate" is a real and present danger. However, the CIA shuts down IMF, and its leader organizes his team (Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg) to bring down the Syndicate and capture its members. Also with Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Zhang Jingchu, Jens Hultén, Tom Hollander and America Olivo. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Dialogue contains several German lines with and without English subtitles. [2:11]

Ted 2 [2015] [R] - 6.5.10
In this sequel a sentient Teddy bear (voiced by Seth McFarland) seeks the legal status of a human being in order to legalize his marriage to a woman (Jessica Barth) and have a child. Meanwhile, toy makers plan to steal the bear and reproduce his sentience. Also with Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Warburton and Michael Dorn. Directed by McFarland. [1:55]


December 29

Hitman: Agent 47 [2015] [R] - 2.7.5
In this sequel, a woman (Hannah Ware) with heightened senses searches for a man who will not leave her thoughts and dreams. She confronts two genetically enhanced secret agents (Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto) who alternately threaten and protect her, and she learns family secrets that lead to more questions. Also with Ciarin Hinds, Angelababy and Thomas Kretschmann. Directed by Aleksander Bach. [1:36]

A Perfect Guy [2015] [PG-13] - 6.6.5
A woman (Sanaa Lathan) wanting marriage and a family ends a relationship with a man (Morris Chestnut) who is not ready to commit to her. When she meets another, seemingly perfect guy (Michael Ealy), she quickly learns that perfection may be only skin-deep. Also with L. Scott Caldwell, Charles S. Dutton, John Getz, Tess Harper, Kathryn Morris and Rutina Wesley. Directed by David M. Rosenthal. [1:40]



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