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On Video - February 2015

 
 

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February 3

Dracula Untold [2014] [PG-13] - 3.6.1
A new look at a classic tale reveals how a man (Luke Evans) in the 15th century sacrifices all to save his wife (Sarah Gadon), family, and subjects from the Ottoman Empire and by so doing he becomes Count Dracula. Also with Charles Dance, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Art Parkinson and Diarmaid Murtagh. Directed by Gary Shore. Several scenes include Hungarian dialogue with English subtitles. [1:32]

John Wick [2014] [R] - 2.7.9
In New York City a retired hit man (Keanu Reeves) loses his wife to disease. Unable to mourn he comes out of retirement to eliminate the Russian gangsters who stole his car, wrecked his house and killed his puppy, the last gift from his dying wife. Also with Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki and Dean Winters. Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Several lines of dialogue are in Russian with English subtitles. [1:36]

Ouija [2014] [PG-13] - 1.5.3
A high school teen (Olivia Cook) gathers her friends to look for answers about the mysterious death of a member of their circle (Shelley Hennig). They consult an old Ouija board, attempting to contact the dead teen to learn what happened after she recorded herself using the board. The friends receive more than expected, as they awaken the dead. Also with Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos, Erin Moriarty and Vivis Colombetti. Directed by Stiles White. [1:29]


February 10

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [2014] PG] - 3.4.3
A preteen boy (Ed Oxenbould) struggles through many bad days, including a big one that goes downhill after gum is stuck in his hair overnight. He looks to his family for encouragement, but they ignore his tribulations, recite aphorisms and smile, and he wishes they could feel his anguish; soon, his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all have a horribly bad day. Also with Bella Thorne, Jennifer Coolidge, Dick Van Dyke, and Megan Mullally. Directed by Miguel Arteta. [1:21]

Kill the Messenger [2014] [R] - 3.5.7
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (Jeremy Renner) discovers significant facts about the 1980s American crack cocaine epidemic and all signs point to the CIA using drug money to finance the Contra rebellion in Nicaragua during the Reagan Administration. As he ignores warnings from the CIA and the mob, he digs up a conspiracy that endangers the lives of his family and himself. Also with Barry Pepper, Robert Patrick, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Michael K. Williams, Ray Liotta and Andy Garcia. Directed by Michael Cuesta. [1:52]

Laggies [2014] [R] - 5.3.6
An underachieving woman (Keira Knightley) panics at age 28 when her live-in boyfriend of 10 years (Mark Webber) proposes marriage. To gain some thinking time, she escapes to the house of her new 16-year-old friend (Chloë Grace Moretz) and there she meets her friend's very interesting and available father (Sam Rockwell) while her friend finds her long lost mother. Also with Gretchen Mol and Kaitlyn Dever. Directed by Lynn Shelton. [1:39]

Nightcrawler [2014] [R] - 3.7.9
An LA freelancer (Jake Gyllenhaal) uses a video camera and a low-paid flunky (Riz Ahmed) to capture and sell footage of ghastly nighttime accidents and crimes. His public wants to see more and more blood and gore, so the freelancer and a TV news director (Rene Russo) are eager to comply. Also with Bill Paxton and Michael Hyatt. Directed by Dan Gilroy. [1:57]

Rosewater [2014] [R] - 3.5.5
Based on a Maziar Bahari's memoir "Then They Came for Me": the film follows a Tehran-born broadcast journalist (Gael García Bernal) as he interviews the candidate opposing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 2009 re-election bid. As opposition supporters riot in the streets, the journalist sends video footage of their action to the BBC and suffers imprisonment and torture for four months by a man known only as "Rosewater." Also with Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Clare Foy, Jason Jones and Haluk Bilginer. Directed by Jon Stewart. Several scenes include dialogue in Persian with English subtitles. [1:43]

The Song [2014] [PG-13] - 4.4.2
Inspired by the Old Testament's "Song of Solomon," the film follows the life of a bluegrass singer (Alan Powell) whose father's (Aaron Benward's) music career was ruined by the temptations of the world. Pushed by his greedy talent agent, the son aims for wealth and stardom, but also begins to yield to temptations and he and his wife (Ali Faulkner) endure years of emotional frenzy. Also with Danny Vinson and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas. Directed by Richard Ramsey. [1:52]


February 17

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) [2014] [R] - 5.4.10
A man (Michael Keaton) who earned his celebrity by playing a super hero in Hollywood movies decides to try to do something more significant by directing and acting in a play on Broadway. Obstacles abound as he struggles with the voices in his head and all of the people in his life. Also with Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Jeremy Shamos, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Lindsay Duncan. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. [1:59]

Dumb and Dumber To [2014] [PG-13] - 6.4.5
Sequel to the popular 1994 comedy "Dumb and Dumber": Intellectually challenged friends (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) take a road trip to a science conference to find the daughter that one of them never knew he had. The other falls in love with her. Also with Laurie Holden and Kathleen Turner. Directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly. [1:50]

St. Vincent [2014] [PG-13] - 5.4.5
A newly single mom (Melissa McCarthy) and her preteen son (Jaeden Liebercher) move to a house in Brooklyn, and she has to work double shifts to support them. Desperate, she turns to an odd neighbor, a troubled Vietnam veteran (Bill Murray), to watch her son after school. The neighbor takes the boy to racetracks and strip joints with a pregnant stripper-prostitute (Naomi Watts). Also with Chris O'Dowd, Scott Adsit, Kimberly Quinn, Selenis Leyva, Donna Mitchell and Terrence Howard. Directed by Michael Ahern and Theodore Melfi. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with no subtitles. [1:43]

The Theory of Everything [2014] [PG-13] - 4.3.2
The life story of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), through his marriage, divorce and the challenges of ALS. Also with Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry, Finlay Wright-Stephens, Harry Lloyd, Alice Orr-Ewing and David Thewlis. Directed by James Marsh. [2:03]


February 24

Big Hero 6 [2014] [PG] - 1.4.1
A science prodigy (voiced by Ryan Potter) gives up robot fighting to join his older brother (voiced by Daniel Henney) and a team of young inventors at nerd school and invents an intricate robotics system for his entrance audition at the school tech fair. However, a fire destroys the entire building and a healthcare robot called Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) joins the young inventors in search of the evil Kabuki Man (voiced by James Cromwell). Also with the voices of Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, T. J. Miller, Maya Rudolph, Damon Wayans Jr. and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. Disney Studios. [1:28]

Horrible Bosses 2 [2014] [R] - 7.4.10
In this sequel three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) launch a business selling shower conveniences. A sly investor (Christoph Waltz) cancels his deal with them and tries to assume company ownership, but the three kidnap his son (Chris Pine). Also with Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish and not translated. Directed by Sean Anders. [1:48]



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