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On Video - February 2017



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February 7

Almost Christmas [2016] [PG-13] - 3.3.4
An aging widower (Danny Glover) invites his four adult children and in-laws for Christmas to celebrate the memory of his wife. He hopes that his daughters (Gabrielle Union and Kimberly Elise) and sons (Romany Malco and Jessie T. Usher) will spend five days together without drama, but arguments begin immediately. Also with Omar Epps, John Michael Higgins, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker and J. B. Smoove. Directed by David E. Talbert. [1:52]

Trolls [2016] [PG] - 2.3.2
Animated feature about a happy Troll princess (voiced by Anna Kendrick) that convinces a grouchy survivalist (voiced by Justin Timberlake) to help save their people from the giant Bergens, who eat Trolls once a year in order to absorb their happiness. Also with Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Cleese, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden and Gwen Stefani. Directed by Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn. [1:32]

February 14

Arrival [2016] [PG-13] - 1.3.5
UFOs land in 12 nations around the world and the US Army uses a linguist to attempt to decipher the language of the seven-legged alien visitors. As governments of the remaining nations cut communications with America, the linguist and a scientist (Jeremy Renner) study the alien language to prevent global destruction, and encounter a unique perspective regarding time. Also with Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien and Tzi Ma. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. English subtitles accompany several lines of alien symbols, a few phrases are spoken in Russian and Chinese without translations. [1:57]

The Edge of Seventeen [2016] [R] - 5.3.6
A teenage girl (Hailee Steinfeld) struggles with being a teenager, having no friends, the death of her father and her brother's apparent perpetual success. Also with Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson, Hayden Szeto, Alexander Calvert and Eric Keenleyside. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. [1:44]

Priceless [2016] [PG-13] - 4.5.1
Based on true events: a widower (Joel Smallbone) in financial straits accepts a shady job, hoping to regain custody of his daughter, and he ends up driving a truck across the country with unknown cargo. When he discovers that he is delivering two women, he is disturbed and with the help of a motel owner (David Koechner) he attempts to shut down a prostitution ring. Also with Bianca Santos, Amber Midthunder, Jim Parrack, Sarah Minnich, Jodi Lynn Thomas and Travis Hammer. Directed by Ben Smallbone. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish and some of them are accompanied by English subtitles. [1:38]

February 21

Bad Santa 2 [2016] [R] - 8.5.10
Sequel to the 2003 film: Still on a perpetual bender, the foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed, Santa suit-wearing delinquent (Billy Bob Thornton) is persuaded to join his sidekick (Tony Cox) who has just been released from jail. Together they plan a sure-thing job that also brings him back in contact with his estranged mother (Kathy Bates). Also with Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly and Ryan Hansen. Directed by Mark Waters. [1:32]

Hacksaw Ridge [2016] [R] - 4.9.4
Based on true events: During WWII a conscientious objector (Andrew Garfield) enlists in the US Army but suffers condemnation from other recruits and recriminations from his commanding officers. Finally cleared to serve as a medic in Okinawa, he works alone to save 75 wounded men, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor and three Purple Hearts, without ever using a weapon. Also with Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer and Rachel Griffiths. Directed by Mel Gibson. [2:18]

Manchester by the Sea [2016] [R] - 6.5.10
A man (Casey Affleck) moves away from his home town and works as a janitor after a tragic accident. But when his brother dies, he returns to sort out the man's affairs and care for his teenage son. Also with Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Liam McNeill, C.J. Wilson and Heather Burns. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. [2:17]

Nocturnal Animals [2016] [R] - 7.8.10
An art dealer (Amy Adams) receives a novel manuscript from her ex-husband and watches her own life unravel while reading the distressing story. Also with Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Robert Aramayo, Laura Linney and Michael Sheen. Directed by Tom Ford. [1:57]

February 28

Allied [2016] [R] - 6.7.6
In 1942 a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) falls in love with and marries a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard). He then learns that his wife may be a covert agent for the Axis Powers and he must execute her. Unconvinced, he begins his own high risk investigation. Also with Lizzy Caplan, Jared Harris and Matthew Goode. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Many lines of dialogue are in French with English subtitles and a few lines of dialogue in French and German are not translated. [1:57]

Doctor Strange [2016] [PG-13] - 1.5.3
An arrogant, successful neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) loses the use of his hands in an automobile accident. Becoming despondent, he stumbles onto the ways of a group of wizards and struggles with accepting a new role as a champion against dark forces in multiple universes. Also with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Directed by Scott Derrickson. [1:55]

Moonlight [2016] [R] - 6.5.7
We watch a young boy grow to manhood while struggling with the difficulties of his mother's drug addiction, his own sexuality and loneliness in a rough neighborhood in Miami. With Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Jaden Piner, Ashton Sanders, Edson Jean and Patrick Decile. Directed by Barry Jenkins. A song is played in Spanish with no subtitles. [1:50]

Rules Don't Apply [2016] [PG-13] - 5.2.5
In 1958 a starlet (Lily Collins) and a chauffeur (Alden Ehrenreich) begin a romance that is frowned upon by their religious denominations and forbidden by the rules of their employer, the reclusive and peculiar billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty). Also with Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin. Directed by Warren Beatty. [2:06]


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