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On Video - January 2015

 
 

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January 6

Boyhood [2014] [R] - 5.4.8
Filmed over 12 years, we follow a boy (Ellar Coltrane) as he matures from 7 to 19: His mother (Patricia Arquette) is a working single mom in small-town Texas, she gets married and divorced twice and his father (Ethan Hawke) is mostly absent. Also with Lorelei Linklater, Elijah Smith and Steven Chester Prince. Directed by Richard Linklater. [2:46]

Love Is Strange [2014] [R] - 3.2.5
After 39 years as a couple two gay men (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) finally marry. That's when one loses his job teaching at a Catholic school and the couple must sell their apartment and one man moves in with two gay policemen (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez), while the other joins his nephew (Darren Burrows) and endures the ire of the nephew's wife (Marisa Tomei). Also with Charlie Tahan, Harriet Samson Harris, Christian Coulson, Eric Tabach and Christina Kirk. Directed by Ira Sachs. [1:38]

No Good Deed [2014] [PG-13] - 4.6.5
A former prosecutor (Taraji P. Henson) and stay-at-home mom of two opens her door to a handsome stranger (Idris Elba) one stormy night when her negligent husband is away. The rain soaked stranger alleges car trouble, but ensuing events horrify and shock the family he meets. Also with Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, Mark Smith, Henry Simmons and Wilbur Fitzgerald. Directed by Sam Miller. [1:24]


January 13

Gone Girl [2014] [R] - 8.6.9
A husband (Ben Affleck) is shocked when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, leaving an incriminating diary pointing solidly at him murdering her. His life becomes a blur of police interrogations and TV news interviews as he struggles through the exhausting search campaign. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Also with Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, and Patrick Fugit. Directed by David Fincher. [2:24]

The Identical [2014] [PG] - 2.3.2
Poverty-stricken parents (Brian Geraghty and Amanda Crew) give up one of their newborn twin boys during the Great Depression. While the infant they keep becomes a rock 'n' roll legend (Blake Rayne), the other baby grows up with a tent preacher and his wife (Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd). Also with Erin Cottrell, Seth Green and Joe Pantoliano. Directed by Dustin Marcellino. [1:47]

Men, Women and Children [2014] [R] - 9.5.7
Texas high school students and their parents have technology concerns about porn sites and online video games, infidelity, eating disorders, and the lust for fame at any price: One couple (Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt) finds extramarital lovers through the Internet, another (Jason Douglas and Jennifer Garner) struggles over electronically monitoring their teen daughter, and a mom (Judy Greer) markets her daughter with raunchy online photos. Also with Travis Tope, Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Crocicchia, Dean Norris, Ansel Elgort, Emma Thompson (narrator) and Dennis Haysbert. Directed by Jason Reitman. [2:00]

The Two Faces of January [2014] [PG-13] - 5.5.5
A man (Viggo Mortensen) in Athens on vacation with his wife (Kirsten Dunst) is suspected of being involved in the death of a private investigator. The couple then leaves with another man (Oscar Isaac) to an island, where the intentions of all three of them become unclear. Also with Daisy Bevan and David Warshofsky. Directed by Hossein Amini. [1:36]

A Walk Among the Tombstones [2014] [R] - 4.8.8
A drug dealer (Dan Stevens) hires an unlicensed investigator and former NYPD detective (Liam Neeson) to find his kidnapped wife in New York City. A wave of kidnappings has hit the city's drug lords and they cannot trust the police to help. Also with Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roché, Whitney Able, Stephanie Andujar, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson, Eric Nelsen and Brian "Astro" Bradley. Directed by Scott Frank. [1:54]


January 20

Annabelle [2014] [R] - 2.7.2
A man (Ward Horton) purchases an antique Annabelle bride doll as a birthing gift for his wife (Annabelle Wallis). Soon afterward, members of a satanic cult break into the home and torture the couple. Also with Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin, Kerry O'Malley, Brian Howe, Tony Amendola. Directed by John R. Leonetti. [1:38]

The Boxtrolls [2014] [PG] - 1.4.2
An infant taken in and raised by a Boxtroll discovers what humans really think of them and must use his wits to save his family and friends from an evil man trying to destroy them. Also with the voices of Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Nika Futterman, Pat Fraley, Fred Tatasciore, Max Mitchell, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Elle Fanning. Directed by Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi. [1:37]

The Drop [2014] [R] - 2.7.10
A Brooklyn bartender (Tom Hardy) helps to pass ill-gotten cash ("drops") to mob bosses through his bar business. Bullied by his older cousin (James Gandolfini), who lost the bar to Chechen mobsters, the bartender becomes entangled in police investigations, animal and domestic abuse and his cousin's increasingly strange behavior. Also with Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ann Dowd, John Ortiz and James Frecheville. Directed by Michael R. Roskam. [1:46]

The Zero Theorem [2014] [R] - 6.4.6
Struggling to focus on his mission to uncover the meaning of life, a man (Christoph Waltz) petitions his employer to allow him to work in the solitude of his home while waiting for "the call" that will presumably answer all of his questions about our existence. The management agrees initially with stipulations that include a regular therapy session, interaction with a brilliant teenager working on his own computer mission and a sexy young woman in a virtual world. Also with Matt Damon, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Peter Stormare, Ben Whishaw, Mélanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges and Tilda Swinton. Directed by Terry Gilliam. [1:47]


January 27

Fury [2014] [R] - 4.8.10
It's 1945 and WWII is coming to an end when, against all odds, a veteran army sergeant (Brad Pitt) commands his 5-man Sherman tank crew behind enemy lines on a deadly mission. Also with Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal. Directed by David Ayer. [2:14]

The Judge [2014] [R] - 5.4.7
An attorney (Robert Downey, Jr.), returns to his rural hometown for his mother's funeral and continues an old feud with his father, a long-time judge (Robert Duvall). But his departure is delayed by accusations lodged against his father in the case of a murdered man recently released from prison and decides to take action to help his father. Also with Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Lancaster, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard and Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by David Dobkin. [2:22]



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