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On Video - June 2012



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June 5

Act of Valor [2012] [R] - 2.8.6
Action film starring active-duty Navy SEALs and reportedly using live ammo in order to make the violence seem real: US soldiers are deployed to rescue an undercover CIA agent, who uncovered an international conspiracy started by a drug smuggler working with a jihadi agent to bring explosive-vest wearing terrorists into the United States. With Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and Nestor Serrano. Directed by Mike McCoy & Scott Waugh. [1:41]

John Carter [2012] [PG-13] - 2.6.4
John Carter, a Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) is mysteriously transported to Mars where he becomes immersed in the conflict between the various nations of the planet. When he meets a princess (Lynn Collins), he vows to help against her enemies. Also with Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Ciaran Hinds, Samantha Morton, Daryl Sabara, Mark Strong and Dominic West. Directed by Andrew Stanton. [2:12]

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D [2012] [PG] - 2.5.2
A misunderstood youth (Josh Hutcherson) takes his stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) on an expedition to find the teen's missing grandfather (Michael Caine). The boy receives a coded message containing related clues from classic books and while his stepfather is skeptical, he agrees to a journey to the message's global coordinates. Meanwhile, the grandfather is living on an island previously thought imaginary. Also with Luis Guzman, Vanessa Hudgens and Kristin Davis. Directed by Brad Peyton. [1:34]

Machine Gun Preacher [2011] [R] - 6.8.8
Based on a true story about a man (Gerard Butler) who reformed himself after coming out of prison and finding that his wife (Michelle Monaghan) has become religious. When he hears a visiting minister from Africa speak about their need for help, he decides to visit Sudan to see what's going on and after witnessing the horrors of the Sudanese civil war he builds an orphanage and tracks down and kills the men responsible for making their lives so miserable. Also with Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane, Madeline Carroll and Kathy Baker. Directed by Marc Forster. [2:07]

Safe House [2012] [R] - 4.8.5
A CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) is tasked with securing a safe house but after his prisoner, a former CIA agent (Denzel Washington), is targeted and attacked, they find themselves on the run. Also with Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga, Sam Shepard and Brendan Gleeson. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. [1:55]

June 12

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance [2012] PG-13] - 2.7.5
Nicolas Cage resumes his role as The Ghost Rider, aka Johnny Blaze, returning to settle another score in this sequel. While in Eastern Europe, Johnny is asked to help the church save a boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). A villain (Johnny Whitworth) interferes and makes Johnny angry, releasing the Rider and wreaking havoc. Also with Christopher Lambert, Idris Elba and Violante Placido. Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. [1:35]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011] [PG-13] - 2.6.3
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) join forces once again to uncover an insidious international plot crafted by their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), who is conspiring to start a world war. Also with Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams and Stephen Fry. Directed by Guy Ritchie. [2:09]

Good Deeds [2012] [PG-13] - 4.3.3
A wealthy businessman (Tyler Perry) has always put aside his dreams and done as he was told by his father, his mom (Phylicia Rashad) and his fiancée (Gabrielle Union). However, he changes when he meets a disadvantaged single mom (Thandie Newton), working in his office building as a janitor. Offering to help her inspires him to start following his own dreams. Also with Brian J. White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Eddie Cibrian, Jordenn Thompson and Beverly Johnson. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:51]

June 19

Big Miracle [2012] [PG] - 1.3.3
Inspired by a true story: a reporter (John Krasinski) in a small Alaska town breaks the story of three gray whales trapped beneath the ice. After his Greenpeace activist ex-girlfriend (Drew Barrymore) gets involved, the story becomes international news as the world hopes that the family of whales can escape the rapidly forming Arctic ice. Also with John Pingayak, Ted Danson, Kirsten Bell and Kathy Baker. Directed by Ken Kwapis. [2:03]

Jeff, Who Lives at Home [2012] [R] - 4.4.8
An unemployed and aimless 30-year-old (Jason Segel) still lives in his mother's basement and finds himself searching for meaning in everything, including a chance run-in with his brother (Ed Helms), before they begin a day-long investigation into the possible infidelity of his sister-in-law. Also with Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer and Rae Dawn Chong. Directed by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass. [1:23]

Project X [2012] [R] - 7.5.10
Based loosely on a real incident, three high school students (Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown) throw a wild birthday party in order to film it as a documentary and gain popularity. But they get more than they expected -- more nudity, more drugs and alcohol, and more property damage. Also with Kirby Bliss Blanton, Nichole Bloom, Dax Flame and Alexis Knapp. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh. [1:28]

Wanderlust [2012] [R] - 8.4.8
A married couple (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) commit to an expensive apartment in NYC but they suddenly find themselves unemployed. Unsure of what to do next they sell, pack up and end up in a commune with a quirky bunch of free spirits. Also with Malin Akerman, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda and Kathryn Hahn. Directed by David Wain. [1:40]

June 26

The Artist [2011] [PG-13] - 2.3.3
A very popular silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) finds it difficult to transition to talking movies when the new craze arrives. But with the help of a few friends he manages to get through. Also with Bérénice Béjo, John Goodman, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. A large majority of the film is silent with occasional subtitles and accompanied by music. [1:40]

The Perfect Family [2012] [PG-13] - 4.4.3
A devout Catholic wife and mother (Kathleen Turner) has been nominated for "Catholic Woman of the Year" but as she goes through the motions required to win the award, she almost loses what is most important to her -- her family. Also with Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Richard Chamberlain and Elizabeth Pena. Directed by Anne Renton. [1:24]

21 Jump Street [2012] [R] - 7.7.10
A high school bully and his target (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) grow up to become bumbling police officers. They receive one final chance with the police force from their captain (Ice Cube) in a mission out of the Jump Street HQ: they have to infiltrate a high school, going undercover as students, in order to break up a drug ring. Also with Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Ellie Kemper and Rob Riggle. Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. [1:35]


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