On Video - May 2012

 
 

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May 1

Haywire [2012] [R] - 3.7.5
When a covert operation turns out to be a set up, one of the operatives (Gina Carano) finds herself on the run and not knowing who she can trust. Also with Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Michael Angarano. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. [1:33]

Joyful Noise [2012] [PG-13] - 4.3.4
A single mom and church choir director (Queen Latifah) argues incessantly with teen choir members (Keke Palmer, Dexter Darden and Jeremy Jason) and a veteran singer (Dolly Parton) about what to sing and how to sing it. Frustrations rise even more after losing several regional competitions and funding. But the choir members cooperate to find a way to enter the finals of the National Joyful Noise Competition. Also with Kirk Franklin, Kris Kristofferson, Courtney B. Vance and Jesse L. Martin. Directed by Todd Graff. [1:58]

New Year's Eve [2011] [PG-13] - 5.3.5
A star-studded ensemble cast featuring the different experiences a group of connected strangers with intertwining stories on New Year's Eve 2012. Love, hope, forgiveness, disappointment, second chances and fresh starts are in the air. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Alyssa Milano, Common, Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers, Sarah Paulson, Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Jim Belushi, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin and Hilary Swank. Directed by Garry Marshall. [1:58]


May 8

Playback [2012] [R] - 7.8.8
Approximately 15 years after a gruesome murder several teens decide to do a school project about the event. As they begin to uncover some shocking facts about the murders, they also reveal what could be the mysterious motive. With Johnny Pacar, Toby Hemingway, Ambyr Childers, Jennifer Missoni, Jonathan Keltz, Alessandra Torresani, Christian Slater and Luke Bonczyk. Directed by Michael A. Nickles. [1:38]

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie [2012] [R] - 9.9.8
Two men (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) are given a billion dollars to make a movie and after failing miserably they skip town and try to run a shopping mall so that they can make a billion dollars to pay back their debt. Also with Noah Spencer, Matt O'Toole, Twink Caplan, Ray Wise, Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly and Robert Loggia. Directed by Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim. [1:33]

Underworld: Awakening [2012] [R] - 3.9.5
The fourth installment in the "Underworld" film series: When humans become aware of the existence of Lycans and Vampires they perform purges that will free the planet of both species. However, some remain and they continue fighting against human interference. With Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley and Sandrine Holt. Directed by Måns Mårlind & Björn Stein. A few exchanges are spoken in an unrecognizable language with English subtitles. [1:28]

The Vow [2012] [PG-13] - 4.3.4
Based on a true story of a couple that was involved in a car accident and the woman (Rachel McAdams) suffered severe memory loss, forgetting the past five years of her life, including falling in love and marrying her husband (Channing Tatum). He must now work to make her fall in love with him again. Also with Sam Neill, Jessica Lange and Jessica McNamee. Directed by Michael Sucsy. [1:44]


May 15

Albert Nobbs [2011] [R] - 6.3.5
A 19th century Irish woman (Glenn Close) pretends to be a man for over thirty years so she can improve her prospects for work. In her older years she realizes that she is now trapped by that decision. Also with Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. [1:53]

Chronicle [2012] [PG-13] - 4.7.4
Three teenage boys discover a glowing orb and after touching it become endowed with unusual abilities. Unfortunately they are not all able to deal with their newfound talents and popularity. With Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw, Bo Petersen, Anna Wood, Rudi Malcolm and Luke Tyler. Directed by Josh Trank. [1:23]

The Devil Inside [2012] [R] - 3.7.6
A woman's childhood memories include the night when her mother murdered three people in their home, apparently while they were trying to perform an exorcism on her. She ventures to Italy and enlists the help of two exorcist priests to figure out whether her mother was possessed or mentally ill. Also with Fernanda Andrade, Bonnie Morgan, Evan Helmuth, Suzan Crowley and Ionut Grama. Directed by Brent Bell. [1:27]

The Grey [2012] [R] - 2.7.10
A bunch of surly oilrig workers in Arctic Alaska and their leader (Liam Neeson) survive an airplane crash in the isolated, frozen wilderness, and have to face life threatening injuries, extreme blizzard conditions, meager supplies and grey wolves. Also with Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie and James Badge Dale. Directed by Joe Carnahan. [1:57]

One for the Money [2012] [PG-13] - 5.5.4
A woman (Katherine Heigl) who's been out of work for 6 months takes a job as a recovery agent and pursues the man she lost her virginity to in high school. In the process she learns more about her abilities and the truth about the man she is after. Also with Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd and Debbie Reynolds. Directed by Julie Anne Robinson. [1:31]

Rampart [2011] [R] - 8.6.10
Set in 1999, an LAPD officer (Woody Harrelson) is trying to take care of his personal life while defending himself from accusations of police brutality and being a dirty cop. Also with Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche and Steve Buscemi. Directed by Oren Moverman. [1:48]


May 22

Red Tails [2012] [PG-13] - 2.5.4
Inspired by true events: While the US air force in WWII was losing bombers in their missions over Europe, some of the best combat escort fighters were kept segregated and away from the action because they were African American. Eventually, the pilots of the Tuskegee training program were called into duty and took their place in history as never losing a single American bomber. With Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Kevin Phillips, Daniela Ruah, David Oyelowo, Method Man, Elijah Kelley, Andre Royo, Tristan Palmer, Marcus T. Paulk, Ne-Yo and Gerald McRaney. Directed by Anthony Hemingway. [2:05]

The Secret World of Arrietty [2012] [G] - 1.3.0
Animated feature based on the children's book "The Borrowers": The Clock family are four-inch tall humans that secretly live in a normal-sized family's home, "borrowing" small items to furnish their own home. After Arrietty (voiced by Bridgit Mendler), the youngest Clock, is discovered by a normal-sized boy (voiced by David Henrie), the world of the borrowers is soon turned upside down. Also with the voices of Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and Will Arnett. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi & Gary Rydstrom. [1:34]

This Means War [2012] [PG-13] - 5.5.5
Two CIA agents (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) use government equipment to learn the life story of their mutual girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon); they also use it to spy on each other, as they fight over the girl. Meanwhile, Russian terrorists interrupt their dating plans. Also with Chelsea Handler, Til Schweiger, Abigail Spencer and Angela Bassett. Directed by McG. [1:40]

The Woman in Black [2012] [PG-13] - 0.6.3
In Victorian England, the feared "Woman in Black" (Liz White) is the ghost of a woman deemed to have been an unfit mother, unable to save her son (Ashley Foster) from drowning at the hands of her sister's family. She wanders her mansion, and every time she is spotted at least one child mysteriously dies. An attorney and single parent (Daniel Radcliffe) takes on the ghost, but finds he must now fight to save his own young son (Misha Handley). Also with Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey and Alisa Khasanova. Directed by James Watkins. [1:35]


May 29

Gone [2012] [PG-13] - 2.5.5
A woman (Amanda Seyfried) becomes concerned when her sister (Emily Wickersham) disappears one evening. She's certain that the serial killer that kidnapped her a year ago has come back and has taken her sister, as well as other girls. When she plans to face him down, two detectives (Daniel Sunjata and Wes Bentley) don't believe there is a serial killer. Also with Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, Socratis Otto, Joel David Moore and Michael Paré. Directed by Heitor Dhalia. [1:34]

Goon [2012] [R] - 7.8.10
Doug (Seann William Scott), a bouncer out of place in his brainy family, finds himself drafted to join a semi-pro hockey team made up of other misfits. He soon leads the team to glory, punching out anyone that stands in his way. Also with Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber and Eugene Levy. Directed by Michael Dowse. [1:32]

Man On A Ledge [2012] [PG-13] - 3.5.5
A convict (Sam Worthington) threatens to jump from the ledge of a NYC skyscraper, insisting that he is innocent of jewel theft. When he draws a crowd of onlookers, firefighters and the NYPD, he requests a specific suicide negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) and when she arrives, she determines that the situation may not be what it seems. Also with Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Génesis Rodríguez, Ed Harris, Kyra Sedgwick, Edward Burns and Titus Welliver. Directed by Asger Leth. [1:42]

We Need to Talk About Kevin [2011] [R] - 6.7.5
After her teenage son (Ezra Miller) murders several of his high school classmates, a woman (Tilda Swinton) is shunned by her neighbors. While trying to recover from the shock and terror of the incident she must also deal with her own guilt and feeling responsible for her son's actions. Also with John C. Reilly, Jasper Newell, Rocky Duer and Ashley Gerasimovich. Directed by Lynne Ramsay. [1:52]



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