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Despite the impact of 27 years of inflation, last year's remake of the 1984 crowd-pleaser Footloose grossed just over half as much as the original; apparently, modern audiences can't bring themselves to care about a town where dancing is prohibited. Or perhaps it was just the unimpressive, Kevin Bacon-less cast of Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, and Andie MacDowell.
HBO's adaptation of the first book in George R.R. Martin's still ongoing fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire proved to be everything fans were expecting and more in its first season, even winning over viewers who were unfamiliar with the novels (as well as plenty of critics, who placed the series on numerous year-end top-10 lists). You don't even have to be a fan of the fantasy genre to enjoy Game of Thrones' dark and complex drama of politics, power, family, and dragons (well, being a fantasy fan helps with the latter) that rivals The Sopranos for its twists and shocking violence. Peter Dinklage earned an Emmy for his supporting performance, and the series (which returns for its second season on April 1st) was nominated for 13 Emmys overall.
Director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) hoped to duplicate the success of Clash of the Titans with his own Greek mythology-inspired action tale, but even impressive 3D visuals and a villainous Mickey Rourke couldn't elevate the film above average. Henry Cavill and Freida Pinto also star.
This intimate look at young love earned top honors at last year's Sundance Film Festival as well as a Special Jury Prize for star Felicity Jones. Written by Ben York Jones and Drake Doremus and directed by Doremus (Douchebag 56), the drama traces a long distance love affair between Jacob, an American played by Anton Yelchin, and Anna (Jones), a British college student who loses her visa and is forced to leave the country. Jennifer Lawrence and Charlie Bewley tempt Jacob and Anna when they are apart, and Alex Kingston and Oliver Muirhead play Anna’s parents.
Brazilian Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna is the focus of this documentary, which uses previously unseen racing footage and other material to trace his rise to stardom and tragic death on the track. Senna was heralded as one of the year's top nonfiction films by multiple critic groups at the end of 2011.
Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film is an adaptation of Thierry Jonguet’s 2003 novel Mygale (translated into English and titled Tarantula in 2005), and it is the first collaboration between the director and star Antonio Banderas since 1990’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 54. The BAFTA-winning film blends melodrama and horror as a plastic surgeon (Banderas), haunted by the deaths of his wife and daughter, becomes obsessed with creating an indestructible synthetic skin. Themes common to other Almodóvar works—sexual identity, betrayal, revenge—pop up again in this psychological thriller, which fared a bit better with American critics than it did when it debuted at Cannes earlier in 2011.
|More new releases on March 6, 2012|
|23||Jack and Jill Adam Sandler, Adam Sandler||Add to Queue|
|The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Special Edition (1998)Direct-to-video sequel||Add to Queue|
|The Lion King 1 1/2 Special Edition (2004)Direct-to-video sequel|
|67||London River Brenda Blethyn||Add to Queue|
|38||Meeting Spencer Jeffrey Tambor, Jesse Plemons, Melinda McGraw||Add to Queue|
|The Search for One-Eye Jimmy (1996) Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Nick Turturro||Add to Queue|
|Tony Bennett: Duets II: The Great Performances|
|Tooth Fairy 2 Direct-to-video sequel starring Larry the Cable Guy||Add to Queue|
|Older movies debuting on Blu-ray|
|9 1/2 Weeks (1986) Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger|
|33||54 (1998) Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek|
|Dead in the Water (1991) Teri Hatcher|
|Disclosure (1994) Michael Douglas, Demi Moore|
|The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Contains original black and white version and colorized version|
|The Man From Snowy River (1982) Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan|
|Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin|
|Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) Bela Lugosi; directed by Ed Wood|
|37||Reindeer Games (2000) Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron|
|Striptease (1996) Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds|
|To Catch a Thief (1955) Grace Kelly, Cary Grant|
|TV on DVD|
|47||Happily Divorced Season 1|
|HawthoRNe The Final Season|
|MI-5 Vol. 10|
|Poirot Series 3|
|Transformers Prime Season 1|
The first of two Steven Spielberg releases last year was a massive hit around the globe, though not so much in the U.S. Based on Belgian artist Hergé's Tintin comic books (which have long been popular in Europe), this 3D, performance-capture, computer-animated adventure follows a young reporter and his trusty dog around the world as they investigate a mystery relating to a model ship. The vocal cast includes Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, and—it is a mo-cap film, after all—Andy Serkis, while the credited writers include Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock), and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Peter Jackson, who produced this film with Spielberg, will direct a sequel, though not until he completes the Hobbit films.
This inferior sequel to George Miller's 2006 animated musical hit Happy Feet 77 focuses on Mumble's son Erik and a new threat to the world of the Emperor Penguins. The vocal cast includes Elijah Wood and Robin Williams, and Miller returns as director, but critics found it somewhat messy, confused, and charmless.
Lars von Trier's end-of-the-world drama topped more critic top 10 lists last year than all but two other films (The Artist and The Tree of Life). The beautifully shot Melancholia focuses on two sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg) and their reactions to the impending destruction of Earth by the newly discovered planet Melancholia, which is on a collision course. Kiefer Sutherland also stars.
Michelle Williams earned her second consecutive Academy Award nomination for taking on the challenge of playing icon Marilyn Monroe, though the film around her wasn't deemed Oscar-worthy. Set in 1957 during the filming of her movie The Prince and the Showgirl, My Week with Marilyn focuses on the relationship between Monroe and assistant director Colin Clark (played by Tony-winner Eddie Redmayne), who spent a week touring Britain with the star. Kenneth Branagh—also an Oscar nominee—co-stars as Showgirl's star and director Laurence Olivier, while Dougray Scott plays Monroe's then-husband Arthur Miller. Emma Watson, Julia Ormond, and Judi Dench round out the cast.
Saying this latest film version of The Three Musketeers is only loosely based on the Alexandre Dumas novel of the same name seems more than fair; after all, Dumas didn't have floating battleships in his novel. Logan Lerman stars as D’Artagnan, while the Musketeers are played by Matthew Macfadyen (Athos), Ray Stevenson (Porthos), and Luke Evans (Aramis). The roles of the villains are filled by Christoph Waltz and Orlando Bloom, while Milla Jovovich plays a wildcard assassin. Milla’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Afterlife 37) directs, which partially explains the low Metascore. Quentin Tarantino is one of the film's few fans.
The second pairing of director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody failed to catch on with the public like Juno 81 did before it, but critics still had praise for the dramedy, especially star Charlize Theron. She plays a recently divorced young-adult fiction writer who returns home to rekindle her high school relationship with Patrick Wilson. One small problem (or is it?): he happens to be married with kids. Supporting the leads are Elizabeth Reaser as Wilson’s wife, and Patton Oswalt (in another oft-praised performance) as a former classmate of Theron’s. J.K. Simmons (who played Juno’s dad) narrates.
|More new releases on March 13, 2012|
|72||The Dish & The Spoon Greta Gerwig, Olly Alexander||Add to Queue|
|50||Dog Sweat Clandestinely filmed Iranian drama||Add to Queue|
|35||Loosies Peter Facinelli, Jaimie Alexander, Michael Madsen||Add to Queue|
|78||My Joy Dark Ukrainian-German drama||Add to Queue|
|67||Stuck Between Stations Indie drama||Add to Queue|
|65||The Swell Season Tour documentary||Add to Queue|
|81||Weekend Indie drama||Add to Queue|
|Older movies debuting on Blu-ray|
|58||American Pie (1999) Chris Klein, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy|
|43||American Pie 2 (2001)Chris Klein, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy|
|43||American Wedding (2003) Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy|
|The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Criterion Collection|
|Wizards (1977) Animated film by Ralph Bakshi|
|TV on DVD|
|Call Me Fitz Season 2|
|Come Fly with Me Season 1|
|Ghost Hunters International Season 2, Part 1|
|The Guild Season 5|
|84||The Killing Season 1; note that Metascore is only for the first part of the season|
|Picker Sisters Season 1|
|47||Stephen King's Bag of Bones Miniseries|
|Superjail! Season 2|
|Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention|
Battle Royale (2000)
Fans of this Japanese cult classic might find the storyline of The Hunger Games (not coincidentally, out the same week that Battle Royale gets its long-awaited first U.S. home video release) a bit familiar; both are also based on novels, though BR was first by nearly a decade. The violent but darkly comedic Battle Royale centers on a class of high school-aged students who are forced to battle each other to the death, subject matter that proved so controversial in the U.S. that it didn't get an official theatrical screening here until a few months ago at a single Los Angeles theater. The film comes to Blu-ray and DVD in 4-disc and single-disc editions; the former adds the 2003 sequel, two different cuts of the original, and over three hours of special features.
Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s darkly humorous play God of Carnage generated major buzz at its premiere in Venice, though critics were less pleased upon its theatrical release. The story unfolds in a single evening as the parents of two boys who got in a fight after school come together to discuss the incident. Let’s just say the parents aren’t too well behaved, either. The cast includes Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly as one couple and Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz as the other.
It wasn't the Oscar-generating machine that was director David Fincher's previous film—and some critics preferred the earlier Swedish version—but this violent English-language adaptation of the first novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy certainly lived up to its tagline: The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas. Rooney Mara did earn an Academy Award nomination for her performance as hacker Lisbeth Salander, while Daniel Craig stars as her partner Mikael Blomkvist, and Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Joely Richardson, Goran Visnjic, Embeth Davidtz, Joel Kinnaman, and Steven Berkoff round out the international cast.
Written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords), first Muppet movie since the Clinton administration impressed many critics and moviegoers. The getting-the-gang-back-together storyline finds Kermit and co. working to save their theater from destruction by an evil oil magnate played by Chris Cooper. Segel, Amy Adams, and Rashida Jones round out the human cast (joined by stars ranging from Zach Galifianakis to Ricky Gervais in cameos), while Flight of the Conchords member Bret McKenzie co-wrote many of the original songs for the film and won an Oscar for one of them. A sequel is currently in the planning stages.
Jonah Hill fans will want to remember 2011 for Hill's Oscar-nominated supporting performance in Moneyball and not his starring role in this R-rated comedy that followed. A raunchier take on the Adventures in Babysitting formula, The Sitter finds Jonah Hill supervising three kids on an out-of-control adventure through New York City; David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) directs, but the material just wasn't very strong.
One of the best-reviewed dramas of 2011, this Oscar-nominated Cold War thriller may have been a bit too slow and measured for American audiences, but don't let that stop you from checking it out on DVD. Based on the Jean le Carré novel of the same name, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy looks at the “Circus,” the highest level of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, and veteran spy George Smiley’s attempt to uncover a Soviet mole within the organization. Gary Oldman gives one of the year's best performances as Smiley, and he’s joined by an incredible supporting cast that includes Colin Firth, Tobey Jones, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy. Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In 82) directs.
|More new releases on March 20, 2012|
|The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think Concert performance; comes with live CD|
|31||Creature Horror||Add to Queue|
|58||Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life Biopic about singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg||Add to Queue|
|Letter Never Sent (1959) Criterion Collection||Add to Queue|
|77||Louder Than a Bomb Documentary||Add to Queue|
|71||One Lucky Elephant Documentary||Add to Queue|
|61||Roadie Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy, Bobby Cannavale||Add to Queue|
|60||Sidewalls Argentinian drama||Add to Queue|
|The War Room (1993) Criterion Collection||Add to Queue|
|70||!Women Art Revolution Documentary||Add to Queue|
|TV on DVD|
|The Adventures of Tintin Season 2|
|Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 2, Part 2|
|Hey Arnold! Season 2, Part 1|
|Jane by Design Volume 1|
|Kojak Season 3|
|Scarecrow and Mrs. King Season 3|
|That '70s Show Season 1 (Blu-ray release)|
March 23 (Friday)
Last spring's animated comedy from the team behind Despicable Me focuses on a slacker (James Marsden) who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny. Russell Brand, Hugh Laurie, and Hank Azaria also provide voices, but the material they have to work with is dull and saccharine, according to critics. Then again, none of those critics is younger than 10.
Director David Cronenberg returned to filmmaking for the first time since 2007’s Eastern Promises 82 with this surprisingly restrained look at the beginnings of psychoanalysis and the relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his patient Sabrina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Based on a true story and adapted from John Kerr’s book, the film received fairly good reviews, but Academy voters paid no attention to the drama, though they did nominate ...
A surprise—and some would say, unjustified—best picture nominee, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close centers on a precocious young boy (newcomer Thomas Horn) who sets off on a journey through New York City after discovering a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock also star for director Stephen Daldry (The Hours), working from a script by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump). The second Jonathan Safran Foer novel to get a big-screen adaptation (after Everything Is Illuminated 58), Loud disappointed many critics, who found the film contrived and pretentious.
|More new releases on March 27, 2012|
|24||Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Self-explanatory||Add to Queue|
|Assault on a Queen (1966) Frank Sinatra, Virna Lisi|
|Come Blow Your Horn (1963) Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb|
|Corman's World Documentary about Roger Corman||Add to Queue|
|David Lean Directs Noël Coward Criterion Collection 4-film box set|
|62||El Bulli: Cooking in Progress Documentary||Add to Queue|
|40||The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch Action film based on Belgian comic||Add to Queue|
|56||In the Land of Blood and Honey Angelina Jolie's directorial debut||Add to Queue|
|It's Only Money (1962) Jerry Lewis|
|A Night to Remember (1958) Criterion Collection|
|No Man of Her Own (1950) Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund|
|62||Romantics Anonymous French rom-com||Add to Queue|
|53||Some Days Are Better Than Others James Mercer, Carrie Brownstein||Add to Queue|
|Something to Live For (1952) Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland|
|Who's Got the Action? (1962) Dean Martin, Lana Turner|
|Who's Minding the Store? (1963) Jerry Lewis|
|Older movies debuting on Blu-ray|
|The Bodyguard (1992) Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston|
|Casablanca (1943) 70th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition|
|Dragonheart (1996) Dennis Quaid, Sean Connery.|
|A Trip to the Moon (1902) George Melies' classic restored to its original colors|
|TV on DVD|
|Eureka Season 4.5|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. XXIII|
|South Park Season 15|