Thursday, June 4, 2009

New this week:

Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

Hard Boiled
Action-packed and supremely entertaining, Hard Boiled remains one of Hong Kong's finest film exports. Woo's direction has arguably never been tighter, while the performances of Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung and the supporting cast are solid across the board. From start to finish, there's almost never a dull

Rumpole of the Bailey
This courtroom drama revolves around the colorful Horace Rumpole. Rumpole is an endearing old curmudgeon who often ends up with ne'er-do-well clients and is paid, more times than not, through public assistance. Though he's not an expert on the law, he is an excellent orator, and his ability to read jurors and eloquently sway them to his way of thinking is his strength, one that often wins him cases.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja, in his battle against the Vampire army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.

Wendy and Lucy
Wendy is a migrant soul on the move from the Midwest to Oregon, with hopes to make it to Alaska for work and a fresh start. At her side is her dog Lucy, a faithful companion who Wendy adores, but can't always properly take care of due to monetary limitations. When Wendy's car stalls in a small town, it sets off a series of events that separate Wendy from Lucy, leaving the nomadic woman in a panic to find her friend and continue on her way.

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