Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Last Week:

Babette’s Feast (Danish) (1987)
Two women, the last leaders of a restrictive religious group, find themselves with a French maid. When this maid asks to prepare for them a French meal, the group doesn’t know how to deal with this kind of earthly pleasure. This is a wonderful film. It is simple yet deep. It is full of restraint yet overflowing with riches. It is guaranteed to make you smile with joy and satisfaction.

Bagdad Café (1988)
This bittersweet delightful comedy brings together a German tourist and a black motel owner. Initially wary of each other, the two become close friends and transform the rundown cafe/motel into the hottest magical nightspot this side of Las Vegas. “The charm of Bagdad Cafe is that every character and every moment is unanticipated, obscurely motivated, of uncertain meaning and vibrating with life.”—Roger Ebert.

The Box
Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child. After Arthur loses his job, they receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. Arlington Steward is a mysterious stranger who delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, by pressing this button it will simultaneously cause the death of another person somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With 24 hours to decide, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.

Broken Embraces (Spanish)
Harry Caine is a blind writer who was once a filmmaker by the name of Mateo. When Caine learns of the death of wealthy industrialist Ernesto Martel, it sends his mind reeling back to the early 1990s, when he was prepping a film with lead actress, and Martel's lover, Lena, while dealing with a behind-the-scenes documentary effort from Martel's social reject son. Engaging in a heated affair with Lena, Mateo learns of Martel's violent ways, hoping to steal Lena away and finish his artistic gamble of a movie. Now over a decade later, Caine feels the rush of memories as he recalls his love affair to assistant Diego, unlocking further secrets from his close associates.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Meryl and Paul Morgan are a highly successful Manhattan couple. Their almost perfect lives have only one notable failure - their dissolving marriage. But they witness a murder and become the targets of a contract killer. The Feds, protecting their witnesses, whisk them from their beloved New York to a tiny town in Wyoming, and a relationship that was on the rocks threatens to end completely, unless with their new Blackberry-free lives, the Morgans can slow down the pace and rekindle their passion.

Old Dogs
Dan and Charlie are two best friends who, together, have built a successful marketing empire, but have somehow managed to avoid ever really growing up. Their lives have been turned upside down when they are charged with the care of seven-year-old twins while on the verge of a big business deal. The clueless bachelors stumble in their efforts, leading to one debacle after another, with a gorilla and some pecking penguins. Dan and Charlie learn as much from the kids as vice versa.

Poirot: the Definitive Collection
Adapted from Agatha Christie's celebrated mysteries, each film features beautiful settings and an impeccable cast. Includes: After the funeral -- Cards on the table -- Death on the Nile -- Evil Under the Sun -- Five little pigs --The Hollow -- Lord Edgware Dies -- Murder in Mesopotamia --The murder of Roger Ackroyd --The mystery of the Blue Train -- Sad Cypress --Taken at the Flood.

Return to Me
In this joyous and surprising romantic comedy, a charming restaurant owner plays match-maker between his beautiful granddaughter (Minnie Driver) and a widower (David Duchovny) with hilarious and heartwarming results!

Shall We Kiss? (French)
When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride and they spend the evening getting along famously. At the end of the night, Emilie declines Gabriel's offer of 'a kiss without consequences'. Emilie admonishes him that a kiss could have unexpected consequences, and tells him a story unfolding in flashbacks about the impossibility of indulging your desires without affecting someone's life.

Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness Live! And Flat Abs

Zumba Fitness was created in the mid-90's by Colombian native Alberto Peréz, a celebrity fitness trainer and choreographer for International pop superstars. Inspired by the traditional cumbia, salsa, samba and merengue music he grew up with, Beto paired his favorite pulsating Latin rhythms with the red-hot international dance steps his clients loved and Zumba Fitness (Spanish slang for "to move fast and have fun") was born!

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