Thursday, January 26, 2012

New this week (1/25/12):

Boardwalk Empire, the Complete First Season
A lavish period drama set in Atlantic City, following the life and times of Nucky Thompson - the undisputed political and criminal mastermind whose grip on power and control of the city's liquor supply is under constant threat.

Inspired by personal experiences, an original story about friendship, love, survival, and finding humor in unlikely places. Two best friends' lives change when one of them is diagnosed with cancer.

Knight’s Tale (2001)
The rousing story of lowborn William Thatcher's quest to change his stars, win the heart of an exceedingly fair maiden and rock his medieval world. Follow this fearless squire and his band of medieval misfits as they careen their way toward impossible glory that's part romance, part road trip and part exuberant swashbuckling. If you can, watch the film again with the commentary—it’s just as funny as the film if not funnier! Paul Bettany is hilarious!

Last Lions
This film follows lioness Ma di Tau and her fragile cubs as they take a perilous journey through raging fire, rival prides, croc-infested rivers, and deadly buffalo in order to survive.

Mildred Pierce
An intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years and struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family. The story explores Mildred's unreasonable devotion to her insatiable daughter Veda, as well as the complex relationship she shares with the indolent men in her life, including her polo-playing lover Monty Beragon and ex-husband Bert Pierce.

Real Steel
Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Kirk and his crew time travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they encounter the alien life of punk, pizza and exact-change buses while trying to capture two almost-extinct humpback whales to take back with them to the 23rd century.

When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost. With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, this is an acclaimed film inspired by actual events.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New this week (1/19/12)

When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers. Together they make a decision that will change all of their lives.

Fright Night
Senior Charley Brewster finally has it all. He's running with the cool kids and dating the hottest girl in high school. But all hell breaks loose when charming Jerry Dandrige moves in next door. Charlie thinks there's something odd about him, although no one, including his mom seems to notice. But after too many of his classmates vanish under bizarre circumstances, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood!

Ides of March
During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.

Mysteries of Lisbon
This is author Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New this week: (1/11/12)

Crazy Stupid Love
A father's life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children.

Hangover, Part II
Four friends, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug, jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

I Don’t Know How She Does It
A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer, who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation.

Killer Elite
When two of the world's most elite operatives, Danny, a retired contract killer, and Hunter, his longtime mentor, go up against the cunning leader of a secret military society, their hunt takes them around the globe from Australia to Paris, London, and the Middle East. As the stakes rise along with the body count, Danny and Hunter are soon plunged into an action-packed game of cat and mouse where no one is what they seem.

Margin Call
Set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.

The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Open Road
Minor league baseball player Carlton Garrett takes an unplanned road trip to find his estranged father, legendary baseball player Kyle Garrett, after his mother becomes ill. Knowing that his father is charming, yet extremely immature, he brings along his sometimes girlfriend for support. After father and son are reunited, Carlton must struggle to deal with the misadventures brought on by his father's antics. Frustrations from the past come to a head as the mismatched trio returns home to Houston.

This modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical, and magical fantasy. Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge.

There Be Dragons
When journalist Robert Torres is assigned to write a book about Josemaria Escriva, the controversial founder of Opus Dei, he hopes it will bring him closer to his father, Escriva's childhood friend. As Torres uncovers more about his father's past, he learns dark secrets that will change his world forever.

30 Years of National Geographic Specials
Relive the most spellbinding scenes from our [National Geographics’s] television documentaries of exploration and delivery.

Lewis & Clark, Great Journey West
Relive one of the greatest tales of adventure and exploration in history, as National Geographic brings to life the epic journey of Lewis, Clark, their guide Sacagawea and the brave Corps of Discovery across the land that would become the United States. Now, two hundred years after the launch of this ambitious expedition, experience first-hand the danger and breathtaking beauty of the unknown West as it unfolded before the eyes of Lewis & Clark.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New this week (1/4/12):

Big Fish (2003)
William Bloom, is a young man who never really knew his now dying father, Edward - outside of the tall tales his dad told him about growing up. During Edward's last days William and his wife Josephine hold a bedside vigil next to the old man as he recollects elaborate memories of his youth.

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
When a mysterious beast ravages the countryside, two men are called in to fight the evil and end the reign of terror. The only way they can save the land from the unspeakable fright is to unearth a dark power, reveal a deadly secret and face their greatest fears.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Sally Hurst is going to Rhode Island to live with her father Alex and his new girlfriend Kim in the nineteenth-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the estate, Sally finds a hidden basement and accidentally lets loose a race of ancient, dark-dwelling creatures who conspire to drag her down into the mysterious house's bottomless depths. Before the evil lurking in the dark consumes them all, Sally must convince Alex and Kim that it's not a fantasy.

An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New last week (12/29/11):

Apollo 18
Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.

Luther Season 2
John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling with his own demons, returns with two distinctive, thrilling crime stories. Devastated by the brutal murder of his wife, John Luther returns to policing in a different world. His old unit has gone and he's working in the newly created Serious and Serial unit, headed by former police complaints officer Martin Schenk. Luther quickly gathers together his team, rescuing his old partner Detective Justin Ripley from uniform.

Ancient Marvels
This PBS Explorer Collection includes: Ghosts of Machu Picchu (NOVA); Riddles of the Sphinx (NOVA); Secrets of Stonehenge (NOVA); Secrets of the Parthenon (NOVA); and Easter Island/ China Bridge (NOVA)