Thursday, February 27, 2014

New This Week (2/27/14)

Blue is the Warmest Color (NR)
The colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman's experiences of first love and sexual awakening. A highschooler, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twentysomething art student. (French)

Breaking Bad (NR)
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Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad is the two-year-long story of Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family's financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman.

Dallas Buyers Club (R)
Texas cowboy Ron Woodruff sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he's diagnosed HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodruff decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After finding an unlikely ally in Rayon, he establishes a hugely successful "buyers' club" and unites a band of outcasts in a struggle for dignity and acceptance that inspires in ways no one could have imagined.

Rush (R)
During the sexy and glamourous golden age of Formula 1 racing, two drivers emerged as the best: gifted English playboy James Hunt and his methodical, brilliant Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda. As they mercilessly clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack, the two drivers push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there's no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.

Thor: The Dark World (PG-13)
Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Now, reunited with Jane Foster, and forced to forge an alliance with his treacherous brother Loki, Thor embarks on a perilous personal quest to save both Earth and Asgard from destruction.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New This Week (2/20/14)

Breaking Bad: The Final Season (NR)
It all ends with a bang! In the final episodes, Breaking Bad comes to a bloody conclusion for meth kingpin Walter White and his guilt-ridden partner, Jesse Pinkman. As each tries to get clear of the wreckage they left behind in the meth world, DEA agent Hank Schrader's obsessive pursuit of "Heisenberg" gains steam, leading up to a shattering finale that will leave no one in Walt's world unscathed.

Dexter: The Final Season (NR)
He's spent his days solving crimes and his nights committing them, but never before has Dexter had to deal with a more abhorrent and deranged enemy than he does now: himself. Six months after the stunning murder of Lt. LeGuerta, Dexter's estranged sister Debra tries to cope with her guilt in her brother's crimes, while an emotionally vulnerable Dexter comes face-to-face with a psychopathologist who knows the code that has motivated his every murder. 

Machete Kills (R)
In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President to stop a crazed global terrorist who is planning to start a nuclear war. Meanwhile, Machete has a bounty on his head, and he faces death from a series of deadly assassins.

Monday, February 17, 2014

New This Week (2/13/14)

All Is Lost (PG-13)
An open-water thriller about one man's battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling, and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

Austenland (PG-13)
Jane Hayes's adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset, and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood...but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life--and maybe even love--begins.

The Counselor (R)
A savvy lawyer known for doing the right thing for the wrong people decides to put his connections to the test by diving into a treacherous drug deal for some quick cash. But the Counselor soon learns that having it all could mean losing everything.

Ender's Game (PG-13)
As fears of an alien invasion grow, Earth's international Fleet recruits an unlikely leader--a young and brilliant boy--to command its forces and fight for the future of the human race.

Riddick (R)
A dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy, Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. He soon finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators, and the only way off is for him to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. 

Sherlock Season Three (NR)
With the demise of Moriarty, Sherlock finds himself locked in another mind battle with the powerful Charles Augustus Magnussen, who is holding the secrets of the world at his fingertips. Once again, the game is on for Sherlock and John in "The Empty Hearse," "The Sign of Three," and finally, "His Last Vow."

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New This Week (2/6/14)

Escape Plan (R)
One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb." Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.

The Lady Vanishes (NR)
A new adaptation of the classic 1930s thriller where a woman risks her life to solve the mysterious disappearance of her travelling companion. Feeling disoriented after a fall, Iris is befriended by Miss Froy, an elderly English woman sharing her carriage. But when she wakes up from a few hours' sleep, Miss Froy has vanished. As fellow passengers claim the lady never existed, Iris tries to prove she is not crazy to discover the fate of Miss Froy.

Romeo + Juliet (PG-13)
William Shakespeare's epic and searing love story has been revitalized for a whole new generation. Romeo and Juliet are the star-crossed youths who fall for each other in spite of their feuding families. Filled with lush, enchanting imagery amid its original setting in Verona, Italy, this legendary tale of romance remains timeless and transcendant...and as powerful as ever.

The White Queen (NR)
A riveting portrayal of one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in English history told through the perspective of three different women. In their quest for power, they will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne. The year is 1464 and war over who is the rightful King has been ravaging throughout England. It is a bitter dispute between two sides of the same family, and these three ruthless women are each desperately vying for the crown.