4 items from 2009
Here’s a list of new movies and tv shows coming out on DVD today. Plus, some old favorites coming out on Blu-Ray.
* Waltz With Bashir – Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, and Dror Harazi
* Dragon Hunters – Forest Whitaker (Blu-Ray)
- Joe Gillis
The clue is in the title. His name is Bob (Michael Leydon Campbell) and he’s in a bit of a funk. Bob’s a drunken, misanthropic mattress salesman with appalling people skills, an infinitely more buttoned down older brother Ron (Eddie Jemison), and a mother (Grace Zabriskie) who’s also his boss and fast running out of patience. Cue Rachel Leigh Cook’s klutzy cupcake Ms. Thorne, who Bob instantly warms to in his own sweaty way and who must now supervise his latest period of job probation. It’s a workplace comedy with all the elements present and correct for a riotous giggle fest with just one teeny tiny - hardly worth mentioning really - little flaw. It’s apocalyptically unfunny.
Now that hit television shows like The Office have dragged the comedy of embarrassment out of the cult corner in which it languished, we’re seeing something »
- Neil Pedley
This week's offerings include an art film about the biblical, a documentary exploring the philosophical, a thriller espousing the dangers of the technological and a film about a badass dude with claws that kills people. We know which one we're going to see.
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We're a country enamored with the marvels of our great democracy while also continuing a nasty habit of cultivating political dynasties, the thrall of which we continue to find irresistible, and there is no finer example of that than the Kennedy family. Put out by tiny indie distributor Screen Media Films, this feature from director William Olsson charts the coming of age of a young boy named Adam (Cameron Bright) who watches and wonders about John F. Kennedy's affair with a woman (Gretchen Mol) living across the street in 1963.
Opens in limited release. »
- Neil Pedley
Spring is a season of renewal, particularly in the movie business, where the completion of the awards derby allows Amy Adams to segue from playing a solemn nun in "Doubt" to a klutzy crime scene cleaner in "Sunshine Cleaning." Along with "Sunshine," there are plenty of festival favorites about to get their day in the sun, whether that's in theaters, on DVD or on demand online or on TV. This preview recognizes the many ways to get your indie film fix, as well as the special events you might want to head out to if you live in New York or Los Angeles, including "The Brothers Bloom" director Rian Johnson's week-long con man movie "Festival of Fakery" at L.A.'s famed New Beverly Cinema, about which we recently spoke to the director. But regardless of whether we're watching films from the past or present, we're looking forward to the next couple months. »
- Stephen Saito
4 items from 2009
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