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Recently Released 12.29.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27066-recently-released-122915.html The big jazz bands we remember were all male, except for female vocalists and an occasional pianist such as Mary Lou Williams. The documentary The Girls in the Band explores the forgotten all-women big bands]]> Recently Released 12.23.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27038-recently-released-122315.html The point of this inspirational film is that when life is ugly, music can still be beautiful. Writer-Director John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon) builds that message around one song, Lee Ann Womack’s hit “I Hope]]> Recently Released 12.15.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-27003-recently-released-121515.html Travis is a burned-out psychiatrist traumatized by the suicide of a patient with whom he had an affair. Addicted to his own prescriptions, he nullifies his pain but brushes against death. Travis is rescued by a cult ]]> Recently Released 12.8.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26967-recently-released-12815.html Salaam Bombay! (1988) wasn’t Mira Nair’s first film, but the Oscar-nominated picture introduced her to the wider world. It’s the story of Krishna, a boy protagonist shouldering a heavy burden of poverty with grace]]> Recently Released 12.2.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26932-recently-released-12215.html 1975 was the year Queen broke out of cult status and into stardom. Originally aired on British television, the concert documentary A Night at the Odeon features a relatively simple show, just lights and a poof of indoor ]]> Recently Released 11.24.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26895-recently-released-112415.html “We’re making a movie here tonight,” Frank Zappa announced in his distinctively bemused voice. It was 1973 and Zappa was directing himself and his band, The Mothers of Invention, in a concert documentary. The ]]> Recently Released 11.17.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26839-recently-released-111715.html The Falling Set in 1969, in the physically intimate, emotionally claustrophobic hothouse of a rural English girls school, The Falling begins as pupils discover se]]> Home Movies/Out On Digital 11.11 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26780-home-movies_out-on-digital-1111.html n Crumbs The wind sighs heavily through the rusted skeletons of cars and buildings in a world where scavengers struggle to survive. Australian filmmakers pioneered this post-apocalypse scenario, ]]> Recently Released 11.5.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26760-recently-released-11515.html Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary of comedian Barry Crimmins doesn’t open in a comedy club but at a 1990 anti-war rally. Crimmins played protests as well as comedy stages—and he preferred the protest audiences. ]]> Recently Released 10.29.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26719-recently-released-102915.html Mr. and Mrs. Angulo were a hippie couple with a countercultural agenda. They kept their six boys and one girl isolated from the world in their Manhattan public housing high-rise, home-schooled and vaguely ]]> Recently Released 10.20.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26672-recently-released-102015.html At first, lepidopterist Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) seems a harsh mistress to her servant Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna); then, we see it’s all a series of erotic games of dominance and submission; then, unease grows ]]> Recently Released 10.13.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26629-recently-released-101315.html After 90 years, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) remains creepy for its suspenseful buildup toward shock, its shadowy cinematography, its madness and its intimation that horror lies at the foundation of our society]]> Recently Release 10.6.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26587-recently-release-10615.html The agency is changing during “Mad Men’s” final season, but not as fast as the world outside its offices. Women are still exploited with little chance of appeal. Don Draper appears restless, eyes rolling as he hears ]]> Recently Released 9.29.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26546-recently-released-92915.html Steve Coogan recalls that his father always tried to be funny, but never was. Little wonder he developed a marvelous deadpan in the face of absurdity. The British comic is one of 60 professional funny people who ]]> Recently Released 9.23.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26500-recently-released-92315.html An unsolicited job offer brings young architect Margaret (Katharine Ross) to England. After an apparently random car accident, Margaret and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott) find themselves stranded in a British castle]]> Recently Released 9.15.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26461-recently-released-91515.html It’s poignant as well as painful: home movies of Glen Campbell’s early life juxtaposed with his reactions, unaware that he’s seeing his children on film—or himself. I’ll Be Me is a candid documentary of the singer]]> Recently Released 9.7.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26398-recently-released-9715.html E.L. Doctorow adapted Daniel from his novel, The Book of Daniel, which reimagined the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case as fiction. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film delves into the New York City Jewish Communist subculture of the 1940s ]]> Recently Released 9.2.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26382-recently-released-9215.html Patrick Stewart gives a compelling performance as Tobi, a lion of the dance world during the ’60s and ’70s, now teaching ballet as he slips deeper into old age. Claiming to be ]]> Recently Released 8.25.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26347-recently-released-82515.html Banksy Does New York The HBO documentary follows the scavenger hunt that ensued when British provocateur Banksy proclaimed himself New York’s artist-in-residen]]> Recently Released 8.18.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26309-recently-released-81815.html Many comedians are never funny when the microphone is off, but by all reports, Chris Farley would do anything for a laugh, onstage and off. The documentary I Am Chris Farley features reminiscences by Adam ]]> Recently Released 8.11.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26274-recently-released-81115.html Gérard Depardieu stars as a respected French financier, candidate for his country’s presidency and bloated sensualist in Welcome to New York. His sex addiction turns monstrous and self-destructive when he assaults an African housekeeper in his New York hotel room and is arrested while waiting for departure at JFK Airport. ]]> Recently Released 8.6.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26234-recently-released-8615.html The serial killer thriller seems played out, but how about one set in Josef Stalin’s Russia? A shadowy killer stalks young boys in Child 44 amidst a gripping recreation of the fearful atmosphere of the Soviet Union ]]> Recently Released 7.30.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26201-recently-released-73015.html Set in Oregon “a few years from now,” The Last Survivors is an impressively dramatized, tautly acted and written story of a world without rain. Haley Lu Richardson stars as a resourceful, resilient teen surviving in the]]> Recently Released 7.21.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26164-recently-released-72115.html Our society’s decline in face-to-face communication reaches new lows when Annie (Melanie Lynskey) employs her therapist to inform husband Otto (Paul Schneider) that she’s filed for divorce. She never let on ]]> Recently Released 7.16.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26124-recently-released-71615.html Josh Hartnett stars as a marine archeologist who falls into a coma following an undersea accident and awakens in a past life (or is it a dream?). He’s now an 18th century Englishman in India, engaged in romance]]> Recently Released: 7.9.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26089-recently-released-7915.html They are odd fellow travelers: Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Silas (Michael Fassbender) together on the trail in this melancholy Western odyssey. Jay is a youthful idealist, an émigré who imagines that he’s in the land ]]> Recently Released: 7.1.15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26055-recently-released-7115.html

Sean Penn co-wrote the screenplay for the foreign-intrigue action thriller, The Gunman, whose interesting plot elements vie with routine story devices. The production is buoyed by strong performances by Penn and Javier Bardem as paid assassins in the humanitarian catastrophe of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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Recently Released: 6.25 - Maggie, Pandas, and Tentacles/Reptilicus http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26019-recently-released-625-maggie-pandas-and-tentacles_reptilicus.html Maggie Could this be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best performance? He is an unshaven, tired-eyed presence in this dystopian vision of a near-future America in the grips of a zombie pandemic. Th]]> Recently Released 6.18 - Four new titles recommended by film critic David Luhrssen. http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25986-recently-released-618-four-new-titles-recommended-by-film-critic-david-luhrssen.html Camp X-Ray A Harry Potter book draws Amy (Kristen Stewart), an MP at Guantanamo, into a conversation with a detainee, Ali (Peyman Moaadi). Funny thing: Amy is the one who never read Harry Pot]]> Recently Released 6.11.15 - Shepherd Express film critic David Luhrssen recommends three recent DVD releases http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25948-recently-released-61115-shepherd-express-film-critic-david-luhrssen-recommends-three-recent-dvd-releases.html Here are some excellent titles chosen by our film critic, recently available for home viewing:Miss Julie The heat is rising on Midsummer’s Eve, 1890, on an Irish country estate as the lovely]]> Recently Released 6.6 - Previewing features recently released on video http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25909-recently-released-66-previewing-features-recently-released-on-video.html    ]]> 'Alice’s Restaurant' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25789-alice%25E2%2580%2599s-restaurant.html The squares look really silly in director Arthur Penn’s 1969 film and the hippies look like they were having all the fun. A closer look reveals drug addiction, complications of free love and low sta]]> 'Scarecrows' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25790-scarecrows.html Those are some ugly looking hunks of straw, sticks and burlap sack covered with resale store rags. And the cemetery they stand guard over is creepy, the abandoned farmhouse has a justifiable “Con]]> "The Midnight Special" http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25791-the-midnight-special.html The latest release from the archives of one of the popular late-night ’70s shows proves that “The Midnight Special” was nothing if not catholic. The TV concert program straddled AM and FM; hit]]> 'The Beat Generation' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25792-the-beat-generation.html The Beat Generation opens with Louis Armstrong berating the Beats in song. “I think you’re headed for the blues,” he declares. It gets wackier from there on this 1959 low-budget indie out on B]]> 'So Bright is the View' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25784-so-bright-is-the-view.html Romanian directors Michaël and Joël Florescu borrowed a page from Abbas Kiarostami and other Iranian neo-realists for So Bright is the View. They shot in long takes, with little movement but often]]> 'Harry & Son' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25785-harry-son.html No longer a young stud actor, Paul Newman dealt with aging by playing older roles. Directing himself in Harry & Son (1984), Newman stars as a construction worker failing in health and hard put t]]> 'Lord of the Flies' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25786-lord-of-the-flies.html Long before “Lost,” a plane crash left survivors stranded on a tropical island. William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies has twice been filmed. Director Harry Hook Americanized his 1990 vers]]> 'Evil Eye' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25787-evil-eye.html An American woman arrives in Rome on vacation. Within hours, her elderly host dies, she is mugged on the street and then witnesses a murder—and no one believes her. Next, she falls into sinister ]]> 'The Sleepwalker' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25740-the-sleepwalker.html Working with an international cast, Norwegian director Mona Fastvold crafts a masterfully low-key psycho-sexual thriller in her debut feature. Sleepwalker’s protagonist, Kaia, is rehabbing her fa]]> 'Broadchurch: The Complete Second Season' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25741-broadchurch-the-complete-second-season.html Rather than a series of disconnected cases a la “Law & Order,” the popular British TV crime drama “Broadchurch” is novelistic with ongoing plotlines of murder and animosity. The setting]]> 'Tales of Terror' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25742-tales-of-terror.html Between the fake fog and a nervous coachman in too much of a hurry to leave before sundown, it’s easy to spot horror ahead. Out on Blu-ray, Tales of Terror (1962) is a trilogy sprung awkwardly to ]]> 'Historic Tanks & Battles of WWII' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25743-historic-tanks-battles-of-wwii.html Aside from a profusion of seldom-seen archival footage, this three-DVD collection of intended-for-television documentaries is valuable for going beyond the narrow confines of its topic. Sure, the S]]> 'American Hercules: Babe Ruth' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25682-american-hercules-babe-ruth.html Martin Sheen narrates this artfully made A&E Network documentary that finds the measure of the man who tore up the record books. According to interviews with biographers and historians, Babe Ru]]> 'Mysteries of the Unseen World' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25683-mysteries-of-the-unseen-world.html This fascinating National Geographic documentary, out on a Blu-ray/DVD set, explores the idea that we are surrounded by things unseen. Much of it is microscopic, from pollen in the air to mites on o]]> 'The Simon Wiesenthal Collection' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25684-the-simon-wiesenthal-collection.html Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, standing outside the walls of a death camp, condemns those who would forget or deny the past. He gives the introduction to the Oscar-winning Hol]]> 'On the Wings of Eagles' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25685-on-the-wings-of-eagles.html The Oscar-winning Argo wasn’t the first screen production loosely based on true stories about rescuing Americans left in the chaos when the Shah fell. This 1986 mini-series portrays Ross Perot (R]]> 'A Most Violent Year' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25638-a-most-violent-year.html ]]> 'The Train' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25639-the-train.html The Nazis were art thieves on a wholesale scale, and even the museums of Paris weren’t spared. Inspired by actual events, this 1964 film (rereleased on DVD with bonus features) is far superior to a ]]> 'The End of the Civil War' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25640-the-end-of-the-civil-war.html Employing historical reenactments, computer imaging, archival photographs and interviews with historians, along with a sensible and balanced narration, “The End of the Civil War” is a well-made do]]> 'The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25641-the-best-of-the-ed-sullivan-show.html As awkward as Richard Nixon, and as powerful in his domain, Ed Sullivan was an unlikely media personality, but ruled broadcast television as the great gatekeeper of entertainment for mainstream audien]]> 'Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25592-late-phases-night-of-the-lone-wolf.html From Adrian Garcia Bogliano, who directed the superb horror film Penumbra, comes an unusual take on the genre. Late Phases is set amidst the vulnerable elderly and examines the fraught relations bet]]> 'Aguirre, The Wrath of God' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25595-aguirre-the-wrath-of-god.html Out now on Blu-ray, this 1972 art-house classic by German director Werner Herzog depicts a gradual descent from bad intentions through madness and deepening hallucination. Klaus Kinski stars as a c]]> 'From the Dark' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25594-from-the-dark.html Something stirs beneath the peat moss of the gray-green Irish countryside. In From the Dark a young couple, lost on the back roads near sundown, seek shelter in a farmhouse from a menacing creature s]]> 'The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Hall of Famers' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25596-the-dean-martin-celebrity-roasts-hall-of-famers.html Dean Martin presided over a series of celebrity roasts with grinning panels of stars sharing the dais. The archive of material has been issued and reissued in various configurations. The latest DVD]]> 'Ships' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25546-ships.html Ali and Eda are disaffected, lonely teenagers with uncertain futures. He shirks off work for dad’s export firm and she is a talented graffiti artist. Amidst the seagulls and the rattling trucks, Ali]]> 'John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25547-john-ford-dreaming-the-quiet-man.html John Ford directed many great westerns, but while looking toward America, his heart was in his parents’ homeland, Ireland. This revealing documentary explores Ford’s most personal film, The Quiet ]]> 'Breathless' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25548-breathless.html Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1960) set the pace for a new generation of filmmakers. 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Daughters of Dolma looks into the lives of a new generation of nuns trying to square a spir]]> 'Thunder Road' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25439-thunder-road.html Robert Mitchum was thoroughly invested in Thunder Road (1958), out on a DVD-Blu-ray set. He wrote the story and co-wrote the theme song as well as playing the protagonist, a moonshine “transporter.]]> 'Song One' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25364-song-one.html After Henry (Ben Rosenfield), a New York subway busker, falls into a coma when struck by a car, his sister Franny (Anne Hathaway) returns from overseas. She decides to check out Henry’s musical insp]]> 'How to Murder Your Wife' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25365-how-to-murder-your-wife.html The battle of the sexes is fought on a silly front in this 1965 comedy about a swinging Manhattan bachelor who wakes up married. The plot is thin but intriguing—if one takes into account the intimac]]> 1969 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25322-1969.html Robert Downey Jr. was just a whippersnapper in 1969 (1988), but the familiar Tony Stark persona of cocky, self-deprecating self-possession was already in place. This coming-of-age (under the threat of]]> Psych-out http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25323-psych-out.html Despite the faux-hippie dialogue, this 1968 period piece from the intersection of Haight and Ashbury has many things going for it. Starters: Jack Nicholson, whose rock star swagger cuts through the bu]]> This Ain’t No Mouse Music http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25324-this-ain%25E2%2580%2599t-no-mouse-music.html Arriving in America as a teenage World War II refugee, Chris Strachwitz was knocked out by the music—the stuff with soul. He devoted his life to collecting and recording in many genres, from klezmer]]> 'Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Seasons 3, 4 & 5' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25325-pee-wee%25E2%2580%2599s-playhouse-seasons-3-4-5.html The surprising success of Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) spawned one of that era’s memorable children’s TV shows, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” The final three seasons, all 23 epis]]> 'The Carol Burnett Show: Together Again' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25281-the-carol-burnett-show-together-again.html As with many old TV programs, Carol Burnett’s long-running variety show (1967-1978) keeps finding its way onto DVD in new configurations. “Together Again” includes three complete episodes, prefa]]> The Captive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25278-the-captive.html Atom Egoyan’s The Captive is both challenging and disturbing—the latter for its subject and the former for refusing to be linear. The Captive moves backwards and forwards as it assembles its story]]> Eat Drink Man Woman http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25279-eat-drink-man-woman.html Ang Lee went on to become one of the world’s great directors for films as varied as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. He introduced himself to the world with this Chinese-langua]]> Don’t Look Now http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25280-don%25E2%2580%2599t-look-now.html Director Nicolas Roeg adapted Daphne du Maurier’s ghost story and transformed it into something larger—a study in synchronicity, the psychology of the paranormal and the possibility that the ghost]]> Blacula / Scream Blacula Scream http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25229-blacula-scream-blacula-scream.html ]]> The Liberator http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25228-the-liberator.html ]]> Syncopation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25230-syncopation.html It’s a love story, a light-hearted history of jazz and a historical oddity. Syncopation (1942) traces the music’s origin from Africa through slavery and New Orleans up the river to Chicago. Some s]]> Out on Digital: Lucy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25169-out-on-digital-lucy.html Morgan Freeman raises the gravitas level as an evolutionary biologist investigating the untapped potential of the human brain. Scarlett Johansson is well cast as a student who ingests a new drug int]]> Home Movies/ Out on Digital: Pork Chop Hill http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25170-home-movies_-out-on-digital-pork-chop-hill.html Lewis Milestone directed the seminal war film, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). Decades later, he helmed one of the better movies on the Korean War, Pork Chop Hill (1959). 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Gene Autry Collection 9 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24853-gene-autry-collection-9.html Gene Autry was a restrained screen presence, to put it tactfully, but he loved to sing. The latest DVD collection of restored Autry movies features the singing cowboy and his faithful horse, Champion,]]> The Trip to Italy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24776-the-trip-to-italy.html
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Frontera http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24580-frontera.html When pampered millennials play militia trying to scare off Mexicans crossing the border, they accidently kill the wife of a former sheriff. Guess who gets blamed? Frontera dramatizes desperation and h]]> Rope of Sand http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24581-rope-of-sand.html Much of the Casablanca crew regrouped for Rope of Sand (1949). While the magic (and Humphrey Bogart) were missing, it’s a well-made effort in classic Hollywood style. Claude Rains is suavely duplici]]> Edith Wharton: The Sense of Harmony http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24582-edith-wharton-the-sense-of-harmony.html Edith Wharton is known for The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, novels of upperclass New York turned into films. But as writer-director Elizabeth Lennard shows in her informative documentary, ]]> The Long Goodbye http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24544-the-long-goodbye.html One of Robert Altman’s standout films, The Long Goodbye (1973) was a contemporary adaptation of the Raymond Chandler story and a sly send-up of Hollywood in the Chandler era. Elliott Gould is unfo]]> Miss Marple: Volume One http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24545-miss-marple-volume-one.html “Poirot” will probably be remembered as the classic Agatha Christie TV mystery, but another series set in the same era, “Miss Marple,” is as superb. The best iteration, a BBC production orig]]> To Kill a Man http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24543-to-kill-a-man.html A gang of thugs down the street from his home harasses Jorge; their ringleader shoots his son, is given a short prison sentence and returns with vengeance in mind. Chilean writer-director Alejandro Fe]]> Manuscripts Don’t Burn http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24532-manuscripts-don%25E2%2580%2599t-burn.html ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 4 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24490-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-4.html ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 27 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24463-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-27.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 20 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24416-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-20.html The Dark Half is a Castle Rock version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde based on one of King’s favorite themes: the dark]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 13 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24372-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-13.html Venus in Fur gone awry. Mathieu Amalric is the harassed director and Emmanuelle Seigner an actress at casting call. She]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24315-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-5.html Mona Lisa is Missing—a snappy, bright investigation into the 1911 theft of the world’s most famous painting. The thief, Italian immigrant Vincenzo Peruggia, claimed patriotic motives. Looking deeper, Medeiros interviewed Peruggia’s descendants, poured]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 30 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24284-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-30.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 21 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24221-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-21.html Restrepo was the signal documentary of America’s intervention in Afghanistan. With Korengal, the director revisits that same remote outpost, focusing this time on the recollections of soldiers who served there. The starkly beautiful surrounding mountains with rough, wooded]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24190-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-15.html Sacrament follows the crew of an “edgy” Internet TV channel as they make a documentary on a sect that moved from the U.S. to a remote jungle. Inspired by the real-life Peoples Temple, director Ti West understands the compelling message of the]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 8 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24153-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-8.html A washed-up TV host (Pierce Brosnan) pauses before jumping from a tall building in London. Next thing he knows, three other wannabe suicides line up behind him: a failed grunge musician (Aaron Paul), a hard-pressed mom (Toni Collette) and a drug-addled club girl (Imogen Poots). Based on the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 2 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24110-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-2.html In this 1977 Italian crime drama (released on Blu-ray), an extortionist preys on shopkeepers by blowing up their businesses. As the body count climbs, a police inspector forms a “special squad” of young dudes on motorcycles to pursue leads—and the criminals—down the winding streets

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 24 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24067-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-24.html Summer in February. The setting is similar: England, 1913, where the young and wealthy could afford to break some rules. Stevens plays best friend to painter Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper); both are in love with]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 18 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24035-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-18.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 8 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23947-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-8.html God’s Pocket. Given his death soon afterward, one wonders if he was acting or just not feeling well? And yet, he dominates this shaggy dog, retro urban drama with his Marlon Brando mumble and hunched shoulders]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 3 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23910-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-3.html Phantom of the Opera, Phantom of the Paradise stars Muppet-haired ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 28 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23885-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-28.html In Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s acclaimed 1999 film (out on Blu-ray), a Teheran television crew finds its way to a remote village to film local funeral ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 18 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23828-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-18.html Shades of Vertigo haunt director Arie Posin’s The Face of Love—along with memories kept by Nikki (Annette Bening) of her husband, Garrett (Ed Harris). Imagine her surprise when, five years after his death, she spots his exact double. Yearning turns to fantasy and fantasy into emotionally ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 12 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23793-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-12.html  Dangerous games are played on all sides and duplicity is everywhere in Israeli director Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem. Tense and economical, without a wasted moment, Bethlehem is a police procedural and psychological study of the Palestinian uprising. Explored are the necessities of war, the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 7 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23778-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-7.html  Scarlett Johansson plays a stiletto-heeled extraterrestrial sexual predator, luring young men into an erotic dance of death. British director Jonathan Glazer (Birth) produced a visually astonishing film, acutely aware of light and sound (as well as their absence). The story is opaque yet conveys the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 30 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23724-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-30.html  Elaine Stritch emerged in the 1940s as a brassy, belting voice on the Broadway stage and remained active into the 21st century, playing Alec Baldwin’s mother on “30 Rock” and winning a Tony for her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. This documentary follows Stritch as she strides

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 21 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23673-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-21.html  Johnny, an aging ’70s punk guitarist, meets his old bandmates at a funeral and presses them into reforming. They sound good, but their old label declares them as not right for the “tweeners to twenties” demographic. Undeterred, they form a band of teenage nobodies to lip-sync their demo in

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 17 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23663-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-17.html  Forest Whitaker is commanding as the furtive giant Angel Sanchez, a deeply disturbed man who seeks help from Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie). A smooth-talking, bestselling life coach, proffering truths along with New Age jive, Tommy has rewritten his past to conform to his chosen

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23624-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-10.html  The setup is ’80s horror: the bold house whose newly arrived family experiences strange goings on—the teens see it, not their myopic parents. Dark images flit at the edge of sight; jolting moments of fright; a curse clings to the place like mold… What’s interesting about Haunt is the striking

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 3 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23588-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-3.html  Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Oscars, Ernest & Celestine is drawn in spare lines, pale colors and luminous shadows. It’s a children’s story about the enmity between mice and bears, and how one daring child mouse steps across the barrier. The message is clear

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 23 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23528-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-23.html  Judi Dench is magnificent as a scowling secondary school teacher, cynical about her delinquent students and dim colleagues, and envious of the magnetic new art teacher (Cate Blanchett). They become friends, but friendship turns to intrusive jealousy as the older woman blackmails the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 19 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23517-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-19.html Nicolas Cage was among his generation’s most promising actors, but he’s spent most of his career playing dumb. Joe, his best film in a decade, is a Southern story of redneck violence, rural poverty and warped family ties. Cage plays the title role, a hard-working ex-con who falls in with a

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23427-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-10.html  In this hilarious 2013 comedy, Steve Coogan plays a DJ in love with the sound of his own voice, a talk-show host juggling the banalities of contemporary life. Alan Partridge is a tale of white-collar anxiety as a profits-only corporation buys the radio station, spewing jargon about

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23407-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-5.html  In her directorial debut, Whoopi Goldberg explores an African American comedian who influenced her greatly, Moms Mabley. Looking toothless, wearing jarringly colored outfits and speaking in Deep South black cadences, Mabley was a startling sight when she surfaced on network TV in the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 28 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23365-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-28.html  The 1960s were the last time westerns dominated TV programming. “Cimarron Strip” (1967-1968) was one of the better examples of the genre from that period. It stared iron-faced Stuart Whitman as a U.S. Marshal in a frontier town, holding the line against psychotics and hardened

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 22 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23327-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-22.html  Geoffrey Rush plays Virgil, a man whose sad, creased face hides many secrets. His loneliness barely masked by towering hauteur, Virgil is an art appraiser-auctioneer called into a half-ruined villa to evaluate the contents. Curiosity and, eventually, desire draw him into a fraught relationship with

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 14 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23278-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-14.html  Claude Chabrol emerged from the French new wave with a devotion to technical proficiency and classical narrative lacked by his peers. In the mid-’80s Chabrol turned to the detective novels of Dominique Roulet for two stylish films and a pair of TV specials collected on a new Blu-ray set

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23258-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-10.html  The Clash began as one of rock ’n’ roll’s great hopes and ended as a bloated caricature. Filled with archival footage and conflicting interviews with eyewitnesses, Danny Garcia’s documentary explores what went wrong. Different answers are offered: maybe it was the machinations of manager

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 30 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23211-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-30.html  A young boy is found dead on the beach of a remote British town, a place where the land ends in sheer bluffs above the sea. Newly arrived Detective Inspector

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 21 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23153-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-21.html  Enigmatic and fascinating, A Touch of Sin tells several complementary stories from contemporary China. Director Jia Zhangke exposes the country’s odd juxtaposition of Confucianism, communism and capitalism. In A Touch of Sin, China is a place of crime and violence, migrant labor and stern

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 14 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23111-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-14.html  Unprotected sex is the monster in this horror flick, where careless club life leads the young protagonist Samantha (Najarra Townsend) into the inhibition-free oblivion of alcohol. She ends the night in a sexual encounter she barely

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 9 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23092-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-9.html  This Swinging London period piece was long known mainly to record collectors for its George Harrison soundtrack. Out now on Blu-ray, Wonderwall (1968) follows a myopic, daffy scientist (Jack MacGowran) with Einstein hair and lab coat as he discovers a wilder, more colorful world while spying

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 3 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23050-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-3.html “Monsters” ran for three seasons (1988-1991) but like the vampires that were its occasional guest spots, it enjoyed an afterlife—on syndication and the Sci-Fi Channel. All 72 episodes are included on a DVD set. Half-hour long in the tradition of “Twilight Zone,” they tell compact stories of

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Mar 27 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22940-home-movies_out-on-digital-mar-27.html  Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, this Belgian movie deals with familiar subjects: the idyll of love, the unexpected arrival of a child, the death of that little girl from cancer and the recriminations that follow. What’s distinct in The Broken Circle Breakdown is the setting: the banjo-fired

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Mar 20 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22874-home-movies_out-on-digital-mar-20.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Mar 13 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22833-home-movies_out-on-digital-mar-13.html  Bad actions have terrible consequences when a lavish-living lawyer (Michael Fassbender) falls into the orbit of the drug traffickers he represents. Written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) and directed by Ridley Scott, The Counselor is a superb contemporary film noir set in a bleak

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Mar. 4 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22744-home-movies_out-on-digital-mar-4.html  Helena Bonham Carter is magnificent—and well out of her recent wacko-role comfort zone—as Elizabeth Taylor in this believable dramatization of a troubled 1983 Broadway run with Richard Burton. Her Taylor is emotionally demanding and alcohol frazzled; Dominic West is credible as Burton

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Feb. 25 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22714-home-movies_out-on-digital-feb-25.html Bad Dreams opens in a ’70s commune whose charismatic leader preaches peace, love—and mass suicide. Thirteen years later, the sole survivor, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin), awakens from a coma in a mental hospital. The group therapy meant to help her “fit into the ’80s” isn’t the only problem

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Feb. 18 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22678-home-movies_out-on-digital-feb-18.html  Comedians and musicians helped Amnesty International reach the masses with its mission to free political prisoners. For its 50th anniversary show, shot live at Radio City Music Hall, Amnesty recruited Coldplay and Mumford & Sons but focused on comedy with stand-up by Ben Stiller and Sarah

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Feb. 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22625-home-movies_out-on-digital-feb-10.html  Original Pickup line: “You wouldn’t happen to have an aspirin, would you?” James (Liev Schreiber) asks Nina (Jeanne Tripplehorn) at an airport lounge. Nine years later and living in a five-star Amsterdam loft, their perfect marriage disintegrates when she discovers his infidelity. A Perfect Man

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Feb. 6 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22588-home-movies_out-on-digital-feb-6.html   Blue Caprice, 2002 Beltway Sniper Attacks, John Allen Muhammad, Isaiah Washington, Lee Malvo, Tequan Richmond, The Prey, Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Fredric March, John Barrymore, Robert Louis Stevenson, David Luhrssen

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Jan. 29 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22574-home-movies_out-on-digital-jan-29.html  As Eva, Julia Louis-Dreyfus displays her comedic talent, but James Gandolfini is the surprise as Albert, an amiable bear of a man with a sense of humor and a vulnerable heart. The charming if rambling, chatty story captures the uncertain first steps of middle-age romance. Naturally, there is

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Jan. 20 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22515-home-movies_out-on-digital-jan-20.html  A cast of stars (Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman) reads passages from writings on Marilyn Monroe and from her own letters, diaries and jottings. Most of what emerges in this impressionistic chronicle of her life is familiar. She loved learning, was dedicated to mastering the art of acting

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Jan. 16 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22493-home-movies_out-on-digital-jan-16.html  Chet Baker’s lonesome trumpet hovers over Let’s Get Lost, a scattered yet ultimately moving documentary on the “James Dean of jazz.” Baker didn’t know how near death he was when the film was shot in 1988; he obviously enjoyed the attention but the shadow of heroin was never far off. Along

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Jan. 6 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22438-home-movies_out-on-digital-jan-6.html  Poetic, laconic and elliptical, director David Lowery conjures some of the spirit of early Terrence Malick. Set in a dusty Texas town in the early ’70s, the story follows a romantic outlaw with more persistence than good sense (Casey Affleck) on the run from the law and other criminals, but devoted

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 30 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22415-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-30.html  The debut feature film by Iranian expatriate visual artist Shirin Neshat concerns four women struggling for autonomy against violent patriarchy, sexual

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 23 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22384-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-23.html  With a frown as deep as a trench, Frank “The Fixer” (Steven Van Zandt) is a New York mobster who turns government witness on one condition: the FBI relocate him with a new identity to Lillehammer, Norway, a remote town he remembers from the 1994 Winter Olympics. Naturally, he comes

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22332-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-15.html Renoir with the honeyed sunlight and sensuous curves of a Pierre-Auguste Renoir canvas, yet the film is only half about the great Impressionist. The painter’s son, future film director Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion), is convalescing from World War I in his father’s]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 8 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22294-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-8.html

 The cultural cross-connections are fascinating in this rambling documentary. A 1960 instrumental by the British group The Shadows, later covered by The Ventures, found its way into the 1973 album by the Incredible Bongo Band, a bi-racial American-Canadian studio session organized by one-time

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 1 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22253-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-1.html  When The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill began investigating civilian deaths in an off-the-books U.S. night raid in Afghanistan, the thread of clues led to a startling conclusion. A secretive military force reporting directly to the White House, the Joint Special Operations Command, has been conducting an

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 25 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22222-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-25.html  Next to The Beatles, The Byrds were the biggest, most influential band of their day. Gene Clark was their main songwriter and when he left in 1966, The Byrds

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 18 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22170-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-18.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 12 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22145-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-12.html  Director Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) sets William Shakespeare’s deathless comedy of romance as a sparring contest in a contemporary mode but without sacrificing the words. The Shakespearean dialogue sounds natural coming from a cast as unaffected as that of a

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 6 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22096-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-6.html  Byzantium is a neatly drawn, elegantly filmed contemporary Gothic story with long, twisted roots. Director Neil Jordan had dramatized the undead before (Interview with a Vampire). Here, the story centers around mother-daughter vampires on the run (for centuries) from the Brotherhood, a

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 28 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22040-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-28.html  It was meant as the non-arena show: Earlier this year, Morrissey chose to play the intimate, 1,800-seat auditorium of Hollywood High School after selling out the Staples Center the night before. Most of 25 Live was shot at the smaller venue, where the singer whose songs have affected his

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 22 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22017-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-22.html  This Discovery Channel series didn’t need to venture to Africa to find wild kingdoms. The nature documentary found plenty of fascinating footage in America’s backyard. Tom Selleck narrates this breathlessly paced show, offering close-ups of hammerhead sharks preying on other sharks just off

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 15 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21979-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-15.html  With a smile that casts deep shadows and a courtly Old World demeanor barely masking the madness in his eyes, Bela Lugosi plays a country doctor with dark secrets in this 1940 low-budget horror picture (out on Blu-ray). In a laboratory stocked with foaming beakers and arcing electricity, the doctor conducts

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21950-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-10.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 2 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21892-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-2.html “Beware of strangers in strange places” might be the motto of this Australian film about a tourist who vanishes while on vacation in Cambodia. Nicely shot and edited, the non-linear story builds toward its climax in back-and-forth movement between the ill-fated trip and its aftermath. A quietly 

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 24 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21851-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-24.html  Julianne Moore is believable as an inspiring educator in her high school classroom but a lonely heart at home. Literature has set a high bar of manhood that the puerile, arrogant, dim guys she meets can never reach. Life gets more exciting when a male former student returns with

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 18 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21804-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-18.html  More interesting than the zombies are the human survivors. In the third Living Dead movie by George Romero—the man most responsible for the space occupied in our imagination by zombies—mad science clashes with military madness, and fatalism with determination, as the sane among

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 11 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21768-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-11.html John is usually credited as the avant-garde Beatle, but this documentary argues persuasively for Paul. In the mid-’60s, when Lennon retreated to suburbia, McCartney lived in London and circulated in a milieu of Beat writing and Op Art. Much has been made of Lennon’s encounter with the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 3 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21715-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-3.html  Manhattan provides a handsome backdrop to the U.S. remake of the brilliant BBC series “Sherlock.” In “Elementary,” Holmes is an expat and a recovering alcoholic. Dr. Watson is his rehab therapist. Jonny Lee Miller plays a shaggier, gaunter Holmes than we’ve seen before, but he’s still a match for criminals.

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 22 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21662-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-22.html  What’s more degrading: the objectification of beauty pageants or confinement to the housewife role? The question confronts the women of this documentary, split between Miss India contestant classes and a Hindu nationalist girls camp. The beauty queens gain self-confidence (narcissism?)

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 14 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21625-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-14.html  The book was better, but in his best moments, director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) evokes the birth of the Beats as a quest for experience through literature and liquor (and other drugs), in sex and wild flights of jazz, and the pursuit of adventure on the open road—before

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21570-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-5.html  Elvis may have been the star of his first movie, but he played only a supporting role in this post-Civil War drama. Love Me Tender (1956), out now on Blu-ray, was a competent B movie from the old studio system, with

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 30 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21552-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-30.html  Perhaps the hand of executive producer Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) is discernable in the future-is-now backdrop for this British crime drama. Many cool visual moments—London in glass and steel and a man chasing motorbikes on foot—dress up an ordinary action tale with impossible violence

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 21 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21489-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-21.html  Long before the current cycle of movies made from comic books, Wes Craven directed Swamp Thing (1982). Drawn from the DC universe, the Thing is a

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 14 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21454-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-14.html  Matthew Lewis’ novel The Monk (1796), a milestone in gothic fiction, is brought to life in French director Dominik Moll’s elegantly filmed adaptation. Capucin Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel) is the most acclaimed preacher in

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 12 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21448-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-12.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 1 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21386-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-1.html  In South Korean director Im Sang-soo’s The Taste of Money, the bright lights of Seoul cannot eclipse the darkness at society’s heart. In a family drama that reaches a Shakespearean pitch, a young assistant is drawn into the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 23 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21346-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-23.html  With the 1976 “Wings Over America” tour, Paul McCartney reached the pinnacle of post-Beatles commercial success. Rockshow, the tour documentary, is finally out on DVD and Blu-ray. The still youthful McCartney opens the performance with “Rock Show,” an evocation of the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 20 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21337-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-20.html  The lost highway of which Hank Williams sang is the visual motif in The Last Ride, a fictionalized story of that final road trip ending in Williams’ death on New Year’s Day, 1953. Told from the perspective of the naïve kid (Jesse

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21238-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-10.html  In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in Virginia on charges of being married—the problem was he was white and she was black. Convicted of a felony for miscegenation, the couple were banished from Virginia.

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 6 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21200-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-6.html  In the whimsical indie romantic comedy Dorfman in Love, frumpy Deb Dorfman (Sara Rue) thinks she finally has her

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 27 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21132-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-27.html Home Moves/Out on Digital: May 20 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21089-home-moves_out-on-digital-may-20.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 16 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21058-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-16.html  The 1974 film by Italy’s Fernando Di Leo was just the thing Quentin Tarantino devoured in his formative years. It’s a crime drama, populated by quirky-funny gangsters and corrupt cops (who won’t cross certain lines), speaking

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 7 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21019-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-7.html  Russell Crowe towers over Broken City as the power-mad mayor of New York; Mark Wahlberg is capable as the hard-charging ex-cop-cum-PI he hires to

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 1 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20988-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-1.html  Vietnam was the quicksand France fell into after World War II and America soon followed. Pulitzer Prize-winner Peter Arnett's documentary is a fair-minded overview of the costly, confused struggle that cost hundreds

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 25 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20969-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-25.html Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19136-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html This conspiracy thriller is surprisingly credible and features the best Nicolas Cage performance in years. Following his wife's (Jones) brutal rape, English teacher Will Gerard (Cage), accepts the sort of offer you can't refuse from a stranger...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of May 14 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18669-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-may-14.html Gina Carano, the star of Haywire, is a real-life mixed martial arts fighter. Unlike most waif-like actresses cast in similar roles, at 5'8" and 145 pounds, Carano looks like the real McCoy. When she defeats any number of male assailants, her brute strength...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18047-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html The issue of a woman raped by a pair of lusty gods, when we meet Theseus (Henry Cavill), he is a grown man who clings to his mommy, and has learned the fighting arts from a kindly sage (John Hurt) serving as his father figure...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for Feb. 28 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17902-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-feb-28.html The undeniably handsome Hugo draws visual poetry from both its storyline and its setting in a Parisian train station. Adapted from Brian Selznick's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the film's first half depicts the travails of orphaned 12-year-old...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17744-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html This ensemble production trades plausibility for a shot at winning a congeniality award. Stiller plays Josh Kovacs, building manager of a Trump-like Tower. His daily pep talk to staff reminds them that security and service distinguish...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for Jan. 27 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17491-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-jan-27.html Author Mark Obmascik became interested in the Big Year, a 365-day bird-watching marathon, because it sends birders crisscrossing North America to sight the highest possible number of avian species. Each birder spends a small...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Home Video Releases: 01/10/12 to 01/23/12 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17436-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-home-video-releases-01_10_12-to-01_23_12.html "Moneyball" views pro baseball from an insider's perspective, observing opposing camps caught in the seismic shift ushering in a new era. The film opens in 2001. After losing their championship bid and small roster of star players...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17260-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html In the fifth installment of the long-lived Final Destination franchise, a group of young people escapes a horrific death, then slowly realize that death continues to stalk them. The same premise informs all five films. A young man foresees a terrible...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17120-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html We meet Cataleya as a child in Columbia where she escapes a brutal crime lord who murders her parents. She gains entry to the U.S. and moves in with her uncle Emilio (Cliff Curtis), an assassin. Fifteen years later, Cataleya has learned his trade, and has...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16962-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html Adapted from a graphic novel by Scott Mitchell, this sci-fi movie examines mankind's ability to fight back when extraterrestrials invade an isolated western town during the 1800s. Cowboys & Aliens offers few surprises, but...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16828-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html The final "Harry Potter" movie clocks in at 131 minutes, short for this franchise. Along with their original fan base, the central trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron, has grown into young...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16636-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html This glossy production details Captain America's origins, casting Chris Evans as skinny weakling Steve Rogers (played by Evans using trick photography), who is transformed into a supersoldier via the injection of a top secret formula...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Weeks of 8/30 through 9/06/11 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15996-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-weeks-of-8_30-through-9_06_11.html Disney continues to mine the possibilities presented by high school drama with several intersecting stories that culminate in prom night. The main throughline follows popular...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15247-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html Deceptively framed as a science fiction yarn, Battle: Los Angeles is a loud and shallow, soldier-boy flick. Though no documentary exists within the framework of this story, the narrative unfolds docu-style, via jittery handheld cameras capturing incomprehensible action. Invading extraterrestrials shoot at civilians...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15092-out-on-blu-ray_dvd.html The 1972 movie starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent is rebooted with Jason Statham and Ben Foster as the seasoned assassin, and assassin-in-training, respectively. The story's complex relationships are credibly updated, but the effort is undermined by storytelling clichés. Statham's velvety voice and intense focus enhance the right role, and he's found one...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the Weeks of 4/19 through 5/2/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14689-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-weeks-of-4_19-through-5_2_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html There's nothing to dislike or like about this Disney-clean rendition of "Small-town-girl-makes-good-on-Broadway." Tisdale, 26, looks older than Sharpay, the 18-year-old owner of a "to-dye-for" pink wardrobe and a charming Yorki named Boi, all provided by her millionaire daddy. Once in the Big Apple...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the Weeks of 4/5 through 4/15/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14523-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-weeks-of-4_5-through-4_15_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Though a box-office dud when released in 1982, Tron's cult following now includes gamers and fanboys. In chapter one, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) disappeared. No one knows he was digitized inside a computer, and has lived there ever since. In the sequel...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the Weeks of 3/29 - 4/4/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14413-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-weeks-of-3_29-4_4_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Natalie Portman took The Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Nina, a hard-working ballerina determined to grab her moment in the spotlight. Nina lives to please Thomas (Cassel), the ballet company's frequently scowling, sometimes...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 3/01 - 3/07/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14128-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-3_01-3_07_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Freshly released from prison, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) runs several miles to reach his muscle car (a black 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS with white stripes), cached in a junk yard. He pilots the vehicle at top speed, and within minutes...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 02/09/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13979-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-02_09_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Writer-director Woody Allen's film recent is set in London. This time, two couples investigate futures without their spouses. Brolin leads the ensemble, portraying Roy, a writer unable to produce a second successful novel. Instead of writing, Roy pursues his young, pretty neighbor (Pinto)...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 02/08 - 02/14/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13892-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-02_08-02_14_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Twenty-five years after his groundbreaking Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven returns to the teen slasher genre. The film presents us with "The Ripper," a serial killer possessed by a demon that could be linked to any of seven local children born in the minutes immediately following the...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 02/01 - 02/07/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13822-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-02_01-02_07_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html When a classroom of 12-year-olds learns they are clones that will be sacrificed to extend the lives of their "originals," the children barely react. This adaptation, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, takes us through an alternate universe set in the U.K. during the '80s and '90s. We meet three clones closely linked by their shared upbringing at a boarding school for their kind. At 18, Kathy H (Carey Mulligan) and friends, Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield)...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 01/25 - 01/31/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13769-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-01_25-01_31_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html You'd never guess the film RED is adapted from a three-issue comic book published in 2003 and 2004, by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, even though a gaudy floral postcard introduces Miami, Washington DC, and Mobile Alabama. The slight story gathers a half-dozen retired operatives for one last mission. Though gun battles occur regularly, emphasis is placed on the ability to improvise and smarts over beauty. 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While working, local sheriff Julie Forester (Elisabeth Shue) assigns her eldest, teen Jake (Steven McQueen, grandson of...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 1/04 - 01/10/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13550-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-1_04-01_10_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Those fond of '70s B-movies may enjoy this Robert Rodriguez flick, but those anticipating a satire will be disappointed. Because the hero played by actor Danny Trejo (the director's cousin) prefers a machete to a machine gun, the film views him as an honorable avenger. Rodriguez's cartoonish tale rarely winks at the...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 2/28/10 - 01/03/11 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13480-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-2_28_10-01_03_11-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Paul W. S. Anderson writes and frequently directs his wife, Milla Jovovich, who stars in the pair's moneymaking franchise for a fourth time. The actress plays Alice, a heroine owing her super strength to the Umbrella Corporation's T-virus. Engineered to create the ultimate soldier, the virus instead turned...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 12/21/10 - 12/27/10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13440-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-12_21_10-12_27_10.html Little acting is required of Angelina Jolie as a CIA Agent who may also be a Russian terrorist -- but the actress makes good use of her killer stare. After being outed as a terrorist by Russian defector Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski), Salt morphs into a one-woman army. At the behest of G-Man William Peabody...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 12/14/10 - 12/20/10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13439-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-12_14_10-12_20_10.html Ferrell gets his geek on as NYC detective Allen Gamble. Because his investigations consist of forensic accounting on a computer, Gamble is on the bottom rung of his NYC Precinct's detective hierarchy. He idolizes precinct hotshots, Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) and Danson (Dwayne Johnson), but when the...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 12/07/10 - 12/13/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13243-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-12_07_10-12_13_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Dropping its hero, big green ogre Shrek, into an alternate universe, this fourth chapter of the popular DreamWork's franchise is able to reconsider the fates and fortunes of its primary characters. Shrek's (Michael Myers) birthday, celebrated with friends, ogre wife Fiona (Cameron Diaz), and their three...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 11/30/10 - 12/06/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13217-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-11_30_10-12_06_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html The idea behind Knight and Day was to drop a pretty couple into a screwball romance that is frequently interrupted by attempts on their lives. However, the inept script and a lack of chemistry between the players, fail to persuade. Cruise is in his element when the plot calls for action sequences, supplying...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 11/22/10 - 11/29/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13086-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-11_22_10-11_29_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html When actor Joaquin Phoenix claimed he had quit acting to become a rapper, he and friend Casey Affleck, made a documentary recording Joaquin's efforts to persuade a doubtful press and public. As the film progresses, we must conclude that Joaquin is both incredibly human and dull, despite the fact that he...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 11/16/10 - 11/22/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13119-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-11_16_10-11_22_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html "The Last Airbender," a film based on Nickelodeon's popular animated series, is influenced by Asian philosophy. Their fantasy world is divided into four nations, one dedicated to water, one to earth, another to fire and another to air. Each nation's inhabitants aspire to "bend" their element. Earth benders...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 11/09/10 - 11/15/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12937-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-11_09_10-11_15_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) exemplifies the post-teen slacker. He's an aimless, unemployed 22-year-old, playing bass in a garage band and dating 17-year-old Catholic schoolgirl, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). The film insinuates Scott's problems stem from stunted...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - For the week of 11/02/10 - 11/08/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12882-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-for-the-week-of-11_02_10-11_08_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Andy's toys stick together when deprived of human companionship, but like dogs, they happily abandon one another when human society returns. As Andy (John Morris) readies himself for college, his toys must consider life without him. Favorite toy, Woody (Tom Hanks) the cowboy, is gratified to learn he...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 10/26/10 - 11/01/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12785-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-10_26_10-11_01_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html The four Alien films are nicely collected on Blu-ray with tons of included special features. It may be overkill, but it's fun by the ton. The films can be viewed in their original theatrical formats or with an additional 15-40 minutes of footage. The anthology, spanning 400 years, each scenario Sigourney...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 10/19/10 - 10/28/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12700-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-10_19_10-10_28_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Robert Rodriguez penned the Predators script in 1995 at Fox Studio's request, as the sequel to John McTiernan's 1987 Predator. That film, budgeted at $18 million, made an $80 million-plus profit. After filming two lower budget sequels, Fox execs remembered Rodriguez's script, and decided to exercise...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 10/05/10 - 10/11/10 (Ratings out of Four Stars) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12768-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-10_05_10-10_11_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html In this reboot, when Freddy Krueger murders sleeping teens in their dreams, the killings materialize in the waking world. To stay alive, these latest teens must remain awake, employing creative strategies to do so. The new Elm Street gang consists of: artistic Nancy (Rooney Mara), heavily medicated Quentin...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 9/28 - 10/05/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12456-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-9_28-10_05_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html French director Thomas Balmes has made a nature study featuring human babies. His subjects laugh, cry, play, and reach the traditional milestones marking toddlerhood during a journey that follows four infants from different cultures. Each baby is born into a well-off family relative to its community. Ponijao of...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 09/28/09 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12338-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-09_28_09-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Eager to escape King Richard's Third Crusade, Robin and his friends (including Little John played by Kevin Durand) are in the process of fleeing the soldiers' rank when they happen upon a group of dead knights, including dying Sir Robert Loxley (Douglas Hodge) of Nottingham. They don the knights...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 9/14 - 9/20/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12296-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-9_14-9_20_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Based on a video game of the same name, this Jerry Bruckheimer produced, Disney film adaptation, is a fantasy epic. The film moves quickly, leaping over expository dialog to revel in its sixth century characters. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Prince Dastan, an orphan adopted as a child by King Sharaman...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 08/31 - 9/06/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12193-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-08_31-9_06_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Michael Douglas returns as Wall Street's Gordon Gekko on Sept. 24, but for now mean-Michael is on display in the biting drama, Solitary Man. He appears as disgraced car dealer Ben Kalmen. Ben's rapier wit and candor partially disguise his impossible narcissism. Poised on the precipice of disaster, Ben's...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 8/31 - 9/06/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12115-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-8_31-9_06_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html At 11 am PST, everyone on earth falls unconscious for two minutes. During the global blackout, each person glimpses his life six months from now. This shared experience becomes everyone's focus in a story unfolding week by week. With 10 episodes in the can and declining...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 8/24 - 8/30/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12084-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-8_24-8_30_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html After a zombiefying virus sweeps the land, two men and one woman seek refuge in the countryside. Isolated and frightened, their anxiety grows as throngs of mindless reanimated dead grasp at them while they make food runs into an abandoned town. Days pass and the zombies learn to kill and eat animal...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 08/17 - 08/22/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12000-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-08_17-08_22_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html One look at the cover art of HBO's Temple Grandin is enough to either put you off, or pique your interest. It depicts Claire Danes in a Shirley Temple moptop and a cowgirl shirt straight out of the '40s. The retro getup replicates real-life Temple Grandin's favored wear, and seems to belie her heroism to...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 08/10 - 08/16/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11888-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-08_10-08_16_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Knowing that the public will buy what our idols wear, celebrities are frequently outfitted at no charge. The logical next step has marketers secretly repeating the strategy using your most fashionable friends. Steve and Kate Jones (David Duchovny and Demi Moore), along with their irresistibly attractive teens...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 08/03 - 08/09/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11817-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-08_03-08_09_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Tired of being pushed around by bullies, high school student Dave Lizewski (Johnson), purchases a wet suit and sets out to exact revenge in the guise of "Kick-Ass." His first encounter is a disaster that teaches Dave he'll need to toughen up. Soon Dave's ass-kicking inspires others to follow in his footsteps...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 7/27 - 08/01/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11745-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-7_27-08_01_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html In the near future, the rich extend their lives using robotic spare parts sold by a corporation calling itself the Union. Organs cost upwards of $600,000 and are financed at 19% interest. Pitchman Frank (Liev Schreiber) persuades the reluctant to sign on the dotted line. The corporation uses repo men to reclaim...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 7/20 - 07/26/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11716-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-7_20-07_26_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html The screen adaptation of Andy Diggle's DC Comics/Vertigo series, casts Zoe Saldana as a kick-ass heroine. A militia of five special ops soldiers observe school-aged children on the premises of a Bolivian drug lord's compound. When they radio their superior Max, asking him to delay the imminent bombing of...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 7/13 - 07/19/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11622-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-7_13-07_19_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Ben Stiller slips into the skin of Roger Greenberg, an unhappy, underachieving, defensive 40-year-old confronting what might have been, and what might still be possible. Greenberg once walked away from success, leaving behind a record label deal and a pair of perplexed band mates to become a carpenter in...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 7/06 - 07/12/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11537-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-7_06-07_12_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html In Brooklyn's Finest, the relatively small amount of power vested in three cops corrupts them absolutely. Gere, Cheadle and Hawke portray Brooklyn police officers using their authority to better their own situations. Three parallel stories follow each cop's quest to fulfill his desires by any means necessary...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 6/29/10 - 07/04/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11469-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-6_29_10-07_04_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Three middle-aged guys, Adam (John Cusack), Lou (Rob Corddry) and Nick (Craig Robinson), revisit a ski resort they frequented during college, in an effort to recapture their lost youth. After a night spent drinking in their suite's private hot tub, the pals, along with Adam's nephew...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 06/22/10 - 06/27/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11393-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-06_22_10-06_27_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Green Zone depicts the American occupation of Saddam Hussein's luxurious Baghdad palace during the early days of the Iraq war. From their cloistered position, those known as the Coalition Provisional Authority, are out of touch with the Iraqi suffering occurring outside palace walls...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 6/15/10 - 06/20/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11365-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-6_15_10-06_20_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Thirty years after the final war, solitary Eli is the ultimate survivor. Portrayed by a graying Denzel Washington, Eli possesses a rare remaining copy of the bible and carries a machete -- wielded against anyone foolish enough to try and take it. When he stops at a settlement for water and to recharge his...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 06/08/10-06/13/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11256-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-06_08_10-06_13_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html This fourth collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, examines the differences between perception and reality. Enigmatic DiCaprio is perfect for the role of US Marshal Teddy Daniels, teamed with rookie Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) to search for an escaped inmate on...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 06/01/10 - 06/06/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11144-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-06_01_10-06_06_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html This remake is faithful in setting and tone to the 1941 original. One sure indication are forests shrouded in a crawling mist. The new storyline adds a twist, and features more werewolves, but is remarkably uninspired. Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to his family's English estate in the wake of his...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 05/25/10 - 05/30/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11074-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-05_25_10-05_30_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Timothy Hutton stars as Nathan Ford, leading a small band of vigilantes. Each episode opens with an innocent person being victimized by a greedy individual. The wronged party persuades Nathan and his team to take their case. Nathan identifies the wrongdoer's weakness and uses it to devise a means of...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 05/18/10 - 05/23/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11093-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-05_18_10-05_23_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html In 1995, newly elected President Nelson Mandela became the champion of South Africa's low-ranking national rugby team, the Springboks. To the nation's blacks, Rugby represented white Afrikaner elitism, but believing South Africa's pride was at stake since the nation was set to host 1995's World Rugby...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 05/10/10 - 05/17/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10930-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-05_10_10-05_17_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html In a futuristic world, vampires and corporate greed rule the roost. The story, heavy on atmosphere uses ghastly mayhem as a means of inducing bouts of conscience in its more sympathetic characters. Except for their love of '40s fashion and nocturnal hours, vampires...]]> Out on Blu-ray/DVD - Releases for the Week of 05/04/10 - 05/09/10 (Ratings Out of Four Stars.) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10857-out-on-blu-ray_dvd-releases-for-the-week-of-05_04_10-05_09_10-%2528ratings-out-of-four-stars%2529.html Amy Adams plays Anna, an American single gal desperate to marry Jeremy (Scott), her boyfriend of four years. Business requires Jeremy's presence in Dublin, prompting Anna to follow so she can take advantage of an Irish tradition encouraging women to propose marriage on Feb. 29. Anna, racing the...]]>