NEW RELEASES for the week of 9/25/12

Welcome to our new blog!!

We’ll be keeping you up to date with our New Releases each week, Employee Picks from our wonderful staff members, and random goodies (articles, essays, lists, etc) on great films/filmmakers.  So stay tuned….
Here’s what came out this week:::

THE AVENGERS (also available on Blu-Ray) – Marvel makes cinematic history as it unites the super hero team-up of a lifetime. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans) assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Director Joss Whedon creates an unprecedented universe that has become a global phenomenon.

CHICO & RITAOscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE, CALLE 54) and Spain’s legendary artist Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak. Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy®-winning composer Bebo Valdes, CHICO & RITA captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo and others.

DAMSELS IN DISTRESSDamsels in Distress is a comedy that follows a trio of beautiful girls who set out to revolutionize life at a grungy East Coast university – the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good scent and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men – including slick Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen) – who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity.

KLOWNIn what critics are hailing as “the funniest movie of the year!” (IFC.com), KLOWN follows two wildly inappropriate friends (played by celebrated comedians Frank Hvam and Caspar Christensen) as they run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through social taboos, unspeakable debaucheries and absurd sexual encounters. Misguided Frank kidnaps the nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential while the sex-driven Caspar is determined to visit a world-renowned brothel. Based on a popular six-season television show of the same name, this internationally acclaimed and award-winning saga of debauchery has indieWIRE proclaiming it “raunchy, fearless and awesome!”

ASYLUM BLACKOUTWhat should have been just another night on the job turns into a desperate fight for survival for three friends when the inmates of a high security asylum break free from their cells. Rock musicians George, Max and Ricky work in the kitchen at the local asylum to make ends meet – the pay is good and they’re at minimal risk, having no direct contact with the inmates. One night, just before dinner time, a storm shuts down the security system and the doors to all the cells open, letting the lunatics loose. Outnumbered and almost defenseless in the dark, the trio must find a way to survive until help arrives. A nerve-shattering thriller, ASYLUM BLACKOUT is a terrifying plunge into darkness where the things that go bump in the night become a very real threat.

THE SAMARITAN After twenty five years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson, The Avengers) is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has come up with an ingenious plan for a score and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.

THE LETTERMartine Jamison (Winona Ryder) is a NY theatre director beginning rehearsals for a new play starring her boyfriend Raymond (Josh Hamilton) opposite a young beauty. They are joined by an unknown newcomer, Tyrone (James Franco), who develops a peculiar fascination with Martine and is openly hostile to all others. As rehearsals continue, Martine has periods of disorientation that quickly deteriorate into vivid hallucinations as she becomes convinced someone is trying to poison her. As Martine’s mental state devolves she begins to rewrite her play.and art and life become inseparable.

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