SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (also available on Blu-Ray) – Eye-rolling specialist Aubrey Plaza stars in this no-budget science-fiction as a Seattle magazine intern who finds herself intrigued by an eye-rolling classified ad looking for a time-travel partner. The A.V. Club’s Sam Adams says the film “[substitutes] charm, and sometimes quirk, for special effects” and leans on Plaza and co-star Mark Duplass to make its slight premise resonate.
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE – Seven years in the making, this intimate, affecting portrait by celebrated filmmaker Marie Losier chronicles the life and work of pioneering musician and performance artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – starting with Throbbing Gristle in the 70s to the still very active cult favorite Psychic TV – and how h/er chance encounter with a dominatrix/performance artist in New York called Lady Jaye brought about a singular and enduring artistic collaboration and a brazen partnership that defied all perceptions of love. “Losier’s film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art. (Richard Brody, THE NEW YORKER).” “REMARKABLE! Rarely do films offer such intimate insights into the inner workings of a true artist…. Makes you feel something. Just like art (David Lewis, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE).”
RUBY SPARKS (also available on Blu-Ray) – Calvin is a young novelist struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.
FIRST POSITION – Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. The box office hit documentary, Bess Kargman’s award-winning FIRST POSITION follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.
THE CAMPAIGN – When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: na‹ve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, he soon becomes a real contender. As election day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from Meet the Parents director Jay Roach.
COMA – A healthy patient suddenly falls into a coma. It’s not an impossible event, but it is rare. So why does it keep happening at Peachtree Memorial? Lauren Ambrose stars as Dr. Susan Wheeler in this thriller about a medical student who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table.
THE CRIMSON PETAL & THE WHITE (BBC Miniseries) – Enter a Victorian England you’ve never seen: gritty, dark, and unsettling. Based on Michel Faber’s international bestseller, this four-part BBC series follows the fortunes of Sugar (Romola Garai, Atonement, Emma), a notorious prostitute who longs for a better life. Sexually adept, ambitious, and clever, she casts a spell on William Rackham (Chris O’Dowd, Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd), feckless heir to a perfume business and husband to a wife slipping slowly into insanity. As their lives intertwine, events are set in motion that will change them forever.