Tuesday Releases: Star Trek Into Darkness & Peeples

SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2013

WAR WITCH // Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, “War Witch” steps into the world of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the young Komona, played by Rachel Mwanza, astonishes as a kidnapee of the rebels and forced into the life of soldier. With a powerful mix of heartbreak, love, and lightheartedness, this Canada-made film not only brings up certain pertinent issues, but entertains from start to finish. Mwanza’s performance blows you away, as she sets the bar incredibly high for nonprofessional and professional actresses alike, much more than say Quvenzhané Wallis from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” despite the five year age difference. “War Witch” is hauntingly beautiful with strong visuals to back up strong emotions, with gritty landscapes and impeccable depictions of the dead, painted all in white and looming over the main character. This film is the true meaning of a coming-of-age story and with that comes one of the best foreign films of the year.

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CHASING ICE // “Chasing Ice” is as visually stunning as it is socially enlightening. James Balog, an acclaimed photography, brings the best of both worlds into a documentary that highlights the indisputable facts about global warming, through the photographic proof of several glaciers, which have been around for thousands and thousands of years, that are melting and breaking off into the oceans at an alarming rate. The documentary not only takes you on an adventure as Balog attempts to plant over a dozen different cameras out in the Arctic elements to capture the photos, but it inspires social change with the immense cataclysmic change that our earth is undergoing at a rapid pace. Overwhelmed from most of the imagery, I had a strong connection with this film and could have looked at Balog’s photography for much longer. One of the best documentaries of the year and of recent memory, also gaining an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song which surprising was performed by actress Scarlett Johansson.

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STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS // Relentlessly masterful, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is a smart-man’s sequel, as it strongly develops existing relationships while still introducing new and fresh faces into the mix, all while re-envisioning moments from the previous series. The themes are much the same as the 2009 installment, with trust and understanding between the shipmates remaining a staple, but heightening emotions on all levels. Pine and Quinto rival the pairing of Shatner and Nimoy, caring the heft of the film with a veteran’s resilience. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a career-making performance, as John Harrison, becoming one of the best villains in a franchise, ever. Everything in his performance, down to his unsettling deep voice makes the film something special from the moment he steps on the screen. The visuals are impeccable and again beg the question whether this needs to be seen in 3D. The screenplay, as with all great writing, lays the groundwork for some spectacular sequences. The only downfall is that same writing is hit-or-miss when it comes to its twists, either completely surprising and producing jaw-dropping moments, or telegraphing and alluding too much to certain elements that will be significant later. Also, things happen a bit to easily in certain instances, simply to keep the plot moving at a significant speed. That being said, J.J. Abrams still has the touch with this franchise, producing two films that not only usher in an entirely new generation of fans, but also tend to please the existing Trekkies with several callbacks and revelations present from the former series. There’s never been a film that had me in suspense longer than the last thirty minutes of this film, filled with continuous action sequences, never knowing exactly how the action will end. All in all, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is not only one of the best films of the year, but one of the best science fiction films in recent memory.

New Releases
Blood (2013)
Chasing Ice
Hammer of the Gods 2-denied2
Love Is All You Need (2012) 2-denied2
Phil Spector
Star Trek Into Darkness
Tyler Perry’s Peeples
War Witch
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks 2-denied2
Wish You Were Here

TV Box Set

  • Army Wives: Season Seven
  • The Big Bang Theory: Season Six
  • Blue Bloods: Season Three
  • Castle: Season Five
  • Chicago Fire: Season One
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Season Nine
  • Homeland: Season Two
  • Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing Pt 1
  • Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing Pt 2
  • Luther: Series Three
  • Mama’s Family: Seasons One & Two
  • The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis: Season One
  • Parade’s End: The Complete Mini-Series
  • Ping Pong
  • Supernatural: Season Eight

Special Editions/Other Releases

  • Afro Ninja
  • Bad Kitties
  • The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond
  • Blue Dream
  • Clunkers
  • The Contractor
  • The Corrupted
  • Covenant: The Story of My People
  • The Crippled Lamb
  • Dark Canvas
  • Delete
  • Frankenhooker
  • Frankenstein’s Army
  • The Hostage Game
  • How Sweet It Is
  • How To Be the Life of the Party
  • I Can Be Kind to Everyone
  • La Cage aux Folles: Criterion
  • Magic Puppy
  • Marvel Knights: Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk
  • Mary and Martha
  • Mole Man of Belmont Avenue
  • Mother Riley Meets the Vampire
  • Our Wild Hearts
  • Radio Unnameable
  • Sisters & Brothers (2011)
  • Slip and Fall
  • Star Trek: Stardate Collection
  • This Boy Caught a Merman
  • Three Worlds
  • The Unspeakable Act
  • Zombie Exs

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