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January 7

  • Inequality for All

    photo for Inequality for All A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, "Inequality for All" features Robert Reich -- professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member -- as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has had a devastating impact on the American economy. Here's some startling facts: In 1983 the poorest 47 percent of America had $15,000 per family, 2.5 percent of the nation's wealth. In 2009 the poorest 47 percent of America owned ZERO PERCENT of the nation's wealth (their debt exceeded their assets). At the other extreme, the 400 wealthiest Americans own as much wealth as 80 million families -- 62 percent of America. The reason is the stock market. Since 1980, the American GDP has approximately doubled. Inflation-adjusted wages have gone down. But the stock market has increased by over 10 times, and the richest quintile of Americans owns 93 percent of it.

    When middle class consumers have to tighten their belts, the whole economy suffers -- as seen in the years before the Great Depression and today: So much of the nation's income and wealth are going to the top, that the vast middle class doesn't have the purchasing power to keep the economy going. The middle class represents 70 percent of spending and is the great stabilizer of our economy. No increase in spending by the rich can make up for it -- as the income gap increases, the country actually gets poorer because we can't fund the necessary improvements in the infrastructure. This is the moment in history in which we find ourselves: unprecedented income divisions, a wildly fluctuating and unstable economy, and average Americans increasingly frustrated and disillusioned. The film alternates between intimate, approachable sequences and intellectually rigorous arguments helping people with no economic background to understand what it means for the U.S. to be economically imbalanced. The films posits six fixes: Raise the minimum wage, strengthen workers' voices, invest in education, reform Wall Street, fix the tax system and get big money out of politics. Reich presents a passionate argument with cutting humor and armed with staggering facts that poignantly explain economic inequality. Learn more about the film here. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes interviews with the filmmakers. Vitals: Director: Jacob Kornbluth. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 90 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $1.181 million, RADiUS-TWC/Anchor Bay. 3 stars

  • Runner Runner

    photo for When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) believes he's been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. Blu-ray extras: "House of Cards: The Inside Story of Online Poker," deleted scenes. Vitals: Director: Brad Furman. Stars: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 91 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $18.819 million, Fox. 2 stars

  • I'm So Excited!

    photo for This comedy from acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar follows a flight crew and their passengers in a precarious situation aboard a flight headed to Mexico City. Desperate to divert attention from the scenario -- something is wrong with the landing gear -- a trio of campy flight attendants launch into fits of lip-synching, boozing, drugging and matchmaking with the colorful assortment of passengers. But life in the clouds is as complicated as it is at ground level, and for the same reasons, which can be summarized in two words: sex and death. Extras: Two featurettes: "Presenting I'm So Excited!" follows Almodovar and cast members through a day of press, Q&As and finally the New York City film premiere; "Making I'm So Excited!" Vitals: Director: Pedro Almodovar. Stars: Antonio De La Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Angel Silvestr, Laya Marti, Javier Camara, Carlos Areces, Raul Arevalo, Jose Maria Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, Jose Luis Torrijo, Lola Duenas, Cecilia Roth, Blanca Suarez. 2013 -- Spain, CC, MPAA rating: R, 102 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $1.359 million, Sony. 2 stars

  • Closed Circuit

    photo for A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly brings two exceptional lawyers (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall) with a romantic past together on the defense team. They soon realize they've stepped into a dangerous web of cover-ups and lies, and their knowledge of the government's top-secret classified evidence puts their reputations and lives at stake. Extras: "Secrets Behind the Camera: Closed Circuit" featurette. Vitals: Director: John Crowley. Stars: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Julia Stiles, Jim Broadbent. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $5.733 million, Universal. 2 stars

  • Thanks for Sharing

    photo for On the surface Adam (Mark Ruffalo), an over-achieving environmental consultant, Mike (Tim Robbins), a long-married small-business owner, and Neil (Josh Gad), a wisecracking emergency-room doctor, have little in common. But all are in different stages of dealing with addiction. Confident and successful in his career, Adam is afraid to allow love back into his life, even if that means losing a chance to start over with smart, beautiful and accomplished Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow); Mike's efforts to control his wife, Katie (Joely Richardson), and son, Danny (Patrick Fugit), as tightly as he does his impulses are tearing the family apart; and Neil is still deeply in denial when befriended by Dede (Alecia Moore), who has just begun to take her own small steps back to health. As they navigate the rocky shores of recovery, Adam, Mike and Neil become a family that encourages, infuriates and applauds each other on the journey toward a new life. Extras: "One Step at a Time: The Making of Thanks for Sharing" featurette, commentary with co-writer/director Stuart Blumberg and co-writer Matt Winston, gag reel, deleted scenes. Vitals: Director: Stuart Blumberg. Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit, Alecia Moore. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $1.032 million, Lionsgate. 2 stars

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January 14

  • Lee Daniels' The Butler

    photo for Lee Daniels' The Butler Tells the story of African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served eight American presidents over three decades (from 1952 to 1986). The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected the man's life and family. Based on the story "A Butler Well Served by This Election" by Wil Haygood. Extras: "Lee Daniels' The Butler: An American Story," "The Original Freedom Riders," "You and I Ain't Nothin' No More" performed by Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz, deleted scenes, gag reel. Vitals: Director: Lee Daniels. Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Danny Strong. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 132 min., Drama, Box office gross: $115.071 million, The Weinstein Co. 3 stars

  • Enough Said

    photo for Enough Said A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) -- a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems almost perfect except for one prominent quality: she complains about her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her relationship with Albert when she realizes that Albert is the target of Marianne's rants, and she begins to question her own perceptions about first impressions and second chances. Blu-ray extras: "Second Takes." Vitals: Director: Nicole Holofcener. Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 93 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $14.809, million, Fox. 3 stars

  • The Spectacular Now

    photo for A vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. Based on the Tim Tharp book, this is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer whose "live in the moment" outlook on life is changed forever when he meets and unexpectedly falls in love with the not-so-average "good girl" Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). Sutter's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whisky-fortified 7UP cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they're drawn to each other. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth -- one that doesn't look for tidy truths. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director James Ponsoldt, "Now to Then: Making The Spectacular Now" four part featurette: "Inception -- Defying Hollywood," "Cast -- Finding the Voice," "Aesthetic -- Authenticity Counts" and "Real -- Bringing It All to Life." Vitals: Director: James Ponsoldt. Stars: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Bob Odenkirk, Dayo Okeniyi, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $6.836 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars

  • 20 Feet From Stardom

    photo for Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In this compelling and very watchable documentary, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 20th and 21st centuries. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, "20 Feet From Stardom" boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: Morgan Neville. Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 91 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $4.730 million, Radius-TWC. 3 stars

  • Fruitvale Station

    photo for Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old San Francisco Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4-year-old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant. Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: Ryan Coogler. Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Ahna O'Reilly, Ariana Neal, Liisa Cohen. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 85 min., Drama, Box office gross: $16.097 million, The Weinstein Co. 3 stars

  • You're Next

    photo for You're Next A fresh twist on home-invasion horror. Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their significant others to a family reunion at their remote weekend estate. But the family reunion goes awry when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing assailants. The family has no idea who's attacking them or why they're under attack. The hapless victims seem trapped ... until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all. Extras: "No Ordinary Home Invasion: The Making of You're Next" featurette; commentary with director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and actors Sharni Vinson and Barbara Crampton; commentary with Wingard and Barrett. Vitals: Director: Adam Wingard. Stars: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen, Ti West, Rob Moran, Joe Swanberg, Wendy Glenn, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 94 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $18.474 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars

  • Carrie

    photo for A reimagining of the classic Stephen King/Brian DePalma horror tale about Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), a shy, lonely and awkward girl outcast by her peers and sheltered and beaten by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Extras: "Bringing Back Carrie" featurette, "Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise" viral video, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds alternate ending, deleted/extended scenes, commentary by director Kimberly Peirce, "The Power of Telekinesis" featurette. Vitals: Director: Kimberly Peirce. Stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde, Michelle Nolden, Alex Russell. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 99 min., Horror, Box office gross: $34.041 million, Fox. 2 stars

  • Riddick

    photo for The latest chapter of the saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film "Pitch Black" and 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick" reunites writer-director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel. The infamous antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy, has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. Extras: "Vin's Riddick"≠ behind-the-scenes featurette, "Meet the Mercs" supporting cast featurette, ≠"Riddick: Blindsided," ≠a motion comic prequel to Riddick that fills in the gap since 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick." Blu-ray adds "The Twohy Touch" behind-the-scenes featurette with the director, "Riddickian Tech" effects featurette, "The World Of Riddick" featurette. Vitals: Director: David Twohy. Stars: Vin Diesel, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackoff, Karl Urban, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, Matt Nable, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Gerard Funk. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 119 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $41.997 million, Universal. 2 stars



January 21

  • Blue Jasmine

    photo for Tour-de-force and definitely an Oscar nom (if not a win) for Cate Blanchett. After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. As she tries to cope with her new life -- which is considerably less elegant than her life back East -- she dreams of her past life's glamour, teetering on an emotional tightrope between her troubled past and a fresh start. Extras: "Notes From the Red Carpet," in which the cast discusses making the film and their take on the characters; "Blue Jasmine" cast press conference with Cate Blanchett, Peter Saarsgard and Andrew Dice Clay. Vitals: Director: Woody Allen. Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard, Alden Ehrenreich, Louis C.K., Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Tammy Blanchard, Andrew Dice Clay. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 98 min., Drama, Box office gross: $32.519 million, Sony. 3 stars

  • Captain Phillips

    photo for Stars two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. A pulse-pounding thriller by director Paul Greengrass with a tour-de-force performance by Hanks -- backed up by outstanding performances by a cast of unknowns. Extras: "Capturing Captain Phillips," a three-part, behind-the-scenes look at the film's production and real events surrounding the film; commentary with director Paul Greengrass. Vitals: Director: Paul Greengrass. Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Catherine Keener, Yul Vazquez, Christopher Stadulis, Corey Johnson, Michael Chernus, Chris Mulkey, John Magaro, Max Martini, Maria Dizzia. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 134 min., Drama, Box office gross: $100.700 million, Sony. 3 stars

  • Instructions Not Included

    photo for Instructions Not Included Valentin is Acapulco's resident playboy, until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Leaving Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby's mother, Valentin ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie. An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood's top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggie's birth mom shows up out of the blue, and Valentin realizes he's in danger of losing his daughter -- and his best friend. In Spanish with English subtitles. Extras: Commentary with Eugenio Derbez. Vitals: Director: Eugenio Derbez. Stars: Eugenio Derbez, Jessica Lindsey, Loreto Peralta, Daniel Raymont, Alessandra Rosaldo. 2013 -- Mexico, CC, MPAA rating: PG-12, 115 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $44.132 million, Lionsgate. 2 stars

  • Machete Kills

    photo for Danny Trejo returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this sequel. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson) who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Making of Machete Kills." Vitals: Director: Robert Rodriguez. Stars: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lady Gaga, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Walt Goggins, William Sadler, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Marko Zaror, Samuel Davis. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Action, Box office gross: $3.797 million, Universal. 2 stars

  • In a World ...

    photo for Shortly after getting her first big break in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, Carol (Lake Bell), a struggling vocal coach, finds herself in direct competition with her father (Fred Melamed), the industry's reigning king, as well as his arrogant protege (Ken Marino). Extras: Commentary with writer-director-actor Bell, deleted scenes, gag reel, six voiceover promo trailers for the film. Vitals: Director: Lake Bell. Stars: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Nick Offerman, Alexandra Holden, Tig Notaro with special appearances by Eva Longoria, Geena Davis and Jeff Garlin. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.906 million, Sony. 2 stars



January 28

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

    photo for Picks up where the first film left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood's genius is finally being recognized as he's invited by his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester's right-hand-gal -- and one of his greatest inventions -- is Barb (a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative and likes to wear lipstick). It's always been Flint's dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food, resulting in cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids -- "foodimals." With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again. Extras: Commentary with directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn; Cody Simpson "La Da Dee" music video and making of the video featurette; seven new featurettes: "Anatomy of a Foodimal": Flamangos, Cheesespiders, Hippotatomuses! Oh my! The filmmakers discuss the inspiration behind these wacky food-animal hybrids that have taken over Swallow Falls, and chat with the gang to find out how they came up with the Food-imal's creative and amusing names; "Production Design: Back in the Kitchen": Where do you go after it rains cheeseburgers all over Swallow Falls? Back to the kitchen of course! Filmmakers Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn discuss how they came up with stories and jokes for the film; "Awesome End Credits": The filmmakers discuss how they used a mix of 3D, 2D, stop motion and live action; "Cloudy Cafe: Who's On the Menu?" featurette on the voice actors; "Building the Foodimals"; "The Sasquash" featurette on all the places in the film that the sneaky Sasquash is hiding; "Delicious Production Design."
    Blu-ray adds deleted scenes and four mini-movies: "Attack of the 50-Foot Gummi Bear" in which Flint's mischievous gummi bear grows to 50-feet by using his new food-modifying invention while Steve is in charge. Steve must frantically chase the gummi bear and transform him back to normal size before Flint returns to the lab; "Steve's First Bath": Flint's failed date with Sam is because of Steve's mischievous ways; "Super Manny": Manny, the Jack of all trades, saves an adorable kitty with his many skills; "Earl Scouts": The Foodimals join Earl's scouting program but are very competitive. Vitals: Director: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Stars: Voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Schaal, Will Forte, Terry Crews. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 95 min., Animated, Box office gross: $113.016 million, Sony. 3 stars

  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

    photo for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa "Jackass" ringleader Johnny Knoxville reprises his role as 86-year-old Irving Zisman in the story of a crotchety old man unexpectedly saddled with the care of his 8-year-old grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll). The two generations of troublemakers soon develop a bond as they hustle their way across the heartland of America pursuing hijinks and pulling pranks on unsuspecting, real-life people -- male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons -- ≠all of whom had no idea they were starring in a hidden camera film. Blu-ray Extras: Behind-the-scenes vignettes, deleted scenes, " Alternate Reactions from Real People." Vitals: Director: Jeff Tremaine. Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg Harris, Georgina Cates, Kamber Hejlik. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 91 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $100.020 million, Paramount. 3 stars

  • Rush

    photo for Rush Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed -- handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, "Rush" follows the two drivers in the amazing 1976 season as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. Extras: "Ron Howard: A Director's Approach." Blu-ray adds a six part featurette, "Race for the Checkered Flag: The Making of Rush," with "Peter Morgan on Writing Rush," "The Making of Rush -- Finding James and Niki," "The Light of Speed and Filming F1," "Around the World in One Location," "Fashion and Styles of the 70's" and "The Making of Rush -- Ron Howard: A Director's Approach"; three-part featurette, "The Real Story of Rush" with "Meeting James Hunt and Niki Lauda," "F1 Take 1: F1 Racing and the F1 Car" and "The Rock and Roll Circus." Vitals: Director: Ron Howard. Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Stephen Mangan, Christian McKay, Julian Rhind-Tutt. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 123 min., Action, Box office gross: $26.491 million, Universal. 3 stars

  • The Fifth Estate

    photo for The Fifth Estate "Docu-drama" follows Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange and traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website's overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large. Extras: "The Submission Platform: Visual Effects," "In Camera: Graphics," "Scoring Secrets," trailers and TV spots. Vitals: Director: Bill Condon. Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 124 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.254, million, Disney. 2 stars

  • Last Vegas

    photo for Last Vegas Four 60-something-year-old friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his 30-something-year-old girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. Upon arriving, however, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but itís these four who are taking over Vegas. Extras: Commentary with director Jon Turteltaub and writer Dan Fogelman; three featurettes: "It's Going to Be Legendary" behind-the-scenes look at the production of the film with commentary from the main cast, "Four Legends" look at the ensemble main cast and their insights on working with one another, "The Flatbush Four" glimpse at the character arcs of the four main characters. Blu-ray adds three more featurettes: "Shooting in Sin City," "The Redfoo Party" and "Supporting Ensemble." Vitals: Director: Jon Turteltaub. Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 105 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $60.586 million, Sony. 2 stars




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