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  • Don Jon

    photo for Don Jon Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to have a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old-fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off with him into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy. Extras: HitRECord Shorts: "My Favorite Things: Request Video," "My Favorite Things Remix: Film Preservation," "Love of Objects," "Vinegar." Blu-ray adds "Making of Don Jon," "Don Jon's Origin," "Joe's Hats," "Objectified," "Themes & Variations." Vitals: Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 90 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $23.501 million, Fox. 2 stars


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    photo for Angel of the Skies Angel of the Skies (2013 -- South Africa) Nicholas van der Bijl, Adam Boys, Lillie Claire, Andre Frauenstein. When Britain declares war against Germany, a young South African pilot leaves his pregnant fiance behind and volunteers to serve in the British Royal Air Force. But when a combat mission goes awry, a crash landing in enemy territory leaves him and his surviving crew fighting to find their way back to the Allied lines. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

    Cassadaga (2011) Kevin Alejandro, Kelen Coleman, Louise Fletcher, Rus Blackwell, Hank Stone, J LaRose, Amy LoCicero. A deaf woman who resurrects the ghost of a murdered young woman is forced by the spirit to come face-to-face with a serial killer who turns his female victims into marionette dolls. Formats: DVD. (Archstone Distribution).

    CBGB (2013) Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Richard de Klerk, Johnny Galecki, Ashley Greene, Rupert Grint, Taylor Hawkins, Stana Katic, Donal Logue. Drama looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal in 1973 originally as a home for "country, bluegrass and blues" (thus the club's name) and which showcased cutting-edge bands through its closing in 2006 such as Talking Heads, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie, The Dead Boys, Bad Brains, Green Day, Soul Asylum, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Everclear, George Thorogood, The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The B-52s, The Runaways, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tool and The Wallflowers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).

    Don Jon (2013) Dir.: Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: HitRECord Shorts: "My Favorite Things: Request Video," "My Favorite Things Remix: Film Preservation," "Love of Objects," "Vinegar." Blu-ray adds "Making of Don Jon," "Don Jon's Origin," "Joe's Hats," "Objectified," "Themes & Variations." (Fox).

    Freedom Force (2013) Voices of Christopher Lloyd, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Animated sci-fi adventure about a devious plot to alter the writings of famed author Jules Verne to change the course of history. Accompanied by their trusted dog, a group of kids are sent back in time to restore the beloved stories and secure their rightful place in history. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Vertical Entertainment).

    Last Love (2013) Michael Caine, Clemence Poesy, Justin Kirk, Gillian Anderson, Jane Alexander. A look at the life-changing connection between a retired and widowed American philosophy professor -- who can't get over the death of his wife -- and a young Parisian woman, a free-spirited young dance instructor also struggling to heal the wounds of her troubled past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes. (Image Entertainment).

    photo for Love, Marilyn Love, Marilyn (2013) This documentary by Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus is an intimate and personal portrait of Marilyn Monroe, based on the book of Monroe's recently discovered personal papers and journals, "Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters" (edited by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment). The film provides a poignant, illuminating and revealing profile of the iconic artist and sex symbol via dramatic readings of her own words. The film explores the unknown side of Monroe and challenges the steadfast misperception of Marilyn as a dumb blonde. Bringing her words to a contemporary audience are F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Hope Davis, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Jack Huston, Stephen Lang, Lindsay Lohan, Janet McTeer, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Platt, David Strathaim, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Broadcast on HBO in June, 2012. Formats: DVD, $29.95. (Docurama).

    Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume 1 Three-disc set with six made-for-TV movies that originally aired 1985-97: "Perry Mason Returns," "The Case of the Notorious Nun," "The Case of the Shooting Star," "The Case of the Lost Love," "The Case of the Sinister Spirit" and "The Case of the Murdered Madam." Formats: DVD, $58.99 exclusively at Amazon. (CBS/Paramount).

    photo for Ritual Ritual (2013) Lisa Summerscales, Dean Cates, Brian Lally, Larry Fessenden, Derek Phillips. A young woman and her estranged husband become entangled with a horrifying cult and find themselves swept into a world of kidnapping, violence and satanic rituals. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (After Dark Films/Lionsgate).

    Sanitarium (2013) Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Glover, Robert Englund, David Mazouz, Lacey Chabert. Three chilling tales of unspeakable terror behind the walls of the Sanitarium where Dr. Stenson holds dominion over the inmates of a most unusual asylum. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).

    Shaolin Warrior (2011 -- China) A young man looking to escape a life of crime is denied acceptance as a warrior of the Shaolin Temple and instead takes a job as a groundskeeper, where he hones his skill and eventually must defend the temple alone against an invading army. Formats: DVD, VOD, photo for Shaolin Warrior Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

    Sweetwater (2013) January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Ed Harris. In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Arc Entertainment).

    Wolfblood: Season 1 (2012) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the Disney Channel series about a teenage girl who, along with her parents, are Wolfbloods, descendants of a centuries old breed of people who turn into wolves -- not werewolves -- during a full moon. Being a teenager is tough enough without having heightened senses and physical abilities, and having to cover up your hidden life. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (New Video Group).

    Zombie Hamlet (2012) Travis Wester, Jason Mewes, Shelley Long, Vanessa Lee Evigan, John Amos, June Lockhart. Desperate filmmaker Osric Taylor dreams of making his version of "Hamlet" set during the civil war but when production funding dries up, he agrees to take southern matron Hester Beauchamps offer to fund the film if he throws some zombies in it to make their money back. But when Hester dies in mid-shoot, Osric dresses up as Hester to cash the last check and awakens the suspicions of both the local police and ambitious local news reporter Shine Reynolds. Inspired by an actual incident. Formats: DVD. (Level 33 Entertainment).

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