THE ROAD - Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES), this haunting drama stars Viggo Mortenson as a father trekking through a post-apocalyptic America, scavenging for food, fiercely protecting his young son while, at the same time, training him how to kill himself if the need should arise. Co-stars Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall.
DEAR JOHN - This old-fashioned wartime romance directed by Lasse Hallström (THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, CHOCOLAT) stars Amanda Seyfried as a college student who falls in love with a young soldier on leave (Channing Tatum). They keep in touch writing letters (not emails, actual letters) during what he believes to be his last year of enlistment. Alas, this year happens to be 2001, with 9/11 on its way to put a wedge between them. Adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks (THE NOTEBOOK).
TELL TALE - This modern update on Edgar Allen Poe's THE TELL-TALE HEART is directed by Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.). When a mild-mannered man begins undergoing mysterious changes after a heart transplant, he becomes convinced that the donor was murdered, and he sets out to exact revenge on the killers.
ALL MY FRIENDS ARE FUNERAL SINGERS - This charming little indie features the band Califone as just a few of the ghosts who live in a fortune teller's attic, helping her with her clients. When a mysterious light appears in the woods outside, the friendly ghosts realize they are trapped in limbo and they rebel.
JACK SMITH & THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS - Jack Smith is hailed as the godfather of performance art, a groundbreaking photographer and the "William Blake" of film. His utopian ideals, artistic processes and bejeweled artworks became essential influences to contemporary art superstars like Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini and Matthew Barney. In this documentary, rare and unseen works are uncovered, as well as Smith's tenuous relationship with Warhol, who re-used many of Smith's ideas in his own work.
TRUE BLOOD SEASON 2 - "Welcome back to Bon Temps, home to mystery, Southern sensuality and dark secrets..."
MYSTERY TEAM - An offbeat comedy about three socially awkward misfits who have never outgrown their childhood fantasies of solving mysteries, a la Scooby Doo. Used to finding lost cats and such, they find themselves in over their heads when a neighborhood girl asks them to find her parents' killer.
BIGGER AND BLACKERER - The latest stand-up special from comedian David Cross (most fondly remembered as Tobias, the aspiring Blue Man in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT).
OWL AND THE SPARROW - A Vietnamese orphan runs away from her uncle's factory to sell roses on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, and plays cupid to a depressed zookeeper and a flight attendant unhappily in love with someone else. Not a gritty look at life on the streets of former Saigon, but a sweet, feel-good movie, more like a Vietnamese AMELIE.
RAIN FALL - Produced in Japan and based on one of American bestseller Barry Eisler's "John Rain" novels, this political action-thriller tells the story of a Tokyo hit man protecting the daughter of one of his victims from the CIA. Gary Oldman co-stars as a villainous CIA agent.
And just a few highlights from our JUST ADDED section, available for the first time on dvd:
VOYAGER - This 1991 English and German language drama by Volker Schlöndorff (THE TIN DRUM, THE HANDMAID'S TALE) stars Sam Shepard as a rootless engineer working for the United Nations. During one of his many journeys, he has a passionate affair with a woman who reminds him of a lover he abandoned years ago, and it seems that fate has a punishment in store for him...
BY BRAKHAGE VOL. 2 - Experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage had a prolific career that spanned almost fifty years (1954 to 2003), and influenced many future filmmakers, cartoonists, and music video directors. Known for pioneering the art of scratching or painting images directly onto film, he made nearly four hundred films before his death in 2003.
PEP SQUAD - Described as something like a "BLOOD SIMPLE remake by John Hughes," this Troma release chronicles the anarchic days leading up to a Kansas high school's senior prom, with prospective prom queens assassinating each other and kidnapping the lecherous school principal. Classic Troma comedy, in other words.