BRONSON - This highly acclaimed, exhilaratingly stylized film is based on the true story of one of the world's most violent prisoners, who gave himself the nickname Charles Bronson. "Whether it's Bronson's more theatrical bits or his untamable character's many blood-spitting, knuckle-beating explosions, [lead actor Hardy] chomps down on his once-in-a-career role with stunning ferocity and never lets go. He's extraordinary." (L.A. Times) "Bronson invites you to admire its protagonist as a pure, muscular embodiment of anarchy. And perhaps you will, but you may also be glad that he’s still behind bars." (N.Y. Times)
A SERIOUS MAN - The Coen Brothers' latest comedy is more Barton Fink than Big Lebowski, and just as much a must-see as these classics. (See our review.)
SERIOUS MOONLIGHT - Written by the late Adrienne Shelley, frequent Hal Hartley muse and director of the much-loved WAITRESS. This dark comedy stars Meg Ryan as a woman who takes her husband prisoner in their country home, trying to force him to work on their marriage, after he tells her he's leaving her for a younger woman.
THE SONG OF SPARROWS - Iran’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, from the director of international hit CHILDREN OF HEAVEN. After Karim loses his job at a rural ostrich farm, he travels to the metropolis of Tehran to support his family back home, and he becomes entangled in a world of hustle and greed."At times funny, sad, poignant and suspenseful, 'Sparrows' is a showcase for Majidi's masterful storytelling." (S.F. Chronicle)
ENDGAME - This U.K. drama about the end of apartheid in South Africa features William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Clarke “Lester Freamon” Peters of THE WIRE as Nelson Mandela. "Something like an old-fashioned Costa-Gavras film but without the leftist sentimentality." (The Hollywood Reporter)
COUPLES RETREAT - Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau of SWINGERS team up again, this time as hapless dudes dragged to a New-Agey island couples retreat, where they are subjected to cringe-inducing bonding events with their significant others.
I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY - Doesn't everyone? Written, directed by, and starring the always adorable Nia Vardalos, of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING fame. In this light rom-com she's a jaded woman with a strict five-date rule to avoid getting dumped. Aww, Nia.
THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE - I can attest from an in-flight entertainment experience that this will make some of you cry. It will make others laugh uncontrollably, at the same time. Either way this movie based on the novel is worth it for having an impact. It may be the sweet tear-jerker you're craving or the most bizarrely hilarious thing you've seen all year, and we all need that, too. Let it all out.
THE GIRL FROM MONACO - In this French thriller directed by Anne Fontaine (COCO BEFORE CHANEL), a neurotic middle-aged attorney goes to Monaco to defend a famous criminal, and he falls for a weather girl who turns him into a nervous wreck. It is up to his bodyguard to fix the situation."Much of the fun of this film is in watching [Fabrice] Luchini try to get a read on his loyal but impassive bodyguard, and in watching his knowing descent into abject helplessness when confronted by a sexy young woman's attentions." (S.F. Chronicle)
AZIZ ANSARI: INTIMATE MOMENTS FOR A SENSUAL EVENING - Standup comedy from Aziz Ansari of FUNNY PEOPLE, PARKS & RECREATION, and HUMAN GIANT. Contains an additional 30 minutes of material not included in the special aired on Comedy Central!
TROUBLED WATER - This acclaimed Norwegian dual narative follows Jan, who just completed a prison sentence for a kidnapping gone wrong, and Agnes, the mother of the child he killed. With a changed name, Jan becomes a church organist and begins an awkward romance with the pastor, Anna. When Agnes shows up at the church, there are no easy conclusions...
THE OBJECTIVE - This new supernatural thriller from the co-creator of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT concerns a mysterious special opps mission in Taliban territory two months after 9/11.
I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT - We give this bonus points for the titular pun. It's a cross-cultural romance between a wealthy Jordanian Christian woman and an Indian Muslim woman in London. Will Tala leave her fourth fiance at the altar for her first real love, and what will Leyla do about her strict Muslim parents?
SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: Season 2 - Watch as Sarah gets high for the first time, drives into Osama bin Laden (or at least people she believes look like him), suffers from adult bed-wetting, becomes homeless, and marries her dog!
LO - In this surreal indie genre-bender, an ordinary guy falls in love with an eccentric woman who turns out to be a demon, and he must try to summon her back from Hell with the help of a lesser demon. "'Lo' is what you get when you mix a Peter Greenaway or Ken Russell movie with one of the wackier episodes of 'Buffy' or 'Angel.'" (Austin Film Fest '09)
BAD BIOLOGY - From the director of cult classics BASKET CASE and FRANKENHOOKER. An unusual young man and woman, "driven by biological excess," seek out elusive fulfillment until they find each other, resulting in a "truly god-awful love story" (the movie's tagline, not a critical review).
And in our JUST ADDED section:
TEXHNOLYZE (VOLS. 1 - 6) - Stunning and sophisticated anime series about an underground city ruled by warring gangs with ties to a company that makes robotic prosthetics.
BAD GIRLS OF FILM NOIR (VOLS. 1 & 2) - 8 more hard-boiled noir gems starring dangerous broads the likes of Ida Lupino, Gloria Grahame, Lizabeth Scott, Evelyn Keyes, Audrey Totter, Cleo Moore, Jan Sterling, and Janis Carter.