Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday August 26, 2014

  • Aftermath
  • Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlaas
  • Belle
  • Blended [Click Here for Ed's Review]
  • Blood Glacier
  • The Double
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
  • The Love Punch
  • The Normal Heart
  • Trust Me
  • Young and Beautiful

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday August 19, 2014

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Fading Gigolo
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • The Quiet Ones [Click Here for Ed's Review]
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Sacrament
  • Toy Story of Terror

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Fidélité Films, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Wild Bunch,

Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, Gérard Garouste, Camille, Claude Gensac, Paul Hamy, Mylène Demongeot, Hafsia Herzi, Evelyne Leclercq, Valérie Lagrange

Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) is the owner of a restaurant, but it’s having financial difficulties. She’s just gotten out of a failed relationship and the pressure is building. Then she finds herself out of cigarettes and heads out on the road to buy some, but it’s Sunday and most of the places where she would get them are closed, but since she really wants a pack of cigarettes, she makes the snap decision to keep driving and never look back. She decides along the way to pick up her grandson to try to patch things up with her daughter, and he joins her as sets out to deliver him to his Grandfather. As in most road trip films, it’s all about the journey and the experiences as Bettie tries to pull it back together. This film is in French with English subtitles.

I can remember Catherine Deneuve from way back in the 70′s when she was young and beautiful. I haven’t seen her for years, but it was nice to see an old friend. She’s definitely older, and she does a brilliant job of playing the struggling restaurant owner who just can’t seem to catch a break and is just fed up. This is a very French style film, but it was a pleasure to watch. Denueve’s character was played very well, and she really knows how to pull the feelings out of us along the way. From ditzy and air headed to sullen and sad, she goes through a range of emotions, and we want her to succeed if for no other reason than she deserves it. Her grandson Charly (Nemo Schiffman) is also well played. He is rotten one moment and really caring the next. The play between these two characters is what makes this film interesting. The beginning is a bit slow for my taste, but if you keep with it, it picks up as it goes along. I really hoped for a better ending, but the do try, really hurriedly, in the end to tie up all the loose ends, but it certainly could have been better ended. It’s too much like a “let’s give this thing a realistic ending instead of a story book ending” which is more like life (which is usually pretty boring) and not really what I wanted, but it was a well done road picture and well worth watching, if for nothing else, but for the culture. I think it’s a good experience to watch a film with subtitles once in a while, and I think it does us good. This was one I was not blown away by, but it was worth my time, and I’m glad I got re-acquainted with one of the royals of French cinema.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday August 12, 2014

  • Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • Breathe In
  • Bears (Disneynature)
  • Filth
  • Frankie & Alice
  • Hateship Loveship
  • A Haunted House 2
  • Heatstroke
  • Locke
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • Rage
  • The Railway Man
  • Summer in February

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Universal 1440 Entertainment,

Danny Trejo, Mickey Rourke, Anthony Michael Hall, Dina Meyer, Richard Dillane, Colin Mace, Emil Hostina, Ovidiu Niculescu

When Guerrero (Danny Trejo) arrives in the town they call Tombstone he decides he and his gang are going to take control. But the gang double crosses him and kills him. Guerrero ends up in hell where he’s faced by the devil (Mickey Rourke) who is rather excited to have him to torture for eternity. But Guerrero makes a deal with the devil that in exchange for his life, he will kill every one of the gang members and trade their souls for his own. With time running out, he has to avenge each one by his own hand or return to the devil.

This is a movie for Trejo fans. If you love Machete and you can’t wait until the third installment, then this is made for you. It’s a straight out western, no aliens or zombies running around, unless you count Guerrero coming back from the dead, so it’s not as gimmicky as many other westerns lately. It’s just bad ass versus bad ass in an all out gun battle royal. Mikey Rourke is a plus to the cast, and he makes a pretty decent devil, but it’s definitely all Trejo. There’s not much more to say, as it’s a decent movie, but certainly not great. It doesn’t have the star power that the Machete films do, and most mainstream audiences aren’t going to get this, but it’s made for the people who loved the spaghetti westerns of the 70′s. The Terrence Hill, Bud Spencer’s Trinity films, the Clint Eastwood westerns, and the Lee Van Cleef, Lee Marvin westerns of old. This is a newer breed, but in a similar vein, so it should be easy to tell before going in if this is the kind of movie that will appeal to you or not. If you’re the right kind, you’ll enjoy the adventure. Otherwise, stay away. It will be absurd to you.

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