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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday January 29, 2012

  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • The Cold Light of Day
  • The Awakening
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A&E IndieFilms, Film4, Protagonist Pictures,

Frederic Bourdin, Adam O’ Brian, Carey Gibson, Anna Ruben, Beverly Dollarhide, Cathy Dresbach, Charlie Parker, Alan Teichman, Nancy Fisher, Ivan Villanueva

This film is a documentary about the 1997 case of French con-man Frederic Bourdin who had a long history of impersonating missing children. When he was caught in Spain and about to be found out, he took the identity of a Texas boy who had been missing for 3 years. When the boy’s sister came to pick him up, she brought him home where he was able to convince a lot of the family that he was their son, even though he had little resemblance to the boy. He told a story of abduction, torture, and rape. Still some were suspicious, but none more than detective Charles Parker who wanted to prove the boy a fake. Many thought some of the family may know or have been involved with the boy’s disappearance, and so the major players in the story appear to tell their side of the story bit by bit.

This is an exciting film, in many ways like a real crime drama, but the story is true. The film isn’t going to solve all the mysteries, but it does try to look as closely as possible into the different tales that the different people tell. The movie moves along at a good enough pace, so it’s not dry or boring as many documentaries are. In fact, very highly acclaimed by the audiences at Sundance, and by the critics, it keeps you on your toes as you go through the story. I have my opinion on who is right, but it’s only my opinion. There doesn’t seem to be any factual evidence that proves one theory or another. If you’re interested in a true life story, a documentary tale, this is one of the better one’s I have seen. This film may be off the radar for most folks, but it available on DVD and hopefully will catch some notice by the public.

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Toma 78, De Milo,

Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau , Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Julia Chantrey

Something bad happened according to the radio. An executive showed up at the office, killed his two partners and his estranged wife and disappeared after kidnapping his two small children. After an accident, he finds a lonely cabin way out in the woods. Soon the girls are left alone, stranded for five years, but somehow manage to survive until they are rescued by their uncle and come to live with him. But they seem to have brought some evil back with them in this horror film.

This is a pretty scary film. I was impressed because there are a lot of levels to this film. It does have very scary parts, and very suspenseful parts. There’s a lot going on here, and it’s a roller coaster ride, for sure. The stars of this film are the two little girls, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) as the older sister, wise and nurturing to her younger sister, Lilly (Isabelle Neliesse) sullen and silent. Lilly was only one when they were left alone in the woods. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays the two brothers, Lucas and Jeffrey. He’s really pretty good as a caring uncle with only the best intentions for the troubled nieces. Jessica Chastain is Annabel, a rocker chick who plays the bass in a band, but gives it all up to nurture the troubled children. But when Jeffrey has an accident and is in the hospital and Annabel is feeling really overwhelmed and can’t deal with the horrible things that are happening to the family.

Very scary, and doing very well in the box office. This is a good film for the big screen, and ought to be enjoyed in the group environment of the theater. One of the better horror films lately, and a nice change of pace from the other stuff that’s been out there. I recommend this one for the horror lovers out there.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday January 22, 2012

  • End of Watch
  • Pina
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • For a Good Time Call…
  • The Imposter
  • Keep the Lights On
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Medusa Film, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions,

Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Alison Pill, Carol Alt

American tourist in Rome Haley (Alison Pill), meets Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti), a local lawyer. and falls in love. Her parents, the psychiatrist Phyllis (Judy Davis) and the retired music producer Jerry (Woody Allen), arrive to meet Michelangelo, only to hear his father singing in the shower, he jump at the chance to get out of retirement and put him to work singing. Only problem is that he can only sing in the shower. This romp through Rome features some great actors such as Roberto Benigni, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin, and is an ensemble story of many stories crossing each other at every turn.

This is classic Woody Allen stuff! There are so many very colorful characters and back stories galore. Everything is very convoluted and it’s hard to follow. This is exactly what makes an Allen film so much fun to watch. Everything that happens is pretty much unexpected, and surprising, and we are gleefully surprised at every turn. The is so much going on that it’s a bit confusing, but that’s not bad. It’s delightfully funny, and really enjoyable. I think this is one is one of Woody’s best of the recent films, and he’s still got the touch.

The pace is fast and furious, and the jokes hit the mark most of the time. If you’re a fan of this style of film making, you’re sure to be pleased with Woody’s latest.

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