June 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Video Library New Releases

Week of June 13th 2014

By Casey St. Charnez

Media Rare

Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.



Adult World (2014) C-93min. Scott Coffey. Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack. Recent college grad Roberts wants to be a poet, but she’s deeply in debt and has to go work in a sex toy emporium—with the blessings of her parents. Peters is her appealing store manager, Cusack her alcoholic rhyming idol. [R]

Alan Partridge (2013-GB) C-90min. D: Declan Lowney. Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney. Coogan’s clueless comic character finds himself in the middle of a siege, as fired and angry radio station employee Meaney takes the place hostage in a police standoff. [R]

Capital (2012-France) C-114min. D: Costa-Gavras. Gabriel Byrne, Gad Elmaleh, Natacha Regnier, Celine Sallette. Black-hearted comic thriller about bank intrigue. Based on the 2004 novel by Stéphane Osmont. In English and French with optional English subtitles. [R] 

Devil’s Knot (2013) C-114min. D: Atom Egoyan. Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon. Fictionalized version recreates the controversial case of the West Memphis Three (also chronicled in PARADISE LOST and WEST MEMPHIS THREE), with Witherspoon a grieving mother and Firth a detective. [NR]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) C-105min. D: Kenneth Branagh. Chris Pine, Kevin Costner. Paramount’s attempt to replant the tentpole of its Tom Clancy franchise (starting with THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER), rebooting it with a greenhorn Ryan on his first big mission. Pine, the young Capt. Kirk in the new STAR TREK, tries to perform the same task here. [PG-13]

The Missing Picture (2014-France-Cambodia) C-96min. D,Sc: Rithy Pahn. A memoir of childhood during the Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970s, executed entirely in claymation and dioramas. A documentary unlike any other, for followers of both history and animation. Narrated in optional English or French. [NR]

Non-Stop (2014) C-106min. D: Jaume Collet-Serra. Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore. On a transatlantic flight, a U.S. air marshal is the only one who can save the passengers from death. It started with TAKEN (2008), and 5 years later Neeson, now age 62, continues to be Hollywood’s least likely action hero. But he makes it work. [PG-13]

Omar (2013-Palestine) C-98min. D,Sc: Hany Abu-Assad. Adam Bakri. Action thriller set in the Mideast, about a young baker who’s also a freedom fighter, trapped into working as an informant for the Israelis. Or maybe he isn’t. A major player at Cannes last year, and a Best Foreign-Language Oscar nominee. [NR]

Sunrise (1927) B&W-94min. D: F.W. Murnau. George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor. A simple farmer, led on by The Other Woman, thinks about murdering his wife. Probably the greatest of all silent-screen dramas. Showing this weekend at the CCA, and well worth seeing in a theater.

Tim’s Vermeer (2013) C-80min. D: Teller. Tim Jenison. A Texan inventor thinks he’s figured out how Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-75) managed to be a 17th-cent. pioneer of photorealist painting, and sets out to prove his theory. Produced by illusionist Penn Jillette and directed by his performance partner. [PG-13]

Visitors (2014) C-87min. D: Godfrey Reggio. Hypnotic non-narrative assemblage of 74 shots, consisting solely of human, animal, and landscape portraits. Long-awaited new film by the visionary Reggio (the QATSI trilogy), again with an evocative score by Philip Glass. Right-brainers will love it. [NR]

Devil’s Knot (2014)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Non-Stop (2014)
Sunrise (1928)
Tim’s Vermeer (2013)
Visitors (2014)

Cosmos (2014) Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, 13 episodes, 4 discs.

Resurrection (2014/ABC) Omar Epps, Frances Fisher. Season 1, 8 episodes, 2 discs.

True Detective (2014/HBO) Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson. Season 1, 8 episodes, 3 discs.