July 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Video Library New Releases

Week of Friday July 25th 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.


New DVD:
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) C-84min. D: Phil Alden Robinson. Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo. A permanently pissed-off man looks for instant atonement when his doctor informs hm he has only 90 minutes to live. Strisdent comedy, somewhere between Send Me No Flowers and D.O.A.  [R]

The Atomic Café (1982) C/B&W-88min. CoD: Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, & Pierce Rafferty. Horrifying and hilarious documentary, pre-WIPP, hasn’t lost its punch or its humor, and if anything, is even more relevant today. [NR]

César Chavez (2013) C-102min. D: Diego Luna. Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich. Biopic of the crusader for the civil rights of migrant workers. [PG-13]

French Twist (1995-France) C-100min. D: Josiane Balasko. Victoria Abril, Josiane Balasko. The eternal triangle unfolds unexpectedly, in a most Gallic way. From the director of Too Beautiful for You. [NR]

GMO OMG (2013) C-85min. D,Sc: Jeremy Seifert. Highly personalized documentary about a father who investigates genetically modified food out of concern for his three children. Monsanto is a major player, in a story about the coming end of real food.[NR]

Heaven Is For Real (2014) C-99min. D: Randall Wallace. Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church. A couple’s child very nearly dies, but comes back to life with an extraordinary account of having visited Heaven. Based on a real-life near-death experience of an actual family’s experience, and based on the #1 NY Times best-selling 2010 book by Todd Burpo (available at the SFe Public Library). [PG]

Made in America (2014) C-93min. D: Ron Howard. Concert film, shot live in Philadelphia, with Jay-Z, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Jill Scott, etc. An unlikely subject for the director. [NR]

Sabotage (2014) C-109min. D: David Ayer. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard. DEA squad faces gangster assassination, one by one, after robbing a drug cartel safe house. Ahnuld is finally looking his age. [R]

Transcendence (2014) C-118min. D: Wally Pfister. Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy. A scientist slowly expiring of radiation poisoning allows his consciousness to be uploaded into a computer, where his brain combines with the machine’s artificial intelligence to open the door to a brave, often scary, new world. Directorial debut of the cinematographer for Crhsistopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), who also executive produced. Smart, spectacular, shot in New Mexico (Belen, Albuquerque, I-25 Studios), and highly recommended. [PG-13]

New Blu-ray:
Heaven Is For Real (2014)
Sabotage (2014)
Transcendence (2014)

New Mystery:
Wallander (2010-Sweden) The original mystery series, remade later in English by Kenneth Branagh. From the crime novels by Henning Mankell. Series 1, 3 separate cases, 3 discs.