April 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Video Library New Releases

Week of April 18th 2013

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.



BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY (2014) CoD,CoW: Geoff Moore & David Posamentier. Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta, Jane Fonda.  In Waterford CT, a nebbishy druggist gets involved with a pill-popping blonde bombshell, both miserable in their marriages. What to do, what to do? What do you think? Able cast, particularly Fonda as “Herself,” sort of. [R]

BLACK NATIVITY (2013)  93M. D: Kasi Lemmons. Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones (aka Nas), Jennifer Hudson. A Baltimore teen visits relatives in NYC, in what leads to an urban retelling of the Christmas Story set to gospel music. Based on Langston Hughes’ 1961 Broadway play. [PG]

THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) 125min. D: Edward Dmytryk. Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray. From the Pulitzer novel and subsequent play by Herman Wouk.               

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (2014) 90min. D: Deborah Chow. Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn. V.C. Andrews’ 1979 gothic tale of a selfish mother, a mean granny, a locked room full of growing kids, and then some. Much much more faithful and satisfying than the sanitized 1987 movie with Kristy Swanson and Louise Fletcher.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (2013-GB) 128min. D: Mike Newell. Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger. Lush new version of the Charles Dickens classic. [PG-13]

I AM DIVINE (2014) 90min. D: Jeffrey Schwartz. Documentary about Baltimore native Harris Glenn Milstead, who—as Divine—was director John Walters’ muse and the star of his infamous PINK FLAMINGOS (1972). Interviewees: Waters, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter (co-star in LUST IN THE DUST, shot in NorNewMex), Mink Stole et al. [NR]

INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. (2004) 60min. D: James Franco. James Franco. The peripatetic Franco’s extrapolation of the forever-lost missing 40min. of CRUISING (1981).

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (2013-GB) 11min. D: Ralph Fiennes. Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander. Gidget-and-geezer love story about author Charles Dickens and a very young but hauned girl. [R]

THE NUT JOB (2014) 85m. D: Peter Lepiniotis. Family animated feature about squirrels and bank robbers. Voices: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Jeff Dunham. [PG]

PHILOMENA (2013-GB) 98min. D: Stephen Frears. Judi Dench, Steve Coogan (who also co-wrote). For reasons of his own, a journalist helps a woman find out what happened to the child she was forced to give up decades before. Nominated for 4 Oscars.  [PG-13

THE PIRATE FAIRY (’14) 78min. Really, Tinker Bell could kick Barbie’s ass.   

RIDE ALONG (2014) 99min. D: Tim Story. Ice Cube, Kevin Hart. Buddy comedy about a school security guard who’s engaged to a cop’s sister, and has to prove himself to his prospective in-law and to himself. [PG-13]

ROTHKO’S ROOMS (2000) 60min. D: David Thompson. Insightful documentary on the great, and unique, artist Mark Rothko (1903-70). Among the interviews are his two grown children.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) 114min. D: Ben Stiller. Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig. The classic James Thurber story of a daydreamer, here made large. [PG]

TO PARIS WITH LOVE (1954-GB-Fr) 74min. D: Robert Hamer. Alec Guinness. A sly Guinness is a wealthy Scots widower whose matchmaker son accompanies him across the Channel to romance. Delightful and grown-up look at love European style, with a mint green Rolls to die for.




ARCHER Season 3 (2011-12/Cartoon Network) Season 3, 13 episodes, 2 discs, each with special features.
BROADCHURCH (2013/PBS) David Tennant, Olivia Colman. Season 1, 8 episodes, 3 discs.

ORPHAN BLACK (2013/BBC America) Season 1, 10 episodes, 3 discs.

RECTIFY (2013/Sundance Channel) From the producers of BREAKING BAD. Season 1, 6 episodes, 2 discs.

RIPPER STREET (2013/BBC America) Season 2, 9 episodes,  3 discs.