May 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Video Library New Releases

Week of May 23rd 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 DVDs in Art and Artists:

Frida (2002) C-123min. D: Julie Taymor. Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Antonio Banderas. Hayek does Kahlo, as Kahlo does Mexico. A pretty hard [R]

Gauguin: The Full Story (2003-GB) C-120min. D,Sc: Waldemar Januszczak. Feature-length biography. [NR]

Matisse Picasso (2002-France) C-60min. D: Philippe Kohly. Documentary examines why each artist thought the other was his only equal. [NR]

Paris: The Luminous Years (2010) C-120min. D,Sc: Perry Miller Adato. The flavorful saga of life in the heart of Modernism from 1905-1930. [NR]

Pollock (2000) C-122min. D: Ed Harris. Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly. Harris is Jackson Pollock. Harden won Best Supporting Actress as his much put-upon wife Lea Krasner. Justifiably rated [R]



New DVD:

Grand Piano (2014) C-90min. D: Eugenio Mira. Elijah Wood, John Cusack. During a live concert, a sniper holds a nervous pianist in his scope. You can probably figure out who plays which part. [R]

In Secret (2014) C-101min. D,Sc: Charlie Stratton. Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange. Third screen version of Émile Zola’s 1867 novel Thèrése Raquin, about a young woman ensnared in a disastrous marriage who finds true love elsewhere. Always a pleasure to see Lange. [R]

Mind the Gap (2002-GB) C-130min. D,Sc: Eric Schaeffer. Alan King, Elizabeth Reaser, John Hurt. Five seemingly unrelated strangers intersect and synchronize. Title refers to caution signs in stations on the London Underground. [R]

Monuments Men, The (2014) C-118min. D: George Clooney. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin. In WW2, professionals in the art industry assemble in an untrained platoon to save European artworks from marauding Nazis. [PG-13]

Pale Male (2002/PBS) C-54min. D: Frederic Lilien. Narr: Joanne Woodward. Documentary about a red-tailed hawk living among the  Manhattan skyscrapers. Originally shown on Nature. [NR]

Pompeii (2014) C-105min. D: Paul W.S. Anderson. Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland. It’s the year 79, and Vesuvius is about to blow its top in this mashup of GLADIATOR and TITANIC. Sutherland makes a good action villain. From the creator of the RESIDENT EVIL movies. [PG-13]

Raze (2013) C-92min. D: Josh C. Waller. Zoë Bell, Rachel Nichols. Abducted women find they must fight each other to win their way out of captivity. Quentin Tarantino’s stuntwoman muse Bell stars and hits. [R]

Vampire Academy (2013) C-104min. D: Mark Waters. Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Joely Richardson, Olga Kurylenko, Gabriel Byrne.  Title tells all in this adaptation of Richelle Mead’s young adult book series (available at the Santa Fe Public Library). [PG-13]



New Blu-Ray:

Monuments Men, The (2014) Please see above.

Pompeii (2014) Please see above.


New TV:

Call the Midwife (2014/BBC) Season 3, 8 episodes + Christmas special, 3 discs.