Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Rating: R
Genre(s): Horror, Comedy
Director: Eli Craig
Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
Format: Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Run Time: 88 minutes

The Blurb:
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. Tucker & Dale vs Evil has been a hit on the festival circuit, debuting at Sundance, and winning the Midnight Audience Award at SXSW, the Jury Prize for First Feature at Fantasia, the Best Director award at Fantaspoa, and the Best Motion Picture Award at Sitges.

The Buzz:
A decent script matched with some underrated actors yields a rare horror-comedy that not only works, but works well and has a heart. If you’re a fan of early Sam Raimi films, Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland then check it out.

Griff the Invisible
Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Arthouse, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Leon Ford
Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Marshall Napier, Kelly Paterniti, Heather Mitchell
Format: AC-3, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Vivendi
Run Time: 90 minutes

The Blurb:
The world can make us invisible. Courage can make us incredible. Love can make us invincible. Ryan Kwanten of TV’s True Blood stars in this charming, quirky and totally unpredictable romantic comedy about the superhero in all of us. Griff (Kwanten), a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night. Griff’s secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody), a cute but unconventional daydreamer. She quickly becomes fascinated by his idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own. In the face of mounting pressure to live in the “real world,” it’s up to Melody to rescue Griff the Invisible for the sake of herself, Griff and their newfound love for each other.

The Buzz:
The man who play’s Jason Stackhouse can’t seem to save this movie that can’t get quirky and funny together. Writer/director Leon ford seems to try too hard in making his damaged (super) hero do something incredible.

30 Minutes or Less
Rated: R
Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride
Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Run Time: 83 minutes

The Blurb:
In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

The Buzz:
A talented cast can’t save an uneven and pointless script. The crude gags aren’t so much funny as crnge-worthy.

One Day
Rated: PG-13
Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Universal Studios
Run Time: 108 minutes

The Blurb:
After one day together – July 15th, 1988, their college graduation – Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself.

The Buzz:
A clumsy adaptation where Hathaway and Sturgess are wasted in a down version of When Harry Met Sally rather than the more entertaining best-selling novel. Want to see an epic romance over time, grab The Notebook instead.

Our Idiot Brother
Rated: R
Genre(s): Comedy
Director: Jesse Peretz
Stars: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones
Format: Widescreen
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Run Time: 90 minutes

The Blurb:
Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned’s family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn’t such an idiot after all.

The Buzz:
Paul Rudd shines in a strong and talented female cast that is probably better than its script. While a bit uneven its laughs are not mean spirited nor come at other’s expense.

The Future
Rated: R
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
Director: Miranda July
Stars: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Run Time: 91 minutes

The Blurb:
When Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) decide to adopt a stray cat, their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.

The Buzz:
Love her or hate her (movies), July delivers a weird tales. If you read the previous paragraph and thought, WTF then probably take a pass. If you read the previous paragraph and thought, cool, then it might be your kind of weird.

The Art of Getting By
Rated: PG-13
Genre(s): Romance
Director: Gavin Wiesen
Stars: Freddie Highmore
Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 84 minutes

The Blurb:
The Art of Getting By stars Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts – Scream 4), a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

The Buzz:
Universally panned and deemed unwatchable if you are under 11 or over 22. Overachieving girl falls for waste of space loser, ya like that happen in the world outside of porno.

Another Earth
Rated: PG-13
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Mike Cahill
Stars: Brit Marling, Mike Cahill
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 93 minutes

The Blurb:
Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. Estranged from the world and the selves they once knew, the two outsiders begin an unlikely love affair and reawaken to life. But when one is presented with the chance of a lifetime opportunity to travel to the other Earth and embrace an alternative reality, which new life will they choose?

The Buzz:
The sci-fi is just dressing to view the anatomy of a toxic relationship. The critics are split as to whether it’s a brilliant yet flawed movie or just a flawed movie. Like indie romane movies, the give it a view.

5 Days of War
Rated: R
Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Richard Coyle
Format: Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: ANCHOR BAY
Run Time: 113 minutes

The Blurb:
5 Days of War is an action-packed international thriller from acclaimed director, Renny Harlin. Based on true events, this intense film is a vivid account of a renegade American journalist, his cameraman and a local woman caught behind enemy lines, and determined to not only survive, but tell the world what was happening, during the swift but devastating 5-day war between Russian and the Georgian Republic in 2008.

The Buzz:
Roger Ebert says that any Michael Bay movie is deeper than this movie. Most others say that it is a clumsy and poorly executed politically thriller, which secretly yearns to be a summer blockbuster.

Chillerama
Rated: Unrated
Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directors: Adam Rifkin, Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Tim Sullivan
Stars: Richard Riehle, Ray Wise, Eric Roberts, Joel David Moore, Lin Shaye
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Run Time: 120 minutes

The Blurb:
It’s the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman (Hatchet’s Richard Riehle) has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil until this very night! What could possibly go wrong?

The Buzz:
Shot for $300 000 on prosumer cameras. Not just a homage to grindhouse horror, but a middle finger to corporate Hollywood.

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil Rating: R Genre(s): Horror, Comedy Director: Eli Craig Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden Format: Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled Language: English Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Number of discs: 1 Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment Run Time: 88 minutes The Blurb: Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what...