Saturday, March 8, 2014
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “Looper.”
Suggested retail price: $35.99.
"WAR OF THE DEAD" -- Andrew Tiernan, Mikko Leppilampi. Truth in advertising can be a rare thing in the home video world, but this gory killfest delivers exactly what it purports to: People fighting a war against dead people, or Nazi zombies, to be precise. Director Marko Makilaakso mostly dispenses with plot and wisely sticks to the battle footage, which is appropriately graphic and nicely varied to prevent combat burnout for the strong-stomached viewer. If you're in the market for footage of people in various stages of decay getting blown apart (in high definition, no less), "War of the Dead" would appear to be exactly what you're looking for. Rated R. Running time: 1:26.
Suggested retail price: $24.98.
"LITTLE BIRDS" -- Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker. Downbeat but ultimately hopeful drama from first-time writer-director Elgin James is the gorgeously shot and fearlessly acted tale of Lily (Temple) and Aliison (Panabaker), a pair of oft-squabbling tween friends eager to escape their dismal Salton Sea existence, with its rundown trailer parks and unsupportive, occasionally even dangerous citizens. Regarding a group of visiting street kids from L.A. as a possible ticket out, the girls follow their new friends to the supposed promised land, only to become embroiled in a frightening situation that promises to spiral out of control in short order. A warts-and-all hard luck tale of a complex friendship tested to its limits. Rated R. Running time: 1:34.
Suggested retail price: $28.99.
"THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS" -- Lucy Liu, Michael C. Hall. Viewers accustomed to Hall's genially psychotic and exacting performance as "Dexter" may find it hard to buy him as a passive slacker in this refreshingly unpredictable comedy, but once the initial shock wears off, he's a hoot as Morris Bliss, a thirtysomething layabout still reluctant to leave the comforts of his father's (Peter Fonda) appealing East Village apartment. It's a situation that takes a hilarious and unexpected turn when a chance encounter with a young woman (Brie Larson) somehow results in a bevy of extremely attractive women throwing themselves at the bookish, unassuming Bliss. Hall's reactions to the encounters are priceless, and the entire affair will favorably remind movie buffs of Martin Scorsese's 1985 cult comedy "After Hours." Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:37.
Suggested retail price: $14.98
-- Courtesy of Videoport