All movies are 2014/15 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVD | Blu-ray | Both Blu-ray and DVD
Dear White People 79 Watch Trailer
Justin Simien's debut feature is a Sundance-approved satire examining the state of race relations on the campus of Winchester University through the lives of four black students played by Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, and Brandon P. Bell. The title comes from the beginning of biracial student Samantha White’s (Thompson) radio show. She’s the president of the all-black residential hall whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. A TV reality show "Black Face/White Place" invades the campus looking for controversy, and black misfit Lionel Higgins (Williams) is asked to join the school's white newspaper staff to cover the story, even though he secretly knows little about black culture.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Watch Trailer
The debut films from writer-director Ned Benson, Rigby offers a look at the impact of a traumatic event on a marriage from the dual perspectives of both the wife (Jessica Chastain) and the husband (James McAvoy). We use the plural because Rigby was released as three distinct films last fall. The home video release will include the separate Her 67 and Him 63 films that originally impressed some critics when they debuted as a double feature at 2013's Toronto festival, as well as the inferior, Weinstein-mandated combined edit (Them 57) that pares the twin films down to a mere 122 minutes, interweaving them in the process.
John Wick 67 Watch Trailer
This stylish action tale stars Keanu Reeves as a former hitman who comes out of retirement to take revenge against the gangsters who stole his car and killed his dog. Simple, yes; boring, no, and critics had surprisingly good things to say about John Wick when it debuted in the fall. Chad Stahelski, the stunt man who doubled for Reeves in The Matrix, makes his directorial debut.
The Overnighters 89 Watch Trailer
One of 2014's best-reviewed documentaries, Jess Moss’ film (winner of a special award for "intuitive filmmaking" at last year's Sundance festival) focuses on pastor Jay Reinke of Concordia Lutheran Church in the small town of Williston, North Dakota. As unemployed men come through the town seeking work in the oil fields, Reinke converts his church each night into a shelter and counseling center. But fear of these overnight guests comes to grip the town, testing the pastor’s strength and compassion.
Starred Up 81 Watch Trailer
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This well-reviewed British prison thriller stars Jack O'Connell (whose strong 2014 also included the lead role in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken) as a young inmate who is transferred to the same facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn), who may or may not be on his side. The result is a "richly nuanced" and realistic story laced with "brutal" violence. Rupert Friend also stars.
More movie releases on February 3, 2015
54 ABCs of Death 2 HORROR
29 The Best of Me DRAMA | James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan
50 Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain DRAMA | Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Martin Sheen
Coffee Town (2013) COMEDY | Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz
86 Diner (1982) DRAMEDY | Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg
40 Dracula Untold HORROR/ACTION | Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon
Every Man for Himself (1980) Criterion Collection release
22 Exists HORROR | Roger Edwards
62 Food Chains DOCUMENTARY
29 Hector and the Search for Happiness ADVENTURE/COMEDY/DRAMA | Simon Pegg
70 Love & Basketball (2000) DRAMA | Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan
Lust for Life (1956) DRAMA | Kirk Douglas
38 Ouija HORROR/THRILLER | Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto
Porco Rosso (1992) ANIMATION [Disney English-language dub]
75 The Retrieval DRAMA | Ashton Sanders
49 Starry Eyes HORROR | Alex Essoe
47 Tales From Earthsea (2006)ANIMATION [Disney English-language dub]
47 Thunder and the House of Magic ANIMATION/FAMILY
61 Tricked DOCUMENTARY
40 Video Games: The Movie DOCUMENTARY
48 The World Made Straight DRAMA | Jeremy Irvine, Noah Wylie
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
The Big Burn PBS documentary
The Bob Newhart Show Season 5
The Bob Newhart Show Season 6
75 Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic Showtime documentary
The Saint Set 2
The Wonder Years Season 2
Force Majeure 87 Watch Trailer
One of last year's best films in any language, Ruben Östlund's beautifully filmed and incisive black comedy follows a Swedish family on a ski vacation in the French Alps. There, a near-encounter with an avalanche (and the family members' various reactions to the event) threatens to tear apart the family. Despite winning the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at last year's Cannes and appearing on numerous year-end top 10 lists, Force Majeure was inexplicably snubbed for a foreign-language Oscar nomination.
Nightcrawler 76 Watch Trailer
The directorial debut of writer Dan Gilroy (Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy) tells the story of Lou Bloom, a driven loner who is high on self-help books and desperate for work. He soon finds his calling in the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Though the film as a whole and stars Jake Gyllenhaal (who plays Bloom) and Rene Russo (portraying a local TV veteran who works with Bloom to boost ratings) were neglected by Oscar voters, they picked up numerous honors elsewhere on the awards circuit.
Olive Kitteridge 89
HBO's four-hour miniseries adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout is a passion project for star Frances McDormand, who optioned the book herself and brought Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) on board to direct. Good choices all around: Olive Kitteridge was universally praised by critics and will almost certainly contend for multiple Emmy Awards later this year. Strout's Kitteridge is not a conventional novel but rather a series of 13 interconnected short stories that take place across 25 years in a Maine coastal town, and the miniseries doesn't attempt to include all of the book's plots and characters, though many are here at least briefly, brought to life by a large and talented ensemble that includes Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Murray, Ann Dowd, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Martha Wainwright. But much of the focus is on McDormand's Kitteridge, a gruff middle-school math teacher married to a warm, caring pharmacist (Richard Jenkins).
Rosewater 66 Watch Trailer
Daily Show host Jon Stewart made his directorial debut last year with this adaptation of journalist Maziar Bahari’s 2011 memoir recounting his 118-day imprisonment following Iran’s riot-inspiring 2009 presidential election. The film is uniquely personal for Stewart because Bahari (played here by Gael García Bernal) was thrown into prison after appearing in a taped interview with The Daily Show’s Jason Jones, an interview his (apparently humor-challenged) interrogators used against him during his confinement. While Stewart may need to stick to his day(-ly) job for a bit longer—Rosewater grossed just $3 million—critics mostly found his first film to be a solid effort, if a bit short of greatness.
More movie releases on February 10, 2015
The Activist THRILLER | Michael Spears
32 Addicted THRILLER | Boris Kodjoe, John Newberg, Sharon Leal, Tyson Beckford
54 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day FAMILY/COMEDY
A Day in the Country (1936) Criterion Collection release
Don't Look Now (1973) Criterion Collection release
61 Exposed DOCUMENTARY [out Friday 13 Feb]
52 Felony THRILLER | Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton
60 Kill the Messenger DRAMA/THRILLER | Jeremy Renner
67 Kink DOCUMENTARY
63 Laggies DRAMEDY | Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell
61 Lilting DRAMA | Ben Whishaw
The Lookalike DRAMA/THRILLER | Gillian Jacobs, Jerry O’Connell, John Savage, Justin Long
One Small Hitch ROM-COM
68 Predestination ACTION/SCI-FI/THRILLER | Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor
Race for Your Life Charlie Brown (1977) ANIMATION/FAMILY
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) COMEDY | Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin
42 The Song DRAMA | Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas
84 Stray Dogs FOREIGN/DRAMA
64 Through a Lens Darkly DOCUMENTARY
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
Atlantis Season 2 Part 1
Batman Season 2 Part 1
Captain Scarlet and the Mysteronull