The week after Christmas is a notoriously slow time for new DVD and Blu-ray releases, but there are still a few offerings that may interest you. Take a look:
In the early ’70s, Manhattan impresario Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) envisioned hosting “Country, Bluegrass and Blues” acts in his small venue at Bleeker and the Bowery. He wound up running the mecca for the punk and New Wave sounds as they took a generation by storm. This affectionate ensemble homage to CBGB’s heyday–featuring music by Talking Heads, Ramones, Blondie, and The Dead Boys–co-stars Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Rupert Grint, Taylor Hawkins, and Ashley Greene.
Don Jon (2013)
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote and directed) is an accomplished lothario who, despite his success with the ladies, actually enjoys watching porn more than having sex. Jon begins to learn valuable lessons about real intimacy through his relationships with Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a beautiful young woman who wants a long-term courtship, and the older, more experienced Esther (Julianne Moore). Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson co-star in this raunchy comedy/drama.
Love, Marilyn (2012)
Who could speak better to the legend of Marilyn Monroe than the legend herself? Using passages from the 2010 book “Excerpts”–a collection of the screen sex symbol’s letters, poems, and notes–this unique documentary charts the major turning points in Monroe’s too-brief life and career as modern-day stars, including F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, and others, deliver interpretive readings of the thoughts Monroe set to paper.
Matt’s Chance (2013)
We’ve all gotten lousy birthday presents, but this year, chronic loser Matt (Edward Furlong) came home to find his fiancee in bed with her boss. Unsure of whether to try to get her back, or just get even, he winds up getting support from a compassionate Eastern European mobster, a combative priest, and other assorted oddballs. Engaging dark farce co-stars Gary Busey, Margot Kidder, and Lee Majors.
At a posh ski resort, a 12-year-old thief (Kacey Mottet Klein) acts as the breadwinner for himself and his older sister (Lea Seydoux) by stealing from wealthy tourists. As she pursues short-lived relationships with men, he forms a partnership with a British worker that eventually becomes dangerous–transforming the relationship he has with his sibling in surprising ways. French-Swiss crime drama co-stars Gillian Anderson, Martin Compston.
Thy Will Be Done (2013)
The ravages of Hurricane Katrina test the mettle of a former pastor in this uplifting gospel musical based on the stage play. Abandoning his faith and taking to the streets after the storm destroys his church, the ex-preacher starts the uneasy road back to grace when he suffers a near-death experience and comes upon a house of worship seeking a new leader. Kathy Bowman, Darcel Blue, and Al Garrison star.
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