This week on home video, we’ve got a surprisingly solid list of new films to check out, including no less than five Certified Fresh movies. Considering the glut of bad movies plaguing most cineplexes these days, the offerings below make a strong case for staying in. Read on for details:
Also available this week:
The Cannes Festival-winning Force Majeure (93 percent), a Swedish drama about a small family vacationing in the alps whose bonds are tested when its patriarch leaves them in the lurch during an avalanche scare.
Taiwanese import Stray Dogs (88 percent), a drama about a destitute man living on the streets and his two children, who encounter a mysterious woman that may change their lives.
Kill the Messenger (77 percent), a Certified Fresh thriller starring Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who publicized his findings on the birth of the crack epidemic and the shady dealings of the CIA.
Felony (74 percent), starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in a crime thriller about three detectives at odds with each other after an accident that nearly kills a child.
Lynn Shelton’s Laggies (69 percent), starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz in a dramedy about a 28-year-old slacker who befriends a teen and falls for her father.
Addicted (8 percent), a drama about a married woman who embarks down a dark road of temptation.
HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteridge (95 percent), starring Frances McDormand and Bill Murray in a four-part adaptation of the Elizabeth Strout novel of the same name.
Season six of Showtime’s dark dramedy Nurse Jackie (67 percent), starring Edie Falco as a drug-addicted nurse.
And finally, two choices from the Criterion Collection: Nicolas Roeg’s classic thriller Don’t Look Now (96 percent), starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, and Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country (100 percent), a shorter feature about a family’s idyllic vacation in the French countryside.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards held their annual ceremony on Sunday, Januray 25 in a televised event at Los Angeles’s Shrine Auditorium. Birdman took home another trophy — for Best Ensemble — though The Theory of Everything‘s Eddie Redmayne beat Michael Keaton for Best Actor, while Netflix’s Orange is the New Black came away with a couple of big wins. Read on for the full list.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
On Wednesday, Januray 7, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) released their list of nominees for their annual WGA Awards, honoring outstanding writing in film, television, radio, and new media. The ceremony itself will take place on Saturday, February 7 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, but you can check out a select list of the nominees below:
Also opening this week in limited release:
Actress, a documentary portrait of The Wire star Brandy Burre and her attempt to get back into showbiz, is at 100 percent.
Pelican Dreams, a documentary about the rehabilitation of an injured pelican, is at 100 percent.
Frederick Wiseman‘s National Gallery, a documentary about London’s eminent art museum, is at 95 percent.
The Brazilian import The Way He Looks, a coming-of-age drama about a blind teenager in love, is at 94 percent.
The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in a biopic of celebrated astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in his 20s, is at 82 percent.
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, a gonzo action flick about a group of young filmmakers who get caught up in a mob war, is at 79 percent.
Plot for Peace, a documentary about the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to the fall of Apartheid in South Africa, is at 71 percent.
Mr. Pip, starring Hugh Laurie as an Englishman teaching Charles Dickens to the children of a South Pacific island in the midst of war, is at 54 percent.
Open Windows, starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey in a thriller about a hacker who manipulates an overzealous fan into cyberstalking his favorite actress, is at 47 percent.
21 Years: Richard Linklater, a documentary about the indie film legend, is at 44 percent.
The Better Angels, starring Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke in a meditative drama about Abraham Lincoln’s early life, is at 42 percent.
Jessabelle, a horror film about a woman who returns to her Louisiana home to recover from an accident and discovers she’s being haunted by a malevolent spirit, is at 29 percent.
Elsa & Fred, starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer a romantic comedy about two mismatched seniors who find love, is at 20 percent.
Venture over to our "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" page to view 49 stills and production photos from the epic children’s book adaptation, due out this Friday!
The Walt Disney Pictures release is, of course, a big-budget adaptation of the first book of the C.S. Lewis classic series, The Chronicles of Narnia, and follows the four Pevensie siblings as they enter a magical wardrobe and cross into a mythical land ravaged by war. Take a peek at the photo gallery at some dazzling images of Tilda Swinton as Jadis, the evil Ice Queen, eldest sibling Peter astride a unicorn, behind-the-scenes set photos, and more!
Also check out behind-the-scenes featurettes and the "Chronicles of Narnia" trailer on our trailer page, here.
"Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" opens December 9 and stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson, Ray Winstone and Rupert Everett, with direction by Andrew Adamson ("Shrek," "Shrek 2").