Nick’s Picks 12/26/12
FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
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THREE OF A KIND – Create Space
Three of a Kind, filmed almost entirely in Idaho, portrays a woman who tries to break free from her abusive marriage to a powerful, dangerous man. Victor (Tom Adams) is the man of Anna’s (Jodi Russell) dreams, but in reality Victor becomes the man of her nightmares. He must also confront his own nightmares– haunting childhood memories that he relives with his disabled sister (Margot Kidder).
SLEEPWALK WITH ME – IFC
Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It’s also the first movie from Ira Glass and co-produced by “This American Life.” The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.
RESIDENT EVIL RETRIBUTION – Sony
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus is spreading across the globe transforming ordinary people into legions of zombies. Headed for extinction the human race has just one hope: Alice (Milla Jovovich). She’s on a mission fighting her way through cities and across continents all inside Umbrella’s prime research facility. Old friends become new enemies as she battles to escape and discovers that everything that she believes may not even be true.
CALIFORNICATION: Season Five – Showtime
Sophisticated and unique, this comedy centers on novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny) who struggles to raise his 13-year-old daughter, while still carrying a torch for his ex-girlfriend. His obsession with truth-telling and self destructive behavior drinks drugs and relationships are both destroying and enriching to his career.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM: Season Three – HBO
HBO presents the third season of The Life & Times of Tim, the animated series conceived, written, produced and voiced by Steve Dildarian. An average guy who can’t seem to catch a break, Tim is (at least on the surface) an even-keeled, 20-something New Yorker who just wants a job, and whose live-in girlfriend Amy just wants him to be normal and gainfully employed, like her friends’ boyfriends. But in Tim’s world, the simplest day-to-day decisions always seem to get in his way. Part of the problem is that Tim has a habit of befriending bizarre and unreliable characters, each of whom are capable of getting Tim into (and sometimes out of) serious trouble. Cases in point: Stu, Tim’s best friend, would rat him out in a heartbeat for a chance with Amy, while The Boss, despite no longer being Tim’s boss, returns this season just as offensive as in seasons past. Tim can’t help but take the wrong advice from the wrong people, whom he encounters over the course of ten half-hour episodes, each consisting of two stories.
KILLER JOE – Lionsgate
Killer Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a Dallas detective who doubles as a hit-man, with the charm of a Southern gentleman. Chris (Emile Hirsch) hires Joe to kill his mother, in order to collect her life insurance and pay off his debts. When Chris is unable to pay for the service up front, Joe takes Chris’s sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as a retainer until he can be paid.
TWO DAYS IN NEW YORK – Magnolia
Hip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion (Julie Delpy), live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s jolly father, her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem.
THE GOOD DOCTOR – Magnolia
Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom) is an ambitious but anxious young doctor, eager to impress his superiors and colleagues. But things are not going Martin’s way and he can’t seem to shake off his insecurities. When 18-year-old patient Diane (Riley Keough) is admitted for a kidney infection, Martin steps in, getting the much-needed boost of self-esteem he craves. However, the situation takes a dark turn as his enthusiasm transforms into an obsession.
TOTAL RECALL – Sony
Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
THE WORDS – Sony
“There’s more than one way to take a life…” and The Words couldn’t be truer. Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) has achieved his every goal: a loving wife critical success and a best-selling novel. The only problem is he didn’t write it. Now as his conscience starts to haunt him and his past wrongs are revealed it’s difficult to tell fact from fiction. Jeremy Irons Dennis Quaid Olivia Wilde Ben Barnes and Zoe Saldana star in this romantic thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Dog Days – Fox
Everybody’s favorite wimp, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), is back for three times the fun in the latest film based on the super-popular book series! When Greg’s dad (Steve Zahn) threatens to send him to military school if he doesn’t stay out of trouble, Greg finds all-new ways to land himself in the doghouse! For starters, Greg’s in over his head when he pretends to work at the swanky country club where Rowley’s family has a membership. Things don’t go much better on a father-son camping trip with the Wilderness Explorers, and then there’s the Heffley’s new dog, Sweetie, who fetches even more trouble for Greg in this hilarious family film!
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