APRIL 24TH, 2012

Better late than never on this week’s new releases:

Mark Wahlberg fans rejoice. Two big releases this week, sprinkled along with some semi-big titles as well. Contraband, the “one last heist” film starring Markie Mark and the always impressive Ben Foster captivates with just enough action to keep things interesting. Minus the striking resemble of this story compared to Gone In 60 Seconds, Contraband doesn’t entirely disappoint and at least serves its purpose.

The two sub-big releases that I am interested in seeing for the first time are Pariah and The Innkeepers. Pariah is about a young African American girl who dresses like a boy and enjoys the company of fellow females (if you catch my drift). Her family would never approve so she hides it. But the poetic nature of the film is alluring and Pariah was highly regarded during the For Your Consideration phase of the Academy Awards. Also, The Innkeepers, which, on a surface level, comes off like an unoriginal ghost horror movie. But from close friends and critics, the film is successful in producing quality scares and I can never turn down a good horror film.

The Wicker Tree, which apparently is neither a remake or a sequel, but a “companion piece” to the 1973 version of The Wicker Man (not the flop that was the Nicolas Cage abomination), was released this week. My interest is peaked as the original Wicker Man is regarded as one of the eeriest and best horror films around.

Halle Berry is slumming these days and if you don’t believe me, check out Dark Tide. What looks like a straight-to-DVD release follows Berry’s character, a “shark whisperer” who loses her “mojo”. These are actual descriptors used to sell this movie. What a joke! I might watch this just to see how bad it is. To think Halle Berry once got paid a million dollars to show her goods in the movie Swordfish. Now she’s diving for dollars in this sadly marketed bottom feeder.

The last notable film released this week is British drama, Albatross, starring the beautiful Felicity Jones, from one of my favorite films last year Like Crazy.

New Releases

  • 11-11-11
  • Cinema Verite
  • Contraband
  • Dark Tide
  • The Innkeepers
  • Pariah
  • The Wicker Tree

TV Box Set

  • Billy the Exterminator: Season Four
  • Lost Girl: Season One
  • Marvel Anime – Iron Man: Complete Series
  • Marvel Anime – X-Men: Complete Series
  • The Wild Thornberrys: Season Two, Part Two

Special Editions/Other Releases

  • A Mother’s Love
  • Albatross
  • Badge 373
  • Be Who You Are
  • Blind Turn
  • The Boy Mir
  • The Buccaneer
  • Citizen Welles
  • Contradictions of the Heart
  • Cowboys and Indians
  • Crime After Crime
  • Dirtbags: Limited Re-Release
  • Dogs Lie
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave
  • Fat Head
  • Fetish Dolls Die Laughing
  • The Fields
  • First Beautiful Thing
  • Girl On a Motorcycle: Remastered Edition
  • Headspace
  • Hellcats
  • Hit!
  • I Was A Spy
  • In Search of Haydn
  • Indemnity: Rage Of A Jealous Vampire
  • The Jayhawkers
  • Jew Suss
  • Late Rounders
  • Laurel and Hardy
  • Lemonade Joe
  • Let the Bullets Fly
  • Magritte: Day and Night
  • Marquis De Sade’s Justine: Remastered Edition
  • McMillan and Wife
  • Ms Cannibal Holocaust
  • Nazis at the Center of the Earth
  • Night Wolf
  • Of Dolls and Murder
  • The Organizer: Criterion
  • Our Town
  • The Perils of Pauline
  • Planet of Vampire Women
  • Pony Express
  • The Red House
  • Return (2012)
  • Reuniting the Rubins
  • The Scarlet Worm
  • Some Days Are Better Than Others
  • Stony Island
  • Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records
  • Stronger Than Blood
  • Teen Spirit
  • The Tested
  • The Theatre Bizarre
  • Time That Remains
  • Unauthorized: The Story Of Rock N Roll Comics
  • White Knuckles
  • Who’s Your Brothers
  • Wreckage
  • Young Goethe

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