Mark Wahlberg (The Happening, The Departed) stars as the hero from the popular video game Max Payne, a frustrated cop who lost his family in an unsolved crime. Haunted by his loss, he combs through unsolved cases looking for answers when he stumbles upon Valkyr, a drug that leads him to the Russian underground, and eventually to Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Moving MacAllister). When he goes rogue to find the answers he needs, an Internal Affairs investigator (Ludacris: Hustle & Flow, Crash) is hot on his heels, even as he charges headlong into the violent criminal underworld. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Death Defying Acts) and Harry Treadaway (Control) are a pair of 12-year-olds living in a self-contained, underground city in City of Ember. When the city's generators star to fail and plunge the subterranean city into darkness, and the Mayor (Bill Murray: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Quick Change) unwilling to find answers, the two children embark on an epic adventure to keep their city alive.
Luke Wilson (3:10 to Yuma, The Royal Tenenbaums) gives up on life and retreats into suburban seclusion in Henry Poole is Here, but his nosy neighbor (Adriana Barraza: Amores Perros, Babel) finds a stain on his wall that appears to have miraculous powers... which changes his life, brings a lovely widow (Radha Mitchell: Feast of Love, Phone Booth) into his life, and attracts the attention of a local priest (George Lopez: Balls of Fury, Bread and Roses), as he learns something about hope.
In an animated world where hunchbacks are second-class citizens to the mad scientists, Igor (John Cusack: The Ice Harvest, War Inc) wants to be more than just a henchman in Igor. Set to upstage his master (John Cleese: Splitting Heirs, Around the World in 80 Days) and taking the scientist's bitter back-from-the-dead bunny (Steve Buscemi: Interview, Monsters Inc), Igor tries to be his own mad scientist... but he's got a lot to overcome, especially with the prejudices of other mad scientists against him.
Rob Brown (Stop-Loss, Coach Carter) stars as Ernie Davis, the first African-American football player to win the Heisman Trophy, in The Express. A sports-uplift story, it follows Davis from his humble beginnings through his rise to fame, with Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point, Traffic) as the coach that helped push him to excellence.
Forrest Landis (Cheaper By the Dozen, Flightplan) is a class clown, super spy, and a boy adventurer in Spy School who overhears a plot to kidnap the president's daughter, and has snap to action to save the day.
Music, Grue, or Both?
The latest entry in horror's biggest franchise since the days of Freddy and Jason, Saw V pits the dead-but-formidable Jigsaw (Tobin Bell: The Quick and the Dead, Black Mask 2) against another group of people who desperately need to be taught a lessons... but if some of the traps are inescapable, and there's no escape from the traps, is it the work of the moralistic Jigsaw, or is someone else setting the traps. With Julie Benz (Rambo, Jawbreaker), Meagan Good (One Missed Call, The Love Guru), Costas Mandylor (Payback, Beowulf), and Scott Patterson (Little Big League, Them).
Repo: The Genetic Opera takes a musical approach to disemboweling, produced by the team that put out Saw, telling the tale of a dark future where Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, Perfume) runs GeneCo, which sells replacement organs to people stricken with failing bodies... but if these customers don't pay, the Repo Man (Anthony Stewart Head: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scoop) comes to reclaim the organs. As an industrial-rock opera, the story is told in songs and stylized sets and comic-book visuals.
With all of the music and none of the horror, Center Stage: Turn it Up is the sequel to 2000's song and dance movie Center Stage, following a girl who turns to hip hop dancing in the city when she can't get in to New York's American Ballet Academy.
Johnathan Rhys Meyers (Vanity Fair, The Tudors) plays journalist George Hogg in The Children of Huang Shi, as the man who snuck into Japanese-occupied China in the 1930s. Captured, he's helped by a Chinese resistance leader (Chow Yun-Fat: The Killer, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), falls in love with an Australian nurse (Radha Mitchell: Man on Fire, Silent Hill), and records the story of a lifetime.
William H. Macy (He Was a Quiet Man, Spartan) stars as a washed up movie producer in The Deal. Brought back from the brink of suicide by the thought of conning the studio into one last picture (and a crush on Meg Ryan), he perverts his nephew's (Jason Ritter (Freddy vs. Jason, Swimfan) period epic script into a brainless action picture starring L.L. Cool J (Last Holiday, Deep Blue Sea)... but sometimes even the best cons can fall apart, and only a really cunning player can keep the movie in production.
New to Reckless Video's TV New Releases are Chris Rock's newest stand-up concert for HBO, Kill the Messenger, and the second volume of the anime series Darker than Black.