Ray Stevenson (King Arthur, Outpost) is the third actor to don the Punisher's skull-emblazoned t-shirt in Punisher: War Zone, a hyper-violent reboot of the vigilante from the Marvel comics (X-Men, Iron Man). After hunting the crime-filled streets of New York for years, he makes a terminal enemy when he disfigures a violent mob boss and creates the supervillian Jigsaw (Dominic West: Chicago, 300). Bent on revenge, Jigsaw springs his uncontrollably violent brother (Doug Hutchison: The Salton Sea, I Am Sam) from an insane asylum, and begin to gather power. Now the Punisher must face an amy of criminals, as well as the FBI agent (Colin Salmon: The Bank Job, Match Point) out to bring him down, all with levels of graphic violence that make the previous versions of The Punisher look tame in comparison.
When conceited, philandering chemistry professor Alan Rickman (Love Actually, Bottle Shock) wins the Nobel Prize in Nobel Son, Shawn Hatosy (Alpha Dog, Factory Girl) kidnaps the professor's son (Bryan Greenberg: The Perfect Score, Prime) and holds him for ransom... but he didn't count on how callous Rickman really is, or how little love Greenberg has for his father. If the two young men team up to take the Nobel Prize money, the movie shifts from ransom to heist, as allegiances shift, and everyone aims to settle their scores. With Mary Steenburgen (The Brave One, Sunshine State), Bill Pullman (You Kill Me, Lake Placid), Eliza Dushku (Wrong Turn, Sex and Breakfast), and Danny DeVito (10 Items or Less, Drowning Mona).
[·REC] is the Spanish-language film that was remade into Quarantine. The plot and development of the two movies are very similar (Quarantine is a pretty faithful remake): an outbreak of a virus in an apartment building turns the tenants into rabid monsters... but, like The Ring before it, the original is sharper, more vital, and scarier than the remake. [•REC] genuinely feels like it's happening realtime, edited in-camera.
In Paris in 2025, a series of seemingly-unsolvable murders lead to a state of the art plastic surgery clinic in the French Chrysalis. A hard-bitten detective (Albert Dupontel: A Very Long Engagement, Irreversible) is following the trail of bodies that leads him to question a young crash survivor (Melanie Thierry: Babylon A.D, The Legend of 1900) and her enigmatic doctor (Marthe Keller: In the Time of the Wolf, Marathon Man), with action scenes by Bourne Identity choreographer Alain Figlarz.
Elegy is the new film by Isabel Coixet (My Life without Me, Secret Life of Words) starring Ben Kingsley (Transsiberian, The Wackness) as a professor and cultural critic who keeps his relationships with women brief and casual... until he meets a younger woman (Penelope Cruz: Vicky Christina Barcelona, All About My Mother) who makes him want his first serious relationship in years. Their romance costs him his casual affair with Patricia Clarkson (Married Life, The Station Agent), but their relationship develops further than he could anticipate. With Dennis Hopper (Swing Vote, Land of the Dead) and Deborah Harry (Cop Land, Videodrome).
The HBO/BBC adaptation of the stage play My Zinc Bed stars Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz) as a recovering alcoholic who's called to interview a wealthy businessman (Jonathan Pryce: Leatherheads, The Brothers Grimm) who is obsessed with addiction. The obsession makes sense when he meets the businessman's beautiful wife (Uma Thurman: Kill Bill, The Life Before Her Eyes), who is also an alcoholic.
Dear Zachary is a documentary about the murder of Canadian-American Dr. Andrew Bagby, originally started to leave the now-deceased doctor's son some insight into his father, and hopefully, his father's death.
New this week to Reckless Video's TV New Releases are the 12th season of Comedy Central's South Park and a new direct-to-video Barbie movie, Barbie: Thumbelina.