When an Explosives Ordinance Disposal team leader (Guy Pearce) dies in the line of duty in Iraq, a new explosives expert (Jeremy Renner) steps up in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, the other two members of the team, have to try and keep up with their new, reckless team leader, who charges headlong into hostile situations that could get the whole team killed... that their new team leader, who keeps souvenirs of the hundreds of bombs he's disarmed under his bed, may be addicted to the rush of life or death situations, and will go out of his way to find danger, regardless of the consequences. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Rob Zombie's follow-up to his remake, Halloween II explores the life of the traumatized survivors one year after the first film: the traumatized Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton), the knife-scarred friend Annie (Danielle Harris) and her small town sheriff father (Brad Dourif), and the doctor (Malcolm McDowell) made famous by his books about the murders. As Halloween approaches, they begin to suspect that their boogeyman Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) isn't dead, and is leaving a trail of bodies as he comes back for Laurie.
Coming to the end of his three year tour on the moon, Sam Rockwell is all alone, maintaining a mostly automated mining facility in Moon. With no real-time communication with the outside world (he can record and send messages), and only the mining base's computer (Kevin Spacey) as company, three years have taken a toll on him: he's not sure if he's hallucinating, losing his mind, or worse when he discovers another version of himself in the facility. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Robert Siegel, writer of The Wrestler, writes and directs Big Fan, the story of a die-hard New York Giants fan (Patton Oswalt) who spends his nights calling in to sports radio shows and game days in a parking lot with his best friend (Kevin Corrigan), listening to games on a portable radio. When his fandom takes a turn that affects his team and causes the Giants to lose games, his life and self worth have to be weighed against the only thing he loves.
David Zellner writes, directs, and stars in Goliath. In the middle of a divorce, living alone, and working a dead end job, he loses his last comfort: his cat, Goliath. Now on a quest for meaning and for his beloved pet, he papers the city with fliers, which puts him in the path of misfits, oddballs, and other comically quirky characters.
Unhappily married and emotionally suffering, Maria Bello finds her solace online in Downloading Nancy. Her husband (Rufus Sewell) comes home one day to find her gone, and must piece together the mystery of his missing wife, who left a note saying she had gone to stay with friends. The truth is darker, stranger, and more disturbing: she has found Jason Patric, who can give her what she needs, and what she needs is unfathomable. With Amy Brenneman.
Told out of sequence, Guillermo Arriaga's The Burning Plain centers on the fallout of the affair between Kim Basinger and Joaquim de Almeida, both married and with their own families. Looking forward into the lives of their families (including Charlize Theron and Jose Maria Yazpik), the film charts the effects of the disasters that can tear families apart, and the epiphanies that can be found in understanding history.
The sharp tongued British comedy In The Loop is a government farce, as medium-to-minor players in international politics scramble to save their own jobs when an incompetent minister (Tom Hollander) makes a mistake on camera. With war on the line and everyone scrambling to save their careers, a foul mouthed communications manager (Peter Capaldi), and an American general (James Gandolfini) scheme, maneuver, spin, and plot... all hoping to come out ahead, even if their machinations start a war. With Anna Chlumsky.
Alexis Bledel stars in Post Grad as a girl who can't land a decent job after graduating college. Forced to move back in with her family, she and her best friend (Zach Gilford) team up to reclaim her dreams of the future, namely, the perfect job and the perfect man. With Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch.
Pretty Ugly People reunites a group of college friends for a mountain wilderness getaway in Montana when they get a message from Lucy (Missi Pyle) who wants to spend the "time she has left" with her old gang. She wants to them to see how she's changed since college... but once they're alone in the mountains, she sees that they've all changed, too.
Re-imagined from the 1980 drama, Fame follows a talented group of students (including Kay Panabaker and Naturi Naughton) through four years at the New York Academy of Performing Arts. The film follows the students through drama, voice, dance, and music, as they strive to be the greatest entertainers in the world. Buoyed by a tough but skilled group of teachers, they have a chance to make their dreams come true.
Spike Lee's Passing Strange is a Tony Award-nominated musical stage play captured on film. The rock opera, with the live band on stage and part of the story, follows a young black man on his journey to leave his suburban, church-going upbringing, rebel against his mother, and find something real.
Featuring cameos by R&B all-stars, I Can Do Bad All By Myself is the newest film by Tyler Perry, reprising his role as Madea, who catches a group of youths looting her house and sends them to live with their aunt (Taraji P. Henson), a nightclub singer who wants nothing to do with them. Her world is suddenly richer with the kids clogging her house and a stranger (Brian White) renting her basement, and she discovers the truth about love and family.
When a cellist's orchestra disbands, he leaves Tokyo and returns to his home in the country in Departures. Desperate for work, he finds a job "assisting departures" only to discover his new job is to prepare the deceased for their funeral ceremonies. With no other options, he finds ways to embrace life when surrounded by death.
Our non fiction releases this week include the documentary Beautiful Losers about the Do It Yourself (DIY) art culture and the group of directors, painters, artists, skaters and more that banded together in the early 1990s. We also have the new stand-up performance Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch, where Kathy Griffin discusses fame, celebrity, and the behind-the-scenes of the Emmys and the Grammys.
New this week to Reckless Video's TV New Releases are the 20th season of The Simpsons and the 3rd season of the BBC adventure series Robin Hood.