The first half of the final installment of the incredibly popular Twilight franchise is Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, which begins with the marriage of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) to her vampire lover Edward (Robert Pattinson). As they head off for their honeymoon in Brazil and plan to start a family, the concept of vampire/human breeding causes turmoil throughout the supernatural community, and especially with Bella-devoted werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner). On DVD and Blu-Ray. Now with Rifftrax!
Dramatizing an oft-debated theory, Roland Emmerich's Anonymous is the story of the gifted playwright and poet Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans), Earl of Oxford, who cannot publish his work under his own name. Since a man of de Vere's station can't be associated with the playhouse, his work is accredited to a drunken, barely-literate actor named William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall). As de Vere's life unfolds, entangled with Queen Elizabeth I (Vanessa Redgrave) and the weight of 1500's nobility, his marriage and his position fall second to his true passion, writing, for which he will never receive any credit. With David Thewlis and Edward Hogg. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a domineering father in Fireflies in the Garden, a professor who's punishments and rules have impacted his relationships with his wife Lisa (Julia Roberts), his son Michael (Ryan Reynolds), and his daughter Ryne (Shannon Lucio). When a tragic event disrupts their routine, it illuminates the family's story through three generations and a series of flashbacks, uncovering secrets within Charles' family, including Lisa's sister (Emily Watson) and Michael's ex-wife (Carrie-Ann Moss).
An ex-con (Samuel L Jackson) sits down with a professor (Tommy Lee Jones) in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited. After preventing the professor from stepping in front of train, the ex-con takes him home, and the two have a conversation about life and the meaning of suffering... but the ex-con, an evangelical Christian, and the professor, an atheist, approach the subjects from opposite sides.
Chance brings estranged friends together in A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, where Kumar's (Kal Penn) life is on hold, parked on a couch playing video games in a cloud of smoke, and Harold (John Cho), now married to Maria (Paula Garces), has a good job and a nice house. When Kumar shows up on Harold's doorstep, he starts a series of events that send the pair off on another epic adventure... this time, to win the approval of Harold's intimidating father-in-law (Danny Trejo). Over the course of the night, they run afoul of gangsters, become claymation versions of themselves, befriend a waffle-making robot, perform emergency surgery on Santa Claus, and reunite with a resurrected Neil Patrick Harris for a show-stopping number. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Sandy (Catherine Zeta-Jones) begins a new life as a single mom in Manhattan in the romantic comedy The Rebound. Moving into an apartment above a coffee shop, she befriends Aram (Justin Bartha), a waiter at the coffee house and college student, who babysits her kids. As Aram, 15-years Sandy's junior, becomes the family's full-time nanny, they begin to develop a relationship, but can two people at such different points in their lives make something last?
Tak Sakaguchi is a nearly undefeatable warrior in Yakuza Weapon, but he returns from his mercenary war in South America, he finds allegiances shifted among the Yakuza bosses. On the wrong side of a gang war, he finds himself on the wrong side of a fight even he can't win... left for dead, he's rebuilt, Machine Girl-style, with a gatling gun for an arm and a rocket launcher in his leg, making him even more of an over-the-top killing machine than he was before. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
The directors of Catfish apply their documentary skills to the found-footage based Paranormal Activity 3. Set 18 years before the first two films, the third movie explores the childhood that began Kristie and Katie's involvement with the supernatural world. Documented by cameras stationed around the house, the tapes reveal the backstory of the hauntings that haunt the girls into their adult lives. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
The follow-up to Who Killed the Electric Car?, Revenge of the Electric Car looks into the progress of the resurgence of electric vehicles since the recall of the General Motors EV1. What was shrouded in secret during the first movie is laid bare now, as the filmmakers are granted access to the in-development projects and behind-the-scenes work of GM and Nissan and their electric car projects. Exploring the future of electric vehicles, the film looks at the major manufacturers, upstart independents like Tesla Motors, and people who convert gas cars to electric on their own. Narrated by Tim Robbins.
Director James Marsh's Project Nim tells the story of a chimpanzee named Nim and the experiment to see if he could communicate like a human. The experiment took place in the 1970s, raising Nim like a human child and teaching him sign language in an attempt to refute the claim that only humans have language. As Nim's life (and the experiment) progressed, he had a profound impact on the people surrounding him, and the complex relationships that evolved as Nim grew into adulthood.
A documentary that developed during 12 years in the Irish Traveler community, Knuckle provides an in-depth look into feuding Traveler families and the bare-knuckle fights they use to settle family rivalries. Mostly focused on the feud that rose between the Quinn McDonagh family and the Joyce family in the 1990s, the film looks at the fights, the families, and the long term effects of the violent rivalry.
Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven is a documentary by the director of Page One: Inside the New York Times, providing a detailed portrait of famed New York restauranteur Sirio Maccioni. Maccioni's restaurant, Le Cirque, is a celebrated, high class restaurant, but its story hangs on the enormous personality of Sirio and the dramas that run through the Maccioni family, and how the legacy will be carried on by Sirio's three sons.
New this week in our TV New Releases:
|The acclaimed British drama continues as World War I rages, and the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants adapt to a changing world.
|Terry Pratchett's Discworld tale Death must stand in for the missing Hogfather (the Discworld equivalent of Father Christmas)||The Color
|The BBC miniseries that tells the story of Terry Pratchett's first two Discworld books, guiding a naive tourist through a strange and dangerous world.|
Prison Break, Feast of Love
Fido, Red Planet
The Haunting, The Terminal
The Namesake, Superman Returns