An incident in Russia nearly starts a war in Brad Bird's Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, and the blame falls on Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). To avert a crisis, the President initiates Ghost Protocol: the government denies the existence of Hunt and his team. Now Ethan, his technical field agent Benji (Simon Pegg), Jane Carter (Paula Patton), and a former agent (Jeremy Renner) thrown in with the disgraced group have to find the real culprits and prove their innocence. On their own and without any support from the government that abandoned them, the team has to travel the globe, from high-paced action setpiece to the next, to outmaneuver their enemies and set the world right. With Michael Nyqvist. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the IMAX documentary Born To Be Wild is the story of people who run sanctuaries and the animals they care for: one for elephants in Kenya and another for orangutans in Borneo. For decades, both shelters have taken in babies orphaned by hunters, and the film follows the day-to-day operations of the shelters as they raise, care for, and eventually release the animals back into the wild.
Once a household name, Paul Goodman Changed My Life shines a spotlight on Paul Goodman: a poet, teacher, social critic, and guru who went from being a widely known speaker and author in the 1960s and 70s to a relative unknown. Revisiting his life and work nearly 40 years after his death, the film uses his contemporaries, critics, friends, and family to illustrate what made Goodman such a well known figure in his time.
Exploring the frozen regions of the world in lush, Planet Earth-style, the seven part Frozen Planet series explores the lives of the creatures that live in some of the planet's most hostile environments. The documentary filmmakers brave harsh environments to film the mostly unseen lives of polar bears, emperor penguins, orcas, and more, bringing cameras into the midst of lives and natural events that are almost never observed. Narrated by David Attenborough. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Successful businessman Brandon (Michael Fassbender) harbors a dark secret in Steve McQueen's Shame: he's a sex addict. When his sister (Carey Mulligan) makes an unexpected visit, Brandon can't hide all of his compulsions... but both siblings are damaged, and while she stays with him, their private dysfunctions become apparent, and they both have to cope with the kind of people they've become.
Sorban (Jeremie Renier), a young peasant winemaker, struggles to make the perfect wine in Niki Caro's 19th century drama A Heavenly Vintage. His work is influenced by the baroness (Vera Farmiga) who wants to seduce him, his beautiful but troubled wife (Keisha Castle-Hughes), and the angel (Gaspard Ulliel) who guides his work. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Only eight people make it into their building's bomb shelter after a series of nuclear explosions destroy New York in The Divide. Eva (Lauren German) and her boyfriend, brothers Josh (Milo Ventimiglia) and Adrian (Ashton Holmes) and their friend, a mother (Rosanna Arquette) and her daughter, and Courtney B. Vance make it to the shelter before the building superintendent (Michael Biehn) locks the door... but, now trapped together, they must come to terms with the power struggle in their new community and survive each other.
A mysterious box with the words "The meaning of life: For Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday" arrives in Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, a gift from his departed father. Jeremy and his friend, Lizzy, do everything they can to open the locked box, but, as they keep getting themselves into trouble, Jeremy and Lizzy get a real lesson in the meaning of life as they make good on all the mischief they caused.
New this week in our TV New Releases:
From the creators of The Wire, HBO's post-Katrina New Orleans ensemble drama enters its second season, weaving together the lives of the musicians, writers, cooks, and the personalities that give the city its personality.
March of the Penguins, The Shawshank Redemption
Silverado, Pulp Fiction
Planet Earth, Life in Cold Blood
Whale Rider, North Country
A Very Long Engagement, Hannibal Rising