Doug (Seann William Scott) is a small town bouncer who catches a break when his best friend (Jay Baruchel, who also co-wrote) takes him to a hockey game... and Doug knocks out a belligerent player in the hockey comedy Goon. He's a sweet natured guy who's not too bright and can't ice skate, but his talent for fighting lands Doug a job on his local hockey team. Soon, he's a member of a losing team with an angry coach (Kim Coates), a drunken captain, a constantly complaining goalie, and Xavier Laflamme, a talented player who needs guarding. Doug doesn't want to hurt anyone, but his fighting skills make him valuable-- he'll do anything to protect his teammates, especially against brutes like Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), the enforcer who gave Laflamme a concussion and ruined his career. With Alison Pill. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Thom (Sam Jaeger), who makes what little money he can by illegally picking up fares in the ex-taxi cab he bought at an auction, just got evicted and piled all of his possessions in his trunk. When Claire catches her husband (Brennan Elliott) with another woman, she flags Thom's cab and tells him "just drive" in Take Me Home, and they're off-- she needs to get to California, he needs money, and, though they snipe at one another, Claire and Thom are stuck together until they get where they're going... for better or worse.
Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes, who also directs) is a war hero in Shakespeare's Coriolanus, fighting in a modern, Eastern European version of Rome. Returning home a hero, his family and government (Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox) push him toward public office, but Caius is just a soldier-- he doesn't like the public and he won't use his war record for self-promotion. He's vulnerable off the battlefield, away from the tanks, guns, and bombs, and the Romans he fought for banish him: separated from his wife (Jessica Chastain), abandoned by his country, Caius joins his former enemy (Gerard Butler) and wages war against Rome and the people who betrayed him. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Eva (Tilda Swinton) wakes up to find her house and car doused with red paint in Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk about Kevin, and as she passionlessly cleans up the mess, she flashes back to the events that ruined her life. Her teenage son Kevin (Ezra Miller) is in prison for horrible acts, but she remembers him as defiant and menacing as kids from The Bad Seed or The Good Son even as a young child. Moving between what Eva's life has become and Kevin's childhood, coolly threatening his mother while charming his unsuspecting father (John C. Reilly), the film tells the story of massacre and torture without showing violence on screen-- instead, it uses directorial flourish and an abundance of the color red to imply unseen horrors while focusing the story on Eva's guilt and regret. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Maggie and her teenaged daughter Lauren move in with successful Bill (Boyd Kestner) and his silent, troubled young son Owen in The Aggression Scale, but their new house is the next target of vengeful mob boss Bellavance (Ray Wise). Fresh out of jail, Bellavance has been killing his way down a list of people who might have stolen from him, and he sends Dana Ashbrook and a team of heavies (Derek Mears, Jacob Reynolds, and Joseph McKelheer) to Maggie and Bill's home. Before the thugs know what's happening to them, they're navigating an R-rated Home Alone house laden with razor blade and roofing nail traps... because pre-adolescent Owen, freshly released from an institution, is better at violence than they are.
A last gambit
Nick (Sam Worthington), an escaped convict, checks into a hotel room and steps out the window like a suicide jumper in Man on a Ledge. Police negotiator Lydia (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down, but strange circumstances that surround Nick (and his hidden identity) make her suspect that he's not a normal jumper. Nick begins to pull the strings on his mysterious plan, working through a hidden earpiece-- his brother (Jamie Bell) is infiltrating a building on his behalf. As the details of Nick's situation are slowly revealed, Lydia tries to make sense of it all: Nick's an ex-cop, locked up as a thief, who claims he's innocent... but how will stepping out onto the ledge help Nick clear his name? On DVD and Blu Ray.
Jill (Amanda Seyfried) claims to have escaped a serial killer in Gone, but when no one could find her captor, where she was held, or other victims, she was declared delusional. A year later, when Jill's sister goes missing, she knows the killer is back, but the police (Daniel Sunjata and Wes Bentley) don't believe her. Jill knows her sister didn't go out, her boyfriend (Sebastian Stan) hadn't heard from her, she wasn't dressed... with no one to help her, Jill takes matters into her own hands. Armed with a .38 and tracking a killer, she has to rescue her sister and avoid the police, who see her as an insane girl with a gun, hunting an imaginary man. With Jennifer Carpenter. On DVD and Blu Ray.
New this week in our TV New Releases:
|Sookie returns to Bon Temps to find Bill as the new King of Louisiana, her friends and family have moved on, and ancient witches declaring war on all vampires.||
|Hank Lawson provides medical care for the wealthy and secluded Hampton elite, with the help of his brother and a physician's assistant|
Swamp Thing, Bob Roberts
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Waxworks
Gummo, Safe Men
Flight 93, The 4400
Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar