World War II
Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a dimestore novelist, arrives in post WWII Vienna looking for a job in Carol Reed's film noir classic The Third Man, available for the first time on Blu Ray this week. He's there because his old friend Harry Lime has an opportunity for him, but he's just in time for Harry's funeral. Drawn into the mystery of Harry's death, Holly finds the two men that carried Harry's body away after his fatal accident... and then he discovers there was a third man on the scene. Aided by Harry's ex (Alida Valli), he begins to suspect foul play, but the police (Bernard Lee and Trevor Howard) aren't interested: Harry was a scoundrel, involved in unscrupulous and possibly illegal activities. Though the DVD of The Third Man has been at Reckless for years, the Blu Ray has just been released. The Newly released older movies are always listed in our New to Reckless section every week, even if they're not often represented on our New Release page.
Based on the story of the First Special Service Force, Battle Force recruits a group of misfits and wild men to go behind enemy lines and fight in ways the regular army can't. When Captain Lewis (Dennis LaValle) and his men are captured on an intelligence mission, Lt. Wright and his band of soldiers have to infiltrate occupied Sicily before the captured men crack under Nazi interrogation. With the Allied invasion just days away, they have to save the Captain before the liberation of Sicily can be compromised.
Frank (Joel Murray) can't sleep, he's been fired from his job, and his doctor diagnosed him with an inoperable tumor. He's about to kill himself when he gets a better idea in Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America: kill the people who deserve to die. After he assassinates a reality TV brat, Frank is joined by an enthusiastic 16-year-old girl who joins him in his crusade to rid America of people who talk in movie theaters, picket gay funerals, fill television with hate-speech, double park... the mean, the rude, and the inconsiderate. With no patience left and nothing to lose, they go on a cross-country murder spree for the sake of kindness and decency. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
JFK High is a rough school, fresh from a student stabbing, being sued for graduating an illiterate student in Arthur Hiller's Teachers, from 1984. Jaded social studies teacher Alex (Nick Nolte) and his assistant principal friend Roger (Judd Hirsch) don't have much passion for their work and just shuffle students through the system, but the lawyer (JoBeth Williams) is a former JFK student from a time when Alex was an involved, inspiring teacher. Under her influence, Alex starts caring again, mentoring another troubled student (Ralph Macchio), making the school board concerned that he might disregard the school's council (Morgan Freeman) and do something reckless... like tell the truth.
A bio-tech company sends Martin (Willem Dafoe) to Australia to track the elusive Tasmanian Tiger in The Hunter. After Jarrah Armstrong, the last person trying to capture a Tasmanian Tiger, goes missing, freelance mercenary Martin is flown in to finish the job. The farmhouse owned by Jarrah's widow Lucy (Frances O'Connor) is the only place that will put him up, and solitary Martin begins to bond with Lucy and Jarrah's two kids. Becoming the man of the house could make history repeat itself, and the hunter is drawn into the mystery of environmentalism, biological research, and disappearances. With Sam Neill. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Just released from a mental institution, sensitive artist Ken (Kevin Corrigan) keeps his head down, living with the mother (Karen Black) who demeans him, and working a bottom-rung ice cream store job with his only friend (Leo Fitzpatrick) in Some Guy Who Kills People. When he's suddenly stuck with Amy (Ariel Gade), the 11-year-old girl who just discovered Ken is her father, she forces Ken to stop seeing himself as a loser, stand up for himself, and even start seeing Lucy Davis. Though things are getting better with Amy in his life, the people who tormented him and caused his breakdown are being brutally murdered... and the sheriff (Barry Bostwick) investigating the killings is dating Ken's mom.
Rebellious, intelligent, and independent, Patricia (Toni Collette) opts for artificial insemination and has a super-intelligent toddler in Jesus Henry Christ. At the age of 10, Henry (Jason Spevack) is an obvious genius, and though his anti-elitist mother tries to keep him grounded, James is a magnet for wacky hi jinks. Henry's newest adventure is a quest to find his biological father (Michael Sheen), even though Patricia wants nothing to do with him.
Largo Winch is reluctantly brought into the mainstream when his billionaire father is killed in The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch, though he'd rather be living by his wits in the barrios of the third world, saving damsels and fighting fights. Ann Ferguson (Kristin Scott Thomas), the acting head of The Winch Group, locates Largo and brings him to Hong Kong, where he's dropped into a turf war as bad as any he's seen: a corporate one. As his father's company is about to be taken over by a European gun runner (Karel Roden), he's caught between a beautiful fixer (Melanie Thierry) with allegiance to the highest bidder, a hostile board of directors, and W Group's imposing head of security (Steven Waddington). Traveling across the globe while out-running, out-thinking, and out-fighting his enemies, Largo struggles to maintain the family name he's run from all his life.
Gentle giant Germain (Gerard Depardieu) and small, elderly Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus) both know the 14 pigeons that frequent their park in My Afternoons with Margueritte, and they strike up a sweet, gentle friendship. Their afternoons are an oasis away from the troubles in their daily lives, and Margueritte offers Germain the kindness and support his emotionally abusive mother (Claire Maurier) never did, helping to repair his crippling insecurities. With Sophie Guillemin.
Moving into the suburbs with her family, 10-year-old Laure introduces herself to a girl in the neighborhood as "Mikael" in Tomboy. Mikael spends the summer playing boys' games and getting into fights, even though the ruse can't hold... through out the summer, Laure/Mikael's identity is shaped, even if it won't be accepted or understood.
The Last of the Mohicans, Sleepy Hollow
Mansfield Park, Timeline
The 400 Blows, Amelie
L'ennui, With a Friend Like Harry...
Evening, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Nashville, House of 1000 Corpses
Shaun of the Dead, The TV Set
Silver Streak, The In-Laws
Night Train to Munich, The Fallen Idol
Heaven's Gate, Hush Hush... Sweet Charlotte
Beat the Devil, Goldfinger
The Sea Wolves, Mutiny on the Bounty