Nicks’s Picks – April 9

Houston Happenings

 

Austin based Slash Consortium is set to begin production on a Horror/Comedy feature called “Fun With Hackley: Axe Murderer”.  The film is about Hackley, a 1980’s horror slasher going through a mid-life crisis thinking about a career change.  The film stars Allen Hackley (Cherry Bomb) as the titular character, was written by Garrett Hargrove and is Directed by T. E. Sanders.

 

DVD Reviews

 August Cavemen Grudge Hobbit

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

 

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of August Osage County, Grudge Match, Cavemen or the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, it is really easy!  All you have to do is send me an email at HoustonMovieGuy@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing.

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AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY – Anchor Bay

August

Academy Award Winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts star in the darkly hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives converge when a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional mother who raised them. Based on Tracy Letts Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, Director John Wells skillfully translates from stage to screen, leading an all-star cast that includes Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper.

 

 

GRUDGE MATCH – Warner

Grudge

Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone star as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. On their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.

 

 

CAVEMEN – WellGo USA

Cavemen

LA playboy Dean (Skylar Astin) is fed up with one-night-stands and empty relationships – he wants more out of life than just a party. With a little inspiration from his nine-year-old nephew and his best friend Tess (Camilla Belle), Dean decides to try his hand at finding true love for the first time – which proves to be much more difficult than he thought in modern-day Los Angeles.

 

 

HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug – Warner

 

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

 

 

LALALOOPSY PONIES: The Big Show – Lionsgate

 

Hold your horses, the Lalaloopsy girls are welcoming some new friends to Lalaloopsy Land: a group of talking ponies! The ponies are eager to put on a show, but there’s a hitch- their caravan and carousel need rebuilding. With teamwork, knowhow, and lots of laughter and fun, the Lalas get the ponies up and running again! Perfect for young kids – and educational, too!

 

 

BEST NIGHT EVER – Magnolia

 

Bride-to-be Claire, her sister Leslie, fun-loving Zoe, and quirky new friend Janet set off to Las Vegas for a one-night bachelorette party that turns out to be more than they bargained for. A series of unexpected adventures rips them from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip and places them smack dab in Vegas seedy underbelly. Determined to keep their bachelorette party dreams alive, the girls band together and embark on the wildest night in bachelorette party history that is destined to go down as the Best Night Ever!

 

 

THE BAMBOO SAUCER – Olive Films

 

Lead by the U.S. military, a team of scientists secretly travel into Red China to find the truth behind rumors of a downed U.F.O. While enroute to the saucer’s hidden location, the Americans meet a group of Russian scientists who are also searching for the spacecraft. The two teams race against time to find the alien craft and its promise of a fantastic jump in technology, while trying to avoid the Red Chinese troops in the area. Television veteran Frank Telford directed this action-packed science fiction thriller with top-notch cinematography by the great Hal Mohr (The Wild One, Captain Blood). The stellar cast includes Dan Duryea, Bob Hastings, Bernard Fox and James Hong.

 

 

CRY DANGER – Olive Films

 

Dick Powell plays Rocky, an innocent man just released from prison. He’s on the hunt for a 100,000 bankroll he had allegedly stolen and the people who framed him. Delong (Richard Erdman) is a disabled Marine veteran who produced the recent evidence that led to Rocky’s release. He now wants part of the $100,000 in exchange for his help. However, after serving 5 years of a life-sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Rocky has a different plan. He wants to bring the real crooks to justice and clear the name of his friend Danny Morgan, who’s unjustly serving time for the same crime. The stellar cast includes Rhonda Fleming as Rocky’s old flame now married to his best friend Danny, Regis Toomey as a tough-as-nails honest cop looking to bust the real criminals, William Conrad as Castro, the crime boss who may have framed Rocky and Danny, and Jay Adler the superintendent of a sleazy trailer court where Rocky and Delong are now living. This film noir classic was beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by legendary cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc and directed by Robert Parrish.

 

 

GUARDIAN OF THE HIGHLANDS – Cinedigm

 

A roller coaster adventure about the race to save the last beaver in Scotland, led by Sir Billi (Sean Connery), a vet by profession who makes it his job to protect all animals. He is the Guardian of the Highlands . He is regarded as the authority of the townspeople and looked up to by both people and animals in town.

 

 

THE DOG WHO SAVED EASTER – Lionsgate

 

It’s up to Zeus and his new friends to save the day when Easter is nearly ruined by an old nemesis and a new one. A funny and adorable frolick through the Easter holiday!

 

 

SHERIFF OF CONTENTION – Lionsgate

 

Numerous murders disrupt a small western town, and a community is left on edge. Deputy Conley, who wants the sheriff’s job, takes it upon himself to track the culprit down, investigating multiple leads that bring him back to one lone drifter, Riley. Hoping to catch Riley in the act, the deputy sets a trap, but as he waits patiently for his suspect a series of unfortunate events leaves him fighting for his life.

 

 

COCAINE COWBOYS RELOADED – Magnolia

 

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago. Cocaine Cowboys is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States. But it isn’t the whole story… Pulling from hundreds of hours of additional interviews and recently uncovered archival news footage, Cocaine Cowboys has been reloaded: packed with footage and stories that have never been told about Griselda Blanco, the Medellín Cartel, and Miami’s Cocaine Wars, with firsthand accounts by hitman Jorge “Rivi Ayala,” cocaine trafficker Jon Roberts, smuggler Mickey Munday, and others. Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded recreates Miami’s Cocaine Wars like you’ve never experienced it.

 

 

POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE: The Great Dragon Spirit – Lionsgate

 

Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake must convince the mysterious Robo Knight to work as a team to battle PsychoTick’s energy- draining powers, ShadowSerpent’s paralyzing touch, Distractor’s giant army of MegaMonsters, and NoJoke’s laughter-stealing traps. And when an ancient weapon falls into the wrong hands, the Rangers will summon the Mighty Dragon Spirit to earn new Ultra Force! Witness the rise of a new Megaforce team in these four ultra-exciting episodes!

 

 

NURSE – Lionsgate

 

Paz de la Huerta turns up the body heat in this wickedly entertaining story of a fatal attraction. By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni, a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror.

 

 

THOMAS & FRIENDS: Trouble on the Tracks – Lionsgate

 

Cinders and ashes…there’s trouble on the tracks for Thomas and his friends. The Troublesome Trucks delight in causing chaos for Thomas, as Annie, Clarabel and Toad encounter unexpected high-speed adventures. Oily Diesel gives Paxton a fright, while Salty’s spooky story has the engines running scared. All Aboard for fun and exciting escapades with Thomas & Friends. Featuring the episodes: Thomas the Quarry Engine, Not So Slow Coaches, Flatbeds of Fear, Disappearing Diesels and Toad’s Adventure.

 

 

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: The Marked Ones – Paramount

 

A young California Latino named Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) is designated for possession by the same malevolent demon who previously claimed Kristi and Katie. Christopher Landon (son of Highway to Heaven actor Michael Landon) wrote and directed this spin-off/sequel produced by Oren Peli and Jason Blum.

 

 

SNAKE & MONGOOSE – Anchor Bay

 

Start your engines for the incredible true story of the greatest rivalry in drag racing history: Don The Snake Prudhomme (Jesse Williams) versus his longtime friend and nemesis Tom The Mongoose McEwen (Richard Blake). From the fiery days of early speedways through the explosive peak of their popularity, these are the personal triumphs and tragedies behind the legendary races and Hot Wheels partnership that created a global phenomenon. Ashley Hinshaw, Kim Shaw, Fred Dryer, Ian Ziering, Tim Blake Nelson and Noah Wyle co-star in this nitro-burning drama of the two men who battled business and each other to change motorsports forever.

 

 

BLACK JACK – Cohen Media

 

When an honest teenaged boy is forced on the run with Black Jack, a villainous ruffian, adventure and mishap are never far away. As the two enter a world of body-snatchers, private lunatic asylums and travelling fairs they find friendship in the most unlikely places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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