Nick’s Picks – May 14

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SPECIAL ID – Well Go USA

Special ID

The cops can t control him. The mob wants him dead. And time is running out. Donnie Yen is Detective Chen Zilong but the criminal underworld knows him as Dragon Chen, a dangerous but effective enforcer. When rivalries explode with the reappearance of an old enemy and a brutal murder, the Triads close ranks and unleash a series of executions with Chen at the top of the list. Undercover and under attack, he has no choice but to rely on a new partner (Jing Tian) and his knowledge of the streets to get out alive. It s the only chance he s got.

HER – Warner

Her

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely, introverted man who writes personal letters for people with difficulties expressing their feelings. He is very good at his job at handwrittenletters.com. Unhappy because of his impending divorce from his childhood sweetheart Catherine (Rooney Mara), Theodore purchases a talking operating system with artificial intelligence, designed to adapt and evolve like a human being. He decides he wants the OS to have a female identity, and she names herself “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson). Theodore is fascinated by her ability to learn and grow psychologically, and they bond over their discussions about love and life, during which Theodore explains he is avoiding signing his divorce papers, because of his reluctance to let go of Catherine. Theodore is convinced by Samantha to go on a blind date with an acquaintance (Olivia Wilde) that his longtime friend, Amy (Amy Adams) has been trying to set him up with. To his surprise, he and the woman hit it off. As they are about to have sex, the woman asks if Theodore is willing to commit to her, and when he hesitates, she walks out on him.

AMERICAN JESUS – TDC Entertainment

Regardless of the arena from which you come, all of America wants peace and tranquility. This telling portrait of differing personalities and opposite viewpoints provides a vivid glimpse into the psyche of a country stretching out its hand for help in achieving this goal. Whether musicians, bikers, comedians or even cage fighters – all people unite with one mission…all for Christ.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Season One – Lionsgate

The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a bisexual woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), who is an international drug smuggler. The offense occurred ten years prior to the start of the series, and in that time Piper had moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life among New York’s upper middle class. While in prison, Piper is reunited with Alex, and they re-examine their relationship and deal with their fellow inmates.

PERRY MASON MOVIE COLLECTION: Vols 1, 2 & 3 – Lionsgate

He’s back on the case! Based on novels by best-selling author Erle Stanley Gardner, and brought to life by the creators of Matlock, the Perry Mason Movie Collection, Volume 1 brings the beloved televised films to DVD for the first time ever! After a long and fulfilling career, Perry Mason (Raymond Burr), the famed defense attorney known for his ability to prove his client’s innocence through deduction and keen intellect, has traded his briefcase for a gavel and now serves as an appellate court judge. But when his long-time secretary, Della Street (Barbara Hale), is charged with murder, it’s the perfect motive for Mason to resign his judgeship, team up with private investigator Paul Drake, Jr. (William Katt), and take up her defense. In these gripping 6-movie sets of three volumes, follow along as mysteries are uncovered and justice is served by the memorable TV attorney who started it all.

I, FRANKENSTEIN – Lionsgate

Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT – Sony

Every relationship has that “so” moment. For a guy like Jason (Zac Efron), that’s where things always end. He’s firmly committed to non-commitment. When the marriage of his friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) falls apart, Jason takes it as proof that the single life is for the better. To get Mikey back in the game, Jason enlists him and drinking buddy Daniel (Miles Teller) to take a shared vow: together, they’ll stay single as long as humanly possible. Then along comes Ellie (Imogen Poots), the unpredictable, unforgettable one-night hook-up who changes all the rules. Despite all his instincts, Jason just can’t let her go and his status is about to get very complicated.

EASTBOUND & DOWN: Season Four – HBO

HBO presents the final season of the hit comedy series about former major-league pitching ace Kenny Powers (Danny McBride), who after finally making it back to the majors at the end of Season 3, faked his death and ran back home to his beloved April and son Toby. The new season takes place several years later; Kenny has married April, had another child (a daughter named Shayna, after his late pal Shane), and has more or less stayed the course he promised April, though he hates his job as Assistant Manager at a car-rental outlet in North Carolina. In his down time, instead of boozing and doing drugs, Kenny dabbles in writing a screenplay, “The Kenny Powers Saga,” shares couples nights with the numbingly boring Gene & Dixie and Tel & Viv, and accompanies April to bland awards dinners for realtors. The vices of his playing days are a thing of the past – until Kenny runs into Guy Young, a onetime teammate and current host of the raucous TV talk show Sports Session. Guy convinces Kenny to quit the rat race and get back in the game – as a celebrity “titan” who deserves greatness and the lifestyle of the rich, famous, and arrogant.

LONGMIRE: Season 2 – Warner

The series was developed by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin and is based on the “Walt Longmire” series of mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The show centers around Walt Longmire, a Wyoming county sheriff who returns to work after his wife’s death. Assisted by his friends and his daughter, Longmire investigates major crimes within his jurisdiction, while campaigning for re-election.

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