Nick’s Picks – May 21

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McCANICK – WellGo USA

McCanick

When narcotics detective Eugene Mack McCanick (David Morse) discovers that Simon Weeks (Cory Monteith) has been released from prison, he instigates a brutal manhunt, without permission from the Chief of Police (Ciaran Hinds). The frenzy of paranoia and violence that follows pushes Mack and his partner to the edge of the law. The closer Mack gets to his prey, the closer he gets to a secret from his past – one that only Weeks can expose.

IN SECRET – Lionsgate

Based on Émile Zola’s scandalous novel, Thérèse Raquin, this is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominos with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband’s alluring childhood friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.

THE REVENGERS – CBS Paramount

Civil War veteran-turned-rancher John Benedict (William Holden) returns home from a hunting trip to discover that a ruthless renegade and his murderous gang of rogues have killed his wife and children. But when Benedict recruits six condemned men to help him extract fatal revenge, he realizes that his newly formed posse answers to no one – they are wild, dangerous and unpredictable killers, much like the men they are pursuing. Will they carry out Benedict’s plan or turn the tables and add him to their list of victims?

ABOUT LAST NIGHT – Sony

Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant star in this hilarious romantic comedy about what men and women really want. Bernie (Hart) and Joan (Hall) are two fiery flirters who are passionate about everything from hookups to breakups. When he sets up his best friend, Danny (Ealy), with her roommate, Debbie (Bryant), the sparks soon fly as they try to navigate the relationship minefields from the bar to the bedroom.

MOUNTAIN MEN: Season Two – Lionsgate

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live your life off the grid? Have you wished you could shed the complications of modern society and live in the wilderness, using only the things nature has provided? Meet Eustace Conway, Tom Oar and Marty Meierotto of the new series Mountain Men, three men who have devoted their lives to survival in its simplest form. But how simple is it really? From the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the seven-month-long winters on the Yaak River in Montana to the frigid northern range of Alaska, the country is full of some very unforgiving terrain. Watch as these men face off against mudslides, falling trees, ravaging weather and even hungry animals to make sure they obtain the food and supplies they’ll need to make it through the brutal winter months ahead.

LA LAW: Season Two – Shout Factory

All rise! L.A. Law: Season 2 is now in session! The ambitious legal eagles from the firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak return for another Emmy-nominated docket of cases loaded with both emotion and irreverence. In Season 2, the high-powered legal team (an outstanding ensemble cast including Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michelle Greene, Susan Ruttan, Michael Tucker, Jimmy Smits, and Richard Dysart) add some new faces to their ranks: the charismatic young associate Jonathan Rollins (Blair Underwood) and Benny Stulwicz (Larry Drake), a developmentally disabled clerk. Together, they tackle some of the City of Angels’ toughest trials: both in the courtroom and in their personal lives.

TERRY FACTOR: Live in Concert – Lionsgate

Experience why America has fallen in love with Terry Fator’s irresistible combination of humor and music and his hilarious cast of characters! The million-dollar winner of “America’s Got Talent” and his endearing puppets deliver spot-on performances in the styles of such favorite singers as Louis Armstrong, Roy Orbison, Elvis, Etta James, Brooks & Dunn and many more!

GRAND PIANO – Magnolia

Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) is the most talented pianist of his generation, but has stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public for a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of an expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” In the sights of an anonymous sniper (John Cusack), Tom must get through the most difficult performance of his life and look for help without being detected.

MOMS MABLEY – HBO

Acclaimed actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg directs and appears in this feature documentary about Jackie “Moms” Mabley, an African-American stand-up comic and show-biz pioneer who emerged from the Chitlin’ Circuit of African-American Vaudeville to become a mainstream star. Once billed as “The Funniest Woman in the World,” Mabley pushed the boundaries of comedy by tackling topics such as gender, sex, and racism and performed up until her death in 1975. The film includes vintage clips and recordings of Mabley, as well as recent interviews with some of the world’s top comedians, including Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby, and Goldberg – each of whom is a huge Mabley fan. A true passion project for first-time director Goldberg, the documentary shows Mabley’s historical significance and profound influence as a performer vastly ahead of her time.

HAPPY DAYS: Season Five – CBS Paramount

Relive the original moment that Fonzie (Henry Winkler) rises to the challenge and “jumps the shark,” leather jacket, swim trunks and all! Space creature Mork from Ork (guest star Robin Williams) visits the peaceful Cunningham household and newcomers Chachi (Scott Baio), Lori Beth (Lynda Goodfriend), and Leather Tuscadero (Suzi Quatro) take the stage for the first time. These 27 unforgettable episodes feature the whole gang, Richie (Ron Howard), Potsie (Anson Williams), Ralph (Donny Most) and all the good times that made Happy Days Season Five an iconic part of television history.

SOPHIA GRACE & ROSIE’S ROYAL ADVENTURE – Warner

Sophia Grace and Rosie are sent to Switzelvania by The Ellen DeGeneres Show as special correspondents tasked with covering the coronation of a new queen. Once there, they encounter three very different princesses competing for the throne. Together, the girls hatch a royal plot to help the best candidate win.

AFTER DARK ORIGINAL: Mischief Night – Lionsgate

On the night before Halloween, young Kaylie is babysitting when she’s warned by a local night watchman not to answer the door – because nothing good can happen on “Mischief Night.” Kaylie soon realizes someone is stalking her, but on “Mischief Night,” nothing is as it seems.

HOUSE OF DUST – Anchor Bay

No one knows the real horrors that occurred 60 years ago in Redding House Asylum; all evidence was incinerated in its crematorium. But when a group of medical students break into the shuttered hospital, they literally stir up the ashes of the damned. For the mentally unstable new girl on campus (Inbar Lavi), it will force her to the edge of sanity. And for those who accidentally ingested the cremains of an infamous serial killer, their nightmare of madness and murder has just begun. Steven Grayhm, Eddie Hassell, Holland Roden, Joy Lauren and Stephen Spinella co-star in this chilling possession shocker inspired by true events.

RAZE – IFC

After she is drugged and abducted, Jamie (Rachel Nichols) awakens to find herself in a concrete bunker where she meets fellow abductee Sabrina (Zoe Bell). Before long the two women discover that they are in a modern-day coliseum, where they and 48 other women have been selected to fight to the death in order to save both themselves and their loved ones. Co-starring genre favorites Doug Jones and Sherilyn Fenn, director Josh C. Waller’s Raze is a no-holds-barred assault on the senses featuring some of the most brutal action combat ever put on film. In this contest, may the best woman win.

POPPY CAT BIRTHDAY TREASURE – E1 Entertainment

Poppy cat and all of her friends take an adventure together that is educational for children of all ages! Traversing through lands of make believe, we travel with Poppy and her best friend Lara as they experience the land of make believe all around them!

MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE MARATHON – Shout Factory

Before Jet Li became well known for the role of Wong Fei Hung, the great Kwan Tak Hing played the role in hundreds of films. The Skyhawk finds Wong Fei Hung fighting the local crime boss. Also starring Sammo Hung, Carter Wong and Nora Miao. A roaming fighter gets into the ring to win a boxing tournament to thwart an evil warlord in The Manchu Boxer, starring Anthony Lau Wing, Sammo Hung and Wilson Tong Wai Shing. Two fighters must come together to fight a pair of evil brothers in The Dragon Tamers. Starring Carter Wong, James Tien and Ji Han Jae. The Dragon Tamers is director John Woo’s second film. A detective must thwart an evil organization is running an international prostitution ring in The Association, starring Byong Yu, Tien Nei, Angela Mao Ying and Carter Wong.

THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG – Magnolia

Leo Palamino is a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called “Why You Suck,” a huge Internet success written by his ex-wife. Then Leo meets Colette, the girl of his dreams… on the day she is marrying the perfect man. And so, the ultimate underdog story begins as Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole wide world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong.

LONE SURVIVOR – Universal

Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.

WEEKEND OF A CHAMPION – MPI

In 1971, filmmaker and racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart s world for three days, both on the track and off. The result was Weekend of a Champion, an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. Now after forty years, Polanski and Stewart revisit the film, looking back with both nostalgia and the temperance that comes with age. Featuring a newly-filmed postscript, Weekend of a Champion is here presented as both a timeless relic of the racing world in the early 70’s and a fond tribute to the enduring power of the sport.

GARAGE SALE MYSTERY – Cinedigm

Jennifer Shannon loves scouring garage sales to look for items to sell in her resell shop, but when she realizes a series of burglaries and a friend s murder may have a connection to the sales, she not only helps the cops, but does some undercover sleuthing of her own. As she gets closer to the truth, she becomes the murderers next target. Now she must fight for her own survival in order to solve the mystery and bring her friend s killer to justice.

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