Nick’s Picks – June 11

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES:  INSURGENT

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Daniel Dae Kim has joined the cast of THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, the second installment of the blockbuster DIVERGENT action adventure franchise. He will portray “Jack Kang” in the film which is currently in production in Atlanta, GA. The film stars Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet.  Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer also joins returning cast members Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer.

Based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, the film is being directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman. Lionsgate will release THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT theatrically in North America through its Summit Entertainment label on Friday, March 20, 2015.

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KILL ZOMBIE – WellGo USA

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A Russian Space station crashes in Amsterdam, releasing a deadly virus that turns everyday citizens into flesh-craving psychopaths. Aziz (Yahya Gaier), his brother Mo (Ouled Radi) and several strangers emerge from jail, oblivious to the mayhem until they team up with a local police officer (Gigi Ravelli). After receiving a desperate call for help, this unlikely band of heroes sets out on an insane rescue mission – and it’s going to take a seriously crazy plan if they want to get out alive.

UNACEPTABLE LEVELS – TDC Entertainment

This is a documentary about chemicals in our bodies … and how they got there. On average, all of us have over 232 industrial chemicals floating around in our bodies. Director Ed Brown delves into this issue from twelve distinct angles to provide audiences with information that they may not be aware of. From health care to regulations, he explores every angle to provide others with the big picture so people can make their own minds to determine what is acceptable in their own lives.

RAY DONOVAN: Season 1 – Showtime

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for L.A.’s top power players. The series stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful family drama unfolds when his father, played by Oscar winner Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.

BANNER 4th OF JULY – Cinedigm

In their late teens and early 20 s, the Banner siblings Mitchell, Desiree and Danny made it big as a rock band, but everything fell apart when Desiree decided to leave the group at the height of their fame. Now, fifteen years later, their mother has a plan to bring the group back together and heal her fractured family. Will the siblings be able to put aside their differences and reunite or will they remain estranged forever?

TRUE DETECTIVE – HBO

In 2012, for reasons not immediately revealed, the two are interviewed separately by investigators about their most notorious case: the macabre 1995 murder of a prostitute by a possible serial killer with disturbing occult leanings. As they look back on the case, Hart and Cohle’s personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point. Hart, an outgoing native Louisianan and family man whose marriage is being frayed by work stress and infidelity, is (at least on the surface) the polar opposite of Cohle, a lone-wolf pessimist and former narcotics detective from Texas. While the plot is moved forward by their shared obsession to hunt down the ritual killer, the true drama centers around the mercurial nature of Hart and Cohle’s relationship and personalities, and how they affect each other as detectives, friends, and men.

BUSHIDO MAN – Shout Factory

Upon returning from a pilgrimage across Japan, the warrior Toramaru arrives with tales of seven epic battles against Japan’s most legendary fighters. As Toramaru’s philosophy dictates that he ’know the enemy by eating his food, ’ each masterfully-choreographed fight is preceded by a helping of his prey’s favorite dish. Designated successor to Master Gensai and leading proponent of the all-round martial-arts discipline, The Cosmic Way, Toramaru tells the tales of The Seven Deadly Battles as Master Gensai eagerly listens to the lavish and violent details of Toramaru’s adventures.

JACK RYAN: Shadow Recruit – Paramount

Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan” is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner). When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life andthose of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that’s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley).

PERRY MASON MOVIE COLLECTIONS: 1, 2 & 3 – CBS PARAMOUNT

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 this gripping 6-movie set in three editions, follow along as mysteries are uncovered and justice is served by the memorable TV attorney who started it all.

KLONDIKE – Cinedigm

This three-part mini series (6 episodes) is set in the late 1890’s, centers on the friendship of two adventurers, Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein, as they travel Northwest during the Klondike Gold Rush. Along the way they must navigate harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters.

VISITORS – Cinedigm

Visitors is the fourth collaboration of director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass together with filmmaker Jon Kane, advancing the film form pioneered by The Qatsi Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi): the non-spoken narrative experience where each viewer s response is radically different yet undeniably visceral. As Reggio explains, Visitors is aimed at the solar plexus, at the appetite within us all, the atmosphere of our soul. I see the film as a meditation, as a transcendental event. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, a series of human, animal and landscape portraits, Visitors takes movie watchers on an emotional journey to the moon and back. As a wondrous work of artistic achievement…art with a capital A, Visitors produces massive effects and moves into a class of film all its own.

THE SECRET LIVES OF DORKS – Cinidigm

Samantha (Payton (Gaelan Connell) is a pathetic dork, a comic book geek whose high school career is one hopeless faux pas after another. Yet he s a dreamer and madly in love with the head cheerleader Carrie (Riley Voelkel), who he is determined to win over. But she is wise to his desperate advances, so to get off his radar she creates a plan to push him into the arms of a dorkette at the school, Samantha (Vanessa Marano). In this high school equation: Peyton wants Carrie; Carrie wants Peyton to instead hook up with Samantha; Samantha wants Peyton. But even the simplest formula can equal disaster.

ALAN PARTRIDGE – Magnolia

Steve Coogan reprises his most popular role as the iconic Alan Partridge, the famous local radio DJ and one time talk show host. Alan finds himself at the center of a siege when a disgruntled fellow DJ (Colm Meaney) decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he’s getting fired by the new management.

CLOROFORMO – Cinedigm

A Telenovela with Zuri Vega, this is a well made, interesting, Television series. Though it aired in 2012, the public became aware of it just recently as it is re-playing in syndication.

LA CQ – Cinedigm

CQ follows the adventures of 8 high school students, who will make children and grownups laugh out loud with their stories and pranks. Meeting their first love, winning their science project or discovering the true meaning of friendship will bring on a whole new meaning at the CQ!

MIDRANGE – Cinedigm

Fresh off a stellar collegiate basketball career, aspiring professional basketball star, Damon Sharp, returns to his hometown in Chicago quickly to discover a more challenging game off the court. His former life and old bad habits abruptly challenge his newfound faith in God. Damon s dreams of playing pro ball hang in the balance while he faces the circling demons of his past, which are being beckoned by his brother Darrin, who s on a fast track to jail. Devastated by some news, temptation gets the better of Damon, weakness takes root and the downward spiraling ensues. Moving back into his childhood home unveils his mother s severe depression and his brother s growing penchant for trouble despite being a single dad, exposing his young nephew s vulnerability. An intimate portrait of the two brothers emerges when they are suddenly forced to re-examine their lives, loyalty, love and their own limitations. Ultimately the choices they make reveal their true character when one of them takes a shot in life that will set the course for everyone s life forever.

BIBLE QUIZ – Virgil Films

Bible Quiz follows seventeen-year-old Mikayla Irle as she memorizes thousands of Bible verses in her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain. This John Hughes-esque documentary explores coming of age in the midst of faith, doubt, fierce competition and teen love. An extremely touching story that is perfect for the entire family!

CAPITAL – Cohen Media

When the CEO of the giant Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuils rise to power is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund, erotic distractions from an international supermodel, and adversaries with an agenda for destruction.

AMEN – Cohen Media

Kurt Gerstein, a Waffen SS officer employed in the SS Hygiene Institute, is shocked to learn that the process he has developed to eradicate typhus is now being used for killing Jews in extermination camps. Gerstein attempts to notify the Pope about the gassings, but is appalled by the lack of response he gets from the Catholic hierarchy, except for one priest.

ADULT WORLD – IFC

Fresh out of college, quirky but naïve Amy (Emma Roberts) is convinced she s going to be a famous poet she just needs someone to finally acknowledge her greatness. But being unemployed and saddled with debt, her prospects for literary fame look grim. At the behest of her parents, she takes a job at a local adult bookstore, Adult World, where she juggles her newfound retail responsibilities with pursuing a mentorship under a reclusive, crusty and alcoholic poet (John Cusack). But as Amy tries to make her voice heard among a social circle of eccentrics, including Adult World s adorable young manager Alex, she discovers that a little humility may be just what she needs to achieve her success. Satirically funny and thoroughly-if-awkwardly sexy, Adult World is a unique comedy about the realities of growing up.

ALEXANDER – Warner

Alexander is a Collectible 10th-anniversary edition that includes the never-before-seen Ultimate Cut, The Art of Alexander photo book and insightful filmmaker correspondence. Based on the life of Alexander the Great, the epic historical drama is directed by Oliver Stone and features Colin Farrell in the title role. Two versions of the film will be included in this release – the theatrical cut and the forthcoming “Ultimate Cut.” Also included is the brand New documentary The Real Alexander and the World He Made which reveals how Alexander the Great’s vision of uniting East and West helped shape our modern world, and illuminates how different our lives might have been had his empire not fractured upon his untimely death at the age of 32.

HAUNT – IFC

Years ago, Dr. Janet Morello (Jacki Weaver) saw her entire family die in their house under tragic and gruesome circumstances. Wanting a change of scenery, she sells her home to the Asher family, including teenage son Evan. Evan is the only one suspicious about his family s supposed new dream house, and after striking up a friendship with his troubled neighbor Samantha, discovers a way to communicate with the ghosts of the slaughtered Morello family. But soon Evan and Samantha s morbid curiosity into the supernatural turns dangerous as the spirits start to manifest themselves in the physical world. Now, despite the warnings of Dr. Morello, the teens are determined to discover the terrible secrets that surround these ghastly apparitions and send them back to the realm of the dead before it s too late.

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