Nick’s Picks – July 16, 2014

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

SX Tape Junior Spy

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of SX Tape or The Junior Spy Agency, 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. Best of luck!

 

SX TAPE – WellGo USA

What begins as harmless sex games between a free-spirited artist (Caitlyn Folley) and her videographer boyfriend (Ian Duncan) turns much darker as the pair breaks into a boarded-up former hospital , looking for a space for a new gallery show. As they investigate the building’s ominous rooms and passageways, a seductive prank , meaning to arouse and terrify, goes terribly wrong – and what is discovered will destroy them both.

 

THE JUNIOR SPY AGENCY – Inception

Sam Steele and his Junior Spy Agency (Sam, Emma and Doug the Dog) are back on assignment after a long summer of solving crimes. Sam s history class assignment leads him to his first clues in search of a priceless Russian treasure that s been smuggled into the U.S. Now he and his agency are pitted against Cash (Kevin Sorbo) and a gang of bumbling thieves as they race to recover the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands forever.

 

ROAD TO PALOMA – Anchor Bay

Jason Momoa makes his directorial debut and stars in this intense road movie as Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother’s murder. As he flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, he’ll discover that justice has a cost Wolf’s search for redemption will reveal secrets and take him on a journey where the roads have some very unexpected turns.

 

UNDER THE SKIN – Lionsgate

Its message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.

 

100 YEARS OF WWI – Lionsgate

100 YEARS OF WWI takes a comprehensive look at the war that left 15 million dead, 20 million injured, and changed battle forever. Gone was traditional man-to-man combat, with its small guns and sneak attacks by ground troops. Harnessing the industrial know-how of combustion engines, airplanes, and even the camera, WWI introduced game-changing weapons of mass destruction: armored tanks, chemical weapons, submarines, and the aerial bombardments of cities. Using experts, eyewitness testimony, and riveting archival re-creations, the program explores the deadly mix of weapons that defined modern warfare and shocked the world. See how these weapons were developed and witness the devastation they left behind. Meet the first dogfighters who, in acrobatic encounters, developed many of the tactics and strategies still used today, including a German ace known as “The Red Baron.” Understand how people born into a simpler age learned to deal with the destructive engine of total war.

 

HOW THE WEST WAS WON: Season Two – Warner

How the West Was Won is a family saga focusing on the lives of the Macahan family in the Old West. The leader of the family, Zeb Macahan (James Arness) is accustomed to the harsh realities of life on the frontier. His sister-in-law, Kate (Eva Marie Saint), alone since the death of her husband, is struggling to maintain a home for her daughters and sons. Luke (Bruce Boxleitner), Kate’s eldest son, is pursued by the law for desertion from the Union Army. Their stories are played out against a realistic recreation of the American West in that lusty, hard-hitting period when laws were frequently broken and progress was charted by individual suffering and survival.

 

LE WEEK-END – Music Box

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.

 

HELL ON WHEELS: Season 3 – E1 Entertainment

A former Confederate soldier still haunted by his past, Cullen Bohannon made a home in Hell on Wheels hunting down the men responsible for killing his family. Following the Indian attack that destroyed the railroad settlement, Cullen spends a long winter reshaping his lust for revenge into a burning ambition to take control of the Union Pacific and drive it across the country.

 

ARCH OF TRIUMPH – Olive Films

Set in pre-WWII Paris, the film stars Charles Boyer as Dr. Ravic, a brilliant German surgeon who has fled to Paris to escape the growing power of the Nazis. There he meets Joan Madou (Ingrid Bergman), a depressed, unemployed cabaret singer. Ravic finds her a job and they fall in love. Suddenly, after being unable to produce his passport, he’s deported. When he’s finally able to return to Paris, matters come to a crisis.

 

ARMORED ATTACK – Olive Films

In this bit of WWII propaganda (designed to boost support of America’s alliance with Russia against Germany), Kolya (Dana Andrews), Kurin (Walter Huston), Damian (Farley Granger), and Marina (Anne Baxter) are members of a farming collective in the Ukraine known as the North Star. The hard-working but happy members of the North Star find their way of life shattered when Germany, in defiance of previous treaties, storms the nation and begins a brutal occupation. Dr. Otto Von Harden (Erich Von Stroheim) begins gathering children who are to be used for blood transfusions and medical experiments. Many of the outraged farmers take to the hills to fight with the anti-Nazi resistance, while those who stay behind bravely destroy precious crops and materiel rather than turn them over to the Nazi war machine.

 

ISABELLE DANCES INTO THE SPOTLIGHT – Universal

Nine-year-old Isabelle is an inspired dancer with a flair for fashion design. She’s thrilled to be studying ballet at a prestigious performing arts school, but her classmates are so talented—and she can’t help feeling that she’s always in the shadow of her “perfect” older sister, Jade. So when her idol, a famous ballerina, encourages her to audition for a professional ballet, Isabelle isn’t sure she can land the role. And when a competitive classmate starts pointing out Isabelle’s every mistake, her confidence sinks even further. Can she find the courage to step into the spotlight and discover her own way to shine?

 

NOAH – Paramount

Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

 

UNITED WE SLAM: The Best of the Great American Bash – WWE

One of sports entertainment’s most patriotic traditions, The Great American Bash provided the July fireworks for fans from 1985-2009. Originating with the NWA and WCW, the event has featured legends such as the Nature Boy Ric Flair, The Road Warriors, Sting, Randy Savage and more clashing for championship gold. Continuing in WWE, the red, white and blue pay-per-view always delivered historic thrills. Now, relive the best star-spangled excitement from nearly 20 events, featuring the greatest matches and moments from history’s top Superstars.

 

OPEN GRAVE – Cinedigm

A man (Sharlto Copley) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that’s more vicious — and hungry — than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together — before it’s too late.

 

ORPHAN BLACK: Season 2 – BBC

Orphan Black, hits the ground running with Sarah in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira—a wild pursuit that brings her head-to-head with ruthless pro-clone, Rachel, Sarah’s scorched earth tactics sparking a war, dividing and imperiling all the clones. This season also rejoins Sarah’s clone sisters Alison and Cosima as they struggle to keep their clone world a secret and pick up the pieces of their broken lives – all while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted. As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted?

 

PBS KIDS: Fun & Games with Caillou! – PBS

Daddy lends Caillou his old camera. With Daddy as an assistant, Caillou takes great pictures of every member of his family, including Gilbert. When Caillou, Mommy and Rosie look at old family pictures, they reminisce about the very first time Daddy brought Gilbert home. He was just a little kitten.

 

PEEP & THE BIG WIDE WORLD: Peep Discovers – PBS

Follow a newly hatched chicken named Peep and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck) on their adventures. They live in “the big wide world,” a place of wonder and mystery, a place they are eager to explore. Wry and distinctive visual humor, charming plotlines, and lovable characters combine with a comprehensive science program to attract and engage kids 3-5 years old.

 

A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT – Lionsgate

Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames star in this Lifetime Original Movie based on bestseller by Terry McMillan. When irascible matriarch Viola Price (Goldberg) learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.

 

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