Nick’s Picks – August 13, 2014

BOREDOM – TDC Entertainment

Believe it or not this is the first serious documentary on boredom. Director Albert Nerenberg asks why the subject of boredom has been so religiously avoided and shows that boredom isnt what you think it is. The films breakthrough research suggests boredom is likely a state of stress. It may also be killing you. Perhaps the powers that be would rather you not know that, especially if you re inside some kind of educational institution or dead end job.

 

BEARS – Disney

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth and Chimpanzee, comes Bears – an epic story of breathtaking scale. Showcasing a year in the life of a bear family, mother Sky teaches her two impressionable cubs, Amber and Scout about life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop, their journey begins as winter ends. Emerging from hibernation, the three face the bitter cold and an exciting but very risky outside world. Astonishing footage captures the fast-moving action and suspense of an endearing family learning to live life to its fullest in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses.

 

FAVORITES OF THE MOON – Cohen Media

The intertwining storylines of an art dealer, a thief, a police chief inspector, a gun dealer, an inventor, a beautician, several bums, and a crazy old man play out as an 18th century chinaware set and a 19th century portrait pass in and out of their hands. This absurd, hilarious, intricate and surreal cinematic Rubiks cube examines the bizarre twists of fate that draw people and possessions together and apart.

 

PEPPA PIG: The Balloon Ride – E1 Entertainment

Peppa Pig follows the hilarious adventures of Peppa, a loveable little piggy, her family, and all of her animal friends, including Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony, Danny Dog and more. Peppa loves playing games and making new friends, but her absolute favorite thing is jumping up and down in muddy puddles! Includes 10 fun packed peppasodes!

 

MUPPETS MOST WANTED – Disney

There’s plenty of fun for the whole family as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows the Muppets, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Now Kermit is behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey), and the World’s Number One Criminal, Constantine — a dead ringer for Kermit — has taken his place. As Constantine and his dastardly sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais) plot the robbery of the century, they are pursued by Sam Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Will Constantine get away with his nefarious scheme? Will Kermit escape in time to save the day?

 

SUMMER IN FEBRUARY – Cinedigm

A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coast of pre-war England, Summer in February is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens). Munnings rises to become one of the premier artists of his time, winning the affection of beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences.

 

SWELTER – WellGo USA

Ten years ago, a bank-robbing team stole $100 million from a Vegas casino. Not  all of them got away. Now, Bishop (Lennie James) is a small-town sheriff, making an honest living… with no memory of his criminal past. But when his old crew rolls into town looking for the loot, the perfect getaway threatens to turn into a nightmare of greed, revenge and retribution.

 

DEVO THE MEN WHO MAKE THE MUSIC – MVD

The Men Who Make the Music combines concert footage from DEVO’s 1978 tour with music videos and interstitials featuring a vague story about DEVO’s rocky relationship with “”Big Entertainment.”” As for the bonus program, Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig, Jerry Casale says, “”In ’96, we closed Sundance Film Festival. We wore 20s style prison suits, we did a special show with really old, hardcore Devo songs from the early 70s, before we ever had a deal.

 

LOW WINTER SUN – Anchor Bay

The AMC Original Series Low Winter Sun is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Low Winter Sun begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld.

 

DECLINE OF AN EMPIRE – Lionsgate

Hoping to find his missing childhood friend, Constantine joins the Roman army. What he finds instead is success in battle that propels him to emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Constantine soon discovers it has been his rival, Emperor Maxentius, who has imprisoned his friend within the palace walls. Having been alerted to his friend’s whereabouts, Constantine quickly garners support from all corners of the empire, eventually leading to an all-out war between east and west.

 

THE LEGEND OF SHELBY THE SWAMP MAN: Season 1 – Lionsgate

“Ax Men” viewers are familiar with Shelby “Swamp Man” Stanga, who has been part of that show’s cast for several seasons. Now they’ll get to learn about the legend of Stanga, a larger-than-life character in southern Louisiana. While most people think of a swamp as a dangerous place full of critters and mud, Stanga calls the swamp home. But when his houseboat is wrecked in Hurricane Isaac, all that he has left is his faithful canine companion, Willie. This series follows Stanga as he heads out for the larger world in search of a new houseboat and works odd jobs to earn money to buy a home. Heading into the city forces him to ride in a car — which he has seldom done — and use an escalator for the first time.

 

A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 – Universal

Marlon Wayans returns in this outrageous and wickedly funny sequel as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two children. But after moving into their dream home, he’s once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. Co-starring Gabriel Iglesias and Cedric the Entertainer, it’s the ultimate laugh-out-loud scary comedy.

 

OMG VOLUME 2: The Top 50 Incidents in WCW History – WWE

OMG Volume 2 is the Top 50 Incidents in WCW.  Volume one focused  on WWE and Volume two will be just WCW history.   Relive iconic moments such as  Hulk Hogan joining the n.W.o., Magnum T.A. and Tully Blanchard s infamous I Quit Match , the Horsemen assaulting Dusty Rhodes and dozens of others in this countdown. Hear stories from the men who lived these moments……Tony Schiavone, Booker T, Vince Russo, Big Show, DDP, Dusty Rhodes, Kevin Nash and more.

 

LOCKE – Lionsgate

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.

 

BITTEN: Season 1 – E1 Entertainment

Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena abandons her Pack and takes refuge in a new city, starting over with a hot new romance and a successful photography career. But when bodies turn up in the werewolf sanctuary, Elena is torn between the life she s building and the wild and dangerously unpredictable one she thought she left behind. Based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by #1 New York Times best selling author Kelley Armstrong. Includes all 13 UNCUT episodes featuring footage not seen on American television.

 

MYTHBUSTERS: Season 11 – Cinedigm

Adam and Jamie test the myth that a motorcycle is a greener and cleaner machine than a car, while Kari, Tory, and Grant unleash the first RPG in MythBusters history to see if a bullet could take out a bazooka.

 

GUNSMOKE: Season 10, Volumes 1 & 2 – CBS Paramount

Gunsmoke: The Tenth Season – Volume 1 rides into town packin’ for action in this five-disc DVD collection featuring 18 fast-paced episodes of one of TV’s longest-running and most entertaining series set against the rough-and-tumble edge of the Western frontier. Starring James Arness as straight-shooting United States Marshal Matt Dillon, the residents of Dodge City could rest easy knowing that law was the order of the day against shady fugitives, a grudge-carrying cavalry sergeant or the occasional lovesick lovely. Also starring Amanda Blake as the whip-smart saloon keeper Miss Kitty, Milburn Stone as reliable medic Doc Adams, Ken Curtis as lovable deputy Festus Haggen and Burt Reynolds as half-Comanche blacksmith Quint Asper, the multi- Emmy Award-winning* Gunsmoke stands as a vividly absorbing, authentic portrayal of a growing nation and an expanding frontier.   Then, Gunsmoke: The Tenth Season – Volume 2 continues to blaze new trails and tales of the Old West, bringing all the action home on the range with 18 episodes in a five-disc, digitally remastered set.

 

THE MIDNIGHT GAME – Anchor Bay

Renee Olstead of The Secret Life of the American Teenager stars as a partying teen whose friends decide to perform an ancient pagan ritual found online called The Midnight Game: Candles are lit. A drop of blood is spilled. Your worst fear is confessed and an entity is summoned. But if the rules are not followed exactly, punishment is promised. Tonight, the game is not being taken seriously. A demonic horror has been unleashed. And now, even daylight cannot stop the nightmares that may destroy them all.

 

THE CROWN AND THE DRAGON – Cinedigm

In a war-torn country that is plagued by a vicious dragon, Elenn, a noblewoman, accompanies her aunt on a mission to bring an ancient relic to the secret coronation of the rightful king. When her aunt is murdered on the road, Elenn must take her aunt’s place at the coronation and hires a smuggler to escort her across the volatile country. Elenn must find within herself the strength to fulfill her aunt’s calling to free the people, and become the Paladin–the long foretold dragon slayer.

 

BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS – Disney

Experience the extraordinary animation, enchanting music and Academy Award-winning special effects of Disney’s beloved classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks — now fully restored and remastered with dazzling new bonus features! Hold on tight for a magical, musical, fun-filled journey! When young Charlie, Carrie and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England!

 

CALIFORNICATION: Season 7 – CBS Paramount

After seven long years, the show is finally coming to an end. Season 7 ends with Hank making a life-altering decision. Meanwhile, Karen steps in to smooth over the situation when Hank doesn’t approve Becca’s plans. Later, Hank and Levon reconnect with Hank’s old student Tara; and Hank reassures Julia and invites her to a special dinner.

 

12 O’CLOCK BOYS – Oscilloscope

In the most thrilling trip into Baltimore since The Wire, we follow Pug, a precocious kid who will stop at nothing to join the 12 O Clock Boys a notorious dirt bike pack who perform death-defying stunts while evading the police. Thrilling from beginning to end, this is simply not to be missed!

 

BREATHE IN – Cohen Media

When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family s relationships and alters their lives forever.

 

JESSE – Arc Entertainment

Jesse (Stephanie Finochio) is a good cop capable of very bad things. A police detective with a hot temper and body to match, she s sworn to uphold the law, but she ll bend it any way she can to protect her family and make sure the low-lifes infecting the putrid underbelly of Nassau County, Long Island are brought to swift and decisive justice. When a drug deal involving her brother goes bad and her mother is brutally beaten, Jesse takes matters into her own sexy, self-assured hands, dispensing capital punishment with a vengeance. In the tradition of classics like Death Wish and Walking Tall, Jesse is a gritty, no-holds-barred story of a tough, fiery woman in a corrupt man s world who battles both crime and the system to help make things right.

 

BATMAN: Assault on Arkham – DC Comics

When the government teams up a group of supervillains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information the Riddler has stolen, Batman soon becomes involved. But things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who has the means to not only blow up the asylum, but most of Gotham City as well.

 

WORDS & PICTURES – Lionsgate

A witty romantic drama, Words & Pictures stars the engaging duo of Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen working together on-screen for the first time. Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen) laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche) – an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish.

 

WILLIAM SHATNER’S GET A LIFE – E1 Entertainment

Get a life!, William Shatners comic rallying cry, memorably first exclaimed during a popular Saturday Night Live sketch, has been indelibly emblazoned into the collective psyche of Trekkers everywhere. Through the years, the phrase has spurred laughter, anger, controversy, and far more than its fair share of debate. Join William Shatner on a first person journey of discovery, told with self deprecating wit, unflagging honesty, and his trademark enthusiasm, as the legendary actor who played Starship Captain James T. Kirk finally come to grips with his past, his fans, their love, and his own intergalactic legacy.

 

 

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