Nick’s Picks – May 6, 2015

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

LOST RIVERWe are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Lost River, 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!

LOST RIVER – Warner

Intrigue is abundant and the twists and turns will keep you guessing throughout this wonderful Ryan Gosling film! A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.

PITCH PERFECT – Universal

Arriving at her new college, Beca (Anna Kendrick) finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca leads this a cappella singing group out of their traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of college music competitions. Pitch Perfect is an outrageously hilarious laugh-out-loud comedy that also stars Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson.

A FEW BEST MEN – Universal

Rebel Wilson and Olivia Newton-John deliver massive laughs in this wickedly funny comedy about supporting your best friends “for better or for worse.” When David unexpectedly gets engaged during a whirlwind vacation, his best friends are determined to send him off into married life in signature style. But when they arrive in Australia, the nuptial plans go from bad to worse as the guys discover that unpredictable relatives, a cross-dressing sheep and a deranged drug dealer don’t necessarily equate to a match made in heaven. It’s going to be a day no one will forget in this hilarious film.

MORTDECAI – Lionsgate

Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.

SPARE PARTS – Lionsgate

Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT.

MISS JULIE – Lionsgate

Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father’s valet to seduce her.

Parenthood: Complete Series – Universal

Family always comes first with the Bravermans in this stunning collection that captures every wise, warm and witty moment from the critically lauded series. From executive producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Jason Katims comes all six seasons of Parenthood, the dramatic series that touches on all the rewarding and real aspects of being a parent, child or sibling. Join an all-star cast, including Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard and Erika Christensen, as they take on raising babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and even older parents in this gratifying collection guaranteed to make you nostalgic for memories that aren’t even your own. It’s 103 episodes that prove every family is perfect in its own imperfect way, now available for you and your family to watch, back-to-back and uninterrupted!

SELMA – Paramount

Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the real story of the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement that prompted change that forever altered history.

LOVE ROSIE – Paramount

Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

MAHOGANY – Paramount

After her acclaimed film debut in Lady Sings The Blues, Diana Ross created another powerful characterization as Mahogany, and ambitious young secretary who becomes a high fashion model and world famous designer. This dramatic love story filmed in Chicago and Rome also stars Billy Dee Williams, her electric co-star in Lady Sings The Blues, as the Chicago politician who falls in love with her. Anthony Perkins is at his best portraying a malevolent fashion photographer who masterminds, then tries to sabotage, Mahogany’s career.

MASTERS OF SEX: Season Two – Sony

Masters of Sex is an American television drama series developed for television by Michelle Ashford and based on the biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier. Masters of Sex tells the story of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), two pioneering researchers of human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

HALT AND CATCH FIRE: Season One – Anchor Bay

At the dawn of the PC era, 3 unlikely “cowboys,” Joe MacMillan, Gordon Clark and Cameron Howe, take personal and professional risks in the race to build a breakthrough computer. Tensions build within the group as they tread the line between visionary and fraud, genius and delusion, as their drive to do something that matters runs up against their ability to truly innovate. The series begins in the early 80s in Dallas, aka The Silicon Prairie, during the boom of the computer industry. IBM has released the first PC and is seemingly dominating the cutthroat field. MacMillan, Gordon and Cameron form an alliance at the smaller (fictional) tech company, Cardiff Giant, infiltrating it from within and using its people and resources to revolutionize the computer, shake up the competition and redeem their past personal failures. The show is not just about the ruthless rise of the computer business, or the obsessive striving for competitive advantage in the marketplace. Rather, it’s about people at war with themselves as they search for something bigger. During their search, they’ll struggle with the dark side of the human ego, the destructive power of ambition, and the often thin line separating genius from delusion.

MR TURNER – Sony

An introspective look into the look of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life. Educational without being verbose, this program is sure to be a great home library addition.

THE PYRAMID – Fox

Directed by John Ford, this 1941 film is based on the 1939 Richard Llewellyn novel, and was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and scripted by Philip Dunne. The film features Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp, and Roddy McDowall. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards,[2] winning five, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor. The film tells of the Morgans, a close, hard-working Welsh mining family living in the heart of the South Wales Valleys in the 19th century. The story chronicles the destruction of the environment in South Wales coalfields, the hurt, and the loss of a way of life and its effects on the family.

RON JEREMY: Life After the Buffet – Breaking Glass

Ron Jeremy is a cultural icon, known as the king of porn. Even with his eccentric features, he is a sex guru to millions of fans. Ron Jeremy: Life After the Buffet exposes Ron, at age 60, in a surprising and very real way. In 2013, Ron made a different kind of headline when death came knocking at his door when he started experiencing pains in his chest. The film follows Ron on his spiritual awakening and personal journey to discover the existence of a greater power. DVD Bonus Feature – Behind the Scenes with Ron Jeremy!

BLACK OR WHITE – Fox

A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life. A story of family like no other, Black or White is excellent viewing for the entire family! Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer each give Oscar worthy performances in this delightful film!

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER – Universal

Get ready for laughs with an all-star cast in the outrageous comedy Wet Hot American Summer. It’s the last day of Camp Firewood’s season, but there’s still time for the big talent show, a little romance… and for everyone to be wiped out by the piece of NASA’s Skylab that’s hurtling toward Earth. David Wain directs Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler and an all-star cast in the most delectable satire in years.

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