Nick’s Picks – June 3, 2015

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JUPITER ASCENDING – Warner

From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter Ascending tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along-her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

FOCUS – Warner

A con artist (Will Smith) takes on an inexperienced apprentice in this crime comedy from the filmmaking duo behind Crazy Stupid Love, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

THE LEGEND OF LONGWOOD – Shout Kids!

Crumbling castles, frightening spirits, beautiful horses and a plucky, fearless heroine all come together in this magical quest film, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of rural Ireland. Mickey Miller is a thoroughly modern 12-year-old New Yorker who has little enthusiasm for her mother’s plan to take her and her little brother to start a new life Longwood, a windswept town in Ireland. Their arrival in Longwood, however, coincides with the return of the Black Knight, a legendary ruler whose appearances always mean that something evil is going to happen. Realizing that she is directly linked to the story of the Black Knight, Mickey and her new friend Sean (along with Silver, the wildest, most untamable horse in the stalls of a nearby castle) set out to redeem the knight. But first she must save a precious herd of white horses and thwart the plans of a greedy, ambitious woman: a mighty handful even for the bravest girl!

THE WIRE: Complete Series – HBO

From the drug-infested streets of West Baltimore to the corruption of City Hall, The Wire chronicles the tribulations of a post-industrial American city. Viewed from the perspectives of both the police and their targets, the award-winning series captures a world where easy distinctions between good and evil,and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn.

THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN – WellGo USA

Tsui Hark s thrilling adaptation of Qu Bo s beloved adventure novel stars Tony LEUNG Ka-fai as a ruthless bandit, ruling the lands of Northeast China from his fortress on Tiger Mountain. A captain of the Liberation Army (LIN Gengxin) launches a counter-insurgency against the dictator with a skilled investigator (ZHANG Hanyu) sent to destroy the gang from the inside.

THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE & DESPERATE HOURS – Shout Factory!

In New York’s Little Italy, smooth-talking hustler Charlie (Rourke) works in a restaurant and dreams of one day buying his own with his girlfriend Diane (Hannah). His wiry wheeler-dealer cousin Paulie (Roberts) waits tables, skims money off checks and is always scheming to score big. But they’re all about to pull a scam on the wrong guy: Eddie (Burt Young, Rocky), the Mafia King of Greenwich Village! Now these small-time con men are in big-time trouble: trouble so big that even their mobster uncle might not be able to save them! In dire need of a hideout, escaped convict Michael Bosworth (Mickey Rouke) uses his charming smile to gain entry into the posh home of Nora and Tim Cornell (Mimi Rogers and Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins) and their two children. While waiting for his beautiful lawyer-turned-accomplice (Kelly Lynch) to arrive, Bosworth’s smile soon explodes into homicidal rage when the Cornells desperately try to fight back. Holding the family at gunpoint and ruthlessly pitting husband against wife, Bosworth’s fury escalates into a shocking night of terror and cold-blooded murder. Finally, the family is forced to take a stand that will either destroy them… or unite them as never before.

MCFARLAND USA – Disney

In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes MCFARLAND, USA, based on the inspiring true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.

MAX & RUBY SHARING IS CARING – Nickelodeon

Having a brother or sister isn’t always easy, but Max & Ruby show the importance of working together, and resolving differences in respectful and supportive ways, in the brand new DVD, Max & Ruby: Sharing & Caring. The DVD features 12 “tails,” each with an important lesson that helps preschoolers develop important social skills, including kindness and listening.

BONANZA: Season 8 Volumes 1 & 2 – CBS Paramount

Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon return to the Ponderosa for a monumental season of outstanding adventures with Bonanza: Season Eight featuring 34 memorable episodes, each digitally remastered and restored from original 35mm film elements for superior sound and picture. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Lone Pine in the thought provoking, feature length drama, The Pursued, the troubled troubadours in Ballad of the Ponderosa and A Christmas Story, and swindlers trying to pass off a Horse of a Different Hue. Taking a serious look at contemporary issues through a period lens, the Cartwright men come to the aid of A Man Without Land, back up a new Amigo facing deadly bigotry, and stand up for a family of immigrants in The Deed and the Dilemma. On the lighter side, Maestro Hoss takes up the violin and Joe Cartwright, Detective is on the case when detective novels have him suspicious of strangers in Virginia City. Bring home this must-have set for collectors and newcomers alike and visit with the Cartwrights!

EAT WITH ME – Wolfe Video

Tired of being invisible in a bland marriage, Emma moves in with her son Elliot, in his downtown LA loft. Elliot is a chef at a lackluster Chinese restaurant facing foreclosure. Also he is gay and Emma s distaste and denial over this has made strangers of mother and son. But the two need each other now more than ever, and as Emma indulges herself with the encouragement of a saucy new friend, and Elliot confronts his fears of intimacy, the pair find ways to communicate with food where words fail. This auspicious directorial debut from David Au offers a fresh take on life, love and food in the heart of Los Angeles through a deliciously emotional and redemptive story supported by an earnest cast led by Sharon Omi, Teddy Chen Culver, Nicole Sullivan (MADtv) and a surprise moment with George Takei.

RECTIFY: Season Two – Anchor Bay

Nineteen years ago, Daniel Holden was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Hanna Dean. Thanks to newly discovered DNA evidence and the efforts of his sister Amantha and lawyer Jon Stern, Daniel’s conviction has been vacated and he;s returned to his mother Janet’s home in Paulie, Georgia. But not everyone is convinced of his innocence nor is his future as a free man secure. Season Two finds Daniel committed to living in the present and making choices that prove frustrating for some of the Holden/Talbot family. Unfortunately, there are many places and faces in Paulie that remind Daniel of the past his incarceration, Hanna, and his role the night of Hanna’s murder. He’s forced to the realization that he must understand and accept what really happened if he’s ever going to know any peace, a conclusion that shapes his determination to do whatever it takes to finally put his past behind him, no matter how high the price.

TEAM UMIZOOMI: Umi Space Heroes – Nickelodeon

Team Umizoomi takes off on an outer space mission in this mini-movie! When The Trouble Makers break the moon into four pieces, Milli, Geo and Bot blast off in Umi Space Ship on an intergalactic adventure. Nothing can stop our Umi Space Heroes from saving the moon!

DORAS EXPLORER GIRLS: Our First Concert – Nickelodeon

Dora and the Explorer Girls are ready to go and take the stage in Our First Concert! The mishap centers around the tickets for the concert getting mixed up with tickets donated for the show for charity. Taking place in Puerto Verde, the girls get their tickets back just in time for the show! Pop Star Shakira is the guest star and sings for all to enjoy!

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: Season Five – Warner

Get ready for more twists and thrills as season five of Pretty Little Liars begins in the moments following the epic season four finale, in which Ezra was shot, among other shocking acts and revelations. Alison is alive and back in Rosewood, and everyone is affected by her return – but is she the same Alison after being on the run? Hanna’s ex, Caleb, returns, but he, too, is changed. Plus, how does Mona fit into everything and what is Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) hiding? With more questions than ever and other familiar faces back in Rosewood, there are now five pretty little liars trying to piece together who has been tormenting them. It’s sure to be another season of emotion, intrigue and nail-biting suspense, with many must-see moments and the series’ landmark 100th episode.

CAMP X-RAY – IFC Films

Hoping to escape her small town roots and make a difference in the world, a young woman (Kristen Stewart) joins the military and is soon assigned a guard position at Guantanamo Bay. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she discovers that her mission is far from the black and white ideal she thought it would be. Striking up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees, she finds herself in an ethical quagmire that upends the simple view of the war she had and may lead to an unlikely bond between two sworn rivals. Featuring a standout performance from Stewart, CAMP X-RAY is an incisive look at a conflict where nothing is as simple as good vs. evil.

APOLLO 13: 20th Anniversary Edition – Universal

It had been less that a year since man first walked on the moon, but as far as the American public was concerned, Apollo 13 was just another “routine” space flight – until these words pierced the immense void of space: “Houston, we have a problem.” Ron Howard directs Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris in a riveting suspense-thriller from Imagine Entertainment. Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell (Hanks), Fred Haise (Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly (Sinise), flight director Gene Kranz (Harris) and a heroic ground crew race against time – and odds – to bring them home. It’s a breathtaking adventure that tells a story of courage, faith and ingenuity that is all the more remarkable because it is true!

KILLING JESUS – Fox

A fictionalized retelling of the life and death of Jesus Christ, based on the book ‘Killing Jesus’ by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

PARKS AND RECREATION: Complete Series – Universal

From Emmy Award-winning executive producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation is a hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun. All episodes are included from the fantastically entertaining show!

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