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“Out of the Furnace” looks at the visceral bond between two troubled brothers. See it NOW at MAJOR VIDEO

Published on March 12, 2014 by in New Releases

Directed by: Scott Cooper
Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe
A Rust Belt ex-con seeks redemption by avenging his brother’s murder in this drama from CRAZY HEART writer/director Scott Cooper. The glimmer of a better life always just out of reach, Russell Baze (Christian Bale) dreams of starting a family with his girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana), and resolves to earn an honest living working in the same mill where his dying father did. Meanwhile, Russell’s volatile younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) decides to serve his country by fighting in Iraq. Despite Russell’s best intentions, however, his future starts to look grim when he is sent to prison following a deadly drunk-driving accident; at the same time, Rodney begins competing in illegal fights for local bar owner John Petty (Willem Dafoe), who owes a sizable debt to the very dangerous Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), a fight organizer/meth dealer who’s way too into his own product. Later, after Russell is released from prison having missed his father’s funeral, he is heartbroken to learn that Lena has become seriously involved with the local police chief, Wesley Barnes (Forest Whitaker). But heartache turns to anger when the desperate Rodney also gets mixed up with DeGroat, and winds up dead along with John Petty. Informed by Chief Barnes that Rodney’s body has been found by a hunter, Russell, believing he has nothing to lose, recruits his loyal uncle Red (Sam Shepard) to help him seek revenge.
Reviews
“[T]his slow-burning drama should earn deserved praise for the top-drawer performances of stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and a truly frightening Woody Harrelson…” (Variety)

3 stars out of 4 — “Bale’s is a pitch-perfect, understated performance in this involving neo-noir thriller. Just as impressive — and blood-curdling — is the menacing performance by Woody Harrelson.” (USA Today)

“This is only Scott Cooper’s second film as a director, but he already knows how to bring out lived-in authenticity in actors. ” (Rolling Stone)

“All of the actors are remarkable. But it’s Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.” — Grade: A- (Entertainment Weekly)

“Mr. Bale, ever the brilliantly inward performer, makes Russell sympathetic with small strokes…” (Wall Street Journal)

“Cooper makes one brilliant choice after another….Bale has given a number of memorable performances, but this just might be his best work to date.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“One of Cooper’s strengths as a director and writer is a nuanced feel for male behavior, and with such a strong and varied cast of actors at his disposal, the film almost comes across as a study in tough guys together.” (Film Comment)

“Set in a depressed Pennsylvania steel town, Scott Cooper’s blue-collar thriller is intimately lensed…” (Total Film)
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I am haunted by Wong Kar Wai’s THE GRANDMASTER (2013) some thoughts instead of a review…

Published on March 5, 2014 by in New Releases

Directed by: Kar-Wai Wong
Starring: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen

Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi star in director Wong Kar Wai’s biographical drama based on the life of legendary martial artist Ip Man, best known to many as mentor to the late, great Bruce Lee.

REAL PEOPLE, REAL THOUGHTS on this film

…and now the Reviews
3 stars out of 4 — “GRANDMASTER has some of the most impressive martial arts scenes since CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.” (USA Today)

“An exercise in pure cinematic style filled with the most ravishing images, THE GRANDMASTER finds director Wong Kar-wai applying his impeccable visual style to the mass-market martial arts genre with potent results.” (Los Angeles Times)

3 stars out of 4 — “The action-heavy tale of a kung fu master in 1930s China breaks new ground for an art-house director.” (Washington Post)

3 stars out of 4 — “[D]azzling in its startling action and ravishing romance.” (Rolling Stone)

“[THE GRANDMASTER] may well be the definitive illustration of kung fu in all its arcane schools and intricate styles. There’s never been anything like it…” (Wall Street Journal)

“Art film meets martial arts in the gorgeous THE GRANDMASTER….The elegant style of the fighting sequences does more than display camera and kung fu technique — this style also shows fighters living with honor.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“[A] hypnotically beautiful dream from the Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai…” (New York Times)

“Where the filmmaker really cuts loose is in the glorious fight scenes, as expertly choreographed as the ones in a Zhang Yimou movie…” (A.V. Club)

3 stars out of 4 — “THE GRANDMASTER is a drunken love letter to experience, which helps us survive, and wisdom, which helps us face aging, loss and, ultimately, the abyss…” (RogerEbert.com)

 
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Paul Walker in HOURS…a great sympathetic performance in this indie drama

Published on March 5, 2014 by in New Releases

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Starring: Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez, Christopher Matthew Cook, Judd Derek Lormand, Nick Gomez

A father must fight for his infant daughter’s life after she is born prematurely during Hurricane Katrina, and the hospital loses power while people are being evacuated. When Nolan Hayes’ (Paul Walker) wife Abigail (Génesis Rodríguez) goes into labor five weeks early, the prospective parents race to a New Orleans hospital hoping for the best. Those hopes are quickly dashed, however, when Abigail dies while giving birth, and their daughter is placed on a ventilator until she can learn to breathe on her own. Meanwhile, Hurricane Katrina strikes, plunging the hospital into darkness as the staff races to evacuate the patients. With the floodwaters rising quickly and the ambulance summoned to transport his daughter nowhere in sight, desperate father Nolan faces a series of excruciatingly difficult decisions in his race to keep his newborn alive.
Reviews
“The late Paul Walker taps into the desperate soul of a father…” — Grade: B (Entertainment Weekly)

“Walker does some pretty solid work throughout HOURS…” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“[A] combination ticktock thriller and psychological study.” (New York Times)

“There are low angles aplenty, foreboding compositions heavy on negative space, and a small set continually shaped by shadows.” (A.V. Club)

“Walker is pretty much forced to carry the entire weight of the drama on his well-muscled shoulders….What is unexpected is how well he pulls off what is essentially a one-man show.” (RogerEbert.com)

 
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12 Years a Slave-9 Nominations, 3 Oscars, BEST PICTURE NOW! at Major Video

Published on March 5, 2014 by in New Releases

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Starring: Chjwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano
Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by an unscrupulous businessman (Paul Giamatti). As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), who recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford’s underlings, especially the casually cruel Tibeats (Paul Dano). After they have a violent altercation, Ford fears for his slave’s life and sells him to Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic sadist who owns a cotton plantation. Though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins of the flesh. He has taken the young Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) – his best cotton picker — as his lover, and this doesn’t sit well at all with his severe wife (Sarah Paulson), whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family.
Reviews
“The movie is astonishing for its dramatic power, and unsparing in its depiction of the brutality visited on Solomon and his fellow slaves…” (Wall Street Journal)

“McQueen’s juxtaposition of intensely savage scenes with lush natural beauty, interlaced with ambient sound, is a disturbingly vivid filmmaking choice.” (USA Today)

“It’s at once a familiar, utterly strange and deeply American story….A story that seizes you almost immediately with a visceral force.” (New York Times)

4 stars out of 4 — “Intense, unflinching, bold in its simplicity and radical in its use of image, sound and staging, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is in many ways is the defining epic so many have longed for to examine — if not cauterize — America’s primal wound.” (Washington Post)

4 stars out of 4 — “As Solomon, Ejiofor gives an electrifying performance that will be talked about for years.” (Rolling Stone)

“[A]n agonizingly magnificent movie….12 YEARS A SLAVE lets us stare at the primal sin of America with open eyes…” — Grade: A (Entertainment Weekly)

“[I]t seems certain to transcend the movie realm and become a new reference point in contemporary culture — The film is amazing, and in every way good.” (Wall Street Journal)

“[A] film about great bravery, featuring some of the bravest performances you’ll ever have the privilege to witness.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Ejiofor’s soulful performance is rightly being discussed as a Best Actor frontrunner…” (Total Film)

4 stars out of 5 — “12 YEARS A SLAVE is history lesson as horror film, powerful, visceral and affecting. And after years of being great in everything, Chiwetel Ejiofor shines in a lead worthy of his immense talent.” (Empire)

“12 YEARS A SLAVE is entirely successful — it is a sober, non-judgmental study that does not preach to audiences. In contains many powerful and lasting images…” (Uncut)

“[McQueen's] is a decidedly high style — every image has been precisely calibrated, tailored to fit a consonant aesthetic.” (Sight and Sound)

 
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GRAVITY is an awesome technological daydream of a movie….It’s a tale of disaster and grief and survival (EW)

Published on February 26, 2014 by in New Releases

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Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen, Phaldut Sharma, Amy Warren, Basher Savage
Genre: Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Theater Release: 10/04/2013
Video Release: 02/25/2014
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Synopsis
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a scientist on a space shuttle mission headed by astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), a talkative, charismatic leader full of colorful stories that he shares with his crewmates as well as mission control. As the two are on a space walk, debris hits the area where they are working, and soon the pair finds themselves detached from their ship and stranded in space. While figuring out what steps they can take to save themselves, Stone grapples with a painful past that makes her consider giving up altogether. GRAVITY screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Reviews
“Alfonso Cuaron’s white-knuckle space odyssey restores a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the bigscreen…” (Variety)

“At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, GRAVITY is a thrillingly realized survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise.” (Hollywood Reporter)

“Cuaron has taken 90 minutes of screen time and packed them with artistry, emotion and shattering suspense.” (Rolling Stone)

“The result is an experience none of us could have dreamed of until now, the most beautiful popcorn movie ever made.” (Wall Street Journal)

4 stars out of 4 — “GRAVITY is the kind of enthralling, all-encompassing, giddy cinematic experience that surfaces once in a blue moon.” (USA Today)

“GRAVITY is an awesome technological daydream of a movie….It’s a tale of disaster and grief and survival rooted in the possibilities of space travel as they exist today.” — Grade: A (Entertainment Weekly)

“This is one of the most stunning visual treats of the year and one of the most unforgettable thrill rides in recent memory.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Mr. Cuarón succeeds by tethering almost unfathomably complex techniques — both digital and analog — to a simple narrative. GRAVITY is less a science-fiction spectacle than a Jack London tale in orbit.” (New York Times)

“Cuarón expertly blends the epic with the intimate. For every stunning 3-D setpiece involving a dangerous hailstorm of metallic debris, there’s a moment of small tenderness…” (A.V. Club)

4 stars out of 4 — “For all its stunning exteriors, it’s really concerned with emotional interiors, and it goes about exploring them with simplicity and directness, letting the actors’s faces and voices carry the burden of meaning.” (RogerEbert.com)

5 stars out of 5 — “[Bullock] delivers what could be the performance of her career here — a high-wire act that blends physical dexterity, emotional vulnerability and mental toughness.” (Total Film)

5 stars out of 5 — “No film since 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY has so fully communicated the absoluteness of space…” (Empire)

 
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Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is CAPTAIN PHILLIPS…here at The MAJOR!

Published on February 26, 2014 by in New Releases

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Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson
Theater Release: 10/11/2013
Video Release: 01/21/2014
Run Time: 2hr 14min

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks teams with Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray to tell the true story of Richard Phillips, a U.S. cargo-ship captain who surrendered himself to Somali pirates so that his crew would be freed. Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his crew are carrying freight around the Horn of Africa when four Somali pirates forcefully take over their ship, the MV Maersk Alabama. While Phillips’ team follow his orders to hide until they hear him give the safe word, the captain and a few essential crew members remain on the bridge as the heavily armed pirates make their way up to seize control of the ship. But the interlopers soon discover something that sends them into a furious rage: After effectively shutting down the ship, Phillips explains that the Maersk had malfunctioned when the crew pushed it too hard in an attempt to evade the attackers. In order to appease their leader, the ruthless Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Phillips offers them the $30,000 that’s been locked in the ship safe. But that isn’t enough, and Muse demands that Phillips help him search every corner of the ship to root out the terrified crew. When that plan fails, the pirates agree to take the cash from the safe and flee in the Maersk’s lifeboat. At the last minute, however, they kidnap Phillips in the hope of supplementing their take with a sizable ransom — a decision that leads to a tense standoff with the U.S. Navy, who would sooner see the lifeboat sunk with Phillips inside than allow it to reach Somalia.
Reviews
“[A] knockout movie, one of the year’s best….And Hanks, showing how trauma eats at the soul, hits a new career peak.” (Rolling Stone)

4 stars out of 4 — “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is a taut, superbly crafted maritime thriller, anchored by a superb performance by Tom Hanks.” (Washington Post)

“Greengrass keeps you off balance — he’s a jittery poet of reality….[A] suspensefully spiky thriller based on a shattering incident…” — Grade: B+ (Entertainment Weekly)

“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is one of the best movies of the year, and it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Tom Hanks doesn’t earn a Best Actor nod for his best work since CASTAWAY.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is riveting….[Greengrass] excels at pressure-cooker scenarios.” (A.V. Club)

“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, a movie that insistently closes the distance between us and them, has a vital moral immediacy.” (New York Times)

“Greengrass ratchets up the stakes, juxtaposing the lifeboat’s claustrophobic innards with the hi-tech command centres of the behemoths tasked with retrieving it….[A] gripping maritime thriller.” (Total Film)

5 stars out of 5 — “[A] riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatization of a real-life ordeal.” (Empire)

“Greengrass is scrupulous about making us confident that we’re watching a reconstruction of known events in a known order. His actualism is nothing if not immersive…” (Film Comment)

 
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AFTERNOON DELIGHT “How did the stripper get in the men’s room?” find out at MAJOR VIDEO

Published on February 18, 2014 by in New Releases
  • Directed by: Jill Soloway
  • Starring: Juno TempleKathryn HahnJosh RadnorJane LynchJessica St. ClairA dissatisfied wife and mother strives to find greater meaning in her life — with outrageous results — in this offbeat, contemporary comedy-drama. Thirtysomething Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) seemingly has everything a young woman could want: a handsome, devoted, successful husband; beautiful children; considerable wealth; and a chic home in L.A.’s exclusive Silver Lake neighborhood. Inside, however, she’s drowning in dissatisfaction. In a desperate bid for a sense of purpose, Rachel visits a local strip joint and begins to fixate on the idea of “saving” McKenna (Juno Temple), a stripper at the club whom she promptly hires as a live-in nanny for her children. It’s a rash decision, and one that sends not merely ripples but shockwaves throughout the surrounding community, as Rachel tries to draw on the situation to attain a clearer and sharper sense of her own identity. First-timer Jill Soloway directs from her original script.
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“AFTERNOON DELIGHT edges into some and appealingly dark and dangerous territory…” (RogerEbert.com)

 
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RIDDICK Vin Diesel’s Riddick character gets a new lease on life at MAJOR VIDEO now!

Published on January 16, 2014 by in New Releases

Directed by: David Twohy
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine
Vin Diesel’s Riddick character gets a new lease on life in this third film from writer/director David N. Twohy. Katee Sackhoff and Bokeem Woodbine head up a group of assassins out to kill Riddick, who lures them to a desolate planet when confronted with a hostile alien species.
Reviews
“RIDDICK is extremely violent, cleverly managed fun — full of eviscerating aliens, Vin Diesel making those little swimmie-goggles look sharp and Katee Sackhoff of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA swaggering around…” (Los Angeles Times)

“[A] very enjoyable sequel that recaptures much of the stripped-down intensity of Vin Diesel and director David Twohy’s franchise starter PITCH BLACK.” (Variety)

“The series director and writer, David Twohy, has smartly gone back to genre basics with this installment, which serves as an effective reboot.” (New York Times)

“Twohy has the pulpy visual chops to match his storytelling.” — Grade: B+ (A.V. Club)

 
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Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER holds you, provokes you and ultimately moves you.” (Rolling Stone)

Published on January 16, 2014 by in New Releases

Directed by: Lee Daniels
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding, Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda
Director Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong to tell the remarkable story of White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker), who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years, and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article, the film features Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard M. Nixon, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan. Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, and Vanessa Redgrave co-star.
Reviews
“[D]eeply affecting….It’s inspiring and filled with fine performances…” (USA Today)

“Strongly acted by a cast top-lined by Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo, THE BUTLER has its share of strong dramatic moments in a story inspired by the real-life career of a White House employee…” (Los Angeles Times)

“Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER holds you, provokes you and ultimately moves you.” (Rolling Stone)

“[Q]uite moving….Daniels’ THE BUTLER is always engaging…” (Hollywood Reporter)

“THE BUTLER is an ambitious, sweeping period drama that manages to be incredibly affecting…” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Forest Whitaker brings a quiet grandeur to the title…” (Wall Street Journal)

“In director Lee Daniels’ sweeping drama, Forest Whitaker excels as a discreet witness to pivotal moments at the White House.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“[A] brilliantly truthful film on a subject that is usually shrouded in wishful thinking, mythmongering and outright denial….Mr. Daniels has told the story of the civil rights movement in the bold colors of costume pageantry and the muted tones of domestic drama.” (New York Times)

“[T]he movie has a serious point to make….It argues that change often comes about through multiple channels — some revolutionary, others less so…” (A.V. Club)

“Whitaker digs in deep and gives a marvelous under-the-skin performance…” (Variety)

“[S]erving up major talent in relatively small roles….Then there’s Whitaker, steadfast, still, understated, commanding your attention, managing to be presidential himself in an ostensibly subservient role.” (Total Film)

 
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HELL BABY–Badass Digest called the movie “silly, lowbrow, and funny” see for yourself, at MAJOR VIDEO!

Published on December 31, 2013 by in New Releases

Directed by: Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Starring: Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan-Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant

Frequent comedy collaborators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (RENO 911!, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM) re-team for this high-concept horror comedy about an expectant New Orleans couple who move into a notoriously haunted home, and seek the protection of the Vatican’s top exorcists (Lennon and Garant) in their battle against a bouncing baby demon. Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, and Keegan-Michael Key co-star.

 
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