Killer Joe Tired of hobbits and Oscar bait? Stick a fork into this juicy piece of Southern-fried noir that stars Matthew McConaughey in a riveting turn as a cop-slash-killer for hire (after Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike and now this, there's no doubt the onetime rom-com mainstay is actually a serious talent). Here, he's hired by a kid (Emile Hirsch) to kill his mom for money to pay off a drug debt, but the plot unravels to involve his virginal sister (Juno Temple, also terrific) and trailer trash dad and stepmom (Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon). It's the kind of dirty, carnal, depraved train wreck we used to see back in the '70s and it totally owns its NC-17 rating. And remember how director William Friedkin used split pea soup to grand effect back in 1973's The Exorcist? He might just outdo himself with a chicken drumstick in this black comedy that will prompt you to take a long hot shower. Extras: Featurette on bring the stage play to screen, cast Q&A and director intro from South by Southwest Film Festival, red band trailer, audio commentary (unrated version) (DVD/BD). Watch an exclusive clip here.
Pitch Perfect Glee meets a cappella in this cute comedy starring Anna Kendrick as a coed new to school who finds herself leading an acoustic singing group that includes a snarky prom queen, a weird Asian girl and a girl who calls herself "Fat Amy" (scene-stealer Rebel Wilson) to the top of their game. It's smartly written and may remind you of Tina Fey's Mean Girls; no surprise, given that writer Kay Cannon works on 30 Rock. Extras: Music video, profiles and interviews, behind-the-scenes with Fat Amy, line-o-rama, deleted/extended scenes (DVD/BD).
Total Recall Critics and fanboys alike bemoaned this remake starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale, and though it lacks the political overtones and wry comic elements of its predecessor, if you give it a chance you just might like it. Beckinsale turns it on as the ass-whooping villainess, Farrell is fine, and the Blade Runner-esque production design and effects are top-notch--the chase scenes are reason alone to watch this film, on Blu-ray if you can. Extras: Gag reel, "Total Recall Insight Mode," featurettes on the set production and the chase scenes creation (DVD/BD); the BD adds 20 extra minutes, alternate ending, director commentary and God of War demo (limited through Jan. 8).
Even more new on Tuesday:
Trouble with the Curve Clint Eastwood directs and stars as an aging baseball scout who reconnects with his daughter on their search for new talent.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days The third in the popular series has wimpy kid Greg working at a country club over summer.
Sleepwalk with Me Comic Mike Birbiglia brings his one-man show/book to the screen, in a story about a stand-up with a sleepwalking disorder trying to sort out his life and career.
Frozen True Blood's Debbie (Brit Morgan) stars as a woman stranded in the woods after her boyfriend disappears on a camping trip--it's a pretty terrifying psychological thriller horror fans will like.
Out on Friday:
Premium Rush The ubiquitous, talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a bike messenger on the run from a killer in this thriller that's more interesting than you might have presumed. Watch an exclusive clip here.
Resident Evil: Retribution This franchise rolls on with a fifth movie, in which our heroine Alice is again forced to fight her way out of the Umbrella headquarters.
Arbitrage Richard Gere turns in an award-nominated performance as a fund manager who commits fraud after a tragedy happens just before he's about to sell out. Watch our exclusive interview with Gere in our new The Frontrunners series here.
Too bad they haven't come out with a format for the new Sony 84-inch 4K Ultra HD (which does, in fact play blue rays as well as HD's and 3D movies), but seriously, this TV redefine High Definition and will probably set the standard for the future. We neeeed more movie formats to accommodate this change in quality. Hollywood has already caught up for the most part, using different High resolution cameras to film for such TV's, but blue ray, in all its grand clarity, falls short of this TV's potential. It will be interesting to see how the movie scene changes, and whether or not it acclimates to this rapidly changing viewing experience. As far as I know, Bjorns in San Antonio is one of four locations in the US to offer this experience.
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