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New DVD Tuesday - This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Pedro Almodovar, Doris Day, Hong Kong Action and More!
This Film Is Not Yet Rated - Keep the violence cartoonish and the sex missionary -- that seems to be the guiding principle of America's self-appointed film censors, the MPAA. In this fascinating look into the heart of a corrupt, shadowy and increasingly out-of-touch organization director Kirby Dick deftly exposes the MPAA's rank hypocrisy vis à vis depictions of homosexuality, female pleasure, "abnormal" sexuality and violent content.
Dick employees a detective to stake out the MPAA and discovers the identities of its paid censors and the arbitrary process by which they rate films. He also delves into the MPAA's comical, Kafka-esque appeals process to learn that the appeals board is stacked with representatives from all the major studios, which, of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with why foreign and independent films frequently receive more stringent ratings than studio films.
Featuring interviews with John Waters, Matt Stone, Kevin Smith and Kimberly Peirce and snazzy graphics the movie never lags, giving Dick ample opportunity to kick sand in the MPAA's bloated face.
The Marine - Pro wrestler John Cena plays a marine whose wife is kidnapped by evil jewel thieves.
Rx - Three friends (Eric Balfour, Colin Hanks, and Lauren German) on a weekend trip to Mexico get in a heap of trouble when one of them tries to smuggle drugs back across the border.
Unknown - Memento meets Reservoir Dogs.
The Silence of the Lambs - Jonathan Demme's taut, note-perfect 1991 thriller about an FBI novice (Jodie Foster) who turns to incarcerated killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) for insight into a present-day string of killings gets the Collectors Editions treatment from MGM.
Madame Curie - 1944 biopic directed by Mervyn LeRoy about Marie and Pierre Curie, the scientists who discovered polonium and radium.
Viva Pedro: The Almodovar Collection - Sony brings us this collection of seven films directed by Pedro Almodovar: Matador, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Bad Education, Live Flesh, The Flower of My Secret and Talk to Her.
The Films of Luc Moullet: The Smugglers and a Girl Is a Gun and The Films of Luc Moullet: Brigitte and Brigitte/Up and Down - Considered by many to be a genius of the French New Wave but little known outside his native France, Luc Moullet's films offer a wry quirky take on life regardless of the genre he's bending.
Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee - A small-time Bar Mitzvah emcee prepares for his entrée into the glitzy New York City Bar Mitzvah scene by getting an image overhauling from an events planner.
The Comedians of Comedy - Concert film from the comedy tour of the title featuring Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Zach Galifianakis.
Coming Of Age
The Motel - A chubby 13-year-old Chinese-American kid learns about life and love working in his family's run-down motel, which rents rooms by the hour.
The Doctor, The Tornado & The Kentucky Kid - Documentary about a massive motorcycle race, the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, California.
Monster of the Milky Way - Nova documentary about the hunt for a supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy.
Phyllis Diller: Not Just Another Pretty Face - A documentary about the career of comedian Phyllis Diller.
Caprice -1967 romantic caper starring Doris Day and Richard Harris in a story about a designer who gets herself into trouble when she sells a secret cosmetics formula to a rival company.
Move Over Darling - James Garner plays a man who finally has his wife declared dead five years after she disappeared in a plane crash. He sets off on a honeymoon with his new bride, but that same morning his wife (Doris Day) arrives home after being rescued by the Navy from a desert island.
The Arrangement - 1969 film directed by Elia Kazan that offers a portrait of a man in the midst of a mid-life crisis (Kirk Douglas) who runs from his wife (Deborah Kerr) and into the arms of mistress (Faye Dunaway).
Catch a Fire - Derek Luke stars as a black guy in 1980s South Africa who's tortured by a white guy (Tim Robbins), which transforms him into an anti-apartheid activist. Based on a true story.
The Chatterley Affair - A made-for-British TV drama about the 1960 obscenity trial surrounding D.H. Lawrence's erotic novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Facing The Giants - Christian-themed sports drama about an evangelical coach whose faith is rewarded by victory. With God, all things are possible.
Flyboys - James Franco flies planes during World War I. Martin Henderson has a pet tiger. He's the bad boy.
Red Doors - Three Chinese-American sisters must band together to find their retired father, who has gone missing.
Scarred Memory (Bao jie qing qing) - A female doctor and recovering rape victim ends up nursing the gangster who once raped her but has become temporarily mellow due to brain damage.
Hong Kong Action
Divergence (San cha kou) - Benny Chan directs this 2005 crime thriller about a cop (Aaron Kwok) pursuing gangsters in Hong Kong while mooning about his fiancée who disappeared 10 years ago.
The Last Blood (Jing tian shi er xiao shi) - En route to Singapore the Daka Lama and a young woman he just met are wounded during an assassination attempt. Both have a rare blood type. The terrorists want to prevent donors from getting to the victims. A police officer tries to get a con man to the hospital to give blood, but the young woman's boyfriend kidnaps the would-be donor. Made in 1991 and directed by Wong Jing.
The Gathering - Christina Ricci plays a drifter who wakes up from a car accident with no memory of her life. As she's recovering in the home of the woman who hit her, she starts seeing frightening visions that may be linked to a recently unearthed church and a dark secret in the town's past.
Prey - Bridget Moynahan takes her new stepchildren to Africa on holiday, but the family becomes lost in a game reserve and is stalked by lions. Rated G, so don’t expect much in the way of thrills.
Saw III - Jigsaw's apprentice (Shawnee Smith) tortures Bahar Soomekh and Angus Macfadyen.
Iron Lion - Kung-fu prodigies Xie Miao and Sik Siu Loong star in this adventure about two rival lion dancers who team up to stop gangsters from fixing the competition.
Available Men - Seven gay-themed short films.
Unhitched - Stuart Townsend falls in love with Amy Smart who's unfortunately engaged to be married to some other dude.
Band of Angels - Set during the Civil War, this romantic drama stars Clark Gable as a slave owner who buys a half-white, half-black southern belle Amantha Starr (Yvonne deCarlo). Despite her initial stubbornness and their master/slave relationship, they fall in love.
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas -- Christina Applegate and her former husband Johnathon Schaech co-star in this tale of doomed love that unfolds through a diary.
White Valentine (Hwaiteu ballenta-in) - South Korea film about a pen pal romance and the lovers who eventually meet 20 years later.
Looker - A plastic surgeon who caters to models investigates when his patients begin mysteriously dying. Written AND directed by Michael Crichton back in 1981.
Angels in the Outfield - The original 1951 film stars Paul Douglas as the manager of the losing Pittsburgh Pirates. An angel promises to help the team if he will mend his ways, and an orphan girl who has been praying for the team begins noticing angels on the field.
Sword & Sandal
One Night with the King - The story of Esther, a young Jewish girl who became the Queen of Persia. Tiffany Dupont plays Hadassah, the main character.