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New at Town & County Video, Tuesday, Oct. 28:
Synopsis – Good People
A debt-ridden couple believe that all of their financial problems are solved when they discover a stash of cash in their dead tenant’s apartment, but realize their lives are in danger from the thief who will kill to get it back.
Synopsis – Life of Crime
Two kidnappers (John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey) help a woman (Jennifer Aniston) take revenge on her wealthy, real estate developer husband after he refuses to pay her ransom in this adaptation of the Elmore Leonard book, SWITCH. Daniel Schechter directs from his own adapted script. The story features two of the same characters from the book that JACKIE BROWN was based on.
New at Town & Country Video, on Tuesday, Oct. 21:
Synopsis – Sex Tape
A married couple embark on a mad dash to recover their sex tape after it goes viral in this Sony Pictures comedy from director Jake Kasdan (BAD TEACHER, WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY). Their once-scorching sex lives doused by a decade of marriage and two kids, Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) were only trying to recapture a little of that pre-marriage passion when they decided to fire up the video camera, and try every position in THE JOY OF SEX. Later, they are terrified by the realization that their intimate video has been uploaded to the cloud, and synched to the iPads they gave their family and friends for Christmas. Now, in order to save their reputations and avoid some serious embarrassment, Jay and Annie race around town on a madcap mission to collect each iPad. Unfortunately for them, the cloud works in mysterious ways. Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Lowe co-star.
Synopsis – See No Evil
A surprise birthday party at the city morgue becomes a bloodbath when Jacob Goodnight (Kane) awakens in a room of lethal medical tools, and decides to cut more than just the cake. Danielle Harris and Katherine Isabelle co-star.
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Oct. 14:
Synopsis – X-Men: Days of Future Past
In order to prevent a grim future in which mutants and their human sympathizers are systematically hunted and killed by towering, unstoppable robots called Sentinels, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels back in time to change the course of history in this sequel that finds X-MEN and X2: X-MEN UNITED director Bryan Singer returning to the helm.
The film opens in a dark and desolate future that was set in motion in 1973, when brilliant scientist Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) created a series of giant robots called Sentinels for the sole purpose of wiping out mutants, whom he claimed were a direct threat to the human race. Although initially programmed solely to target mutants, the Sentinels soon began eradicating humans who possessed the DNA to breed mutants, and eventually, any mortal mutant sympathizers. Desperate, Prof. Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) devise a plan to have Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) send Wolverine back to the year when Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) assassinated Trask — it turns out that Mystique inadvertently accelerated the Sentinel program when she was subsequently captured by Sgt. William Stryker (Josh Helman), who succeeded at harvesting her DNA to make the robots more powerful than ever before.
Synopsis – Mr. Peabody & Sherman
ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE SHOW time-travelers Mr. Peabody and his adopted human sidekick, Sherman (voiced by Ty Burrell and Max Charles, respectively), strike out on their own for a big-screen CGI adventure in this feature directed by Rob Minkoff (THE HAUNTED MANSION). Stephen Colbert and Allison Janney also contribute to the voice cast.
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Oct. 7:
Synopsis – Edge of Tomorrow Live Die Repeat
Tom Cruise stars as a futuristic soldier who is killed during a battle with alien invaders, and lives out the last day of his life over and over again in director Doug Liman’s adaptation of the popular Manga ALL YOU NEED IS KILL.
In the not-too-distant future, a ferocious race of aliens dubbed “Mimics” have descended from the stars to stake their claim on Earth. Five years after arriving, they’re poised to claim Europe. Because the extraterrestrial invaders prove unusually proficient in responding to mankind’s typical combat strategies, the military begins outfitting its soldiers with weaponized bionic suits that increase strength, speed, and agility. Meanwhile, the military is certain that, by conducting a surprise assault on the west coast of France, they can catch the enemy off guard and defeat them. With victory in sight, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) tasks Major William Cage (Cruise) with heading to the front lines and selling the war to the general public. Cage, however, is wary of the assignment due to his noted lack of combat experience, and unsuccessfully attempts to blackmail Brigham.
Subsequently awakening at Heathrow Airport, Cage is greeted by Master Sergeant Farrell Bartolome (Bill Paxton), who introduces the sniveling major to his new unit, J-Squad, as a deserter and a con artist. The next day, as J-Squad prepare to make the drop and attack the enemy, they are ambushed. Somehow, the aliens knew they were coming, and almost as soon as Cage lands on the beach, he is killed during a fight with a Mimic. Much to his shock, he awakens right back at Heathrow Airport, where the entire scenario begins to play out all over again. Desperate to break the cycle when it continues ad nauseam, Cage seeks the help of Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), whose victories on the battlefield have turned her into a high-profile symbol of human strength and endurance.
Synopsis – Million Dollar Arm
Craig Gillespie’s drama MILLION DOLLAR ARM stars Jon Hamm as JB Bernstein, a one-time successful sports agent who left the massive company he worked for to start in his own agency, Seven Figures Management, with his business partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi). The company is in serious financial straits, and they lose the big client they’ve been grooming. In a fit of inspiration, JB believes they can go to India, find a cricket bowler, and teach him to be a baseball pitcher. In order to pay for the scheme, he convinces wealthy businessman Chang (Tzi Ma) to create a reality show titled “Million Dollar Arm” to help with his quest for fresh talent. Upon arriving in India, he is quickly befriended by Amit (Pitobash), an overly eager man who loves baseball and wants to do anything he can to help. JB also brings in retired scout Ray (Alan Arkin) to help him weed through the thousands of candidates who try to whip a baseball over 90 mph. Although at first the going is rough, they eventually find a pair of eager and promising prospects — Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma). The duo travel back to the States with JB where they are then tutored by Tom House (Bill Paxton), a USC baseball coach whose approach to the game is as much mental as physical. The two young men are finally given a highly publicized tryout in front of scouts from numerous pro teams, as well as media from around the world. Meanwhile, the fiercely single JB, whose personal life involves dating a string of models, begins to strike up something of a serious romance with his tenant, Brenda (Lake Bell), a doctor who rents the guest house on JB’s beautiful L.A. estate.
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Sept. 30:
Synopsis – Are you Here
MAD MEN auteur Matthew Weiner makes his feature directorial debut with ARE YOU HERE, a mix of comedy and drama that stars Owen Wilson as Steve, a glib TV weatherman in Virginia who spends his free time picking up women or getting stoned with his deadbeat best friend Ben (Zach Galifianakis). When Ben learns that his father has died, he and Steve travel to the funeral and the reading of the will, where they discover that Ben has inherited an estate worth more than $2 million dollars while Ben’s sister Amy Poehler got some cash and thinks her brother is in no position to take care of their father’s business. Steve romances Ben’s father’s girlfriend (Laura Ramsey), while Ben tries to get his life in order. YOU ARE HERE screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Synopsis – Third Person
Oscar-winner Paul Haggis (CRASH) writes and directs this romantic drama that alternates between three tales of intrigue unfolding simultaneously in New York, Paris, and Rome. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael (Liam Neeson) is still reeling from the recent separation from his wife Elaine (Kim Basinger) when he retreats to a Paris hotel room to finish his latest novel. As Michael searches for inspiration, his fiery affair with smoldering journalist and aspiring writer Anna (Olivia Wilde) awakens an intense passion deep within him. Meanwhile, in Rome, unscrupulous American businessman Scott (Adrien Brody) ducks into a place called the Café Americano searching for a taste of home. There he encounters captivating Roma beauty Monika (Moran Atias), who claims to have just lost the ransom she intended to pay her daughter’s kidnappers. Smitten and sympathetic, Scott agrees to join her in traveling to a dangerous region of southern Italy, only to realize along the way that he may have fallen victim to an intricate con. As Scott ventures toward an uncertain fate in an unfamiliar country, former soap-opera starlet Julia (Mila Kunis) fights her prolific, ex-husband artist Rick (James Franco) for custody of their six-year-old son in New York City. It seems like a losing battle until Julia’s lawyer Theresa (Maria Bello) convinces the court to give her desperate client one last chance to prove she’s a fit mother. Now as Julia finds herself on the other side of the glamorous life she once enjoyed, her husband’s new girlfriend Sam (Loan Chabanol) watches the situation play out with a heavy heart.
New at Town & Country Video, Picton, on Tuesday, Sept. 23:
Synopsis – Neighbours
An immature couple with a newborn infant go to war with the fraternity that turns their once-peaceful neighborhood into party central in this outrageous comedy of one-upsmanship. Restless thirtysomethings Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are still clinging to the last vestiges of their youth as they attempt to adjust to the rigors of raising a newborn in their picturesque suburban starter home. When a massive moving truck pulls into the driveway next door, the bleary-eyed pair grow excited at the prospect of getting new neighbors. Unfortunately for Mac and Kelly, the new arrivals turn out to be the Delta Psi Beta fraternity. Even so, the couple remain convinced that they still have a modicum of cool left in them, extending a hearty greeting to popular chapter president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and hoping for the best. A few epic parties later, however, and Mac and Kelly have had more than their fill of the frat’s wild antics. Before long the gloves have come off, and a turf war erupts between the parents who only want a solid night’s sleep and the Greeks who crank up the stereo until the crack of dawn. Who will win is anyone’s guess, but one thing’s for sure — this neighborhood isn’t big enough for the both of them.
Synopsis – The Signal
Three bright young students venture deep into the Nevada desert in search of a notorious hacker, and discover they have been drawn into an enigmatic plot with terrifying repercussions in this mind-bending sci-fi thriller. Intrigued by reports that a mysterious hacker named Nomad has breached MIT’s advanced security system and exposed its flaws, freshmen Nic (Brenton Thwaites) and Jonah (Beau Knapp) hop in the car with Nick’s girlfriend Hailey (Olivia Cooke), and attempt to track down the elusive computer genius. Eventually, the trail of clues leads the three students deep into the Nevada desert. There, they finally come face-to-face with Nomad just before everything goes black. Later, regaining consciousness in a high-security government facility, a confused Nic quickly finds that the worst is yet to come. Laurence Fishburne co-stars.
New at Town & County Video, Picton, on Tuesday, Sept. 16:
Synopsis – The Fault in our Stars
Based on the bestselling novel by author John Green, the romantic drama THE FAULT IN OUR STARS tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), who fall hopelessly in love after meeting in a cancer support group, and experience a whirlwind romance that teaches them both what it means to feel truly alive. Laura Dern and Willem Dafoe co-star.
Synopsis – Godzilla
The king of all monsters returns in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS). As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it’s his birthday. Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He’s right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues. Fifteen years later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He’s just returned home to his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde) when he gets word that Joe been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail, and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone. Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a “MUTO” is unleashed. Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has awoken a towering, godlike leviathan that has lied dormant for centuries, and may
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Sept. 9:
Synopsis – God’s Pocket
John Slattery’s feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Pete Dexter’s first novel, GOD’S POCKET stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey Scarpato, who lives in the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket with his wife Jeanie (Christina Hendricks), a lifelong resident of the Pocket, and his stepson Leon (Caleb Landry Jones). Young Leon works at a construction site, and one day his overt racism and all-around unlikability lead to his murder at the hands of a co-worker (the entire crew claim it was a workplace accident). Mickey, always down on his luck financially, has to scrape together enough money to pay combative funeral-home owner Jack Moran (Eddie Marsan) for the service his grieving wife wants for her boy. He talks his best friend Bird (John Turturro) into betting on a horse he has a tip on, and Bird goes along with the scheme in order to pay off his own debts to a local gangster named Sal Cappi (Domenick Lombardozzi). Watching over this rough-and-tumble community is newspaper columnist Richard Shellburn (Richard Jenkins), who writes poetic pieces about the dignity of the locals while remaining continually soused and on the prowl for attractive young women he can sleep with. He visits Jeanie to profile her dead son, and she confesses to him that she doesn’t think his co-workers are telling the truth about what happened.
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