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New at Town & Country Video, Tuesday, April 15:
Synopsis – Philomena
The title character of Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA is played by Judi Dench. She is an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets. All the while, the type-A Martin and the ceaselessly charming Philomena learn to trust each other. PHILOMENA screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Synopsis – The Nut Job
A scheming squirrel named Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) gathers a crackerjack crew of critters to pull off a heist of the local nut shop so that they will have enough food to make it through the winter. Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, and Gabriel Iglesias also lend their voices to this upbeat animated caper comedy.
New at Town & Country Video, Tuesday, April 8:
Synopsis – August: Osage County
Director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County tells the tale of the dysfunctional Westin clan, who all come together after the death of patriarch Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard). His wife Violet (Meryl Streep), who is fighting mouth cancer and a growing dependency on pain pills, sees her entire clan return home for the services, including her sister Mattie Fae Aiken (Margo Martindale) and her husband Charles (Chris Cooper) and their son “Little” Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also arriving are Violet’s three daughters: Barbara (Julia Roberts) and her husband Bill (Ewan McGregor), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), and wild child Karen (Juliette Lewis), who brings her fiancé Steve (Dermot Mulroney). As the clan bickers and jokes, old truths come to the surface, jealousies flourish, and eventually each of the characters confronts some past hurt or future fear. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Synopsis – Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), his mighty band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and wise wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) embark on a crusade to reclaim Erebor from the vicious dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in this sweeping fantasy adventure that picks up where the events of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY left off. Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) once again directs from a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro.
New at Town & Country Video, Tuesday, April 1:
Synopsis – The Bag Man
David Grovic’s crime thriller THE BAG MAN stars John Cusack as Jack, a career criminal hired by Dragna (Robert De Niro), a ruthless gangster, to perform a job. Dragna orders Jack to visit a remote location, where the hired hand discovers he’s one of several people who have gotten the same request. Soon Jack falls in with the gorgeous Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa), and discovers that both of them are on a dangerous collision course.
Synopsis – Anchorman 2
Will Ferrell returns to the role of Ron Burgundy in ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, which finds the popular San Diego television newsman pulling up stakes with co-host Veronica (Christina Applegate), his intrepid reporter Brian (Paul Rudd), overenthusiastic sports reporter Champ (David Koechner), and imbecilic weatherman Brick (Steve Carell) in order to move to New York City and launch the first ever 24-hour news network. Adam McKay, who directed the original, returns as well to helm this comedy.
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New at Town & Country Video, Tuesday, March 25:
Synopsis – The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio for this adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his exploits as a crooked banker. Terence Winter provides the screenplay. Jonah Hill and Oscar winner Jean Dujardin co-star.
Synopsis – Delivery Man
An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity in this Dreamworks comedy starring Vince Vaughn. Aside from the fact that he was a regular visitor at a fertility clinic 20 years ago, there’s nothing particularly remarkable about David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn): He drives a meat-delivery truck for his father’s butcher business, he can’t seem to hold down a relationship, and lately he’s taken to growing marijuana as a means of paying off an $80,000 debt. He’s so inept at even the simplest things that his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) can’t stand the sight of him after she reveals that she’s pregnant with his child. When an attorney tracks David down and reveals that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity, the former donor panics, recruiting his lawyer friend Brett (Chris Pratt) to defend the privacy agreements he signed at the clinic. When Brett returns with an envelope containing profiles of all 142 children named in the lawsuit, however, David can’t help but look, and before long he’s surreptitiously injecting himself into the lives of his unsuspecting offspring. Meanwhile, as he begins to grow excited at the prospect of having his own child, he finds that sometimes the best fathers are the men who seem the least fit for parenting.
New at Town & Country Video Tuesday, March 18:
Synopsis – Frozen
After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), her sprightly sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee co-directed this Walt Disney Animation Studios production based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale THE SNOW QUEEN.
Synopsis – American Hustle
Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams star in director David O. Russell’s fictional period crime drama about a reckless FBI agent who recruits a con man and his alluring partner into a scheme to ensnare corrupt politicians and gangsters. Smooth-talking Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) is a hustler of the highest order. No mark is off limits for Rosenfeld, especially when his crafty partner Sydney Prosser (Adams) is by his side. When renegade FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) thrusts the deceptive duo into the treacherous world of New Jersey power players and underworld heavies, the thrill of the hunt grows too strong to resist. Meanwhile, New Jersey politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) gets caught in the middle, and Rosenfeld’s capricious wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) holds more power than anyone could imagine. Louis C.K. and Jack Huston costar.
New at Town & Country Video Tuesday, March 11:
Synopsis – The Book Thief
A young girl (Sophie Nelisse) living with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany begins collecting forbidden books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee hiding in her home in this war drama adapted from Markus Zusak’s book by screenwriter Michael Petroni (THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS) and director Brian Percival (DOWNTON ABBEY).
Synopsis – Homefront
A former DEA agent (Jason Statham) moves to a small town with his daughter to get away from the dangers of the job, only to be terrorized by a meth-head gang leader (James Franco) in this action thriller written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder co-star.
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Synopsis – 12 Years a Slave
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.
Synopsis – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on video Friday
THE HUNGER GAMES SAGA continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) take a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots their downfall during preparations for the Quarter Quell, which only occurs every 25 years in celebration of the Capitol’s victory over the districts. Hoping to put an end to the growing threat of rebellion, President Snow announces that the Quell’s tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors — guaranteeing Katniss a place in the arena. Though Katniss vows to keep Peeta safe even if it means sacrificing her own life, her fellow tributes have a different plan.
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Feb. 25:
Synopsis – Afternoon Delight
A 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.
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Feb. 18:
Synopsis – The Best Man Holiday
Forgotten rivalries flare up and old romances reignite when a group of college friends reunite during the holiday season in this long-awaited sequel to THE BEST MAN (1999). Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, and Regina Hall headline this upbeat comedy from writer/director Malcolm D. Lee.
Synopsis – Battle of the Damned
A retired commando attempts to rescue the daughter of a prominent industrialist from a city under quarantine, and uses a small army of militarized robots to battle a rampaging army of the living dead. A deadly virus has swept through a major city, creation legions of flesh-eating zombies as the military races to sequester the population. Meanwhile, an influential business tycoon’s daughter has gone missing in the danger zone. Determined to get her out at all costs, he hires formidable mercenary Max Gatling (Dolph Lundgren) to track her down, and escape before the city is incinerated. With just one day to accomplish his mission, Gatling quickly enters the city and locates the girl. Just when it starts to look like the duo will be devoured by the rampaging legions of the living-dead, however, the sudden appearance of some high-powered robots gives Gatling the idea for an escape plan that’s sure to work – if they can just pull it off before the entire city goes up in flames.
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Feb. 11:
Synopsis – Counselor
Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR, from a script by Cormac McCarthy, stars Michael Fassbender as the title character, a slick lawyer who is madly in love with Laura (Penelope Cruz). He asks her to marry him, and she agrees, though she is unaware that serious financial troubles have prompted him to fund a drug deal with a shady but established middle man named Westray (Brad Pitt), that could bring in millions. Part of the counselor’s financial troubles stem from the fact that he’s investing in a club being opened by his best friend Reiner (Javier Bardem), a hedonist and occasional client who has attained his wealth by any means necessary, and likes to keep his wife, Malkina (Cameron Diaz) covered in all the accoutrements the wealthy enjoy. However, when the drug deal starts to go wrong, the counselor finds himself unprepared to deal with the fallout, and soon he’s trying to protect his bride-to-be as well as himself from the wrath of a drug cartel that has no qualms about exacting revenge.
Synopsis – Ender’s Game
A brilliant young strategist rises to the top of his class in Battle School while training to defend Earth against hostile aliens intent on exterminating the entire human race in this sci-fi epic based on the celebrated novel. In the not-too-distant future, our planet has come under attack from a malevolent race of aliens known as the Formics. Incredibly, fearless International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) sent them fleeing back into the stars, becoming a living legend in the process. But decorated Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) knows that the Formics will soon return even stronger than they were before, and he’s determined to find a new hero who can meet them head on. Enter Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a modest young man with vast untapped potential. Upon being recruited into Battle School, Ender partakes in a grueling series of simulations, effortlessly mastering every challenge presented to him. Celebrated by his peers and respected by his superiors, Ender is quickly promoted to Command School, where the one and only Mazer Rackham provides him with the knowledge and tools needed to save mankind from certain extinction. As the final battle approaches, Ender prepares to embrace his destiny as one of the greatest heroes in the history of planet Earth.
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Feb. 4:
Synopsis – Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey headlines director Jean-Marc Vallée’s biographical drama centering on the story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and who subsequently devoted his life to providing fellow HIV patients with non-FDA-approved drugs and supplements during an era when doctors were still struggling to understand the devastating disease. Defying his surprise death sentence, Woodroof set out to procure any and all non-toxic alternative HIV treatments available, and established a “buyers club” to provide the treatments to others afflicted with the disease. But that mission quickly made him a target for both the U.S. medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry, both of which resented his defiance of government sanctions, and joined forces to shut down his operation by any means necessary.
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