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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.


Synopsis – Palo Alto
Gia Coppola makes her feature directorial debut with this drama adapted from a series of short stories by James Franco, who stars as a soccer coach in the titular California town where bored teens begin to stir up trouble. April (Emma Roberts) is a virtuous soccer star whose impressive athleticism masks a deep-rooted timidity. Admired from afar by sensitive artist Teddy (Jack Kilmer), April earns some extra cash babysitting for her single coach Mr. B. (Franco), whose affection for his star player leads the pair into a risky affair. Meanwhile, Teddy continues to perform community service as the result of a DUI he received while stirring up trouble with his unpredictable friend Fred (Nat Wolff), whose seduction of promiscuous outsider Emile (Zoe Levin) begins to turn volatile as April gradually starts to respond to the affections of her not-so-secret admirer. Val Kilmer, Claudia Levy, and Chris Messina co-star.

New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Sept. 2:

Synopsis – Night Moves
Kelly Reichardt’s drama NIGHT MOVES stars Jesse Eisenberg as Josh, a young man who is immersing himself in the concept of eco-terrorism. Along with Dena (Dakota Fanning) and an older man named Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard), Josh hatches a plan to blow up a dam in order to strike back at the capitalist forces that he believes are ruining the land. After their efforts end up triggering some unexpected results, Josh begins to wonder if can trust his cohorts to keep quiet, and worries that he may soon be confronted by the authorities. NIGHT MOVES screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.


Synopsis – Draft Day
Ivan Reitman’s DRAFT DAY stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., the GM of the Cleveland Browns. With 13 hours until the beginning of the NFL draft, Sonny is informed by the team’s owner (Frank Langella) that if Sonny doesn’t make a splash and generate ticket sales, he’s going to be fired. That prompts the GM to take a trade offer from another team that gives him the first pick in the draft, in exchange for three furure first-round picks. The move outrages the Browns’ head coach, and forces all of the team’s scouts to dig up what they can find about the pick everyone, including the owner, expects them to make — a highly touted QB from Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Weaver is drawn to a talented linebacker who has family issues to deal with and is known for having a hot temper.
New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Aug. 26:

Synopsis – Blended
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite with WEDDING SINGER director Frank Coraci for this Warner Bros. romantic comedy about a terrible blind date that segues into a nightmare family vacation. Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) are two single parents just looking for love. In the wake of a blind date that turns disastrous, both agree that they’re better off single. Just when Lauren and Jim thought they would never see each other again, however, their two families end up at the same African safari resort for spring break. Could it possibly be that their relationship is so crazy it just might work? Kevin Nealon, Shaquille O’Neal, Terry Crews, and Joel McHale co-star.


Synopsis – Love Punch
Their nest egg stolen out from under them by a deceitful French financer, a divorced couple recruit their former neighbors to help them steal the $10 million diamond that their nemesis has just purchased for his fiancée. Richard (Pierce Brosnan) and Kate (Emma Thompson) may no longer be married, but they still quarrel like a couple who have spent their entire lives together. Meanwhile, their once-secure future comes crashing down all around them when scheming French CEO Vincent Kruger defrauds Richard’s investment firm, and steals his pension fund. Indignant after learning that Kruger has just purchased a $10 million diamond for his fiancée, Kate proposes that they nick the rock, enlisting their former neighbors (Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie) — who long to see their favorite couple reunited — to help them pull off the elaborate heist in the scenic French Riviera.

New at Town & Country Video on Tuesday, Aug. 19:


Synopsis – Amazing Spiderman 2
The web-slingin’ wall-crawler hits the screens once again in this follow-up to Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot of the series. Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker, who squares off against the villainous Electro, played by Jamie Foxx.
As the film opens, we find Richard (Campbell Scott) and Mary Parker (Embeth Davitz) stealing away with some crucial Oscorp files while leaving young Peter in the care of Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben. Flash forward about a decade, and Peter (Garfield) is swinging into action as Spider-Man; having successfully thwarted the hijacking of an Oscorp truck by notorious Russian criminal Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti), Peter ditches the costume just in time to meet up with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) at their high school graduation. Despite his deep love for Emma, however, Peter remains haunted by his promise to her late father not to get emotionally involved with her for fear that she could be targeted by Spider-Man’s enemies.
Meanwhile, young Harry Osborne (Dane DeHaan) inherits OsCorp and a deadly retrovirus from his father Norman (Chris Cooper), and brilliant but timid OsCorp scientist Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) gets infused with a powerful dose of electricity while attempting to fix a faulty power circuit in the lab. Upon regaining consciousness, Max discovers that he has the power to harness electrical currents – the higher the voltage the more powerful he becomes. When a battle with Max in Times Square shorts out Spidey’s web-shooters, Peter goes to work on developing a more reliable model of his signature weapon while Harry grows convinced that Spider-Man’s blood is the key to his survival. Later, villainous OsCorp chairman Donald Menken (Colm Feore) steals the company out right out from under Harry, driving the vengeful youth to break Max — now Electro — out of the heavily-guarded Ravencroft Institute for a two-pronged attack on Menken and Spider-Man.


Synopsis – Fading Gigolo
Writer/director John Turturro’s FADING GIGOLO centers on an elderly New York bookstore owner (Woody Allen) who becomes a pimp when he turns his middle-aged friend (Turturro) into a gigolo hoping to raise enough money when it looks like their store is going to close. Eventually, they begin to make more money than they ever expected.

New at Town & Country Video, on Tuesday, Aug. 12:

Synopsis Muppets Most Wanted
The sequel to THE MUPPETS (2011) finds Kermit mistaken for a criminal mastermind named Constantine and thrown into a remote Siberian prison while his lookalike uses the Muppets’ European tour as a means to steal the crown jewels. With the duplicitous Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) helping to perpetuate the fraud, it appears Kermit may have been abandoned by his pals — until Animal, Fozzie, and Walter become suspicious and set off in search of the real Kermit.


Synopsis Locke
Written and directed by Steven Knight (DIRTY PRETTY THINGS), LOCKE tells the adrenaline-fueled story of one man’s frantic race against time. Tom Hardy and Tom Holland star in a film produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley.

New at Town & Country Video, on Tuesday, Aug. 5:


Synopsis – Need for Speed
A mechanic who moonlights as an underground race-car driver strives to take the top prize in America’s most prominent street race in order to have his revenge against the ambitious ex-NASCAR champ who had him framed and sent to prison. Inspired by the popular video-game franchise of the same name, NEED FOR SPEED tells the story of garage owner Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul). Desperate to keep his family-owned business afloat, Marshall forms an uncomfortable partnership with wealthy ex-NASCAR star Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). That partnership falls apart when a lucrative sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) fails to pan out, and unscrupulous Brewster uses a tragic street-racing mishap to have the innocent Marshall incarcerated. Released from prison two years later, the vengeful Marshall plots to prove his mettle by winning the De Leon — an illicit race showcasing the country’s top underground talents. But getting to the De Leon will be no simple task, because not only has the ruthless Brewster put a bounty on Marshall’s prized car, but the police are hot on his trail during the white-knuckle, coast-to-coast dash. Fortunately for Marshall, his loyal crew and Bonet are willing to help him get to the starting line in time for the big race. Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez, and Michael Keaton co-star.


Synopsis – Divergent
In a world where the population is divided into factions by personality types, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is classified as Divergent. When she uncovers a conspiracy to eliminate all Divergents, she teams with the mysterious Four (Theo James) to find out what makes the powers-that-be so frightened of them. Kate Winslet also stars in this action thriller adapted from the novel by Veronica Roth, and directed by Neil Burger (THE ILLUSIONIST, LIMITLESS).

New at Town & Country Video, Picton, on Tuesday, July 29:

Synopsis – Noah
Darren Aronofsky brings the story of Noah’s Ark to the big screen with this Paramount/New Regency production. “In the beginning, there was nothing.” So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind’s evil. As the telling continues, we learn how Adam and Eve’s sins have passed down through generations through their sons Cain and Abel, and how the descendants of their righteous sibling Seth were entrusted with defending creation. One day, while foraging in the country, a descendant of Seth, Noah, sees his father slain by a descendant of Cain. In the process, Noah’s birthright is stolen from him.
Decades later, as a father of three, Noah experiences a vision foretelling the great flood that will wash over the Earth, destroying every living thing that stands on the soil. That vision leads Noah to seek out his grandfather, Methuselah, in order to understand his mission. When a second vision reveals that Noah is to construct a massive ark designed to shelter every living animal during the great flood, Noah, his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), their three sons Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman), and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll), and their adoptive sister Ila (Emma Watson) immediately begin construction on the vessel with the help of the Watchers, a race of angels created as beings of light, but encrusted in stone and mud and forsaken by God for their attempts to help man. Meanwhile, word of Noah’s work soon reaches Tubal Cain (Ray Winstone), who gathers an army on a mission to overtake the ark, and survive the coming storm by any cost.


Synopsis – The Other Woman
Nick Cassavetes’ comedy THE OTHER WOMAN concerns venture capitalist Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a lying, conniving sociopath. His wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), and his mistress, Carly (Cameron Diaz), discover this about him when Carly – who had no idea her boyfriend was married — tries to surprise Mark at their home. The two polar opposite personalities – Kate is a little ditzy and very insecure where Carly is a confident, high-powered lawyer -begin to talk and bond. Eventually Kate decides she wants revenge, so she and Carly cook up a plan to ruin Mark’s life. They find allies in Kate’s brother Phil (Taylor Kinney) and unexpectedly in yet another one of Mark’s mistresses, Amber (swimsuit model Kate Upton).

 

New at Town & Country Video, Picton, on Tuesday, July 22:

Synopsis – Transcendence
A brilliant innovator in the field of Artificial Intelligence becomes the bridge in the gap between man and machine in this sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp. His entire career, Dr. Will Caster (Depp) has been working toward one goal — to create a machine possessing the entire spectrum of human emotions, and the collective intelligence of every person who has ever lived. But while Dr. Caster’s unorthodox experiments have made him famous in scientific circles, a radical anti-tech group known as Rift is determined to stop him at all costs. In the midst of an attack on A.I. labs across the United States, one Rift agent manages to shoot Dr. Caster with a radioactive bullet, ensuring his death. Little did Rift realize that their efforts to destroy Dr. Caster would only make him stronger than they ever could have imagined, because before he dies, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max (Paul Bettany) successfully transfer Dr. Caster’s consciousness into a computer, where his hunger for knowledge and power transforms him into an unstoppable force of sentient energy inhabiting every computer and electrical system on the planet. Morgan Freeman co-stars.


Synopsis – Sabotage
David Ayer’s SABOTAGE stars Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Breacher, the veteran DEA agent in charge of a fearless squad. After effectively hiding 10 million in drug money during an epic bust, their plan falls apart when they return to discover that someone has swiped the cash. As the incident gets investigated, everyone is suspended from duty. After authorities fail to bring any charges, Breacher starts retraining the group which has grown rusty and distrustful of each other during the long layoff. Soon, members of Breacher’s crew start dying in gruesome fashion. He gets close to Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) the investigator put in charge of the case. Caroline eventually learns about a dark secret from Breacher’s past. Soon the remaining members of the crew realize that one of them is responsible for the murders, and that same person probably has the cash as well.

New at Town & Country Video, Picton, on Tuesday, July 15:

Synopsis – The Face of Love
Five years after her husband’s death, devastated widow Nikki (Annette Bening) is still mourning her loss when she falls for handsome art teacher Tom (Ed Harris), who’s the spitting image of her late spouse. Meanwhile, as Nikki grows increasingly delusional in her attempt to pick up the marriage where it left off when her husband died, Tom strives to unlock the mystery of her tragic loss. Robin Williams co-stars.


Synopsis – Rio 2
Blu (voice of Jesse Eisenberg) and his family take flight for the Amazon after Jewel (voice of Anne Hathaway) decides their children should explore the world. Meanwhile, the overprotective father grows concerned that his family will leave him once they’ve experienced life in the wild. Tracy Morgan, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, George Lopez, and Leslie Mann reprise their roles in this sequel from director Carlos Saldanha and producers John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson — the creative trio behind the original 2011 hit.

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