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This week's new release recommendations

The American
George Clooney is a high-profile assassin with a conscience in this hard-hitting mystery. When the named character arrives in a small European town for his ‘last’ job, things go awry after he meets up with a beautiful woman who may or may not end up being his target. Sheerly due to the consistent quality of the work of both director Anton Corbijn and Clooney as an actor, this one is a definite See It!!

Machete
Robert Rodriguez’s immortal Grindhouse faux-trailer received such praise and fan attention that the tale has now come full circle to stand as a gloriously shameless tribute to the exploitation B-movie of old. Danny Trejo (along with a star-studded cast: Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, others) stars as the titular renegade Mexican assassin turned day-laborer who is forced to pick his…umm… ‘sword’ back up after being betrayed by a former client. While there will be nothing but blood, violence, and sex driving this one, it’s likely to still be an incredibly well-made societal tribute and commentary.

See It!!

Going the Distance
Justin Long and Drew Barrymore star in this romantic comedy about two peeps who fall for each other—the only problem? They live on opposite seaboards… despite both of their commitment issues and fear of flying solo in life, the happy couple commits to a long distance relationship—fluffy and raunchy laughs are sure to follow.

Skip It!!

The Winning Season
A funny/feel-good comedy about a washed up wannabe (Sam Rockwell) who is asked—out of sheer desperation on the part of the school principal—to coach a girl’s varsity basketball team. We’ve all seen this one before in another setting and/or sport film, so there’s really not any reason to pay for it again, is there?

Skip It!!

My Dog Tulip
This free-hand, comic-style animated film tells the warm story of an elderly English bachelor who stumbles upon—or is perhaps found by—a lively German-shepherd who quickly becomes the man’s best friend. Christopher Plummer and Isabella Rossellini offer their voice talents to this unique and touching story of love and companionship beyond the bounds of humanity.

See It!!

El principe de Broadway (Prince of Broadway)
This Argentinian-produced urban drama follows a New York City street hustler whose world and plans are turned upside down when a former girlfriend drops off a young child—whom she claims belongs to our hero—and splits. As Lucky (the hustler) bonds with Prince (the baby boy), a love that blurs racial and social lines begins to bloom; a powerful, important film for all to see.

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Last Train Home
This strong documentary chronicles the annual trip back to their homelands of over 130 million Chinese factory and migrant workers. Focusing on the family of one such 15 year old girl, the film aims to provide a relevant and touching look into a society that is segmented by growth and change, as well as by family and tradition.

Rent It!!

S?nqi?ng P?i'àn J?ngqí (A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop)
Zhang Yimou’s remake of the Cohen brothers’ debut film Blood Simple sees the story moved from Texas to a remote Chinese province where a noodle shop owner betrays her elderly husband by starting a romance with another man her own age; when the burned patriarch finds out, he hires an assassin to kill both the wife and her lover. A tongue in cheek dramedy that has been described as significantly different from Yimou’s other films, but still just as poignant.

Rent It!!

White Wedding
A South African import comedy telling the story of two best friends who are on a road trip en route to one of their weddings; after picking up a hitcher, breaking down, and having to ask for a ride themselves from a variety of characters, hopefully the boys will make it in time for the big day to go off without a hitch.

Rent It!!

Suck
As if one vampire spoof wasn’t enough this year, he comes another—albeit this offering is a more musically inclined, washed-up rock-star (i.e. Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper) driven tale. One has to wonder—is the title just a clever allusion to that requisite, nourishment-gaining act of the undead, or did the filmmakers here just know from the outset that their ‘film’ [….] was going to be this bad?

Skip It!!

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