Memorial Day Weekend - the traditional start of the Hollywood "summer" season - is only a few days away, with a plethora of action adventure, sci-fi, romantic comedies, and traditional dramas waiting in the wings at the box office.
In the meantime, movie buffs and Blu-ray collectors have plenty of new releases from various genres to choose from starting on Tuesday, May 20. Many of the new titles, including the four on this list, were releasedtheatrically earlier this year. Some were moderately successful at the box office, while "Vampire Academy" flopped. Starz and Anchor Bay, which co-produced the dark comedy/horror hybrid by "Mean Girls" director Mark Waters, hope that home video release will give "Vampire Academy" a new lease on life and help find an audience.
The Monuments Men
"The Monuments Men" (2014): During World War II, the Nazis stole thousands of paintings, tapestries, sculptures and other artistic treasures from the various countries they occupied during their six-year rampage across Europe. In this 2014 film by writer-actor-director George Clooney (who co-wrote the script with Grant Heslov), the Allies assemble a team of museum curators and art experts called the Monuments, Fine Arts & Archves group. After the D-Day landings in 1944, the "Monuments Men" seek out and recover priceless pieces of artwork stolen by Hitler's henchmen. Though the film is fiction, it's loosely based on Robert M. Edsel's The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.
About Last Night
“About Last Night”: (2014) Based on David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, this Steve Pink film is a remake of a 1986 film which starred Demi Moore and Rob Lowe. Written by Leslye Headland, “About Last Night” now features African-American actors Kevin Hart and Regina Hall and moves the story from Mamet’s Chicago to L.A. Co-starring Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant, “About Last Night” explores the dynamics of two modern couples as they deal with the ups and downs of sex and love.
Sony Pictures | 2014 | 100 min | Rated R
“Pompeii” (2014): “The Last Days of Pompeii” mashes up with “Gladiator” in this action-adventure/disaster epic directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Kiefer Sutherland is (once again) a film villain, playing Corvus, a cruel Roman general. Here, Corvus’ destruction of a village in ancient Britannia sets off a chain of events that leads to gladiator battles and swords-and-sandals drama in Pompeii under the shadow of Vesuvius, the infamous and active volcano. This big-budget drama also stars Kit Harrington, Emily Browning, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje/
Sony Pictures | 2014 | 105 min | Rated PG-13
“Vampire Academy” (2014): Based on Richelle Mead’s young adult horror novel, this adaptation by the Waters brothers (Daniel wrote the script, Mark directed the film) didn’t do well at the box office this year. The movie stars Zoey Deutch as Rosemarie Hathaway, a 17-year-old half-human, half-vampire who finds herself back at St. Vladimir’s Academy after escaping from its confines two years earlier with Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry and hiding in the mortal world.
Starz / Anchor Bay | 2014 | 104 min | Rated PG-13