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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — January 2014

New DVD and Blu-ray Releases January 2014
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Happy New Year, everyone! To help ring in a brand new year, we’ve got a whole new batch of films headed to DVD and Blu-ray. While you’re recovering from 2013, these films can keep you company in the comfort of your home. Spectacular indies, riveting thrillers, insightful documentaries, prestigious dramas, and family fun are all waiting for you to take home and enjoy this month, so read on for our guide to the best films headed to DVD and Blu-ray in January 2014! 

January 7

Runner Runner‘ – Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Gemma Arterton. When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.

‘Closed Circuit’ – Starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, and Jim Broadbent. A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team – testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.

‘I’m So Excited’ – Starring Javier Camara, Pepa Charro, and Cecilia Roth. When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.

‘Inequality for All’ – A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap.

‘Thanks for Sharing’ – Starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tim Robbins. A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction.

‘We Are What We Are’ – Starring Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, and Julia Garner. The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.

‘Big Ass Spider!’ – Starring Lin Shaye, Clare Kramer, and Ray Wise. A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampage the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

January 14

The Butler‘ – Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and John Cusack. As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.

Riddick‘ – Starring Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, and Katee Sackhoff. Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.

Carrie‘ – Starring Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Gabriella Wilde. A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

You’re Next‘ – Starring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, and A.J. Bowen. When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

‘Enough Said’ – Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.

Fruitvale Station‘ – Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer. The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

The Spectacular Now‘ – Starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, and Kyle Chandler. A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.”

’20 Feet from Stardom’ – Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Short Term 12‘ – Starring Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, and John Gallagher Jr. A 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

‘Blue Caprice’ – Starring Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, and Tim Blake Nelson. An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.

‘A.C.O.D.’ – Starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, and Catherine O’Hara. A grown man caught in the crossfire of his parents 15-year divorce discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.

‘Big Sur’ – Starring Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, and Josh Lucas. A recounting of Jack Kerouac’s (here known by the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

‘A Single Shot’ – Starring Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, and Kelly Reilly. The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood.

January 21

Captain Phillips‘ – Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, and Barkhad Abdirahman. The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

‘Instructions Not Included’ – Starring Eugenio Derbez, Karla Souza, and Jessica Lindsey. A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.

Blue Jasmine‘ – Starring Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, and Alec Baldwin. A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love.

Machete Kills‘ – Starring Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, and Mel Gibson. The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

In a World … ‘ — Starring Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, and Demetri Martin. An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.

‘Charlie Countryman’ – Starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Mads Mikkelsen. While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex.

‘Best Man Down’ – Starring Justin Long, Jess Weixler, and Tyler Labine. A newlywed couple cancels their honeymoon and returns to the snowy Midwest to make the funeral arrangements for their best man, who died unexpectedly after their ceremony.

‘Crossing Lines’ – Starring William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland, and Marc Lavoine. A special crime unit investigates serialized crimes that cross over European borders and to hunt down criminals to bring them to justice. A global FBI is born.

‘Sunlight Jr.’ – Starring Naomi Watts, Norman Reedus, and Matt Dillon. A Florida couple deals with an unexpected pregnancy while holding minimum wage jobs.

‘The Starving Games’ – Starring Maiara Walsh, Brant Daugherty, and Cody Christian. In this Hunger Games spoof, Kantmiss Evershot must fight for her life in the 75th annual Starving Games, where she could also win an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub, and a partially eaten pickle.

January 28

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2‘ – Starring Bill Hader, Anna Farris, and Will Forte. Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa‘ – Starring Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, and Greg Harris. 86-year-old Irving Zisman takes a trip from Nebraska to North Carolina to take his 8 year-old grandson, Billy, back to his real father.

Last Vegas‘ – Starring Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman. Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

Rush‘ – Starring Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, and Olivia Wilde. A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Metallica: Through the Never‘ – Starring Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrich. Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band’s show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.

The Fifth Estate‘ – Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, and Carice Van Houten. A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

‘Ass Backwards’ – Starring June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, and Jon Cryer. Two best friends (Kate and Chloe) embark on a cross country trip back to their hometown to attempt to win a pageant that eluded them as children.

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