New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — April 2013
We know it’s spring now and the weather is nice, but who says you can’t still curl up inside with a good movie? Check out our guide to the latest flicks hitting DVD and Blu-ray in April 2013, and see what might be worth staying indoors for.
‘The Sweeney’ – Directed by Nick Love. Starring Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell. Based on the ’70s UK TV show, this film follows a hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan police.
‘Hemingway and Gellhorn’ – Directed by Philip Kaufman. Starring Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman and David Strathairn. A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s inspiration for ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer.
‘John Dies at the End‘ – Directed by Don Coscarelli. Starring Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes and Paul Giamatti. A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?
‘The Baytown Outlaws’ – Directed by Barry Battles. Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria. When three redneck brothers agree to help a woman save her son from an abusive father, they become targets on the run from an odd cast of characters.
‘Hyde Park on Hudson‘ – Directed by Roger Michell. Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Olivia Williams. The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
‘The Sorcerer and the White Snake’ – Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. Starring Jet Li, Shengyi Huang and Raymond Lam. A master monk tries to protect a naive young physician from a thousand-year-old snake demon. A contest of psychic powers results in mayhem.
‘Late Bloomers’ – Directed by Julie Gavras. Starring William Hurt, Isabella Rossellini and Doreen Mantle. The struggles of Mary and her husband adjusting to retirement.
‘Django Unchained‘ – Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
‘Dragon’ – Directed by Peter Chan. Starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Kara Hui. A sinful martial arts expert wants to start a new tranquil life, only to be hunted by a determined detective and his former master.
‘Save the Date‘ – Directed by Michael Mohan. Starring Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie and Mark Webber. Sarah begins to confront her shortcomings after she rejects her boyfriend’s hasty proposal and soon finds herself in a rebound romance. Meanwhile, her sister Beth is immersed in the details of her wedding.
‘A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia’ – Directed by Tom Elkins. Starring Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray and Katee Sackhoff. A young family moves into an historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house’s only inhabitants. Soon they find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground threatening to bring down anyone in its path.
‘Gangster Squad‘ – Directed by Ruben Fleischer. Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. In Los Angeles in 1949, a secret crew of police officers led by two determined sergeants work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen who runs the city.
‘A Haunted House‘ – Directed by Michael Tiddes. Starring Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins. Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm — determined to keep his sex life on track — turns to a priest, a psychic and a team of ghostbusters for help.
‘The Impossible‘ – Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.
‘Promised Land‘ – Directed by Gus Van Sant. Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt. A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
‘The Central Park Five’ – Directed by Ken and Sarah Burns and David McMahon. A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between six and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.
‘Any Day Now’ – Directed by Travis Fine. Starring Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt. In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.
‘Wuthering Heights’ – Directed by Andrea Arnold. Starring Kaya Scodelario, James Howson and Solomon Glave. A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte.
‘Silver Linings Playbook‘ – Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
‘The Guilt Trip‘ – Directed by Anne Fletcher. Starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom’s house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.
‘Broken City‘ – Directed by Allen Hughes. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.
‘Not Fade Away‘ – Directed by David Chase. Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston and Will Brill. Set in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big.
‘The Details’ – Directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. Starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks and Laura Linney. When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy’s backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder.