for August 17 DVDs

    Part 2 of Sylvester Stallone’s action/adventure thriller


    A Motown-style group hits it big, with Jordan Sparks of American Idol in the lead


    Animated story of a boy who not only sees dead people, he talks with zombies.

  • 1. THE RAID:

    Not too many movies come out of Indonesia and make it to North American screens. This violent crime-and-punishment film not only made that trip, but did very well at the box office despite having no “name” actors, and very little promotion. Now you can see what the fuss was about. The location is Jakarta, and the source of the action is a high-rise apartment that is an enclave of drug lords. A SWAT team goes in, and it’s floor-to-floor shooting, with stun grenades and hand-to-hand combat as the good guys work their way to the top. Rated 18A.

  • 2. KILL LIST:

    I kind of hate it when I have to go to the internet at the end of a movie to figure out what it was actually about. That’s the case with this British crime-and-cult thriller in which a hitman who botches a job badly, is given another chance, asked to do three simple kills, and then all will be well. A strange horror-driven cult comes into play as does more violence than once might expect from the English. You might recognise Michael Smiley from the TV series Luther, but other than him, pretty much a no-name cast of Europeans and Brits. Rated 18A.

  • 3. SNOWTOWN:

    In keeping with the theme of violence and mayhem with this week’s releases, Snowtown is the most disturbing of all as it is based on fact, and on events that actually happened. It plays out in an almost documentary fashion, and there is one murder that we witness, a strangling, that is almost impossible to watch. Set in a tough, slum area of Adelaide, Australia, the film follows the life of a boy, son of a single-parent mom, who falls in with a man who seems to be the answer to all their problems. But he’s not. Soon he is teaching the boy the bigoted ways of a racist bully, and the killing starts. Rated 18A.


    At least the violence in this one is more of the comic-book variety, as police move against the bad guys!


One of the most underrated movies of the decade of the ‘90s, Tom Hanks wrote, directed, and stars in this story of a garage band, circa 1964, that gets a hit record. Exceptionally well made film, and a great slice-of-live from the ‘60s.


    Excellent action-thriller, lives up to the previous three, even without Matt Damon


    Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep try to sort out their 30-year-old marriage


    Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis buble their way through an R-rated political comedy.

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