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Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner
Director: Noah Baumbach
The Scoop: "Frances Ha" stars Greta Gerwig as Frances, a twentysomething Brooklynite barely making a living as an apprentice with a dance company. Her greatest happiness is the friendship she shares with Sophie (Mickey Sumner), but when Sophie moves away, Frances goes on a downward spiral that includes unemployment, failing to find the right guy, and moving into a series of smaller and smaller apartments.
Rated R, 86 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton, Will Bouvier, Jay Paulson, Anslem Richardson
Director: Katie Aselton
The Scoop: Three women on a camping trip find their fireside bonding interrupted by a group of psychotic veterans in this survival thriller from writer Mark Duplass and his wife, first-time director Katie Aselton (who also stars). As young girls, Sarah (Kate Bosworth), Lou (Lake Bell), and Abby (Aselton) used to spend much of their spare time on a secluded island just off the coast of Maine. Years later, Lou and Abby have grown estranged after the former slept with the latter's boyfriend, and Sarah hopes to see them reconnect by taking a nostalgic trip to their favorite childhood haunt. As dusk falls, the ladies encounter an old classmate named Henry (Will Bouvier) trekking through the woods with his friends Derek (Jay Paulson) and Alex (Anslem Richardson), setting the stage for a bloody life-or-death struggle between the battle-hardened soldiers, and the terrified female trio.
Rated R, 83 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Winona Ryder, Bill Paxton
Directors: Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Scoop: (1979-1997) Since she first appeared onscreen in 1979, Weaver's portrayal of Ellen Ripley has been perhaps the single most iconic female action character in film history. This box set, which collects the first four movies in the franchise ("Aliens vs. Predator" was thankfully left out), brings every ass-kicking incarnation of Ripley and her various doomed compatriots to life in HD.
Special Features: Commentary, deleted scenes, featurette packages, etc.
Rated R, 477 min. | Watch the trailer
Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien Resurrection
Starring: Sigourney Weaver
Director: Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Scoop: (1979-1997) All four films in the "Alien" franchise finally arrive individually on Blu-ray. Previously they were only available if you bought the whole bundle together, which is fine if you're one of the few people who liked "Alien Resurrection." Now, though, you can pick and choose which version of Ripley vs. killer aliens you like best.
Special Features: Theatrical & special editions, commentary, deleted scenes, etc.
Rated R, runtimes vary | Watch the trailer
The Great Gatsby
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton
Director: Baz Luhrmann
The Scoop: An aspiring writer falls under the spell of an aloof millionaire with designs for the young scribe's unhappily married cousin in director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated novel. It's the spring of 1922, and wide-eyed Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) has just moved to New York City in pursuit of the American Dream. Settling into a home next door to wealthy Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Carraway grows increasingly fascinated by the elaborate parties held at his new neighbor's estate. Meanwhile, across the bay, Carraway's cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) flounders in her marriage to philandering aristocrat Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton).
Rated Pg-13, 143 min. | Watch the trailer
He's Way More Famous Than You
Starring: Halley Feiffer, Ryan Spahn, Michael Urie, Tracee Chimo, Ralph Macchio
Director: Michael Urie
The Scoop: A one-time indie darling (Halley Feiffer) attempts to resuscitate her failing film career by stealing a screenplay, and casting herself in the starring role. Meanwhile, she enlists the aid of her brother, his boyfriend, and an unlikely cast of A-listers in getting the film produced. Featuring Ralph Macchio, Natasha Lyonne, and Mamie Gummer.
Rated NA | Watch the trailer
Starring: Tina Gordon Chism
Director: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Williams
The Scoop: An Average Joe crashes a luxurious family gathering in the Hamptons in hopes of asking for his true love's hand in marriage, and learns that even wealthy families have their fair share of quirks in this family comedy from producer Tyler Perry. Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) may not be a blue blood, but he loves Grace (Kerry Washington), and he's eager to propose. Convinced that his best bet is to make his move while Grace's entire family is present, Wade boldly invites himself to her family reunion, and does his best to make a good impression. Over the course of an eventful weekend, he learns that he may fit in better with the dysfunctional yet well-to-do clan than he ever could have anticipated.
Rated PG-13, 95 min. | Watch the trailer
Stories We Tell
Starring: Michael Polley, Robert MacMillan, Michael Polley, Harry Gulkin, Susy Buchan, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley, Cathy Gulkin, Marie Murphy
Director: Sarah Polley
The Scoop: Sarah Polley's documentary Stories We Tell finds the director/actress exploring a family secret. She had discovered a few years earlier that her biological father was not actually the person she knew as her father; in an effort to fully understand this long-held family secret, Polley interviews every member of her family, and had the man she thought of as her dad write his version of events and record it, using him reading his story as a recurring voiceover throughout the film.
Rated PG-13, 108 min. | Watch the trailer