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Flick Picks 10/29

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ENTERTAINMENT: Before you vote for president, make sure you cast your vote for this week's DVD release The Campaign. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star as congressional candidates who are not afraid to get down in the mud. The Campaign is hilarious, timely and you can choose DVD or Blu-ray. A couple of small films are also available this week as well. Safety Not Guaranteed tells the story of journalists who investigate a man who is looking for a partner in time travel. It's a sweet and quirky romantic comedy. Ruby Sparks is another unusual film about a novelist played by Paul Dano who writes about his ideal woman only to see her come to life.

SERIES: There's something a little different from the BBC America as Copper, their first original scripted series, arrives on DVD this week. Copper is about an Irish-American cop in 1860s New York City who is investigating the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter.

SUBTITLED: Polisse is a French police procedural about a team working for the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. It won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for 13 Cesar Awards.

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Flick Picks 10/22

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ENTERTAINMENT: Magic Mike comes home this week and despite its saucy subject matter of male strippers it's a well-made film for both sexes! Director Steven Soderbergh always brings a unique creative touch to his films and this one is no exception. It stars Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey and is available on DVD and Blu-ray. Also this week, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Steve Carrell, Keira Knightley and a great supporting cast full of recognizable faces in the story of a man's search for companionship as an asteroid dooms the earth. Take This Waltz is the moving new film from actress/director Sarah Polley. It tells the story of a woman (Michelle Williams) who begins to feel dissatisfaction with her marriage. Finally, if the kids are anxious for more backstory on Tinker Bell, you'll want to pick up The Secret of the Wings.

SERIES: It's not Downton Abbey but if you've got the English class drama itch, season 2 of the updated Upstairs Downstairs is available this week. Also new is season 1 of The Kingdom, which stars Stephen Fry as a country solicitor who is searching for clues to his brother's death.

DOCUMENTARY: New this week, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide follows several celebrities/advocates including Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and George Clooney as they try to bring attention to the problems faced by women around the world. It was inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's bestselling book.

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Flick Picks 10/15

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ENTERTAINMENT: On an island off of New England, two 12 year olds fall in love and decide to run away in Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's latest quirky comic film. Some Anderson regulars return and there are some new faces as well in a cast that includes Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton. Critics are calling it his best film, which is amazing considering that he has created other fabulous films including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray.

Our other big releases this week include that madcap group of exotic animals that return to wreak havoc in Europe in Madagascar 3. And speaking of wreaking havoc, Adam Sandler returns home to meet (and corrupt) his son Andy Sandberg in That's My Boy. Finally, if you're looking for something a little bit out of the mainstream, Last Ride stars the talented Hugo Weaving as a father who is forced to take his 10 year old son on the run after committing a heinous crime.

SERIES: There's only one American series coming out on DVD this week but it's a biggie. Yes, Don Draper and crew return for more retro fun in season 5 of Mad Men.

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Flick Picks 10/8

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ENTERTAINMENT: This week's new releases will blow your mind and your speakers. Prometheus was one of the most talked about and controversial movies of the summer. A prequel to the Alien franchise, Prometheus follows a group of space explorers as they attempt to find the origins of humanity. Director Ridley Scott has created a visually stunning film that is available on DVD and Blu-ray. If sci-fi is not your cup of tea you might enjoy Rock of Ages, based on the rock and roll stage show. Tom Cruise leads and all-star cast in a film that works in a bit of plot in-between extravagant recreations of hair metal classics.

Also available this week is The Raven, starring John Cusack in a fictionalized account of Edgar Allan Poe as a murder investigator. The Giant Mechanical Man is a charming indie love story starring The Office's Jenna Fischer as a a woman who falls in love with a street performer and struggles to make the relationship work and overcome her meddling sister. Finally, if you're an animation fan or francophile you'll want to see A Cat in Paris, a beautiful hand-drawn film that earned an Oscar nomination for best animated feature.

SERIES: Our sole tv release this week is the seventh season of the long-running forensic investigator show Bones.

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Flick Picks 10/1

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ENTERTAINMENT: This week, Tim Burton rehabilitates another old television show with his tongue-in-cheek remake of Dark Shadows. Johnny Depp stars as vampire Barnabas Collins, waking from his eternal slumber in 1972. He joins up with his remaining descendants (including Michelle Pfeiffer and Jonny Lee Miller) and combats his former lover who entombed him in the first place. It dances between funny and dark in what can only be described as a Burtonesque way. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. Also out this week is People Like Us, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks as estranged siblings who reconnect when their father dies.

SERIES:
There are two brand new British imports this week for you to explore. Vexed is a British take on the buddy cop series, with two bickering police officers investigating a variety of cases. A darker series is Kidnap and Ransom which revolves around a brash kidnapping negotiator who uses unconventional tactics to bring victims home.

The acclaimed new Emmy-nominated series New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, also arrives on DVD this week as does season 7 of How I Met Your Mother. Finally, if you can't get enough of slaves to fashion Edina and Patsy, you'll want to pick up the brand new Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials. It contains three brand new episodes including one that takes on the 2012 Olympics.

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