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Nick Nicholson
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After the failure of his career, his marriage, and his suicide attempt, world-class grouch Boris Yellnikoff, spends his days insulting the small children unfortunate enough to study chess with him and irritating his still-loyal friends with his never-ending tirades about the worthlessness of absolutely everything. A former Columbia Professor and self-proclaimed genius who came close to winning a Nobel Prize for Quantum Mechanics, Boris fancies himself the only one who fully comprehends the meaningless of all human aspirations, and the pitch-black chaos of the universe. As he readily admits, Boris is not a “feel-good person.”

The basic story thread centers around Melodie and Boris’ marriage that is complicated when Melodie’s parents find out about the wedding. The in laws quickly get themselves to New York in an effort to talk their daughter out of this arrangement. What Melodie’s parents discover is that the life of a New Yorker is a far different animal than those of the white anglo saxon Protestants they used to be.

Don’t get me wrong - I thoroughly enjoyed the film, however the ending seemed like something out of the old Brady Bunch episodes. All of the character plot lines come together in a perfect union at the end, with lessons being learned by all. Overall, this picture is very funny and worth the price of admission.

Whatever Works
Starring: Larry David & Evan Rachel Wood
Director: Woody Allen
Company: Sony
Pictures Classics
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In area Theatres
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Grade: A-



Irena (Xenia Rappoport) is a mysterious woman with a secret who works her way into the lives of an affluent young family. She stops at nothing to become the couple’s trusted maid and beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter. But deep cracks underneath Irena’s dedication soon become apparent as her horrific past and chilling obsession are revealed in this dark, sensual thriller.

12 ROUNDS: Blu-ray - Fox

When New Orleans police officer Danny Fisher (WWE wrestler John Cena) apprehends Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen, THE WIRE), a villainous Irishman being pursued by the FBI, Jackson’s girlfriend is accidentally killed. One year later, Jackson is out of prison and seeking revenge, kidnapping Fisher’s girlfriend, Molly (Ashley Scott), and setting up an elaborate game of cat and mouse that traverses the city. Now a detective, Fisher, with the help of the FBI and his fellow officers, has to survive 12 rounds of Jackson’s game--each more mentally and physically challenging than the last--if he wants to see Molly alive again. Meanwhile, the roguish Jackson may be seeking more than just retribution.

POKEMON: Onix - Viz Media

The story of the priestess Kikyo and half-demon Inuyasha ended in tragedy. Will Inuyasha and Kagome’s story have a happier ending? Each battle draws the group closer to their ultimate goal--the border of the afterlife and the final shard of the Shikon Jewel. But the last stage of their journey is the most difficult of all. In their final battle with Naraku, will the bond between Kagome and Inuyasha prove strong enough to vanquish him at last? Check out this incredible installment to find out!

GARFIELD: Pet Force -

Everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving fat cat is having a cookout with his pals when their nice day is ruined by an alien invasion. Odie and Nermal transform themselves into superheroes in order to combat their new enemy, but Garfield, fearing the amount of work it requires, is reluctant to follow suit. When he sees his friends are in actual trouble, however, he realizes it’s time to don the cape. Any fan of the world’s most famous cat is sure to love this latest installment offered up here!

POKEMON: Torchic - Viz Media

Torchic may look like a helpless baby chick, but this orange-feathered Pokemon packs some dazzling firepower! This volume in the Pokemon All Star series presents three action-packed episodes featuring the heroic creature. A sure fire hit amongst the Pokemon fans, this DVD will definitely please the masses!


Eve (Zoe Bell) is a sexy assassin who kills without remorse - until one botched hit changes everything. Caught off guard, Eve is stabbed in the head and inadvertently murders a young girl. The blade is removed, but the damage is done: Eve’s mind is now filled with visions of past victims. The hunter becomes the haunted and this killing machine is plagued with remorse. Unable to “work,” this mob asset has become a liability. Eve’s only chance to survive is to track down her ruthless bosses before their new hit man finds her.

HUNTER X HUNTER: Volume Two - Viz Media

Based on the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi, Hunter X Hunter tells the story of Gon, an orphaned country boy who discovers that he’s actually the son of a very alive and admired Hunter. Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasure, magical beasts, and, in some cases, even humans. Despite his aunt’s protests, Gon decides to follow in his father’s footsteps to prove himself as a master Hunter in his own right. In this collection of adventures, Gon and his pals have made it past the first two rounds of their initiation. But the challenges only get more difficult as they enter the bewildering Trick Tower, taking one step closer to their final trial.

WATCHMEN: Blu-ray - Warner

Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world’s superheroes have been forcibly retired. Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting back story, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting.

12 MONKEYS: Blu-ray - Universal

Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to save the human race from a deadly virus that has forced mankind into dank underground communities in the future. Along his travels, he encounters a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and a mental patient, brilliantly portrayed by Brad Pitt, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease. Believing he can obtain a pure virus sample in order to find a cure in the future, he is met with one riddle after another that puts him in a race with time. This sci-fi masterpiece from the genius mind of Terry Gilliam is a modern-day classic.


Daffy and his pals Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety set up the “Ghouls R Us” ghost busting agency to rid the world of spooks. Also includes 1987 short “The Duxorcist” and 1988 short “Night of the Living Duck.” Die hard Looney Tunes fans are sure to love this DVD treat. Get your copy and enjoy real cartoons, the way they were meant to be!

THE MIDDLE MAN: Complete Series - Shout

Based on the series of graphic novels by acclaimed writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach and artist Les McClaine, The Middleman focuses on the titular superhero and his new protege, an aspiring artist named Wendy Watson. Together they defend the Earth against exotic problems such as animated Terra Cotta Warriors, evil lucha libre wrestlers, extraterrestrials, trout-eating zombies and much, much more! Both smart and exciting for fans of all ages, The Middleman scored big with critics when it debuted in June of 2008. Now the complete series is available in one collectible 4-disc box set that is chock-full of action, suspense, wit and bonus features brought straight to you by the cast and creators of The Middleman themselves!

PUSHING DAISIES: Season Two Blu-Ray - Warner

Despite its candy colors and sweet romance, this inventive dramedy never veers into saccharine territory. Lee Pace stars as Ned, a piemaker with a very special gift: he can bring dead things--from his dog to rotting fruit to people--back to life with a simple touch. But the second he touches them again, they return to their previous state. If he doesn’t, something else meets a dire fate. He uses his ability to solve murders and collect the reward with his business partner, a private detective named Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). But when he begins to look into the death of his childhood friend and lost love, Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel), Ned can’t allow her to remain among the dearly departed.


Alzheimer’s is the second-most-feared illness in America following cancer, and it is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. Is such anxiety justified? The answer, until recently, was not comforting. The Alzheimer’s Project consists of 4 films. The anchor of The Alzheimer’s Project series is Momentum in Science which features 25 leading scientists, a prime time state-of-the-science report revealing the most cutting-edge research advances. The three additional prime time specials (The Memory Lost Tapes; Grandpa, Will You Remember Me? With Maria Shriver; and Caregivers) capture what it means to experience the disease, to be a child or grandchild of one who suffers, and to care for those who are affected. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible and progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Since advancing age is the strongest risk factor for Alzheimer’s, as the baby boom generation reaches retirement in 2011, the number of those affected will soar. Hard scientific inquiry is demonstrating that there are a number of ways that we can improve our chances of remaining cognitively vital throughout a long life. These findings are presented in this special.

EARLY EDITION: Season Two - Paramount

This is an hour-long drama about Chicago native Gary Hobson who becomes a reluctant hero when his morning newspaper reports tomorrow’s headlines. Commodities trader Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) is losing it: his job, his home and his brilliant attorney wife. He thinks he may even be losing his mind when tomorrow’s newspaper mysteriously arrives today – giving him a disconcerting look into the future. What will he do with tomorrow’s news? While his best friend Chuck (Fisher Stevens) sees the newspaper as a ticket to personal gain, co-worker Marissa (Shanesia Davis) convinces Gary that the “early edition” should be used to better peoples’ lives. So each day Gary begins anew the struggle to make sense of a world turned upside-down by the changing course of events that come from reading the early edition.

G.I. JOE: Season 1.1 - Shout

G.I. Joe is the code name for Americas highly-trained special missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world! In 1983 Hasbro made a bold statement when it relaunched its classic toy line of military action heroes as an adventure-based team of unique characters, each with his, and her, own specialties. And because it captured the imaginations and hearts of boys and girls aspiring to make a difference in the world, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was an immediate success lasting over 25 incredible years. Fans of the G.I. Joe series are sure to love this set and just before the release of the feature film.

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