Some excellent DVD releases for February 19th.
- Michael Clayton (Thriller/Drama) – Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.
Cast: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Ehle, Michael O’Keefe, Ken Howard; Directed by: Tony Gilroy
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- Margot at the Wedding (Drama) – The film will be a multigenerational story that takes place over a weekend and follows a mom and her son who visit the mom’s sister. Kidman and Leigh will play the sisters.
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black, John Turturro; Directed by: Noah Baumbach
- Lust Caution (Drama/Thriller) – The film, based on a 26-page short story by famed Chinese writer Eileen Chang, is about a group of patriotic students who plot to assassinate the intelligence chief in the Japanese-backed Chinese government during the World War II era.
Cast: Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Wei Tang; Directed by: Ang Lee
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- In the Valley Elah (Drama) – Tommy Lee Jones plays a career soldier whose son mysteriously goes AWOL, shortly after returning to the U.S. from the front lines in Iraq. Charlize Theron will play a local police detective who helps him get to the bottom of the soldier’s disappearance.
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Barry Corbin, Frances Fisher, James Franco; Directed by: Paul Haggis
- American Gangster (Crime/Drama) – “American Gangster” concerns Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas (Washington), who smuggled heroin in the body bags of U.S. soldiers slain in Vietnam. Brolin plays Det. Trupo, a crooked NYPD cop who piggybacks on the Lucas investigation conducted by Det. Ritchie Roberts (Crowe).
Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, RZA, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, Ted Levine, Yul Vazquez; Directed by: Ridley Scott