New DVD releases include My Bloody Valentine 3D, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Valkyrie.
My Bloody Valentine 3D (Horror) A gory remake of the 1981 Canadian slasher movie about a Valentine’s Day pickax massacre in a mining town, this film showed theatrically in 3-D. A decade ago Tom fled his hometown on the day a miner went berserk and slaughtered a bunch of people. Now Tom returns, and another series of brutal slayings begins. Also, Tom’s ex-girlfriend Sarah is now married to the local sheriff Axel. Axel believes Tom is the killer, but Tom suspects Axel. Or, is it possible that somehow the miner, who is reported to be dead, has come back and is again committing mass murder?
Paul Bart: Mall Cop Kevin James (TV’s The King of Queens) stars as the title character in this family comedy. Paul is a chubby security guard who rides a Segway as he patrols a big shopping mall in New Jersey. He’s a single father, and he’s attracted to Amy (Jayma Mays), the good-looking young woman at the hair-extension kiosk. But on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, a gang of crooks takes over the mall. The police surround the mall, but there’s a standoff because the crooks use Amy and others as hostages. That’s when Paul, who happens to be inside the mall, goes into action. Cast: Kevin James, Keir O’Donnell, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale, Erick Avari; Directed by: Steve Carr
Valkyrie Tom Cruise stars in this dramatization of a true story. Cruise portrays Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, a count who lost an eye and a hand while fighting for Germany during World War II. Later, Stauffenberg became a key man in a 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler and seize control of the German government. Supporting actors in the film include Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard, all of whom play German generals. Directed by Bryan Singer, the movie traces the preparation and attempted implementation of the takeover plot. Cast: Tom Cruise, Manfred-Anton Algrang, David Bamber, Matthias Freihof, Stephen Fry; Directed by: Bryan Singer
These are the movies arriving in theaters this Friday.
Notorious (Drama) – Cast: Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Naturi Naughton, Jamal Woolard, Charles Malik Whitfield, Marc John Jefferies, Antonique Smith, Sean Ringgold, Kevin Navayne, Osas Ighodaro; Directed by: George Tillman Jr.
About the life of legendary hip hop rap artist Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G. In just a few short years, Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.
Defiance (Drama) – Cast: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell; Directed by: Edward Zwick
The film revolves around Jewish brothers (Craig, Schreiber and Bell) living in Nazi-occupied Poland who escape into the Belarussian forest where they join Russian resistance fighters in battling the Nazis. Throughout the war, they build a village inside the forest and save the lives of more than 1,200 Jews. Zwick’s screenplay is based on Nechama Tec’s book “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans.”
Hotel For Dogs (Comedy) – Cast: Don Cheadle, Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, Jake T. Austin, Kyla Pratt; Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
Hotel for Dogs, stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle in a smart, funny comedy adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you. When their new guardians forbid 16-year old Andi (Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Austin) to have a pet, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel and using Bruce’s talents as a mechanical genius, transform it into a magical dog-paradise for Friday – and eventually for all Friday’s friends. When barking dogs make the neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce use every invention they have to avoid anyone discovering “who let the dogs in.”
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Comedy) – Cast: Kevin James, Keir O’Donnell, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale, Erick Avari; Directed by: Steve Carr
In Columbia Pictures’ comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, Kevin James stars as the title character, a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. Though no one else takes his job seriously, Paul considers himself on the front lines of safety. When a heist shuts down the megaplex, Jersey’s most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day.