Archive for December, 2014


A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960’s.

Who was General Tso? And why are we eating his chicken? The Search For General Tso is a feature-length documentary exploring the phenomenon of Chinese American food through the lens of America’s most popular Chinese takeout meal. On a lively journey through restaurants, Chinatowns, and American popular culture, the film unravels the mysterious origins of General Tso’s Chicken—and in the process explores a larger story of immigration, ethnic identity, and cultural exchange. Interviews with historians, chefs, and the occasional opinionated customer punctuate behind-the-scenes visits to Chinese restaurants from New Orleans to Shanghai. A quest brimming with mystery and humor ends in a surprisingly poignant visit with the 92-year-old inventor of the chicken that conquered America.

Tsui Hark’s thrilling adaptation of Qu Bo’s beloved adventure novel stars Tony LEUNG Ka-fai as a ruthless bandit, ruling the lands of Northeast China from his fortress on Tiger Mountain. A captain of the Liberation Army (LIN Gengxin) launches a counter-insurgency against the dictator with a skilled investigator (ZHANG Hanyu) sent to destroy the gang from the inside.

Beloved Sisters depicts the unconventional romance between two aristocratic sisters and a rebellious poet who took the European literary world by storm in the late eighteenth century.  As the German Enlightenment flourishes in Weimar, vibrant Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herszsprung) finds herself in an unhappy marriage to provide for her mother and shy younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius).  When both sisters fall for outspoken writer Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter), their desire ignites a journey of shared passion and creativity.  Charlotte and Schiller marry so that the lovers may pursue their ménage à trois under the guise of convention, but as Caroline reveals herself to be a talented author in her own right, the trio’s fragile equilibrium is threatened and the sisters’ once unbreakable connection is irrevocably changed.

Everyone hates Ward’s wife and wants her dead, Ward (Donald Faison) most of all. But when his friends’ murderous fantasies turn into an (accidental) reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems — like how to dispose of the body and still make their 3 p.m. tee time. Scott Foley’s directorial debut, also starring Foley, Patrick Wilson, Amy Acker, and Nicolette Sheridan, is a blackly comic caper about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary.

Preservation  follows brothers Sean and Mike and Mike’s wife, Wit – a brainy anesthesiologist – who head out on a hunting trip in a nature preserve. But when the brothers are ensnared by unseen hunters, Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy in this horror/thriller from filmmaker Christopher Denham.

While on naval reserve duty in Tahiti and away from his girlfriend, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello), Frankie (Frankie Avalon) worries that she might be unfaithful. So Frankie hires witch doctor Bwana (Buster Keaton) who dispatches an alluring sea beauty named Cassandra (Beverly Adams) to entice sleazy advertising executive Ricky (Dwayne Hickman) away from Dee Dee. But unexpected complications arise when the beach becomes topsy-turvy after Cassandra arrives.

London is held in the grip of a serial killer whose modus operandi is to murder his victims by strangling them with a necktie. When short-tempered ex-Royal Air Force officer Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) discovers his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) murdered, Blaney becomes a suspect. Forced to go on the run, Blaney attempts to take refuge with his best friend, fruit merchant Bob Rusk (Barry Foster), however Rusk may, in fact, be the necktie murderer himself.

Hemingway’s Nick Adams (Richard Beymer) hits the road, meets a boxer (Paul Newman) and drives an ambulance in World War I France.

Mexican-American gangster Henry Reyna (Daniel Valdez) and others in his group are accused of a murder in which they had no part. They are then rounded up by the police because of their race and their choice of clothing. The gang members are thrown into prison and put through a racist trial. As Henry considers his fate, he has a conversation with El Pachuco (Edward James Olmos), a figure from his own conscience who makes him contemplate a choice between his heritage and his home country.

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