With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong?
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer.
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray.
Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.
• Get your “Goat” when a slew of musical master talents — including Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan and vocalist Aoife O’Donovan — combine for “The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live,” a multigenre concert screening at 6:30 p.m. tonight at AMC Quail Springs 24, Cinemark Tinseltown and, in Norman, Hollywood Spotlight 14. For more information, visit fathomevents.com.
• Too lazy to get out for a movie? Then type this in on your Google machine: http://vimeo.com/34790491. (Or just look below, if you’re that lazy.) Through today, that lets you watch mumblecore giant Joe Swanberg’s new film, “Marriage Material,” for the price of $0.00, courtesy of Factory 25.
It’s about a young couple who agree to babysit a pal’s baby pictured for a day; much talking ensues. Swanberg’s style is not for me, but far be it from me to deny you from determining whether you share such sentiment.
• Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s series sets its sights on Iran with “Children of Heaven,” about two poor siblings who share a pair of shoes. The acclaimed 1997 family drama shows for free at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Kerr-McGee Auditorium of the Meinders School of Business, 2501 N. Blackwelder. For more information, call 208-5472. —Rod Lott