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.
City Arts Center reports there are only a few seats left for next Friday’s screening of the 2009 Academy Award-nominated “The Garden” at Chesapeake Energy, 6100 N. Western.
The urban farming doc’s director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, will be on hand for a post-film Q-and-A. The 5:30 p.m. July 22 screening is free, but space is limited, and reservations are required by calling 951-0000 or emailing brooke@cityartscenterorg.
There’s plenty of room remaining, however, for the following day’s master class in independent documentary production, taught by Kennedy. When else are you going to have the chance to get schooled by an Oscar-nominated filmmaker? That takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 at City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing. The cost is $50; to register, call 951-0000 or visit cityartscenter.org. —Rod Lott