Film Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Zach Galifianakis, Viola Davis, Zoe Kravitz
Directors: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Universal Studios / Focus Features
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language

It’s very easy for movies set in mental institutions and psychiatric wards to play to clichés. Actors can simply go over-the-top to play insane and act crazy for crazy’s sake. After all, clichés are easy to perform and require little to no effort on the part of the performer. But for all the films that do it wrong, it’s always a pleasure to see it done right. Such an example is the new release It’s Kind of a Funny Story, the second outing from directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. They and their actors bring charisma and humanity to their characters, with a mix of humor that doesn’t play on disabilities. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a smart, comedic little film that is sure to charm. The movie is now available on VUDU to own, or to rent in SD, HD, and HDX for 48-hours. It is also available 28-days before Netflix and Redbox.
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Digitally Exclusive in HD: eXistenZ

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Don McKellar
Director: David Cronenberg
Walt Disney Studios / Dimension Films
Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and gore, and for language

Fans of indie and cult film director David Cronenberg know he’s no stranger to the bizarre and the existential. His proclivity of exploring the psychological and physical nature of existence, most commonly through the horror and science fiction genres, has made Cronenberg one of the most complex and revered modern-day filmmakers. With eXistenZ, Cronenberg examines the nature of video games and human interaction in a movie that is slowly becoming eerily prophetic. eXistenZ is certainly a thrill ride of philosophical proportions, and is one of Cronenberg’s best and most underrated films. eXistenZ is now available digitally exclusive on VUDU (it’s not available on Blu-ray anywhere!) and is part of our $2 for 2 Nights program. Rent eXistenZ starting at just $2 in SD, HD, and HDX!
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New Release Tuesday: Paranormal Activity 2, Life as We Know It, For Colored Girls and More!

Today sees the release of 15 new titles available to view from the comfort of your own home!

Paranormal Activity 2 – Available in both Theatrical and Unrated Director’s Cut versions – Just as Dan and Kristi welcome a newborn baby into their home, a demonic presence begins terrorizing them, tearing apart their perfect world and turning it into an inescapable nightmare. Security cameras capture the torment, making every minute horrifyingly real. Available to own, or rent in SD, HD, and HDX!
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Revisiting a Modern Day Hit: True Lies

True Lies
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere
Director: James Cameron
20th Century Fox
Rated R for a lot of action/violence and some language

Before James Cameron was winning Academy Awards and pioneering the new technology of the cinema, he was creating some of the most memorable science fiction and action films of all time. He has pushed the limits of special effects in movies, and is the only director to have two films that have grossed over one billion dollars at the worldwide box office. And while he was riding high on the success of his The Terminator franchise, he decided to forgo the sci-fi route and work on one of the greatest action films of the 1990s. In the summer of 1994, reuniting for the third time with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cameron released True Lies which, at the time, would become his second highest-grossing box office hit. True Lies is now available for the first time in high definition (even before Blu-ray!) and is available to own or to rent on VUDU in SD, HD, and HDX!
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Film Review: Middle Men

Middle Men
Starring: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan, Jacinda Barrett
Director: George Gallo
Paramount Pictures / Paramount Vantage
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and violence

Most people know that the largest worldwide provider of adult entertainment is the Internet. However, most people probably have no idea how that ever came to be. Paramount Vantage, the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures, offers a version of how the adult industry first hit the Internet with their latest release, Middle Men. Co-written and directed by George Gallo, Middle Men is a hilarious and often times dramatic look at how three men changed the Internet forever. Middle Men is now available to rent in SD, HD, and HDX a week before it is available to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray.
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