My Fellow Americans
Starring: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley
Director: Peter Segal
Rated PG-13 for salty language and innuendo
The concept of forcing two complete opposites to work together has been around since the early days of comedy. Often a device used in slapstick (think “The Three Stooges” and “Laurel & Hardy”), the scenario is the perfect way to create comedy gold, as both people will annoy and bug each other with hilarious results. No stranger to this formula was the great actor Jack Lemmon. Throughout his fifty year career in Hollywood, Lemmon starred in some of the most memorable comedies using this method. A perfect example is the underrated 1996 comedy My Fellow Americans, starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as ex-U.S. Presidents caught up in a conspiracy theory. My Fellow Americans is available digitally exclusive in HD through VUDU, just in time for President’s Day.
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Starring: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker
Director: Thomas Schlamme
Sony Pictures / TriStar Pictures
Rated PG-13 for nudity, language and mock terror
Before Mike Myers was playing multiple roles in the “Austin Powers” franchise and showcasing his Scottish accent in the “Shrek” films, he was doing both in a little-seen comedy called So I Married an Axe Murderer. A delightfully hilarious, quirky, and offbeat dark comedy, So I Married an Axe Murderer was overlooked by viewers and critics alike when it premiered in 1993, but it has since risen to the status of cult classic. The movie features great comedic performances and throws in a little suspense here and there to keep the audience guessing with its many twists and turns. Now part of VUDU’s $2 for 2 Nights program, you can rent So I Married an Axe Murderer in SD, HD, and HDX starting at just $2, and it is yours to view for 48-hours.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn
Director: Tony Scott
20th Century Fox
Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and peril, and some language
For the better part of his 40-plus years in Hollywood, veteran film director Tony Scott has provided some of the most riveting action thrillers ever in cinema history. He’s proven his skilled hand with top-flight action in Top Gun, heart-pumping speed in Days of Thunder, underwater tension in “Crimson Tide”, and most recently, his race-against-time thrill-ride, Unstoppable. Teaming with movie star Denzel Washington for a fifth film, Tony Scott has once again provided a worthwhile actioner in this fast-paced flick that proves that even when you know the outcome, the events leading up to it can keep you gripped with suspense. Unstoppable is now available on VUDU to own, or to rent in SD, HD, and HDX 28-days before either Netflix or Redbox!
Today sees the release of 7 new titles available to view from the comfort of your own home!
Unstoppable – Star Trek’s Chris Pine co-stars with Denzel Washington in this action thriller from director Tony Scott. The plot for the 20th Century Fox production surrounds two locomotive operators who team up to stop a runaway train filled with explosives. Live Free or Die Hard’s Mark Bomback provides the script. Available to own, or rent in SD, HD, and HDX 28-days before Netflix!
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.