Alex Pettyfer as David and Gabriella Wilde as Jade in "Endless Love."
The movie feels like Nicholas Sparks fan fiction as David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer), a wrong-side-of-the-tracks type, falls for blond bookworm Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde).
Both are recent high school grads, but Jade is bound for Brown, while David has no plans beyond valeting at the local country club and working as a mechanic in his dad's shop. Jade spent high school either mourning the loss of her older brother or studying, so when the beefy popular kid shows an interest, she practically swoons. Not only does she fall deeply and immediately in love with David, but her brother (who struggles with a raging case of middle-child syndrome) and mother (Joely Richardson) become enamored with David's romantic outlook, too. Who needs money when you have true love, the teen wonders aloud to the Butterfield clan as they lounge on the porch of the family manse.
PG-13 for language, brief partial nudity, sexual situations and teen partying. Extras include a making-of featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: an extended ending and deleted, extended and alternate scenes.
This caper comedy, a remake of the 1966 film of the same name, has a cast that includes Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman, from a Coen brothers screenplay. But after a fall 2012 release in Britain, it bounced around theatres worldwide, but never made it to the United States. Firth is an art curator who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss (Rickman) by conning him into buying a fake Monet. But his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen (Diaz).
PG-13 for some suggestive content, partial nudity and a rude gesture.
'Saving Grace B. Jones'
Conceived, co-written, co-produced and directed by veteran actress Connie Stevens, this thriller is based on a real-life incident involving a flood in Missouri that Stevens had lived through as a child. The film, Stevens' feature directing debut, started out on the festival circuit in 2009 and had a limited release in 2013. It was filmed in Missouri, and is set in the 1950s small town. Family man Landy (Michael Biehn) and his wife, Bea (Penelope Ann Miller), fight to release his sister Grace (Tatum O' Neal) from a state asylum for the insane. Grace's bouncing from quiet acceptance and wild rants worries the local townfolk, already on edge when a powerful storm threatens to flood the town. In the midst of this natural disaster, Grace sets out on a deadly, vengeful rampage.
Rated R for violent scenes and brief sexuality.
'Run & Jump'
In a dramatic role that would foreshadow the serious turn Will Forte takes in "Nebraska," the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian plays an American doctor who travels to Ireland to study a man whose personality has changed after a stroke. The Casey family, reeling after the young father is stricken, is held together by dynamo wife and mother Vanetia (played by Maxine Peake). At first the tension centers on Vanetia's initial dislike of the straight-laced Ted. But as they begin to appreciate the yins to each other's yangs, another kind of conflict begins to brew. Unrated; contains some profane language and sexual references.
-- The Washington Post
'Covert Affairs: Season 4'
This season of the cable channel spy series deals with the battle between CIA agents Auggie Anderson (Fresno's Christopher Gorham) and Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) with the shifty Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin)
Along with the generally well-written stories and TV's top spy couple, this season includes: Annie faking her death and going rogue to track Wilcox; the arrest of their boss (Peter Gallagher) and the pregnancy of their other boss (Kari Matchett); a new leader (Hill Harper) who mistrusts and then trusts the pair; and Auggie's cheating on Annie with the wife (Michelle Ryan) that he thought was dead.
It all goes together to make a first-rate series.
-- Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee
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• "The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series": The show remains one of the smartest TV comedies of all time. It was a gamble setting the show in a psychologist's office, but the series worked because of the dry and witty brand of comedy Newhart brought to the title role. The supporting cast of Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Peter Bonerz, Marcia Wallace and Jack Riley added layers of laughs to the 142 episodes that are in the boxed set. Bonus material includes cast interviews and the original unaired pilot.
• "Stalingrad": Drama set during one of the most important battles of World War II.
• "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Series 2": Series based on the detective novels by Kerry Greenwood.
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• "Suits: Season 3": USA Network legal drama.
• "Jack Irish, Set 2": Guy Pearce returns as the brooding antihero.
• "Nature: Touching the Wild": Naturalist Joe Hutto offers his close look at the wild kingdom.
• "Made in Cartagena: Parte 2": Powerful band of thieves are dedicated to spectacular robberies.
• "Hitler And The Nazis": A look at Adolf Hitler's brutal rise to power.
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