The Capitol Theatre's monthly "Sunday Classics" series gets all cute and fluffy this week with the colorful 1959 romantic comedy starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Of course we now have 50-plus years of movie history and knowledge of Hudson's personal life to set this downy piece of old-school Hollywood into a different perspective. But that doesn't take away the timeless charm and funny set pieces, much of the latter supplied by costars Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter. Hudson plays a famous womanizer who hogs the phone line he shares with an interior decorator played by Day (yes, people used to share phone lines before technology made life tolerable). Needless to say, they don't get along. Through a plot more twisted than one of those old telephone cords that so easily tangled, they end up together. It screens at 10 a.m. at the Capitol.
Star Trek: The Next Generation — Season One
The first season of the second-best Star Trek series (we'll always go with the original, so don't even try to change our mind) finally comes to Blu-ray this week. In addition to the 26 episodes collected here, the six-disc set includes tons of extras, some brand-new, to help celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. Best are the behind-the-scenes features and production info that bring the space opera back to Earth.
Spec Ops: The Line
Remember that part in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 where you had to make a choice whether or not to gun down innocent people? This video game has a whole bunch of those kinda moments. In a way, it's like a typical military shooter, but there are moral decisions for you to make along the way, so you can't just spray-paint every room you walk into. Every move you make affects how your game will play. Smart story too.
Talk about bad timing. This comedy – starring Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, and Vince Vaughn – about a neighborhood vigilante group taking care of business is a hard sell in light of what happened in Miami with that trigger-happy dude and the kid in a hoodie ... even if space aliens are involved. But director Akiva Schaffer is part of the Lonely Island crew, and they made Michael Bolton funny. So maybe it's OK after all. It opens Friday.
The Good Shepherd Robert De Niro's second movie as director (following the more popular A Bronx Tale) screens as part of the Cinematheque's "Universal Pictures at 100" series. The neglected 2006 epic – which stars De Niro, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, and Alec Baldwin – takes a look at one man's rise and fall within the CIA over three decades. Think of it as Damon's prep work for Bourne. It screens at the Cinematheque at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
Silent House Elizabeth Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sister) follows her breakthrough role in Martha Marcy May Marlene with this thriller about a young woman trapped in her family's old lake house. It doesn't take long for scary shit to happen. The filmmakers were behind the 2003 slow-burning shark movie Open Water, so there are some genuine, if blurry, scares here. It's out on home video this week.
Metropolitan A pair of Whit Stillman movies (including The Last Days of Disco) make their Blu-ray debuts this week in royal Criterion sets. The writer-director's 1990 debut remains his best work, a smart, sharp, and caustic look at upper-class snobs whose lives are shaken up by a guy who's decidedly less uptight. Bonus features include commentary by Stillman and star Chris Eigeman, and outtakes featuring alternate cast members.
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