“Midnight Stallion” (Vivendi, 2013, not rated, $14.93, featurette). Straight-to-video family-friendly yarn focuses on 15-year-old Megan Shepard (Jodelle Ferland) whose parents are struggling to save their farm. When the girl discovers a wild stallion, it just may be the answer to their prayers.
“Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You” (FilmBuff, 2012, not rated, $24.98, music video, photo gallery, trailer). Despite a veteran cast, including a pair of Oscar-winners (Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden), this comedy-drama (based on a popular young-adult novel) is an overly familiar tale of an angst-ridden teen (Toby Regbo) at a crossroads between his high school and college years. Lucy Liu, as his therapist, comes off best.
“Collaborator” (eOne, 2013, not rated, $19.98, featurette). Character actor Martin Donovan stars in this comedy-drama that also marks his writing/directing debut. He’s a famous playwright coming off a Broadway flop and the temptation of an old flame (Olivia Williams) when he visits his mother (Katherine Helmond) and is eventually held hostage by a an ex-con (David Morse) he knew when they were children.
“A Dark Truth” (Sony, 2013; R for violence; $30.99, featurette). A former CIA operative (Andy Garcia) now hosting a radio talk show heads to Ecuador to look into a cover-up of tainted water causing disease and falls in with revolutionaries Forest Whitaker and Eva Longoria. Awkward mix of environmental-message film and action flick.
“Interview With a Hitman” (Well Go, 2012, not rated, $19.98, featurette, trailer). Romanian assassin (Luke Goss) is betrayed by the man who made him what he is, so he fakes his death, moves to London and joins a new mob family while still looking for a way out, all of which is revealed in flashbacks as he talks with a journalist. (Also on Blu-ray, $29.98)
“Muay Thai Warrior” (Well Go/Blu-ray, 2013, not rated, $24.98, in Thai and Japanese with English subtitles). Martial arts action film based on true story of a samurai left for dead by Japanese soldiers and nursed to health in a monastery. There, he trains in Thai boxing, preparing for the day when he will again meet his oppressors. (Also on DVD, $19.98)
“Gun Hill Road” (Virgil, 2013; R for sex, language, violence; $19.99, featurette). Esai Morales stars in this melodrama as an ex-con who returns home to his dysfunctional family and finds his ingrained stereotypes about manhood at odds with reality.
“Eaters” (eOne, 2013, not rated, $19.98, featurette). Yet another living-dead tale follows a scientist and two zombie hunters on a road trip as they encounter a bevy of eccentrics, including a mysterious teenage girl and a band of neo-Nazis.
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