February Highlights

This month's highlights PLUS: Home Theater and Broadway Box Office

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Home Theater

Movies to add to your queue this month.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
DVD Release Date: February 8, Focus Features Home Entertainment
Think of it as a kind of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the texting generation. Poor teenaged Craig, played by Keir Gilchrist, finds himself clinically depressed and checks himself onto the psych ward of a hospital—only to find out that the teen floor has been closed, so he’s in with the adults. Zach Galifianakis, the breakout star of The Hangover, stretches his actual-acting muscles as the patient who takes young Craig under his wing. No, he’s no Randle Patrick McMurphy, but, under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck—the directors of Sugar and Half Nelson—he’s surprisingly moving.
Let Me In
DVD Release Date: February 1, Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
You’d think our culture has an unending appetite for vampire stories, but sometimes the bloodsuckers slip through the cracks. This fall, Let Me In—a simultaneously violent and heartbreaking film about teen vampires—was lost among the shuffle of Saw and Paranormal Activity 2. Still, even among the deluge of Halloween horror movies, critics noticed and raved about the film—which Cloverfield director Matt Reeves made, adapting from the Swedish movie Let the Right One In—so vampire fans should make a point of seeking out the DVD.
DVD Release Date: February 1, Magnolia Home Entertainment
If District 9 has taught us anything, it’s that pretty great alien movies can be made with even the tiniest of budgets. Monsters follows in that mold, costing less than a million dollars to make (chump change in Hollywood). The film is about a journalist who has to help his boss’s daughter get home by crossing through the “infected zone”—a place where aliens have taken up residence (in Mexico, naturally). And, despite the skimpy budget, they’re cool-looking beings, to boot.
A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop
DVD Release Date: February 1, Sony Pictures Classics Home Entertainment
Think the Coen Brothers couldn’t be made any wackier? How about transplanting one of their films to a desert noodle shop in China? For A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop, director Yimou Zhang takes the Coen’s Blood Simple to feudal China. The result is a noir that A.O. Scott of the New York Times calls “pastiche of a pastiche...a grim folk tale.”

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