The big new release this week is Life of Pi, which won four Oscars (and was nominated for seven additional Oscars — and many other awards). The film won for: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Visual Effects and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score. The following are On Demand/DVD New Releases March 11-17:
Life of Pi: Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) adapts Yann Martel’s novel about a young man cast adrift at sea and the connection he forms with another survivor, a vicious Bengal tiger. Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain (PG, 2:07), 3/12
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (3-D) The spectacular circus act is on full display in this fantasy-laden story about a young woman and the aerialist she falls for, who are separated and must travel through different tent worlds to find each other. Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner (PG, 1:31), 3/12
The First Time Fans of the John Hughes movies of the 1980s will be drawn to this thoughtful romantic comedy about two high-schoolers who confide in each other about their relationship troubles, only to find they may have their own spark between them. Britt Robertson, Dylan O’Brien, Victoria Justice (PG-13, 1:35), 3/12
The Penguin King (3-D) This documentary follows the journey of a penguin looking for a mate so he can start a family. (12, 1:18), 3/12
Rise of the Guardians As the evil spirit Pitch seeks to destroy the innocence of children around the world, a group of immortal Guardians — consisting of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the troublesome Jack Frost — must join together and stop him. Voices of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman (PG, 1:37), 3/12
Smashed When a young wife decides to get sober, it strains her relationship with her husband, who isn’t ready to leave their hard-drinking lifestyle behind. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer (R, 1:21), 3/12
This Must Be the Place Sean Penn gives one of the most surprising performances of his career as a faded rock star living in Ireland who journeys back to America to hunt a Nazi criminal on behalf of his recently deceased father. Also stars Harry Dean Stanton, Frances McDormand (R, 1:58), 3/12
Other titles coming out this week: Angelina Ballerina: The Mouseling Mysteries 3/12; Motorway 3/12; Wuthering Heights 3/12
Availability dates subject to change. Check your cable provider for ordering information. 3-D movies require a 3-D TV.
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