Sheryl Crow, Jonas Bros. and R.E.M. lead a slow July 20 release slate
It looks a little like the mid-90s on this week’s release slate with new albums from ‘90s mainstays Marc Cohn and Sheryl Crow. The Jonas Bros. also chime in with a new project, a soundtrack to their Disney Channel series, “Jonas L.A.,” as does another set of brothers, twins Tom and Bill Kaulitz of Tokio Hotel, with “Humanoid Live.”
Marc Cohn, “Listening Booth: 1970” (Saguaro Road): Singer/songwriter best known for “Walking in Memphis” turns back time to 40 years ago with a collection of songs from 1970, including “Wild World” and “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Guests include India.Arie and Aimee Mann.
Sheryl Crow, “100 Miles From Memphis” (A&M/Interscope): She’s relocated to Nashville and now she continues her pay homage to all things Tennessee with this soulful salute to the Memphis sound she grew up listening to as a kid in Kennett, Mo. Nestled among the originals are covers of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” and Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name,” featuring Memphis native Justin Timberlake.
Ry Cuming, “Ry Cuming” (Bellasonic/Jive): Australian surfer turned singer paired with producer John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band) for his major label debut. The singer/songwriter pairs with Sara Bareilles on “Always Remember.”
Jonas Bros., “Jonas L.A.” (Walt Disney): The soundtrack to JoBros’ Disney Channel series, now based in Los Angeles, attempts to showcase a more grown-up trio. Kevin, after all, is a married man.
R.E.M., "Fables of the Reconstruction" (EMI). The 25th anniversary reissue of the Athens, Ga.-band's third studio album for I.R.S. includes such classics as "Driver 8" and "Can't Get There From Here." It's not as jangly as some other R.E.M. albums, but it has aged beautifully. The 2-disc set includes newly digitally remastered versions of the original, as well as the demos and three previously unreleased tracks.
Tokio Hotel, “Humanoid City Live” (Cherrytree/Interscope): The German rock band, led by the androgynous Bill Kaulitz, has lost a little steam in the U.S., but they’ll try to regain it with this CD/DVD combo taken from the behind its third studio album, “Humanoid.”
1976 | Drama | PGSummary: When world heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers pick palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark.Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
2012 | Documentary | PG-13Summary: Sarah Polley constructs a moving and surprising family portrait in this excellent documentary that explores the truth and exaggerations of storytelling.Director: Sarah Polley
Cast: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley
1969 | Action | RSummary: Easy Rider is the classic cult film from the 1960s. A road movie that embodies the feeling of being a hippie as two friends head cross-country to Mardi Gras. A controversial period film by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda with some classic music from a generation of wanderers.Director: Dennis Hopper
Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector
1986 | Drama | PG-13Summary: High-schooler Ferris Bueller knows everyone -- and every trick to faking an illness. So with the entire school convinced he's at death's door, Bueller grabs his girlfriend and best friend and hits the streets of Chicago for a well-deserved day off. Fed-up principal Ed Rooney is determined to catc...Director: John Hughes
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones
2013 | Adventure | PGSummary: Good-natured animated film in which a snail obsessed with speed dreams of being a racing champion.Director: David Soren
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph
2003 | Drama | RSummary: When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.Director: Thomas McCarthy
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Michelle Williams
1987 | Comedy | RSummary: A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it's overrun by bike gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires that they suspect of a few mysterious murders and restor...Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Jason Patric, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Corey Haim
2014 | Family | GSummary: Music rules and rainbows rock as Twilight Sparkle and pals compete for the top spot in the Canterlot High "Mane Event" talent show. The girls must rock their way to the top, and outshine rival Adagio Dazzle and her band The Dazzlings, to restore harmony back to Canterlot High.Director: Ishi Rudell, Jayson Thiessen
Cast: Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Andrea Libman, Ashleigh Ball
2014 | Drama | NRSummary: A rogue businessman, a middle-aged designer and a hotshot young programmer conspire to build a computer to rival IBM's early dominance.Director: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
Cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis
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