New DVD/VOD releases Tuesday, Dec. 23 & Tuesday, Dec. 30
It's winter in Chicago, Lip's in college and Fiona's steady job has almost elevated the Gallaghers to the middle class—so of course it's all going to fall apart, just like Frank's liver. Shameless is the American family TV series. (Warner Bros., Dec. 30)
Covert KGB operatives Elizabeth and Philip Jennings (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) are in deeper than ever as the Cold War escalates, alliances are tested and '80s wig technology fails to keep pace. Soundtrack available on cassette.
Peter "Starlord" Quill (Chris Pratt), along with a tree (Vin Diesel), a raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and a green chick (Zoe Saldana), steals an orb and runs away from an evil supervillain (Lee Pace). Of course it's the biggest movie of 2014.
The hilarious New York City misadventures of broke 20-somethings Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, with assists from Amy Poehler, Hannibal Buress, Janeane Garofalo and more. Come for the female empowerment, stay for the pussy jokes.
All 18 episodes thus far of American history as retold by FUBAR comedians and actors; so educational, it should be required viewing in all schools. Give it to your kids: They'll be smarter about historical events and scared to death of booze.
Screw the critics: The only dame who kills the sequel to 2005's Sin City is Jessica Alba; her storyline (and "acting") is the only weak link in this solid followup carried by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin and, especially, Eva Green.
A champion racer-turned-driving instructor (Thomas Jane) gets caught up in a $9 million heist with a mysterious stranger (John Cusack) as they outrun pissed-off mobsters, corrupt cops and, apparently, competent hairstylists.
When a sharp detective (Julie Benz) is charged with arson and her son's murder, she's kicked off the police force, thus freeing up her time to find the real fire-starter/killer. Obviously, the bad guy didn't think this caper through at all.
A songwriter (Keira Knightly) splits from her douche-y boyfriend (douche-y Adam Levine) after he lands a record deal, but soon catches the ear of a music exec (Mark Ruffalo) in this romantic period flick about the dead recording industry.
When Beth (Aubrey Plaza) suddenly dies and then comes back to life, her boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) blissfully overlooks that she's turning into a violent, flesh-hungry zombie who can only be calmed by ... smooth jazz? There's the relationship killer.
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman ... still) time-travels to 1973 to stop the creation of the mutant-hunting Sentinels, and then maybe teach the younger X-Men a thing or two about kicking ass, proper sideburn curation and Broadway musicals.
As Norman (Freddie Highmore) becomes weirder and more blackout-y, Norma (Vera Farmiga) makes new allies to save the motel and Dylan (Max Thieriot) gets deeper into the local drug trade. White Pine Bay really does have it all.
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) grimaces back into action to save the U.S. president (William Devane) from assassination in London—fortunately, Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and her new hair just happen to be in the area.
In Season 2, hot mess Julie (June Diane Raphael) must choose between 12 dumb hunks (dunks?); in Season 3, previous contestants compete for cash instead of love. The only Bachelor/Bachelorette parody you'll ever need.