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Introducing Our New DVD Collection:
Classic Silent Films

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The General (1926)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Intolerance (1916) – coming soon
It (1927) – coming soon
Metropolis (1927)
Nosferatu (1922)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Sherlock Jr (1924) /Three Ages (1923)

Suggestions? Please see Trish at the Reference Desk.



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Blu-Ray September - December 2013

After Earth. [cast: Jaden Smith, David Denman, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zoë Kravitz ] A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.   (release date:  10/8/13)

All is Lost. [cast: Robert Redford] Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.     (release date:  2/11/14)

Captain Phillips. [cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali] This film, based on true events, focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.     (release date:  1/21/14)

Elysium.  [cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster]  In the year 2159, two classes of people exist:  the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth.  Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium.  That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. (release date:  12/17/13)

Fast & Furious 6. [cast:  Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez] Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead a cast of returning all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed delivers the biggest adrenaline rush yet. Hobbs has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled drivers, whose mastermind is aided by the love Dom thought was dead, Letty. The only way to stop the criminal mercenaries from stealing a top secret weapon is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks for the help of Dom and his elite team. Payment for the ultimate chase? Full pardons for all of them and a chance to make their families whole again. (release date:  12/10/13)

Frances Ha. [cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver] Greta Gerwig is radiant as a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York, trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her tight but changing bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Meticulously directed by Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming) with a free-and-easy vibe reminiscent of the French New Wave’s most spirited films, and written by Baumbach and Gerwig with an effortless combination of sweetness and wit, Frances Ha gets at both the frustrations and the joys of being young and unsure of where to go next. This wry and sparkling city romance is a testament to the ongoing vitality of independent American cinema. (release date:  11/12/13)

Good Morning Vietnam. [cast: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby] When the U.S. Army engages irreverent, nonconformist radio deejay Adrian Cronauer, it unleashes a secret, if unpredictable, weapon: laughter. Imported by the military to host an early a.m. radio show, Cronauer blasts the formerly serene, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home. The G.I.s love him, but the top brass is up in arms. Riddled with sidesplitting comic salvos, bittersweet bombshells, and hot '60s rock 'n' roll, this landmark film chronicles one man's raucous Saigon adventures amidst a world gone mad.

Man of Steel. [cast: Diane Lane, Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner] Director Zack Snyder’s fresh take on Superman.  A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. (release date:  11/12/13)

Pacific Rim. [cast:  Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky] When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. [cast: Logan Lerman, Douglas Smith] The magical, mythical adventures of teenager Percy Jackson - son of the Greek god Poseidon - continue in this heroic, action-packed thrill ride! Out to prove he's not just a "one-quest wonder," Percy and his demigod friends embark on an epic, cross-country journey into the treacherous Sea of Monsters, where they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate evil. With time running out, Percy must find and bring home the fabled Golden Fleece, which has the power to save his world...and save us all! (release date:  12/17/13)

Riddick. [cast:  Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff] Vin Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick in the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga. A dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy, Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for him to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. With time running out and a deadly storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. (release date:  1/14/14)

This is the End. [cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride] While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. (release date:  10/1/13)

We Were Soldiers. [cast: Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Mel Gibson, Keri Russell, Madeleine Stowe] Based on the book by Lt. Col. Harold Moore and journalist Joseph Galloway, We Were Soldiers offers a dignified reminder that the Vietnam War yielded its own crop of American heroes. Departing from Hollywood's typically cynical treatment of the war, writer-director Randall Wallace focuses on the first engagement of American soldiers with the North Vietnamese enemy in November 1965. Moore and nearly 400 inexperienced troopers from the U.S. Air Cavalry were surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army soldiers, and the film re-creates this brutal firefight with graphic authenticity, while telling the parallel story of grieving army wives back home.

The Wolverine. [cast: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen] In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. (release date:  12/3/13)

The World’s End. [cast:  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan] 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

 

Blu-Ray January - May 2013

Alice in Wonderland

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Avengers

Band of Brothers (TV mini-series)
The Beatles: Yellow Submarine
Black Hawk Down
Blade Runner
Born to be Wild
Coraline
Dark Knight
District 9
Game of Thrones: Season One
Gremlins
Hotel Rwanda
House of Flying Daggers

The Hunger Games
I, Robot
Independence Day
Into the Wild
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Jurassic Park
King Kong (2005)
Life (TV Series Documentary, 2009)

Men in Black 3

The Pacific (TV mini-series)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Rome (TV Series)
Saving Private Ryan
Slumdog Millionaire
Star Trek

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Winter in Wartime
Wrath of the Titans


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DVDs September - December 2013

2 Guns. [cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton, James Marsden]   Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in the explosive action hit 2 Guns. When an attempt to take down a drug cartel blows up in their faces, two undercover operatives are forced to go on the run together, though neither knows that the other is a federal agent. Suddenly, everyone on both sides of the law wants them dead, and their only hope is to trust each other.    (release date:  11/19/13)

Adore. [cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright] Escape to a close-knit seaside community where friendship, love and lust collide. Adore is a sensual yet thought provoking drama in which two lifelong friends find themselves entangled in passionate sexual relationships with each other's sons.  As they struggle to make sense of conflicting emotions and desires, the lines between family, friendship and morality are blurred.  When powerful bonds reach their breaking point, discover what truly keeps us connected.    (release date:  12/10/13)

After Earth. [cast: Jaden Smith, David Denman, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zoë Kravitz ] A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.   (release date:  10/8/13)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. [cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster] Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star as a pair of doomed lovers separated by prison bars and miles of desert wasteland in Ain't Them Bodies Saints, a moody collision of love and crime in the tradition of Bonnie and Clyde. Four years ago, impassioned young outlaw couple Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie were apprehended in the Texas hills during a shootout that left a local officer wounded by a bullet from Ruth's gun. Taking the blame, Bob was sentenced to 25 years in prison. After having engineered a daring escape, Bob is now determined to reconnect with the love of his life and meet the daughter who was born while he was incarcerated. But the journey back won't be easy, and the powers that be threaten to keep the two lovers apart forever.   (release date:  12/17/13)

All is Lost. [cast: Robert Redford]   Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.  (release date:  2/11/14)

American Experience: The Abolitionists.   Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history. It reveals how the movement shaped history by exposing the fatal flaw of a republic founded on liberty for some and bondage for others.

American Horror Story: Asylum. [cast: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Frances Conroy] The sins of the past haunt the present at the notorious Briarcliff home for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude. Forbidden desire and terrifying evil lurk around every corner...from alien abduction to demonic possession to a skin-wearing psychopath known as Bloody Face. (release date:  10/8/13)

American Horror Story – season 1. [cast: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson] Brace yourself for an addictive thrill ride! American Horror Story is TV's most original new drama, a deeply stylish psychosexual haunt devised to keep you on the edge of your seat. The Harmon family’s fresh start in a new home deviously twists to reveal discoveries of love, sex and murderous revenge.

And Now a Word From Our Sponsor.    [cast: Bruce Greenwood, Parker Posey, Callum Blue, Allie MacDonald, Rhys Ward]  Adan Kundle, CEO of a major advertising agency, is discovered unconscious in front of a wall of TVs. When he wakes in the hospital, Adan can only communicate through advertising slogans. There he meets Karen Hillridge, the hospital's Head of Charity Foundation, who has a past history with Adan. Unable to stay in the hospital, and while waiting for long term care placement, Karen reluctantly decides to take Adan into her home for what is to be a few days. Through his ongoing and sometimes inappropriate slogans, Adan slowly begins to affect Karen and the dysfunctional relationship she has with her daughter Meghan.

Arthur Newman. [cast: Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Anne Heche]  Arthur Newman follows the mid-life travails of sad sack Wallace Avery. Refusing to face a life he hates, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur’s road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike, who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey begins.

Austenland. [cast: Keri Russell, JJ Field, Jennifer Coolidge]  Obsessed with all things Austen, a woman travels to a Jane Austen resort/theme park in Britain, where all her regency-era fantasies come to life.  (release date:  2/11/14)

Before Midnight. [cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy]  Jesse and Celine first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise; reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset; and, now, in director Richard Linklater's amazing Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future; family, romance and love. Now on a writer's retreat in Greece, the couple looks for a night of passion, but instead their idyllic night turns into a test of their relationship and a discussion of what the future holds for them.

Blancanieves. [cast: Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela MolinaOnce upon a time there was a girl named Carmen, who never knew her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. A re-telling of the classic Snow White, Blancanieves is a breathtakingly beautiful homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of European silent cinema, set in a romanticized 1920s Seville.  (This film is in Spanish with English subtitles)

The Bling Ring. [cast: Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Georgia Rock]  When Marc, a middle-class student with "too many absences," enters a high school for wayward youth, everyone rebuffs him until he meets Rebecca, who invites him to hang out, possibly because she pegs him as a willing accomplice. They proceed to bond over a fascination with fashion, tabloid stars, and entering unlocked cars to pilfer cash and cocaine. In short order, they're driving around Hollywood and singing along to songs by style-obsessed musicians. When that thrill subsides, Becky suggests bigger game: the homes of careless celebrities, like Paris Hilton (who appears as herself).

Blue Jasmine. [cast:Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard]  Director Woody Allen returns with one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger's modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.  (release date:  1/21/14)

Breaking Bad – season 6. [cast: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt]    It all ends with a bang! In the final episodes, the saga of Breaking Bad comes to a bloody conclusion. As each tries to get clear of the wreckage they left behind in the meth world, DEA agent Hank Schrader's obsessive pursuit of `Heisenberg' gains steam, leading up to a shattering finale that will leave no one in Walt's world unscathed. (release date:  11/26/13)

The Canyons. [cast: Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Funk, Amanda BrooksDirector Paul Schrader and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis team up for The Canyons, a searing indictment of Hollywood culture and the year's most controversial film. Young trust-fund baby Christian is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend-turned-plaything Tara is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina, is trying to get her boyfriend Ryan the lead role. But unbeknownst to Christian and Gina, Ryan and Tara were once a couple, and as soon as the two meet again at an audition, their romance is rekindled. When Christian discovers that Tara has been having an affair, he begins to play a series of cruelly escalating mind games with both Ryan and Tara, leading to an act of violence from which there can be no redemption. Featuring fearless and unprecedented performances from its young cast, The Canyons is a thought-provoking examination of privilege run amok.  

Captain Phillips.  [cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. AliThis film, based on true events, focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.     (release date:  1/21/14)

Carrie.  [cast: Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Chloe Grace Moretz]  Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore star in this exhilarating reimagining of Stephen King's iconic best seller. After merciless taunting from classmates and abuse at the hand of her religious fanatic mother, Carrie's anger - and her telekinetic powers - are unleashed. And when a prom prank goes horribly wrong, events spiral out of control until the terrifying conclusion of this powerful, pulse-quickening horror story.   (release date:  1/14/14)

CBGB.   [cast:  Alan Rickman, Justin Bartha]  Alan Rickman stars as legendary NYC club owner Hilly Kristal, who during the 1970s, wanted to create a venue for country, bluegrass and blues music (thus the name CBGB). When those acts became difficult to book, he shifted the club's focus to local bands playing original music, launching the careers of Patti Smith, Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Ramones and helping to define New York's punk scene and changing the face of music.     

Clear History. [cast: Larry David, John Hamm, Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton]   This comedy follows Nathan Flomm, a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company, who, after a petty argument with his boss, gives up his 10 percent of the shares. The company then goes on to make billions of dollars, leaving Nathan publicly humiliated and his life destroyed. Ten years later, he's changed his name and moved to a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. All is well - until something from his past threatens the new life he's made for himself.   (release date:  11/5/13)

The Company You Keep. [cast: Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper]  Grant's world is turned upside down, when brash young reporter Ben Shepard exposes his true identity as a former 1970’s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder.

The Conjuring. [cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Foy]  Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, The Conjuring tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

Damages – season 5. [cast:  Glenn Close, Rose Byrne]    To win at all costs, sometimes you pay the ultimate price. In the final season of the award-winning legal thriller, powerhouse attorney Patty Hewes and her ex-protege Ellen Parsons face off in a fatal double showdown: the wrongful death case against a charismatic, international cyber-hacker, and a devastating custody battle pitting Patty against her own son resulting in a series finale as explosive as it is unexpected.

Dexter – season 8. [cast: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter]  Dexter is a killer who grapples with fitting into society while, at the same time, he struggles with his inability to feel emotion. The irony of Dexter's life is that he works closely as a blood splatter analyst with the very people who hunt his kind - the homicide departments. (release date:  11/12/13)

Don Jon. [cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne MooreJon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a handsome, good old-fashioned guy known as Don Jon for his ability to bed beautiful women at will. But ironically, even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss Jon finds alone-watching porn on his computer. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a gorgeous, good old-fashioned girl raised on romantic movies, and she's determined to find her Prince Charming. Wrestling with expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against false fantasies to find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  

Downton Abbey – season 4. The sweeping Downton Abbey saga continues with a fourth season of drama, romance, and family intrigue. Dame Maggie Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham, matriarch of Downton. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic Lord Crawley; Elizabeth McGovern is his American wife, Cora, and Michelle Dockery is their daughter Lady Mary. From Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes.    (release date:  1/28/14)

Elysium. [cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster]   In the year 2159, two classes of people exist:  the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth.  Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium.  That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.    (release date:  12/17/13)

The English Teacher. [cast: Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, Greg Kinnear]  Linda is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town. She shares a small apartment with two cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way. But Linda s simple life changes when former star pupil Jason returns to town after failing as a playwright in New York. Pressured by his overbearing father, Jason may be forced to give up his dreams and go to law school. Unwilling to let that happen, Linda mounts his play at her school with flamboyant drama teacher Carl directing, and puts her own reputation and teaching career on the line.

Enough Said. [cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini]   James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener shine in this heartwarming comedy that A.O. Scott of The New York Times calls "a small miracle of a movie." Divorced mom Eva may be falling for Albert, a sweet, funny, like-minded divorcee. But as their relationship blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, who's always complaining about her ex-husband. When Eva realizes that Albert is the target of Marianne's rants, she begins to question her own perceptions about first impressions and second chances.   (release date:  1/14/14)

Europa Report. [cast: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Sharlto Copley]  When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.   (release date: 10/8/13)

The Family.  [cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones]  Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones star in this dark action comedy from executive producer Martin Scorsese and acclaimed director Luc Besson. A Mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after snitching on the mob. Despite Agent Stansfield's (Jones) best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), and their children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo), can't help resorting to old habits by handling their problems the 'family' way. Chaos ensues as their former Mafia cronies try to track them down, and scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings.   (release date:  12/17/13)

Fast & Furious 6. [cast:  Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez]  Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead a cast of returning all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed delivers the biggest adrenaline rush yet. Hobbs has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled drivers, whose mastermind is aided by the love Dom thought was dead, Letty. The only way to stop the criminal mercenaries from stealing a top secret weapon is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks for the help of Dom and his elite team. Payment for the ultimate chase? Full pardons for all of them and a chance to make their families whole again.  (release date:  12/10/13)

The Fifth Estate. [cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl]        Benedict Cumberbatch gives a brilliant performance as Julian Assange, the narcissistic, polarizing founder of WikiLeaks, in The Fifth Estate. This dramatic thriller, based on true events, reveals the Internet upstart's quest to expose the deception and corruptions of power – turning them into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. After Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to shine a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes, they find themselves battling each other over whether the cost of exposing the truth to the public is too high. Riveting, smart and thought provoking, The Fifth Estate poses the ultimate question: “Hero or traitor?”  (release date:  1/28/14)

Foyle’s War – set 7. [cast: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks]  As the enormously popular mystery series returns, World War II is over, but the Cold War simmers in 1946 London. DCS Christopher Foyle has retired from police work when Britain’s secret intelligence service compels him to join its ranks. Reunited with his former colleague, newlywed Sam Wainwright, Foyle faces new, but no less deadly, threats in the world of spies and counterintelligence.  

Frances Ha.    [cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver]   Greta Gerwig is radiant as a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York, trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her tight but changing bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Meticulously directed by Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming) with a free-and-easy vibe reminiscent of the French New Wave’s most spirited films, and written by Baumbach and Gerwig with an effortless combination of sweetness and wit, Frances Ha gets at both the frustrations and the joys of being young and unsure of where to go next. This wry and sparkling city romance is a testament to the ongoing vitality of independent American cinema. (release date:  11/12/13)

Frozen Ground. [cast: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens]   Frozen Ground is inspired by the incredible true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen, a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years.  As the bodies of street girls start to pile up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee reveals key information about the case, Halcombe is finally on the trail of the killer. But will he catch him in time to save the next victim?

Fruitvale Station. [cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Melonie Diaz, Chad Michael Murray]       Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.   (release date:  1/14/14)

Game of Thrones – season 3. In the third season of the hit HBO drama series Game of Thrones, the Lannisters are barely holding onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King in the North, is facing major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen - reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons - attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.   (release date:  2/18/14)

Getaway. [cast: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, John Voight, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman]   The chase is on in this modern spin on the pulse-pounding action thriller. Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke plays a burned-out race car driver thrust into a perilous mission behind the wheel after his wife is kidnapped. Forced to follow the orders of an unseen, mysterious assailant (Academy Award winner Jon Voight) who is monitoring his every move, the driver must rely on a young hacker (Selena Gomez) in this high-octane thriller.   

Girl Most Likely. [cast: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Christopher Fitzgerald, Darren Criss, Matt Dillon]    Imogene is a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she's forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother. Adding further insult to injury, there's a strange man sleeping in her old bedroom, and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother's bed. Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that, as part of her rebuilding process, she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she's ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them.   (release date:  11/5/13)

Grown-Ups 2. [cast: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade]  The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns with some exciting new additions! After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, wild bus drivers, cops on skis and 400 costumed party crashers, sometimes crazy follows you.    (release date:  11/5/13)

The Hangover – Part III. [cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor]  The Wolfpack gets together for one last time in Las Vegas - the city where it all began.  With no wedding and no bachelor party, what could possibly go wrong?  Yet all hell breaks loose as the city crumbles in mayhem.  Hangover Part III is the epic finale to the hilarious Hangover trilogy.   (release date:  10/8/13)

Hannah Arendt. [cast: Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer]   The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta for her brilliant biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt.  Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker, controversial for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils, introduced her now-famous concept of the banality of evil. Using archival footage of the trial and weaving a narrative that spans three continents, von Trotta beautifully turns the often-invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.    (release date:  11/19/13)

The Heat. [cast: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport]  Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected...buddies.    (release date:  10/8/13)

Homeland – season 2. [cast: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor]  Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody is now a U.S. congressman, and former CIA agent Carrie Mathison has returned to civilian life. But when a new and potentially devastating terrorist threat emerges, Brody and Carrie's lives become intertwined once again and they resume their delicate dance of suspicion, deceit and desire.

House of Lies – season 2. [cast: Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell]  House Of Lies is a scathing, corporate America-skewering comedy about a self-loathing management consultant from a top tier firm who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his way with and for his clients.  (release date:  1/7/14)

The Iceman. [cast: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, James Franco]  Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

In a World… [cast: Lake Bell, Jeff Garlin, Fred Melamed]  An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star.   (release date:  1/21/14)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. [cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini]  After breaking up with his longtime stage partner after a major injury during a failed hotbox trick, a famous but jaded Vegas magician fights for relevance when a new, "hip" street magician appears on the scene. Ultimately, he must turn to his old partner and fight for him to return to reunite the duo.

Jayne Mansfield’s Car. [cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon]   In what critics are calling his best work as writer/director since Slingblade, Billy Bob Thornton stars in this story of fathers and sons, wars and peace, and the turbulent time that changed America forever. It’s 1969 in a small Alabama town, and the death of a quirky clan’s long-estranged wife & mother brings together two very different families for the funeral. But do the scars of the past hide differences that will tear them apart or expose truths that could lead to the most unexpected collisions of all?  (release date:  12/10/13)

Jobs. [cast:  Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew ModineAshton Kutcher is Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur. This inspiring and entertaining film chronicles Jobs' early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world's most valuable companies. His epic journey blazes a trail that changes technology - and the world - forever. Jobs is a riveting story of a true American visionary, a man who let nothing stand in the way of greatness.    

Justified – season 4. Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens will start to pick at the thread of a cold case of 30 years in the making, unraveling a riddle that echoes all the way back to his boyhood & his criminal father's bad dealings. Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder finds his grip on Harlan loosening due to a Pentecostal preacher with a penchant for theatrics and a knack for manipulation to rival his own.    (release date:  12/17/13)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler. [cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard]   The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more.  (release date:  1/14/14)

The Lone Ranger. [cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson]   Based on the radio series of the same name, the film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto, the narrator of the events, and Armie Hammer as John Reid (The Lone Ranger). It relates Tonto's memories of the duo's earliest efforts to subdue the immoral actions of the corrupt, and bring justice in the American Old West.   (release date:  12/17/13)

Lovelace. [cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley]   In 1972, before the internet, before the porn explosion, Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor.  As Linda Lovelace, she became an international sensation. After struggling to break free from Traynor whose endless abuse nearly killed her, Linda made it her life's mission to fight violence against women.   (release date:  11/5/13)

The Loving Story. On June 2, 1958, a white man named Richard Loving and his part-black, part-Cherokee fiancée Mildred Jeter traveled from Caroline County, VA ,to Washington, D.C., to be married. At the time, interracial marriage was illegal in 21 states, including Virginia. Back home two weeks later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried and convicted of the felony crime of "miscegenation." Two young ACLU lawyers took on the Lovings' case, fully aware of the challenges posed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Lovings on June 12, 1967. This precedent-setting decision resulted in 16 states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage.

Mad Men – season 6. [cast: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks]  Returning for its sixth season, Mad Men explores the glamorous and ego-driven "Golden Age" of advertising in the late 1960's New York City. Don Draper and the rest of the award-winning cast continue to captivate as they deal with the aftereffects of adultery, divorce, a merger, and an ever changing social climate.   (release date:  11/5/13)

Man of Steel. [cast: Diane Lane, Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner]    Director Zack Snyder’s fresh take on Superman.  A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.   (release date:  11/12/13)

The Middle – season 3. In season three of The Middle, the Hecks tackle the beginning of a new school year, a not-so-relaxing Thanksgiving, and an unexpected wedding. In the midst of it all, Frankie and Mike Heck attempt to raise their kids with love and a solid Midwestern practicality. Axl, the eldest, is a jock slacker who eats the family out of house and home and walks around in his underwear. Then there's Sue, their extraordinarily ordinary teen daughter who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto. Finally, there's Brick, their quirky fourth-grader, who reads constantly, whispers to himself and unapologetically marches to the beat of his own drummer.      

Monsters University. Disney Pixar proudly presents the hilarious story of how two mismatched monsters met and became lifelong friends in a movie screaming with laughter and oozing with heart. Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski was a little monster, he’s dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. With their dreams temporarily dashed, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.   (release date:  10/29/13)

Much Ado About Nothing. [cast: Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Amy Acker]   Director Joss Whedon's sexy and contemporary spin on Shakespeare's classic comedy about the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a sensual, tragic and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.   (release date:  10/8/13)

Now You See Me. [cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Isla Fisher]  In this visually spectacular blend of astonishing illusions and exhilarating action from director Louis Leterrier, four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move.

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das. In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock 'n' roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. One Track Heart: The Story Of Krishna Das follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy nominated chant master.

Pacific Rim. [cast:  Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky]    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse

Parkland. [cast: Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver]   November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever – when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. We follow in almost real time a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event that would change their lives and forever alter our world’s landscape.  Thrust into a scenario of unprecedented drama with unimaginable consequences, these key characters respond with shock, outrage, determination and courage.  Woven together, their seemingly disparate perspectives make one of the most thrilling and powerful stories never told.  (release date:  11/5/13)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. [cast: Logan Lerman, Douglas SmithThe magical, mythical adventures of teenager Percy Jackson - son of the Greek god Poseidon - continue in this heroic, action-packed thrill ride! Out to prove he's not just a "one-quest wonder," Percy and his demigod friends embark on an epic, cross-country journey into the treacherous Sea of Monsters, where they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate evil. With time running out, Percy must find and bring home the fabled Golden Fleece, which has the power to save his world...and save us all!  (release date:  12/17/13)

Prisoners. [cast:  Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Maria Bello]   Keller Dover is facing a parent's worst nightmare: His young daughter and her friend are missing, and panic has set in for both families as hours turn to days. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests the only suspect - the driver of a dilapidated RV on which the girls had been playing - but a lack of evidence forces his release. As pressure mounts, Loki's team pursues multiple leads while a frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands.  (release date:  12/17/13)

The Purge. [cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey In the world of the near future portrayed in The Purge, the government has come up with a solution that has led to a virtually crime-free society.  One night a year, taking action on those bottled-up emotions is absolutely legal. For 12 hours anything goes, up to and including murder, without judgment or punishment of any kind. Unfortunately for one family, they are held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate.

Red 2. [cast: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, Mary-Louise Parker]   Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. (release date:  11/26/13)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist. [cast:  Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Shabana Azmi]  Based on the international bestseller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is both a gripping thriller and a fascinating look at the post-9/11 world.  When an American academic in Pakistan is kidnapped by anti-American radicals, the CIA thinks popular young Pakistani professor Changez is involved. But as Changez tells his remarkable story about his life in the US - including his rising career on Wall Street and passionate relationship with a beautiful New York artist - to an American foreign correspondent, the truth becomes harder to pin down.    

Riddick. [cast:  Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee SackhoffVin Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick in the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga. A dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy, Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for him to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. With time running out and a deadly storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.  (release date:  1/14/14)

R.I.P.D. [cast: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker]   Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork to restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.

Shameless – season 3. The Gallaghers are a Chicago family trying to live the American Dream the only way they know how: one scheme at a time! Season Three picks up 137 days since we last spent time with the Gallaghers. Jimmy has moved into the house. Fiona's scrounging for cash. Lip is sentenced to community service. Frank is missing. And although no one else seems to mind, Debbie's worried about him. Everything seems status quo - except for the mysterious Town Car parked out front. When it comes to family drama, the Gallaghers don't set the bar... they raze it.  (release date:  12/17/13)

Slavery by Another Name. Slavery By Another Name challenges one of America s most cherished assumptions the belief that slavery in the US ended with Abraham Lincoln s Emancipation Proclamation by telling the harrowing story of how in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force.

The Sound of Music: Live! [cast: Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, Christian Borle NBC’s recent historic live presentation of The Sound of Music arrives on DVD.  An aspiring nun in pre-WWII Austria leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children and finds herself falling in love. Beloved worldwide, The Sound of Music includes unforgettable songs including “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” and “The Sound of Music”.    

Star Trek: Into Darkness. [cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Stories We Tell. Stories We Tell is a genre-twisting film by Oscarr-nominated director Sarah Polley. Her investigation into the elusive truths and buried secrets within a family of storytellers paints a profound portrait of a complicated and deeply loving family.  It's a documentary in which the director mixes interviews with family members and friends along with home movie footage, to tell the story of her deceased mother and the secrets she had.

Sweetwater. [cast: Ed Harris, Jason Isaacs, January Jones]  In the late 1800's, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones) is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris) who has violent tendencies of his own.    

Thanks for Sharing. [cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson, Mark RuffaloGwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, and Tim Robbins shine in an unconventional romantic comedy that follows the topsy-turvy lives and loves of three obsessive characters: an overachieving environmental consultant, a stubborn small- business owner and a wisecracking ER doctor . They meet in a support group for sex addicts, and set into motion a life-changing journey filled with laughter and surprises.  (release date:  1/7/14)

This is the End. [cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride]   While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.  (release date:  10/1/13)

The To Do List. [cast: Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg]   Class of '93 valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to get "educated" before she goes off to college, so she assembles a "to do list" of all the sexual activities she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she's way out of her league, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice.  As Brandy crams for her “finals,” a supporting cast of misfits eagerly offer their assistance and shocking mayhem ensues in this very raunchy comedy.    (release date:  11/19/13)

Top of the Lake. [cast: Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter]   Top of the Lake begins with a mystery - Tui a 12 year-old girl walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a South Island lake in New Zealand. She is five months pregnant and won't say who the father is. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin is a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for her she slowly begins to realize that finding Tui is tantamount to finding herself - a self she has kept well-hidden. Set against one of the most amazing and untouched landscapes left on the planet, Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin the fall.  (release date:  1/17/14)

Touchy Feely. [cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Ellen Page]    Abby is a sought-after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul thrives on routine, running a failing dental practice with his assistant and daughter Jenny. Suddenly, Abby develops an aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her unable to do her job, but also severely affects her relationship with her boyfriend. As Abby navigates her way through an identity crisis, her brother's dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his "healing touch." (release date:  12/10/13)

Vegas. [cast: Dennis Quad & Michael Chiklis]   Vegas is a drama inspired by a real-life sheriff and his battle with a powerful mobster for control of Las Vegas in the 1960s.    

The Walking Dead – season 1. [cast: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Sarah Wayne Callies, Emma BellAfter waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes finds the world he knew gone - ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. Nearby, on the outskirts of Atlanta, a small encampment struggles to survive as 'the dead' stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another?

The Walking Dead – season 2. [cast: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn]   When the world is ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, police officer Rick Grimes and a small group of others struggle to stay alive as 'the dead' stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another?

The Walking Dead – season 3. [cast: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira]  In this uncertain world, Rick Grimes and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living.  Rick and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous.

The Way, Way Back. [cast: Steve Carell, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet]    Dive into this "smart, imaginative, first-rate comedy" (Karen Durbin, ELLE) featuring an all-star comedic cast.  While 14-year-old Duncan is being dragged on a family trip with his mom and her overbearing boyfriend, he finds a gregarious friend at a local water park. The two form a powerful bond as Duncan learns to swim through the challenges of life, love, family and friendship, resulting in a vacation he'll never forget.

We’re the Millers. [cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Ed Helms]   David Burke is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids - after all, he has his scruples.  After his stash and his cash are stolen, leaving him in major debt to his supplier, Brad, he must become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad's latest shipment in from Mexico. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the Millers are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.   (release date:  11/19/13)

White House Down. [cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx]  Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.   (release date:  11/5/13)

The White Queen – season 1. [cast:  Max Irons, Amanda Hale, James Frain, Rebecca Ferguson]     Based on Philippa Gregory's series of best-selling novels, "The Cousins War.”   Set against the backdrop of England's Wars of the Roses during the 15th century, the story revolves around women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne. They are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love. The White Queen is be told through the stories of three equally driven women -- Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville -- in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history.  (release date:  2/4/14)

The Wolverine. [cast: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen]   In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.   (release date:  12/3/13)

World War Z. [cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz]   A former UN investigator is thrust into the middle of trying to stop what could be the end of the world. Worldwide destruction sends him around the globe seeking clues about what they are fighting and what it will take to defeat it, as he tries to save the lives of billions of strangers, as well as his own beloved family.

The World’s End. [cast:  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan]    20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

 

DVDs May 2013

Cloud Atlas. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Available after 5/14.

Compliance. Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy. When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unharmed. Based on true events.

Dexter: The Complete Seventh Season. Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas. A likeable Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who he believes have escaped justice. Available after 5/14.

Hyde Park on Hudson. Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West. The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. Available after 5/7.

Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins. A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Available after 5/7.

Mr. Selfridge. Jeremy Piven, Aisling Loftus, Ron Cook. PBS series centering on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store.

Not Fade Away. John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill. Set in suburban New Jersey the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big.

Promised Land. Matt Damon, Hal Holbrook, Frances McDormand. A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. Available after 5/21.

Safe Haven. Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Josh Duhamel. A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. Available after 5/7.

Side Effects. Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law. A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. Available after 5/21.

 

DVDs April 2013

This is 40. Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann. A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up. Available after 4/19.

Hemingway & Gellhorn. Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, David Strathairn. A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer.

Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio. With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Available after 4/16.

The Impossible. Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland. An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. Available after 4/23.

Les Miserables. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway. In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. Available after 4/19.

The Guilt Trip. Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen. As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. Available after 4/30.

Ken Burns: The Central Park Five. A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. Available after 4/23.

Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn. As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage. A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug. Available in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats.

Hello I Must Be Going. Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott, Blythe Danner. Circumstances force a young divorcée to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, where an affair with a younger guy rejuvenates her passion for life.

The Well Digger’s Daughter. Daniel Auteuil, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Nicolas Duvauchelle. In pre-World War France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his saintly daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. In French with English subtitles.

The Borgias: The Second Season. Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger. The saga of a crime family in 1492 Italy.

This Must Be the Place. Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch. Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during WWII.

The Sons of Tennessee Williams. Documentary focusing on the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of wildly popular 'drag balls' starting in the late 1950s.

A Late Quartet. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener. Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.

Broken City. Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones. In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler. Available after 4/30.

Girl Model. A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.

Smashed. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer. A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.

Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro. After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Available after 4/30.

Gangster Squad. Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone. Los Angeles, 1949: A secret crew of police officers led by two determined sergeants work together in an effort to take down the ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen who runs the city. Available after 4/23.

DVDs January 2013

 

Arbitrage. Nate Parker, Laetitia Casta, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth. Robert Miller is a New York hedge-fund magnate who appears to have it all: money, power, a loving wife, and a devoted daughter working by his side. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is running on borrowed time, trying to unload his crippled trading company before his frauds are revealed. A deadly error throws Miller's life into a tailspin, raising the suspicions of a detective and threatening the future of his financial empire.

 

Cosmopolis. Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon. Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. Available after 1/1.

 

End of Watch. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick. Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop. Available after 1/22.

 

Farewell My Queen. Diane Kruger. A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution. Available after 1/15.

 

Game Change. Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson. Follows John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Available after 1/8.

 

In Time. Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy.  In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.

 

Intouchables.  François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny.  After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. In French with English subtitles. Available after 1/15.

 

Killer Joe. Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple.  When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

 

Looper. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt. In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by transporting back Joe's future self.

 

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Season Three. Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens, Elizabeth McGovern. The War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season. In the wake of World War I, Robert, Earl of Grantham, sticks to his duty to maintain Downton more firmly than ever. Available after 1/29.

 

The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams.  A childless couple buries a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.

 

Ted. Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane. As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

 

To Rome with Love. Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg. The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and their romances, adventures and predicaments.

 

Total Recall (2012). Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston. A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after a visit to Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

 

Weeds: Season Seven. Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon. After serving three years in jail, the onetime suburban soccer mom is making a fresh start in New York City and going back to doing what she does best: selling pot. But when some old friends return, they could send everything up in flames.

 

The Whale. Documentary about the true story of Luna, a young, wild killer whale who tries to befriend people on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds.

 

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DVDs December 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild.  Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, and Levy Easterly. Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Available after 12/4.

The Bourne Legacy. Donna Murphy, Scott Glenn, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Jeremy Renner. Aaron Cross is an agent groomed by the government program that also unleashed Jason Bourne, but with a few new wrinkles. Cross is busy training in Alaska when he's caught in a tsunami of hurt, thus beginning a frantic search for answers to who and what he is. Available after 12/11.

Dark Horse. Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow. Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family, and a depressed woman on the rebound.

Girls: The Complete First Season. Adam Driver, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke. This HBO comedy series focuses on a group of 20-something women in New York and their adventures in post-collegiate floundering. The four girls try to figure out what they want from life, from boys, from themselves and each other. Available after 12/11.

Happy. This documentary takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real-life stories of people from around the world, and interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

Hope Springs. Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.  After 30 years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.  Available after 12/4.

Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment.  Set against the backdrop of its glorious 100-year history, this documentary reveals the heartbreak and hope of Israel's modern kibbutz movement as a new generation struggles to ensure its survival. Can a radically socialist institution survive a new capitalist reality? How will painful reforms affect those who still believe in the kibbutz experiment, and continue to call it home?

Love and Valor: One Couple’s Intimate Civil War Letters.  Narrated by Brian Dennehy. The love story of Captain Jacob Ritner and his wife Emeline told through letters they wrote during the American Civil War.

Premium Rush.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez.  In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Available after 12/21.

Trouble with the Curve.  Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and John Goodman.  An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. Available after 12/18.

The Words. Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde. A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. Available after 12/24.

World Without End.  Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley and Nora von Waldstätten. The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death. Available after 12/4.

DVDs November 2012

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony MacKie, Rufus Sewell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Marton Csokas.  Abraham Lincoln, history's greatest hunter of the undead, must risk the presidency, his family, and his life to protect America from the bloodthirsty vampires.

The Amazing Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans.  Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. Available in both DVD & Blu-Ray formats.

Call the Midwife: Season One. Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth; the story follows twenty-two year old Jenny, who in 1957 leaves her comfortable home to become a midwife in London's East End slums. She expects to find a hospital, and is surprised to find that the clinic is a convent: Nonnatus House. Working alongside her fellow nurses and the medically-trained nuns, Jenny has her eyes opened to the harsh living conditions. But she also discovers the warm hearts and the bravery of the mothers; each one a heroine in Jenny's eyes.

 

In Plain Sight: Seasons Three, Four and Five.  Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller.  Mary Shannon is a U.S. Marshal in the witness protection program who spends her time relocating federal witnesses. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary works with her partner, Marshall Mann, to place criminals and innocent witnesses into new lives. When not putting her life on the line to protect federal witnesses, Mary attempts to manage her dysfunctional family, including her overly dependent mother, Jinx, and younger sister, Brandi, both of whom live with her.

 

Lawless. Tom Hardy, Shia LaBoeuf, Guy Pearce. Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits.

Magic Mike. Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn.  A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

Men in Black 3. Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin. Agent J travels in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. Available in both DVD & Blu-Ray formats.

Newlyweds.  Edward Burns, Caitlin FitzGerald, Kerry Bishe, Max Baker.  Comedy about a newly married couple living a seemingly conflict -free life. When a crazy and impulsive half-sister shows up, her antics disrupt the couple's commitment to an "easy" marriage.

 

Rock of Ages. Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise. A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

Savages.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively. Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel that kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Steve Carell, Derek Luke, William Petersen, Melanie Lynskey, Roger Aaron Brown, Brad Morris, Nancy Carell. As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

30 Days: The Complete Series.  An unscripted, documentary-style program where an individual is inserted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession for 30 days.

2016: Obama’s America.  Documentary exploring President Barack Obama's life and his ideas for changing America.

DVDs October 2012

The Giant Mechanical Man.  Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Topher Grace, Malin Akerman, Rich Sommer.  An unemployed thirty-something woman, with no direction in her life, falls for a street performer.

Homeland: The Complete First Season.  Claire Danes, Damian Lewis.  Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq. Carrie Mathison, a driven CIA officer, suspects he might be plotting an attack on America.

 

Mad Men: Season Five. Jon Hamm, January Jones, John Slattery, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser, Jessica Paré.  In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960s New York, this series reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue's "Golden Age," where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper, the biggest ad man, and ladies' man, in the business.

Moonrise Kingdom.  Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis. A pair of young lovers flees their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.

People Like Us.  Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer. While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.

 

The Raven.  John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans.  When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

Safety Not Guaranteed.  Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni.Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

 

Take This Waltz.  Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman.  A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.

The Trip.  Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Paul Popplewell. Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.

 

DVDs September 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy. When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to “outsource” their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.

Bonsai. Diego Noguera, Nathalia Galgani, Gabriela Arancibia.  A young writer recounts an earlier romance in hopes of attracting his new love interest. In Spanish with English subtitles.

The Cabin in the Woods. Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Amy Acker. A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing and sometimes even controlling every move the terrified kids make. Do they have any chance of escape?

Chico & Rita. Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, Fernando Trueba. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Damsels in Distress. Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton. A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.

Detachment.  Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden.  A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment.

The Giant Mechanical Man. Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Topher Grace. An unemployed thirty-something woman, with no direction in her life, falls for a street performer.

Hatfields & McCoys.  Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton. Dramatizes the historic feud between two families living along the Tug Fork River on the border between West Virginia and Kentucky in the late 1800s.

Headhunters.  Aksel Hennie, Synnove Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. An accomplished headhunter by day and art thief when opportunity knocks decides to risk it all to get his hands on an extremely valuable painting, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man. In Norwegian with English subtitles.

Hysteria. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce. The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

Kill List. Michael Smiley, Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring. Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

Marvel’s The Avengers.  Stellan Skarsgard, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Paul Bettany, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Robert Downey, Jr. Marvel makes cinematic history as it unites the superhero team-up of a lifetime. Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster alongside Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury. Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.

Nate & Margaret.  Natalie West, Tyler Ross, Conor McCahill, Gaby Hoffmann. 19-year-old filmmaking student Nate and 52-year-old aspiring stand-up comedian Margaret enjoy a close, quirky friendship which is threatened when Nate meets his first boyfriend.

Sherlock: Season Two. Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman. Holmes and Watson solve three cases, following clues and killers in present-day England.

Snow White & the Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron.  Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.

The Snowtown Murders. Craig Coyne, Louise Harris, Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Richard Green.  Based on horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999. The film follows a mother raising her three boys in a poor suburb. She takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead welcoming a vicious predator into her home. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes' Critics Week and 2011 Cannes Film Festival Award Winner.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro. The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.

Vegucated.  A feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their conviction carry them when times get tough?

What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison and J. Todd Smith.  A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected. 

Winter in Wartime. Martijn Lakemeier, Melody Klaver, Raymond Thiry, Yorick Van Wageningen.  Fourteen-year-old Michiel comes to the aid of a wounded British soldier near the end of World War II, and finds himself involved with the Resistance. As the end of the war is nearing and Michiel has come of age, he discovers the differences between an adventure and the stark realities of war. In Dutch with English subtitles.  Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.

The Yellow Sea. Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim and Seong-Ha Cho.  The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money, but he doesn't hear from her in the six months since she left. He plays mah-jongg to make some extra cash, but this only makes his life worse. He then he meets a hitman who proposes to turn his life around by repaying his debt and reuniting him with his wife, just for one hit. In Korean with English subtitles. 

 

Your Sister’s Sister. Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt.  Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.

 


DVDs August 2012

 

American Experience: The Amish.  PBS documentary exploring the insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 400-year-old traditions has by turns captivated and baffled Americans for more than a century. Examines the beliefs, lifestyle, and history of the Amish, as well as their complex relationship to mainstream American culture.

Bag of Hammers.  Jason Ritter, Jake Sandvig, Rebecca Hall, Chandler Canterbury.  A comedy about two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child, worn beyond his years; together they invent the family they've always needed.

Bernie.  Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey.  In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.

Big Miracle.  Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney.  Inspired by a true story, tells the amazing tale of a small-town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season.  Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon.  A lavish period drama set in Atlantic City, following the life and times of Nucky Thompson - the undisputed political and criminal mastermind whose grip on power and control of the city's liquor supply is under constant threat.

Cinema Verite.  Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini, Patrick Fugit.  The behind-the-scenes story of 'An American Family', the revolutionary 1970s PBS documentary that launched a new television genre: reality TV. Pat and Bill Loud are approached by producer Craig Gilbert to make television history: to become the first "real-life" family to allow cameras into their home and their private lives. Soon enough, the cameras reveal deep-seated family issues, revolving around the marriage, the children, and the emerging ambitions of eldest son Lance.

Damages: The Complete Fourth Season.  Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Tate Donovan, Zachary Booth.  Bright and sharp law school graduate Ellen Parsons becomes the protégée of the successful and hard-hitting high stakes litigator Patricia Hewes. But nothing is what it seems.

The Deep Blue Sea.  Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Ann Mitchell.  Hester Collyer is the wife of an upper-class judge and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page, a troubled former Royal air force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated.

The Dictator. Sasha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley.  The farcical story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

The Five-Year Engagement.  Emily Blunt, Mimi Kennedy, Jason Segel, Chris Pratt.  Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the film looks at what happens when an engaged couple keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.

The Flowers of War.  Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Paul Schneider, Zhang Xinyi, Shigeo Kobayashi.  In 1937 China, a mortician arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial and finds himself the unwilling protector of a group of convent students and prostitutes from the invading Japanese army.  In Chinese with English subtitles.

Footnote.  Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Alisa Rose, Alma Zak.  Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.  In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Foreign Parts.  Documentary portraying a hidden enclave of auto shops and junkyards fated for demolition in the shadow of a new baseball stadium in Queens. The film observes this vibrant community of immigrants - where wrecks, refuse, and recycling form a thriving commerce - as it struggles for daily survival and contests New York City's development scheme.

Glee: The Complete Third Season.  Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele. The series follows a high school glee club and its mixture of oddball members as they try and restore the club to its former glory. It is a musical comedy in which the eager and ambitious students not only compete to win the Nationals, but also have to deal with the tough and cruel realities of high school.

The Hunger Games. (DVD and Blu-Ray)  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match. Available in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats.

In Darkness. Herbert Knaup, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Robert Wieckiewicz, Maria Schrader. Leopold Socha is a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland. One day he encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something much unexpected -- the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's conscience. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi.  Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono.  The 85-year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Keyhole.  Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Brooke Palsson.  In a house haunted with memories, gangster and father Ulysses Pick arrives home after a long absence -- towing the body of a teenage girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journeying through the house, room by room, and reaching his wife Hyacinth in her bedroom upstairs. His odyssey becomes an emotional tour as more is revealed about the Pick family.

Lockout.  Guy Pearce, Peter Stormare, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan.  A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Margaret.  Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Allison Janney.  A Manhattan teenager's life is profoundly altered after witnessing a terrible accident.

Marley.  A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Monsieur Lazhar.  Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron.  At a Montreal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.  In French with English subtitles.

Oranges and Sunshine.  Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Richard Dillane, Lorraine Ashbourne.  The unforgettable true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most controversial scandals of recent times: the organized deportation of innocent children from the UK to Australia, where they were thought to be lost in the system forever. Against overwhelming odds, and with little regard for her own safety, Humphreys reunited thousands of families and brought worldwide attention to a corrupt system and an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

Romantics Anonymous.  Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré.  Jean-Rene is the boss of a chocolate factory and Angelique is a talented chocolate maker. They are both emotionally challenged people. Drawn together through a shared passion for chocolate, Jean-Rene and Angelique fall in love, but neither is able to express how they feel. Sadly, their crippling shyness is driving them apart. But eventually, they manage to overcome their lack of self-confidence, and risk baring their true feelings.  In French with English subtitles.

Seeking Justice.  Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce, January Jones, Harold Perrineau.  Will Gerard is a family man whose life is turned upside-down when his wife, Laura, is brutally attacked one night while leaving work. Will is approached by Simon, who offers to have a stranger exact vengeance on Laura's attacker, in exchange for a favor in the near future.

A Separation.  Peyman Moadi, Sareh Bayat, Leila Hatami.  A married couple is faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country, or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.  In Persian with English subtitles.

Some Like it Hot.  Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon.  The Marilyn Monroe classic film in which two unemployed musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, after which they flee to Miami disguised as female musicians.

The Three Stooges.  Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch.  The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly) are on a mission. Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, the young trio grows up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking, and woo-woo-wooing their way into trouble. Now years later, with the orphanage forced to close its doors, the Three Stooges embark on a wacky mission to save it.

The Tudors: The Complete Series.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Callum Blue, Henry Cavill, Henry Czerny, Natalie Dormer, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Nick Dunning, James Frain, Jeremy Northam, Joely Richardson, Joss Stone.  Presents the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40-year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547). In addition to his famous female consorts and 20+ year marriage to Catherine of Aragon and to the infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves in to Henry's most notable political relationship and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England.

We Were Here: the AIDS Years in San Francisco.  Documentary exploring the impact of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco during the 1980s.

DVDs July 2012

Act of Valor.  Roselyn Sanchez, Jason Cottle, Alex Veadov, Nestor Serrano, Ailsa Marshall, Emilio Rivera.  When a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative uncovers a chilling plot, an elite, highly trained U.S. SEAL team speeds to hot spots around the globe, racing against the clock to stop a deadly terrorist attack.

American Reunion.  Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott.  The American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn't and that time and distance can't break the bonds of friendship.

And Everything is Going Fine.  A look at the art of Spalding Gray, who drew from real-life experience to create a compelling and deeply personal series of monologues.

The Artist.  Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller.  An actor famous for his roles in silent films forms a relationship with a dancer/actress who is headed for fame in the new era of sound films.

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine. (Blu-Ray This classic 1968 animated film has just been released in Blu-Ray format.  The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

Being Flynn.  Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Wes Studi, Julianne Moore.  Nick Flynn, a young writer seeking to define himself, misses his late mother and her loving nature. But his father, Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years. Suddenly facing eviction from his apartment, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick and the two come face-to-face.

Friends with Kids.  Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox, Edward Burns.  A daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes.

Goon.  Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy.  The story of a dumb but lovable bar bouncer plucked from obscurity to be the enforcer for a minor league hockey team.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home.  Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong.  A man who lives with his parents goes out with his brother for the day and attempts to stalk his unfaithful wife.

Louie: Seasons One and Two. (TV series)  Comedian Louis C.K. portrays a newly divorced, well-meaning father raising two young daughters.  Louie struggles to cope with his strenuous mid-life shake-up, and his stand-up comedy provides a gleefully warped reflection of his hectic, everyday reality.

Mirror Mirror.  Julia Roberts, Nathan Lane, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer.  An exiled princess is assisted by seven rebels in order to reinstate her stolen birthright.

The Perfect Family.  Richard Chamberlain, Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Pena.  A meddling matriarch determined to rein her husband and two grown children into her image of what the 'perfect family' should be. When her son and daughter choose to march to the beat of their own drum, the fur begins to fly.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.  Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked.  When Britain's leading fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheikh's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a "good will" story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to do the impossible.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams.  Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room, until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large, Professor James Moriarty, and not only is he Holmes's intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Holmes's investigation into Moriarty's plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany, and finally Switzerland.

Thin Ice.  Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup.  Mickey Prohaska is a small-time insurance agent looking for one big score to get him out of frigid Wisconsin. But Mickey's clever con spirals out of control when an unstable locksmith turns the tables and raises the stakes higher than Mickey ever imagined.

Too Big to Fail.  James Woods, William Hurt, John Heard, Cynthia Nixon, Paul Giamatti, Tony Shalhoub, Edward Asner, Billy Crudup, Topher Grace, Kathy Baker.  An intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008, and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington.

21 Jump Street (2012).  Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum.  A pair of underachieving cops is sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Wanderlust.  Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Alan Alda, Malin Akerman, Justin Theroux.  After George loses his high-stress Manhattan job, he and his wife Linda hit the road and wind up crashing at Elysium, a free-spirited community of hippies, tree-huggers, and the occasional nudist.

The Weight of the Nation.  HBO's four-part documentary series examines the serious health consequences of obesity, shows viewers how to help themselves and their children live healthier lives, looks at the obesity epidemic from every angle, and explores the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.

Wrath of the Titans.  (DVD and Blu-Ray)  Liam Neeson, Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes.  Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, from Ares and Hades, who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

DVDs June 2012

Attenberg.  Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos.  Stuck in her boring factory town, 23-year-old Marina is at the mercy of both her father's impending death and her distaste for other human beings. In Greek with English subtitles.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.  Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Clash, Frank Oz, Rosie O'Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney.  Beloved by millions of children around the world, Elmo is an international icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. This film follows Clash's remarkable career, while offering a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

The Big C: The Complete Second Season.  Laura Linney, Oliver Platt.  After 42-year-old suburban mother and schoolteacher Cathy Jamison receives a cancer diagnosis, she decides to live it up and find humor in her disease.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season.  Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt.  In season four, Walt and Skyler try to use gambling to explain how Walt has made all of his money; Skyler tries to launder money through a car wash; Hank's discovery of Gus Fring's fingerprint in Gale Boetticher's apartment is enough for DEA and Albuquerque PD to bring Gus in for an interview; and much more.

Chasing Madoff.  Harry Markopoulos, Frank Casey, Neil Chelo, Michael Ocrant, Gaytri Kachroo.  Documented is the story of how Harry Markopolos and his team of investigators pieced together a chain of white-collar predators and revealed some of the most frightening truths behind the infamous Bernie Madoff scandal.

Chronicle.  Alex Russell, Dane Dehaan, Michael B. Jordan.  When three ordinary high school friends make an extraordinary discovery, they acquire amazing abilities beyond their understanding. But as their powers develop, so do their darker sides. Fun, harmless pranks soon lead to much riskier activities as the boys' 'gifts,' and their lives, spin dangerously out of control.

Contraband.  Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi.  A former smuggler takes on one last job dealing in counterfeit money to help save his brother-in-law from drug lords seeking to kill him.

Coriolanus.  Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain.  The story of the Roman general Caius Martius Coriolanus, and his quest for revenge after his banishment from Rome.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Eighth Season.  Larry David, Cheryl Hines.  Driven by the candid, unsparing and self-deprecating comic vision of Larry David, this series proves how seemingly trivial details of one’s day-to-day life – a trip to the grocery store, a remark at a dinner party, a fender-bender – can precipitate a “Murphy’s Law” chain of misfortune to hilarious effect.

Entourage: The Complete Eighth Season.  Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Adrian Grenier.  Vince, Eric, Drama, and Turtle have been through a lot over the years: chasing dreams, women, and good times. This season, the guys compete on their own in the fast lane of high-stakes Hollywood.

Finding Your Roots.  Henry Louis Gates Jr.  The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of this new 10-part PBS series.

Gainsbourg.  Anna Mouglalis, Eric Elmosnino, Laetitia Casta, Lucy Gordon.  An inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg,  following him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar and his many relationships including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin. In French with English subtitles.

The Grey.  Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney.  After several men from an oil drilling team survive a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, they discover that they are being stalked by a pack of wolves.

The Hedgehog.  Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic and Togo Igawa.  Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. But as her appointment with death approaches, Paloma finally meets some kindred spirits in her building's grumpy janitor and an enigmatic, elegant neighbor, both of whom inspire Paloma to question her rather pessimistic outlook on life. In French with English subtitles.

Innkeepers.  Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis.  After over 100 years of service, the Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees, Claire and Luke, are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels.

Into the Abyss.  Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog, Michael Perry.  In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill, and why a state kills.

Joyful Noise.  Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan.  The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The discord between its two leading ladies threatens to tear them apart.

London River.  Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyaté, Francis Magee, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem.  Ousmane, a Muslim living in France, and Mrs. Sommers, a Christian from the Channel Islands, both lead ordinary lives until their respective children go missing on the day of a terrorist attack in London. Although they come from different religious backgrounds, Ousmane and Mrs. Sommers will share the same hope of finding their children alive.

 

Melancholia.  Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg.  Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire and brother-in-law John. A planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth and threatening to collide. Meanwhile, tensions are mounting and relationships are fraying as the family deals with their fears.

 

New Year’s Eve.  A stellar ensemble cast celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

One for the Money.  Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata.  Stephanie Plum is a bright, attractive, confident woman whose entire life has just taken a sudden turn, in the totally wrong direction. Newly divorced and recently laid off, the only work she can scrape up is a dead-end job at her sleazy cousin's bail bond office. But when her first big assignment involves tracking down an on-the-lam ex-flame, this tough-as-nails lady bounty hunter will be redefining the meaning of hot pursuit.

Pariah.  Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell.  Alike is a 17-year-old girl who is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity--sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

Rampart.  Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster.  Dave Brown, a man who has taken the 'no guts, no glory' American mythos to heart, without questioning what it is doing to him and those he holds dear, is a cop whose personal life is propelled into a dizzying downward spiral when he comes under suspicion for roughing up a suspect.

Red Tails.  Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard.  In Italy in 1944, as the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen is finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky, even as they battle discrimination on the ground.

Riding Giants. Stacy Peralta, Greg Noll, Jeff Clark, Laird Hamilton.  Opening with a two-minute animation recapitulating the first 1000 years of surfing history, this film goes on to summarize the story of the big wave riding. Interviews with legendary big wave surfers, at celebrated breaks from Hawaii's North Shore to California's Mavericks, help explain how surfing became not just a hobby, but a culture and way of life.

Roadie.  Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, Jill Hennessy, Lois Smith.  Jimmy, a longtime roadie for the legendary Blue Oyster Cult, has been fired by the band. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to see his aging mom in Forest Hills, Queens, where a wild encounter with two old high school friends shows him that some things never change.

Safe House.  Vera Farmiga, Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds.  Tobin Frost, one of the CIA's most dangerous traitors, resurfaces in South Africa after eluding capture for almost a decade. During his interrogation, the safe house he's being held in is attacked by brutal mercenaries, forcing rookie agent Matt Weston to take the infamous Frost on the run. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant protege, shaking the young operative's morality and idealism, the unlikely allies must fight to stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Senna.  Spanning his years as a Formula One racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, Senna explores the life and work of the triple world champion, his physical and spiritual achievements on the track, his quest for perfection and the mythical status he has since attained.

Sign Language 101: A Beginner’s Guide to American Sign Language.  Viewers will learn how to sign the alphabet, numbers, colors, holidays, calendar, grammar, sentence structures, ASL Idioms and hundreds of vocabulary along with bonus features.

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing.  This documentary looks not only at how Jobs’ talent, style and imagination have shaped all of our lives, but also at the influences that shaped and molded the man himself. Through interviews with the people who worked closely with him or chronicled his life, we gain unique insight into what made him tick. In a never before broadcast, exclusive interview, Steve Jobs expounds his own philosophy of life, and offers advice to us all on changing our own lives.

The Ten Commandments.  Charlton Heston, Yule Brenner, Anne Baxter.  Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, this version tells the story of the life of Moses. Now celebrating its 55th anniversary, this film has been fully restored.

This Means War.  Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Til Schweiger.  FDR and Tuck are covert CIA operatives and best buddies, until they both fall for charming and sexy Lauren. Their friendship is put to the ultimate test as they wage an epic battle for her affection, using their surveillance skills and an array of high-tech gadgetry.

The Time That Remains.  Saleh Bakri, Ali Suliman, Elia Suleiman.  A humorous, heartbreaking film that explores life among the Israeli Arab community.  In Arabic with English subtitles.

True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season.  Anna Paquin, Rutina Wesley, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Nelsan Ellis, Alexander Skarsgard.  Another supernatural force has come to light in Bon Temps, and life for its residents will never be the same. Sookie finds herself entangled in a love triangle, torn between a vengeful Bill, the new Vampire King of Mississippi, and Eric, who's not the former Viking he once was. Led by a charismatic witch named Marnie, who threatens to let no one living or dead stand in her way, a powerful coven tempts Lafayette, Tara, and Jesus with otherworldly powers.

Tyrannosaur.  Eddie Marsan, Olivia Colman, Peter Mullan.  Joseph is an unemployed widower, drinker, and a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who appears wholesome and happy. When the pair is brought together, Hannah appears as Joseph's potential savior, someone who can temper his fury and offer him warmth, kindness, and acceptance. As their story develops, Hannah's own secrets are revealed and Joseph becomes her source of comfort.

We Need to Talk About Kevin.  Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller.  As Eva contends with the increasing malevolence of her teenage son Kevin, this film explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness.

The Women and the Waves.  Linda Benson, Ashley Lloyd and Kim Mearig.  A documentary surf film that explores the lives of female surfers, this film showcases various women of all ages that have paddled head first into the male-dominated world of surfing and found a place of their own. Featuring surfing greats like Linda Benson (five-time US Champion and first woman to surf Waimea), Ashley Lloyd (three-time winner of the Malibu Classic) and Kim Mearig (1983 ASP Champion).

DVDs April and May 2012

Albert Nobbs.  Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson. A woman passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some 30 years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.

The Artist. Berenice Bejo, Jean Dujardin.  In 1927, George Valentin is a silent movie superstar; however, the advent of the talkies will kill his career and he will sink into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky's the limit as major movie stardom awaits. Though their careers are taking different paths, their destinies will become entwined.

A Better LifeDemian Bichir, José Julián. Carlos Galindo always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S. But when his wife left him, Carlos's only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had. A story that follows father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover that family is the most important part of the American dream.

Carnage.  Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly.  Two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner; however, the evening descends into chaos as the parents’ behavior becomes increasingly childish.

Contagion.  Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law. When a lethal airborne virus with the power to wipe out humanity is unleashed, the worldwide medical community races to find a vaccine and stop the panic from spreading. 

The Darkest Hour.  Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman.  Five young people are stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.

The Descendants.  George Clooney, Shailene Woodley.  Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max Von Sydow.  Oskar is convinced that his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a message for him hidden in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother and driven by an active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his loss to a greater understanding of the world around him.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Overweight, loaded up on steroids, and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles, Joe had one goal in mind: to get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara.  Hoping to distance himself from the fallout of a libel conviction, journalist Mikael Blomkvist retreats to a remote island in Sweden's far north where the unsolved murder of a young girl still haunts her industrialist uncle 40 years later. Ensconced in a cottage on the island where the killer may still roam, Blomkvist's investigation draws him into the secrets and lies of the rich and powerful, and throws him together with one unlikely ally: tattooed, punk hacker, Lisbeth Salander.

Gone.  Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Daniel Sunjata.  Jill Parrish comes home from a night shift to discover her sister Molly has been abducted. Jill, who had escaped from a kidnapper a year before, is convinced that the same serial killer has taken her sister.

Haywire.  Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender.  After freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, Mallory is double-crossed and left for dead by someone in her own agency. Suddenly the target of assassins who know her every move, Mallory unleashes the fury of her fighting skills to uncover the truth and turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

Hugo.  Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield.  A tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy.

In The Land of Blood and Honey.  Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Rade Serbedzija.  In the midst of 1990s war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina and ethnic cleansing, Serbian soldier Danijel protects his lover Ajla, a Muslim artist, who is now captive in the camp he oversees.

J. Edgar.  Leonardo DiCaprio portrays J. Edgar Hoover, legendary head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. Hoover was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted prize. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: No More Trouble Zones.  Get into the zone with TV's kick-butt trainer, Jillian Michaels, and tackle stubborn problem areas with her sure-fire circuit training formula that combines upper and lower-body sculpting moves to obliterate fat even faster.

Like Crazy.  Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones.  When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control. Explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart.

Man on a Ledge.  Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris.  Ex-cop Nick Cassidy escapes from prison to plan the ultimate heist: steal a $40 million diamond from cutthroat businessman David Englander, and in the process prove his innocence. From the ledge of the famous Roosevelt Hotel, with the whole world watching, Cassidy plays a clever game of cat & mouse with the NYPD while his dutiful brother Joey works against the clock to extract the diamond and clear his brother's name.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.  Tom Cruise.  Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates 'Ghost Protocol'. Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency's name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on his mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know.

My Week with Marilyn.  Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne.  In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. When his diary account was published, one week was missing. This is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

New Year’s Eve.  Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel.  The lives of several couples and singles in New York City intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve.

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?  Journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. Includes the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers from around the world. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Take Shelter.  Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Tova Stewart.  Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His inexplicable behavior concerns those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can't compare with Curtis's privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  Gary Oldman, Colin Firth.  During the Cold War, a retired British MI-6 secret agent is asked to uncover a spy within the agency.

Tiny Furniture.  Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham.  A recent college graduate named Aura returns to New York and moves back in with her mother and sister. As painfully confessional as it is endlessly amusing, Tiny Furniture is an authentic, incisive portrait of a young woman at a crossroads.

Tower Heist.  Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe.  Queens native Josh Kovacs has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh's building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion dollars from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.

The Vow.  Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum.  A young couple has a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. After she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband sets his sights on winning her heart again.

W.E.  Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy.  In 1998, lonely New Yorker Winthrop is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate love story: King Edward VIII's abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Winthrop's research reveals that the couple's life together was not as perfect as she thought.

We Bought a Zoo.  Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson.  A man buys a struggling zoo in Southern California and along with his family and employees, works to bring it back to life.

Wish Me Luck (TV Series, Seasons 2 and 3).  Jane Asher, Kate Buffery, Shirley Henderson, Jane Snowden.  Based on a true story of British women working as undercover agents in France during WWII.

The Woman in Black.  Janet McTeer, Ciaran Hinds, Daniel Radcliffe.  A young lawyer is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client's papers. While he works alone in the client's isolated house, he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman who is terrorizing the locals. This leads him on a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent.

Woody Allen: A Documentary.  Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography.

Young Adult.  Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser.  Mavis Gary is a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart. When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.

Zookeeper.  Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb.  The animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes. Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship, animal style.

DVDs  March 2012

Chair Exercises for Active Seniors   An upbeat, refreshing exercise program designed specifically for people who prefer to workout in a chair. Recreational Therapist Vivian Hoyt.

A Dangerous Method    Michael  Fassbender, Keira Knightley.  A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Downton Abbey (TV series, season 2).  Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern. Downton Abbey is a British television period drama series, set during the late Edwardian era  and the First World War on the fictional estate of Downton Abbey in North Yorkshire.

Footloose    Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough.  A city kid moves to a small town where rock 'n' roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.  Remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon classic.

The Guard    Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle.   An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

 

The Ides of March    Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman.  During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.

 

Love Comes Softly    Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff.  A woman's dream to forge a new life for herself on the great American plains becomes a test of her pioneering spirit, her inner strength, and her undying faith.

 

Martha Marcy Mary Marlene    Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbet,  After escaping from a dangerous cult and the watchful eye of its charismatic leader, a young woman named Martha tries to reclaim a normal life with her family. But the haunting memories from her past trigger a chilling paranoia, and nowhere seems safe as the fragile line between her reality and delusions begin to blur.

 

Memphis: the original Broadway Production   Chad Kimball, Montego Glover.  The Tony Award-winning musical takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated '50s.  Bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, this incredible journey is filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock n' roll.

 

Mozart’s Sister    Marie Féret, Marc Barbé.  The film is based on the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart who was five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe.

The Rum Diary    Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi.  Tired of the noise and madness of New York, journalist Paul Kemp moves to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper. Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Kemp becomes involved in shady property development deals. When recruited to write favorably about these unsavory schemes, Kemp is presented with the choice to use his words to promote these schemes or expose them.

Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn pt 1    Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner.  In the highly anticipated fourth installment of the Twilight Saga, a marriage, a honeymoon, and the birth of a child bring unforeseen and shocking developments for Bella and Edward.

 

Vanishing of the Bees     Narrator:  Ellen Page.  Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Filmed across the U.S., in Europe, Australia, and Asia, the documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss.

 

The Way    Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen.  Tom goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to collect the remains of his adult son, who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him as he begins to learn the difference between the life one lives and the life one chooses.

The Women on the 6th Floor    Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kibelain.  In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.

Young Adult     Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson.  Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

DVDs  February 2012

 

50/50    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, , Seth Rogen.  Inspired by personal experiences, an original story about friendship, love, survival, and finding humor in unlikely places. Two best friends' lives change when one of them is diagnosed with cancer.

Abduction    Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina.  After uncovering a deadly lie, Nathan is propelled on a lethal, no-holds barred mission to learn the truth. 

Contagion     Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law.  A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Damages (TV series, seasons 1,2,3).    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson.  The series revolves around the brilliant, ruthless layer, Patty Hewes, her protégée, Ellen Parsons, and the law firm, Hewes & Associates in New York City. Each season features a major case that Hewes and her firm take on, while also examining a chapter of the complicated relationship between Ellen and Patty.

Dolphin Tale    Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson.  Inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire.

The Double    Richard Gere, Martin Sheen.  When a US Senator is murdered, the evidence points to a Soviet assassin who was long thought to be dead.

Drive     Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan.  A Hollywood stunt driver, who also works as a getaway driver, discovers a contract has been put out on him.  Based on the novel by James Sallis.

Eight Crazy Nights   Animated. Voices: Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Austin Stout, Kevin Nealon, Rob Schneider. When a small-town, extremely disgruntled guy faces another holiday season in his New England hometown, he does what he always has - he messes up big time and lands in jail.

I Don’t Know How She Does It    Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer.  A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for and both will be spreading themselves even thinner.  Based on the book by Allison Pearson.

Jane’s Journey     Jane Goodall, Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan, Mary Lewis, Kofi Annan.  A profile of British anthropologist Jane Goodall.

Killer Elite     Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro.  Danny, an assassin, retires to the outback, but when his former partner is kidnapped, Danny is forced to take on a group of retired SAS soldiers.

Moneyball     Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill.  Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when he is forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget.

The Office   (BBC  season 1 & 2).    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook.  Wernham Hogg is a paper company located in a suburb of London. David, a petty, pathetic little man, is worse than your boss. David's yes-man is Gareth, who is extremely irritating. Tim is the apathetic sales rep, who can be quite witty. Dawn, the lovely receptionist, is far more endearing than your back-sassying secretary. Work is a pain, but one man's misery is another man's entertainment. 

Police Adjective    Dracos Bucur,  Vlad Ivanov.  A young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is pressured to arrest a teenager who offers hash to classmates. Not wanting to ruin the life of a young man, he considers merely irresponsible, he must either allow the arrest to be a burden on his conscience, or face censure by his superior, for whom the word "conscience" has an entirely different meaning.

Whistleblower    Rachel Weisz,Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David StrathainWhen Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost.

DVDs  January 2012

The Borgias (season 1)    Jeremy Irons, Francois Arnaud.

Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the Borgia family ascends to the highest circles of power within Renaissance Italy. When Rodrigo becomes Pope Alexander VI,  his two sons, Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, become the most powerful and influential family in Italy.

The Change-Up     Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde.   Growing up together, Mitch and Dave were inseparable best friends, but slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child. Both guys seem to think the other has it made. But they were soon to discover that each other's lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. 

Colombiana     Callum Blue, Jordi Molla.   A child grows up to be a hardcore assassin after she witnesses the brutal murder of her parents in Bogota. Working for her uncle as a professional killer, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents' deaths. 

Cowboys and Aliens     Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde.  A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. 

The Crash of 1929(American Experience)    Host: David McCullough; Narrator: Philip Bosco.  On October 29, 1929 - Black Monday - large and small investors alike lost corporate and personal fortunes when the stock market crashed. This program examines the reasons behind the crash and whether the crash was predictable. 

The Debt    Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington.  In 1997, shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stephan about their former colleague David. These venerated Israel agents know for tracking down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, the feared Surgeon of Birkenau, in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? 

Freedom Riders (American Experience)    The story of a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders and a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth,  personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

Friends with Benefits     Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis.  While trying to avoid the cliches of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover that adding sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

Fright Night     Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell.  Senior Charley Brewster finally has it all, running with the cool kids and dating the hottest girl in high school. But all hell breaks loose when charming Jerry Dandrige moves in next door.

The Hangover II    Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha. Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry. 

The Help       Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer.  In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. 

Justified (season 2)    Timothy Olyphant.   This series is based on Elmore Leonard's novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and his short story "Fire in the Hole".  Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is something of a 19th century-style officer in modern times, whose unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target with criminals and a problem for his superiors in the U.S. Marshals Service.

Ken Burns presents The West     Narrator:  Peter Coyote.  The history of the American West, starting with the first European explorations and ending with the beginning of the 20th century, examines the impact of the white settlers on the lives of the Native Americans and the land, the Gold Rush, the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad, the battle of Little Bighorn, and the massacre at Wounded Knee. 

Love Crime     Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas.  After a corporate executive uses one of her assistant's ideas as her own, the assistant sets out to destroy the executive's professional reputation and personal life.

Margin Call   Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons.  Set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment fi rm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.  When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.  

Mildred Pierce     Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce.  This five-part TV drama is an intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years, as she struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family.  

Mr. Popper’s Penguins       Jim Carrey, Madeleine Carroll.  Tom Popper, a successful businessman who's clueless when it comes to the really important things in life, until he inherits six penguins, each with its own unique personality. Soon Tom's rambunctious roommates turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland, and the rest of his world upside-down. 

My Vietnam Your Iraq      Tells the stories of Vietnam veterans whose children have served in Iraq. This story will look at the pride, challenges, fears and possible bitterness that parents and children are faced with when one is serving in a war.

Super 8     Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee.   In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witnesses a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon they suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth, something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. 

Terri     Jacob Wysocki, Creed Bratton, John C. Reilly.   Social outcast Terri is stuck caring for his uncle and trying to survive high school. He feels disconnected until his wildly unconventional Vice Principal inspires him to reach out. Now with the help of beautiful misfit Heather, Terri discovers he doesn't have to fit in to belong.

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