New DVDs for June feature Biographies & real life dramas with the Jennifer Lawrence biopic ‘Joy’; the Catholic Church investigative drama ‘Spotlight’; and the life of ‘blacklisted’ 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Other films include adaptations of books by Patricia Highsmith & Colm Tóibín, and new TV shows include the second season of the anthology crime drama inspired by the 1996 film ‘Fargo’ & an update of Agatha Christie’s famed sleuthing duo Tommy and Tuppence Beresford…
“A wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce.” (Syndetics summary)
“Led by Walter “Robby” Robinson the team of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe known as ‘Spotlight’ pride themselves on their relentless dedication to exposing the truth of society’s ills and bringing the guilty to account. Under the direction of new editor Marty Baron the team begin to uncover a scandal revolving around allegations of child abuse within the Catholic Church and the wilful ignorance of those in power who have done nothing to stop it. Facing political opposition and resistance from the far-reaching influences of the Church, the reporters put together an explosive exposé revealing that the truth is much darker than they could have ever imagined.” (Product description, amazon.co.uk)
“The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.” (Product Description, amazon.co.uk)
Fargo. Year two.
“The complete second season of the anthology crime drama inspired by the 1996 film directed by the Coen brothers. Set in the town of Fargo, North Dakota, the series follows beautician Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and her butcher husband Ed (Jesse Plemons) as they endeavour to cover up a fatal hit-and-run that killed Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin), the son of organised crime family matriarch Floyd Gerhardt (Jean Smart).” (adapted from Product description, amazon.co.uk)
“When Carol (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, Elizabeth) walks into a New York City department store and meets Therese (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara, Her, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) an unlikely friendship sparks. Carol is an elegant socialite going through a bitter divorce while Therese is just starting out in life; unsure of who she wants to be. Mesmerized by each other, they face a choice: deny their hearts desires or defy society’s conventions but in doing so, risk life as they know it. From director Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, Far From Heaven) and based on the best-selling novel, Carol is a powerful romance fueled by the danger and exhilaration of forbidden love.” (Product description. amazon.co.uk)
Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson star in this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Colm Tóibín. Set in the 1950s, the story follows young Irish woman Ellis Lacey (Ronan) as she travels to New York City in search of a better life. Initially homesick, she begins to adjust to her new surroundings with the help of Italian-American Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen) with whom she becomes romantically involved. After news of a family crisis, Ellis returns to Ireland where she enjoys spending time back in her hometown and becomes acquainted with a young man, Jim Farrell (Gleeson), finding herself torn between two very different paths. The cast also includes Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. (Product Description, amazon.co.uk)
“Holly wants to save Rob and has fallen in love with him. She is training to be a paramedic and works a dead end job in a supermarket where Rob is the only remarkable thing; lost and angry since the death of his girlfriend Nina. Drawn into a relationship, the first time they’re in bed together so is Nina. A tangled and bloody mess of broken limbs, she is very much dead but still here, still talking, still angry… However Holly doesn’t freak out and run – she is determined to be the one who heals Rob’s wounds. She can deal with the dead girl sharing their bed, their lives, their minds. If it’s what Rob needs, it’s what Holly will do, whatever the consequences…” (Syndetics summery)
Partners in crime / an Endor Production in association with Agatha Christie Productions, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. Company for BBC ; w.
“Agatha Christie’s famed sleuthing duo come to the screen in an exciting all-new BBC T V adaptation starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine as Partners in Crime. Set in the leafy suburbs of 1950s London, Partners in Crime finds Tommy and Tuppence Beresford in need of some adventure in their lives. With Tommy undertaking a variety of business opportunities, and Tuppence trying to dissuade him, the couple find themselves in the wrong place at the right time to solve a mystery – or two – and perhaps save someone’s life. They are about to enter a world of espionage and skulduggery guided by Tommy’s mysterious Uncle, Major Carter. It is a world which will prove easier to enter than to leave. This six part drama draws on two classic novels by Agatha Christie: The Secret Adversary and N or M?” (Product Description, Amazon.co.uk)
Unforgotten. Series one.
“You can bury a body. You can’t hide the truth. This crime drama focuses on a cold case reopened after 39 years. When the body of a young man is discovered in a derelict building, DCI Cassie Stuart — one of the Met’s smartest detectives — is called in to investigate. There are four suspects: a clergyman, an eminent entrepreneur, a community worker and a wheelchair-bound husband caring for his wife. Each has a secret to hide. As their lies unravel, the people they love most begin to wonder what else they might be capable of. Nothing in this case is black and white. Can you ever really know the people closest to you? What secrets have they buried?” (Syndetics summary)
“Leeds police constable Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith) is devastated when her husband, undercover officer Ryan (Kenny Doughty), is killed in suspicious circumstances. As she battles to stay strong for the benefit of daughter Melly (Honor Kneafsey) and stepson Hal (Oliver Woollford), Jo is urged by her bosses, DCI Will Hepburn (Douglas Henshall) and Chief Constable Carolyn Jarecki (Geraldine James), to leave it to her fellow officers to find the killer. But when the murder enquiry starts to uncover some dangerous secrets about Ryan, Jo’s faith in the police family of which she has been a part for so long is severely tested. No longer sure who to trust, Jo embarks on her own investigation with the help of friend and colleague Jack Clark (Matthew McNulty), but as they close in on the identity of Ryan’s killer, Jo’s hunt for the truth will put her own life in danger.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)