New DVDs include Marvel Studios hit ‘Doctor Strange’; a new documentary directed by a Kiwi & another about one of our most famous pop songs; the Golden Globe nominated true story ‘Hacksaw Ridge’; the latest Tom Cruise adaptation from Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series; the new Tom Ford thriller ‘Nocturnal Animals’; and heartfelt Spanish drama ‘Truman’.
A flickering truth.
“A Flickering Truth documents the remarkable true story of exiled filmmaker Ibrahim Arify as he returns to his native Afghanistan. Tasked with restoring 8000 hours of lost Afghan films, his job is all the more formidable considering the medium has been outlawed by the Taliban government for many years. Unearthing dusty reels of film, some dug out of collapsing barns, others hidden in ceilings and many discovered by pure chance, Ibrahim must also deal with people too scared to act after so many years of oppression. Directed by respected New Zealand documentary filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly (Maori Boy Genius), A Flickering Truth explores a war-torn world in search of the truth, elusive as it has been for Afghanistan, highlighting the significance and power of film preservation.” (Syndetics summary)
Poi E : the story of our song.
“In 1984, ‘Poi e’ reached Number 1 on the NZ Pop Charts and broke every musical record. It remained in the charts for 34 weeks. It outsold ‘Thriller’, ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’ and every other hit of 1984. It has been in the Top 10 in New Zealand, every decade for the past 30 years. It was also the first Number 1 song written and released entirely in Te Reo Māori. To put it simply, this small song changed New Zealand, forever. ‘Poi e’ has become New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem. With humour, energy and emotion, the movie Poi e is the story of how that iconic song gave pride to generations of New Zealanders.” (Syndetics summary)
“From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing-and hope-in an unlikely place: a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange-armed with newly acquired magical powers-is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.” (Syndetics summary)
Jack Reacher. Never go back.
“Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher in this sequel based on Lee Child’s bestselling novel Never Go Back, which finds the itinerant problem-solver accused of murder, and learning that he may have a child he has never met.
JACK REACHER returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he’s now accused of a 16-year-old homicide. Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.” (Description, mightyape.co.nz)
“Directed by Mel Gibson and with 9 AACTA award wins and 3 Golden Globe nominations, this Australian production is an extraordinary true story. Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.
Doss was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic he single-handedly rescued the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was injured by a grenade and hit by snipers.” (Description, mightyape.co.nz)
“SUNSET SONG is an epic, award-winning film set in Scotland from acclaimed filmmaker, Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Of Time and the City), starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan (My Name is Joe) and Kevin Guthrie (Sunshine On Leith).
Based on Lewis Grassic Gibbons novel, widely considered the classic Scottish novel of the 20th century, SUNSET SONG is the story of Chris Guthrie, a young women, living on a working farm who must battle tradition, change and societys expectations to forge her own voice. As World War One looms, and with moments of heartbreak and pain, celebration and joy, Chris stands strong, drawing from the ancient land in looking to the future.” (Description, Mightyape.co.nz)
“Christian Wolff is a math savant who works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division starting to close in, he takes on a legitimate client, a robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepency involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, the body count starts to rise.” (Syndetics summary)
“TRUMAN is a funny, heartfelt portrait of friendship, and life’s unexpected ups and downs. When theatre actor Julián receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás, the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion is their first meeting in many years, triggered by Julian’s failing health. Tomas is baffled by his friend’s decision to forgo treatment and instead focus on putting his affairs in order: distributing possessions, reconciling past disputes, and, most importantly, finding a home for his beloved Boxer, Truman. It’s this task that is causing Julián the greatest concern. A witty, moving and hugely entertaining reflection on human connection, and a reminder that the best friendships are, indeed, forever.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
La belle saison.
“1971. Delphine, a twenty-something farm girl of humble means, takes a huge step by packing up and moving to Paris, searching for independence and a life beyond the duties of her rural upbringing. It’s not long before she is drawn to dynamic thirty-something Carole who is actively involved in the emerging feminist movement. Carole lives with her boyfriend, but the two women quickly fall head over heels, and become inseparable. Their bliss is interrupted, however, when a family emergency forces Delphine back to the farm and to her mother, and Carole decides to follow her. There, the couple has to face a far different reality…” (Syndetics summary)
“Susan (Amy Adams) is living through an unfulfilling marriage when she receives a package containing a novel manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). The Novel is dedicated to her but its content is violent and devastating. Susan cannot help but reminisce over her past love story with the author. Increasingly she interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and reawakens a love that she feared was lost.” (Syndetics summary)
Billy Lynn’s long halftime walk.
“The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.” (Syndetics summary)