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Our choice of new DVDs in April

New movies for April include the smash new Bond film ‘Spectre’, popular Spielberg historical drama ‘Bridge Of Spies’, the final chapter in the Hunger Games franchise, and John Boorman’s sequel to ‘Hope and Glory’, ‘Queen & country’; while new TV shows include the latest seasons of UK crime drama ‘Luther’, enigmatic French supernatural series ‘The Returned’, popular period piece ‘The Village’, and the latest instalment in the on-going ‘Game Of Thrones’ saga.

cover imageBridge of spies.
“Directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg BRIDGE OF SPIES is the story of James Donovan (Two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks), an insurance claims lawyer from Brooklyn who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War when the CIA enlists his support to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe hunger games. Mockingjay, Part 2.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen realises the stakes are no longer just for survival–they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends–including Gale, Finnick and Peeta –Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her… ” (Adapted from product description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageGrandma.
“Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. Grandma was nominated for a Golden Globe (Lily Tomlin, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy)” (Product description, Amazon.uk)

cover imageLearning to drive.
“Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for another woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humour, and love in starting life anew.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

cover imageLuther. Series 4.
“Still reeling from Ripley’s death, John Luther has left the force and retired to a remote clifftop. When he discovers the one person he still loves might be dead, Luther has one aim – find whoever’s responsible and make them pay. Meanwhile, a savagely intelligent killer is leaving a trail of bodies but no trace of his identity. Luther realises he must return to the job – only he can immerse himself in the killer’s complex psychosis and anticipate his next move. But John’s personal problems are stacking up too, and he will need to compromise his moral code once more.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageQueen & country.
“The sequel to Hope and glory, Bill Rohan is grown up and drafted into the army where he and his best mate battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe returned. Series two.
“Six months have passed since the Returned disappeared into the mountains – Since then, nothing has been heard of them… What the living don’t know is that the Returned have not gone away. Rumours are circulating about the return of the dead, but the authorities don’t take this seriously. A stranger arrives in town; his name is Berg, and he seems to know much more than he lets on. That is when a new wave of resurrections occurs… Featuring original music by cult Scottish band Mogwai…” (adapted from Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe village. Series two.
The Village is a timeless coming-of-age story, told through the nostalgic eyes of one man, Bert Middleton. From lustful first-love and the dramas of war, to a father’s hard lessons and a mother’s love; Bert has seen it all. The Great War is over but what kind of England has won? Now in a world of boom and bust, motor cars and the Charleston, the twenties bring a blast of energy and freedom to the village; as the outside world continues to break down barriers, bringing with it big dramas and change.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageDoctor Foster. Series 1 / created by Mike Bartlett
“From the producers of The Honourable Woman. DOCTOR FOSTER is about a small-town doctor, Jenny Foster, a pillar of the community and devoted mother whose life is about to explode. A thrilling roller-coaster journey, the show will examine what it feels like to be betrayed and have your heart broken and – if you threw all caution to the wind – just how far you would go to get your own back?” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageGame of thrones. The complete fifth season.
“Season Five has more ‘water cooler’ moments than any of the previous seasons, with three pivotal episodes at the end of the season that left book-readers guessing.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageSpectre.
“A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

Our pick of the new DVDs in March

New DVDs for March include new biopics on hip-hop band N.W.A, gangsters James “Whitey” Bulger & the Kray twins, and aerial athlete Philippe Petit; generation spanning comedy with Robert De Niro & Anne Hathaway; the latest Shakespeare adaptation with Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard; Ridley Scott & Matt Damon’s popular space epic The Martian; and the latest HBO TV series from David Simon, creator of Treme and The Wire.

cover imageDownton Abbey
“Final episode of the award-winning ITV costume drama following the lives and loves of those above and below stairs in an English stately home. In this special, set in late 1925 and early 1926, everyone reunites for Edith and Bertie’s wedding on New Year’s Eve while Anna prepares to give birth. Elsewhere, Carson reveals to his wife that he suffers from a hereditary illness known as the palsy, which makes him question his role at Downton, and Lord Merton tells Isobel about his own illness but retains his desire to marry her. However, his daughter-in-law Amelia keeps Isobel from seeing him. Will the year end happily for those at Downton Abbey?” (amazon.co.uk)

cover imageStraight outta Compton.
“In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking viewers back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBlack mass.
“In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.” (Amazon.com)

cover imageMacbeth.
“Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. After three witches foretell that Scottish nobleman Macbeth (Fassbender) will be king he becomes obssessed by the idea. Encouraged by his wife Lady Macbeth (Cotillard), his ambition becomes all-consuming and he kills the reigning monarch, King Duncan (David Thewlis). But Macbeth becomes a tyrannical ruler, filled with anxiety over who he can trust… The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and David Hayman.” (amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe intern.
“Ben Whittaker is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe Duke of Burgundy.
“In an unnamed European town, in an unspecified year, live Cynthia and Evelyn. Every day Evelyn cycles to Cynthia’s mansion to work as a lowly maid and every day the cruel, vindictive Cynthia inflicts countless sadistic humiliations upon her. But as the days go by and the pair begin to reveal themselves, it soon becomes clear that the humiliation may not all be of Cynthia’s design…Startling, stylish and heady with atmosphere, The Duke of Burgundy is a dazzling exploration of romance, relationships and desire from the multi-award winning director of Berberian Sound Studio.” (amazon.co.uk)

cover imageShow me a hero.
“In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future. From creator David Simon (HBO’s Treme and The Wire) and director Paul Haggis (Crash), the six-part HBO Miniseries presentation Show Me a Hero explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, NY.” (amazon.com)

cover imageThe Martian.
“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission.” (amazon.com)

cover imageCrimson Peak.
“When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay— a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) comes a gothic romance masterpiece starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.” (amazon.com)

cover imageLegend.
“Brian Helgeland writes and directs this crime thriller starring Tom Hardy in the dual role of infamous gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray. The film chronicles the Kray twins’ career during the 1950s and ’60s as they tighten their tyrannical rule over London. With Ronnie’s mental stability in question Reggie attempts to keep him under control while embarking on a romance with the beautiful Frances Shea (Emily Browning). Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read (Christopher Eccleston) tries to bring the Krays down.” (amazon.co.uk)

cover imageTangerine.
“It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, STARLET, “Generation Kill”) hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the sex worker and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles.” (amazon.com)

cover imageThe walk.
“Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever walked in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension, and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. THE WALK is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.” (amazon.com)

New DVDs for January

Exciting new DVDs include hit movies such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and Mr. Holmes. New series of popular TV dramas including The Legacy and Downton Abbey also have been added. Check them out.

cover imageMr. Holmes / a film by Bill Condon.
“In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe legacy. Season 2 / series creator, Maya Illsøe
“Internationally renowned artist Veronika Gronnegard has lived an eccentric and colourful life since the sixties. The series follows Veronika’s four adult children whose free and chaotic childhood has left its mark on them in very different ways. They live separated from one another until Veronika dies and they gather to wind up the estate. Just before she dies, Veronika leaves the manor to her daughter Signe, who was given up for adoption.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe maze runner. The scorch trials / a Temple Hill/Gotham Group production.
“They may have escaped the maze but Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageDope / a Rick Famuyiwa film.
Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

119535008Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. [Season 1]
“JS and MN tells the alternative history of 19th-centruy England, where magic once existed and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norell and Jonathan Strange, who pit their skills against the might of Napoleon, the mythical Raven King and death itself.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageDeathgasm / a film by Jason Lei Howden.
“Brodie is the new kid in town. With a crack-addicted mum and an obsession with all things metal, he doesn’t fit in to his white-bread neighbourhood or with his religious relatives. But when he meets fellow metalhead Zakk while picking through vinyls at the local record store he knows he’s found a mate for life. Together they form a band, Deathgasm, and when they find a mysterious piece of sheet music at the house of their metal hero Rikki Daggers they dedicate themselves to learning to play it…Little did they know, the mystical music is actually a spell to summon malevolent forces, and very soon everyone in the town has been infected by the demon curse. With shades of early Peter Jackson and schlock-horror classics Evil dead and Shaun of the dead, Deathgasm is a blood-soaked, hilarious trip set to killer guitar riffs.” (Container)

cover imageThe man from U.N.C.L.E. / a Guy Ritchie film.
“CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageMission: Impossible. Rogue nation / a Tom Cruise/Bad Robot production.
“With their elite organization shut down by the CIA, agent Ethan Hunt and his team must race against time to stop The Syndicate, a deadly network of rogue operatives turned traitors. To stop this global threat, Ethan must join forces with an elusive, disavowed agent whose loyalty is suspect as he faces his most impossible mission ever.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageEden / a film by Mia Hansen-Løve.
“Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageAnt-Man / Marvel Studios presents.
“Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.” (Syndetics summary)

127174628Downton Abbey. Season six / [created by Julian Fellowes].
“As our time with the Crawleys begins to draw to a close and we see what will finally become of them all, the family, and the servants who work for them, remain inseparably interlinked as they face new challenges and begin forging different paths in a rapidly changing world. Secrets and rifts threaten the unity of the family, while those below stairs continue to naviagte social changes which put their futures in jeopardy.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageLast cab to Darwin.
“Michael Caton gives the performance of a lifetime as Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver who when told he doesn’t have long to live, sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms. Along the way he discovers that before you can end your life you have to live it, and to live it, you have to share it. Filled with hope, humour and heart, Last Cab To Darwin takes us on a journey, reminding us that it’s never too late to start living.” (Syndetics summary)

New DVDs for December

A lot of must-see DVDs have been added to our collection. They include the final episodes of the groundbreaking TV drama Mad Men, and House of Cards season 3, presented by our Ratings Project. Popular movies such as Ex Machina and the fantastic documentary about Amy Winehouse have also arrived. Exciting DVDs keep coming. Check them out here and reserve the items you want to see.

cover imageHouse of cards. The complete third season / [created for television by Beau Willimon].
“Season Three of this Emmy-winning original thriller series stars Golden Globe winner Kevin Spacey as ruthless, cunning President Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire (Golden Globe winner Robin Wright).” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageEx_machina / Universal Pictures International and Film 4 present a DNA Films production.
“Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.” (Syndetics summary)

cover image’71 / Film4, BFI and Creative Scotland present a Crab Apple FIlms and Warp Films production.
“A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageAmy / Globe Productions presents an On the Corner film.
“Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a rare musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. With rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, Amy takes us behind the sensationalised headlines to reveal a prodigiously talented young woman whose life ended far too soon.” (Container)

cover imageMad men. The final season, Part 2 / [created by Matthew Weiner].
“drama about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. Season 7, Part 2” (adapted from amazon.com)

cover imageThe affair. Season one / created by Sarah Treem & Hagai Levi.
“Two married couples; one decimating extramarital love affair. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and novelist who is happily married, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of a tragedy. The provocative drama unfolds when Alison and Noah meet in Montauk at the end of Long Island.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageSuite française / a TF1 Droits Audiovisuels and Entertainment One production ; in co-production with Scope Pictures ; a film by Saul Dibb.
“Based on the best-selling book by Irene Nemirovsky and set during the German occupation of France in the 1940’s, Lucille Angellier awaits news from her prisoner of war husband. As Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers’ homes, Lucile’s life is turned upside down–further complicated by the arrival of refined German officer, Bruno.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe good wife. The sixth season.
“Alicia Florrick stood by her husband on his tumultuous path to the governor’s office, but now she’s entering the world of politics on her own terms by running for state’s attorney. As Election Day approaches, Alicia must balance the demands of her firm and campaign as she supports her partner Cary during shocking developments that could end his career; and life as he knows it.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageFar from the madding crowd / Fox Searchlight Pictures presents in association with BBC Films ; a DNA Films production.
“Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy about Bathsheba Everdene who is an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer; a dashing soldier; and a prosperous, older bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageGrantchester. Series 1.
“It’s 1953, and Sidney Chambers (James Norton) is vicar of Grantchester, a village just outside Cambridge. Sidney’s is a quiet life. Or at least, it has been – right up until the moment that murder comes his way. Pushed into the dangerous world of lies, betrayal and murder, Sidney quickly finds that his insight into the human condition, and the natural trust that he engenders in people, means that he excels in his new position as detective. Joining Sidney as he journeys into this dark world is the affable but world-weary Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green).” (Syndetics summary)

New DVDs in November

The highlights of new arrival DVDs include the long-awaited Wolf Hall, Woman in Gold and Jurassic World. Exciting new DVDs keep coming. Check out our new DVDs here and reserve the items you like.

cover imageWolf Hall.
“It is 1529 and Henry has been married to Katherine of Aragon for 20 years without producing a male heir. Requests to the Pope for an annulment have gone unheeded. The King’s link to Rome, Cardinal Wolsey, has failed his sovereign in only this one matter and as a result his life hangs in the balance. Enter Cromwell – a pragmatic and accomplished negotiator, from humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past. As he walks the corridors of power at the Tudor court, Cromwell must navigate deadly political intrigue, the King’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageWoman in gold.
“Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageSpy.
“Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageA royal night out.
A Royal Night Out is a film about one perfect, glorious evening in the lives of two real-life princesses. They are Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor and the night is 8 May 1945, V-E Night. The whole of London is on the streets to celebrate the official end of World War II in Europe. It is known the young princesses, aged 19 and 14, slipped out of the palace to join the communal euphoria and went dancing at the Ritz. They apparently returned to Buckingham Palace just after midnight. Directed by acclaimed UK director Julian Jarrold, A Royal Night Out is an affectionate ‘what-if’ story about the adventures Elizabeth and Margaret might have had on the joyous night that brought the whole of London together.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageJurassic World.
“Twenty-two years following the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now includes a completely functioning dinosaur theme park, as once envisioned by John Hammond. After ten years of operation and decline in visitors, a unique attraction is designed to ignite visitor’s interest, which fails horribly.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBosch. Season one.
“Bosch is relentless, stopping at nothing to bring justice to his victims – even in the face of danger to himself and those he loves. But behind his tireless momentum is a man haunted by his past and struggling to remain loyal to his personal codes. This all comes to a head when the remains of a 13-year-old boy are discovered in the Hollywood Hills. As Bosch becomes consumed with tracking down the murderer, he is forced to confront his own painful childhood, all the while dealing with departmental politics, the prying eyes of the media, and finding himself in court after being accused of wrongfully killing a murder suspect.” (Container)

cover imageThe guest.
“A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageIndian summers.
“Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, this epic drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBeloved sisters.
“The story of an unconventional romance between two aristocratic sisters and rebellious poet, Friedrich Schiller, who took the European literary world by storm in the late eighteenth century. As the German Enlightenment flourishes in Weimar, vibrant Caroline von Beulwitz finds herself in an unhappy marriage to provide for her mother and shy younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld. When both sisters fall for an outspoken writer, their desire ignites a journey of shared passion and creativity.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageListen up Philip.
“Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageLove is strange.
“After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. George moves in with two cops who live down stairs while Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their teenage son. While struggling with the pain of separation, they are challenged by the tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe heavy water war.
“A six part dramatization of one of the most exciting stories from the Second World War – the Nazis’ efforts to develop an atom bomb and the Allies’ desperate struggle to prevent it from happening. The series starts in Stockholm in 1933 when German scientist Werner Heisenberg is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and is congratulated by his mentor Niels Bohr – a previous Nobel Prize winner. One of the dramatic high points is the daring sabotage mission to blow up the heavy water factory in the Norwegian mountains in 1943. Leading English, Norwegian and German actors portray real life characters and we get to understand their dilemmas and challenges in this epic story, the outcome of which will determine the future of democracy.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageLove & mercy.
“An unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.” (Syndetics summary)

New DVDs in October

Some movies showcased in this year’s international film festival have already arrived at the library. They are A Most Violent Year, Inherent Vice and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. From last year’s festival, two fantastic documentaries (Dior and I, The Salt of the Earth) and the acclaimed Russian film Leviathan are also available now. Finally, check out the new series of popular TV programmes such as Orphan Black and The Walking Dead.

cover imageMad Max. Fury road.
“A return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, he believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord with his gangs pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageOrphan black. Series three.
“Two-time Critics Choice Award-winner Tatiana Maslany returns in the pulse-racing third season of Orphan Black. After the shocking discovery of Project Castor, Sarah and her sister clones are left to battle the top-secret military project producing these lethal male clones. At the same time, Sarah tries to track down her missing twin Helena and an ailing Cosima searches for the key to the synthetic sequences that may keep them all alive. But how far are they willing to go to protect each other and their families, and who can they really trust? Orphan Black is back with more adrenaline-charged action, intrigue and suspense than ever before!” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageDior and I.
“A thrilling behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’s highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as Christian Dior’s new Artistic Director. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage is nothing short of magical.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe walking dead. The complete fifth season.
“Season 5 of The Walking Dead picks up shortly after Season 4 left off, and we follow the people of Terminus as they attempt to find a cure in Washington, D.C. As they begin to lose comrades, the fate of the group becomes unclear. Even more so when they gain new locales and, with them, new conflicts.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageLeviathan.
“Kolya lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son Roma. The town’s corrupt mayor is determined to take away his business, his house, and his land.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imagePitch perfect. 2.
“The Barden Bellas are back to pitch slap the world. It’s been three years since the Bellas brought their signature vocals, style and attitude to become the first all-female group to win a national title. But when they get banned after a scandal that threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that this time they’ve lost their harmony for good. The Bellas must fight for their right to win the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageTestament of youth.
“1914. Vera – youthful, free-minded and irrepressible, is determined to sit exams for Oxford, against her conservative parents’ wishes. She is encouraged and inspired by her brother and friends, particularly the brilliant Roland Leighton. Her hopes for Oxford with Roland turn to dust as war is declared and all the young men enlist. Vera gives up her dreams of writing to become a nurse, and as those closest to her perish on the frontlines, she experiences the futility of war… a powerful story of love, war, loss and remembrance.” (Container)

cover imageGeorge Gently. Series 7.
“Inspector George Gently in these feature-length mysteries set in the North East of England during the social upheaval of the 1960s. These episodes follow Gently and his partner as they solve four grisly murders.” (Syndetics summary)

film21159A most violent year.
“The tale of an immigrant and his family trying to live the American Dream and expand their business amidst rampant violence, urban decay, and corrupt city officials during one of the most dangerous years in the city’s history.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe salt of the earth : a journey with Sebastião Salgado.
“For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBetter call Saul. Season one
“From the creators of Breaking Bad comes the critically acclaimed prequel to one of TV’s most successful shows, a dramedy of cinematic quality full of complex, witty dark humor. Set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White’s lawyer, he is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and more immediately hustling to make ends meet.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageA girl walks home alone at night.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in the fictitious locale of Bad City, a stunningly crafted black-and-white world riddled with random events and flawed people that takes its visual cues from Sin City (2005) and the early films of Jim Jarmusch. Sheila Vand stars as The Girl, a sassy loner who roams the streets on a skateboard she stole from a kid. The unsuspecting object of her affections is Arash, a handsome James Dean-type who is dealing with his own family issues. In the off-kilter world they inhabit, a touching and unconventional relationship develops.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageAvengers. Age of Ultron.
“When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth₂s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe falling.
“Lydia and Abbie are best friends experiencing a sexual awakening at an English girls’ school. Following a tragedy, a mysterious fainting epidemic threatens the stability of all involved.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageInherent vice.
“Private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin.” (Syndetics summary)

Our pick of the new DVDs in August

Some new DVDs for September include the next entry in the ‘Divergent’ franchise, Noah Baumbach’s new indie comedy ‘While We’re Young’, Steven Soderbergh’s period medical show ‘The Knick’, critically acclaimed UK drama ‘Still Life’, and spooky new TV thriller series ‘Wayward Pines’.

cover imageInsurgent.
“Insurgent, the next gripping action-adventure in the blockbuster Divergent franchise, raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world…”
(adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageWhile we’re young.
“Noah Baumbach writes and directs this comedy starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a childless married couple living in New York who befriend a younger and more exciting couple. Fed up of their friends who pressure them into beginning a family of their own, documentary film-maker Josh (Stiller) and wife Cornelia (Watts) meet hipster couple Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) and start to enjoy the new and refreshing experiences that come with the territory. However, are Jamie and Darby’s motivations for spending time with the older couple as harmless as they seem?” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageSomeone you love.
“World famous singer-songwriter Thomas Jacob is based in Los Angeles. He is a very successful man who has burned a lot of bridges. He lives and breathes music and very little else. When Thomas travels back to Denmark to record a new album with his regular producer, Molly Moe, his grown-up daughter, Julie, shows up with his 11 year-old grandson, Noa, whom Thomas has never met. Soon – and much against his will – Thomas is forced to take care of Noa. Against all odds the two of them slowly begin to connect through music. Then disaster strikes forcing Thomas to realize, that he now has to make a choice that will change his life forever.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageTrash.
“When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys realise that what they’ve found must be important. Based on Andy Mulligan’s best-selling novel, Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura and Selton Mello star in this thrilling adventure directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Richard Curtis.” (Rewiews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageAlex of Venice.
“In Chris Messina’s directorial debut, a workaholic attorney, Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is forced to reinvent her life after her husband (Chris Messina) suddenly leaves. While juggling a career case, a young son, and a father (Don Johnson) struggling with the effects of aging, Alex discovers both a vulnerability and inner strength she had not yet tapped into, all while holding her family together.” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageCake.
“Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) is in pain. Her physical pain is evident in the scars that line her body and the way she carries herself, wincing with each tentative step. She’s no good at hiding her emotional pain either. Blunt to the point of searing insult, Claire’s anger seethes out of her with nearly every interaction. She has driven away her husband, her friends – even her chronic-pain support group has kicked her out. The only one left in Claire’s otherwise solitary existence is her housekeeper-cum-caretaker, Silvana (Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza), who barely tolerates her boss’ need for liquor and prescription pills. But the suicide of Nina (Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick), one of Claire’s fellow chronic-pain group members, prompts another fixation. In pursuing questions about the death of a woman she barely knew, Claire explores the boundaries between life and death, abandonment and heartbreak, danger and salvation. As she inserts herself into the lives of Nina’s husband (Sam Worthington) and the son Nina left behind, Claire just might find salvation.” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageThe knick. The complete first season.
“Set in downtown New York in 1900 – The Knick is a groundbreaking new scripted drama from Oscar and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh starring Oscar nominee Clive Owen, who also received a Golden Globe nomination for this series. The Knick centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital (dubbed The Knick), which faces a major upheaval due to poor finances and an exodus of wealthy patients. The one remaining star is Dr. Thackery (played by Clive Owen) who along with the hospital staff of surgeons, nurses and other personnel must struggle to keep both themselves and the hospital going.” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageStill life.
“A poignant tale of life, love and the afterlife, Still Life is a tender and witty new drama from Uberto Pasolini, the Oscar-nominated producer of The Full Monty, starring Eddie Marsan (Tyrannosaur, Happy-Go-Lucky) and Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey). Meticulous and organised to the point of obsession, John May (Marsan) is a council worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized and he is given his final case, John finds himself on a liberating journey of self-discovery that will make him question everything and start living life at last.” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageHemlock Grove. Season 1 / created by Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman.
“From executive producer Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) comes the darkly poetic, moving and terrifying hit US series Hemlock Grove. Set deep in the heart of Pennsylvania, a gruesome murder sends shockwaves through the eccentric residents of the mysterious suburb. Whispers follow Roman Godfrey, (Bill Skarsgård), the brooding scion of an aristocratic family headed by the beautiful but formidable Olivia Godfrey (Famke Janssen, X-Men), and Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), an enigmatic teenager from the gypsy community who lingers on the edges of the Grove. As the mystery unfolds, the residents are led into the darkest shadows and deepest secrets of the town, their families and themselves where they must confront unspeakable truths and discover why Hemlock Grove is not all that it appears.” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageMaggie.
“As a viral pandemic spreads across America, Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger) searches for his runaway daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) and finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Wade brings his daughter back home to his family for the short time before the teenager begins a painful metamorphosis. Determined to hold onto his precious daughter as long as he can and refusing to hand her over to the local police Wade edges ever closer to a time where he will have to take matters into his own hands.” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageWayward Pines.
“Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. What’s wrong with Wayward Pines? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.” (Syndetics summary)

New DVDs in July

This month’s DVDs include the sequel to the hugely popular comedy ‘The best exotic Marigold Hotel’, and Will Smith con-man thriller ‘Focus’; an adaptation of J.K Rowling’s first novel for adults, the strange but true story of artists Margaret and Walter Keane and the story of ‘The Lost Boys’ from the Sudanese Civil War. Documentaries see the acclaimed zeitgeist story of Edward Snowden ‘CitzenFour’, and TV shows include Afghanistan war drama ‘Our Girl’, and the 2nd season of acclaimed historical crime show ‘Peaky Blinders’.

cover imageThe second best exotic Marigold Hotel.
“Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast – including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel -returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort…as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends.” (Amazon Reviews, amazon.co.uk)

cover imageCitizenfour.
“2014’s Academy Award winning documentary CITIZENFOUR is a real life international thriller that unfolds by the minute. With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows award winning director Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country) and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). The documentary not only shows the dangers of governmental surveillance, but makes audiences feel them. After seeing the film, viewers will never think the same way about their phone, e-mail, credit cards, web browser or digital footprint again.” (Editorial review from Amazon.com)

cover imageJupiter ascending.
“Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.” (Synopsis, Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageBig eyes.
“From the Academy Award® winning team that brought you Ed Woods, Big Eyes focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter Keane became a worldwide celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations across the country. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. She generated the paintings from their basement and Walter’s contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.” (Editorial Review from Amazon.com)

cover imageChappie.
“‘Chappie’ is a robot, and the first true artificial intelligence, able to learn and develop as a human does. Some want to study him, and others want to destroy him. Kidnapped from the scientist who created him, Chappie becomes part of a street gang’s dysfunctional surrogate family, who decide that he is too innocent and needs to be toughened up. Meanwhile, there are people hunting for him who believe that artificial intelligence is too unpredictable to be allowed to exist. The latest film from Neill Blomkamp, director of ‘District 9’ and ‘Elysium’, ‘Chappie’ stars Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver.” (Review from Amazon.co.uk)

civer imageFocus.
“Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in this romantic crime comedy. Experienced conman Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) has an affair with the beautiful Jess Barrett (Robbie), an intern he is teaching how to pull off small tricks. After going their separate ways, they meet again three years later and find themselves on opposite sides of the same big con, with Jess now a skilled confidence trickster herself. As they each try to successfully carry out the risky scheme, Nicky’s plans go awry due to the involvement of his former flame. How will they both fare? The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney and BD Wong.” (Rewiew from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe casual vacancy.
“Thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is a dark and moving drama with elements of both comedy and tragedy. When Parish Councilman Barry Fairbrother unexpectedly dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. An English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, Pagford is not what it first seems. What lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war–rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest battle the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Find out in this big series about a small town.” (Review from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe good lie.
“They were known simply as “The Lost Boys”. Orphaned during the Sudanese Civil War, a group of young refugees are given the opportunity to leave their camp and resettle in America. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with an employment counsellor (Reese Witherspoon), but they struggle to adjust to their new life and their feelings of guilt about those they left behind.” (Amazon Review Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageOur girl. Series one.
“Following the hit one-off drama which set up the story of one young woman who finds meaning in life by joining the army, Lacey Turner (EastEnders) returns in the role of Molly Dawes in the new five-part series: Our Girl. Hot off the helicopter, Molly finds herself dropped into battle in unpredictable and explosive Afghanistan. Trying to make friends with the hardened soldiers around her and reaching out to the locals some of whom are suspicious, some open and some not to be trusted – but which are which? – Molly faces challenges unlike any she has known before. Life and death situations that are literally life or death for her and her companions. Unexpected and extraordinary, Our Girl takes TV drama into a new world where anything can happen, through the life of one girl, to whom everything will.” (Amazon reviews: Amazon.co.uk)

cover imagePeaky Blinders. Season two.
“Birmingham crime boss Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy, Inception) heads into perilous territory in the second series of Steven Knight’s acclaimed gangster epic. As the 1920s begin to roar, business is booming for the Peaky Blinders gang. Shelby starts to expand his legal and illegal operations. He has his sights set firmly on wider horizons, and the race tracks of the South are calling out for new management. Shelby’s meteoric rise brings him into contact with both the upper echelons of society and astonishing new adversaries from London’s criminal enterprises. All will test him to the core. Featuring a spectacular cast that includes Helen McCrory (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Peaky Blinders – Series 2 is an enthralling tale of ambition, corruption, violence, desire, and above all an extraordinary family living through extraordinary times.” (Amazon Reviews Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageKingsman. The secret service.
“Based upon the acclaimed comic book, the movie tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe homesman.
“Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank), lives a solitary existence in a God-fearing mid-western town. She is designated by members of her church to take back East three women who have lost their minds. On the way from Nebraska to Iowa, where those women will at last find refuge, Mary Bee saves the life of Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), a claim-jumper and outlaw. He agrees to help in her mission through snowstorms and perilous encounters with settlers, Indians and the harshness of the Frontier territory.” (Amazon reviews: Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageEsio Trot.
“Mr Hoppy (Dustin Hoffman) lives a quiet retiree’s life, tending to his balcony garden, pottering to the shops and back and secretly being passionately, hopelessly in love with his downstairs neighbour, Mrs Silver (Judi Dench). From their first meeting in a cramped lift he is utterly captivated by her sparkle and warmth, but he regularly fails to tell her this during their neighbourly chats over the balcony. When he finds she is distraught that her beloved tortoise, Alfie, doesn’t appear to be growing, Mr Hoppy spots a chance to make his true love happy, and maybe even get closer to her in the process. When Mr Pringle (Richard Cordery), another neighbour, sets his more lascivious sights on Mrs Silver, Mr Hoppy’s world crumbles. Stoically, he continues with his cunning plan to make Alfie miraculously grow and finally wins his way into Mrs Silver’s heart…” (Adapted from Amazon reviews, amazon.co.uk)

New DVDs for June

As always, a wide variety of DVDs have been added to our collection lately. They include Oscar winner Birdman, and Selma as well as ones based on popular books such as Wild, Fifty Shades of Grey and Still Alice. Movies showcased in last year’s film festival including National Gallery and Force Majeure are also back. Enjoy!

cover image National Gallery.
“Documentary directed by Frederick Wiseman providing the audience with a look inside London’s famous National Gallery. With more than 2000 paintings from the 13th to the 19th century, the National Gallery is the fourth most visited art museum in the world and this documentary gives an insight into the goings-on behind the scenes.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBirdman, or, (the unexpected virtue of ignorance).
“A black comedy story of an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageFoxcatcher.
“Based on true events, the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageWild.
“After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageLilyhammer. Season 2.
“Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, a former member of New York’s Italian Mafia, is put in the witness protection programme after testifying in a trial in the United States. Tagliano chooses to start his new life as Norwegian-American immigrant Giovanni Henriksen in the town of Lillyhammer, Norway because he was intrigued by television images of the town during the 1994 Winter Olympics! In season 2, Frank is a successful nightclub owner and more recently, a father of two. His adoption of a Norwegian paternal role is riddled with challenges, which he has to juggle while running his criminal operation. To make matters worse, Frank’s entire past threatens to catch up with him, when his former mob associates learn that he is still alive. The problem is, the more attached Frank grows to Lilyhammer, the more he has to lose.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe one I love.
“The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, The One I Love is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell’s keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. The One I Love centres on Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), a married couple on the brink of separation. At the urging of their therapist (Ted Danson), they escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their relationship. What starts off as a relaxing and tranquil retreat soon spirals into a dizzyingly bizarre experience that forces the couple to reflect upon the complexities of their troubled partnership. Over the course of a few days, Ethan and Sophie work diligently to rediscover their better selves and embrace the unexpected as everything they once thought was real becomes more and more surreal.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageFifty shades of Grey.
“Ana is an inexperienced college student tasked with interviewing enigmatic billionaire Christian Grey. But what starts as business quickly becomes an unconventional romance. Swept up in Christian’s glamorous lifestyle, Ana soon finds another side to him as she discovers his secrets and explores her own dark desires. What results is a thrilling, all-consuming romance as Christian and Ana test the limits they will go to for their relationship.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageMasters of sex. Season two.
“Having been dismissed by Maternity Hospital, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) needs a place where he and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) can resume their work. But thanks to their study’s controversial topic – sex – they are forced out of two more hospitals before deciding to open their own clinic. With the seeds of the sexual revolution being sown and the simmering civil rights movement exploding around them, the intimate relationship they started under the guise of their research unravels as the result of Masters’ sudden impotence. With the prospect of treating sexual dysfunction becoming increasingly important to their patients and themselves, at home Masters confronts his wife’s growing disaffection and the unexpected return of his estranged brother, while Johnson faces a crisis of her own when the publicity surrounding their work places the custody of her two children in doubt.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageOrange is the new black. Season two.
“A fierce and funny series that follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) when a crime she committed in her past sends her to an all-women’s prison with an unforgettable and irreverent group of fellow inmates.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageStill Alice.
“Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageSelma.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageCobain : montage of heck.
“This documentary presents an illuminating and honest portrait of the Nirvana frontman that captures the contradictions that made up his character. With unparalleled insight into the world of the late Nirvana frontman, this documentary will forever change the way fans view Kurt Cobain.” (Syndetics summary)

Popular new DVDs in June

New DVDs for June include biographies of cryptanalyst Alan Turing, British painter J.M.W. Turner & Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini. Also featured are Bill Murray’s hit comedy ‘St. Vincent’ & acclaimed Foreign films ‘Two Days, One Night’ & ‘Winter Sleep’, and for TV junkies we have the latest season of espionage thriller ‘Homeland’.

cover imageThe imitation game.
“During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of “gross indecency”, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.” (Container)

cover imageJimmy’s hall.
“1932. Jimmy Gralton is back home in the Irish countryside after ten years of forced exile in the USA. His widowed mother Alice is happy, Jimmy’s friends are happy, all the young people who enjoy dancing and singing are happy. Which is not the case of Father Sheridan, the local priest, nor of the village squire, nor of Dennis O’Keefe, the chief of the fascists. The reason is simple: Jimmy is a socialist activist. So when the “intruder” reopens the village hall, thus enabling the villagers to gather to sing, dance, paint, study or box, they take a dim view of the whole thing. People who think and unite are difficult to manipulate, aren’t they? From that moment on they will use every means possible to get rid of Jimmy and his “dangerous” hall.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageMr. Turner.
“Explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageUnbroken.
“Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe interview.
“Action comedy directed by and starring Seth Rogen. When talk show host Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) celebrate their 1000th episode of ‘Skylark Tonight’ Aaron voices his concerns over the seemingly trivial content of their programme. When they are informed that the President of North Korea Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan of the show they prepare themselves for the interview of their lives. Before they can board the plane however, CIA Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) knocks on their door requesting their assistance in a current operation that aims to assassinate Kim Jong-un. When they get to North Korea will Dave and Aaron be able to simply ask their questions or will the thrill of being set an assignment by the CIA be too much to resist?” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageExodus : Gods and kings.
“From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageSt. Vincent.
“Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy star in this comedy drama written and directed by Theodore Melfi. Murray plays Vincent, a misanthropic and curmudgeonly old man who becomes responsible for his neighbour Maggie (McCarthy)’s son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Maggie, who has enough on her mind with starting her new job at the hospital while going through divorce proceedings from Oliver’s father, employs Vincent to take care of Oliver after school. Unbeknown to Maggie, Vincent is a heavy drinker and smoker and likes to hang around bars and racetracks in his spare time. But is there more to Vincent than meets the eye?” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageTwo days, one night / a film by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne.
“Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) is Sandra, a married woman with two children who plans to return to her factory job after a breakdown. However she’s told that she is to be made redundant, while her co-workers will receive a bonus. In order to help her, Sandra’s best friend at work has convinced their boss to hold a vote – do the workers want to save Sandra’s job, or keep their bonus? It is Friday and the vote will be held on Monday – Sandra has the weekend to persuade her workmates to keep her employed, or to sacrifice their bonus they need to make ends meet. Written and directed by two-time Palme d’Or-winning filmmakers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and with a commanding performance by Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night is an emotionally resonant drama.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageYou’re not you.
“When an accomplished pianist is diagnosed with the devastating and incurable disease ALS, she hires a directionless young woman who becomes her full-time caregiver. Complete opposites, the strangers form a life changing bond inspiring each other to live life to fullest, while being brought together by the most challenging of circumstances.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe water diviner.
“Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey in 1919 to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Initially blocked by military bureaucracy, his determination unwavering, he is helped first by the beautiful Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel he takes in Istanbul, and then by a Turkish Officer who had fought against Connor’s sons. Holding on to hope, Connor and Major Hasan must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth, and for Joshua to find his own peace.” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageWinter sleep.
“Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes, the new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon A Time In Anatolia) is an immersive and provocative drama. Set in the picturesque and striking landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a small village, half-empty, in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin, an actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre. With a steady, penetrating gaze reminiscent of that which Ingmar Bergman brought to his chamber pieces, Ceylan cuts through the smug self-image of a man who considers himself of elevated stature, but is ultimately brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is. Awarded the International Critics Prize in Cannes in addition to the Palme d’Or, Winter Sleep is a compelling and hypnotic study of human frailty.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageHomeland. The complete fourth season.
Homeland tells the story of Carrie a bi-polar CIA officer who plays by her own rules. As last season drew to a close, Carrie, pregnant with the late Brody’s baby, got promoted to a new post overseas, while Saul contemplated his future outside of the CIA. Season Four finds Carrie assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the world, where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror.” (Syndetics summary)


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