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Our pick of new DVDs for May

New TV shows for May include the second season of ‘Broadchurch’, an exciting adaptation of the popular Diana Gabaldon ‘Outlander’ books, the 3rd season of ‘Scandal’ & the landmark drama ‘Gallipoli’ on the centenary year of the battle that shaped the ANZAC legend.
New movies include the final instalment in the ‘Hobbit’ trilogy, James Gandolfini’s last role in crime thriller ‘The Drop’, a Cilla Black biopic, singer Stuart Murdoch’s musical feature film ‘God help the girl’, and popular comedy ‘What we did on our holiday’…

cover imageBroadchurch. Series 2.
“Broadchurch: a town in shock, after the revelation of the identity of Danny Latimer’s killer. Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller find themselves drawn back into the case as it goes to court. Ellie, estranged from family and friends, only has Hardy to turn to. But Hardy is a man still haunted by illness and the case he never could solve–Sandbrook… Lives will be thrown under the spotlight, and the deepest secrets laid bare for all to see…” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageOutlander. Season one, Volume one.
“Claire Randall is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. She is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageHector and the search for happiness.
“…Featuring stunning performances from an all-star cast including Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Jean Reno. Hector (Simon Pegg – Shaun of the Dead, The Worlds End, Paul) is an eccentric yet loveable psychiatrist who finds himself at a crossroads in life; his patients just aren t getting any happier and his life is going nowhere. Feeling trapped between his mundane daily routine and his neurotic girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike – Made in Dagenham, Jack Reacher), Hector decides to break away from his sheltered London life and go on a global quest to find out whether happiness truly exists – and more importantly, whether it exists for Hector…” (adapted from Product Description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe hobbit. The battle of the five armies.
“The last of three epic instalments in director Peter Jackson’s prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. In this film, Bilbo, Thorin and the other Dwarves have unintentionally released Smaug from the Lonely Mountain and endangered the residents of Lake-town. Bilbo has to make a difficult decision when Thorin puts his desire to find the royal jewel Arkenstone before his loyalty to his friends. Meanwhile, Gandalf discovers that the evil Sauron has returned, commanding a horde of Orcs to attack the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo and his friends must fight for their survival as five armies meet in battle. The rest of the cast includes Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Christopher Lee.” (Product Description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageGallipoli.
“The spirit of our nation was forged on the shores of Gallipoli…and in the centenary year of the battle that shaped the ANZAC legend, comes a landmark drama event for every Australian. …As dawn breaks on April 25, 1915, ANZAC troops launch into battle on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula. Landing in the dark chaos is 17-year-old Thomas ‘Tolly’ Johnson, who has lied about his age to enlist, his older brother Bevan and their loyal mates. Thrown into the heart of a war they know little about, in a land utterly foreign to them, these brave yet frightened boys endure the next eight months simply trying to stay alive. By the time of the final evacuation, each will have learnt about courage, sacrifice and the importance of mateship.” (adapted from Editorial Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageScandal. The complete third season.
“Forget everything you thought you knew about who to trust… and who to fear. The suspense ratchets up as secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and dark truths come to light in ABC’s Scandal. The complete third season. Now, the seemingly invincible “fixer” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) must confront the ultimate challenge: fixing herself. After sifting through her mysterious father’s labyrinth of lies, Olivia’s search for answers about her mother threatens not just national security, but the entire world. Meanwhile, the lives of her “gladiators” — as well as those of the president, his wife and key White House staffers — take sinister, unexpected turns…” (adapted from Editorial Reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageHinterland. Series 1.
“Richard Harrington (Bleak House) is DCI Tom Mathias, a brilliant, brooding loner newly arrived in this isolated land of mountainous terrain and close-knit villages after 10 years with London’s Metropolitan Police. Mali Harries (Foyle’s War) is smart, hard-working DI Mared Rhys, a local girl who knows Aberystwyth society inside out. Together they confront a series of mystifying murders that ultimately push Mathias to the edge.” (Editorial Reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageCilla.
“Priscilla White is a typist from a working class area of Liverpool who dreams of stardom; Bobby Willis is the chancer who ignores the city’s Protestant-Catholic divide to pursue her; Brian Epstein is the young genius who will later guide The Beatles to superstardom. Starring Sheridan Smith Cilla tells the true story of how the lives of these three intertwine to propel Cilla to the top of the charts and beyond… but at a cost… Set to an explosion of 60s music as the ‘Merseybeat’ sounds grips the country, Cilla explores the humble beginnings and little-known early years of a woman who went on to become an iconic TV star and household name.” (Editorial Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe drop.
THE DROP is a crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a short story from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), THE DROP follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv, Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageGod help the girl.
“Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer. God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel [The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore] and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageMy old lady.
“When Mathias Gold arrives at the sumptuous Parisian apartment he inherited from his father, he’s surprised that the property comes with two stubborn live-in tenants who are not required to leave according to an ancient French real estate law. Unable to sell the place, Mathias moves in with the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde and her daughter, Chloe. But as Mathias and Chloe draw increasingly closer, Mathilde unveils a complex labyrinth of secrets that unites the trio in unexpected ways.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBig Hero 6.
“With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, BIG HERO 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends… who transform into a band of unlikely heroes.” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageWhat we did on our holiday.
“David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly star in this family comedy written and directed by Andy Hamilton. As Doug, his wife Abi and their three children prepare to travel up to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s 75th birthday, they give their children a list of things that are to be kept secret, including the fact that daddy lives in a different house to mummy. While their offspring set about telling Grandpa the ins and outs of their lives down in London, including intimate details of arguments their parents have had, Doug and Abi try to put aside their differences and have an enjoyable weekend.” (Syndetics summary)

New DVDs in April

Our pick of the new DVDs in April include the latest season of ‘Game Of Thrones’; new TV with ‘Mom’, ‘The Honourable Woman’ & ‘Penny Dreadful’; Oscar winning dramas ‘Boyhood’ & ‘Whiplash’; heart-warming English comedy ‘Pride’; and critically acclaimed Foreign films ‘The Lunchbox’ & ‘In Bloom’.

cover imageGame of thrones. The complete fourth season.
“As Season 4 begins, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact in the wake of the Red Wedding slaughter that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses. But can they survive their own egos as well as new and ongoing threats? Meanwhile, an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army; the Lannister-loathing ‘Red Viper of Dorne,’ Oberyn Martell, arrives at King’s Landing for Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell; Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons and unsullied force aim to liberate the largest Slavery City in the east…with long-range plans to take back the Iron Throne; and a depleted Night’s Watch faces the advance of Mance Rayder’s wildling army, who are in turn running from the undead White Walkers.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverThe lunchbox.
“Trying to add some spice to her marriage, Ila prepares a special lunchbox for her husband at work. Unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another worker, Saajan. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a note in the next day’s lunchbox. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the communication soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their lives.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBoyhood.
“Groundbreaking, award-winning drama directed by Richard Linklater and starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Filmed over a period of 12 years with the same cast members, the film begins as Olivia (Arquette) moves to Houston, Texas, with her son Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and daughter Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) after the disintegration of her marriage to the children’s father (Hawke). From then on we follow Mason as he progresses from a child to a young man while dealing with his parents’ divorce and the numerous other difficulties of growing up. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, with Arquette taking home the trophy for Best Supporting Actress, and also won three Golden Globes and three BAFTAs.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageWhiplash.
“Andrew is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability—and his sanity.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe honourable woman.
“…As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the armed wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Now in her late thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. Ennobled for her campaigning work, the newly made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her as she awards a highly lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman. When he is subsequently killed, Nessa and her brother come under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service. Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage, The Honourable Woman tells the story of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life.” (adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe best of me.
“The story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after twenty years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imagePenny dreadful. The complete first season.
“An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga that completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein, and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul, even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.” (Syndetics summary)

Cover imageFinding Vivian Maier.
“Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her…” (Publishers description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageThe hunger games. Mockingjay, Part 1.
“The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageKill the messenger.
“Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua…” (Publishers description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageMom. The complete first season.
“Anna Faris and Emmy® winner Allison Janney star in a new comedy from Chuck Lorre. Anna Faris plays Christy, a single mom whose newly found sobriety has given her the ability to see her life clearly… and she does not like the view. Now she must try to untangle years of reckless decisions in order to make a better life for her and her kids. But she discovers that just because you want to be a better person doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Everywhere she looks there are challenges: She is trying to stop drinking in wine country, have a healthy romance with her unavailable boss, raise her young son to be a good man despite his father’s influence, convince her troubled teenage daughter to make better choices than she did, and, perhaps the most difficult task – forgive her estranged mother, Bonnie, played by Allison Janney, for not giving her any of the tools she needed to handle life in the first place…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imagePride.
“Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageIn bloom.
“Like a bomb triggered to go off, In Bloom builds in the viewer’s gut, a drama coiled to attack. Something is happening in the filmmaking world of Georgia, which hasn’t previously qualified as even a backwater, and this movie is some kind of ultimate statement by writer-director partners Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (she’s Georgian, he’s German). Its triumph exactly a year ago at the Berlin Film Festival was a bolt out of the blue, with a finely chiseled narrative of tween pals Eka (Lika Babluani) and Natia (Mariam Bokeria) trying to keep the wolves of the 1992 Georgian civil war away from their previously peaceful Tblisi doorsteps. But the movie shows how impossible this is, and that wolves will have their way. The childhood innocence in the eyes of Babluani and Bokeria melts away as they’re forced to make terrible choices, the bubble of girlhood punctured by huge social forces. The movie never, ever makes a wrong move, and many sequences are as good as anything in recent cinema…” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Cover imageOlive Kitteridge.
“Frances McDormand stars as the eponymous character in this miniseries adapted from Elizabeth Strout’s novel. Set in the fictional town of Crosby, Maine, the story takes place over 25 years and follows Olive Kitteridge, a depressed high school maths teacher, who has good intentions despite her harsh exterior. She is supported by her husband Henry (Richard Jenkins), a kindhearted pharmacist, while their son Christopher (Devin Druid/John Gallagher, Jr.) grows resentful towards his mother. The series captures different periods of Olive’s life and her interactions with the other townspeople. The cast includes Zoe Kazan, Bill Murray, Rosemarie DeWitt and Martha Wainwright…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Our pick of the new DVDs in March

This month we feature the third season of Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy drama ‘Girls’; the heart warming New Zealand doco ‘Hip hop-eration’ – in which 24 nonagenarians perform in Las Vegas – and film adaptations of best selling novels with Jonas Jonasson’s hilarious Swedish comedy ‘The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window & Disappeared’, Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ & S.J Watson’s ‘Before I Go To Sleep’.

cover imageGone girl.
“On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn.” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageHip hop-eration.
“These senior citizens may each be almost a century young, but for Kara, (94) Maynie, (95) and Terri (93), the journey to Las Vegas and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships is just the beginning of a life’s journey. Along with twenty-four other nonagenarians they defy the odds and hip-hop their way into the hearts and minds of thousands of young fans from around the world. Led by their exuberant and ‘I must have been mad’, manager Billie Jordan they learn to throw away their wheelchairs and walking sticks and push their bodies and artificial joints to the absolute limits of old age. “You’re all going …even if it’s in an urn,” she tells them. Their stories are a reminder of our history as a nation and the joy of living life to the fullest.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe equalizer.
“McCall (Denzel Washington) has put his mysterious past behind him and is dedicated to living a new, quiet life. But when he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.” (from Editorial Reviews, www.amazon.com)

cover imageGet on up : the James Brown story.
“Nobody ever taught him the rules. So he was destined from the start to break them. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown (Chadwick Boseman),taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageGirls. The complete third season.
“All 12 episodes from the third season of the Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy drama following a group of 20-something women in New York. In this season, Hannah receives some disappointing news regarding her book deal and has a fall out with Adam’s sarcastic sister Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann); Jessa attempts to get over her drug addiction in rehab; Marnie struggles to cope after breaking up with her ex for the second time; and Shoshanna and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) go their separate ways.” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageA long way down.
“Adapted from the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby (About A Boy), the heartwarming A Long Way Down follows four strangers who meet by chance on New Year’s Eve when they are each facing the same life changing decision. When Martin (Pierce Brosnan; Mama Mia!), Maureen (Toni Collette; The Way Way Back), J.J. (Aaron Paul; TV’s Breaking Bad) and Jess (Imogen Poots; Filth) find themselves at a desperate crossroads, they form an unlikely friendship in order to help one another weather the difficulties of life.” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageVera. Series four.
“The indomitable DCI Vera Stanhope, assisted by her trusted colleague, DS Joe Ashworth, steps up for another series of challenging cases. She investigates the mysterious death of a pensioner on a busy commuter train (On Harbour Street), unearths a thirty year mystery after a brutal murder on the sands of a seaside resort (Protected), unpicks the tragic last months of a failed novelist gunned down on a remote Northumberland moor (The Deer Hunters), and delves into the tangled life of a businessman found floating in the water under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (Death of a Family Man).” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe hundred year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared.
“Swedish adventure comedy based on Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling novel. Despite having reached his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) still has a sharp mind. Keen to avoid the party that his retirement home have organised for him, Allan climbs out of his bedroom window and begins an escapade featuring criminals and a stash of drug money. Allan, however, is not new to adventure – during his lifetime he was involved with many significant events which changed the course of history and became associated with world leaders and other notable figures along the way.” (from Reviews Amazon.co.uk.)

cover imageThe judge.
“David Dobkin directs this Academy Award-nominated comedy drama starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr as an estranged father and son. Hotshot lawyer Henry ‘Hank’ Palmer (Downey Jr) receives the devastating news that his mother has died. He returns to his home town in Indiana for her funeral, meaning he must also come face-to-face with his father Judge Joseph ‘Joe’ Palmer (Duvall), with whom he has a troubled relationship. The situation becomes even more difficult when Hank learns that his father is to be put on trial for murder. Hank searches for answers while defending the judge in court against prosecutor Dwight Dickham (Billy Bob Thornton). Through the course of the trial father and son reconnect but can Hank win the case and prevent Joe from going to prison?” (Product Description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageBefore I go to sleep.
“Christine (Nicole Kidman, The Others) wakes up next to a man (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech) she does not recognise. Panic stricken, he slowly explains that he is her husband, and that she suffered a terrible accident that has given her amnesia. Every morning, Christine wakes up a stranger, and every night her memories fade into nothing. With the help of Dr Nasch (Mark Strong, The Imitation Game), Christine is trying to regain her memory. That is, until one day, when new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her, and what really happened to her on the day of her accident… (adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imagePeaky Blinders. Season one.
“Peaky Blinders is an epic gangster drama set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s. Britain in 1919 is a tumultuous mix of despair and hedonism, a nation cleaned out by the extravagances of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly-minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval. Thomas Shelby and his family run the most feared and powerful local gang, the Peaky Blinders. Named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, they make money from illegal betting, protection and the black market. But Tommy’s ambitions go beyond running the streets, and when a crate of guns goes missing from an arms factory, he recognises an opportunity to move up in the world…” (adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe fall. Series 2.
“BBC Two’s highest rated drama series in ten years, The Fall, returns for Series 2. Following Series 1′s gripping cliff-hanger, Gillian Anderson returns as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, on the trail of serial murderer Paul Spector played by Jamie Dornan. With Gibson still in pursuit of Spector, a personal link from Spector’s past opens up some clues for Gibson but provokes Spector in a way that threatens to jeopardise the whole investigation. Gibson is forced to take ever greater risks and the closer she comes to capturing him, the more Spector trespasses into her private world, delighting in taunting and provoking her. As the net gradually tightens around him he becomes psychologically ever more dangerous and destructive.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New DVDs in February

New DVDs in January include some book-to-screen adaptations, with James Dashner’s dystopian YA novel ‘The Maze Runner’; John Le Carre’s German spy drama ‘A most wanted man’, and Ann Cleeves’ ‘Shetland’. Also this month new movies with Scarlett Johansson as Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’, Marion Cotillard in ‘The Immigrant’, and Michael Douglas & Diane Keaton in the over-50’s crowd pleaser ‘And so it goes’. New TV shows include ‘The Goldbergs’ & the pirate drama ‘Black Sails’…

cover imageThe maze runner.
“When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a groups of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organisation known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dasnher.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk.)

cover imageA most wanted man.
“The city of Hamburg is in a state of high alert after numerous terrorist plots with all the key players locked in a tight battle. Into this complex game of international politics comes Karpov, a Chechnyan refugee suspected of being part of a terrorist organisation and Annabel Richter, a passionate human rights lawyer. Little do they know that they are simple pawns in a much deadlier game than they could have imagined in this tense thriller from the best-selling author John Le Carré.” (In Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageLucy.
“Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman star in this sci-fi action thriller written and directed by Luc Besson. Johansson stars as the titular heroine who finds herself caught up in the dodgy dealings of the Taiwanese mob while living in Taipei. Forced into becoming a smuggler, she is drugged before a package is inserted into her stomach for safe transit. Lucy is then severely beaten for protesting her situation which results in the package bursting inside her and leaking into her bloodstream. As the drug takes over her body, Lucy becomes capable of using a higher brain capacity than humans are naturally accustomed to which makes her able to use telekinesis and absorb knowledge rapidly. Meanwhile, neurological scientist Professor Norman (Freeman) takes an interest in Lucy’s evolution as she takes revenge on those responsible for her extraordinary transformation and evades those who wish to harness her powers for their own ends.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageShetland.
“Created from the novels by award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves (Vera), Shetland follows Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) and his team as they investigate crime within the close knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team have to rely on a uniquely resourceful style of policing. Set against a hauntingly beautiful landscape, Shetland is based on the best selling books Red Bones, Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning.” (adapted from Editorial Reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageThe immigrant.
“In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulska and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.” (adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe Crimson field / a BBC Drama production.
“In a British base hospital near the front, a team of doctors, nurses and VADs are working together to heal the bodies and souls of the men in their care. This hospital on the coast of France is a frontier between two worlds: between the trenches and the home front, between the old rules, regulations, hierarchies, class distinctions and a new way of thinking. Written by Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist) and starring Oona Chaplin (The Hour), Hermione Norris (Spooks), Suranne Jones (Scott and Bailey), Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave) and Marianne Oldham (WPC 56) this is the story of World War One’s front line medics…” (adapted from Product Description Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverBlack sails. The complete first season / created by Jonathane Steinberg & Robert Levine.
“1715. New Providence Island is a lawless territory, controlled by notorious pirate captains. The most feared is Captain Flint. As the British Navy returns to exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges. He allies himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to ensure their survival. Many opponents stand in their way: rival captains; Eleanor’s father; and John Silver, recently recruited onto Flint’s crew, who constantly undermines his captain’s agenda.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageInto the storm.
“In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe Goldbergs. The complete first season.
“Reagan was in the White House, the malls were filled with New Wave fashionistas, and the Goldbergs were living large in the ’80s. Documenting his hilariously combative, yet loving family with a video camera nearly as big as he is, eleven-year-old geek Adam is witness to all kinds of insanity from his over-protective, over-the-top mom, quick-tempered dad, rebellious sister, high-strung brother, and super suave grandfather.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe code. Season one.
“Stretching from the spectacular red desert of Australia’s outback to the cool corridors of power in Canberra, this series tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret. Ned and Jesse Banks – one, a young internet journalist, the other a troubled hacker – are gifted a poisoned chalice when a phone video of an outback accident arrives in their inbox. The decision to dig deeper drags the brothers into the darkest heart of politics, and the web of black marketeers and the international agencies who monitor and manipulate them. The question is just how far those in authority will go to keep their explosive secret safe. And just how far the two brothers will go to reveal the truth.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageAnd so it goes.
“Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton star in this comedy directed by Rob Reiner. Selfish, egocentric real estate agent Oren (Douglas)’s whole life changes when he gets an unexpected knock at the door: his estranged son arrives at the house with a daughter he knew nothing about, and he unassumingly takes on the role of granddad. Realising he has no idea how to take care of a child, he accepts the help of his caring neighbour Leah (Keaton). As Oren slowly learns how to love and care for another human being, his self-centred lifestyle begins to take a backseat.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageFelony.
“Malcolm Toohey (35) is a committed husband and father and a smart detective who’s not afraid to put his body on the line. During a major drug bust he takes a shot in his bullet-proof vest. That night, his Drugs Squad rowdily celebrate their success and Malcolm’s courage, at the local pub, and although Malcolm has been drinking, he takes the chance of driving his car home. Then, everyone’s worst nightmare occurs. While driving on a quiet street near the break of dawn, he clips a young newspaper boy, knocking him from his bike and leaving him critically injured on the road. The little boy clings to life but when the police and ambulance arrive on the scene, Malcolm gives voice to the lie that will change the course of his life.” (Syndetics summary)

Pick of the new DVDs for January

This month’s selections include acclaimed local releases The Dark Horse & Housebound, Academy Award nominated animated film Ernest & Celestine, summer blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy, acclaimed Polish film Ida & Brendan Gleeson as a troubled priest in the religious drama Calvary. New TV shows include new shows The Village, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, & a TV adaptation of the Cohen Brothers movie Fargo

cover imageAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The complete first season.
“In the wake of The Battle of New York, the world has changed forever. An extraordinary landscape of wonders has been revealed! In response, mysteriously resurrected Agent Phil Coulson assembles an elite team of skilled agents and operatives: Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and new recruit/computer hacker Skye. Together, they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. But every answer unearths even more tantalizing questions that reverberate across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.” (adapted from Editorial Reviews Amazon.com)

cover imageErnest & Celestine.
“In normal bear life, it is frowned upon to make friends with a mouse. But Ernest, a big bear, a clown and musician who lives on the fringes of bear society, nonetheless welcomes little Celestine into his home. She is an orphan and has fled the mouse world down below. These two solitary characters find support and comfort in one another, but in the process, fly in the face of convention, upsetting the established order.” (Review from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageGuardians of the galaxy
“…brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting racoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance…” (adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageFargo. The complete first season.
“The Coen Brothers’ Best Picture Oscar nominee transforms into the season’s most talked about TV debut. Fargo features a new “true crime” story and new characters…all chilled in the trademark dry wit, murderous mayhem and “Minnesota nice” of the original classic film. Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a anipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) and Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lester’s secrets and stop the relentlessly destructive Malvo.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

coverimageRipper Street. Series II.
“The explosive Ripper Street returns for a second series. East London. 1890. The long shadow of Jack the Ripper may be receding, but the job of preventing Whitechapel from descending into hell has never been more crucial for Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his loyal deputies Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake and Captain Homer Jackson. Against a society in rapid decline, the men of H Division battle new crimes where the bloated British Empire’s problems are felt most keenly at its dark heart: the East End of London.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

MyLibDVDs7The dark horse.
“Once a heralded chess champion, Genesis has spent the last few years in and out of mental institutions, battling with severe bipolar disorder. After being released from the psychiatric ward for one more chance at life, he moves in with Ariki, his gang-patched and distant brother (Hapi), and Ariki’s soon-to-be-patched teenage son, Mana (Rolleston). Needing a purpose and a reason to get out of the gang house, Genesis joins a rough-as-guts local chess club, with the wild idea of coaching the motley crew of kids to the national chess championship. On the way, Gen must face the responsibility that comes with being a leader, navigate conflict within the gang world and try to survive the potentially devastating strife that breaks out between him and his brother over his nephew’s future.” (from RealGroovy.co.nz)

cover imageHousebound.
“Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam, a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip.” (Syndetics summary)

MyLibDVDs8Begin again.
“Seduced by dreams of making it big, Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) move to New York to pursue their passion for music. However, when Dave rejects her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, Gretta find herself alone and far from home. Just when she’s decided to move back to London, life begins to look up when struggling record producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing during an open mic night. Captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity Dan persuades Gretta to take a fresh approach to making music and together they transform the streets of New York in to their recording studio, giving their careers one final shot.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageCalvary.
“Darkly comic Irish thriller starring Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson plays Father James, who is the local clergyman of a rural Irish parish. During confession one Sunday, an unseen local informs Father James of his plan of killing him as a way of gaining retribution for abuse he suffered as a young boy at the hands of another Catholic priest. Left with only seven days to make his peace, James visits those within his community while trying to track down his potential killer. Through his exchanges with the locals, which include a cuckolded butcher (Chris O’Dowd), a wealthy businessman (Dylan Moran) and an atheistic doctor (Aidan Gillen), James realises that the institution to which he has dedicated his life is becoming obsolete, causing him to doubt the validity of his faith…” (Amazon.co.uk Reviews)

cover imageThe village. Series one.
The Village is an epic drama series for BBC One starring Maxine Peake and John Simm, charting the life and turbulent times of one English village across the whole of the 20th century, written by Bafta-winning writer Peter Moffat. …the life and memories of one man, Bert Middleton, providing the backbone to the story as he lives across the entire hundred years. From boyhood to extreme old age Bert witnesses births and deaths, love and betrayal and the great political events and social upheaval that shaped and made Britain and his village what it is today.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

MyLibDVDs13Ida / a film by Pawel Pawlikowski.
“Poland 1962. On the eve of her vows, 18-year old Anna meets her estranged aunt Wanda, a cynical Communist judge who shocks the naive Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Tasked with this new identity, Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family house to discover the fate of Ida’s birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation. Masterfully directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) and photographed in stunning black and white (in the classic 1:37:1 Academy ratio), Ida is a vital and cinematic evocation of postwar Poland and an intensely personal tale of moral and spiritual awakening.” (Editorial reviews from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe trip to Italy : the 6-part series.
“From acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom comes the follow up to the BAFTA winning first series The Trip. Four years after they ate their way round the North of England, Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan take their own Grand Tour around Italy, following in the footsteps of Byron and Shelley. The Trip to Italy reunites two men for more delectable food, sharp-elbowed rivalry, eerily accurate impersonations and plenty of laughs.” (Syndetics summary)

New DVDs for December

This month’s selections include acclaimed local documentary ‘Gardening with Soul’, zombie romance with ‘Life After Beth’, an adaptation of popular YA novel ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, and a hilarious new culinary road-trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. New TV shows include new show ‘Vikings’, the latest seasons of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Justified’, and the first part of the conclusion to period drama ‘Mad Men’.

Syndetics book coverGardening with soul.
Gardening with Soul is a feature length documentary following a year in the garden with 90-year-old Sister Loyola Galvin. Sister Loyola’s optimism is infectious and it’s fed every day by her love of gardening. Themes of faith, aging and compassion sit alongside the practicalities of community life, issues within the Catholic Church and the importance of good compost in this intimate, funny and moving portrait of a woman approaching the end of her life.” (Library catalogue)

cover imageMillion dollar arm.
“JB Bernstein is a once-successful sports agent who may have to close his business. To save it, he comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Setting off for Mumbai, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called ‘Million Dollar Arm’ where two young finalists emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the US with a goal: get them signed as pitchers to a major league team. While the boys learn the game, they teach JB the meaning of teamwork and commitment, and JB finds a family.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageLife after Beth.
“Zach is devastated after his girlfriend Beth dies unexpectedly. After Beth suddenly and mysteriously returns to life, Zach is overjoyed to have the second chance to prove his love for her. But when Beth starts developing some bizarre tendencies, including a rather disturbing taste for flesh, Zach has to confront facts. Can love survive among the living dead? Find out in this hilariously funny zom- com.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe trip to Italy.
“Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a new culinary road trip around Italy, where they enjoy mouth-watering meals in the gorgeous surroundings of Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. They riff on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, Pompeii, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill”, and, of course, who can do the best Michael Caine impression.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageDevil’s knot.
“In a gripping, heart-wrenching true story that shocked the nation. May 5, 1993. West Memphis, Arkansas. Three young boys playing in the nearby woods never come home for dinner. In the rush to find and convict the killers, police focus on a trio of teenagers suspected of devil worship. It is only when an investigator reveals that the evidence doesn’t all add up, that the community is forced to face the reality that the true killer might still be out there.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageMad men. The final season, Part 1.
Man Men: The Final Season, Part 1, is the beginning of the end for televisions most celebrated show. Set in the captivating world of 1960s New York, Man Men continues to follow iconic ad man Don Draper, his colleagues and his family. Special features include gay rights, gay power, the trial of the Chicago eight, parts one and two, technology:1969, and the best things in life are free.” (adapted from Amazon.com)

MyLibDVDs5Vikings. The complete first season.
“Journey into a thrilling ancient world in this epic new series about history’s bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors; Vikings. Ragnar, a would-be Viking chieftain, longs to fulfill his destiny as an explorer and conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother Rollo and loyal wife Lagertha. But as Ragnar leads daring raids in distant realms across the ocean, treacherous forces in his Norse homeland conspire against him.” (Syndetics summary)

MyLibDVDs6The fault in our stars.
“Hazel and Gus share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges with their health, their courage and dedication to each other prove that while life isn’t perfect, love can still be extraordinary in this powerfully moving film based on John Green’s New York Times best-selling novel.” (Syndetics summary)

MyLibDVDs7The two faces of January.
“Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac star in this thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel by Hossein Amini, who makes his directorial debut. In 1962 wealthy married couple Chester and Colette MacFarland (Mortensen and Dunst) are in the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, when they meet shady tour guide Rydal (Isaac). Rydal is immediately taken with the beautiful Colette and doesn’t hestitate when the couple invite him to dine with them. Later in the evening, however, he begins to realise that Chester is hiding a dark secret and soon finds himself embroiled in murder. Rydal helps the MacFarlands evade the authorities but his feelings for Colette cause tension between him and Chester, making the already precarious situation even more dangerous. (from Amazon.co.uk)

MyLibDVDs8Grey’s anatomy. Complete tenth season.
“The storm may have passed, but now the relationships and romance of Grey Sloan Memorial must survive in its wake. Bonds are tested, love is lost and the hospital bids farewell to Dr. Cristina Yang. …Following a massive mudslide, the hospital becomes a madhouse, and the lives of two doctors hang in the balance. The drama escalates as Arizona tries desperately to mend her broken marriage, while Derek and Meredith juggle their roles as surgeons and new parents. Meanwhile, a stunning betrayal pits Cristina against Meredith and, as April prepares for her big day, a familiar face returns to town…” (adapted from Amazon.com)

MyLibDVDs9Justified. The complete fifth season.
“This season, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) confronts the Crowes, a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind. Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter) as he partners with the Dixie Mafia’s Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns). Based on the late Elmore Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole, Justified was developed for television by Graham Yost.” (From Amazon.com)”

Pick of the new DVDs for November

Highlights this month include: the Gaylene Preston film about the Christchurch earthquakes, ‘Hope and Wire’; the fun movie of the stage musical ‘Sunshine on Leith’; the complete third season’s of ‘Homeland’ & ‘Call the Midwife’; the Scarlett Johansson art-house feature ‘Under the Skin’; and the acclaimed BAFTA-nominated drama ‘The Selfish Giant’.

MyLibDVDs10Under the skin.
“An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a seductive young woman who combs the Scottish highways in search of the human prey it is here to plunder. It lures its isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. But life in all its complexity starts to change the alien. It begins to see itself as ‘she’, as human, with tragic and terrifying consequences. UNDER THE SKIN is about seeing ourselves through alien eyes. UNDER THE SKIN, starring Scarlett Johansson, is Jonathan Glazer’s critically-acclaimed third feature after Sexy Beast and Birth.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageSunshine on Leith.
“Dexter Fletcher directs this cinematic adaptation of the acclaimed stage musical featuring the music of Scottish band The Proclaimers. Returning home from their most recent stint in Afghanistan, Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) have a new appreciation for life after witnessing the horrors of war first-hand. While Ally plans his proposal to Davy’s sister Liz (Freya Mavor), Davy falls for Yvonne (Antonia Thomas) and the two couples come together in time for Liz’s parent’s wedding anniversary, but not everything is plain sailing for love in Leith…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageHope and wire.
“”In this gripping drama set during the Christchurch earthquakes it’s the aftershocks that run the deepest, bringing to the surface the things that truly matter, the lies we tell ourselves, the compassion of the many and the selfishness of the few. Hope & Wire show us at our most desperate and our most hopeful. Echoing true events with a candid and unflinching eye, telling a universal story of family, hope and triumph against the odds.”–Publisher description.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageEdge of tomorrow.
“Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this sci-fi action feature based on the light novel ‘All You Need Is Kill’ by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. New Special Forces recruit William ‘Bill’ Cage (Cruise) is equipped with a powered exoskeleton and sent on a mission to fight a fierce alien race known as Mimics, who are ultimately unstoppable. Cage soon dies in combat but, caught in a time loop, he finds himself very much alive and once again facing the same battle. This process repeats itself several times but with every fight Cage grows stronger and more adept. He meets tough warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt) and together they try to bring down the enemy once and for all.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageCall the midwife. Series three.
“Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife follows Nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives from Nonnatus House convent as they provide the best possible care to the expectant mothers of Poplar. Series 3 sees Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy back in the East End; Sister Bernadette – now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent – preparing for her wedding to Dr Turner; and Jenny facing some tough personal and professional challenges. At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families find themselves homeless. Later, Dr Turner finds himself in a race against time to immunise children against polio, and when a Royal visitor comes to the East End, Chummy persuades them to open the new Community Centre. A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife continues to offer a gripping insight into a world that is so drastically different from how we live now.” (product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageTracks.
“Australian adventure drama directed by John Curran and starring Mia Wasikowska. Feeling estranged from the Australian urban culture, Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) embarks on a trek over the harsh and arid landscape of the outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. Accompanied only by four camels and her dog, she meets a number of people along the way including Mr. Eddy (Roly Mintuma), an Aboriginal man who imparts some important local wisdom to her, and Rick Smolan (Adam Driver), an ambitious National Geographic photographer who is asked to document her journey for the magazine…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageBad words.
“Guy Trilby is a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. While reporter Jenny Widgeon attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward ten-year-old Chaitanya Chopra, who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe other woman.
“After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on, she realises they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing ex. Hilarious comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThey came together.
“Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in this romantic comedy directed and co-written by David Wain. Joel (Rudd) is an executive at a confectionary corporation that is trying to close down Molly (Poehler)’s small, independent sweet shop. Given the circumstances, when they meet they instantly take a disliking to each other. Over time a mutual attraction develops between them but they find that their work is not the only obstacle in their way of finding romance. While dining out with friends Kyle (Bill Hader) and Karen (Ellie Kemper), they recount the story of how they met and got together. The cast also features Cobie Smulders, Ed Helms and Jack McBrayer.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageLeverage. Season one.
“All 13 episodes from the first season of the American crime drama series starring Timothy Hutton. Former insurance investigator Nathan Ford (Hutton) leads a team of professional criminals – cyber-geek Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), martial arts expert Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), acrobatic cat burglar Parker (Beth Riesgraf) and charismatic con-artist and actress Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman) – in a quest for revenge against people and companies who misuse their power. Episodes are: ‘The Nigerian Job’, ‘The Homecoming Job’, ‘The Two-Horse Job’, ‘The Miracle Job’, ‘The Bank Shot Job’, ‘The Stork Job’, ‘The Wedding Job’, ‘The Mile High Job’, ‘The Snow Job’, ‘The 12-Step Job’, ‘The Juror #6 Job’, ‘The First David Job’ and ‘The Second David Job’.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe selfish giant.
“The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 13-year-old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighbourhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer – the Selfish Giant. They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten – keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favours Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageHomeland. The complete third season.
“As Carrie and Saul search for the truth behind the bombing of CIA headquarters, lines are blurred between friend and foe and no one can be trusted. While hiding a stunning secret of her own, Carrie helps recruit Brody for a dangerous mission that could offer him a chance at redemption. But when the plan unravels and Brody is targeted deep inside Iran, he must put his life in Carrie’s hands, leading to one of the most suspenseful and shocking season finales in TV history.” (Syndetics summary)

 

Lists of all new DVDs added to our collection recently can be found on our Booklists page, along with new fiction in print and audiobook.

New DVDs for October

New DVDs in October include: the wonderful comedy ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’; three films about interesting women: ‘Belle’, ‘The White Queen’ and ‘The Invisible Woman’; the return of the clones with series two of ‘Orphan Black’; and the second season of the powerhouse political drama ‘House of Cards’.

cover imageDivergent.
“In a futuristic Chicago, society is divided into five factions based on personality type, created to bring everlasting peace. On a given day each year, all sixteen year olds must take a test and choose where they belong. For Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) the choice is not an easy one. In a divided existence where everyone must conform, Tris is DIVERGENT – a danger and threat to this seemingly perfect world. Forced to hide this deadly secret, Tris has to make a difficult choice and is drawn to her enigmatic mentor, Four (Theo James), who appears to both threaten and protect her. As a dangerous conflict develops amongst the factions, Tris must rely on her strength and courage not only to survive, but to save the people she loves.” (Product description from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe amazing Spider-Man. 2, Rise of Electro.
“It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.” (Product description
from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageBelle.
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.” (Product description from amazon.co.uk.)

cover imageThe Grand Budapest Hotel.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel is a British-German comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson and tells the story of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between WW1 and WW2 and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his most trusted protégé… An all-star cast including Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Owen Wilson.” (Product description from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageHouse of cards. The complete second season.
“Masterful, beguiling and charismatic, Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his equally ambitious wife Claire (Robin Wright) continue their ruthless rise to power in Season 2 of “House of Cards”. Behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington D.C. the Underwoods must battle threats past and present to avoid losing everything. As new alliances form and old ones succumb to deception and betrayal, they will stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy.” (Product description from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageChef.
“Jon Favreau (writer, director and producer) leads a hilarious all-star cast including Sofía Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey Jr. and young actor Emjay Anthony in this deliciously entertaining comedy about starting from scratch. When gifted chef Carl Casper (Favreau) suddenly quits his demanding job at a trendy LA restaurant, he’s on his own to pick up the pieces of his once promising career. Finding himself in Miami, he decides to team up with his successful ex-wife (Vergara), best friend (Leguizamo) and son (Anthony) to launch a no-frills food truck business. Taking to the road, Carl reignites his passion for the kitchen and, along the way, discovers a renewed zest for life and love.” (Editorial Review from Amazom.com)

cover imageOrphan black. Series two.
“Leaving Sarah to navigate a dangerous world of new enemies and shifting allegiances. She sets off fighting for survival & willing to risk everything to find her missing daughter Kira and foster mother. Unsure who to trust, she starts an all out war against immense forces. A powerful member of the Dyad group of companies, clone Rachel Duncan, has been tasked with negotiating the allegiance of Sarah and the other clones. She’ll stop at nothing to complete her mission, using those who love Sarah as leverage, incl confidant Paul Dierden. But Sarah is willing to risk everything and employs scorched earth tactics that inevitably imperil the clones.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageOnly lovers left alive / a film by Jim Jarmusch.
“Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe monuments men.
“George Clooney co-writes and directs this adaptation of Robert M. Edsel’s book that follows the men tasked with saving the world’s greatest works of art from the Nazis during WWII. In the last months of the war, with the Third Reich teetering on the brink of collapse, the German army are ordered to destroy every piece of looted art in their possession. In a race against time, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilises a seven-man platoon comprising museum directors and art historians to rescue the cream of the world’s artistic and cultural treasures from the hands of the enemy, and return them to their rightful owners. But with no previous experience of weapons and tactics, the hastily assembled group soon face a rude awakening when they experience their first live action behind enemy lines. As well as Clooney, the all-star cast includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe White Queen.
“A riveting portrayal of one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in English history. A story of love and lust, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, it is uniquely told through the perspective of three different, yet equally relentless women – Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. In their quest for power, they will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe tunnel.
“When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries. However, as the case takes a surreal turn, a series of elaborate killings force the French and British police into uneasy partnership. Despite cultural divides, they find common ground in the race to stop a serial killer who has no boundaries. Using increasingly ingenious methods to highlight five ‘truths’ about our morally bankrupt society, the murderer draws Karl and Elise ever deeper into a powerful, personal and deadly agenda…” (adapted from Product description Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe invisible woman / a Ralph Fiennes film.
“Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this romantic drama adapted from Clare Tomalin’s book about the relationship between celebrated 19th-century novelist Charles Dickens and his mistress. School teacher Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), now a wife and mother, looks back on her life as a young woman when, while working as an actress, she met the 45-year-old Dickens (Fiennes). Having become disenchanted with his wife Catherine (Joanna Scanlan), Dickens finds himself enamoured by the equally smitten Nelly and the two become romantically involved. However, they must keep their relationship a secret, meaning Nelly must live an almost invisible existence. The cast also includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander and Michelle Fairley.” (Product description from amazon.co.uk)

New DVDs for September

This month popular Danish series Borgen is back with the third season. Also this month is UK TV conspiracy thriller Utopia, big budget super-hero action with Captain America : The Winter Soldier, and critically acclaimed foreign films Wadjda & The Great Beauty.

cover imageBorgen. Season three.
“Can you attain power and still be yourself? Over two years have passed and Birgitte Nyborg is no longer the Prime Minister of Denmark. Disillusioned with the way her old party is heading she decides to try to make a comeback by publicly challenging the incumbent Party Chairman. Failing narrowly in this attempt, Birgitte assesses her options and concludes that her only way back into politics is to start again and found a new political party. Forging an unlikely alliance with journalist Katrine Fønsmark, who becomes her new media adviser and spokesman, the third season of BORGEN follows the journey of Nyborg and her new party towards a taking a fresh shot at parliament and fighting her way back to power back to Borgen.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe great beauty.
“For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the citys literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the lavish nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome itself, in all its monumental glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Toni Servillo (Gomorrah), this transporting experience by the brilliant Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il divo) is a breathtaking Fellini-esque tale of decadence and lost love.” (editorial review from Amazon.com)

cover imageWadjda.
“A rebellious Saudi Arabian girl hatches a plan to get her hands on the bicycle she craves in this coming-of-age story from first time director Haifaa Al-Mansour. Living within a conservative suburb of Riyadh, fun-loving eleven-year-old Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) has her heart set on a green bicycle so that she can beat the boys in their neighbourhood races. But when her mother (Reem Abdullah) forbids it, anticipating a reaction from a society that disapproves of women riding bicycles, an enterprising Wadjda decides to raise the money herself by entering a local Qur’an-reading competition that offers a cash prize.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageDancing on the edge.
“Set in a time of immense change, Dancing on the Edge tells the story of a black jazz group, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame, entertaining guests at exclusive high society gatherings in 1930′s London. While many recoil at the presence of black musicians in polite society, the capital’s more progressive socialites, including younger members of the Royal Family, take the band under their wing.In this explosive five-part series, Stephen Poliakoff returns to television with his most ambitious work to date. Dancing on the Edge provides a new angle on an extraordinary time in history, giving us a piercingly original vision of Britain in the 1930s; a time of glamour, hardship, vibrant new music and financial meltdown. Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Jacqueline Bisset and John Goodman.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe red house.
“When Lee met Jia 20 years ago they barely understood a word of each other’s languages. Now duty calls Jia back to her distant homeland and her aged parents’ tiny apartment. We travel with the couple between the world of his island, this city of hers, and the world they have made together – their red house in the bush, crammed full of books and mementoes.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBarefoot.
“The ‘black sheep’ son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who’s been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother’s wedding to convince his family that he’s finally straightened out his life. She impresses his prim and proper family with her genuine (if unstable) charm, and along the way they fall into improbable love.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe machine.
“With an impoverished world plunged into a Cold War with a new enemy, Britain’s Ministry of Defence is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, The Machine – an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.” (Syndetics)

cover imageUtopia.
“Utopia is a cult graphic novel rumoured to have predicted the worst disasters of the late twentieth century. Dismissed as the fevered imaginings of a madman by most, and idolised by a handful, only one thing seems certain about Utopia: come into contact with it and you won’t be safe for long. When a small group of normal people (including an IT consultant, student and child) find themselves in possession of the manuscript of Utopia, they realise they are at the centre of a nightmarish conspiracy turned real. Targeted by a shadowy organisation known only as The Network, they are left with one option if they want to stay alive: they have to run, avoiding even being caught even on CCTV. The Network is everywhere: in government, in business, in charge. A secret organisation constrained neither by borders nor common morality. Nobody knows what their plan is, just that they will stop at nothing to find the original manuscript of Utopia. Utopia asks what if the conspiracy nuts are right? What if people are trying to control our lives, doctor our food, experiment upon us, kill us? Fast, terrifying, funny and brutal, it is a massive new drama/conspiracy thriller.” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageNeed for speed.
“Buckle up with Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul, BREAKING BAD) as he sets out on a mission of revenge against wealthy and arrogant Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), who framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. Tobey pushes his limits to the max in a high-octane race across America, hitting the road with the world’s most exotic supercars — delivering real speed, real danger and real action. Adapted from the top-selling video game franchise — and complete with never-before-seen bonus features — NEED FOR SPEED is the ultimate thrill ride.” (Editorial review from amazon.com)

cover imageStanding up.
“Standing Up tells the story of a boy and a girl, ages 11 and 12, who are ostracized by their peer groups at summer camp. The outsiders soon find themselves victims of a vicious prank, but rather than returning to camp to face the humiliation, they decide to take off on the run together. As they slowly navigate what lies ahead, they develop a bond and help each other over- come adversity and start down the path of self-discovery.” (Editorial review from amazon.com)

cover imageCaptain America : the winter soldier.
“Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson star in this action adventure sequel based on the Marvel Comics series. Set two years after ‘The Avengers’ (2012), the film follows superhero Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Evans) who is now living in Washington where he is trying to adjust to modern society. When a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is attacked he teams up with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Johansson) to uncover a conspiracy and, with the help of the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), defeat a powerful enemy known as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Cobie Smulders, Dominic Cooper and Emily VanCamp.” (Product description from amazon.co.uk)

New DVDs for August

New this month are foreign dramas in ‘The Past’ from the director of ‘A Separation’ and the uplifting Laos film ‘The Rocket’; award-winning US dramas in ‘Nebraska’ and ‘Dallas Buyers Club’; and some good laughs with ‘Le Week-end’ & ‘Cuban Fury’.

Cover imageI, Frankenstein.
“Otherworldly action thriller directed by Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy. 200 years on from his formation, Dr. Frankenstein (Aden Young)’s immortal creation Adam (Eckhart) still walks the earth. Caught in the middle of a war between the benevolent Gargoyles led by Leonore (Miranda Otto) and malevolent demonic forces who are hunting him down, Adam is forced to confront those who seek to exploit his unnatural ability to live forever and put an end to their aim of destroying mankind…” (description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover ImageDallas buyers club.
“Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in this uplifting and powerful film inspired by true events. Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After finding an unlikely ally in Rayon (Jared Leto), he establishes a hugely successful “buyers’ club” and unites a band of outcasts in a struggle for dignity and acceptance that inspires in ways no one could have imagined. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Dallas Buyers Club is “deeply moving. A livewire of a movie!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)…” (description from amazon.com)

Cover ImageCuban fury.
“Beneath Bruce Garrett’s shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire, but first Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long-lost swagger, and claim the love of his life. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click…” (Syndetics summary)

Cover ImageThe pretty one.
“Laurel has always been the odd wallflower, choosing to live at home with her father, while her glamorous identical twin, Audrey, possesses the confidence and appeal to succeed in the big city. When tragedy strikes and Laurel is mistaken for her twin sister, she makes the impulsive decision to assume her sister’s identity and become The Pretty One. As she eases into her new, independent existence, Laurel discovers that she’s capable of accomplishments she had never dreamed of before; excelling in a career, maintaining friendships and even finding love.” (Syndetics summary)

Cover ImageVampire Academy.
“Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir are best friends at a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal peaceful vampires) and Dhampir (half-vampire/half-human guardians to the Moroi). However, all is not as it seems at St. Vladimir’s Academy and threats lurk both from within the walls of the academy and from the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who ruthlessly hunt the Moroi. Rose will do anything protect Lissa from those who intend to harm her and fearing for their lives, the girls escape from St. Vladimir’s only to be quickly recaptured and plunged back into a world of danger which they must face head-on… (description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover ImageLe week-end.
“A married English couple take a weekend trip to Paris to celebrate their 30th anniversary, hoping to revive some long forgotten amour. While there, they re-evaluate their lives, both individually and collectively, before running into an old acquaintance who will act as the catalyst for things to come.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageJustified. The complete fourth season.
“In Season 4, Raylan will start to pick at the thread of a cold case over 30 years in the making, unraveling a riddle that echoes all the way back to his boyhood and 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.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageCrimes of passion.
“Based on the classic mystery novels by Maria Lang and starring Wallander’s Ola Rapace, Crimes of Passion is a collection of stylish whodunnits set in post-war Sweden. The brainy and beautiful Puck is a university student obsessed with crime novels, so when she finds herself in the middle of mystery and murder, she’s never short on ideas and insights. She’s also in love with fellow academic Einar, who is as drawn to her as he is to medieval history. Together with Einar’s childhood friend, Police Commissioner Christer, they witness the passions, betrayals and intrigue in the lives of respectable and seemingly quiet-living Swedes. Crimes of Passion is set in the magical beauty of the lake region of Bergslagen in south central Sweden. It may be far north on the globe, but given their steamy passions and secret lives, there’s nothing chilly about these characters from Lang’s famous mysteries.” (Syndetics summary.)

cover imageHannah Arendt.
“A biopic of Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker, controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils, introduced her now-famous concept of the ‘Banality of Evil.’ Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into dramatic cinema.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe rocket.
“Laos: A ten year old boy, Ahlo, who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father s trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a last plea to try and prove he s not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness. Gripping yet heart-warming…” (Abridged  description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageThe past.
“Following a four-year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie’s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his stay, Ahmad quickly discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter, Lucie. But Ahmad’s attempts to build bridges between the two soon begin to encroach on Marie’s new partner, Samir (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet), and as tensions begin to mount it soon becomes clear that the past is only close behind. Directed by Palme d’Or winner Asgar Farhadi (A Separation) and featuring an unforgettable central performance by Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) that earned her the Best Actress award at Cannes 2013, The Past is a tight-knit family drama as gripping as any thriller…” (description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageNebraska.
“From Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and The Descendants, comes the film that critics are calling “An American Masterpiece.” When a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool’s errand becomes a search for the road to redemption. Discover why Nebraska is “one of those movies I’ll watch for the rest of my life…” (description from Amazon.com)


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