Flick Picks 4/16/13: Django Unchained, Spies of Warsaw, Women in Love

New This Week!

ENTERTAINMENT: Quentin Tarantino takes on slavery and the Old West in his controversial Django Unchained. Former slave Jamie Foxx joins with bounty hunter Christoph Waltz to rescue his wife and take on evil plantation owner Leonardo DiCaprio. Like most Tarantino films it's profane, violent and often funny. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. A bit on the milder side is the animated kid's flick A Monster in Paris. Filled with wonderful songs it tells the story of a giant singing flea and the police commissioner determined to rid the title city of the creature.

We've also got some indie picks for the week starting with Future Weather, a Sundance Film Festival entry that sensitively tells the story of a nature-loving teenage girl in southern Illinois who is abandoned by her mother. It stars Lili Taylor as the girl's teacher and Amy Madigan as her tough-as-nails grandmother. Also worth viewing is In Another Country, starring the wonderful French actress Isabelle Huppert in an English-language role. This is a fun comedy in which Huppert plays three very different women who visit a South Korean resort town.

SERIES: There a number of must-see miniseries arrivals from the BBC this week. Spies of Warsaw stars former Doctor Who David Tennant in an adaptation of the David Furst spy novel about the years leading up to World War II. Rosamund Pike and Rachael Stirling are the leads in the newest version of D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love, about two sisters and their passionate relationships with two men. Get caught up on the early works of Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis by picking up the five episode tv movie My Brother Jonathan about two very different brothers who, despite their differences, maintain a lifelong friendship.

DOCUMENTARY: Ethel is the HBO movie about the life of the remarkable Ethel Kennedy. It includes interviews with many Kennedys and other people who know her well as well as Ethel's first extended interview in 20 years. PBS brings us Makers: The Women Who Make America, which tells the story of some of the most successful and trailblazing women of the last 60 years.

SUBTITLED: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea is about a new Israeli immigrant who begins a relationship with a Palestinian woman after she finds his bottle containing his hopeful message of peace between Israel and Palestine.

Find all of our new and upcoming releases in Bibliocommons.

Taxing DVDs

April 15th is finally here and once you're done grumbling about the money you are sending to the IRS you should consider taking out one of the excellent films that have been produced about the world of business and high finance. They will make you forget your own tax issues, though you might find your blood pressure rising anyway.

  • Inside Job, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary, tells the story of the 2008 global financial crisis.
  • Revisit the Enron scandal with Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and recall how executives wrecked the company while pocketing over a billion dollars.
  • Maxed Out explores the debt and easy credit problem in America.
  • Floored is a fun documentary about several Chicago floor traders whose livelihoods are being threatened by increased use of computers.
  • Provocateur Michael Moore takes on unbridled American capitalism in Capitalism: A Love Story.
  • We've also got a few Suze Orman videos for when you feel like taking control of your own finances!

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