Flick Picks 4/9/13: Hyde Park on Hudson, Boss Season 2

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ENTERTAINMENT: The mercurial Bill Murray goes in an unexpected direction this week with Hyde Park on Hudson, in which he portrays Franklin D. Roosevelt, hosting the King and Queen of England on his New York estate on the eve of World War II. This romantic and humorous film also stars Laura Linney as FDR's cousin and confidante Daisy Suckley. Also this week, there's a great team-up of William Hurt and Isabelle Rossellini in the romantic comedy Late Bloomers, in which they play a long-married couple who try to come to grips with the fact that they are getting older. If you're looking for a quirky comedy/horror/science fiction hybrid then you might enjoy John Dies at the End. Paul Giamatti stars and director Don Coscarelli brought us the cult hit Bubba Ho-Tep a decade ago, so expect a similar sensibility.

SERIES: Season 2 of the set-in-Chicago Kelsey Grammer drama Boss comes to DVD this week.

SUBTITLED: Set in the slums of Buenos Aires, White Elephant tells the story of a priest whose faith is tested as drug-related violence grows. It stars Ricardo Darin who was magnetic in The Secret in Their Eyes.

DOCUMENTARIES: Orchestra of Exiles explores how European Jews who were fired from orchestras following Hitler's rise to power were able to form their own ensemble in Palestine. Also available is the American Masters profile of one of our greatest living writers, Philip Roth Unmasked.

Check Bibliocommons for all of our new and upcoming releases.

Monday Night at the Movies
On April 15th at 1:00 and 7:00 we'll be showing The Flat at the Women's Library Club, 325 Tudor Ct., as part of our Monday Night at the Movies program. At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a dense mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger begins to uncover clues that seem to point to a greater mystery and soon a complicated family history unfolds before his camera. All Monday Night at the Movies films are free.

The Holocaust on Film

Monday, April 8th was Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Along with The Flat - next week's Monday Night at the Movies program - we own many moving documentaries on DVD.

  • Similar to The Flat, Watermarks tells the story of a woman's swim team that was shut down during Hitler's reign.
  • Interviews and rare footage help bring Anne Frank to life in Anne Frank Remembered.
  • The Academy Award winner The Last Days was produced by Steven Spielberg and focuses on five Hungarian Holocaust survivors.
  • Elie Wiesel Goes Home follows the great writer to the village where he was born as well as the two concentration camps where he was imprisoned.
  • Berga: Soldiers of Another War is the mostly unknown story of American prisoners of war who were sent off to a concentration camp to suffer a similar fate to the Jews in the camp.
  • Into the Arms of Strangers tells the story of the Kindertransport, which rescued 10,000 children from Germany and placed them in British foster homes.
  • In Paper Clips, children in a rural Tennessee school try to grasp the magnitude of the Holocaust by collecting 6 million paper clips.
 
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