Flick Picks 5/21

New This Week
Perhaps the most anticipated release of the week is a BBC series. Last year, the makers of Sherlock tortured us by only offering three episodes of this fun modern take on Sherlock Holmes. In addition, they left us with a cliffhanger that saw Sherlock and Watson facing Moriarty and explosives. Season 2 of Sherlock is finally here and while it's once again only three episodes, it leads towards its own dramatic cliffhanger.

Rizzoli & Isles might be the American Sherlock and Watson...or maybe not. Either way, it's a fun show and season 2 arrives this week.

Also this week, Daniel Radcliffe makes a major break from Harry Potter movies with The Woman in Black, a return to old-fashioned spooky ghost stories. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. Or if you like a love story blended with a little action check out This Means War, with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as CIA agents competing for the hand of Reese Witherspoon.

Hayao Miyazaki, whose Studio Ghibli has brought us the visual splendor of Ponyo, Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro, has rewritten the story of The Borrowers in the form of The Secret World of Arrietty. Despite being found in our children's department, Studio Ghibli films are always massively entertaining for the whole family. We've got Arrietty on DVD but you may want to get the Blu-Ray, if this is an option for you, in order to see the film in its full hi-res glory!

Next week the vampires, shape shifters and fairies of Bon Temps, Louisiana return, as do the people and creatures who love them (or want to see them destroyed).

One You Might Have Missed

A Lonely Place to Die is a tense action flick set in the Scottish Highlands. A group of mountain climbers come across a young girl, unable to speak English, buried by kidnappers for an unknown reason. The climbers attempt to bring the girl to safety and bad things happen. The movie premiered at Cannes and despite interest from distributers in the United States it was not released here. Luckily we have the DVD to see what we missed on the big screen, including big thrills and gorgeous scenery.

Memorial Day Documentaries

This Memorial Day you can pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives while also learning our country's history by taking out one of our well-made documentaries about war. Ken Burns' The War tells the story of how the Second World War affected the lives of ordinary Americans on the home front and overseas. Or for amazing color footage of World War II check out WWII in HD. We've also got the American Experience production of Vietnam: A Television History as well as more incredible footage in Vietnam in HD. The Tillman Story is a heartbreaking look at a soldier who walked away from a career in professional football only to be killed by "friendly fire" in the Gulf War. Or if you'd like to get a look at all of our military conflicts from the Revolution to the Iraq War, give America at War a try.

 
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