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Flick Picks 7/23

New This Week!

ENTERTAINMENT There's only one feature film out this week but it's a good one. The Deep Blue Sea is an adaptation of Terence Ratigan's 1952 play set in post World War II England. It stars Rachel Weisz as a woman trapped in a passionless marriage who becomes involved with former RAF pilot Tom Hiddleston.

SERIES The Boss leads the new tv series releases this week. It stars Kelsey Grammar as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, who rules the city with an iron fist. Also this week, the new Masterpiece Mystery movie Endeavor tells the story of the early years of Inspector Morse as he investigates the disappearance of a schoolgirl in Oxford. Finally, series 5 of  Inspector Lewis also arrives on this side of the pond.

SUBTITLED The Israeli film Footnote is a dark comedy that tells the story of father and son Talmudic scholars, with the child as the more celebrated of the two. When the father is accidentally given an award intended for the son the committee that presented the award expects the son to break the news to the father, creating a moral dilemma.



Flick Picks 7/16

New This Week!

ENTERTAINMENT We've got new DVDs for whatever mood you're in this week. Jennifer Westfeldt who wrote and produced the charming Kissing Jessica Stein brings us her directorial debut, the romantic comedy Friends With Kids. Starring Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott, Friends With Kids tells the story of two friends who have a baby together while trying to keep their relationship platonic. If that concept sounds a little too classy then perhaps you'd prefer nyuking it up with The Three Stooges. Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly of Dumb and Dumber fame, The Three Stooges brings Moe, Larry and Curly into modern times.

Also this week is the straight to cable Mel Gibson flick Get the Gringo on DVD and Blu-ray. Don't let the fact that this didn't make it to theaters scare you off as it is supposed to be one of his grittiest thrillers and it received excellent reviews. It's a tough action flick in which Mel tries to survive in a Mexican prison, Payback style. Here stars the fine young actor Ben Foster as a young American who gets involved in an intense romantic relationship while on the road in Armenia. Finally, Black Butterflies tells the story of Ingrid Jonker, a woman who has been called the South African Sylvia Plath. It stars Carice van Houten (from the Dutch thriller Black Book) and Rutger Hauer.

SERIES New this week is the much anticipated InBetweeners, a hilarious British series following the exploits of 4 teenage outcasts who try to survive school, acquire beer and hook up with girls. Also arriving this week is the 4th season of Leverage, the Timothy Hutton crime drama.



Flick Picks 7/9

New This Week!

ENTERTAINMENT This week we've got a film that you might not have heard of but which is worth getting your hands on called Margaret, which stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo. It's about a 17-year old who feels that she has inadvertently caused a bus accident resulting in the the death of a pedestrian and the effect that the guilt has on her and those around her. Filmed in 2005, it received a very limited release due to lawsuits surrounding the production of the film and it is finally arriving on DVD in both the theatrical and extended cuts. Roger Ebert put it on his list of best films of 2011 while multiple critics have praised Anna Paquin's performance. Director Kenneth Lonergan's previous (and only other) film was the wonderful and original brother/sister dramedy You Can Count On Me so if you're looking to discover an interesting gem this one could be your film!

Also out this week is Being Flynn, starring Paul Dano as a young poet who reconnected with his homeless dad (Robert DeNiro). It's directed by Paul Weitz and is based on Nick Flynn's memoir. Finally, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a charming film about a fishing expert (Ewan McGregor) brought in by a sheik to introduce the sport of fly-fishing to the desert.

SERIES The one series release coming out this week is The Glades. Mix Justified with Burn Notice and you'll get a sense of this police procedural. If you're looking for something a little more quaint, we recently picked up the complete Nero Wolfe, with Maury Chaykin as Wolfe and Timothy Hutton as Archie.



Flick Picks 7/2

New this week!

ENTERTAINMENT This holiday week is a quiet one for new DVD releases but there are two worth checking out. The Hunter stars Willem Dafoe in the tense story of a hunter sent by a biotech company to Australia hunt the last remaining Tasmanian tiger. His involvement with a local family complicates matters. Also arriving this week is the dark black comedy God Bless America with Joel Murray (Bill's brother - you've seen him in Mad Men) as a recently fired terminally ill man who decides to take out his rage and frustration on America's most irritating celebrities. Bobcat Goldthwait, whose last film was the edgy dark comedy World's Greatest Dad, directed it.

SERIES The UK has decided to help us celebrate the 4th of July with new seasons of a couple of long-running series. Midsomer Murders is all the way up to set 20 while George Gently reaches series 4. We've also got season 2 of Louis C.K.'s Louie available this week. The Week magazine recently asked the question of whether Louie is the best show on tv. Take it out and see for yourself!

Don't forget to get stocked up on DVDs as we are closed on July 4th. You can always find all of our new releases and upcoming DVDs in our Bibliocommons catalog.



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