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Flick Picks 3/27/2015: Into The Woods, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Low Down, Ride The Pink Horse

But a few new releases this week, each of the highlighted films very much in the realm of the fantastic...


Based upon Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical, Into The Woods is brought vividly to the screen with a strong cast, headed by the great Meryl Streep.  Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp also feature in the story which is based upon several fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "Rapunzel.  Into The Woods is available in regular DVD and Blu-ray editions.




Flick Picks 3/20/2015: Theory of Everything, Top Five, The Tale of Princess Kaguya

As if inspired by the thawing weather and impending spring (one uses these words very carefully in Chicago...), the flow of new DVD releases has increased this week.  There should be something for everyone.


Eddie Redmayne recently picked up a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of celebrated astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.  Based on the book, Travelling to Infinity:  my life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything chronicles the meeting of Stephen and Jane while students at Cambridge, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease and eventual success in physics.

124 Minutes - Rated PG13



Flick Picks 3/13/2015: Hunger Games Mockingjay, Part 1, Rosewater

Fantasy or reality?  Take your pick.  Both arrive in the form of fictional feature films this week.  One story is based on real events. The other?  Not so much....


Yes, the intrepid and wily Katniss Everdeen is back in this first film based on the final book of Suzanne Collins' enormously successful series.  Jennifer Lawrence again plays the story's heroine, assuming the role of "Mockingjay," the symbol of rebellion to the oppressed citizens of Panem, fighting that no good president, Coriolanus Snow.    



Flick Picks 3/6/2015: Foxcatcher, Outlander

A very quiet week for new releases, with Foxcatcher and the first season of the series Outlander.  If you're like me, this is a time to pare down that tower of videos awaiting you on the DVD player (in your Netflix queue, on Hulu...).  You might also want to catch up on some fine, recently-released films from 2014 that can be found among our new DVDs.


One of the better films of 2014, Foxcatcher is based on true events.  John Eleuthere du Pont, he of the very elite family, convinced Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz to join his Foxcatcher wrestling team in the late 1980's.  Eventually, the relationship between patron and athletes went very bad.  Nearly unrecognizable behind a lot of makeup and a prosthetic nose, Steve Carrel's Oscar-nominated performance was one of the year's best, playing the disturbed scion of the du Pont family.  Nearly as good, Channing Tatum does what might be the best work of his career as the younger Schultz brother with a very big chip on his shoulder.  Foxcatcter is a chilling, arresting story that's full of substance.  Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) directs.

Have you seen Pride?  Ida?    



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