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Flick Picks 8/21/2015: Death of a Cyclist, The Knick, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

We place the focus on series DVDs this week, but have also recently added several interesting indie features and a couple of excellent foreign films courtesy of the Criterion Collection. All of that and a documentary about the man who has been playing Big Bird since the inaugural season of Sesame Street in 1969. Which can't actually be a documentary, because it's not true. Because Big Bird is real. Which everyone knows. Right? 

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THE KNICK, SEASON ONE

Starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh, The Knick takes us into the fictional Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in the early days of the twentieth century. Despite the limitations of medical science at the time, the hospital maintains a remarkably high mortality rate. Owen plays Dr. John Thackery, battling cocaine and opium addictions even while introducing life-saving innovations. Andre Holland plays African American assistant chief surgeon Alergnon Edwards, dealing with the city's and co-workers' racism, as he labors in the hospital and runs an after-hours clinic in the basement of for those turned away from the institution by day.


Uncertain Times  The Knick  Susanna Clarke  Stephen Soderbergh  Runoff  Red Knot  Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell  I Am Big Bird  Human Capital  Divorce Italian Style  Dig  Death of a Cyclist  Danny Burdett  Clive Owen

 

Flick Picks 8/7/2015: Insurgent, Far From The Madding Crowd, EX MACHINA

After a brief, high summer lull, Flick Picks is back with quite an array of new DVDs. We have adventure, courtesy of the second film adaption of Veronica Roth's science fiction adventure series, Insurgent. If you're more in the mood for romance - be it with young lovers or just the English countryside - we the latest adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd. Ex Machina offers a smart, suspenseful cautionary tale on the perils of artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, the Hungarian film White God shows humans and dogs on screen in a manner almost unprecedented in film history.

Feature Films

INSURGENT

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