For movies opening April 28, 2017

BIG BUDGET FILMS The Circle (PG-13 for mature themes, drug use, a sexual situation and brief profanity) Suspense thriller about an ambitious executive (Emma Watson) at an unethical, social media company who finds herself increasingly pressured by its power-hungry CEO (Tom Hanks) to violate subscribers\’ privacy. With John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and the late Bill Paxton.

Abductee Seeks to Escape Kidnappers in Mindbending Sci-fi Thriller

Renee (Noomi Rapace) was leading an unremarkable existence in suburban Kansas City the day she was abducted by five strangers after her car broke down. Until then, she was just an average divorcee\’ doing her best to shield a young son (Percy Hynes White) from an embittered ex-husband\’s (Paul Popowich) vicious barbs.

Top Ten DVD List for April 25, 2017

La La Land https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI1WAI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Levelling https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06X1BRQ7R/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Peanuts by Schulz: Go Team Go

Kitchen Sink Comedy Chronicles Cutthroat Rivalry between Neighboring New Orleans Barbershops

Will (Martin Bradford) is the proprietor of Kupcakes, a hair salon located in Algiers, the only New Orleans parish on the west side of the Mississippi River. What makes him unique is that he\’s also a grassroots activist who periodically stands on the proverbial soap box, preaching to anybody who\’ll listen about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For movies opening April 21, 2017

BIG BUDGET FILMS Born in China (G) Nature documentary, narrated by Jon Krasinski, mounting an epic expedition deep into the wilds of China to monitor the daily lives of three elusive species: pandas, golden monkeys and snow leopards. (In English and Mandarin with subtitles)

Oscar-Nominated Civil Rights Docudrama Released on DVD

All of the astronauts picked by NASA to participate in its maiden manned space programs, Mercury and Gemini, were white males. However, behind the scenes, there was a dedicated team of African-American, female mathematicians who played a pivotal role in ensuring that they launched and returned safely, whether from orbiting the Earth or a mission to the moon.

Top Ten DVD List for April 18, 2017

Hidden Figures https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTI1RHQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Punching Henry https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N6TX4GV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg [The Criterion Collection] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N6S6PQD/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

WWI Saga Revolves around Love Triangle in the Midst of Ethnic Cleansing

It\’s Eastern Turkey in 1914, which is where we find druggist Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) applying his trade in his half-Armenian/half-Turkish village where Christians and Muslims get along swell. The ambitious, young apothecary would really rather be a doctor, so he strategically courts a neighbor (Angela Sarafyan) from a relatively-wealthy family just for the dowry.

“Is It Real or Is It Mockumentary?” Headscratcher Comes to DVD

Did you see I’m Still Here (2010), the mockumentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed retirement from acting to try his hand at rap music? Well, what made that movie fascinating was how it was edited in such a way as to make it impossible to tell whether the Oscar-nominated thespian was faking his conversion to hip-hop artist. Eventually, Joaquin did return to making movies, exposing the inscrutable biopic directed by Casey Affleck as just an elaborate hoax.

“Is It Real or Is It Mockumentary?” Headscratcher Comes to DVD

Did you see I’m Still Here (2010), the mockumentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed retirement from acting to try his hand at rap music? Well, what made that movie fascinating was how it was edited in such a way as to make it impossible to tell whether the Oscar-nominated thespian was faking his conversion to hip-hop artist. Eventually, Joaquin did return to making movies, exposing the inscrutable biopic directed by Casey Affleck as just an elaborate hoax.