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New DVDs

The Ferguson Library has a growing collection of contemporary and vintage feature films, as well as many instructional, performance arts, and documentary films.  Below is a selection of recently acquired DVDs recommended by our staff.


Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2014)

Starring Forest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, and John Cusak; Directed by Lee Daniels. 132 min. The story of a White House butler whose tenure spanned the terms of eight American presidents.


Renoir (2012)

Starring Michel Bouquet and Christa Théret; Directed by Gilles Bourdos. 111 min.  A young wounded war veteran and his renowned artist father fall under the spell of the same beautiful woman.

My Brother the Devil (2012)

Starring James Floyd and Fady Elsayed; Directed by Sally El Hosani. 111 min.  A young man from a traditional Arab family joins a gang but is determined to keep his brother away from gang life.


Fruitvale Station (2013)

Starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer; Directed by Ryan Coogler. 85 min.  On New Year’s Eve at a subway stop, tragedy strikes a man who has just resolved to be a better person in the coming year.

Enough Said (2013)

Starring James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Directed by Nicole Holofcener. 93 min.  A recently divorced mother is shocked to realize that her new love interest is the ex-husband of a friend.


Instructions Not Included (2013)

Starring Eugenio Derbez, Loreto Peralta, and Jessica Lindsey; Directed by Eugenio Derbez. 115 min.  A confirmed bachelor has his life turned upside down when a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep.


Hannah Arendt (2013)

Staring Barbara Sukowa and Janet McTeer; Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. 113 min.  Based on the life of philosopher Hannah Arendt, who covered the 1961 Nazi war crimes trial of Adolf Eichmann.


Short Term 12 (2013)

Starring Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr.; Directed by Destin Cretton. 96 min.  A supervisor at a foster-care facility for teenagers finds her life thrown into confusion by the arrival of a troubled young girl.

Wu Xia: Dragon (2011)

Starring Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro; Directed by Peter Chan. 115 min. A seemingly normal papermaker living in a quiet, remote village becomes involved in the deaths of two notorious criminals.


Captain Phillips (2013)

Starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi; Directed by Paul Greengrass. 134 min.  Recounts the hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates, with a contest of wills between the ship’s determined captain and the pirate leader.

Spectacular Now (2013)  

Starring Miles Teller and Brie Larson; Directed by James Ponsoldt. 100 min.  A high school senior who is the life of the party unexpectedly falls in love with the school’s “nice girl.”


Blue Jasmine (2013)

Starring Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett; Directed by Woody Allen. 98 min.  After her life falls to pieces, a New York socialite moves into her sister’s tiny San Francisco apartment.

The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey; Directed by Robert Sidomak. 100 min. After a woman seduces a married district attorney, she pulls him into a web of theft and murder. 


Thanks for Sharing (2012)

Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo; Directed by Stuart Blumberg. 113 min.  An overachieving environmental consultant, a stubborn business owner, and a wisecracking ER doctor meet in a support group.

Russian Ark: Anniverary Edition (2013)

Starring Sergei Dreiden and  Maria Kuznetsova; Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. 96 min.  A filmmaker magically finds himself transported to the past and goes on a journey through Russian history.




Elysium (2013)

Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster; Directed by Neill Blomkamp. 109 min.  In 2154, the wealthy reside on a paradise-like space station, while the poor struggle to live on an overpopulated Earth.