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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.

 

Veronica Mars (2014)

Starring Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring; Directed by Bob Thomas. 108 min. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from an ex-boyfriend who has been accused of murder. 

 

Mother of George (2013)

Starring Isaach De Bankole and Danai Gurira; Directed by Andrew Dosunmu. 106 min. When a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn are unable to conceive a child, the problem devastates their family. 


Oldboy (2013)

Starring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen; Directed by Spike Lee.  104 min. Held by kidnappers for many years, an advertising executive becomes obsessed with taking revenge on his former captors. 

 

Flowers in the Attic (2014)

Starring Ellen Burstyn and Kiernan Shipka;  Directed by Deborah Chow. 90 min. Abandoned by their cruel mother, four children try to survive by living in the attic of their grandparents’ mansion.


Grudge Match (2014) 

Starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone; Directed by Peter Segal. 113 min.  When two old boxing rivals come out of retirement for a final match, their feud erupts into a hilarious melee.


 

Beyond Outrage (2012)

Starring Toshiyuki Nishida and Ryo Kase; Directed by Takeshi Kitano. 112 min. A manipulative police crackdown on organized crime ignites a tricky power struggle in the Japanese underworld.

 

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2014)

Starring Veerie Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh; Directed by Felix Van Groeningen. 111 min. Romance deepens between the owner of a tattoo shop and her banjo-playing boyfriend, but an unexpected tragedy occurs.

 

The Act of Killing (2012)

Featuring Haji Anif and Syamsul Arifin; Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. 2-disc set, 166 min. Documentary film that explores the harsh treatment of political dissidents in Indonesia.


Fifth Estate (2013)

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl; Directed by Bill Condon. 128 min.  Based on the true story of  the creation of WikiLeaks, the website allowing whistleblowers to leak covert data.
 

 


Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

Starring Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, and Jennifer Hudson; Directed by George Tillman Jr. 120 min. In Brooklyn, two young boys survive alone as they try to dodge child protective services and escape the dangers of the projects.
 

All Is Lost (2013)  

Starring Robert Redford; Directed by J. C. Chandor.  106 min.  With an unrelenting sun, dwindling supplies and circling sharks, a shipwrecked sailor soon finds himself staring mortality in the face.


 

When Jews Were Funny (2013)

Featuring  Shecky Greene, David Brenner, and Rodney Dangerfield; Directed by Alan Zweig. 89 min. Surveys the history of Jewish humor and standup, and explores the issue of ethnicity in the entertainment industry.

Girl Rising (2013)

Featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, and Alicia Keys; Directed by Richard Robbins. 103 min. Through the stories of girls from various countries, a look at the power of education to change the world.


 


Afternoon Delight (2013)

Starring Jane Lynch and Kathryn Hahn; Directed by Jill Soloway. 95 min. Looking to spice-up her marriage, a woman takes her husband to a strip club and becomes obssessed with “saving” one of the performers.

Ram-Leela (2013)

Starring Deeipa Padukone and Ranveer Singh; Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.  2-disc set, 165 min.  In an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a boy and girl from warring factions fall in love.

 


 

 

Gloria (2013)

Starring Paulina Garcia and Diego Fonticella; Directed by Sebastian Lelio. 109 min. When a vibrant middle-aged woman falls for a handsome retired naval officer, she embarks on an affair that will change her life.