Flick Picks 1/21/13

What's New This Week?

ENTERTAINMENT: David Ayer, the writer of Training Day, brings us the gritty End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as L.A. cops who get involved with a drug cartel following a routine traffic stop. Also out this week is the southern gothic melodrama The Paperboy, with Matthew McConaughey as a reporter trying to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder. The film also stars Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and John Cusack.

SUBTITLED: Wim Wenders' Pina is a visually stunning hybrid of documentary and performance as dancers pay tribute to Pina Bausch, the great German choreographer. There's also a moving documentary about Palestine and Israel available this week, as 5 Broken Cameras provides footage from a Palestinian farmer's five cameras, each of which eventually became broken in violence. Eventually the footage was given to an Israeli documentarian who created this unique film. Takashi Miike, the director of the stunning 13 Assassins, brings us Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, which tells the story of an impoverished samurai searching for a place to commit an honorable suicide. The solemn Austrian film Breathing follows a young man who attempts to win parole from prison by working at a morgue.

DOCUMENTARY: The Imposter feels like a thriller as it traces the story of a 13 year old boy from San Antonio who disappears without a trace only to reappear in Spain 3 1/2 years later. We've also received season 2 of the fun Ricky Gervais travel series An Idiot Abroad.

You can see and place holds on all of our new and forthcoming releases in Bibliocommons including next week's release of season 3 of Downton Abbey.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

You can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory with these powerful civil rights themed documentaries.

  • Tom Brokaw narrates King, originally produced for The History Channel and featuring Bill Clinton, Condaleezza Rice and more speaking to Martin Luther King's legacy and relevancy.
  • Booker's Place is the fascinating look at Booker Wright, a waiter in an all-white restaurant in the mid-1960s whose appearance in a documentary led to his being ostracized and murdered.
  • Sing Your Song is a profile of musician and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.
  • Freedom Riders tells the story of the 1961 "freedom ride" through the South to challenge segregation through non-violent action.
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