WEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW: Broken Circle Breakdown, a Belgium film nominated in the Best Foreign Language film category at the Oscars, is a heartrending look at a relationship, from its tender and lusty beginnings, to a tragedy that tears it apart. Didier, a bluegrass playing, America loving musician meets Elise, a funny, bright tattoo artist and they quickly fall in love. After she accidently becomes pregnant, they joyfully raise little Maybelle until she becomes ill. Both react differently to this event; Elise becomes lethargic, depressed and spiritual, while Didier rants against right wing polemicists who reject stem cell research. Buoyed by intense emotion, great acting and beautiful music, the film had me mesmerized.
New Releases 4-15-14
Black Nativity – DVD and Blu-Ray: Based on the play by Langston Hughes, this is a holiday musical that follows a young man as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives.
Philomena – DVD and Blu-Ray: Based on the book by Martin Sixsmith and starring Dame Judy Dench, this movie follows a woman as she searches for the boy she gave up when she was an unwed mother in Ireland.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – DVD and Blu-Ray: Ben Stiller’s adaptation of the James Thurber story about a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance, and action.
The Invisible Woman – DVD and Blu-Ray: Rafe Fiennes stars in this biographical film about Charles Dickens and his secret romance with a younger woman.
The Making of a Lady – DVD: After her marriage, Emily is left with her new husband’s nephew and his wife who soon make her fear for her life. A PBS production.
Flowers in the Attic – DVD: a modern remake of the creepy young adult novel about four siblings, who, after the death of their parents, are abused by their grandparents.
The Bletchley Circle, Season 2 – DVD: the ladies who served as code breakers during WWII return as investigators into murder and mayhem.