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American Factory (2020. Award-winning Documentary. Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert)
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. Criterion Collection. TV-14

Blindspot Season 4 (2019. Television Crime/Legal/Action Drama)
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Luke Mitchell, Ashley Johnson, Ukweli Roach, Ennis Esmer, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Archie Panjabi
Jane is being poisoned by ZIP, the very drug used to wipe her memory. Also suffering from the disease, her brother Roman was searching for a cure and hid caches of data all over the globe. The team will follow a trail of cryptic breadcrumbs that leads to all-new crimes and, with any luck, a cure to save Jane. Weller is on the brink of death and Remi has returned from the depths of Jane’s mind. Not knowing that Zapata has joined the villainous HCI Global, Reade tries desperately to find her. NR

The Circus (1928/Released 2019. Silent Film. BW Classic Comedy. Director: Charlie Chaplin)
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia
In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin shines as director, composer, and star. A gag-packed comedy full of audacious set pieces, it showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer and ranks among Chaplin’s finest. Criterion Collection.

Colewell (2019. Drama. Director: Tom Quinn)
Starring: Karen Allen, Hannah Gross, Kevin J. O’Connor
When the Colewell post office is slated for closure, Nora Pancowski is faced with sudden retirement. As she weighs relocating, a young woman causes Nora to reflect on her youth and the choices that led her to Colewell.

Downhill (2020. Comedy: Family Relationships. Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash)
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Zach Woods, Kristofer Hivju
Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Inspired by the motion picture Force Majeure by Ruben Östlund. DVD and Blu-ray. R

Emma (2020. Romantic Comedy. Director: Autumn De Wilde)
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O’Connor, Tanya Reynolds, Gemma Whelan, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Johnny Flynn, Miranda Hart
Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town, In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. DVD and Blu-ray PG

Gentleman Jack Season 1 (2019. HBO British Drama; Gay & Lesbian Interest)
Starring: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Rosie Cavaliero, Gemma Whelan, Gemma Jones, Timothy West
Anne Lister returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire, in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall. TV-MA

Great Courses Series on DVD

  1. Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
  2. The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking
  3. Fundamentals of Photography
  4. The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales
  5. How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master
  6. Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics
  7. The Mayo Clinic Diet: The Healthy Approach to Weight Loss
  8. Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation
  9. Turning Points in American History
  10. Turning Points in Middle Eastern History
  11. Turning Points in Modern History
  12. Understanding the New Testament
  13. Understanding the Old Testament
  14. A Visual Guide to the Universe

Greed (2020. British Comedy. Director: Michael Winterbottom)
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Sophie Cookson, Isla Fisher, Shirley Henderson, Steve Coogan, Stephen Fry, Sarah Solemani, David Mitchell, Jamie Blackley, Pearl Mackie
British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie’s retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion, bringing the high street to the catwalk and the catwalk to the high street. But after a damaging public inquiry, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicised and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. DVD and Blu-ray. R

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006/Released 2019. Award-winning Drama: Family Relations, Organized Crime. Director: Dito Montiel)
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Dianne Wiest, Eric Roberts, Chazz Palminteri, Shia Labeouf, Rosario Dawson, Channing Tatum
The film captures the mid-1980’s in the toughest neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. Dito called home after fifteen years because his father is ill, encounters old friends, the ones he lost, the ones he left behind, the ones he can’t help but remember. These are Dito’s saints. An honest account of a bittersweet return to a neighborhood where relationships can  never be what they once were, Dito’s story is about to come to terms with a father’s rage and a father’s love. R

I Am The Night (2019. Turner Television Drama. Director: Patty Jenkins)
Starring: Chris Pine, Leland Orser, India Eisley, Yul Vazquez, Connie Nielsen, Golden Brooks, Jefferson Mays
Inspired by true events, this is the story of Fauna Hodel, a teenage girl who was given away at birth. Fauna lives with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate, she meets a ruined reporter, and together they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly, its most infamous unsolved crime. TV-MA

The Irishman (2020. Drama: Organized Crime. Director: Martin Scorsese)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Kathrine Narducci, Jesse Plemons, Domenick Lombardozzi, Gary Basaraba
An epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the twentieth century.
Criterion Collection. R

Law & Order SVU Season 20 (2019. Television Crime/Legal Drama)
Starring: Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Peter Scanavino
For two unforgettable decades, the unflinching series has followed the elite detectives of the New York City Police Department as they investigate crimes of sexual assualt, child abuse, and domestic violence. NR

Madam Secretary Complete Series (2018. CBS Television Drama)
Starring: Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Geoffrey Arend, Erich Bergen, Kathrine Herzer, Evan Roe, Zeljko Ivanek, Keith Carradine, Bebe Neuwirth, Wallis Currie-Wood, Sebastian Arcelus
With Dr. Elizabeth McCord, life is never politics as usual. As an ex-CIA analyst and political science professor turned Secretary of State, she handles international incidents and domestic challenges with confidence and composure. Her loving husband, CIA Agent Henry, is her ideal partner, helping her weather both political storms and battles with parenthood. Dedicated to her country, her achievements culminate in her own run-up to the presidency. TV-PG

Marriage Story (2020. Drama: Family Relations. Director: Noah Baumbach)
Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer, Azhy Robertson, Wallace Shawn, Mickey Sumner
A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes. Criterion Collection. R

Mister America (2020. Comedy. Director: Eric Notarnicola)
Starring: Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Terri Parks, Curtis Webster
After beating a murder rap for selling faulty e-cigarettes at a music festival, Tim launches a campaign for San Bernardino District Attorney despite a complete lack of experience. Fueled by ego and ignorance, he tries to surmount the obstacles facing him by personally connecting with unsuspecting voters. R

No Home Movie (2016. Documentary. Director: Chantal Akerman)
Starring: Chantal Akerman
The final film from groundbreaking auteur Chantal Akerman is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter’s films.

An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013. Romantic Comedy. Director: Terence Nance)
Starring: Alisa Becher, JC Cain, Dexter Jones
With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty utilizes a mix of live action and animation to capture the relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. NR

Project Blue Book Season 1 (2019. Mystery: Television Sci-Fi Suspense/Thriller Series)
Starring: Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Neal McDonough, Laura Mennell, Ksenia Solo
A drama series that is based on true top secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969, starring Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey.

This Is Not A Film (2012. Foreign Documentary. Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi)
This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence, six years in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking, Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb. Persian with English subtitles. NR

Tombstone (1993. Western: Outlaws.  Director: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre)
Starring: Charlton Heston, Kurt Russell, Billy Zane, Val Kilmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliott
Wyatt Earp and his gang (including wise-cracking, scene-stealing Doc Holliday) head to Tombstone, Arizona, scene of the famous fight at the OK Corral. R

The Traitor (2020. Award-winning Italian Crime Drama. Director: Marco Bellocchio)
Starring: Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi, Maria Fernanda Candido, Fabrizio Ferracane
The real life of Tommaso Buscetta, the so-called ‘boss of the two worlds,’ the first mafia informant in Sicily in the ‘80s. Italian with subtitles. DVD and Blu-ray R

Vera Set 9 (2020. Award-winning Television BBC Crime/Mystery Series)
Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison
Vera is called to the scene of the murder of trainee forensic psychologist Joanne Caswell, whose body has been found dumped at a landfill site. Vera zeroes in on Joanne’s re-examination of an old crime, following the trail of the dead woman’s investigation in order to catch her killer. Vera is confronted with the sight of Caden Lennon’s murder, by knife, in a coastal town’s shipyard.

Villains (2019. Comedic Horror. Directors: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen)
Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Maika Monroe, Blake Baumgartner, Jeffrey Donovan, Kyra Sedgwick
Mickey and Jules are lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car dies after a gas station robbery, they break into a nearby house looking for a new set of wheels. What they find instead is a dark secret and a sweet-as-pie pair of homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out.

Wendy (2020. Fantasy: Overcoming Adversity. Director: Benh Zeitlin)
Starring: Devin France, Shay Walker, Stephanie Lynn Wilson, Ahmad Cage
The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in a ragtag epic. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. DVD and Blu-ray PG-13