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On Video - April 2012



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April 3

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey [2011] [NR] - 0.1.1
The story of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind the beloved muppet Elmo of Sesame Street, from his childhood in Baltimore to fulfilling his dream of working with master puppeteer Jim Henson. Includes footage featuring Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Michelle Obama, Kofi Annan, Rosie O'Donnell, Carol Spinney and Whoopi Goldberg. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Constance Marks. [1:16]

Titanic [1997] [PG-13] - 6.6.5
The infamously unsinkable ship sinks spectacularly in this love story directed by James Cameron: An upper crust girl (Kate Winslet) engaged to a wealthy man (Billy Zane) and a third-class passenger (Leonardo DiCaprio) fall in love while aboard the iceberg-bound ship. Also with Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Kathy Bates and Victor Gaber. Directed by James Cameron. [3:14]

War Horse [2011] [PG-13] - 1.8.2
After a teenager (Jeremy Irvine) tames a horse, he is distraught when his father sells it to the British infantry at the beginning of World War I. As the years pass we see the horse go through countless struggles; eventually the horse and his owner are reunited when the young man joins the war. Also with David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Neil Arestrup. Directed by Steven Spielberg. [2:26]

We Bought a Zoo [2011] [PG] - 2.3.4
Inspired by the true story of a recently widowed father (Matt Damon), who moves his family to the countryside after he buys a zoo and begins the process of renovating both the zoo and his family life. Also with Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Elle Fanning and Angus Macfadyen. Directed by Cameron Crowe. [2:04]

April 10

The Darkest Hour [2011] [PG-13] - 3.7.5
In Moscow, Russia five young people are faced with an unseen and unknown alien that is taking the form of a ball of energy and light and attacking the Earth by draining all things, living and inorganic, of their power supply. With Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella. Directed by Chris Gorak. [1:29]

The Iron Lady [2011] [PG-13] - 5.5.3
The story of the rise of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) through the ranks of the British Parliament and eventually to the Prime Minister's post. Also with Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Roger Allam, Nick Dunning, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant and Anthony Head. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. [1:45]

Sleeping Beauty [2011] [NR] - 9.4.6
A beautiful Australian college student (Emily Browning) is thrust into another life when she becomes a high-class call girl. During one incident she is driven to a country mansion where she's instructed to drink tea that will put her to sleep. Also with Rachel Blake and Ewen Leslie. Directed by Julia Leigh. [1:44]

April 17

Born to Be Wild [2011] [G] - 0.2.0
Documentary with narration by Morgan Freeman: we follow the lives of two women, Birute Galdikas and Daphne Sheldrick, who have devoted their lives to establishing and maintaining a safe haven for baby elephants and orangutans, which have been orphaned by poachers. Directed by David Lickley. [0:40]

The Divide [2012] [R] - 9.10.10
After a nuclear attack on New York City, a group of apartment tenants survive in the basement of their building, where panic slowly increases as their supplies begin to dwindle. With Lauren German, Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia. Directed by Xavier Gens. [1:50]

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol [2011] [PG-13] - 2.6.4
The fourth installment of the "Mission Impossible" series has the IMF shutting down after it is implicated in a bombing of the Russian Kremlin. Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his new team are forced to go rogue in order to clear the IMF and their own names. Also with Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Tom Wilkinson, Josh Holloway, Simon Pegg and Samuli Edelmann. Directed by Brad Bird. [2:13]

Shame [2011] [NC-17] - 10.5.10
A man (Michael Fassbender) struggles with his sex addiction while trying to function professionally and socially without being discovered. Also with Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale and Nicole Beharie. Directed by Steve McQueen II. [1:39]

April 24

Contraband [2012] [R] - 3.7.10
A man (Caleb Landry Jones) smuggling drugs for a drug dealer dumps the merchandise overboard when the ship he is on is boarded by authorities. The drug dealer does not take his actions lightly and so he ends up in the hospital and his partner is killed. The smuggler's brother-in-law (Mark Wahlberg) promises to make a run in order to have the debt forgiven. Also with Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, Diego Luna and J. K. Simmons. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur. [1:50]

Pariah [2011] [R] - 6.4.6
A high school aged young woman (Adepero Oduye) struggles with being gay, finding a girlfriend and how she should go about telling her parents. Also with Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Sahra Mellesse and Kim Wayans. Directed by Dee Rees. [1:26]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [2011] [R] - 7.7.5
Based on the 1974 British spy novel by John le Carré, previously filmed as a miniseries in 1979: Gary Oldman stars as a retired middle-aged intelligence officer, who's pressed into service once again in order to hunt down a Soviet mole in the Circus, the highest level of the British intelligence services. Also with Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kathy Burke, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Ciaran Hinds. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. [2:08]


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