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On Video - August 2015

 
 

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August 4

Child 44 [2015] [R] - 5.7.6
In Stalin's 1953 Soviet Union a serial killer murders dozens of young boys, while the government denies that such a thing could occur under communism. A Moscow police officer (Tom Hardy) attempts to investigate the crimes, but the government exiles him to a desolate mining town with his wife (Noomi Rapace). There, the police officer gains the help of an army general (Gary Oldman) and his small team fights the cover-up and double agents. Also with Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine and Vincent Cassel. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. [2:17]

Insurgent [2015] [PG-13] - 3.6.5
In this sequel teens who have abandoned their assigned societal factions, along with one Divergent who can think for herself (Shailene Woodley), battle the powerful Erudite government. The teens flee from soldiers and seek answers as to why the only world they have ever known is crumbling and barricaded behind a wall. Also with Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz and Naomi Watts. Directed by Robert Schwentke & Neil Burger. [1:58]

Do You Believe? [2015] [PG-13] - 3.5.2
A well-meaning but complacent Christian pastor (Ted McGinley) wonders at the faith of a street-corner preacher. Ready to reevaluate his work and his life, the pastor remembers that one must act on one's faith and his subsequent actions surprise his congregation, his family, and the community. Also with Mira Sorvino, Andrea Logan White, Lee Majors, Alexa PenaVega, Sean Astin, Madison Pettis, Cybill Shepherd, Brian Bosworth and Delroy Lindo. Directed by Jonathan M. Gunn. [1:55]

Far From the Madding Crowd [2015] [PG-13] - 5.4.2
Based on the Victorian classic by Thomas Hardy, an independent woman (Carey Mulligan) inherits a farm and attracts three suitors: One is a sheepherder (Matthias Schoenaerts), another is an army sergeant (Tom Sturridge), and the last a rich older man (Michael Sheen). The woman suffers difficulties in choosing from among the three, as she attempts to manage her farm and livestock. Also with Juno Temple. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. [2:00]

True Story [2015] [R] - 5.6.5
A New York Times reported (Jonah Hill) loses his job after one of his stories proves suspect. He struggles to find another job and becomes aware of a multiple murder case that he pursues tirelessly. Also with James Franco, Felicity Jones, , Ethan Suplee, Genevieve Angelson, Gretchen Mol and Maria Dizzia. Directed by Rupert Goold. [1:40]


August 11

Hot Pursuit [2015] [PG-13] - 5.5.5
An uptight Southern cop (Reese Witherspoon) escorts a Latina crime witness (Sophia Vergara) to court in Dallas, Texas. Several arguments, interruptions by corrupt police officers and thugs make the journey longer than expected, but the women have the chance to solve an even bigger crime. Also with John Carroll Lynch, Robert Kazinsky, Richard T. Jones and Jim Gaffigan. Directed by Anne Fletcher. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:27]

Unfriended [2015] [R] - 6.7.10
One year ago a shaming video posted online about a teen girl (Heather Sossaman) went viral and caused her suicide. On the anniversary of her death, she seems to have returned to her online accounts, tormenting six friends until she can find out who posted the original video. Also with Will Peltz, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Jacob Wysocki and Renee Olstead. Directed by Levan Gabriadze. [1:22]


August 18

Little Boy [2015] [PG-13] - 1.5.2
A small boy (Jakob Salvati) with growth problems determines to bring his father (Michael Rappaport) back from WWII by way of magic and his own faith. Along the way he struggles against naysayers that denounce him and bigots that hate his Japanese friend. Also with Kevin James, Tom Wilkinson, Ted Levine and Emma Watson. Directed by Alejandro Monteverdi. [1:26]


August 25

Aloha [2015] [PG-13] - 3.3.5
A USAF veteran and military contractor (Bradley Cooper) leaves government jobs behind to join a billionaire private space agency mogul (Bill Murray). During business in Hawaii, he shuffles love interests old and new, as he confronts angry US military officials. Also with Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride and Dennis "Bumpy" Kanahele. Directed by Cameron Crowe. [1:45]

Two Days, One Night [2015] [PG-13] - 1.3.4
A woman (Marion Cotillard) loses her job after her colleagues vote to receive bonuses in exchange for her losing her position. She spends a fitful weekend trying to convince each of them to forfeit their bonuses and vote her back in. Also with Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Batiste Sornin, Pili Groyne and Simon Caudry. Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. [1:35]



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