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Tuesday, June 23 -- Monday, June 29

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  • Survivor

    photo for Survivor A Foreign Service Officer (Milla Jovovich) newly posted the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the US. After surviving a vicious attack on the embassy, she finds herself framed for crimes she didn't commit and racing to elude assassins while trying to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve. Vitals: Director: James McTeigue. Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Milla Jovovich, Dylan McDermott, Emma Thompson, Angela Bassett, Antonia Thomas, James D'Arcy, Robert Forster. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Action-Adventure, Alchemy. 2 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The Bridge (1959) (Criterion Collection)
  • The Fisher King (1991) (Criterion Collection)

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photo for An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success (2015) Virginia Madsen, Caitlin Carmichael, Olivia Rodrigo, Eloise Webb. Latest American Girl adventure. Grace has a real talent for baking and a passion for making delicious dreams come true. When her mom announces a trip to visit relatives in Paris, Grace isn't so sure about leaving her friends and their cupcake business. That is, until she discovers she'll get to work with her uncle and cousin in a real French pastry shop. But nothing goes as planned and her attempts to help out end in disaster. With some help from her family and a pup named Bonbon, she turns her vacation around. But when Grace returns home, she discovers her grandparents' bakery is in trouble. With their dreams on the line, can Grace find the winning recipe for success? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Universal).

The Bridge (1959) The astonishing "The Bridge," by Bernhard Wicki, was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation's first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the war, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they contend with everyday matters like school, girls, and parents, before enlisting as soldiers and being forced to defend their home turf in a confused, terrifying battle. This expressively shot, emotionally bruising drama dared to humanize young German soldiers at a historically tender moment, and proved influential for the coming generation of New German Cinema auteurs. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with writer Gregor Dorfmeister, on whose autobiographical novel the film is based; new interview with filmmaker Volker Schlondorff about the film's impact on German cinema; interview from 1989 with director Bernhard Wicki; excerpt from a 2007 documentary by Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss, Wicki's wife, featuring test reel footage from the shoot; an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for Children of Giant Children of Giant (2015) PBS documentary explores how the making of a classic Hollywood movie transformed the lives of the residents of a small Texas town. In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie "Giant." The film starred a legendary trio -- Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean -- along with the young actor Earl Holliman and 16-year-old Elsa Cardenas, who portrayed Juana, the Mexican-American girl who marries into the powerful Benedict ranching dynasty. Based on Edna Ferber's controversial novel, "Giant" was a different kind of western, one that took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Now, 60 years later, this documentary returns to Marfa to explore the dramatic story behind the making of the film and its enduring legacy. The program combines interviews with the surviving cast and crew of Giant -- including George Stevens Jr., Earl Holliman and Elsa Cardenas -- with the recollections of residents who participated in the production, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of racism and segregation explored in the film. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen photos, "Children of Giant" includes interviews with several noted film historians. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution). Watch a preview:

Cross (2014 -- Hong Kong) Simon Yam, Jason Chang, Kenny Wong, Morning Mo, Kageyama Yukihiko, Liu Kai Chi, Nick Cheung. Devastated by his wife’s suicide, which according to his beliefs condemns her to hell, Lee Leung (Yam) decides to save as many souls as he can by killing suicidal people before they do it themselves. After surrendering himself to the police, he realizes that someone may have been pulling his strings all along. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Well Go USA).

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle (2015) Voices of Angela Bassett, John Goodman, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Alexander Polinsky. When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. With music by the Plain White T's. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Sing-Alongs. (Universal).

The Fisher King (1991) A fairy tale grounded in poignant reality, the magnificent, Manhattan-set "The Fisher King," by Terry Gilliam, features Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in two of their most brilliant roles. Bridges plays a former radio shock jock reconstructing his life after a scandal, and Williams is a homeless man on a quest for the Holy Grail -- which he believes to be hidden somewhere on the Upper West Side. Unknowingly linked by their pasts, the two men aid each other on a fanciful journey to redemption. This singular American odyssey features a witty script by Richard La Gravenese ("The Bridges of Madison County"), evocative cinematography by Roger Pratt ("12 Monkeys"), and superb supporting performances by Amanda Plummer and an Oscar-winning Mercedes Ruehl, all harnessed by Gilliam into a humane, funny modern-day myth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Gilliam; new interviews with Gilliam, producer Lynda Obst, screenwriter Richard La Gravenese and Bridges Plummer and Ruehl; new interviews with artists Keith Greco and Vincent Jefferds on the creation of the film's Red Knight; interview from 2006 with actor Williams; new video essay featuring Bridges's on-set photographs; deleted scenes; trailers; an essay by critic Bilge Ebiri. (The Criterion Collection).

The Forger photo for The Forger (2015) John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Abigail Spencer, Anson Mount. The world's best art forger (John Travolta) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull of an impossible heist -- he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan) and together they plan the heist of their lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

If There Be Thorns (2015) Heather Graham, Jason Lewis, Mason Cook, Emily Tennant, Rachel Carpani. Based on V.C. Andrews's bestselling "Dollanganger" series of books, "If There Be Thorns" is the third installment, following "Petals on the Wind" and the highest-rated made-for-cable movie in 2014, "Flowers in the Attic," shadowing the tragically dysfunctional Dollanganger family as they try to escape their past, only to find out there are some things you can never leave behind. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

Lost for Words (2013 -- Hong Kong) Sean Faris, Grace Huang, Will Yun Lee, Terence Yin, Joman Chiang. Amidst the sweeping cityscape of cosmopolitan Hong Kong, an ex-Marine falls in love with a ballerina from China. Against mounting cultural and religious pressure, the two star-crossed lovers risk it all in pursuit of true love. Formats: DVD, VOD.(Green Apple Entertainment).

Me Without You (2002) Michelle Williams, Anna Friel, Kyle MacLachlan, Ella Jones. Williams and Friel star as best friends growing up in the London suburbs in the 1970s. Spanning three decades, the film begins when Marina (Friel) and Holly (Williams) form an unlikely bond as teenagers: free-spirited and wild, Marina is vastly different in temperament from the serious, bookish Holly. Their disparate personalities complement each other, allowing the girls to build a defense against the boring suburbs while leading them to define themselves in relation to each other. Over the ensuing decades, Marina and Holly's friendship endures hard drugs, random sex, manipulation, betrayal, and lots of other saucy stuff, including MacLachlan as a very influential professor. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

Roman de gare (2007 -- France) Dir.: Claude Lelouch; Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, Audrey Dana. Judith Ralitzer (Ardant), novelist and femme fatale, is seeking characters for her next best-seller. Meanwhile a serial killer has just escaped from a high security prison. Their paths are about to cross in Claude Lelouch's tricky thriller, which features a number of characters and a timeline that skips back and forth, keeping the audience guessing. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

Song One (2014) Anne Hathaway, Mary Steenburgen, Johnny Flynn, Ben Rosenfield, Gideon Glick. After Franny's (Hathaway) estranged musician brother Henry is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, she returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved, in the course of her journey meeting James Forester, his musical idol, whose success and fame belie a shy and private man -- and strong romantic connection develops between the two. Set against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s vibrant modern-folk music scene. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Cinedigm).

Spike Island (2012) Emilia Clarke, Elliott Tittensor, Lesley Manville, Rob James-Collier, Kaya Scodelario. A coming-of-age story about a wannabe rock band in Manchester, England, who hatch a plan to hand-deliver their demo tape to their idols, The Stone Roses, at the band's impending gig at Spike Island. But when their tickets fail to materialize, the gang embarks on a road trip to the concert and is forced to take extreme measures to sneak their way in. Along the way, friendships are tested and their futures are shaped -- together or apart. Formats: DVD. (Level 33 Entertainment).

Survivor (2015) Pierce Brosnan, Milla Jovovich, Dylan McDermott, Emma Thompson, Angela Bassett, Antonia Thomas, James D'Arcy, Robert Forster. After being mysteriously framed for a terrorist bombing, a Foreign Service Officer (Milla Jovovich) must evade government capture and death by a ruthless assassin (Pierce Brosnan) in order to stop the real perpetrators' master -- and much deadlier -- plan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Alchemy).

Teen Beach 2 (2015) Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton. Modern day teens Mack and Brady get a real world visit from Lela, Tanner, Butchy, and other surfer and biker pals from the beach party film within a film, "Wet Side Story." Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast Dance rehearsals. Due June 26. (Disney).

That Show With Joan Rivers (1968-69) Four-disc set with 29 episodes from the first season of Joan River's syndicated daytime talk show, $11.99. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).

photo for Timbuktu Timbuktu (2014 -- France/Mauritania) A cattle herder and his family living peacefully on the edge of the Sahara find their quiet lives disrupted by jihadist militants in the Oscar-nominated "Timbuktu," the new stunningly rendered film from world cinema master Abderrahmane Sissako. Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino) lives quietly in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed) and Issan (Mehdi A.G. Mohamed), their 12-year-old shepherd. Their daily existence may be no different from the way their ancestors lived centuries earlier. But in town, the people are suffering, powerless and defenseless, from the reign of terror imposed by the jihadist militants who have taken over the city determined to control the faith and lives of all its inhabitants. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Women and girls are particular targets of the religious fundamentalists, with whippings a common punishment for such infractions as singing or simply being in the same room as a man. Every day, the new improvised courts issue absurd and tragic sentences. Kidane and his family have been spared the frightening chaos that prevails in Timbuktu, but suddenly their destiny changes and Kidane must face the new incomprehensible rules of the foreign occupiers. The film has achieved a remarkable 99 percent rating on the film review site Rotten Tomatoes. In French, Arabic and English. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).

When Calls the Heart: Heart And Soul (2014) Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west. Movie 2 of Season 2. Based on the books by Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series). Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Workaholics: Season 5 (2015) Two-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Bloopers, deleted scenes, uncensored trailer, behind the scenes of the trailer, #FreeTheButtCheek, more. (Paramount).

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