Young Albert watches the birth and growth of Joey, a thoroughbred horse, and the two become lifelong friends in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. Though they bought Joey to help on the farm, Albert's mother and father (Emily Watson & Peter Mullan) have to sell Joey to make ends meet-- Joey's to serve as an officer's (Tom Hiddleston) mount in Europe during the First World War. This begins Joey's journey, beginning with British officers, being found by a young French girl and her grandfather (Niels Arestrup), and serving as a beast of burden for the Germans, but miraculously surviving a war that destroys everything around it and touching lives throughout Europe. As years pass and Albert joins the fight, the odds seem impossible that he could reunite with his beloved horse... With Eddie Marsan and Benedict Cumberbatch. On DVD and Blu Ray.
Trying to put his life together after the loss of his wife, Benjamin's (Matt Damon) search for a new place to live inspires him to pick an unusual house in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo. His 7-year-old daughter, Rosie (Maggie Jones), loves being around the animals and his 14-year-old son, Dylan (Colin Ford), is upset about living in isolation, but Ben sees his new house (and the zoo that comes with it) as an opportunity. To keep their new home, they have to get the downtrodden zoo back on its feet with the help of the head zookeeper (Scarlett Johansson) and the carpenter (Angus Macfayden) who designed the animal's enclosures. Ben's family and the zoo's crew have to pull together and make their new life work before the zoo inspector (John Michael Higgins) shuts them down. With Elle Fanning. On DVD and Blu Ray.
The documentary Chasing Madoff recalls the ten years Harry Markopolis spent investigating the now-notorious Bernie Madoff. Beginning with Harry's investigations in 1999, continuing through his repeated attempts to inform the government and public media, and concluding with Madoff's 2008 confession to the FBI, Markopolis spent nearly a decade trying to alert the world of Madoff's18 billion dollar ponzi scheme.
Director Niko von Glasow, who suffered birth defects due to prenatal exposure to thalidomide, drew several of his peers into the documentary NoBody's Perfect. Making his film while setting up a nude calendar of fellow Thalidomiders, Glasow aimed to create a pre-emptive strike against stares, approaching their world with self assurance and wit.
Bloodied after an outburst of violence, Joseph (Peter Mullan) ducks into a charity shop in Tyrannosaur, where Hannah (Olivia Coleman), the shop's owner, offers to pray for him. Joe has led a vicious life, and is prone to lashing out and destroying anyone and anything near him, but he forms a delicate relationship with Hannah, even though he doesn't know how to respond to kindness. Though Joe sees Hannah as a Christian living an ideal, ivory tower life, Hannah has her own intimate knowledge of violent men, something her husband (Eddie Marsan) will never let her forget.
An ensemble group of teenagers intermingle over the course of one night in The Myth of the American Sleepover, as the school's "new girl" hosts a sleepover while her parents are away, and a freshman orientation is set up for an overnight in the school's gym. As different members of the parties interweave, they make their connections, flirt, brag, and try to make their night something special.
Taking refuge in a cabin in the woods, an armed robber (Sara Paxton) fleeing from a convenience store robbery, a shrinking violet (Katherine Waterson) and expecting mother, and an average joe (Scott Eastwood) find themselves isolated from the outside world in Enter Nowhere. With no transportation and freezing weather outside, they have nowhere to go, but the biggest mystery is each other: who are they, and why have they been thrown together?
Pete (Edward Furlong) has locked himself in his Las Vegas hotel room to wait out the world's last 48 hours in This Is Not a Movie, kept company by a hedonistic, loudmouth version of himself on the couch and a long-haired, contemplative version of himself on an inset screen. As they try to work out their predicament, their desires, and the conspiracy that keeps them in check, they can only come to one conclusion: Pete needs to track down and confront The Man (Peter Coyote).
New this week in our TV New Releases:
The fourth series of the science fiction adventure show follows Captain Jack and the Torchwood team as they try to understand why, suddenly, no one on Earth can die... solving the mystery of why it's happened, and dealing with the troubles and side-effects of widespread immortality.
Terminator 2, American History X
The Last Legion, Trainspotting
Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire