DVD Reviews

The Story of China with Michael Wood A splendiferous BBC series that traces the ups and downs of Chinese history over 4000 years. Meaning
This Beautiful Fantastic An enchanting fairy tale about the revitalization of an oddball young woman who is an aspiring writer. Love
Three Sisters The lonely, difficult, and exhausting lives of three sisters in a small village in China. Kindness
Chapter & Verse A drama that has us cheering on an ex-con who is on a serious quest for a transformed life. Questing
Neruda A Chilean film that blends fantasy and realism in its treatment of poet Pablo Neruda and a policeman fascinated with him. Questing
Frantz A heart-affecting and inventive drama about war, grief, forgiveness, and the healing powers of art. Forgiveness
A Good American A hard-hitting documentary about the misuse of power by the National Security Agency. Shadow
A United Kingdom A moving film about the love, courage, and perseverance of an interracial couple facing wide-ranging challenges to their marriage. Love
The Sense of an Ending A thoughtful probe into the efforts of an elderly man to achieve closure in a past intimate relationship. Love
Beauty and the Beast A wonder-filled live-action version of the romantic story that also offers us lessons common in good fairy tales. Transformation
The Last Word One of the few comedies about the challenges of creating a legacy at the end of life. You
Handsome Devil A lively dramedy about two friends who walk through the fire and forge their characters in the process. Play
Lovesong Saga of two twenty-something women who try to take their friendship to another level of intimacy. Love
On the Way to School A documentary showing the challenges faced by children on three continents in pursuit of education. Questing
Africa's Great Civilizations A six-part series tracing the very long history of humans in Africa. Connections
Dheepan A riveting film about three Sri Lankan refugees and their quest for a place to call home. Love
Unlocking the Cage An incisive documentary about animal rights and freedom for all. Connections
All Governments Lie A tribute to independent journalist I. F. Stone and contemporary journalists who continue his adversarial spirit. Meaning
A Street Cat Named Bob The true story of a stray city cat whose love of a street musician turns his life around. Transformation
Things to Come A touching portrait of a resilient woman facing multiple challenges as she ages. Being Present
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