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New Titles – April 14th

Feature Films


Despicable Me

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.



Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.


It’s a Disaster

Four couples meet for Sunday brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end.



A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.


Storm Center

A small-town librarian is branded as a Communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library’s shelves.



A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.


The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

TV Series


Avatar: The Last Airbender Seasons 2 & 3

In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar.


Breaking Bad: Season 5

To provide for his family’s future after he is diagnosed with lung cancer, a chemistry genius turned high school teacher teams up with an ex-student to cook and sell the world’s purest crystal meth.


Hit & Miss

Hit & Miss is a British television series created by Paul Abbott broadcast on Sky Atlantic. It stars Chloë Sevigny as a transsexual contract killer who discovers she has a child with her former lover. (image and summary from Wikipedia)


True Blood: Season 5

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.
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The Black Fatherhood Project

The Black Fatherhood Project offers context and conversation in this honest exploration of fatherhood in Black America. Through a telling of his own story and interviews with historians, filmmaker Jordan Thierry traces the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a history much complex and profound than is often told. Putting that history into perspective is a dialogue among fathers discussing their experiences, inspirations, and insight on how communities can come together to ensure the power of a father’s love is not lost on America’s Black children. (image from The Black Fatherhood Project)


China’s Challenges: Parts 2 & 4

Host Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who knows China’s leaders personally and wrote the book How China’s Leaders Think, takes us inside China through five documentaries that reveal the critical issues that China’s new leaders face. China’s Challenges focuses on current issues including China’s economy, society, innovation, politics and values. These documentaries provide real insight into the difficulties and challenges that have arisen from China’s soaring development and shows the efforts the Chinese government, as well as the society as a whole, have made to solve the problems.
(image and summary from Film Ideas)


The Films of Jay Rosenblatt: Vol. 1 & 2

A collection of collage films by Jay Rosenblatt. (image from Jay Rosenblatt Films)


Global Oneness Project

The Global Oneness Project is a living library of short films and interviews. Together these voices tell the story of what it means to live our greater human potential in an increasingly interconnected world. (image from Global Oneness Project)


The Last Ocean

The race to protect Earth’s last untouched ocean, the Ross Sea Antarctica, from our insatiable appetite for fish. The film raises the simple ethical question: do we fish the last ocean or do we protect it?


The LuLu Sessions

Two best friends taking on life’s ultimate adventure – death.


My So-Called Enemy

Spanning seven years, this film follows six girls who participated in the Building Bridges for Peace camp in New York City for seven years following their experience of meeting “the enemy” in July 2002. (image from School Library Journal)


Plastic the Real Sea Monster

We know a great deal about plastic. But many questions remain. Scientists have noticed that the amount of plastics in the ocean gyres has remained constant for the past twenty years, leaving millions of tons unaccounted for. Where has the plastic gone? The world’s scientists are on the verge of solving a mystery that might uncover one of the biggest ecological disasters of our times. (image from Off the Fence)


The Price of Kings: Yasser Arafet

The Price of Kings: Yasser Arafat is the first film in a groundbreaking documentary series on the price of power.

The Price of Kings: Shimon Peres

Through exclusive interviews and archive footage, ‘The Price of Kings’ takes an in-depth look into the lengthy yet controversial political life of the current President of Israel, Shimon Peres.

The Price of Kings: Oscar Arias

The third film in ‘The Price of Kings’ documentary series, looking the life and leadership of the ex-President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias. (image from


Shark Loves the Amazon

The film depicts the hard realities of a region attempting to find the path to a sustainable model of development that promotes economic activity while preserving Earth’s last great forest and its unparalleled concentration of biodiversity.

Foreign Features



After his ex-fiancée’s sudden and mysterious suicide, a jilted bridegroom seeks answers. What he finds, makes him question if he ever really knew her. And then he begins to see her face everywhere he goes. (image from Wikipedia)



In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?


Bheja Fry

At the request of his friend, Rajat, a bored and arrogant music company executive, decides to invite a singer to his residence for dinner. Rajat, suffering from back pain, does not realize that his guest is also an income-tax inspector who will hilariously turn his life upside down. (image from Wikipedia)



Story of an absconding gang member who later surrenders to police.
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Fu Rong Zhen

Story of a couple who sells rice beancurd for a living. During the “Four Clean-ups” movement of 1964, when they are classified as new rich peasants, their house is confiscated, and the husband is driven to suicide. After the Cultural Revolution, the wife falls in love with a rightist and almost dies when having a difficult delivery of their baby.
(image from Wikipedia)



Love drama involving some rural folks’ longing for an actress of a traveling theater group stationed at a village fair. The girl belongs to a community of gypsies living out of riverboats and performing operas at villages in the countrysides of Bangladesh.
(image from Rotten Tomatoes)


Love in Simla

Sonia, an orphaned teenage girl, treated as a drudge by her rich cousin, in a fit of rage, challenges them that she would make them beg for mercy one day. Under her grandmother’s tutelage, Sonia blossoms into a Cinderella like beauty and falls in love with her cousin’s suitor. This bitter rivalry between the cousins grows to the edge of tragedy with a thrilling climax providing the answer to this story of powerful human emotions.
(image from Wikipedia)


Mere Baap Pehle Aap

A widower brings up his two kids, Chirag and Gaurav, in the best possible manner. Now when the duos have grown up, Gaurav takes up responsibility of his father.
(image from Wikipedia)



Laxmi is half of a famous singing couple when both her relationship and career are destroyed by the jealous machinations of her would-be suitor, Vijay. Years later, Laxmi is remarried and raising a stepdaughter, Lalita, when Vijay returns to the scene to meddle in her new family’s affairs and once again threaten her domestic happiness.
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Foreign TV Series


Elfin Lied

With government killers on her trail, the disposition of a five-year-old, and a hair trigger for ultra-violence, a genetically altered girl must break through her amnesia and unravel the dark secrets of her past before it’s too late!


Ergo Proxy

In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer’s life.


The Rose of Versailles: Parts 1 & 2

General Jarjayes, so desperate for a son to preserve the family name and noble standing – names his newborn daughter ‘Oscar’ and chooses to raise her as a boy. Fourteen years later, Oscar is a masterful duelist, marksman, and the newly appointed Commander of the French Royal Guards. Her first task: to protect Marie Antoinette, who is engaged to the French prince and future king, Louis-Auguste. (image from Amazon)


Soul Eater: The Complete Series

Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around 3 groups of each a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a “Death Scythe” and thus fit for use by the Shinigami, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch.

*Images and synopsis from unless otherwise noted.

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