A semi-autobiographical black and white film about a boy growing up in Belfast amid The Troubles topped DVD releases the week of March 1.
“Belfast”: Sir Kenneth Branagh’s memoir of his childhood in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s, starring Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciaran Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill as young Buddy.
“Set in 1969, during the early years of The Troubles, Buddy’s hometown has become a battleground, a street-to-street, house-to-house war with car bombs and Molotov cocktails,” writes Tribune News Service reviewer Katie Walsh in her review. “In this context of civil war and conflict, life goes on. The family still loves, plays, celebrates, learns and laughs together, but the constant roar of helicopters and armed military is still present. Family conflicts unfold also in this context, although they are inextricably linked to the Troubles.”
The film was nominated for seven Oscars at this month’s ceremony, including Best Picture and Branagh for Best Director. Walsh agreed with the Academy’s assessment, writing “Branagh, as Buddy, bares his soul in ‘Belfast,’ which is richly rewarding if you’re willing to take that trip down memory lane.”
“Demonic”: Writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s horror film in which a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when the supernatural forces responsible for a rift between mother and daughter are revealed.
“Run & Gun”: A former criminal turned citizen is blackmailed into doing one last job, collecting a mysterious package, and then finds himself on the run in this action thriller.
‘The Pilot: A Battle for Survival’: Russian WWII drama about a Soviet pilot who struggles to survive after being shot down amid the Nazi advance on the Eastern Front in 1941.
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“Citizen Ashe”: Documentary exploring the legacy of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, following his evolution from Grand Slam champion to global activist against a tumultuous backdrop that included the civil rights movement, South African apartheid and the AIDS epidemic.
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