A variety of genres makes up this month's recommendations including gripping narratives, heartfelt documentaries, and a comedy on its way to becoming a classic.
This new documentary, about the life and tragic death of Anton Yelchin, is a New York Times Critic's Pick. Born to Russian-Jewish figure skaters who moved to the U.S. when he was a baby, Yelchin grew up devoted to cinema and was poised for film stardom. With archival family footage and interviews from those worked with and loved him, the film is a moving testament to a talent gone too soon.
Video on Demand
The 2010 French drama, adapted from the novel of the same name, follows a parallel narrative of a journalist's present-day (2002) investigation into the Vel' d'Hiv’ Roundup of Jews in German-occupied Paris in 1942 and a young girl's experiences during and after the events. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas who, for most of the film, speaks fluent French as she has lived in France for many years. Thomas also received a César Award nomination for this performance with the film's subject matter holding a great deal of personal meaning for her as her in-laws were forced to flee their homes as children, avoiding capture and the concentration camps by hiding in the French countryside.
This thriller television miniseries, written and directed by Israeli director Gideon Raff with Max Perry co-writing the final three episodes, is based on the work of real-life Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who went undercover in Syria in the early 1960s. Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Eli Cohen and is receiving some of the best reviews of his career for the role.
Jonah Hill and Michael Cera became household names after the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy premiered over 10 years ago. The coming-of-age comedy follows the two teens as they navigate the last few weeks of high school, with anecdotes pulled from Rogen's childhood as well as others he knew growing up.
Blu-Ray & DVD
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Recently shown as part of AJFF Connects, the inspiring documentary tells the story of two visionaries of the recording industry who together helped usher in an exciting new era of jazz at a time when African-American musicians faced discrimination.
Jamie Bell stars as Bryon "Babs" Widner in this narrative inspired by the 2011 MSNBC television documentary “Erasing Hate," about Widner's journey to reform from his hardcore white supremacist past.