Nick’s Picks – June 4

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MARTHA SPEAKS: Martha’s Superhero Adventure – PBS

Martha Speaks

Martha has an idea for a thrilling adventure story, so Truman, T. Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures movie D., and Helen decide to draw it for her. Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures video Much to Martha’s dismay, they all add their own special touches, including peanut butter, a ground squirrel, and the Incredible Exo-Skeleton-of-Wow. Martha Speaks: Martha’s Superhero Adventures film But when life imitates art, things get a little too exciting! Starstruck Martha – Martha is thrilled when she hears Courageous Collie Carlo is coming to town. 

ARTHUR MAKES A MOVIE – PBS

Arthur Movie

Based on the best-selling children’s books by Marc Brown, join the world’s most famous aardvark, eight-year-old Arthur Read, and his family and friends as they make their own movies! The two of the four adventures on this DVD are featured below!

THE TRIALS OF CATE McCALL – Vertical Entertainment

Trials of Cate

In order to be reinstated to the bar and recover custody of her daughter, a hotshot lawyer, now in recovery and on probation, must take on the appeal of a woman wrongfully convicted of murder.

THE LOST DIARY OF DR LIVINGSTONE – PBS

Dr Livingstone

Dr. David Livingstone is the renowned British explorer, whom American journalist Henry Morton Stanley greeted with the now famous words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” When New York Herald reporter Stanley found him in a small African village on November 10, 1871, the reclusive Livingstone had lost contact with the outside world for six years. In the late 19th century in Victorian Britain, Livingstone was a popular hero of the era, a celebrated explorer, Christian missionary, staunch abolitionist and pioneering doctor, who developed a treatment for malaria. But was he really the national hero people made him out to be?

FALLING SKIES: Season 3 – TNT

Season three of Falling Skies opens seven months after the 2nd Mass arrived in Charleston. In the interim, Tom has been elected to political office, but he has his hands full as the resistance continues to battle the alien invaders. Tom’s decision to have the rebel skitters fight alongside humans creates tension and raises suspicions that someone may be feeding secrets to the enemy. Meanwhile, Hal struggles with nightmares that seem so real, he has difficulty knowing if he’s awake or dreaming. And Tom and Anne prepare to welcome their baby.

THE MOTEL LIFE – Cinedigm

Based on the popular novel by Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee Flannigan (Stephen Dorff) work odd jobs, drink hard, and drift from motel to motel. Their only escape is through Frank s fantastic stories and Jerry Lee s rich illustrations. Everything changes when Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, which forces the brothers across the state to the home of Frank s old flame, Annie (Dakota Fanning).

TRUE BLOOD: Season 6 – HBO

Now its sixth unforgettable season, True Blood is HBO’s sexy, scary, wildly entertaining series based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. In addition to returning TB favorites – led by human/faerie hybrid Sookie (Anna Paquin), her unlikely vampire ally Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), and newly reconstituted supervamp Bill (Stephen Moyer) – Season 6 introduces several jarring storylines that threaten what little sense of normalcy remains in and around Bon Temps. As “Billith” comes to terms with his newfound powers after emerging from a pool of blood at the end of Season 5, Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell (new cast member Arliss Howard) declares open season on vampires, replete with novel anti-vamp weapons and a high-tech internment camp. Meanwhile, Sookie and Jason steel themselves for an encounter with the killer of their parents: the mysterious and ancient Warlow, whose identity remains a troubling mystery as the season unfolds.

MIRAGE MEN – Cinedigm

Mirage Men takes you on a journey through the badlands and backwaters of America. Mark Pilkington and John Lundberg, based on their best selling book, uncover a 60 year-old story stranger than any conspiracy thriller. For over sixty years teams within the US Air Force and US intelligence services exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and extraterrestrial visits as part of their counter-intelligence programs. In doing so they spawned a mythology so powerful that it captivated and warped many brilliant minds, including several of their own. Now, for the first time, some of those behind these operations, and their victims, speak out, revealing a true story that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

RAWHIDE: Season 8 – CBS Paramount

In this final season of the iconic western starring Clint Eastwood, Rowdy Yates (Eastwood) is promoted to trail boss as the iconic Western with the classic theme song rides on into the sunset.

WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS – Virgil Films

Five years in the making, We Always Lie To Strangers is a story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. A remote Ozark Mountain town of just 10,500, Branson hosts more than 7.5 million tourists a year and generates nearly 3 billion dollars in annual tourism revenue. At the heart of Branson’s appeal is the more than 100 staged music shows that earned the town the moniker of the live music capital of the world. These shows are well known for their traditional, family style of entertainment – no cussing, no nudity, no gambling, healthy doses of gospel and respect for veterans – and crowds from around the country, and particularly from the American Midwest, flock to Branson for this return to old fashioned values.

RED RIVER – Criterion

No matter what genre he worked in, Howard Hawks played by his own rules, and never was this more evident than in his first western, the rowdy and whip-smart Red River. In it, John Wayne found one of his greatest roles as an embittered, tyrannical Texas rancher whose tensions with his independent-minded adopted son, played by Montgomery Clift in a breakout performance, reach epic proportions during a cattle drive to Missouri, which is based on a real-life late nineteenth-century expedition. Yet Hawks is less interested in historical accuracy than in tweaking the codes of masculinity that propel the myths of the American West. The unerringly macho Wayne and the neurotic, boyish Clift make for an improbably perfect pair, held aloft by a quick-witted, multilayered screenplay and Hawks’s formidable direction.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: Season 4 – Warner

A kind of a Desperate Housewives for teens, Pretty Little Liars follows four high-school girls as they struggle to deal with the unthinkable tragedy of the disappearance and probable murder of their best friend Alison. There’s also the usual angst that comes with stress over school exams and getting into a good college, teen romance and sexuality, navigating the high-school rumor mill and popularity chain, small-town nosiness, and rocky parent and adult relationships. Rosewood is a little town in Pennsylvania with a troublemaker on the loose and a bunch of buried secrets.

CURIOUS GEORGE: Season 7 – Universal

Curious George is back with animal friends in this Complete Seventh Season DVD collection. From the down-under of Australia to his own backyard in the country, join George for 12 episodes as he discovers the colorful wildlife and natural habitats surrounding him. This two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series airing on PBS KIDS continues to expand George’s world, while maintaining all the charm of the beloved books. This series inspires kids and promotes a hands-on exploration of the concepts of science, math, engineering, and technology in the world around them.

BLACKOUT – Doppleganger

Psychopaths on the loose.in a city without lights.no one is safe! Life is tough enough in the Big Apple. But when a city-wide power failure causes a blackout, the mad dogs come out to play. A pack of unhinged killers (lead by Robert Carradine) will stop at nothing to rape, stab and shoot as they prowl from apartment to apartment in New York’s most exclusive high rise. Only one cop (James Mitchum) has what it takes to bring them down.

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