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1944 (Film Movement) was Estonia’s 2016 official Academy Award entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category. 1944 is a World War II drama about the citizens of this small Baltic nation who were turned against each other by rival superpowers. The events in the film depict the bitter aftermath of five years of invasion and occupation. First seized by Soviet Russia, then by Nazi Germany, Estonia ended up with more than 50,000 men forced to fight for the Red Army and over 70,000 for the German military.

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The Circle (Lionsgate) of the title is a tech/social network giant patterned along the lines of Google and Facebook. At its ultra-modern “campus,” employees can enjoy free gourmet food, connect with workers who share similar interests, attend lavish parties, and enjoy countless other amenities. Mae Holland (Emma Watson), hired as a customer service representative, is thrilled to be working at a company with a high coolness quotient and among mostly young people, like herself.

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Unforgettable (Warner Home Video) is a dramatic thriller about Tessa Conniver (Katherine Heigl), who is having difficulty coping with the end of her marriage when ex-husband David (Geoff Stults) becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson). This brings Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily (Isabella Kai Rice). Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams — the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into a living nightmare.

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Kong: Skull Island (Warner Home Video), set during the Vietnam era, is about a group of secret government officials and U.S. troops who venture to an island in the South Pacific surrounded by a raging storm. On the island, the group comes in contact with prehistoric creatures and finds itself stranded as, one by one, their number is diminished as they battle assorted critters in search of a way to escape. Once title character Kong makes his entrance, the movie is all his, despite an unusually top-flight cast consisting of Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly.

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Underground: Season Two (Sony Home Entertainment) continues to draw upon America’s historical roots, bringing pioneering hero and infamous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds), to life along with abolitionist Frederick Douglas (John Legend). The Macon 7 face several challenges in their dangerous escape to freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war. As tensions escalate and risks are taken, their plans may lead to safety or disintegrate.

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Liar’s Dice (Kino Lorber) is a road drama about a young woman’s search for her missing husband along with a surly stranger’s help. In a snowy village near the Tibetan border, Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa) hasn’t heard from her husband in five months since he took a construction job far from home. Since she doesn’t know whether he’s had an accident, run off with another woman, or encountered foul play, she is determined to set out herself to track him down.

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The Lodger (The Criterion Collection), subtitled “A Story of the London Fog,” stars Ivor Novello as Jonathan Drew, a quiet, secretive young man who rents a room in a London boarding house. Drew’s arrival coincides with horrible crimes attributed to a serial killer known as the Avenger, whose victims are young blonde women. The landlady’s attractive daughter Daisy (June Tripp), who is being courted by Joe Chandler (Malcolm Keen) — a …

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Three Sisters (Kino Classics) is a 1974 adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play directed by Laurence Olivier. The upper class Prozoroiv sisters of the title — Masha (Joan Plowright), Olga (Jeanne Watts), and Irina (Louise Purnell) — live in a provincial purgatory nearly a thousand miles away from their beloved Moscow. Intoxicated by yesterday’s triumphs and blind to imminent disasters, the three sisters are left to sift through their shattered dreams on the eve of the social and political upheaval that will transform Russia forever.

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Americano (Lionsgate) is an animated film about Mexican parrot Cuco (voice of Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family), who gets bored with his family’s bird circus and tries to spice up the act. But when Cuco’s acrobat father, Gayo (Edward James Olmos), gets hurt, rival bully bird Martin (Cheech Marin) swoops in to take over the show. So, Cuco heads for Hollywood, hoping to learn daring action stunts from TV star El Americano. Also starring the vocal talents of Kate Del Castillo, Paul Rodriguez, and Lisa Kudrow, this family adventure shows the importance of courage.

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Snitch (Lionsgate), we are told at the beginning of the film, is based on true events. John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) owns a construction company. His college-bound son, Jason (Rafi Gavron), agrees to have a friend ship a large amount of Ecstasy to his house. In no time, the police and federal agents swoop in and arrest him. Because of mandatory sentencing laws, he is looking at a ten-year prison term.

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