If the theater selections seem grim, don’t lose hope. There are some colorful options available to watch from the comfort of your own home.

The Place Beyond the Pines

This compelling film disappeared from theaters before word really got out. Ryan Gosling plays a motorcycle daredevil desperate to support his family, and his questionable choices lead to brutal consequences.


This excellent Jackie Robinson biopic is an extremely powerful and well-acted film. The film explores Robinson’s struggles on and off the field and the efforts of Dodgers’ GM Branch Rickey to integrate Major League Baseball.

Identity Thief

A disappointment in theaters, this cat-and-mouse comedy might be just the thing for a rainy night at home. While I wouldn’t describe the plot as original or a laugh riot, likeable stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy make the most of the material.

Side Effects

In case it slipped under your radar, this is a very smart, entertaining thriller. Rooney Mara stars as an unstable woman who murders her husband and blames her experimental depression medication.

The Call

Halle Berry stars as a 911 operator haunted by a murder she overheard and could not prevent. Months later, she receives a similar distress call and is desperate to save the next victim of a serial killer.

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