New This Week on DVD, August 9, 2016

 11/22/63 (TV-MA)

A high school teacher travels back in time to prevent John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Starring James Franco, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay, Chris Cooper, Cyndy Day, Tommy James Murphy

 Fathers and Daughters (R)

A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own. Starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhané Wallis, Bruce Greenwood, Jane Fonda, Octavia Spencer

 A Hologram for the King (R)

A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch. Starring Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Tom Skerritt

 Supergirl: The Complete First Season (TV-14)

The adventures of Superman’s cousin in her own superhero career. Starring Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood

 Code Black: Season 1 (UR)

The staff of the LA County Hospital emergency room treat patients under difficult circumstances. Starring Angela Relucio, Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Luis Guzman, Harry Ford, Mick Kennedy, Lisa Pevc

 Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete Second Season (NR)

Set in the early 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.  Starring Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishé, Toby Huss

 Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks (G)

Documentary telling the extraordinary story of Koko, the only ‘talking’ gorilla in the world, and her lifelong relationship with Penny Patterson. Project Koko started as a PhD project to teach sign language to a baby gorilla, but as Koko began to communicate with Penny, an intense bond formed between them. Penny has now been with Koko for over 40 years and claims Koko can reveal fresh insights into the workings of an animal’s mind. Koko’s unique life with Penny has been filmed every step of the way. Over 2,000 hours of footage chart the most dramatic moments – Penny’s battle to keep Koko from being taken back to the zoo in which she was born, Penny’s clash with academic critics who doubted her claims and the image of Koko mourning the death of her kitten. Penny believes that Koko has moved beyond simple language to express complex emotions – such as a longing for a baby gorilla of her own, and that the empathy she evokes in people changes their attitudes to all animals. This film explores what we can really learn from this extraordinary science experiment turned love affair. Does it tell us more about animals’ emotions or our own? Starring Bertie Carvel, Penny Patterson, Robin Williams

 NCIS: New Orleans – The Second Season (NR)

A spin-off of “NCIS” (2003) that is set in the Crescent City. The cases and lives of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s New Orleans branch, which consists of Senior Special Agent Dwayne Pride, Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, Special Agent Meredith Brody, Forensic Scientist Sebastian Lund, Investigative Computer Specialist Patton Plame, former ATF Agent Sonja Percy and Medical Examiner Dr. Loretta Wade. Starring Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich, CCH Pounder

Synopsis by IMDB.

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