New This Week on DVD, January 7, 2020

 Joker (R)

Joker centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

 The Lighthouse (R)

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Starring Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman

 American Masters: Rothko – Pictures Must Be Miraculous (NR)

Mark Rothko, a master of abstract expressionism, created 835 paintings during his five-decade career. Starring Alfred Molina

 Love, Alaska (NR)

It may not be the happiest of circumstances but two childhood friends, Maggie and Finn, have come home and are reunited in Love, Alaska. While starting their lives again and dealing with their pasts, will these two get a second chance at love? Starring Sarah Podemski, Victor Zinck Jr., Lanette Ware

Big Little Lies: Season Two (TV-MA)

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

 Love & Sunshine (TV-G)

A woman has been fostering a dog as she recovers from a broken heart. As the owner returns to claim the dog will sparks fly or will it just lead to another broken heart? Starring Danica McKellar, Mark Deklin, Christine Chatelain

 Vera: Set 9 (NR)

With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her team face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape. Starring Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones

 The Cry: Series 1 (NR)

A four-part psychological drama set in Scotland and Australia, which chronicles the collapse of a marriage in the aftermath of a tragedy, and explores the myths and truths of motherhood. The abduction of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, Joanna, as she and her husband, Alistair, deal with an unthinkable tragedy under both the white light of public scrutiny and in their private lives. Starring Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie, Asher Keddie

 Nova: Why Bridges Collapse (NR)

In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, tragically killing 43 people. For 50 years, the iconic bridge had withstood the elements-and stress from ever-increasing traffic. What went wrong that fateful day? And how can new engineering technology protect bridge infrastructure to prevent such tragic failures in the future? Through eyewitness testimony, expert interviews, and dramatic archival footage, NOVA investigates the Morandi disaster and other deadly bridge collapses. Starring Eric Myers, Gianluca Ardini, Davide Capello, Richard Connors, Francesco Cozzi, Jack Fowler, Sharan Gill, Peggy Huber, Tullia Iori, Kelly Kahle, Camillo Nuti, Alison Premo Black, Sondra Reierson, Jon Watson

 Frontline: Fire in Paradise (NR)

Survivors and first responders provide insight into the 2018 Camp Fire in California , the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Starring Will Lyman, Priyanka Boghani, Sarah Childress

 Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas (TV-G)

Cara faces a bittersweet Christmas since her mother’s passing. Flying to Oklahoma, she meets country singer Heath, facing a tough holiday too since his father’s death. He doesn’t acknowledge his fame, so Cara feels duped when two attractive women rush him. As weather keeps thwarting their way, Cara and Heath share their losses, and as they head toward their separate Christmases, they grow close. But when Cara sees a tabloid linking Heath with a model, and he unwittingly offends her dad by offering financial help, it looks like it might take a Christmas miracle for this couple to find harmony. Starring Megan Park, Josh Henderson, Lindsay Maxwell

 A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (TV-G)

Noelle, a holiday hater who toils in a department store in which she is accidentally locked on Christmas Eve. There, she meets a woman who identifies herself as Noelle’s guardian angel and introduces her to several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, Jean Smart

 Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe (TV-PG)

Darcy is a career woman who hasn’t found love, but her life turns upside down when she returns home to help her mother plan a charity event. Starring Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny, Sherry Miller

Synopsis by IMDB.

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