Top Picks: 'Frantz' on DVD and Blu-ray, the Yahoo Weather app, and more

With the app Leafsnap, you can take a photo of a leaf and the app will identify it for you, head to YouTube to check out Winston Churchill’s remarks, commonly known as his “We shall fight on the beaches” speech, if you enjoyed 'Dunkirk,' and more top picks.


‘Dunkirk’ follow-up

Director Christopher Nolan’s latest movie Dunkirk has received rave reviews for its depiction of the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops during World War II. If you enjoyed the movie, head to YouTube to check out Winston Churchill’s remarks, commonly known as his “We shall fight on the beaches” speech, in which Churchill discussed the triumph. The YouTube channel Audio Productions has the recording of Churchill’s legendary moment at

Leaves solved

Wonder no more about what kind of leaf you’re gazing at in the wilderness. With the app Leafsnap, you can take a photo of a leaf and the app will identify it for you. Leafsnap’s specialty is currently trees found in the Northeastern United States and Canada. The app is free for iOS.

Music Box Films

Postwar mystery

The movie Frantz is set after World War I in Germany, where Anna (Paula Beer) and the couple who would have been her in-laws are still recovering from the death of young Frantz. Soon Anna encounters Adrien (Pierre Niney), a Frenchman who says he became acquainted with Frantz before the war, but there is a mystery at the heart of Adrien and Frantz’s relationship. Monitor film critic Peter Rainer calls the movie “austerely compelling” and writes that Beer gives a “remarkable performance.” The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Fraught relationships

In the movie After the Storm, the latest from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, former novelist Ryôta (Hiroshi Abe) now works as a private detective. He still loves his ex-wife, Kyôko (Yôko Maki), with whom he has a son, Shingo (Taiyô Yoshizawa), and soon the three are brought together when they stay in Ryôta’s mother’s apartment during a typhoon. The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 15.


Beautiful forecast

See beautiful photos with your weather forecast when you use the Yahoo Weather app, which lets you add as many as 20 cities. There are also animated displays for the current conditions, like fog or if there’s a nice sunrise. The app is free for iOS and Android.

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