Top Picks: The Movie ‘Words and Pictures’, Jazz Musician Jon Batiste and His Band Stay Human, and More

The art of teaching

In Words and pictures, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, an English teacher (Owen) at a prep school clashes with the new art teacher (Binoche), forcing the students to try to decide whether literature or art is better . Owen and Binoche deliver energetic performances under the direction of Fred Schepisi, one of the best in the world. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Scottish fantasy

As Scotland prepares to vote on its independence on September 18, a new series on Starz will make you dream in plaid. Foreign, based on the hit series by Diana Gabaldon, follows World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who falls into a druidic time warp and finds herself in 18th century Scotland. See it Saturday at 9 p.m. or find previous episodes on The series features adult content.

The return of Ken Burns

PBS presents a new seven-part series from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The series tells the personal stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and shows their imprint on American politics. Learn about the creation of the national park system, the digging of the Panama Canal, the implementation of the New Deal and the defeat of Hitler through the lens of a remarkable family. It premieres September 14 and is available on DVD and Blu-ray September 16.

An evening at the theater

A tram called Désir comes to the big screen for one night only on September 16 at 7 p.m. local time. Presented by Fathom Events, National Theater Live and BY Experience, the broadcast of the timeless masterpiece from London’s Young Vic Theater of Tennessee Williams stars Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. Check for participating theaters.

Dancing on the keyboard

If you think the world seems like a pretty sad place these days – and jazz is running out of ideas – you haven’t heard Jon Batiste and stay human. The gifted young keyboardist from New Orleans and his eclectic band blew the roof off the Newport Jazz Festival last month, and suffice it to say, you’ve never heard anything quite like the exotic, melodic and rhapsodic they do. Their album is available on and iTunes.