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He’s Baaaaack!

August 11th, 2012 · Movies

dexterDexter is back for a sixth season!  Everyone’s favorite serial killer recruits a minister with a criminal past to help him solve the latest mystery.  Dexter Season 6 comes out on August 14.

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The Woman in Black

July 27th, 2012 · Drama, Movies

woman_in_blackLooking for a creepy thriller?  Look no further than this hypnotic movie starting Daniel Radcliffe.  In his first role since Harry Potter, Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, a lawyer on the brink of losing his job.  Arthur must redeem himself to his firm by settling the estate of a deceased woman in a distant village.  When Arthur arrives in the small town, he is unnerved by stories of mysterious deaths of local children and warned by the villagers to abandon his plans to stay at his haunted destination.  Find out what goes bump in the night in this dark and atmospheric film.  The Woman in Black will keep you riveted until the very end.

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Holmes!

December 16th, 2011 · Movies

holmes Going to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie this weekend?  Revisit the previous Holmes films before you go!  If you didn’t see the first Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, check it out on DVD or Blu-ray.  Then re-watch the classic BBC productions on DVD starring Jeremy Brett  and make sure to catch the newer BBC productions from 2010, which received rave reviews.

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It’s never too late to begin something new

November 14th, 2011 · Drama, Movies

beginnersWith a highly talented cast and quiet indie-move feel, Beginners is a movie that you will enjoy watching and remembering.  Christopher Plummer stars as Hal and Ewan McGregor plays his son Oliver.  After his wife of 38 years dies, Hal shocks Oliver by telling him that he is gay.  He then begins his new life as an openly gay man at age 75.  Oliver adjusts to this news, only to deal with Hal’s death after battling with cancer a few years later.  Although it sounds all gloom and doom, the movie has many moments of levity, especially during Oliver’s budding romance with Anna, a French actress he meets at a costume party.  There are three timelines in the story, woven together beautifully to create the overall impression that it’s never too late to start something new.  Beginners comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on November 15.

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The Girl…

October 26th, 2011 · Foreign Films, In Theaters, Movies

girl_with The buzz is already out for the American remake of the Swedish film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which will be out in theaters in December.  Get ready by watching the original Swedish trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and the The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  All are available on DVD here at the library!

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A Riveting Historical Drama

August 15th, 2011 · Movies

conspiratorThis summer seems to be full of action films and family films, if you are looking for something different The Conspirator may be for you.  Directed by Robert Redford and starring Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, and Tom Wilkinson, The Conspirator tells the story of the trial of Mary Surratt, who was accused of conspiring to kill president Lincoln.  Based on thorough research, this historical drama brings to life the Civil War era.  Wright stars as Mary Surratt, an owner of a boardinghouse and the mother of of one of the men who helped kill Abraham Lincoln.   Her son has vanished after the assassination, leaving the government to assume that she must have known of the plot being hatched in her home by boarders and John Wilkes Booth.  McAvoy plays a young lawyer named Frederick Aiken, who is handed the job of defending her and fully believes in her guilt, as does everyone else.  Find out what happens (if you don’t remember from studying American History) as the tribunal proceeds and the idea of bending the Constitution comes into question.  The Conspirator comes out on DVD on August 16.

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An Action Movie with Heart

August 4th, 2011 · Movies

man_nowhereIn case you missed it…and you probably did…The Man from Nowhere is a Korean film about a man with a secret past.  Tae-Sik is a loner, a secretive owner of a dingy-looking pawnshop.  However, he has a soft spot for the serious young girl who lives next door, So-Mi.  She is ignored by her drug-addict mother and enjoys the attention (and food) that Tae-Sik provides.  When So-Mi and her mother are kidnapped by the local drug gang, Tae-Sik risks everything to find them.  We soon see that he is more than meets the eye.  If you enjoyed Taken or Man on Fire you will like this action-packed adventure with heart.

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A Mind-bending Movie

July 22nd, 2011 · Movies

sourceLooking for an action-packed movie that also makes you think?  Source Code is for you!  Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Colter Stevens, a man who wakes up in another man’s body on a Chicago-bound commuter train.  The woman seated across from him, Christina (played by Michelle Monaghan), believes that she is having a conversation with her friend Sean.  Needless to say, everyone is confused about why Sean is actually Colter, or the other way around.  After a few minutes, Colter wakes up in his own body, which is at a military base.  He is a part of a special new program which taps into the last eight minutes of memory of someone who has died.  Sean had died when a bomb detonated on the commuter train, killing everyone on board.  This military program aims to find out who is behind the attack so that they can prevent an even larger imminent threat to Chicago by the same bomber.  Colter must relive the same eight minutes again and again and try different ways to determine the identity of the killer.   However, along the way, he starts falling in love with Christina.  Don’t let the label of ‘Science Fiction’ scare you off, this is a suspenseful thriller that leaves the viewer wondering…what if…?

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The Lincoln Lawyer

July 11th, 2011 · Drama, Movies

lincolnThe Lincoln Lawyer is not the kind of movie I usually watch.  However, numerous people have told me that it is much more than a courtroom drama, so I watched it and am glad that I did.  Starring Matthew McConaughey, Marissa Tomei, and William H. Macy, this is an absorbing movie full of great talent.  McConaughey is Mick Haller, a lawyer who knows how to work the system.  He is chauffeured  around in his old Lincoln town car because his license was revoked after a DUI.   Mick is hired to defend a wealthy young man accused of beating a woman.  This young man already has access to his family lawyer, so why does he choose Mick to defend him?  As the story progresses, Mick’s life unravels.  He believes in the justice system, but does it provide justice for all?  Watch this thrilling drama to find out.  The Lincoln Lawyer comes out on DVD on Tuesday, July 12.

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Harry Potter Mania!

July 7th, 2011 · Movies

harrypotterWe are all anxiously awaiting the final movie in the Harry Potter series, which will be released in theaters on July 15. In the meantime, we can watch the first seven films and relive the magic of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts.  We own them all on DVD and Blu-ray.

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