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Action, Romance, Sci Fi, Oh My!

June 20th, 2011 · Action and Adventure, Movies

adjustmentLooking for a movie that has action, romance, and science fiction elements?  The Adjustment Bureau is for you!  Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, the movie explores the age-old concept of fate vs. free will.  Set in present-day New York, the movie features Matt Damon as David and Emily Blunt as Elise.  David is a rising star in New York politics, and Elise is a dancer.  The two meet on election night and instantly realize they are meant to be together.  But who are these mysterious men in hats who strive to keep them apart?  Find out for yourself, The Adjustment Bureau comes out on DVD on June 21.

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Non-fiction Blu-Rays

May 11th, 2011 · Nonfiction, Television Shows

blu-rayDid you know that we have non-fiction blu-rays?  These TV shows were filmed in HD and deserve to be seen on a big screen with blu-ray quality discs.  Check out our collection, it’s growing every month!

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Upstairs Downstairs

May 6th, 2011 · Television Shows

UPSTAIRSAre you a fan of the 1970’s British TV show Upstairs Downstairs?  You are in for a treat!  The show has been remade in three hour-long episodes.  With amazing costumes, beautiful sets, and fun characters, this series is sure to please anglophiles.  If you are a purist and want to revisit the original series, we have that as well!  You can find both series, the remake and the original on our TV Series shelves.

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Rabbit Hole

April 14th, 2011 · Movies

rabbit_holeBased on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Rabbit Hole is a raw, emotional film about a couple who are dealing with the loss of their young son.  The film stars Aaron Eckhart  and Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Academy Award for her performance in this film.  Careful to not fall into cliche moments, the film takes place eight months after the death, when the wound of the loss is just beginning to heal.  Claudia Puig of USA Today says, “Rabbit Hole is a finely tuned portrait of grief that takes its time unfolding, much like the actual process of mourning.”    Rabbit Hole comes out on DVD on Tuesday, April 19.

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Fair Game

March 31st, 2011 · Drama, Movies

fair_gameHey, remember Scooter Libby?  Remember when Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson became household names?  If you are wondering about the events that led up to these people becoming daily headlines, watch Fair Game.  Starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, this is the story based on true events that led to the invasion of Iraq and the public naming of a CIA agent.

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The Fighter

March 15th, 2011 · Drama, Movies

fighterYes, it’s a boxing movie.  Let’s just get that out of the way.  There are several scenes in the boxing ring with two guys making each other bleed.  However, it is also a movie about how one can overcome challenges like a very dysfunctional family and achieve hopes and dreams.

The Fighter is based on the true story of Micky Ward and Dickey Eklund, half-brothers and aspiring boxing champions from Lowell, Massachusetts.  Christian Bale (who won an Oscar for this role) plays Dickey, a has-been boxer who spends most of his time smoking crack and disappointing his family.  Mark Wahlberg plays Micky,  the younger brother who still has time to achieve his dream of becoming a boxing champ.    Melissa Leo (who also won an Oscar for her role) plays their sharp-tongued mother who is their boxing manager and the dominating force in the family.  The future is not looking bright at the beginning of the film, where Dickey sometimes trains Micky when he comes out of his crack-induced haze.  Micky meets sassy bartender Charlene (Amy Adams) who helps him get away from his damaging family and towards success in the ring.

Boxing movies may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but fine performances in this film by Christian Bale and Melissa Leo shouldn’t be missed. The Fighter comes out on DVD on March 15.

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While You Are Waiting…

March 8th, 2011 · Foreign Films, Movies

hula_girlsWhile you are waiting for the new crop of Oscar-nominated foreign language films to come out on DVD, I suggest another foreign film to fill the gap, Hula Girls!  Best Picture winner of the Japanese Academy Awards in 2007, Hula Girls is a wonderful film.  Based on the true story of a town in Japan in the 1960’s struggling with the closure of the town’s main employer, the local coal mine.  The coal company comes up with an idea for a new industry, that of a Hawaiian theme park to draw tourists.  The coal miners’ daughters are enlisted to become hula dancers and train under a quirky dance instructor imported from Tokyo.  Funny, sad, and heartwarming, this film has it all!

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Love the Oscars?

February 7th, 2011 · Movies

oscarThe Academy Award nominations are out and we are getting Oscar fever!  Once again we are holding our annual Oscar Pic Contest.  Visit the Circulation Desk and fill out a ballot for your favorites to win.  Whoever pics the correct winner in the 10 categories on our ballot wins 3 free DVD rentals!

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Retired Extremely Dangerous

January 21st, 2011 · Action and Adventure, Movies

redLooking for a fun action movie?  Want to see Helen Mirren wielding a large gun?  Looking for a star-studded cast having a great time?  Look no futher…Red is the movie for you!

Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise Parker, and Helen Mirren, Red is a galloping action-packed movie.  Frank Moses, apparently an ordinary man,  is visited by a team of killers in the middle of the night.  Frank turns out to be more than the average Joe, and contacts his former friends at the CIA to find out who wants him dead and why.  Yes, it’s silly.  Yes, it’s completely unbelievable.  Yes, it’s a very entertaining movie.  Red comes out on DVD on January 25.

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The Billion Dollar Idea

January 10th, 2011 · Drama, Movies

social_networkHow does one socially inept college kid create the world’s largest and most popular social network?  A complicated question to answer, but one that Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher explain with ease in the film The Social Network.    According to Roger Ebert, “‘The Social Network’ is a great film not because of its dazzling style or visual cleverness, but because it is splendidly well-made.” and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calls it, “[b]racingly smart, brutally funny and acted to perfection without exception, The Social Network lights up a dim movie sky with flares of startling brilliance.”

Nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and certainly an Oscar contender, The Social Network comes out on DVD on January 11.

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