Rowayton Library Recommends

Robins! How They Grow Up

February 3, 2018

Robins! How They Grow Up by Eileen Christelow is full of interesting tidbits like the fact millions of male robins migrate north weeks ahead of the females so they can establish a prime nesting spot. If you have ever wondered why they build nests everywhere but the nearest tree it’s because they are early arrivers and not enough trees have protective leaf cover. The life cycle is clearly described; all readers will be impressed that baby robins eat 14 feet of worms and 350 insects in two weeks! The watercolors are superb. (Non-Fiction)

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen

February 3, 2018

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Qin Leng, is the story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl. Beautiful illustrations in vibrant watercolors bring Jane's story to life. The biography is a well-done introduction to this famous author for a group of readers who won't have read her books. Hopkinson constructs a clear timeline that shows how Jane was destined to be a writer from a young age. The illustrations and the text perfectly complement each other. (Non-Fiction)

How the Cookie Crumbled

February 3, 2018

How the Cookie Crumbled by Gilbert Ford will answer your questions about the history of the Toll House chocolate chip cookie. Ruth Wakefield’s invention, now America’s favorite cookie, was the culmination of years of cooking and baking that began when she was a young girl. When she and her husband bought the Toll House Inn her reputation as a great cook grew. The book explores a number of theories about how the cookie was invented. This is a very entertaining look at the world of cooking and restaurants. The illustrations are lively and brightly colored; they’ll make you hungry! (Non-Fiction)

Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years

February 3, 2018

Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty comically announces that his favorite description is “Planet Awesome”. This starts off a terrific tale of Earth’s place in the big family that is outer space. Earth is a funny planet, full of wry observations about his fellow planets. Our favorite comment was his description of Pluto’s reduction in status to the family pet. Very clever presentations of facts don’t feel like an astronomy lesson. (Non-Fiction)

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

February 3, 2018

This Bridge Will Not be Gray by Dave Eggers is a great book for children and adults. It’s the history of the Golden Gate Bridge from conception through execution. It packs a lot of information about design and bridge building into an accessible tale illustrated by creative graphic woodcuts. The section about how it came to be painted its iconic orange color is delightful. (Non-Fiction)

The Word Collector

February 3, 2018

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds is very original and especially thrilling for budding wordsmiths. The young collector is enamored with words of all sorts, even ones where he doesn’t know the meaning but are marvelous to say (for example, vociferous and effervescent) His collection grows and grows. He finds ways to use and share them and realizes words are the perfect vehicle for showing the world what you are thinking, feeling or dreaming. The whimsical illustrations are really fun.

Tiny and the Big Dig

February 3, 2018

Tiny and the Big Dig by Sherri Rinker is a testament to perseverance. Tiny the pup will not be distracted from his mission to unearth the bone he is sure he smells under the ground. His animal friends are discouraging (in a nice way) but the “kid” who owns him believes in Tiny. The story is told is rollicking rhymes perfectly suited to the energetic digging. The illustrations are equally lively. The ending is guaranteed to make everyone giggle.

So Light, So Heavy

February 3, 2018

So Light, So Heavy by Susanne Strasser addresses the problem of an unbalanced teeter-totter. There is an elephant on one end and a growing collection of animals on the other. Elephant wants to teeter but is flummoxed by the imbalance his size creates. This engaging board book neatly solves the problem with an unexpected resolution. The words that describe various sounds make this a particularly good read aloud.

(100) One-Hundred Things I Love to Do With You

February 3, 2018

100 Things I Love to Do With You by Amy Schwartz is a joyful, color-saturated celebration of activities to share. Everything from "scoot scooters to learn computers" to "play in leaves and make-believe" is illustrated with a spot on rendition of an activity being enjoyed by two people. Turning the page is an exciting proposition as you wait to see what further ideas for fun she has in store. The children in the book are adorable.

Love

February 3, 2018

Love by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Loren Long, speaks to the power of love in all its forms. It’s a deeply peaceful and reaffirming book that describes many of the possible ways love can appear. The illustrations perfectly capture the sounds, smells, colors and people who all create a loving world for a child. There are also serious moments when love can seem to be on the ropes. The reader learns that love is a constant, found almost anywhere in a kindness bestowed or a family supporting each other.

Everybunny Count!

February 3, 2018

Everybunny Count! by Ellie Sandall is a wonderful way to learn the numbers one to ten. The brightly colored bunnies love to play hide and seek with their friend the fox. As they search through the forest for fox there are lots of opportunities to count. There is a surprise at the end that naturally allows for the last count to ten.

Elmore

February 3, 2018

Elmore by Holly Hobbie is the story of an endearing porcupine. Elmore lives alone in a maple tree in busy woodland. All those quills make him a bit prickly for the other animals to get close to. He is a little sad about this and wonders what he can do to make friends. His solution is ingenious and heartwarming. Hobbie’s trademark fantastic illustrations are well worth lingering over.

The Digger and the Flower

February 3, 2018

The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler is an appealing book about a digger with a mission. Digger works with the dozer and all the other big machines building cities, roads, and bridges. One-day digger discovers a tiny flower and begins to care for it. Alas, the flower stands in the way of more building and its life is in jeopardy. Digger comes to the rescue and a beautiful meadow begins to grow.

Bub

February 3, 2018

Bub by Elizabeth Rose Stanton is a unique perspective on the challenges of being a middle child. Bub’s celery green monster family is extremely busy and loud. He has a seemingly perfect big sister named Bernice, and a new baby who has arrived with no name. It is all a bit much until he decides to take matters into his own hands and make it clear that he is also to be reckoned with. The sweet ending will please everyone and the illustrations are very cute. All the personalities really shine through in the pictures.

Bobo and the New Baby

February 3, 2018

Bobo and the New Baby by Rebecca Huang is a familiar plot, this time with a charming dog adjusting to the changes a new baby inevitably brings. Bobo loves his parents the Lee's and is a bit nonplussed when they appear with a baby who takes WAY too much of their time and attention. All, of course, is happily resolved when Bobo fearlessly protects the baby from an interfering bee and is warmly embraced by the newly expanded family.

 

The Okanagan Table--The Art of Everyday Home Cooking

January 26, 2018

The Okanagan Table--The Art of Everyday Home Cooking by Rod Butters is a tour of the titular valley in Western Canada that is the home turf of lush fruits, vineyards and farms, all contributing to beautiful and delicious dishes. The recipes are tempting and the photography is worthy of a travel article. There are a handful of recipes that really do need the specific ingredients of the valley to shine but it is very user-friendly in general. The pancakes, made with some yogurt, are transformational. He also has some great and surprising uses for peanut butter, and who doesn't have that in the pantry!

The Immigrant Cookbook

January 26, 2018

The Immigrant Cookbook by Leyla Moushabeck is fascinating. It showcases recipes from many different chefs and amateur cooks from around the world that has settled in the USA. Dishes from their homelands celebrate a diversity of flavors and techniques, many of which have been thoroughly integrated into “American” cooking. As Yotam Ottolenghi said, “Recipes, like people, come from somewhere”. The stories of the various chefs’ origins enrich and personalize the food they have chosen to showcase.

A Baker's Life

January 26, 2018

A Baker's Life by Paul Hollywood takes the reader "from childhood bakes to five-star excellence". The back-stories are as interesting as the recipes; he comes from a family of bakers and absorbed a lot of expertise beginning in childhood. The recipes are both sweet and savory and while some are clearly for dedicated perfectionists, many are clearly manageable by the average home baker. The photographs are mouthwatering and it's fun to see this "The Great British Baking Show' star strut his stuff.

New Minimalism-Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living

January 26, 2018

New Minimalism--Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici. The title says it all--without being preachy this handy book is based on the idea that you can't buy happiness. A consumer-centered lifestyle celebrates accumulation, which essentially means having to organize increasing amounts of stuff. Saving money leads to saving time and leaving room for more spontaneity. One of the best pieces of advice is letting go of "just in case", and ushering out those things you might use someday. Check this out to fire you up for a clear out.

Leonardo Da Vinci

January 26, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson is fascinating. It's tailor-made for all readers who don't have the ability or time to wade through Leonardo's codexes. The author has done prodigious research into Da Vinci's life, the early years are a revelation and the background of 15th century Florence is richly described. Reading about the details of Leonardo's creative process alongside the reprints of so much of his work gives one an enhanced appreciation for his genius.

L'Appart

January 26, 2018

L'Appart by David Lebovitz is a good cure for anyone who fantasizes about moving to Paris and buying an apartment. The author has done both, purchasing a place in need of major renovations after living in Paris for ten years and falling totally in love with the city. The project is basically a nightmare from the start. Between the famously intricate bureaucratic hoops, he has to jump through to get permission for even the smallest change; to relationships with contractors, purveyors, and neighbors there is scarcely a positive way to look at the venture! His trademark humor and love of Paris carry the day.

The Woman in the Window

January 26, 2018

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn manages to surprise at every turn. Anna is severely agoraphobic (not a spoiler) and spends an inordinate amount of time tracking her neighbors out of her townhouse window. Lonely is the least of her problems, as she tries to imagine an everyday life that could include some elements of normalcy. Haunted by the past, present, and future, she is ripe for twisty and deadly mind games. But who is setting up the board and who is playing? Highly recommended for curling up by the fire and getting lost in someone's stressful life. The characters are well developed and the dialogue is sharp.

Robicheaux

January 26, 2018

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke is dark but compelling. Robicheaux is in the depths of depression after the death of his wife Molly and struggling to maintain his sobriety in the face of increasing visions from his troubled past. His best friend Clete Purcell is in a bad spot as usual and the fetid, nasty circumstances of so many of the area's inhabitants permeate every page. Robicheaux wrestles his demons while trying to determine whether they have actually gotten the better of him. The dialogue is razor sharp, and the villains unique and creepy. This is a worthy, thoughtful addition to the series.

The Music Shop

January 26, 2018

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce is a charming novel about the magical powers of music, specifically tunes played on vinyl records. The owner of a corner music shop in 1988 is a profoundly lonely man whose life could be about to change if he lets it. The book is loaded with quirky characters whose devotion to music powers their interactions. It’s a straightforward story that is not simple and the message of hope is wonderful. It’s a lovely novel.

Grist Mill Road

January 26, 2018

Grist Mill Road by Christopher Yates is a complex thriller. It jumps back and forth in time between the main characters' early teenage years in the 1980's and Manhattan in 2008. It's not hard to follow Hannah, Patch and Matthew's individual narratives but attention must be paid! The twists and turns of the plot create rising tension; it's a real page-turner with fascinating character development. The writing is excellent.

The English Wife

January 26, 2018

The English Wife by Lauren Willig is a diverting historical fiction story set in late 1800's London and upstate New York. The sense of place and atmosphere is expertly rendered, using details of life in that time to create a compelling picture of a class-bound society that cannot get out of its own way, even when tragedy strikes. There are an intrepid heroine and an ambitious, moralistic newspaper reporter joining forces to solve a terrible crime. This is a fun ride!

Anatomy of a Scandal

January 26, 2018

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan is an excellent page-turner, especially for enthusiasts of crimes among the dreaming spires of Oxford. The initial story takes place when the main characters are Oxford undergraduates from different backgrounds. The entitled upper crust young men from public schools are somewhat stereotypically horribly behaved. The book gets really interesting when it flashes forward several decades to a rape trial involving some of the protagonists. Who do you trust to be telling the truth? The question is cleverly answered in this riveting and chilling read.

Trollhunters Season 1 (NR) 588 minutes

January 23, 2018

TROLLHUNTERS, Season 1 –CHILDREN'S SERIES—(NR)--Four-Disc set—From the limitless imagination of Guillermo del Toro comes to a tale of two worlds set to collide in the epic saga DreamWorks Trollhunters. When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil, Jim is determined to save the world – right after gym class. A must-see original series for the entire family that shows friendship, helping others, trouble with bullies, budding romance and enough ninja-style fight to thrill for anyone. This is a rich and creative underground world that is in LA!

Peanuts by Schulz, Snoopy Tales (NR) 224 minutes

January 23, 2018

PEANUTS by Schulz, SNOOPY TALES –CHILDREN’S MOVIE—(NR)--DVD: THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED. Experience Peanuts like never before as Charles Schulz’s timeless strips are brought to life in this all new animated collection. Showcasing that loveable beagle Snoopy, this set has over 3 hours of Peanuts fun. Whether pestering Charlie Brown for a snack, battling Linus for his blanket or snoozing the day away with Woodstock, Snoopy once again proves that he’s not your ordinary dog.

The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG) 101 minutes

January 23, 2018

The Lego NINJAGO MOVIE –CHILDREN’S MOVIE—(PG)--Blu Ray/DVD: The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd (Dave Franco), high school student by day, the Green Ninja by night, gets thrown into the ultimate adventure with his secret ninja warrior friends and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu (Jackie Chan), as wisecracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux). Garmadon is the Worst Guy Ever, and also happens to be Lloyd’s dad! Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos, unleash their inner power and pull together to save the day in the city in an epic showdown.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Documentary (PG) 97 minutes

January 23, 2018

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER –DOCUMENTARY—(PG)--Ten years after the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions. And to speak the truth and answer the deep-seated fears of the current naysayers and skeptics. Showing countries in Africa, Asia, South America that are in need of loans without crippling their fragile emerging economies to obtain renewable resources that won't endanger their fragile environments and populations. This compelling follow-up shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.

Manhunt: Unabomber Miniseries (R) 340 minutes

January 23, 2018

MANHUNT: UNABOMBER –MINISERIES—(R)--MANHUNT: UNABOMBER tells the story of the hunt for the deadliest serial bomber in history. FBI Agent Jim Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and capture Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), the man who came to be known as the ''Unabomber'' faced an uphill battle against both Kaczynski and the bureaucracy of the UNABOM task force.

Good Karma Hospital Season 1 (NR) 287 minutes

January 23, 2018

GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL, Season 1 –SERIES –(NR)--Wanting to escape a broken relationship and a stressful career in the UK, Dr. Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia) takes a job in India. Although she applied to work at a modern urban clinic, Ruby ends up at the overcrowded and underfunded Good Karma Hospital run by the formidable Dr. Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman). After the initial culture shock, Ruby learns to deal with the hospital’s demanding schedule and many eccentric inhabitants, including her enigmatic colleague, Dr. Gabriel Varma (James Floyd), and nearby beach bar owner Greg (Neil Morrissey). As she adjusts to the challenges of her new role in rural India, Ruby begins to realize that the rundown medical outpost may be just what she needs to jump-start her life. This heartwarming drama also stars Phyllis Logan, Philip Jackson, and Darshan Jariwalla…If you liked Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Game of Thrones Season 7 and Bonus Disc (NR) 437 minutes

January 23, 2018

GAME OF THRONES, Season 7 – SERIES—(NR)--The Long Winter is Here! This season focuses on a convergence of armies and attitudes that have been brewing for years. As the season begins, Demerys Tagaryen with her Unsullied army, the Dothraki/Ironborn allies and the lethal trio of dragons--has finally set sail for Westeros with Tyrion Lanister, her Hand. Jon Snow in the North after his spectacular conquest of Ramsey Bolton and Stark control of Winterfell and Cersei has seized the Iron Throne. But the cold specter of apocalyptic threat--an army of undead White Walkers threatens to undermine the status quo and obliterate the outcome of these smaller all-too-human rivalries. Bonus Disc: Animated Storybook Style telling of Conquest and Rebellion! The History & Lore features bring you the never-before-seen story of the turbulent events that shaped Westerns for thousands of years before the series start. Rivers, fields, and skies turn red as Aegon sets out on his brave and bloody conquest to defeat the seven reigning families that made up the realm-an impossible feat were it not for Aegon's possession of the most feared and ferocious weapons in all of Westeros: Dragons.

Doctor Blake Season 4 (NR) 480 minutes

January 23, 2018

DOCTOR BLAKE, Season 4 –SERIES—(NR)--Doctor Lucien Blake (Craig McLachlan) and his housekeeper and confidant Jean Beazley (Nadine Garner) have returned to Ballarat, ready to finally pursue their romantic feelings towards one another. But their arrival coincides with the attack on someone extremely close to them, creating a life-threatening situation that will shake them both to their very core. And just as they’re trying to recover from this, Blake is shocked by the sudden appearance on his doorstep of a ghost from his past, a mysterious figure from a life he can barely remember.

Alibi Miniseries (NR) 150 minutes

January 23, 2018

ALIBI –MINISERIES—(NR)--Neurotic businessman Greg Brentwood (Michael Kitchen) throws an extravagant anniversary party for his wife, Linda (Phyllis Logan), at their English country home. One of the caterers, Marcey (Sophie Okonedo) quietly admires the couple's love for each other until she sees an intimate moment between Linda and Greg's business partner, Martin. When Marcey later returns to the house to retrieve her handbag, she walks in on a frightening scene: Greg moving Martin's lifeless body. After the initial shock, Greg assures her it was an accident, and Marcey offers to help him dispose of the corpse. As the police investigate the death, Greg becomes increasingly anxious, while Marcey urges him to remain calm. But as she starts to uncover the Brentwood's darkest secrets, she begins to wonder what she has gotten herself into. This intriguing and darkly humorous thriller from award-winning writer Paul Abbott also stars Adam Kotz and Hilary Maclean.

Agatha Christie's Crooked House (PG-13) 115 minutes

January 23, 2018

Agatha Christie’s CROOKED HOUSE – SERIES—(PG-13)--In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of wealthy patriarch Aristide Leonides are investigated by private detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover, Sophia, to catch her grandmother’s murderer before Scotland Yard and Chief Inspector Taverner (Terrence Stamp), exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress Magda West (Gillian Anderson), Brenda (Christina Hendricks) the old man’s widow 50 years his junior and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).

Victoria and Abdul (PG-13) 112 minutes

January 23, 2018

VICTORIA AND ABDUL –MOVIE—(PG-13)--The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

Stronger (R) 119 minutes

January 23, 2018

STRONGER –MOVIE—(R)--Based on the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), a working-class Bostonian who was at the 2013 marathon when the bomb blast occurred and he tragically lost both of his legs. After regaining consciousness, Jeff was able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle had just begun. Jeff's deeply personal journey tests a family's bond and defines a community's pride as he overcomes adversity to become the living embodiment of ''Boston Strong.''

The Snowman (R) 120 minutes

January 23, 2018

THE SNOWMAN –MOVIE—(R)--Based on Jo Nesbo’s New York Times bestselling thriller series, from executive producer Martin Scorcese and starring Michael Fassbender as the elite crime squad detective Harry Hole. Set in Norwegian winter, Hole is Investigating the disappearance of a victim on the first snowfall of winter; he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades0old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

The Secret Scripture (PG-13) 108 minutes

January 23, 2018

THE SECRET SCRIPTURE –MOVIE –(PG-13)--Rose McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave & Rooney Mara), once a vibrant and lively beauty, has spent the majority of her adult life confined to a mental hospital in Ireland. Institutionalized during the war and kept there for so long, no one seems to remember why Rose was hospitalized in the first place. When new chief psychiatrist Dr. Brene (Eric Bana) arrives, he takes a keen interest in Rose. He finds a hidden memoir, written over the course of decades by Rose, which unravels the mystery of her wartime love, incarceration and the tale of her passionate, yet tortured life.

November Criminals (PG-13) 86 minutes

January 23, 2018

NOVEMBER CRIMINALS –MOVIE—(PG-13)--A pair of high school friends, planning for college, (Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort) find themselves falling for one another. But after the mysterious murder of their classmate, they defy the authorities to uncover the truth. Also starring Catherine Keener and David Strathairn.

The Mountain Between Us (PG-13) 112 minutes

January 23, 2018

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US –MOVIE—(PG-13)--Starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet in a sweeping, suspenseful drama based on Charles Martin's novel. When a plane they've chartered to beat a storm crashes in a remote mountain area high in the Rockies, two strangers (Winslet and Elba) must trust each other in order to survive the extreme elements. With little hope of rescue, they begin a perilous journey that will shape the course of their lives.

Mother (R) 121 minutes

January 23, 2018

MOTHER!MOVIE—(R)--When a poet and his young wife open their doors to a pair of unexpected houseguests, a series of disturbing events turn their idyllic home into a hellish nightmare. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.  By the director of BLACK SWAN and called this film shattered audiences and critics around the world. Darkly exhilarating” by Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times and (Darren) “Aronofsky’s most daring film yet” by Ben Croll, Indiewire. Experience the visually arresting psychological thriller that will leave your heart pounding and your mind blown! Contains disturbing scenes.

Logan Lucky (PG-13) 119 minutes

January 23, 2018

LOGAN LUCKY –MOVIE—(PG-13)--Hoping to reverse a ‘curse' that's hung over his family for generations, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) hatches a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600, Nascar's biggest race of the year. He convinces his bartender brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to help him pull everything off--but first, they have to break the bomb-maker Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) out of jail in broad daylight. Hilary Swank plays a no-nonsense FBI agent determined to bring the Logans to justice and keep them from racing away with the loot in this high-speed caper from director Steven Soderbergh.

Jungle (R) 115 minutes

January 23, 2018

JUNGLE –MOVIE—(R)--An enthusiastic, young adventurer follows his dreams into the Amazon jungle with two friends and a guide with a mysterious past. Their journey quickly turns into a terrifying ordeal as the darkest elements of human nature and the deadliest threats of the wilderness lead to an all-out fight for survival.

Good Time (R) 93 minutes

January 23, 2018

GOOD TIME –MOVIE—(R)--From filmmakers, Josh and Benny Safdie come to this hypnotic, adrenaline-fueled crime thriller. In a career-defining role, Robert Pattinson stars as Connie Nikas, who embarks on a twisted one-night odyssey through the city’s underworld in a desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail. After a heist goes awry, Connie, a bank robber, spends the night trying to free his mentally handicapped brother, Nick, from being sent to Riker’s Island prison.

Flatliners (PG-13) 110 minutes

January 23, 2018

FLATLINERS –MOVIE—(PG-13)--Five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience, giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the supernatural consequences of trespassing to the other side. This is an excellent remake of the original with a nod: Keifer Sutherland as the head doctor.

Dunkirk (PG-13) 106 minutes

January 23, 2018

DUNKIRK –MOVIE—(PG-13)--From filmmaker Christopher Nolan comes the epic action thriller starring Fionin Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. The story unfolds on land, sea, and air, as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk with enemy troops closing in. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military officers and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.

Crooked House (PG-13) 115 minutes

January 23, 2018

CROOKED HOUSE –MOVIE—(PG-13)--In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man's widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).

Breathe (PG-13) 119 minutes

January 23, 2018

BREATHE –MOVIE—(PG-13)--Andy Serkis directorial debut brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andy Garfield and Claire Foy). This adventurous couple refuses to give up in the face of devastating odds. When Robin is given only a few months to live, Diana plots a daring escape from the hospital and they seek a full and passionate life together, raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping others. A heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.

Blade Runner 2049 (R) 163 minutes

January 23, 2018

BLADE RUNNER 2049MOVIE—(R)--BLU-RAY and DVD. Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for decades. The hunt for the truth begins in this follow-up to one of the most visually spectacular films in cinematic history.

Baywatch (R) 116 minutes

January 23, 2018

BAYWATCH –MOVIE –(R)--Starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, this pop comedy duo go way beyond the call of duty in this wild and outrageous action-packed comedy. A dangerous crime wave hits the beach complicated by drugs. Legendary Lt. Mitch Buchanon (Johnson) leads his elite squad of lifeguards on a mission to prove you don't have to wear a badge to save the bay. A trio of hotshot recruits including former Olympian Matt Brody (Efron) shows they'll ditch the surf to go deep undercover to take down a ruthless businesswoman (Priyanka Chopra) whose devious plans threaten the future of the bay. So suit up for some babe or boy watching of your choice.

Battle of the Sexes (PG-13) 122 minutes

January 23, 2018

BATTLE OF THE SEXES –MOVIE—(PG-13)--Starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carrell as Bobby Riggs in this true story brought to film of the electrifying 1973 tennis match between the then reining women’s tennis champion and the former men’s champion. As fierce rivals on opposite sides of the court and the gender equality issue, Billie Jean and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the sporting world. Filled with heart, humor and biting wit, this movie is a triumphant celebration of the historic contest that changed the game! Raw footage of Billie Jean’s Grand Entrance and more!

American Made (R) 116 minutes

January 23, 2018

AMERICAN MADE –MOVIE –(R)--Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, in an international escapade based on the outrageous, true exploits of a hustler and pilot recruited by the CIA. Tom Cruise plays a commercial pilot who becomes involved with drug smuggling and money laundering. Good cast and a strong storyline, with good acting by the actors playing members of the drug cartels. Overall a fascinating film that might be uncomfortably close to the truth...the U.S. government does not look too good in this film.

A Spy Called James

December 23, 2017

A Spy Called James by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, is the inspiring story of James Lafayette, a Revolutionary War double agent. General Lafayette commanded troops during the Revolution that helped win key battles. He also had a secret weapon—James--an enslaved man from Virginia who was planted in the British camp to spy and spread disinformation about American plans. The British were totally taken in by James, who performed many courageous deeds. Without him, the war might have ended very differently. Lafayette insisted James be freed after the fighting, which is why he took the name Lafayette. (Non-Fiction-Biography)

Woof and Quack in Winter

December 23, 2017

Woof and Quack in Winter by Jamie Swenson, illustrated by Ryann Sias will bring smiles to the faces of all wishful snowbirds. Quack is determined to stick it out with Woof over the cold winter despite his lack of proper boots, among other things. They have a lot of fun making snow ducks and ice skating but at the end of the day, even Woof sees the wisdom of flying south were making sand dogs passes the time nicely. This is a great seasonal early reader. (Early Reader)

Snail and Worm--Three Stories

December 23, 2017

Snail and Worm--Three Stories by Tina Kugler is an early reader. These invertebrates have lots of fun adventures in their garden. Climbing flowers, finding pets, playing tag and making new friends keeps everyone busy. The words have a nice rhythm and the supportive friendship is a great central theme. (Early Reader)

The Way Home in the Night

December 23, 2017

The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi is a perfect bedtime story. His mother carries a small bunny home to bed through the streets of his town. The softly brushed pastel illustrations contribute to the atmosphere of quiet and calm. The peaceful walk allows the bunny to observe what everyone is doing as they end their days. The conclusion is comforting and sweet.

The Road Home

December 23, 2017

The Road Home by Katie Cotton, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby is a tender story of the mother and child bond. Various animal pairs get ready for winter by building nests, flying south and heading home on the long road. A rabbit pair is steps ahead of a wolf and her cub as they race to find a cozy burrow for their winter's sleep. The sweet end emphasizes the importance of being together as the central meaning of home.

A River

December 23, 2017

A River by Marc Martin describes an imaginary journey taken in a small silver boat by a young child. First seen out the bedroom window, the huge river meanders through urban, industrial rural, and jungle settings before emptying into the ocean. The little boat sails on, and just when things are looking a little scary it arrives back home! The illustrations are lovely.

Pigeon P.I.

December 23, 2017

Pigeon P.I. by Meg McLaren is about a not very hard working private detective in bird land. He's enjoying slow times when a small yellow canary upends his life. Her friend has been bird-napped and she just managed to escape. As she pleads with the pigeon to take her case birds start disappearing all over the city. A dastardly thief is loose and Pigeon PI must find out whodunit. Sharp amateur detectives will have fun following the clues.

One Happy Tiger

December 23, 2017

One Happy Tiger by Catherine Rayner introduces the most fabulous tiger. The endearing paintings are so expressive and comical that you don’t even know you’re reading a clever counting book. This is a real favorite. (Board Book)

Hoot and Peep: A Song For Song

December 23, 2017

Hoot and Peep: A Song for Snow by Lita Judge follows two young owls as they patiently wait for the first snow. Peep, the baby, wants to know what snow sounds like as they have songs for all their favorite things--like "scrrinkle scrattle" for falling leaves. Hoot can’t really remember the sound but as the first flakes fall and they play in the winter wonderland he remembers the sound is silence! The illustrations are trade marking whimsical, colorful, buoyant Judge.

Hedgehog and Rabbit--The Scary Wind

December 23, 2017

Hedgehog and Rabbit--The Scary Wind by Pablo Albo is a comedy of errors. Hedgehog and Rabbit are friends who live in a garden full of cabbages and snails (watch for the snails). A fierce wind comes up and scares them enough that they run for their lives. Eventually, they both realize they have abandoned the other to an uncertain fate, which is when the fun begins. Their efforts to help each other are a testament to bravery and friendship.

Grandma's Tiny House

December 23, 2017

Grandma’s Tiny House by Janay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Priscilla Burris is a joyful celebration of life at Grandma’s little house--a rollicking, warm place full of hugs and delicious food. Everyone is having so much fun preparing for the feast they are caught unawares by the number of people they need to seat. Never fear, a solution is at hand! Count with the family as they accumulate scrumptious offerings.

Come Home Already

December 23, 2017

Come Home Already by Jory John and Benji Davies is a crack up. Much to Duck's dismay, he discovers Bear has gone fishing for a week without him. As he considers all the possibilities for amusement in Bear's absence he quickly realizes he has to go find Bear. Bear on the other hand, while not exactly missing Duck, is discovering that solo camping is pretty overrated. The comical expressions they wear as they sort out this dilemma are too cute.

ABC Spanish

December 23, 2017

ABC Spanish by Aless Baylis goes through the alphabet with whimsical animals and objects identified in Spanish and English. A is for ardilla/squirrel, E is for erizo/hedgehog and so on right on to W is for wafle/waffle, the universal treat! The illustrations are delightful. (Foreign Language Book)

 

Jaime Oliver's Christmas Cookbook

December 18, 2017

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook--For the Best Christmas Ever. If you think you have seen everything there is to see in a Christmas cookbook check this one out. It is loaded with terrific ideas, tasty recipes (we tried so many of them with great success that a few of us went out and bought the book) and tips for entertaining without passing out from exhaustion. There is a lot of comforting yet original material between these covers. Highly recommended.

Cook Beautiful

December 18, 2017

Cook Beautiful is by Athena Calderone, the creator of the Eyeswoon web site. She is both a designer and chef and the book reflects her artistic sensibilities. It is lavishly photographed, and yes the author appears in many of the pictures, but there is also a positive, simple philosophy at work that will be a boon in the holiday season. The recipes are heavy on flavor, straightforward in execution and delicious (at least the ones we tried!).

The Wine Lover's Daughter

December 18, 2017

The Wine Lover’s Daughter by Anne Fadiman is a gem, a beautifully written and heartfelt memoir of her famous father Clifton Fadiman. He was a brilliant, erudite raconteur, radio personality, and writer who was a devoted father, loved his wine and had a stellar way with words. He was an avid collector whose enthusiasms occasionally got the better of him. It is a treat to immerse yourself in this family tribute to writers and intellectuals. Clifton Fadiman had his demons, principally his belief that being Jewish was negative, but his humor and brilliance served him and his family well.

Promise Me, Dad

December 18, 2017

Promise Me Dad by Joe Biden is subtitled A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. This memoir is poignant and uplifting all at once. This man has been through more than anyone deserves and still manages to keep the faith. To date, this has been a life of service, and that is his goal for the future as well. The death from cancer of his oldest son Beau only strengthened his resolve to try and make the world a better place. This is an inspirational book, no matter your political persuasion.

Draft No. 4--On the Writing Process

December 18, 2017

Draft No. 4--On the Writing Process by John McPhee is a primer on writing from a master of the craft. While it’s not necessary to have read his work many of the examples come directly from his struggles to refine the subject matter and pace of his works. His advice has universal applicability and is written in the manner of a sage professor who has your best interests at heart. There are a lot of good tips within these covers.

A Connecticut Christmas

December 18, 2017

A Connecticut Christmas by Caryn Davis is a beautiful book “celebrating the holiday in classic New England Style.” It opens with a tour of our own venerable Lockwood Matthews mansion, all spiffed up in Christmas finery. The book tours many towns and areas, with an emphasis on the coast, making it perfect for Rowaytonites!

You Can Run

December 18, 2017

You Can Run by Steve Mosby is a truly creepy trip through a serial killer’s mind. Pursued by detectives after his house is accidentally exposed, John Blythe must use all his wits to escape the dragnet. The detective in charge is obsessed because his first love might be one of the victims. Told in several voices, the plot twists around until the reader is never sure where the truth lies. The characters are well developed and believable and the pages turn quickly!

Strangers in Budapest

December 18, 2017

Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener is excellent historical fiction. It takes place in Budapest in the 1990’s. Will and Annie and their baby move there to set up a business in a country still reeling from decades of communist rule. The author lived in Budapest during that time and her descriptions of life as an expat are expertly done. As they become embroiled in a friend’s request to look in on an elderly gentleman the suspense ratchets up and circumstances get more complicated. This is a well-written, fascinating glimpse of trying to build a life where nothing is familiar.

Sleep No More

December 18, 2017

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by PD James is a collection of wickedly clever and dark stories, some with a Christmas theme. They are short and witty, with well-developed characters and twisty plotlines. The point of view is often unusual and memory plays a major role. Evil generally gets its comeuppance, often in dastardly ways. This is a lot of fun to read this time of year!

The Shadow District

December 18, 2017

The Shadow District by In Arnarldur Indridson is a mystery set in Reykjavik. Two detectives in the present must reach back into the past to find the connections between an unsolved WWII era murder, and the death of an old man in the present day. Vividly atmospheric and a good police procedural; this is the beginning of a new series. The characters are crusty and the historical background of the way life changed when overseas troops arrived is fascinating.

The Man in the Crooked Hat

December 18, 2017

The Man in the Crooked Hat by Harry Dolan is terrific. He writes really well and has such original plots and interesting characters. In this book, Jack Pellum is just starting out as an independent private investigator after a terrible year in which his wife was murdered and he left the Detroit police force. He is rightly obsessed with finding his wife's killer, who may or may not be connected to the titular man. The secondary characters are also believable and well developed. The twisted path to different truths is intriguing. Highly recommended.

Deadly Cure

December 18, 2017

Deadly Cure by Lawrence Goldstone is a page-turner. Set in New York City in 1899 it is a medical mystery and a thriller. The writing is tight and the sense of place very strong. The details on medical care at the turn of the century make the plot very realistic. You can easily imagine how challenging it was, even for heroic doctors, to make patients better. Add in nefarious villains and the difficulties are potentially insurmountable.

Rake Season 4 (NR) 461 minutes

December 17, 2017

RAKE, Series 4 –SERIES--(NR)--Law, and disorder in this smart, cheeky, and funny legal series from Australia. Smart but self-destructive lawyer Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) faces new challenges to his career and his personal life in the return of this series. Last seen dangling from a runaway hot-air balloon, Cleaver crashes into the window of wanted criminal Edgar Thompson (John Waters). Forced out of hiding, Edgar stirs up a huge corruption scandal involving most of the politicians in Sydney and vows revenge on Cleaver, who runs for his life. His best friend's wife, Scarlet (Danielle Cormack) tries to explain her new relationship to her kids, and the former prostitute turned celebrity writer Melissa (Adrienne Pickering) returns to Australia in disgrace, harboring a serious addiction. Later, the sudden death of a colleague shocks Clever and his friends. Guest stars include Miriam Margolyes, Rachael Blake, and Sara Wiseman.

House of Cards Season 5 (NR) 683 minutes

December 17, 2017

HOUSE OF CARDS, Season 5 –SERIES—(NR)--In the midst of the presidential election, tensions mount in the White House as Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) continue to navigate their political careers and redefine their relationships--particularly with each other. Season five of the Emmy Award-winning political drama is marked by violent power plays, new alliances, stunning betrayals and, as always, a desire to win at any cost---and not just from Frank Underwood

Father Brown Season 5 (NR) 750 minutes

December 17, 2017

FATHER BROWN, Season 5 –SERIES—(NR)--Father Brown (Mark Brown) cycles back for another season of more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford. In this charming series based on the short stories by G. K. Chesterton, each episode sees the inimitable priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. This season, a Duke and Duchess visit the village at Christmas time, but the community is thrown into chaos when the couple’s baby boy goes missing. When a female author is murdered, Father Brown turns to her novels for guidance. And when a boxer is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Father Brown uncovers a well-planned betting sting. It’s a story full of deceit and betrayal, but who has been playing whom?

Fargo Season 3 (NR) 521 minutes

December 17, 2017

FARGO, Season 3SERIES—(NR)--From creator Noah Hawley, the new installment of Fargo is an all-new “true crime” tale starring Ewan McGregor in dual roles as Emmit Stussy and his slightly younger brother Ray. Their sibling rivalry leads to a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cutthroat competitive bridge in a small Midwestern town.

The Fall Season 3 (NR) 366 minutes

December 17, 2017

THE FALL, Series 3 –SERIES—(NR)--A Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) continue their cat-and-mouse game as the “harrowing yet riveting” (Independent UK) psychological thriller comes to a heart-pounding conclusion. Following the shocking events of Series 2, Spector lies in the hospital in critical condition. But when he awakes, he seems to be suffering from memory loss and claims he doesn’t remember committing any murders. Determined to make Spector pay for his crimes, Gibson compiles evidence against him, but she faces opposition from her superiors and a formidable defense team that accuses her of an inappropriate relationship with Spector. With the odds now stacked against Gibson, will Spector ever see justice?

Doc Martin Season 8 (NR) 380 minutes

December 17, 2017

DOC MARTIN, Season 8 –SERIES—(NR)--After all their ups and downs as a couple, Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) and his wife, Louisa (Caroline Catz) are finally living together with their son, James Henry, but their problems are far from over. With Louisa's encouragement, James Henry has grown attached to Buddy the dog, but the four-legged friend disgusts Martin. In need of a new nanny, Louisa finds she juggling too many responsibilities and considers switching careers, causing a rift with Martin. Portwenn is abuzz about a wedding, the Larges are still hoping to profit, and aunt Ruth (Eileen Atkins) may decide to sell the family farm. Nothing but changes, and how will Martin cope?

Deep Water Miniseries (NR) 221 minutes

December 17, 2017

DEEP WATER–MINISERIES—(NR)--Inspired by true events! When a young gay man is brutally murdered near Bondi Beach, Detectives Tory Lustigman (Yael Stone) and Nick Manning (Noah Taylor) are assigned to investigate. After more bodies are found, Tori link the deaths to a series of murders of gay men in the 1980's and ‘90's. Overlooked by police at the time the crimes were reported as unexplained deaths, suicides, and disappearances, but Tori suspects they are all connected, despite her commanding officer's (William McInnes) calls for caution. Striving to bring closure to the victims' families and haunted by the long-ago loss of her own brother, Tori's fascination with the case soon turns to fixation. "Addictive, electrifying watch, with a cracking pace and several stirring performances. Australian.

Death in Paradise Season 6 (NR) 440 minutes

December 17, 2017

DEATH IN PARADISE, Season 6 –SERIES—(NR)--More captivating cases erupt this season as D.I. Humphrey Goodman pursues romance and wrongdoers side-by-side on the lush isle of Saint Marie. Humphrey and team struggle to unearth clues in a scientist's volcano-side demise, while a literature student's death near a cliff nearly consumes Florence. Then, a hotel owner's murder shatters Humphrey's quiet weekend away with an old friend and budding lover Martha. The sleepy island community roils with the deaths of a cricket club president, popular mayoral candidate, and boat captain, whose murder leads Humphrey, Dwayne, and Florence to the heart of London.

The Crown Season 1 (NR) 600 minutes

December 17, 2017

THE CROWN, Season 1 –SERIES—(NR)--This winner of the Golden Globe Best TV Drama Series, shows us the British Empire in decline, the political world in disarray, and a young woman taking the throne of England…a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Created by Peter Morgan, this series explores the Queen’s private journey behind the public façade with daring frankness. Matt Smith as Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and John Lithgow as Churchill.

Black Sails Season 4 (NR) 596 minutes

December 17, 2017

BLACK SAILS, Season 4SERIES--(NR)-- Its war in the West Indies, and the shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier. While Eleanor Guthrie and Woods Rogers hold Nassau, Captain Flint sails to strike the final blow…and from the interior, an insurgency builds, fueled by the legend of Long John Silver. But the closer civilization comes to defeat, the more desperately and destructively, it will fight back.

Leap! Children's Movie (PG) 89 minutes

December 17, 2017

LEAP –CHILDREN’S MOVIE--(PG)--Eleven-year-old orphan Felicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend, Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative, exuberant boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But there's a catch: Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler) and her wicked mother, Régine (Kate McKinnon). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), who, along with Victor's encouraging friendship, helps her reach for the stars.

Cars 3 Children's Movie (G) 103 minutes

December 17, 2017

CARS 3 –CHILDREN’S MOVIE-(G)--Owen Wilson stars in this epic adventure packed with heart, hilarity and full-throttle FUN! Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers led by arrogant hotshot Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is suddenly sidelined and pushed from the sport he loves. To get back on track, he'll need the help of eager young racing technician Cruz Ramirez (), inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected twists and turns of fate. Bring home the high-octane hit that's fully loaded with unforgettable characters and spectacular.

My Journey Through French Cinema (NR) 190 minutes

December 17, 2017

MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA –DOCUMENTARY—(NR)---Hailed by The New York Times as exhilarating and inspiring, “Deep, Thoughtful, Immersive…Mr. Tavernier turned movie love into criticism but, like all good critics, he never fell out of love. It’s delightful to share in that passion.” Director Bernard Tavernier was a lawyer who preferred to write film reviews. This is his personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PG) 97 minutes

December 17, 2017

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, TRUTH TO POWER –DOCUMENTARY—(PG)--More important than ever! Climate Changes. Truth Does Not. Ten years after the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions. Eye-opening, alarming, and compelling.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (NR) 89 minutes

December 17, 2017

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL –DOCUMENTARY—(NR)--PBS presents Steve James’, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud, the indictment and trial force the Sung family to defend themselves and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Viceroy's House (NR) 106 minutes

December 17, 2017

VICEROY’S HOUSE –MOVIE-(NR)--Based on a true story, this is a Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham) film. New nations are rarely born in peace…India, 1947: Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) is dispatched along with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country's transition from British rule to independence. Taking his place in the resplendent mansion known as the Viceroy's House, Mountbatten arrives hopefully for a peaceful transference of power. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking, setting off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart. With sumptuous period detail, Director Gurinder Chadha brings to life a pivotal historical moment that re-shaped the world.

Lady MacBeth (R) 90 minutes

December 17, 2017

LADY MACBETH –MOVIE-(R)--This is not Shakespeare! It is 1865 rural England. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless, dictatorial and embittered husband, Alexander (Christopher Fairbanks). She was sold into a marriage with a cold and unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle (R) 141 minutes

December 17, 2017

KINGSMAN 2: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE –MOVIE-(R)--Kingsman, an independent international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. Now our heroes face a new challenge when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held, hostage. James Bond On Laughing GasRolling Stone. Connecting with an allied spy agency, Statesman, in the U.S. these two elites, secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy (Taron Egerton). Starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Elton John and Tatum Channing.

Home Again (PG-13) 98 minutes

December 17, 2017

HOME AGAIN –MOVIE-(PG-13)--Alice (Reese Witherspoon), a recently separated mother of two, finds her life upended when three young, charismatic filmmakers move into her guesthouse. But her unlikely new family and a budding romance come to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. A story of love, friendship, and the families we create, this modern romantic comedy has one very big life lesson: starting over is not for beginners! From Nancy Meyers, producer of The Holiday, The Intern, and It’s Complicated and written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer.

The Hitman's Bodyguard (R) 118 minutes

December 17, 2017

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD –MOVIE –(R)--The world's top protection agent Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's most notorious hit men Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years, and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades, and a merciless Eastern European dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Sonia Kincaid, Jackson's equally notorious wife.