All Ears, All EyesApril 4, 2017
All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson is mesmerizing. Every page is a poem to the gathering darkness. Children will love searching out the details in each painting, as the woodland creatures get ready to say goodnight. This is a really beautiful book
I Am Not ScaredApril 4, 2017
I Am Not Scared by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant is adorable. An impending roller coaster ride is the source of a debate between two bears about what is truly scary in life. The illustrations are terrific and the snake steals the show. Everyone will get a laugh out of this one.
We're all WondersApril 4, 2017
We’re all Wonders by R.J. Palacio is based on the themes she wrote about in the bestselling book Wonder. The boy in the story does not look ordinary. His mother tells him he’s a unique wonder, but sometimes people don’t see that and are mean. When that happens he and his dog Daisy escape to Pluto where old friends give him courage. The ending is upbeat and reinforces the idea that when “you look with kindness you will always find wonder."
Mama's KissesApril 4, 2017
Mama’s Kisses by Kate McMullan, illustrated by Tao Nyeu, is a lovely bedtime story. A panda, an orangutan, a leopard and an elephant parent are looking for their babies to put them to bed. A group search ensues, and when the babies’ cover is blown each parent sings a special lullaby to their charge. The words are calming and the softly colored pictures are a perfect match.
Hattie Peck: The Journey HomeApril 4, 2017
Hattie Peck: The Journey Home by Emma Levey is the story of Hattie Peck, who loved eggs. She especially loved all the different creatures that came out of them; all of who made her home a cheerful, occasionally chaotic place. Hattie’s family made lots of happy memories in their home but the time to leave the nest arrived. After successfully shepherding her charges to independence a lovely ending awaits.
Mr. Postmouse Takes a TripApril 4, 2017
Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip by Marianne DuBuc is the second book about Mr. Postmouse. He’s off on a worldwide vacation with his family, taking a sack of mail and gifts, as a postmouse’s job is never done! The detailed illustrations are an adventure in themselves as the mouse family traverses all kinds of countries and has all kinds of adventures. The mice children have a literal blast!
Babar's Guide to ParisApril 4, 2017
Babar’s Guide to Paris by Laurent de Brunhoff gives Babar the opportunity to guide his niece through his favorite city. Naturally he begins with suggestions for cafes and restaurants, moving on to the stellar museums, gardens and monuments. The main point he makes is that there is a surprise on every block. The paintings of the elephants enjoying the sites of the city are beguiling.
A Good Day For a HatApril 4, 2017
A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller, illustrated by Rob Hodgson, certainly shows the virtues of being prepared for anything. Bear has the perfect hat for all kinds of weather and every occasion. His permanently jaunty smile is no doubt due to the fact that he always “has a hat for that." The ending is great!
A Song about MyselfApril 4, 2017
A Song About Myself by John Keats, illustrated by Chris Raschka, is an untitled poem Keats included in a letter to his sister during a trip to Scotland when he was twenty-two. There is marvelous wordplay and colorful watercolors that seem to soar over the pages like the thoughts that would someday become some of the world’s most romantic poetry. In the end he “stood in his shoes and he wondered, he wondered," a perfect way to think about writing poetry. (Non-Fiction)
Penguin Day: A Family StoryApril 4, 2017
Penguin Day: A Family Story by Nic Bishop uses spectacular photographs and text to tell the story of a rock hopper penguin family. These are the smallest penguins but they are very feisty! The young penguin must wait for his mother to come back from a perilous sea voyage before he can eat. She dodges predators and surfs huge waves before breakfast; it’s all very impressive! (Non-Fiction)
Big Cat, Little CatApril 4, 2017
Big Cat, little Cat by Elisha Cooper is a tender look at the lives of cats. Big cat is alone until a little cat comes to stay. Big cat teaches little cat everything he needs to know and they have wonderful years together with their family as little cat grows and grows. After many years Big Cat “goes away” and little cat is alone, until the next little cat arrives and is shown the ropes by the former little cat. Simple black and white illustrations capture the curiosity and whimsy of cats.
RainApril 4, 2017
Rain by Sam Usher is certainly timely. A boy and his grandfather wait out seemingly endless rain before they can have an adventure. The watercolor drawings are the perfect medium for portraying the softening effects of rain. The boy longs for voyages to floating cities where acrobats roam. When they can venture out at last his patience is rewarded.
Hooray For BirdsApril 4, 2017
Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins is effervescent and energetic. Her trademark primary color paintings are perfectly suited to this charming exploration of what fun it is to be a bird. Have a seat and enjoy the rhyming text and beautiful arrangements of our feathered friends. This is a perfect springtime read!
Over Easy--Sweet & Savory Recipes for Leisurely DaysMarch 26, 2017
Over Easy--Sweet & Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days by Joy Wilson (of Joy the Baker blog fame) is a must read, especially for breakfast cooks. We salivated over the multiple, imaginative egg recipes. She is based in New Orleans so there is a southern twist to many of the recipes. The photos are sparkling and inspiring.
Ill WillMarch 26, 2017
Ill Will by Dan Chaon can be read for terrific prose, chilling and tangled timelines and expert character development. The plot centers on two crimes decades apart and is narrated via multiple points of view. The power of memory and the ability of people to delude themselves paces the book. Will the past overthrow the present? How much danger can build up before it’s recognized? The central character is a psychologist who survived a very dark childhood. His baggage makes him too easily led, putting everyone around him in danger.
In Farleigh FieldMarch 26, 2017
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen delivers a classic WWII country house mystery with a historical twist. There were some among the upper classes who wanted to make peace with Hitler’s Germany. When an unidentified body plummets from the skies onto the Farleigh Hall grounds suspicion falls on the residents of the estate and village. Who might be a spy? Bowen knows her territory and this stand alone is a diverting read.
Leopard at the DoorMarch 26, 2017
Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh is haunting. Kenya in the 1950’s is really the main character of this historical novel. It has a very strong sense of place; the descriptions of the countryside and the people are the backdrops to tensions that will come to a boil with the Mau Mau rebellion. The young, somewhat naive central character is Rachel, coming home after six years away in boarding school in England where she was sent after her mother died. The changes she encounters are huge, but she must find a way forward even as turmoil threatens to overwhelm her.
The Young Widower's HandbookMarch 26, 2017
The Young Widower’s Handbook is a debut novel by Tom McAllister that tackles the challenging question of what you do when your life is turned upside down. Hunter is a widowed newlywed. No spoiler here, she dies on page 2 and there is that giveaway title. Kait’s death unmoors him and his only coherent thought after the funeral is to get away and do some of the travelings they always talked about. The second part of the book is the road trip he embarks on with her ashes, complete with zany characters. McAllister’s writing is excellent and wins you over despite the sadness of the theme.
This Close to HappyMarch 26, 2017
This Close to Happy by Daphne Merkin is a brave book about her lifelong battle with depression. No punches are pulled in her descriptions of what it is like to live with a debilitating illness that can prevent you from engaging in life. The nature vs. nurture argument is examined closely. She had an extremely difficult childhood with a “Mommy Dearest” mother and a witch of a nanny. It’s nothing short of amazing she survived. This is not easy reading but very helpful in understanding what it is like to live when you’re not always sure you want to. (Non-Fiction)
Distress SignalsMarch 26, 2017
Distress Signals by Catherine Howard takes noir suspense to the world of luxury cruise ships. The information about how these resorts on the sea function is as interesting as the murder and mayhem. The main characters are either searching for their lost loved ones or trying to stay alive in extenuating circumstances. The tension builds nicely.
I See YouMarch 26, 2017
I See You by Claire Mackintosh is not for late night reading. The tension never really lets up as games of cat and mouse unfold and women are targeted by assailants who “see them” on their commutes. It all starts when Zoe sees an ad for a website called findtheone.com with a photo of her she did not authorize. You will never feel the same about riding Metro North again!
The AntiquesMarch 26, 2017
The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino is a portrait of family dysfunction that becomes even more byzantine with the death of the family patriarch and the ruin of the family antique business. It is somewhat reminiscent of ‘The Nest’ but snarkier. It mostly takes place in Hudson, NY after Hurricane Sandy. A Magritte painting is the root of the discord as it must be sold. The siblings are all flawed in their own way, some dramatically more than others, but the family manages to make its way forward with some laughs as well.
Back Pocket Pasta--Inspired Dinners to Cook on the FlyMarch 26, 2017
Back Pocket Pasta--Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly by Colu Henry profiles the simple and delicious in a practical recipe collection. A well-stocked pantry is a key to having delectable dinners prepared in a short period of time. Good dried pasta in various shapes, along with imaginative combinations of sauces, puts great dinners on the table in the time it takes to boil water. Keep up your supply of tuna, lemon, spices and parmesan and you’re on your way!
The Lost Book of the GrailMarch 26, 2017
The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett is set in the mystical English city of Barchester. Arthur Prescott is an unenthusiastic English professor, besotted with the local cathedral, obsessed with the mythical Holy Grail and struggling to finish his guidebook to the cathedral. The arrival of a young American intent on digitizing the library throws him into a tizzy but they end up with a lot in common and a fierce desire to protect the ancient library. Thrills and fun abound, along with an intriguing historical background.
Growing Native--Bringing Natural Beauty to your GardenMarch 26, 2017
Growing Native--Bringing Natural Beauty to your Garden by Lynn M. Steiner is a practical, beautifully photographed book about the benefits of growing native cultivars. It’s interspersed with bee, butterfly and bird facts, all of which are inspiring! Get started this spring and enjoy the results this summer. It’s a huge plus that along the way your garden can help our native fauna proper.
Lincoln in the BardoMarch 26, 2017
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is heartbreaking and mind-bending. The author weaves the stories of multiple characters who are stalled in between life on earth and the afterlife. The arrival of Lincoln’s young son Willie initiates a great clamoring--the denizens of the Bardo marvel that Abe Lincoln comes to see Willie. The battle to make sure Willie finds peace is the suspenseful heart of this enthralling novel. Highly recommended.
Turpentine LaneMarch 26, 2017
Turpentine Lane by Eleanor Lipman, is written in her trademark droll fashion. Becoming an adult is a challenge even when you are doing all the right things like getting engaged, buying a house and holding down a good job. Laugh out loud moments in this very enjoyable rom-com are frequent. The humor is subtle and clever, and Faith Frankel and her friends and family will leave you smiling for days.
The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipess for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and NoodlesMarch 26, 2017
The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam’s Favorite Soup and Noodles by Andrea Nguyen teaches you how to make this delicious, vibrant Vietnamese dish in all its permutations. Multiple recipes are showcased, from fast weeknight options to fancier feasts. She is perfectly happy to include recipes that use boxed chicken broth that is then spiced up. The techniques are straightforward and it’s always fun to stretch your flavor profile.
Elle Foreign Movie (R) 131 minutesMarch 20, 2017
ELLE--FOREIGN Movies--(R)-- French: Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. Michèle (Isabelle Hubert) seems indestructible as head of a leading video game company, bringing the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game - a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
Tanna (NR) 104 minutes Nauval with English subtitlesMarch 20, 2017
TANNA – Movies--(NR)--Nauval with English Subtitles: A 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, follows one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific on the island of Tanna, as a young girl, Wawa (Maria Wawa) falls in love with her chief 's grandson, Dain (Mungau Dain). But when war with their enemies escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away but are pursued by warriors of both tribes. With their lives on the line, the star-crossed lovers must choose between their hearts and the peaceful future of the tribe. This was shot entirely on location and most of the cast played their own roles in the film.
American Masters: Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Documentary (NR) 114 minutesMarch 20, 2017
American Masters: MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE - DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--PBS and this film celebrate Dr. Maya Angelou, “a redwood tree with deep roots in American culture”. By weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her life during some of America s most defining moments. Interspersed with remarkable interviews with family and friends. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.
Chasing Ice Documentary (PG-13) 75 minutesMarch 20, 2017
CHASING ICE - DOCUMENTARY (PG-13)--In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. This story on one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of your changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland. The photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life. The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself battling untested technology in subzero conditions, coming face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
ESPN 30 for 30: O.J. Made in America Documentary (NR) 463 minutesMarch 20, 2017
Espn 30 for 30: O.J. MADE IN AMERICA - DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--OSCAR WINNER for BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, it is the defining cultural tale of modern America, an essential examination of the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson, and parallels between his incredible story with that of race in America. This critically acclaimed documentary series reveals how he first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife’s murder, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later. He is a story that divided America like few things before or since, and it is perhaps the defining cultural tale of twentieth-century America. From the producers of ESPA Films, 30 for 30 and Peabody and Emmy award-winning director Ezra Edelman.
The Weissensee Saga Season 1 Foreign Series (NR) 244 minutesMarch 20, 2017
THE WEISSENSEE SAGA, SEASON 1 – Foreign SERIES--(NR)--This sweeping GERMAN family saga of conflicting loyalties, betrayal, love and hope, is set in 1980s East Berlin. Hans Kupfer (Uwe Kockisch) stars as a Stasi officer whose youngest son, Martin, falls in love with the daughter of a dissident, Dunja Hausmann. The Kupfers are powerful in the Communist system - father Hans and eldest son Falk are officers in the notorious Stasi secret service, and younger son, Martin, is a policeman. By contrast, the Hausmanns are dissidents. Mother Dunja is under surveillance as a singer, and daughter Julia has a record as being politically unreliable. But both families become fatefully intertwined when Martin falls in love with Julia, in defiance of his family's political alliances. The young couple will have to take on the world and both their families to see their love through.
Spiral (Engrenages) Season 5 Foreign Series (NR) 633 minutesMarch 20, 2017
SPIRAL, (ENGRENAGES), SEASON 5 – Foreign SERIES--(NR)--This French police thriller, hailed around the world, reveals society’s ever-changing codes of law: a dark series with constant and increasing tension. Intentionally monochromatic photography, starkly filmed decomposing corpses, autopsies and intense interrogations set the tone for this gritty, realistic cop show. Season 5 starts with the shocking double murder of a woman and a girl that plunges characters into the world of organized crime, narcotics, and gangs. Between the cops, the lawyers, the judges, and courts, career ladder-climbing, in-depth searching into police manipulation: no one will emerge from the ordeal unscathed.
Spiral (Engrenages) Season 4 Foreign Series (NR) 649 minutesMarch 20, 2017
SPIRAL, (ENGRENAGES), SEASON 4 – Foreign SERIES--(NR)--This French police thriller is a dark series with constant and increasing tension, with intentionally monochromatic photography. Season 4 begins with an investigation by Police Captain Laure Berthaud into the accidental bombing death of a young left-wing extremist who was active with a group that offered support to illegal immigrants. Defense lawyer Josephine Karlsson stands with the immigrants but finds that her anti-establishment choices this time could backfire big time. Former public prosecutor Pierre Clement agrees to represent the organized crime boss Johnny Jackal, while Judge Robana discovers that one of his fellow magistrates has charged a man previously acquitted of serial rape.
Inspector and the Sea (Der Kommissar und das Meer) Season 2 (NR) 535 minutesMarch 20, 2017
INSPECTOR AND THE SEA, (Der Kommissar und das Meer), SEASON 2 – SERIES--(NR)--This blockbuster German crime series takes place on the Swedish island of Gotland. Laid-back German police inspector Robert Anders (Walter Sittler) has moved to the island to be with his Swedish wife, Line (Paprika Steen) and their two children. Anders has the job of solving crimes on Gotland, a German among Swedes, living on an island with a phobia of water he’ll have to overcome. Behind the façade of Visby’s brightly colored houses lurk criminals of all stripes. They move among the residents and the summertime tourists from all over Europe who vacation in cottages that line the beaches. Together with his loyal deputy Karin Jacobsson, charming, capable Thomas WIttberg and sardonic pathologist Ewa, they must delve below the surfaces of lives to discover the dark secrets hidden by everyone, victims, and perpetrators alike. This second season is as riveting as the first!
Grace and Frankie Season 2 (NR) 389 minutesMarch 20, 2017
GRACE And FRANKIE, SEASON 2 – SERIES--(NR)--After learning their ex-husbands plan to marry one another, lifelong rivals Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) end up sharing the beach house. This season life moves on for them and their families, with business ventures, health crisis, love interests and breakups and of course, death too. Through it, all the dialog is unabashedly funny and to the point, never dodging or trying to pretty up the mess that life so often is, but confronting it head on, and making us laugh at them and ourselves.
A Place to Call Home Season 4 (NR) 629 minutesMarch 20, 2017
A PLACE TO CALL HOME, SEASON 4 – SERIES--(NR)--The smash hit drama returns with nurse Sarah (Marta Dusseldorp) and the wealthy Bligh family face new challenges amid the sweeping social change in 1950’s Australia. Facing off against the villainous new wife Regina (Jenni Baird) of her former flame, George (Brett Climo). The wealthy Bligh family must confront the new challenges, both at home and politically. Also starring formidable dowager Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst), grandson James (David Berry), and his estranged wife, Olivia (Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, as they forge fragile new peace and find ways to expose those they knowingly distrust.
The Code Season 2 (NR) 351 minutesMarch 20, 2017
THE CODE, Season 2 – SERIES--(NR)--Months after unleashing a storm in the Australian government by exposing corrupt officials, hacker Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman) and his journalist brother, Ned (Dan Spielman), face the threat of extradition to the US on serious criminal charges. Fortunately for them, Australian authorities have an explosive case they cannot crack, and Jesse might have the skills they need to do it. The government’s target is the brilliant but volatile Jan Roth (Anthony LaPaglia), proprietor of an online bazaar of elicits weapons, drugs, and dangerous ideas. Exchanging Jesse’s computer expertise for their freedom, the Banks brothers and Jesse’s girlfriend, Hani (Adele Perovic), delve into Roth’s dark world. But getting close to Roth could cost the trio not only their lives but also all that they hold dear.
The Killing Season 4 (NR) 270 minutesMarch 20, 2017
THE KILLING, Season 4 – SERIES--(NR)--One of the television’s most suspenseful series ever comes to a powerful, thought-provoking close. Following the shocking murder of her former lover, Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) joins her partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) in a race to destroy evidence that would implicate Linden in the crime. Meanwhile, the two must resolve a case involving the horrifying slaying of a prominent family whose son is enrolled in a respected military academy. Also featuring Joan Allen, the absorbing final season of this acclaimed show is riveting, addictive entertainment.
Lucifer Season 1 (NR) 560 minutesMarch 20, 2017
LUCIFER, Season 1 – SERIES--(NR)--Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has relocated to the City of Angels, where he indulges in a heck of a good time. When a beautiful pop star is murdered before his eyes, Lucifer feels something for the first time in 10 billion years. Is it his natural desire to punish the wicked? Or something else like compassion? When LAPD homicide detective Chloe Decker investigates the murder, she is both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer, who helps her solve the crime. Intrigued by Chloe’s inherent goodness, Lucifer wonders if there might be hope for him yet maybe even a chance at redemption. There’s no rest for the wicked as you’ll be tempted to binge-watch all 13 sexy, dark and irreverent episodes of this high-spirited, hell-raising and devilish series.
Moonlight (R) 111 minutesMarch 20, 2017
MOONLIGHT – Movies–(R) - OSCAR WINNER for BEST PICTURE, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR and BEST WRITING ADAPTED SCREENPLAY, Mahershala Ali. Ali, as the neighborhood drug dealer, Juan, who together with his caring girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monae) gives timely guidance to young Chiron (Ashton Sanders). Chiron’s story is a timeless tale of human connection and self-discovery. Chronicling three defining chapters in his life, young adolescence, and mid-teen and young adult, as a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, including Kevin (Jharrel Jerome) and Mom/Paula (Naomie Harris). Moonlight is a profoundly moving portrayal of the coming-of-age moments, people and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.
Manchester By the Sea (R) 137 minutesMarch 20, 2017
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – Movies--(R) -OSCAR WINNER for BEST LEAD ACTOR and BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY. Award-winning writer-director Kenneth Lonergan gives us this gem of a powerhouse film, deeply moving, with hope as an underlying theme. Solitary Boston janitor Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) suddenly becomes the sole guardian of his only brother Joe’s (Kyle Chandler) son, 16-year-old Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Trying to come to terms with a traumatic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and his former hometown. Uncle and nephew unite for an unforgettable journey of love, grief, community, sacrifice and hope.
Hacksaw Ridge (R) 139 minutesMarch 20, 2017
HACKSAW RIDGE – Movies – (R)--OSCAR WINNER for BEST FILM EDITING and BEST SOUNDS MIXING. Based on the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), the first Conscientious Objector to receive the Medal of Honor from President Truman for his extraordinary work as a medic in the South Pacific in WWII. On Okinawa, he singles-handily, during the bloodiest battle, after the US troops had pulled back, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. He believed that while the war was justified, the killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers, included 2 Japanese, was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.
Fences (PG-13) 138 minutesMarch 20, 2017
FENCES – Movies – (PG-13)--OSCAR WINNER for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Viola Davis playing Rose Maxson, the wife of Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington), who makes his living as a sanitation worker in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Set in 1950’s Pittsburgh. The film takes a passionate look at former Negro league baseball player Maxson as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. Once he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter. Washington’s directorial triumph pulses with the universal truths of love and forgiveness, despite what lies beyond your own fence.
Arrival (PG-13) 116 minutesMarch 20, 2017
ARRIVAL – Movies – (PG-13)- Oscar nominee for Best Picture and Best Director. It starts as a normal day. When twelve mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world, - led by linguistics professor and expert code breaker Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. In Montana at the site, which is under military control, led by Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) who reports directly back to D.C. and working closely with colleague Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), Louise and the task force are being rushed for answers. Mankind teeters on the verge of global war, and Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Jackie (R) 100 minutesMarch 20, 2017
JACKIE – Movies – (R)-- Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie (Natalie Portman) places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. Bobbie Kennedy (Peter Saarsgard); JFK (Casper Phillipson); Lyndon B. Johnson (John Carroll Lynch); Ladybird Johnson (Beth Grant); The Priest (John Hurd); The Journalist (Billy Crudup).
Allied (R) 124 minutesMarch 20, 2017
ALLIED – Movies – (R) This is “a romantic thriller not to be missed” (according to ABC-TV). In 1942, when Canadian Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), stationed in North Africa, encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they return to London, intending to marry, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Max learns from the Secret Service Division that his wife Marianne (Marion Cotillard) may be secretly working with the enemy. With only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable, this exciting race against time is an experience that critics are calling “the best movie of the year” (Hollywood Today Live)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (R) 113 minutesMarch 20, 2017
BILLY LYNN’s LONG HALFTIME WALK - Movies-- (R)--Director Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to this story based on the widely acclaimed, bestselling novel. The story is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing battle in Iraq and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through a sequence of flashbacks, the truth about what really happened is revealed- contrasting the realities of the war with America’s distorted perceptions of heroism. Co-starring Kristen Stewart as Billy’s sister, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.
Our Kind of Traitor (R) 94 minutesMarch 20, 2017
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR – Movies--(R) When Peter and his girlfriend, Gail, cross paths with the charismatic Dima on their Moroccan holiday, the forceful Russian is quick to challenge Peter to a friendly game of tennis. But this innocuous contest is not all it seems--Dima is a long-time servant of the Russian mafia, whose new boss, "The Prince," wants him and his family dead. His only hope is to ask the unsuspecting Peter to broker his sanctuary with the British intelligence services, in return for exposing a vein of corruption that runs right through the heart of the City of London. Soon they find themselves on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps and, with the might of the Russian mafia closing in, begin to realize this particular match has the highest stakes of all... Written by Productions The G
Passengers (PG-13) 116 minutesMarch 20, 2017
PASSENGERS – Movies --(PG-13)--Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jim (Chris Pratt) star in a high-stakes adventure about two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before the reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.
The Blue HourMarch 12, 2017
The Blue Hour by Isabel Simler is a peaceful, beautiful hymn to all flora and fauna that share the color blue, and the quiet time at dusk. The illustrations are stunning. The quiet blue hour sets the relaxing tone for a tour of the world of blue. Who knew how many shades of a single color could appear in nature in such perfect harmony. This book is a work of art.
Good Night OwlMarch 12, 2017
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli finds Owl ready for bed but bothered by a SQUEAK he cannot locate. The reader will immediately see who is making the noise, which makes the owls fruitless searching very funny. All is resolved by bedtime!
Gus's GarageMarch 12, 2017
Gus’s Garage by Leo Timmers will definitely make you smile. Gus runs a garage full of loose ends and bits of machinery that look disorganized but is a treasure trove for those in need. Each page spread shows how Gus constructs just what his customer needs from the piles of metal and “junk." It’s ingenious and sweet and by the end, the garage is looking quite neat!
Play with MeMarch 12, 2017
Play with Me by Michelle Lee is about two friends whose understanding of play needs sorting out. Nico the bear has a cello he is happily playing, and Pip the piglet is full of ideas on what they can do together. Pip tries everything he can think of to interest Nico in a joint venture to no avail. Frustration gives way to a perfect solution. The illustrations are a lovely match to the back and forth dialogue.
HippopotamisterMarch 12, 2017
Hippopotamister by John Green is a graphic novel about animals living in a zoo that has seen better days. Roofs are leaking, rust is accumulating and the residents are bored and the lion is suffering from split ends in his mane. The hippo is anxious to try life outside the walls and see if there is a job outside that he can “master." His buddy red panda is his guide and muse, with mixed results as they experiment with all kinds of employment. All ends well as hippo and red panda each play to their strengths for the betterment of all. This is a fast-paced, rollicking story. (Graphic Novel)
Everywhere WonderMarch 12, 2017
Everywhere Wonder by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr, starts with the desire to share a story. Stop and notice all the wonders of the world and you will have a million questions about all the amazing things that are there. A story is a gift! Children and adults will appreciate the wide-eyed joy that greets every new thing.
A Cat Named SwanMarch 12, 2017
A Cat Named Swan by Holly Hobbie will warm the hearts of all cat lovers. The watercolors are perfection, and the story arc from abandonment to a happy home is heartwarming. Hobbie has really captured the movements of cats and has basically read their minds. It all feels very much like Swan is talking to the reader.
AntoinetteMarch 12, 2017
Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson tells the tale of Antoinette, a poodle puppy in a bulldog family who is finding her way. Her brothers are all known for their strength and smarts. One fateful afternoon the poodle puppy Ooh La La goes missing. Antoinette’s tenacity saves the day. Paris and its museums provide a fascinating backdrop for the canine adventures.
Noisy NightMarch 12, 2017
Noisy Night by Mac Barnett, pictures by Brian Briggs, travels up the floors of an apartment building exploring the various ways noise can be made. Each occupant is making a commotion while noticing a different noise “above my head." The cacophony eventually reaches the top floor--does it get quiet? Everyone will have fun guessing what the noises are before turning the page to the next floor.
Tugboat Bill and the River RescueMarch 12, 2017
Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue by Calista Brill and Tad Carpenter is a great story of a tugboat and a barge who are friends. Despite the fact, the bigger, fancier boats in the Hudson River sneer at them they go about their day independently, as the tugboat captain is a bit of a nap taker. A daring rescue of a kitten provides excitement, recognition, a well-deserved award and a co-captain for life.
We Love You RosieMarch 12, 2017
We Love You Rosie by Cynthia Rylant and Linda Davick is a diverting take on opposites via Rosie the wonder dog. She goes up and down, is lost and found, can be good or bad etc. Brilliant primary colored illustrations add to the frolicking, and the reassuringly repeated message that no matter what Rosie does she is loved is a comfort.
Over and Under the PondMarch 12, 2017
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Neal, brings a child closer to the familiar world of red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, painted turtles, woodpeckers, and minnows. The illustrations are lush and lively. It’s an eye-opener to see how much goes on under the surface! (Non-Fiction)
Mrs. White RabbitMarch 12, 2017
Mrs. White Rabbit by Giles Bachelet is a treasure. The Alice in Wonderland character is portrayed as a slightly harried mother who really doesn’t need a visit from on oversized Alice in the middle of her busy day. Full of sly humor and delightful illustrations, this will please both the reader and the listener. We especially loved the pages of carrot recipes for her picky eater.
Grand CanyonMarch 12, 2017
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin is a layer-by-layer exploration of the “big ditch”--all 277 miles of it! Beginning with the bottommost strata the author describes the flora and fauna in each habitat as a boy and his father climb up towards the rim. Some denizens, such as the giant California condor, been there since the Ice Age. The detail in the paintings is remarkable. (Non-Fiction)
TonyMarch 12, 2017
Tony by the late poet Ed Galing, illustrated by the very talented Erin Stead, is a gorgeous rendition of a poem about a horse who pulls a milk wagon. The rhythmic cadence of the words and the spectral, beautiful tints of the color wash illustrations create a sense of timelessness. The kindness of Tony, the driver, and the sweetness of the boy who watches for them every day are perfectly captured in this unique book.
AlwaysFebruary 19, 2017
Always by Sarah Jio is a romance and mystery rolled into one page-turner. Set in Seattle, the book takes place in two time periods ten years apart. The narrator is a reporter for the local paper, engaged to a veritable prince charming that does not always agree with her views but clearly adores her. Her perfect life is upended when her past love suddenly resurfaces. What to do? Who to choose? You can whip through this in one night!
How to Hygee--The Nordic Secrets to a Happy LifeFebruary 19, 2017
How to Hygge--The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen is a well-rounded introduction to the spirit of hygge. The Scandinavians have used a lot of imagination to dream up enough coziness to get through their epic winters. This book shows us all how to create and benefit from the relaxed, warm and convivial environment that is the hallmark of the Scandinavian home. From décor to outside pursuits to food and drink this book is an inspiration. (Non-Fiction)
The Unsettlers--In Search of the Good Life in Today AmericaFebruary 19, 2017
The Unsettlers--In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America by Mark Sundeen is well-crafted journalism. He follows the path of three distinct “off the grid” families/groups that share a desire to be self-sufficient. From Missouri to Detroit to Montana homesteaders, urban agriculturalists and organic farmers construct individual or communal lives dedicated to the proposition that a simple life is a better life – for the individual and the planet. Their determination is inspiring. (Non-Fiction)
A Really Good DayFebruary 19, 2017
A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman is her diary of 30 days of micro-dosing on LSD as an alternative approach to treating her debilitating mood disorder. She also explores the way the US criminal system treats drug possession and use. Micro-dosing was a tremendous help to her, so she is naturally in favor of relaxing punishment for medical use. It’s a fascinating, very different look at the power of psychedelic drugs. (Non-Fiction)
Home Sweet HomeFebruary 19, 2017
Home Sweet Home by April Smith is set in1950’s, South Dakota. The newly transplanted Kusek family is somewhat naïve about both the rigors of the cattle ranching life they hope to adopt and the extent of the anti-Communist hysteria that is gripping the country. Cal and Betsy have moved to Rapid City from New York City with their young children. The novel charts their challenging adjustment and settlement, then flashes forward decades to a gruesome murder. Based on a true story, this gripping saga will keep you enthralled.
ClassFebruary 19, 2017
Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld is an amusing send-up of present-day Brooklyn and liberal do-gooders. Karen, her husband Matt and daughter Ruby are residents of Cortland Park and go to the local, diverse, public elementary school. This satire is firmly grounded in reality. Karen does her best to be supportive of their school but finds herself caught up in the hyper-competitive race to the top. As it turns out there isn’t much a lot of parents won’t do or say to make sure their children are first among equals. Lots of laughs out loud moments leaven the more serious look at what is fair and what is not.
The DryFebruary 19, 2017
The Dry by Jane Harper is set in drought-stricken, small town Australia. Aaron Falk is seconded from the Melbourne police to the tiny town where he grew up after a family is found murdered. The potential suspects are legion and may go back to a long ago, deadly day that Aaron was a part of. The sense of place is very strong. The cruelty of the severe weather and the still-raw wounds from the past haunt the present. This is vividly rendered, tense and hard to put down.
Her Every FearFebruary 19, 2017
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson is a clever, twisty book. He is very adept at creating plausible, scary situations that have people questioning their sanity. There is evil afoot on two continents as a London/Boston apartment switch between cousins unearths all kinds of secrets better left buried. Although lacking the finesse of A Kind Worth Killing this is an engrossing read.
A Meatloaf in Every OvenFebruary 19, 2017
A Meatloaf in Every Oven by Fran Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer is loaded with dozens of mouthwatering recipes contributed by everyone from famous chefs and politicians to the authors’ family members. There is a lot of variety, which is a testament to the universal appeal of this iconic dish. The recipes are interspersed with funny interviews with the authors and lots of good information about techniques and ingredients. (Non-Fiction: Cookbook)
Sheet PanFebruary 19, 2017
Sheet Pan by Kate McMillan is perfect for winter cooking. Imaginative, easy, tasty oven dishes all made in one pan--what could be better! The acorn squash stuffed with lamb, pomegranate etc. is gorgeous to look at and luscious to eat. The Dijon rosemary chicken thighs with pumpkin pack a ton of flavor into a few minutes of prep time. This one’s a winner. (Non-Fiction: Cookbook)
Swing TimeFebruary 19, 2017
Swing Time by Zadie Smith is wonderful. As expected there is great writing and detailed and believable character development. A predominantly London setting among Jamaican immigrant families is very atmospheric. The love of dance unites two young friends and for a time manages to bridge their differences. As they mature and take different paths surprising truths emerge, especially for the narrator who works with a famous pop star with questionable intentions guiding her charity work in Africa. This is a moving exploration of the power of friendship.
Rather be the DevilFebruary 19, 2017
Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin finds a “retired” John Rebus in vintage form. He manages to insinuate himself into active investigations despite being just a consultant to the Edinburgh police force. Reluctantly drinking light beer and definitely coughing too much, he dives into both active and cold cases that threaten to upend the tentative order the local, rival crime bosses had sanctioned. Competition has created a tough environment for the old warhorses and the newer arrivals--in both the underworld and the force.
The Old ManFebruary 19, 2017
The Old Man by Thomas Perry is a diverting thriller. Dan Chase is in his sixties, living in retirement in VT with his loyal dogs. All is not as it seems, though; he has been on the run for decades from shadowy government operatives who want him dead because of a long ago plan that went awry. This is a real adventure complete with movie worthy chases and various forms of mayhem. Fasten your seatbelt for a great ride.
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African ChildhoodFebruary 19, 2017
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah is excellent. It’s a no holds barred look at growing up in both apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. His multi-race background was literally a crime when he was born, so his early years were virtually spent in hiding. It’s serious but also very funny in many parts as he skewers the ridiculous lengths South Africa went to separate the races. The unconditional love of his mother often expressed itself in ways that he did not appreciate at the time but her determination was critical to his success. (Non-Fiction; Biography)
Trolls Children's Movie (PG) 92 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
TROLLS --CHILDREN’S MOVIE—(PG)--Bring home happy with DreamWorks Trolls--musical adventure critics are calling "terrifically funny." When their village is invaded by the grumpy Bergens, two mismatched friends must work together in perfect harmony to save the day. Featuring hit songs performed by Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and more. This is a feel-great picture.
American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson Miniseries (NR) 499 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
American Crime Story: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON MINISERIES--(NR)-A solid cast, including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Bruce Greenwood and Sterling Brown. Lead this critically acclaimed account of the explosive and utterly captivating murder trial. Told from the perspective of the lawyers, it explores the chaotic dealings behind closed doors and how prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and shocking courtroom twists led to one of the most earth-shattering verdicts of all time. Based on the best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, this shows the trial that riveted the world as you’ve never seen it before. Good fictional companion piece to the Oscar-nominated documentary, Made in America.
Sherlock Season Four (NR) 270 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
SHERLOCK, Season Four –-SERIES--(NR)--Sherlock returns with three brand-new feature length episodes, promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases. The eagerly anticipated fourth season begins with everyone’[s favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), back once more on British solid, as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife Mary, prepare for their biggest challenge ever becoming parents for the first time. Also, Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves). Episodes: The Six Thatcher’s’, The Lying Detective and The Final Problem.
Undercover Season One (NR) 300 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
UNDERCOVER – SERIES--(NR)--Maya (Sophie Okonedo) a barrister in London is at the top of her profession. She is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions. But just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny, Maya discovers that her husband Nick (Adrian Lester) has been lying to her for 20 years. At the same time, a case that has dominated her career is about to reach its conclusion. Rudy Jones (Dennis Haysbert), a black man in America wrongly convicted of murdering a white politician, is to be executed. As she fights to save Rudy and discovers more about her husband’s past, Maya begins to realise there are bigger forces at work. An intricate web of corruption involving members of the police, the press and politicians unfold.
Victoria Season One (PG) 415 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
VICTORIA, Season One – SERIES--(PG)--The early life of Queen Victoria from her ascension to the throne at the young age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Cobourg. Created by Daisy Goodwin, this ambitious drama presents the early years of one of the history's greatest monarchs. Stretching from the upper echelons of the royal court to the below-stairs staff, this is a story of passionate affairs, power struggles, and unrequited love, at the center of which stands the new Queen (Jenna Coleman) a strong, complex, and willful woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon. Well-acted, marvelous cast and a great mix of what makes a palace work in the mid-1800s.
Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None Miniseries (NR) 177 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
Agatha Christie’s “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” –-MINISERIES--(NR)--Set as the world teeters on the brink of WWII, 10 strangers are invited to isolated Soldier Island. Among them are young secretary Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody), soldier Philip Lombard (Aidan Turner), General John MacArthur (Sam Neill), spinster Emily Brent (Miranda Richardson), and Judge Lawrence Wargrave (Charles Dance). With seemingly nothing in common, the guests wonder who their mysterious host may be. But the ominous reason for their visit soon becomes clear…and by the end of the night, the first of them is dead!
London Spy Miniseries (NR) 289 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
LONDON SPY – MINISERIES--(NR)--A chance romance between two men from very different worlds, one a seemingly innocuous investment banker, Alex (Edward Holcroft) actually from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, and the other, Danny (Ben Whishaw), an innocent young romantic from a world of clubbing and youthful excess, leads into mystery after one of them is found murdered. From best-seller Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 and co-starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, this miniseries has been called electrifying, exquisitely subtle and an emotional tour de force.
ESPN 30 For 30: O.J. Made in America Documentary (NR) 463 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
Espn 30 for 30: O.J. MADE IN AMERICA --DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--One of this year’s Oscar nominations for Best Documentary, it is the defining cultural tale of modern America, an essential examination of the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson, and parallels between his incredible story with that of race in America. This critically acclaimed documentary series reveals how he first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife’s murder, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later. This is a story that divided America like few things before or since, and it is perhaps the defining cultural tale of twentieth-century America. From the producers of ESPA Films, 30 for 30 and Peabody and Emmy award-winning director Ezra Edelman. Good companion piece to miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson, (see above)
Harry and Snowman Documentary (NR) 84 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
HARRY AND SNOWMAN --DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--For Horse Lovers and Lovers of Underdog Stories! A Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s top pedigree horses and wealthiest socialites. Famous during the 1950’s, they traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit. See also, White Stallions, below.
Life: Animated-Documentary (PG) 92 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
LIFE: ANIMATED - DOCUMENTARY--(PG)--Directed by Academy Award®-winner Roger Ross Williams (2009, Best Documentary--Short Subject, Music by Prudence), Life: Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world through Disney animated films. At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind suddenly stopped speaking and disappeared into autism. Almost four years passed and the only thing that seemed to engage Owen was Disney film. Then one day his father donned one of his son’s puppets—Iago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin —and asked, “What’s it like to be you?” Suddenly Owen responded to his father using dialogue from the movie. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verité scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel create a context for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations further give Owen form.
The Eagle Huntress-Documentary; Foreign Language (G) 687 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS –-DOCUMENTARY/Foreign Language--(G)--A spellbinding true story about a 13-year-old girl on an epic journey. Following Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, the film features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film. A masterful film by Otto Bell.
Legendary White Stallions Documentary (PG) 60 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
LEGENDARY WHITE STALLIONS - DOCUMENTARY--(PG)--Nature and PBS bring the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions from their origins in ancient times in North Africa to the almost unknown drama of their rescue in 1945. The program begins at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, a unique and elite university where horses train for years to successfully execute supremely difficult maneuvers. Only a very few will master the artistic and athletic skills required to perform an impressive display of beauty and power that celebrates a perfect harmony between horse and rider, movements originally intended for use in the war in this ancient court of kings. Learn their history; spend time backstage with riders and horses, mares and their foals, and marvel at these living works of art.
Masterminds (PG-13) 94 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
MASTERMINDS – Movie--(PG-13)-- Zach Galifanakis is armed and dangerously funny in this hilarious action-comedy inspired by an incredible but true story. David (Galifanakis) is an unassuming armored-truck driver who longs for adventure. Lured into the scheme of a lifetime by his beautiful work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and her cohort Steve (Owen Wilson). David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash. But when his partners-in-crime keep the loot and set him up for a fall, David must the authorities, evade a hit man (Jason Sudeikis) and find a way to take back what he rightfully stole!
Loving (PG-13) 123 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
LOVING – Movie--(PG-13)--In 1958, in the state of Virginia, the idea of interracial marriage was not only considered to be immoral to many, it was also illegal. When Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) fall in love, they are aware of the eyes staring at them and the words said behind their backs. It is when they get married, however, that words and looks become actions, and the two are arrested. The couple decides to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court in order to fight for their love in this passionate and gripping drama that critics are calling ‘a masterpiece’.
American Pastoral (R) 108 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
AMERICAN PASTORAL – Movie--(R)--Ewan McGregor directs and stars alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in this acclaimed film adapted from Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Seymour Swede Levov (Ewan McGregor), a once-legendary high school athlete, is a successful businessman married to an ex-beauty queen, Dawn (Jennifer Connelly). When Swede and Dawn’s daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of a violent crime, Swede’s perfect life is broken forever and he is left to make sense out of the chaos.
Equals (PG-13) 93 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
EQUALS – Movie--(PG-13)--In a future dystopia where emotions are controlled with inoculations and coupling is strictly prohibited, two young illustrators, Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristin Stewart) defy societal laws by beginning a secret love affair. When a “cure” for all human emotion is invented, the couple must plot a way to escape the totalitarian state in this sci-fi romance from director Drake Doremus.
Deepwater Horizon (PG-13) 97 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
DEEPWATER HORIZON – Movie--(PG-13)--A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster, when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in this unforgettably powerful film inspired by real-life heroes. For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day’s end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. Deepwater Horizon reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (PG-13) 117 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
Jack Reacher: NEVER GO BACK –-Movie--(PG-13)--Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in this 2nd film based on the bestselling books by author Lee Child. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is framed for treason, Reacher discovers she’s the target of a massive government conspiracy. With help from Turner and a mysterious new ally, Reacher risks everything to take down the powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets.
Inferno (PG-13) 122 minutesFebruary 13, 2017
INFERNO –-Movies--(PG-13)--In this contemporary action thriller, the famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and finds himself the target of a manhunt. Langdon teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones); a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a virus that would wipe out half the world’s population. “A thrilling action movie with lots of surprising twists and turns” (daily news)