Rowayton Library Recommends

The Weissenseee Saga Season 3 Foreign (NR) 290 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE WEISSENSEEE SAGA, Season 3 - Foreign SERIES--(NR)--German with English subtitles--The lives of two families in East Berlin in Autumn 1989: the iron curtain is falling and the changing political climate takes its toll on the Kupfer family. Martin tries to get his daughter back with the aid of a West German reporter. His brother Falk belongs to a group of hardcore Stasi officers who want to preserve the Communist power, while his father, Hans, opposes any movement that can get out of control. Meanwhile Dunja Hausmann and Vera Kupfer are fighting for democratic reforms amid the ranks of the Civil Rights movement. Everyone is hiding skeletons in their closets.

The Weissenseee Saga Season 2 Foreign (NR) 295 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE WEISSENSEEE SAGA, Season 2 -Foreign SERIES--(NR)--German with English subtitles: A cold war Romeo & Juliet drama about the lives of two families in East Berlin between 1980 and 1990 as the era of communist DDR slowly comes to an end. Conflicting loyalties, betrayal, love and hope with Uwe Kockisch (Brunetti series) as Stasi officer Hans Kupfer, whose youngest son, Martin, falls in love with the daughter, Julia, of a dissident singer. Six years have passed since she was arrested for treason. Martin hasn’t seen her since, and will never forgive his brother Falk for having betrayed them. Julia’s mother, well-known singer Dunja Hausmann, is betraying her deepest convictions and working with the Stasi to alleviate her daughter’s harsh prison conditions. Hans is working behind the scenes to campaign for radical reform in the Stasi and the Party from within, and Falk’s wife, Vera, meets a pastor and gets involved in the environmental and civil rights movements.

800 Words Season 2, Part 1 (NR) 364 minutes

June 18, 2017

800 WORDS, Season 2, part 1 --SERIES--(NR)--After relocating from the whirlwind of Sydney, newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson) is slowly learning what it means to be a local in the quirky New Zealand town of Weld. He wanted his kids, Shay (Melina Vidier) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony), to have a fresh start after the death of his wife, but all did not go according to plan. Now George must reunite his family by bringing Shay home from her self-appointed exile in Australia. And if George is to become a fully functioning town resident, he must actually start anew- including finding a job with steady income and revamping his love life. With the many attractive, eligible women living in Weld, who will receive George’s affections.

Scream Queens Season 1 (NR) 570 minutes

June 18, 2017

SCREAM QUEENS, Season 1 --SERIES--(NR)--Fun, Scary, Glamorous, and Hilarious! Get hooked on this mischievous and addictive new series that will have you screaming in delight. A mysterious “Red Devil” killer wreaks havoc at Wallace University’s Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, putting every pledge on edge. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that anyone could be the murderer--or the next victim. Meanwhile Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) forces Kappa’s tyrannical fashionista president, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts), to accept anyone who wants to join the sorority.

The Last Kingdom Season 2 (NR) 487 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE LAST KINGDOM, Season 2 --SERIES--(NR)--Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is still recovering from fighting a defining battle that saved Wessex for King Alfred (David Dawson) but which came at a huge personal price. Mourning for those he has lost, Uhtred begins a voyage north to reclaim his own fate: to avenge Earl Ragnar's death and recapture his ancestral lands Alfred's conviction to create a united England is stronger than ever and he sets his sights on the wild lands of the north, which have fallen into chaos and rebellion. It is a dangerous time for Saxon and Dane alike but Alfred champions a new king--a Christian Dane-- to unite the tribes. Uhtred is faced with questions of fate and duty as he continues to fight for the country of his birth, against the people of his upbringing. With a newfound love, it seems he may finally be on his chosen path but in times of rivalrous factions, bloodshed and shocking betrayal he is tested like never before.

The Last Kingdom Season 1 (NR) 480 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE LAST KINGDOM, Season 1 --SERIES--(NR)--872 AD, England is Born: Re-telling the valiant story of King Alfred the Great of Wessex and his desire to unite many separate kingdoms into what would become England during a time of epic struggle and heroic deeds against the invading Danes. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people reclaimed their land from the invading Vikings and build a place they call home. The star-packed cast features Alexander Dreymon (Utred), David Dawson (Alfred), Rutger Hauer (Ravn), Emily Cox (Brida), Matthew Macfayden (Lord Utred), and Ian Hart (Beocca). The story follows Uhtred’s life, born a Saxon and caught as a lad during a raid, taken and raised as a Viking, returning to his homeland to fight, for whom?

Seed: The Untold Story Documentary (PG) 94 minutes

June 18, 2017

SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY --DOCUMENTARY--(PG)--A rare and wonderful documentary. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds: worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers fight a David & Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, theses heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Seed features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel. A gorgeously made film.

The Red Turtle (PG) 81 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE RED TURTLE – Animated Movies--(PG)--Nominated for the 2016 Animated Feature this highly acclaimed film by Studio Ghibli has been much-anticipated. This Masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolated island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented by his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, he soon comes upon a young woman also lost at sea and create a family together.

My Life as a Zucchini (PG-13) 68 minutes

June 18, 2017

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI – Animated Movies--(PG-13)--French or English language--Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature this is the delightful and touching tale about the uplifting power of friendship in the face of adversity, and how friends can make a difference. After his mother’s sudden death, 9-year-old Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer and taken to a foster home filled with other orphans his age. Though he struggles to find his place at first, with the help of his new friends, Zucchini learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own. With a band of unforgettable characters you’ll be cheering for this movie that stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

A United Kingdom (PG-13) 111 minutes

June 18, 2017

A UNITED KINGDOM- Movies--(PG-13)--In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Bechuanaland is studying law in Britain in preparation for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), and they plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing a citizenry leery of a white Briton as their Queen, the international opposition is even more unyielding from the British holding their land as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa's racist backlash to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana.

Before I Fall (PG-13) 99 minutes

June 18, 2017

BEFORE I FALL - Movies--(PG-13)--Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. But after one fateful night, Sam is trapped reliving the same day over and over, and starts to question just how perfect her life really was. As she untangles the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of those closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference-before she runs out of time for good. Based on the best-selling novel, Before I Fall is a moving exploration of courage, kindness, and second chances.

The Shack (PG-13) 132 minutes

June 18, 2017

The Shack - Movies--(PG-13)--Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Sam Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith, and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Octavia Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Logan (R) 138 minutes

June 18, 2017

LOGAN - Movies --(R)--In the near future, 2029, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant, Laura (Dafne Keen), arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Logan, whose powers to self-heal are dwindling, works as a chauffeur, is asked to drive Laura to the Canadian border by a strange female. The Professor has been waiting for Laura a long time. However, a powerful corporation is pursuing her for the secrets in her DNA. Beset by everyday problems, can our aging, ailing heroes help her as they themselves are struggling to survive?

Get Out (R) 104 minutes

June 18, 2017

GET OUT - Movies--(R)--When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse, producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift, and The Mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

The Great Wall (PG-13) 103 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE GREAT WALL - Movies--(PG-13)--Directed by Zhang Yimour and starring Matt Damon as William, this is the story of European mercenaries searching for black powder who become embroiled in the defenses the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, mercenary soldier William, imprisoned within the wall, joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront and defend the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Jamal's Journey

June 11, 2017

Jamal’s Journey by Michael Foreman is about a little camel who has to do a lot of walking because that’s what camels do. When he loses his parents in a sandstorm he meets all the other desert creatures during his search for his family, and is rescued by a friendly falcon. He is entranced by what he sees on his journey, which ends in a bustling city. The watercolors are particularly atmospheric.

Midnight at the Zoo

June 11, 2017

Midnight at the Zoo by Faye Hanson finds Mia and Max on a class trip to the zoo. Alas, there are no animals to be seen and the class leaves disappointed. But Max and Mia are left behind and discover the zoo comes to brilliantly colored life at midnight. Pandas prance through pagodas under lantern light and all sorts of animals cavort in brilliantly colored paintings. This is the adventure of a lifetime!

The Fog

June 11, 2017

The Fog by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Kennard Pak features a most diverting yellow warbler narrator. He is a people watcher in IcyLand, where he happily gawks at tourists and locals through his binoculars. One day he spots a fellow watcher looking back through her binoculars. Together they try and puzzle out the heavy fog that has just rolled in and wrapped their land in a blanket. They send out messages in boats (the reply from the English cats is priceless) hoping for an answer to their problem and are eventually rewarded with the return of perfect bird/people watching weather.

There Might Be Lobsters

June 11, 2017

There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Laurel Molk is a sweet, sweet story of the many fears of Sukie the small dog. When her owner takes her and her trusted stuffed monkey companion to the beach she is paralyzed by the thought of lurking lobsters, among other dangers. A daring sea rescue turns the tables for Sukie; the best beach watercolors of the year enlivens this terrific read.

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

June 11, 2017

Chef Roy Choi and the Street food Remix by Jacqueline Martin, illustrated by Man One is the true story of a chef who found his passion via a food truck. After stints in high end restaurants he and a friend combined Mexican tacos with Korean fillings and sauces and made history in Los Angeles with a food truck called Kogi. Roy Choi went on to open a “fast food” restaurant called Locol in Watts and hopes to open more. Great graphic illustrations really make the story come alive. (Biography)

The Goat

June 11, 2017

The Goat by Anne Fleming takes place in and around a NYC apartment building where Kid has moved for six months while her mother stars in a Broadway show. The various residents of the building make for a fascinating mixture of young and old, with lots of different personalities, all united by their ties to the mountain goat on the roof. This is an intriguing, sometimes funny and always interesting look at family, friendship and adjusting to change.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes--Poems for all Seasons

June 11, 2017

When Green Becomes Tomatoes--Poems for all Seasons by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad is a lovely book of poems arranged by date. The poetry is whimsical and observant. One of our favorites follows: “Just like a tiny, blue hello a crocus blooming in the snow” (Poetry)

 

Be Quiet

June 11, 2017

Be Quiet by Ryan T. Higgins is a tale of an irascible mouse who wants to write a book with no words. Rupert’s friends try and be helpful but as their efforts to understand the project escalate into a verbal storm he gets increasingly frustrated. Many laugh out loud moments are real highlights of this enjoyable adventure.

The Lonely Mailman

June 11, 2017

The Lonely Mailman by Susanna Isern and Daniel Montero Galan is a beautiful book. It follows an old mailman, who looks a bit like a badger, as he makes his rounds through the woods, delivering mail to all the forest creatures. His days are long and he does not pause to chat with anyone. The story unfolds as each animal is shown reading their letters. The mailman heads home after a long day and begins his unexpected second job. The colors in the illustrations are beguiling and really set the mood.

 

Bulldozer Helps Out

June 11, 2017

Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann begins with the classic construction site activities. All the trucks, rollers and mixers are working industriously on a big project. Bulldozer is anxious to help but they all think he is too small. He pesters and pesters and they finally give in and give him a pile to scrape flat. What happens next is heartwarming.

I'm Awake

June 11, 2017

I’m Awake by Maxwell Eaton III is adorable. Every parent and child will be able to relate to the early rising star of the show. The youngest member of the mouse family is intent on getting his Dad out of bed even though the paper hasn’t even arrived. The post pancake making pandemonium downstairs is juxtaposed against the efforts of Dad to stay under the covers, His solution is very clever.

Dog on a Frog

June 11, 2017

Dog on a Frog by Kes and Clare Gay and Jim Field is a hoot. It’s a rhyming tale with a very bossy frog as the central character. He has strong, hilarious opinions about where every animal should sit and if the poodle doesn’t like sitting on noodles, well too bad! The full color illustrations are terrific; every animal wears a unique puzzled, disgruntled or bemused expression.

The Good For Nothing Button

June 11, 2017

The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Harper is the latest in a charming early reader series in which the beloved Elephant and Piggie characters created by Mo Willems begin and end a book with their comments. Now that they are “retired” they have time to read. This story is silly in the best way, as three vibrantly colored birds struggle to understand what pressing a button can offer, other than seemingly nothing. There is just enough repetition and introduction of different emotions to keep everyone diverted, and Elephant and Piggie’s comments are wise.

The Heirs

May 27, 2017

The Heirs by Susan Rieger is tailor made for those readers who enjoyed The Nest. It’s a very well written saga about a New York family whose patriarch passes away (on the first page, not a spoiler!) leaving his wife and five accomplished adult sons to grieve. As it turns out there are surprises to be dealt with as well since several lives were being lived in parallel. This is an astute, well observed tale of how people cope with the unexpected. Highly recommended.

The Thirst

May 27, 2017

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo brings the welcome return of Harry Hole. The Oslo setting is once again brought to life and the creepy killer is a unique creation. Harry has promised his loved ones he will stay away from police work, but the peculiar circumstances of a series of murders gives him little choice but to try and find the killer. Walking in Harry’s shoes can be a dark experience as he is world weary, with good reason.

Killers of the Flower Moon--The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

May 27, 2017

Killers of the Flower Moon--The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann are a shocking book. It tells the story of a murderous conspiracy against the Osage tribe in Oklahoma in the early years of the 20th century. Dozens of Osage were murdered for their oil wealth and the law enforcement effort to get to the bottom of the rampage was initially minimal until the newly formed FBI stepped in. A reign of terror that went on for decades finally ended, but justice was elusive. (Non-Fiction)

Souls of Men

May 27, 2017

Souls of Men by A.R. Ashworth are a police procedural set in present day London. Detective Inspector Elaine Hope is newly assigned to lead an investigation into the brutal murder of a young girl. Excellent dialogue and plenty of twists keep the pages turning. It’s a very detailed procedural with a station house full of all types of coppers. The heroine is a stalwart, overcoming a tough start and a somewhat sexist work environment.

A Rising Man

May 27, 2017

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee is a mystery set in Calcutta in 1919. Captain Sam Wyndham, newly assigned from Scotland Yard, is confronted with a dead tuxedo clad senior British official after a short time on the job. With the help of his new team he trolls the byways of Calcutta, from the mansions of the wealthy to the slums, in an effort to find the murderer. A very strong sense of place and astute character development combine to create an exceptional historical detective story.

Nantucket Cottages and Gardens--Charming Spaces on the Faraway Isle

May 27, 2017

Nantucket Cottages and Gardens--Charming Spaces on the Faraway Isle by Leslie Linsley is a feast for the eyes. The book displays charming cottages all over the island, celebrating small sized rooms and gardens that are cozy and gorgeous at the same time. There are a lot of useful decorating and design tips here that would translate easily to off island living, and the photographs are sure to inspire. Highly recommended for good ideas for turning your house into a beach cottage! (Non-Fiction)

Since We Fell

May 27, 2017

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane is another winner from this talented author. It is somewhat of a departure from his previous novels in that it revolves around a female television reporter whose life falls apart when she has an on air breakdown. A solid marriage helps her cope with crippling anxiety, until there are a string off kilter events for her to feel quite anxious about. The book’s plot line stays remarkably tight as it keeps lots of plates spinning. We don’t want to give too much away but this is a truly thrilling, “up all night” read.

The Lost Kitchen

May 27, 2017

The Lost Kitchen by Erin French is a ton of fun. The author runs a restaurant in Freedom, Maine that is booked for the limited time it operates on the first day the phones open. Yes there is a recipe for moose stew but there is also a plethora of gorgeous sounding and looking dishes that use seasonal produce. In addition, the photos are beautiful. Fortunately there are substitutions suggested for any arcane “ME only” ingredients. (Non-Fiction)

The Book of Greens

May 27, 2017

The Book of Greens by Jenn Louis. Robust, tender, delicate and sturdy; this wonderful book features all kinds of greens and new ways to use them. Think of delicious broccoli rabe pesto, radicchio hand pies and--wait for it--a lettuce and carrot cake! (Non-Fiction)

Earthly Remains

May 27, 2017

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon has Commisario Brunetti taking a forced respite from policing in Venice. He heads to an island in the lagoon where he takes up rowing with the resident elder, who is also a beekeeper. Something is killing the bees, and the past holds secrets that can kill. The prose is as perfect as ever and the slow unfolding of the mystery is tantalizing. Brunetti’s ruminations on some of the bigger questions about life are, as always, worthwhile.

Cold Earth

May 27, 2017

Cold Earth by Anne Cleeves returns to the Shetland Islands, which continue to harbor a surprisingly murderous populace given how small they are. The indefatigable Jimmy Perez has to reach back into the past when an unidentified woman’s body is washed up in a mudslide. As always, this installment adds to an atmospheric series with terrific character development.

The American Spirit

May 27, 2017

The American Spirit by David McCullough is a collection of his favorite speeches over the years, given mostly at commencements and dedications. The consistent message is the importance of history in informing our American values, with a reminder that we share a great deal of important qualities such as a fundamental decency, bravery and optimism. It’s a perfect book to dip in and out of this time of year. He is a marvelous writer. (Non-Fiction)

Mrs. Bradley Mysteries Complete Season (NR) 317 minutes

May 20, 2017

MRS. BRADLEY MYSTERIES, The Complete Season - SERIES--(NR)--The feel-good factor is high, according to the Independent. The legendary Diana Rigg stars as the irrepressibly inquisitive Adela Bradley in this classic 1920’s whodunit. “Her life appears to be every bit as colorful as those of the wrongdoers she helps to apprehend.” (The Guardian) With the help of her reliable and devoted chauffeur, George (Neil Dudgeon), Mrs. Bradley’s finely honed skills of investigation seek out the truth behind a variety of complex mysteries. Her powers of psychological sleuthing are challenged to the full, but Mrs. Bradley’s charm and guile are triumphant in the end!

Doctor Thorne Mini-Series (NR) 179 minutes

May 20, 2017

DOCTOR THORNE, Miniseries - SERIES--(NR)--It is 1855. When Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, is excluded from the wedding preparations of her childhood playmate, she probes her uncle for the truth of her birth, devastated to learn that she is the illegitimate child of his late brother. With neither breeding nor fortune, she has a problem, as she and the heir to the Greshamsbury Estate, Frank, have fallen in love. Frank’s over-bearing mother, Lady Arabella, expects him to save his family from financial ruin by marrying money. She schemes to separate the two, encouraging her son to woo the wealthy American heiress, Miss Dunstable. Meanwhile, Doctor Thorne acts as both physician and business advisor to railway millionaire, Sir Roger Scatcherd, in whose hands the fate of Greshamsbury lies and who is rapidly drinking himself into an early grave. Frank finally plucks up the courage to propose to Mary and Doctor Thorne gives him his blessing, after filling him in on the truth surrounding her birth. Lady Arabella continues her persecution of Mary, and is furious when Frank tells her he is set on marrying Doctor Thorne's penniless niece.

Divorce Season 1 (NR) 295 minutes

May 20, 2017

DIVORCE, Season 1 - SERIES--(NR)--An HBO series starring Thomas Haden Church and Sarah Jessica Parker. This is a new comedy series that finds sharp, observant humor even in the tensest situations. Parker stars as Frances, who has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband of ten years and father of their 2 children, Robert (Thomas Haden Church). She soon learns that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

Jericho of Scotland Yard Season 1 (NR) 376 minutes

May 20, 2017

JERICHO OF SCOTLAND YARD, Season 1 - SERIES--(NR)--Amid the turmoil of changing times, Chief Inspector Michael Jericho (Robert Lindsay) is a famous Scotland Yard detective investi-gating high-profile murders in 1950s London. Aided by his trusted sergeant, Clive Harvey (David Troughton), and the young and eager-to-please DC John Caldicott (Ciarán McMenamin), Jericho solves London’s most heinous crimes, whether they occur in posh homes or illegal gambling dens. Though brilliant at his job and adored by the public, Jericho hides a dark and painful past and will stop at nothing to find justice. This stylish noir boasts fantastic guest stars, including Francesca Annis, Brendan Coyle, Laurence Fox, Peter Bowles, Claire Bloom, Jane Horrocks, James Wilby, Alfie Allen, and Dominic Cooper.

The Bridge + Bron/Broen Season 3 (NR) 580 minutes

May 20, 2017

THE BRIDGE + BRON/BROEN, Season 3 - SERIES--(NR)--When Helle Anker, a gender activist and owner of Copenhagen’s first gender-neutral preschool, is found murdered at a construction site in Malmo, Saga Noren (Sofia Helin) is assigned to the case, together with Hanne (Kirsten Olesen), a new Danish colleague who has difficulty accepting Saga. The murder sparks the beginning of a series of spectacular crimes reaching back into Saga’s own past. With her career at risk and the question of personal responsibility haunting her, it looks as if she might be pulled from the case, When her mother, unexpectedly reenters her life, Saga must also cope with unforeseen and unwanted demands from her.

The Witness For the Prosecution (NR) 122 minutes

May 20, 2017

THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION - SERIES--(NR)--A thrilling whodunit packed with Christie’s trademark twists set in 1920’s London. When glamorous Emily French (Kim Cattrall) is brutally murdered in her home, all the evidence points to French’s young lover, Leonard Vole (Billy Howie), to whom the heiress left her fortune. Ms. French’s devoted housekeeper (Monica Dolan) proclaims Leonard’s guilt, But Leonard insists that his wife, enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough), can prove his innocence. As the scandalous crime goes to trial, solicitor John Mayhew (Toby Jones) finds that the case may be his undoing. Played to perfection by an illustrious cast, this “absorbing and grimly atmospheric” (Wall St. Journal) drama shows that Christie still has the power.

Veep Season 5 (NR) 294 minutes

May 20, 2017

VEEP, Season 5 - SERIES--(NR)--The 5th season of this outstanding comedy series created by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, continues its sharp, satirical look at the insular world of Washington politics with new show runner and executive producer David Mandel. Onetime VP and now President Selina Meyer find herself in the midst of a tie in the Electoral College. With her presidency on the line, she and her staff in D.C. continue their mission of making her seem presidential (even though she is the president). She’s also fending off the ambitions of her charismatic vice presidential running mate who, through an obscure constitutional procedure, could end up being president. Veep continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and often hilarious consequences.

The Affair Season 3 (NR) 566 minutes

May 20, 2017

THE AFFAIR, Season 3 - SERIES--(NR)--Picking up three years after Noah’s shocking admission of guilt at the murder trial of Scott Lockhart, this season shows Noah (Dominic West) trying to restart his life. However, the damage wrought by his past decisions has made him a ghost of his former self. Alison (Ruth Wilson) has been raising daughter Joanie alongside Cole (Joshua Jackson) and Luisa (Catalina Sandino Merino) in Montauk, but Alison’s past continues to rear its ugly head as Cole and Luisa attempt to build their own future. For Helen (Maura Tierney), life appears to continue on, but just below the surface of a successful business and a bustling home lays uncertainty with her boyfriend Vik (Omar Metwally), instability amongst her children, and an unshakable feeling of guilt.

Monster Trucks Children's Movie (PG) 104 minutes

May 20, 2017

MONSTER TRUCKS - CHILDRENS MOVIE--(PG)--Fun for the whole family! Fasten your seatbelts! In a small town, an oil company is drilling for oil. They discover an ecosystem they could be disturbing, but the business decision it to go on. And something happens! Meanwhile, in town, Tripp is a high school senior with a knack for building trucks who makes an incredible discovery-a gas-guzzling creature named Creech. To protect his mischievous new friend Tripp hides Creech under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life super-powered Monster Truck. Together, this unlikely duo with a shared taste for speed team up on a wild and unforgettable journey to reunite Creech with his family. A hilarious and heartfelt adventure that never slows down.

The Syndicate All or Nothing Documentary (NR) 366 minutes

May 20, 2017

THE SYNDICATE, All or Nothing- DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--The stately home of Hazelwood Manor has been in the family of Lord Hazelwood (Anthony Andrews) since the 18th century. But the once impressive manor is crumbling, and its owners are burdened with ₤6.5 million in debt. Lord and Lady Hazelwood (Alice Krige,) have been forced to let most of their staff go, and only five servants help maintain the estate. But when the remaining staff wins the lottery, the lines between upstairs and downstairs begin to blur. From BAFTA Award-winning writer Kay Mellor (Playing the Field), The Syndicate: All or Nothing also stars Polly Walker, Lenny Henry, Cara Theobold, Elizabeth Berrington, Melanie Hill, and Richard Rankin.

I Am Not Your Negro Documentary (PG-13) 94 minutes

May 20, 2017

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO - DOCUMENTARY--(PG-13)--Written by James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House and the result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. It is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., a work that challenges the very definition of what American stands for, has been produced.

Buena Vista Social Club Documentary (G) 105 minutes

May 20, 2017

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB - DOCUMENTARY--(G)--A film by Wim Wenders that travels from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall. This revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. After winning a Grammy for an album recorded with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder, the ensembles members were filmed in a series of illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of the most beloved documentaries of the 1990’s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.

Daughters of the Dust (NR) 112 minutes

May 20, 2017

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST - Movies--(NR)--Winner NY Film Critics Circle Special Award. At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina--former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. Casting a long legacy, this film still resonates today, most recently as a major influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade."  This restored 25th anniversary presentation, with proper color grading, allows audiences to finally be able to see this visionary work as director Julie Dash intended.

Collateral Beauty (PG-13) 96 minutes

May 20, 2017

COLLATERAL BEAUTY - Movies--(PG-13)--When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest tragedy can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and loss interlock in a life fully lived.

A Dog's Purpose (PG) 100 minutes

May 20, 2017

A Dog’s PURPOSE --Movies--(PG)--Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, and directed by Lasse Hallstrom and with the dog voiced by Josh Gad. Sharing the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog that A dog looks to discover his purpose in life and finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Hidden Figures (PG) 127 minutes

May 20, 2017

HIDDEN FIGURES - Movies--(PG)--Based on the real story and book by the same name and “uplifting in every way”(Pete Hammond). This incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the early years, who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial lines and inspired generations. Working in the then Virginia based hq of Nasa, their basement offices at the far reaches of the huge campus, they were loaned out to other divisions for short and long term assignments, and had to live with the then racial laws of the state, separate eating areas, separate.

La La Land (PG-13) 128 minutes

May 20, 2017

LA LA LAND - Movies--(PG-13)--Winner of the Academy Awards Best Director, for writer/director Damien Chazelle. This is more that the most acclaimed movie of the year, it is touted as a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, and actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams--and finding each other--in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

Fifty Shades Darker (NR) 250 minutes

May 20, 2017

FIFTY SHADES DARKER - Movies--(NR)--Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the second chapter of the Fifty Shades phenomenon. When a wounded Christian tries to entice a cautious Anastasia back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple. Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) stalks Anastasia at work and Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger) tries to warn Anastasia off Grey. Both are determined to destroy the couple’s hopes for a future together.

Split (PG-13) 117 minutes

May 20, 2017

SPLIT - Movies--(PG-13)--James McAvoy stars in this dark original thriller by M. Night Shyamalan, the writer/director/producer. Delving into the recesses of the fractured, gifted mind of Kevin, his psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley) succeeds in revealing 23 personalities. But unknown to her, one personality remains still submerged, set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him as the walls between his compartments shatter apart. When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them

Brief Encounters (NR) 360 minutes

May 20, 2017

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS --Movies--(NR)--In the early 1980s, four British women want to improve their lot in life. Stephanie (Sophie Rundle, The Bletchley Circle, Peaky Blinders) wonders how to make ends meet when her husband loses his job, while her friend Nita (Angela Griffin, Inspector Lewis) tries to keep her teenage son out of trouble. Pauline (Penelope Wilton, Downton Abbey) is a bored and lonely housewife, and Dawn (Sharon Rooney, My Mad Fat Diary) yearns to escape her toxic family life. When Stephanie and Nita answer an ad for a sales job selling exotic lingerie and other “marital aids,” they kick off a sexual revolution in their community. As their business grows, they become savvy professional women, gaining confidence, forging unlikely friendships, and scandalizing the town. But their newfound independence comes at a price as they wrestle with the pressures of husbands, family, and a changing society.

Paterson (R) 119 minutes

May 20, 2017

PATERSON --Movies (R)--Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver who writes poetry, in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Every day he adheres to a simple routine of driving his daily route, where he observes the city as it drifts across his windshield, overhearing fragments of the conversations that swirl around him. He writes poetry into a notebook, walks his dog, and has exactly one beer at a local bar. By contrast, his loving wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), is a dreamer who is constantly inspired by new ideas and ambitious projects, all the while championing Paterson’s gift for poetry. The history and energy of the city of Paterson is a felt presence in the film, unfolding over the course of a single week. Vanity Fair declares this a “wise, winning and moving” film from acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch, the quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry that’s evident in its smallest details.

X: A Novel (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

X: a novel--by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon X is a novelized telling of the growing up years of Malcom Little/Malcom X. His father murdered and his mother put into a mental institution, young Malcom (an A student) goes to live with his sister Boston. There he takes to the world of drinking, drugs, and hustling, and eventually to prison.

 

We Are the Ants (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

We are the Ants--by Shaun David Hutchinson The aliens have given Henry 144 days to decide whether life on earth is worth keeping around. Given the state his own life is in, he's not so sure. The love of his life has committed suicide, his clueless older brother is going to be a teen father, and his grandmother is sinking deeper and deeper into a fog of Alzheimer's. But on the other hand, there's Diego...

The Way I Used to Be (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

The Way I Used to Be--by Amber Smith Eden is a quiet fourteen-year-old band nerd who just entered into her freshman year of high school. But everything changes the night a family friend rapes her and threatens to kill her if she tells anyone. Eden keeps it a secret and finds she acting out to avoid dealing with the pain. The book follows Eden though four years in high school as she tries to deal with what happened and the way she used to be.

Traffick (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Traffick--by Ellen Hopkins Traffick shows the reader the world of human trafficking, prostitution, and drug addiction as experienced by five teenagers. Is there a way out?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--by Becky Albertalli Simon is a sixteen-year-old boy who is gay, but not quite ready to tell the whole world. When an email falls into the wrong hands he worries his secret may not remain a secret for long. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone and tell the truth before he alienates himself from friends or loses his shot with his mysterious crush.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

The Rest of us Just Live Here--by Patrick Ness Mikey, Jared, Mel, and Henna just want to get through high school. They suffer through the usual teen experiences--jealously, unrequited love, term papers--but they have also fought zombies and fallen in love with vampires (not your usual high school experience). Now, they have to face another challenge: one of them is “the chosen one.”

Red Rising (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Red Rising--by Pierce Brown Darrow, a sixteen-year-old in humanity’s Red caste, willingly spends his days in the mines of Mars, certain that his work is necessary to terraform the planet’s surface. After being caught in a forbidden area, however, his life is torn apart, and he discovers the truth about the caste system he was forced into: the planet’s surface was terraformed long ago, and the Red caste is nothing more than slave labor for the others inhabiting the surface.

More Happy Than Not (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

More Happy Than Not--by Adam Silvera If you could erase your memories would you? What if you could change who you are. Aaron wants to change his life to become someone new, and a new medical procedure is available to allow him to do just that. But can he really escape who and what he is?

Girl in the Blue Coat (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Girl in the Blue Coat--by Monica Hesse Finding and delivering hard to come by goods for friends and neighbors in 1943 German-occupied Amsterdam is the business that Hanneke is good at. Finding a missing Jewish girl becomes Hanneke’s passion, putting her in the crosshairs of the Nazis.

Dumplin' (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Dumplin’--by Julie Murphy Willowdean Dickson is not your typical beauty queen. Living in Clover City, a town that is home to one of the oldest beauty pageants in Texas, and with a former beauty queen for a mother, Willowdean navigates being a “fat girl” in this world with humor, confidence, and a lot of sass. When that confidence in her is shaken, Willowdean decides participating in the pageant is the only way to get her confidence back. With help from an unlikely group of contestants and Dolly Parton, Willowdean embarks on a journey that will change how she and her town define what makes a beauty queen beautiful.

Thirteen Chairs (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

Thirteen Chairs--by Dave Shelton Thirteen souls at a table, each with a tale to tell. Are you brave enough to pull up a chair?

 

The Seventh Most Important Thing (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

The Seventh Most Important Thing--by Shelley Pearsall After his father’s death, Arthur throws a brick at the local “Junk Man” when he sees him wearing his father’s favorite hat. He is sentenced to community service working with the Junk Man to complete his mysterious project.

Orbiting Jupiter (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

Orbiting Jupiter--by Gary Schmidt Trying to escape his past, Joseph is trying to find his future. Can Jack and his family help Joseph find a home on their family farm? Will Joseph find the one thing from his past that he is looking for?

The Novice (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

The Novice--by Taran Matharu When Fletcher accidentally summons a Familiar, he is forced to leave his home to attend The Academy where he is taught how to use his powers.

The Last Boy at St. Edith's (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

The Last Boy at St. Edith’s--by Lee Gjertsen Malone There used to be 27 boys at St. Edith's Academy, but over time all but one left leaving Jeremy the only boy out of 475 students! In desperation, Jeremy pulls a series of pranks in hopes of getting expelled so he can go to school with his friends.

I Kill the Mockingbird (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

I Kill the Mockingbird--by Paul Acampora In honor of their recently deceased teacher a group of friends hatch a plot to popularize the classic To Kill a Mockingbird,  by creating a controversy surrounding the novel. Their efforts increase demand, but have consequences they don’t expect.

I am Princess X (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

I am Princess X--by Cherie Priest When they were young May and Libby created a princess together. When Libby died the princess died with her. Years later May starts seeing images of the princess around town. Could Libby still be alive?

Goodbye Stranger (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

Goodbye Stranger--by Rebecca Stead Three girls, who promised never to fight, have found their friendship tested. Will their friendship survive the trials of middle school and growing up?

Full Cicada Moon (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

Full Cicada Moon--by Marilyn Hilton All Mimi wants is to be an astronaut, but being a female with Japanese and African- American parents in 1969 Vermont comes with its own challenges. As she makes new friends and overcomes the barriers around her, she realizes what is really important.

The Boy in the Black Suit (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

The Boy in the Black Suit--by Jason Reynolds Matt is trying to cope with his mom’s death from cancer and his dad’s drinking. A job at a local funeral home gives him comfort and then he meets a girl, who helps him share his feelings. This is a story of growing from loss.

A Whole New Ballgame (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

A Whole New Ballgame--by Phil Bildner 5th grade is exciting and unpredictable for best friends Rip and Red. Their new teacher, Mr. Acevedo prefers eccentric out-of-the-box assignments that prove to be the opposite of boring test prep. When Mr. Acevedo turns out to be their new basketball coach, too, the boys realize they’re along for a wild ride.

 

The War That Saved My Life (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

The War That Saved My Life--by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Born with a twisted foot, Ada has never been allowed to leave her small London apartment. As the threat of bombs looms over London during World War II, Ada and her little brother Jamie escapes to the countryside. Ada's world opens up as she gains confidence and learns to trust those around her… but is trust enough to keep her family safe?

Under the Egg (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Under the Egg--by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Theodora Tenpenny's beloved Grandpa Jack has died and left her with a broken heart and a house full of responsibilities. Grandpa Jack's last words, telling Theo to look “under the egg,” lead her and her quirky new allies on a chase from clue to clue across New York City.

Took: A Ghost Story (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Took: A Ghost Story--by Mary Downing Hahn Daniel is the new kid in a small town in West Virginia and isn’t fooled by Brody trying to scare him with creepy ghost stories. When Daniel’s little sister starts acting strange and distant, eventually disappearing into the woods, Daniel knows something is terribly wrong. Could the ghost stories be true? Has Erica been “took”?

The Tapper Twins go to War (with each other) (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

The Tapper Twins go to War (with Each Other)--by Jeff Rodkey It all started with a rumor (someone farted in the cafeteria) and twins Claudia and Reese were at war. Through text messages, interviews, photos, and screenshots, the series of events in the battle are retold. The pranks are all fun and games until they have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

Ratscalibur (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Ratscalibur--by Josh Lieb After being bitten by an elderly rat, Joey finds himself transformed from a 7th grade boy into a rat. After drawing the “spork from the scone,” Joey goes on a quest into Central Park to find Squirrelin the Squagician, battling crows, rats and more with Ratscalibur, his sword, in order to save his new rat friends in this rodent retelling of the classic King Arthur story.

Kinda Like Brothers (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Kinda Like Brothers--by Coe Booth Jarrett’s plans for an amazing summer come crashing down when he realizes he not only has to go summer school, but his mom is fostering a new baby… and the baby comes with an older brother. Now Jarrett has to share his friends, his room, and his life with a complete stranger, Kevon. The two cannot get along: Kevon acts like he’s better than Jarrett, and has been keeping some major secrets. Jarret’s got to do something about it. But what?

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle--by George Hagen When Gabriel rescues a baby raven, he discovers people in his family can bond with ravens in fantastic ways. He goes on a quest with three brave friends and his raven to try to rescue his missing father, solving riddles and avoiding flocks of vicious birds along the way.

Fish in a Tree (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Fish in a Tree--by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Ally was a class jokester to hide the fact that she had trouble reading. When Ally’s teacher goes on maternity leave, the substitute sees through her act and is determined to help her learn differently. As her reading skills improve and Ally’s confidence grows, can the class clown become the class president?

Book Scavenger (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Book Scavenger--by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman Book Scavenger is an online game, which has gone viral. Solving puzzle clues to find books hidden all over the world is the name of the game. When Emily moves to San Francisco, she discovers that the game’s creator has been attacked and his new game is missing! Can she and her new friend James figure out what happened before the attackers find them?

The Year of Billy Miller (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

The Year of Billy Miller--by Kevin Henkes Billy Miller starts second grade with a spectacular bump on his head and full of worries. With the help of family, friends and a few poems, Billy ends up with a year filled with surprises and lessons learned

When the Beat Was Born (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

When the Beat Was Born--by Laban Carrick Hill Think you know all about hip-hop? This is the story of DJ Kool Herc, one of the pioneers of hip-hop music in the 1970s South Bronx. DJ Kool Herc's story is the story of hip-hop.

Wet Cement (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Wet Cement--by Bob Raczka Did you know that poetry could have a physical shape? Check out this fun, varied collection of poems that play with words in more ways than one! (Non-Fiction)

Upside-Down Magic (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Upside-Down Magic--by Sarah Mlynowski, Lau-ren Myracle & Emily Jenkins Nory's magic is a little wonky. She is sent to a special class with other magical misfits. Together they must learn how to best use their "upside-down magic."

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny--by John Himmelman The inspiring Isabel is the best bunjitsu artist in her school. She's not only skilled in punching and kicking, but also outsmarting and out-maneuvering even the toughest foes.

Pugs of the Frozen North (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Pugs of the Frozen North-by Philip Reeve True winter comes once in a lifetime. Shea and Sika, along with 65 pugs, join zany and fierce competitors in a race to the Snowfather's palace at the top of the world for the prize of their heart's desire.

My Pet Human (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

My Pet Human--by Yasmine Surovec Stray cat Oliver loves his nomadic life and doesn't need a "forever home"--or so he thinks! When he meets a little human and begins to trust her, he may not be able to return to his cat-about-town lifestyle.

Miss Mary Reporting (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Miss Mary Reporting--by Sue Macy Petite Mary Garber brought a big revolution to the world of sports reporting in the 1940s. Against many odds, she devoted her life to equality in sports writing.

Mango, Abuela and Me (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Mango, Abuela, and Me--by Meg Medina When Mia's abuela comes to live with her they are unable to com-municate. A trip to a pet store introduces them to a feathery friend who will soon change their lives.