Rowayton Library Recommends

Scooby Doo: Return to Zombie Island-Animated Children's Series (NR) 72 minutes

October 6, 2019

SCOOBY-DOO!: RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND  Animated Children’s Series (NR) Scooby-Doo and the gang come out of retirement to solve more mysteries together. When they run out of mysteries, they head to the remote island they visited before for a nice relaxing vacation. While there, the resort is attacked by a bunch of zombies.

Aladdin (PG) 128 minutes

October 6, 2019

ALADDIN  CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) This thrilling live-action adaptation of the characters and tale you know and love from Disney's animated classic. A street rat, Aladdin (Mena Massoud), frees a genie (Will Smith) from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince to marry the beautiful princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). But soon, the evil sorcerer Jabar (Marwan Kenzari) and his sidekick parrot, Iago (Alan Tudyk) become hell-bent on securing the lamp for his sinister purposes. With some new songs and expanded plot, this delightful story will make for a wonderful night of family fun.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am-Documentary (PG-13) 120 minutes

October 6, 2019

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM  DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to ‘70's-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her riverfront writing room-Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her literature. Inspired to write because no one took a "little black girl" seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature, and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works. Notable Awards received: Nobel Prize for Literature; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Maiden-Documentary (PG) 97 minutes

October 6, 2019

MAIDEN DOCUMENTARY (PG) SAILING! In 1989, the Whitbread Round the World Race was considered to be the most dangerous sailing competition on earth. When 26-year-old Tracy Edwards wanted to participate, she was met with resistance and sexism--no team would take her. Left with no other choice, she started an all-female crew, one who would not only take on the vast and foreboding ocean, but also the doubts and attacks from their male competitors and press. In this incredible true story, watch Edwards and her crew attempt to turn the impossible into reality as they take on fifty-foot waves, icebergs and all of the dangers of the great and powerful sea. Stunning, Emotional and Celebratory film!

Armstrong-Documentary (NR) 98 minutes

October 6, 2019

ARMSTRONG  DOCUMENTARY (NR)  Featuring the voice of Harrison Ford, this dramatic, moving and the insightful film tells the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong: From his childhood in rural Ohio, through aerial combat in Korea, to his first steps on the Moon, and unwanted celebrity status that ensued. It also contains bonus features with additional and deleted scenes and behind the scenes as well. The Mission You Know. The Man You Don't.

Spring Tide: Season 1 (NR) 434 minutes

October 6, 2019

SPRING TIDE, Season 1  NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES (NR) Swedish or English Subtitles. 1990, under the glow of a full moon, a sadistic murder is committed on Nordkoster Island: a young pregnant woman is buried in the sand and slowly drowns as the tide rises. 25 years later, the case remains unsolved. Rookie police officer Olivia Rönning (Julia Ragnarsson) gets assigned to it during training and becomes obsessed when she discovers that her father, who died years prior, worked on the original investigation. She knows she has to find the lead investigator and begins a dogged search for the former detective, Tom Stilton (Kjell Bergqvist). Her biggest obstacle is the fact that he’s homeless and wants nothing to do with his old life. Their unlikely friendship brings them closer to solving the Beach Case, but what they discover has unimaginable consequences for Olivia.

Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 1 (NR) 450 minutes

October 6, 2019

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY: Private Investigators, Season 1 NEW SERIES (NR) Private Investigator Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) has always worked alone, but he isn't doing so well at the moment. Frank is off his game and lows on cash--he needs a partner. Enter ex-hairdresser Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner) who will turn his world around-he just doesn't know it yet. When the two join forces to investigate the criminals and surprisingly high drama in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the two quickly discover that all is not as peaceful as it seems in their pretty theatre town.

ManHunt (NR) 141 minutes

October 6, 2019

MANHUNT NEW MINISERIES (NR) This chilling mystery based on true events that rocked Britain. The battered body of a French student is found on Twickenham Green in London, hardworking and humble DCI Collin Sutton (Martin Clunes) is appointed the lead detective on his first big case. After connecting the young woman’s murder to a previous attack, Sutton embarks on a quest to catch a serial killer.  With the press in a frenzy and the public demanding answers, his team grows discouraged as they find no motive, witnesses or forensic evidence. But Sutton’s commitment never wavers, often at the expense of his relationship with his wife (Claudie Blakley). Realistically portraying the ins and outs of police investigations, this thriller tells the story of one detective’s uncompromising search for justice.

The Good Fight: Season 3 (NR) 545 minutes

October 6, 2019

THE GOOD FIGHT: SEASON THREE Series (NR) The world went crazy in the second season, and now, in Season 3, the resistance does! Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Meanwhile, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) balances a new baby with a new love, and Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) finds a new Mephistopheles in Roland Blum (Michael Sheen), a lawyer who is corruption incarnate.

Elementary: The Final Season (NR) 549 minutes

October 6, 2019

ELEMENTARY: THE FINAL SEASON SERIES (NR) A LOGICAL CONCLUSION! The final season finds Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) returning to the place where Sherlock's storied legend began-London. Having lied and confessed to a murder he did not commit-to protect Watson's good name-Sherlock moved back to England to avoid jail time. Loyal Dr. Joan Watson followed him across the pond, where the detective duo jumps right into more intriguing cases and encounters a slate of clever criminals, relentless adversaries, and at least one old nemesis. Back in New York, Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) feel the absence of their former consultants, but it may not be too long before unorthodox crimes and common enemies bring the foursome back together. Witness the unique evolution of this classic team and hit series!

Billions Season 4 (NR) 693 minutes

October 6, 2019

BILLIONS, SEASON 4 SERIES  (NR) When everyone is out for revenge, no one is safe. Former enemies Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), and Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), the chief counselor to each, have come together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance aimed at the eradication of all their rivals, including Grigor Andolov (John Malkovich), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) and Waylon "Jock" Jeffcoat (Clancy  Brown). All the characters find out exactly how high a price they'll have to pay to satisfy their ambition.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (PG-13) 114 minutes

October 6, 2019

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX MOVIE (PG-13)  Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence fire up an all-star cast in this spectacular culmination of the X-Men saga! During a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey (Turner) is transformed into the infinitely powerful and dangerous Dark Phoenix. As Jean spirals out of control, the X-Men must unite to face their most devastating enemy yet--one of their own.

Yesterday (PG-13) 117 minutes

October 6, 2019

YESTERDAY MOVIE  (PG-13) Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

The Tomorrow Man (PG-13) 96 minutes

October 6, 2019

THE TOMORROW MAN  MOVIE (PG-13) Ed Hemsler (John Lithgow) spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come, and Ronnie Meisner (Blythe Danner) spends her life shopping for things she may never use. These two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other's stuff.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (PG-13) 129 minutes

October 6, 2019

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME MOVIE (PG-13) Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Shaft (R) 111 minutes

October 6, 2019

SHAFT MOVIE (R) Shaft is the coolest private eye on any New York City block.  JJ, Aka John Shaft Jr, (Jessie T. Usher), maybe a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather coat, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.

Plus, One (NR) 98 minutes

October 6, 2019

PLUS, ONE  MOVIE (NR) COMEDY-ROMANCE: Single college friends Ben (Jack Quaid) and Alice (Maya Erskine) band together to survive a summer full of weddings in which everyone around them seems to be coupling off, including Ben's dad (Ed Begley). Each serves as the other's date to help them navigate speeches, photo booths and prospective hookups until they realize they have great chemistry with each other.

Never Look Away (R) 189 minutes

October 6, 2019

NEVER LOOK AWAY MOVIE (R) A sweeping romantic historical drama, following thirty years in the life of a great artist (loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century's most admired visual artists) aka: Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling), The film goes from his childhood witnessing Nazi Germany, to post-war East Berlin, where he falls in love with a young woman, Ellie (Paula Beer) whose father is revered Professor Seeband, (Sebastian Koch), who is in hiding as an ex-Nazi murderer, to escape to the West at the time of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately being part of the exciting new movement in contemporary art. Inspired by real events, and spanning three eras of German history.

Mary Magdalene (R) 120 minutes

October 6, 2019

MARY MAGDALENE  MOVIE (R) Joaquin Phoenix as Christ. Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene is one of the most transformative yet misunderstood women in history. Alternately vilified as a sinner and canonized as a saint. For the first time, the incredible story of Mary Magdalene is told through her own eyes. As the free-spirited Mary flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, she finds refuge and purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, rabble-rousing preacher Jesus. The sole woman among the band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of a patriarchal society as she undergoes a profound spiritual awakening and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment. Boldly challenges perceived wisdom. A moving and rapturous account of a woman who risked everything to follow her faith.

John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (R) 131 minutes

October 6, 2019

JOHN WICK Chapter 3: PARABELLUM MOVIE (R) In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action of super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves), he now has a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. Excommunicated after killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild by the High Table, John Wick is being hunted down by the world's most ruthless hit men and women awaiting his every turn.

Chernobyl (G) 124 minutes

October 6, 2019

CHERNOBYL MOVIE (G) CHERNOBYL dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and tells the story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation.

Prairie Boy--Frank Lloyd Wright Turns a Heartland into a Home (Non-Fiction/Informational)

September 26, 2019

Prairie Boy--Frank Lloyd Wright Turns a Heartland Into a Home by Barb Rosenstock and Christopher Neal is a biography of the famous architect. In his youth, he was fascinated by the shapes and colors of the prairie. As he trained to be an architect he felt the houses being built were not reflective of the American spirit. Thus his distinctive style was born and embraced by many. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

Firefighter's Handbook (Non-Fiction/Informational)

September 26, 2019

Firefighter’s Handbook by Meghan McCarthy is an introduction to life as a firefighter. It starts with the training and then shows all the equipment and different types of trucks in a typical firehouse. Clear illustrations explain each section and reinforce the challenging aspects of the job. Any junior firefighter will find lots of important firefighting facts in this accessible book. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

Attack of the 50-Foot Fly Guy (Early Reader)

September 26, 2019

Attack of the 50-Foot Fly Guy by Todd Arnold finds Buzz trying to figure out what happened to his little pet fly. Fly Guy has eaten something that made him 50 feet tall! Oh no! They need to solve this problem quickly before the fly guy is arrested for being monstrous. Follow the fly in this humorous early reader that continues a beloved series. (Early Readers)

Why?

September 26, 2019

Why? by Laura Vaccaro Seger will strike a chord with anyone who spends time with youngsters. An eager rabbit is constantly asking his friend bear “why?” things are the way they are. Bear is the soul of patience as he explains the logic behind eating honey, watching stars and a myriad of other activities. Bear always seems to have an answer that satisfies rabbit until it’s time to hibernate and he is the one asking “why.” The illustrations are particularly endearing, capturing the exuberance of the bunny and the kind and even-tempered bear.

Who Wet My Pants

September 26, 2019

Who Wet My Pants by Bob Shea is a hoot. Reuben is desperately trying to find someone to blame for his wet pants, which he is adamant he had nothing to do with. His fellow scouts try to convince him it's just an accident but he is sure there's a cover-up. Feeling damp and uncomfortable doesn't help. The comical story of his day makes everything clear and he resolves his dilemma by deciding the pants were broken in the first place. All is forgotten when the donuts are distributed!

Thunder Trucks

September 26, 2019

Thunder Trucks by Cheryl Klein and Katy Beebe is an imaginative tale about a group of trucks creating a storm. Rhyming text describes each truck's role in the noise, rain, and hail of a big tempest. Primary colors and energetic vehicles reinforce the excitement of loud trucks doing an important job. This is a great read-aloud.

The Tale of the Tiger Slippers

September 26, 2019

The Tale of the Tiger Slippers by Jan Brett is a beautiful book full of her trademark lush, highly colored paintings. It is a retelling of a classic Persian folktale called Abu Kassem’s Slippers. She has populated her tale with tigers and other exotic birds and beasts. The detail in the paintings is wonderful and the story is lovely. The tiger has a treasured pair of slippers his mother made that as they age don't always pass muster for special occasions. Eventually, his clever son figures out what to do with them to honor their maker.

Grandpa's Top Threes

September 26, 2019

Grandpa’s Top Threes by Wendy Meddour, beautifully illustrated by Daniel Egneus, is a sweet story about the relationship between a small boy and his beloved grandfather. At first, he has trouble tearing Grandpa from his garden, but the promise of his top three sandwiches lures him away. They have tremendous fun listing their top three items in many categories, right to the end with a heartwarming tribute to enduring love.

Fly!

September 26, 2019

Fly! by Mark Teague is a wordless laugh riot. A young robin catapults himself out of his nest. His annoyed parent swoops down to explain how to get back up by flying, but the fledgling is having none of it. He has increasingly fanciful ideas about how he can get air born, get to FL before winter (bird on a bike!) and is unmoved by the warnings about scary predators. He is stubborn and sure it is all manageable without taking wing. But he’s wrong…

Everyone Counts

September 26, 2019

Everyone Counts by Judy Sierra slyly conceals counting practice in high energy fun. A tiger cub sets out to repurpose a tumbledown mall into a zoo. He enlists help from other members of the animal kingdom who eagerly begin construction. The insects want to help too but they are pushed aside as useless. Of course, they save the day, and the cub exalts “our zoo is the best because everyone counts!”

Big Nate Hug it Out

September 26, 2019

Big Nate Hug it Out by Lincoln Pierce starts with the funniest gerbil opinions ever. Next up are the hilarious grandparents who don't take much very seriously, making them perfect chaperones for adolescents on a trip to a museum. School provides an endless source of amusing setups for Nate and his sixth-grade pals. One of the best is the tutoring section. There is a laugh on every page of this graphic novel.

Apple Cake: A Gratitude

September 26, 2019

Apple Cake: a Gratitude by Dawn Casey is a joyous, rhyming romp through all the contributing factors that ultimately result in a delicious apple cake. Bees, flowers, water, farmers, hens, family and friends all get their due. Whimsical illustrations and a recipe complete a charming book about sharing the bounty.

The Perfect Pie

September 14, 2019

The Perfect Pie by America's Test Kitchen has arrived just in time for the holidays. If you ever hesitated to make your crust this is the book for you. The instructions are clear and there is a real comfort in knowing the recipes are on the page only after having been tested hundreds of times. All the classic pies are here, as well as more unusual ones and pies for the more advanced cook. Handsome photographs and a great layout make the recipes easy to follow. (Cookbook)

Canal House Cook Something--Recipes to Rely on

September 14, 2019

Canal House Cook Something--Recipes to Rely On by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer is a total delight! Full of delightful photographs, their admonition is made approachable by their straightforward, cheerful advice and accessible recipes. These two have been cooking together for years; their joy in the process is evident and their enthusiasm contagious. The tutorials, such as “how we build flavor in stews” are terrific. (Cookbook)

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

September 14, 2019

The Years That Matter Most--How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough pulls back the curtain on the college admissions process. Enrollment management, yield, financial aid “optimization” and athletic scholarships are only some of the areas covered. He includes lots of intriguing general info, in-depth studies (like Trinity College), the role of community colleges and finally the pivotal relationship between higher education and social mobility. This is a fascinating look at a critical element of our society that asks some important questions about how well it is working for everyone. (Non-Fiction)

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico

September 14, 2019

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico by Michael Deibert is both an account of the months after the huge category 5 hurricane hit in September 2017, and a history of Puerto Rico and its peculiar relationship with the United States. The book takes a hard look at why Puerto Rico was so unprepared that over 3,000 people died as a result of the storm. The long term implications for the island’s status as a commonwealth of the United States are examined in light of the response of the US to the devastation. (Non-Fiction)

Call Sign Chaos--Learning to Lead

September 14, 2019

Call Sign Chaos--Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West is his story--from early days as a Marine recruit to his ultimate leadership role as a four-star general in charge of 250,000 troops in the Middle East. He is best known to the public for his two-year stint as Secretary of Defense under President Trump. The book is not about that period in his life, other than to comment that when his strategic advice wasn’t heeded he knew it was time to resign. (Non-Fiction--Biography)

But Where Do I Put the Couch?

September 14, 2019

But Where do I Put the Couch? by Melissa Michaels and KariAnne Wood is chock full of common sense decorating ideas. It's well organized by subject matter and room and is especially sharp on space management and functionality. You will find ideas here and the tone is welcoming and practical. Lots and lots of photographs make the ideas come alive. And nothing breaks the bank! They are excellent at the art of repurposing found objects or things you already have. (Non-Fiction)

The Wolf Wants In

September 14, 2019

The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh is a tense tale of an extended family in Kansas whose criminal tendencies are well known. Sadie Keller comes home to Blackwater hoping to understand how her brother died. He had married into the Petit family and his sketchy wife’s stories about what happened do not inspire Sadie’s confidence. She starts to dig deeper and the plot grows more complex. Henley Petit, a young girl hoping to escape her family’s clutches, is the other narrator. Opioid trafficking, past crimes and an atmosphere of malice create an exhilarating page-turner.

This Tender Land

September 14, 2019

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger is a coming of age novel that takes place in the early 1930’s Minnesota. The Lincoln School is a cruel institution filled with Native American children and a few orphans, ostensibly there to be educated. Four of the “students” escape in a canoe, headed for the Mississippi.  Their odyssey is punctuated by meetings with helpful, ordinary people facing the hardships of the Depression. The children’s circumstances have made them older than their years. The strong sense of place and finely drawn characterizations will keep readers riveted.

The Substitution Order

September 14, 2019

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark is a legal thriller written with both humor and heart. Kevin Moore is the unlucky hero currently working in a sandwich shop as a result of a big, stupid mistake that cost him his legal career, but not his smarts. One day a malignant stranger shows up at the shop with an “invitation” to join a scam. Moore subsequently finds himself needing all his wits to stay alive and free from imprisonment. He has only a mutt puppy and a few human sidekicks to help turn around what looks like a sure-fire disaster. The c

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

September 14, 2019

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah is a marvel. The novel is a “faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Dr. David Livingstone…” Narrated by two of the attendants on his final 1500 mile journey from the interior to the Western coast of Africa, it is both the story of his obsession with finding the source of the Nile and a telling of pre-colonial Africa’s story. It is heartbreaking, sometimes funny, and beautifully written about unforgettable characters. Highly recommended.

The Last Good Guy

September 14, 2019

The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker finds Private Investigator Roland Ford up to his eyeballs in trouble, his specialty. The PI is called on by a beautiful young woman to find her teenage sister, for whom she is the official guardian. Something is clearly off right from the start and he has few people outside the small inner circle he can trust--and that includes his client. As the search begins a conspiracy starts to take shape that is more evil than even this Iraq war veteran can comprehend. Very atmospheric, with punchy dialogue and believable circumstances that hold your interest

The Grammarians

September 14, 2019

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine is wonderfully original and wry.  Language obsessed twins Daphne and Laurel Wolfe grow up in NYC speaking a special twin language and falling in love with anything on the pages of Webster's New International (Second Edition) Dictionary. They slowly begin to separate as adults, taking different professional paths in the world of the English language. Life gets complicated and the twins and their families have to navigate, not always with aplomb, the stresses of life. The author takes full advantage of the opportunities to be clever with language and grammar, but in the end, this is a celebration of relationships. Highly recommended.

Mia and the White Lion (PG) 98 minutes

September 11, 2019

MIA AND THE WHITE LION – CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) GOOD FAMILY VIEWING--Independent ten-year-old Mia Owen (Dania De Villiers) has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave their home in London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia develops a close attachment to the wild cub. After three years, Mia's life is rocked once again when she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father, John Owen (Langley Kirkwood). Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in harm, Mia decides to run away. The two set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search of another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free.

Descendants 3 (G) 106 minutes

September 11, 2019

DESCENDANTS 3 – CHILDREN’S MOVIE (G) IT’s GOOD TO BE BAD! This highly anticipated threequel continues the contemporary saga of good vs evil as the teenage daughters and sons of Disney's most infamous villains--Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay--return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Aurado during their departure of the isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom.

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 1 (NR) 600 minutes

September 11, 2019

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 1 (NR) 600 minutes  Private Investigator Frank Hathaway has always worked alone, but he isn’t doing so well at the moment. Frank is off his game and lows on cash--he needs a partner. Enter ex-hairdresser Luella Shakespeare who will turn his world around--he just doesn’t know it yet. When the two join forces to investigate the criminals and surprisingly high drama in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the two quickly discover that all is not as peaceful as it seems in their pretty theatre town.

The Sandhamn Murders Season 1 (NR) 512 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE SANDHAMN MURDERS, Season 1NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES (NR) SWEDISH with English Subtitles. Sparkling sea, sunny beaches, ferryboat commuting, but bodies keep cropping up. Homemaker and mother of two, Nora Linde (Alexandra Rapaport) never intends to get involved, but she often has a connection to the victim or discovers the body or knows the culprit. She also knows police investigator Thomas Andreasson (Jakob Cedergren) from their school days. Theirs is a love affair that keeps not happening: they're each attracted to the other, but Nora no sooner separates from her husband than he goes back to his wife. Based on Viveca Sten’s popular crime novels, a perfect mix of Nordic crime and the beautiful surroundings

Echo in the Canyon (PG-13) 82 minutes

September 11, 2019

ECHO IN THE CANYON NEW DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) Celebratesthe explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today.Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones.

The Biggest Little Farm (PG) 92 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM NEW DOCUMENTARY (PG) Chronicling the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farmprovides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin (G) 89 minutes

September 11, 2019

AMAZING GRACE: ARETHA FRANKLIN – DOCUMENTARY MOVIE (G) A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album "Amazing Grace" at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles on January 1972.

The Sun is Also a Star (PG-13) 100 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR – MOVIE (PG-13) College-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and Jamaican born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi) meet--and fall in love--over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.

Rocketman (R) 121 minutes

September 11, 2019

ROCKETMAN – MOVIE (R) Taron Egerton IS Elton John, Jamie Bell IS Bernie Taupin. This is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story--set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton--tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother.

MIB: International (PG-13) 105 minutes

September 11, 2019

Men in Black: INTERNATIONAL – MOVIE (PG-13) The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) take the action globally, from New York to London to Morocco to Naples.

MA (R) 99 minutes

September 11, 2019

MA – MOVIE (R) Everybody's welcome at Ma's. But good luck getting home safe. Sue Ann (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer) is a lonely woman who keeps to herself in a quiet Ohio town. When a local teenage girl asks Sue Ann to buy some booze for her group of friends, she decides to make some new friends of her own and offers her basement for the kids to the party. They just have to follow a few simple house rules: Someone has to stay sober. Don't curse. Never go upstairs. And call her "Ma." As Ma's hospitality curdles into obsession, which began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma's place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (R) 120 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO – MOVIE (R) Jimmie Fails (Jimmy Fails) dreams of reclaiming theVictorian home his grandfather built intheheart of SanFrancisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont (Jonathan Majors), Jimmie searches for belonging ina rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct thecommunity he longs for, his hopes blind him to thereality of his situation.

Josie (NR) 87 minutes

September 11, 2019

JOSIE – BLU RAY MOVIE (NR) Secrets Will Come To Light! Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott in a movie of drama, mystery, and suspense! Residents of a small, southern town are forever changed when tattooed, sweet-talking stranger Josie (Sophie Turner) struts into town. Striking up relationships with a local young punk Marcus (Jack Kilmer) and her loner neighbor Hank (Dylan McDermott), she quickly becomes a hot topic of local gossip. But her true intentions for arriving in town are far more sinister when her dark past comes to light.

The Hustle (PG-13) 94 minutes

September 11, 2019

HUSTLE MOVIE (PG-13)A COMEDY ABOUT THE ART OF THE CON! Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit who defrauds gullible wealthy men. Penny (Rebel Wilson) amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece, so they con the men that have wronged women. Wilson’s talent for physicality and Hathaway’s withering wit are a combustible combination as the pair of scammers pull out all the stops to swindle a naïve tech billionaire (Alex Sharp) in this hilarious comedy.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters SE (PG-13) 131 minutes

September 11, 2019

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS SE MOVIE (PG-13) The story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species--thought to be mere myths--rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

A Dog's Journey (PG) 109 minutes

September 11, 2019

A DOG’S JOURNEY – MOVIE (PG) RECOMMENDED FOR DOG LOVERS EVERYWHERE! Picking up where A Dog’s Purpose left off, Ethan’s (Dennis Quaid) beloved dog Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) finds a new destiny. Protect Ethan’s granddaughter CJ (Kathryn Prescott) at any cost. Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives is filled with love, friendship and devotion as he and CJ experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and a few really good belly rubs.

Booksmart (R) 102 minutes

September 11, 2019

BOOKSMART – MOVIE (R) Fast-paced. Funny, fresh, and unfiltered, the story follows Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, they set out on a mission on the eve of their graduation, to make up for the lost time and to cram four years of fun into one night. Also starring Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis.

Avengers: Endgame (PG-13) 181 minutes

September 11, 2019

AVENGERS ENDGAME – BLU RAY MOVIE (PG-13)The fourth installment of the Avengers series is the once-in-a-lifetime culmination of 22 interconnected films and the climax of an epic journey. Earth's heroes will finally understand how fragile our reality is--and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it--in a story of friendship, teamwork and setting aside differences to overcome an impossible obstacle.

A Place to Land (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney is the story of Martin Luther King’s famous I Have a Dream speech. It had not been written by the night before the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. He spent time listening to advise from colleagues and other preachers but ultimately retreated to his hotel room to craft his most memorable speech. All 250,000 people that were there that day heard his plea for black and white Americans to walk arm in arm to save America. Pinkney's amazing watercolors perfectly capture this moment in history.

(Non-Fiction/Biography)

Follow Your Stuff--Who Makes it, Where Does it Come From, How Does it Get to You? (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

Follow Your Stuff--Who Makes It, Where Does it Come From, How Does it Get to You? by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka covers a lot of ground. It addresses the whole chain of materials and people required from beginning to end for manufacturing a diverse array of products from t-shirts to medicines. The giant, complex, global economy is clearly explained. As the book states, it's never too early to think about the people in the sequence that produced whatever item you are buying.

(Non-Fiction/Informational)

Dancing Hands (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle, vividly illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is a historical account of a young girl named Teresa Careno who played the piano for President Lincoln. Her family emigrated to the USA from Venezuela when she was six years old. She was a gifted musician at a young age and played concerts at major symphony halls. She received an invitation to play for President Lincoln in 1863, right after the Battle of Gettysburg and the death of his son Willie. She was a bright note in a very difficult time of war and grieving.

(Non-Fiction/Biography)

The Best Seat in Kindergarten (Early Readers)

August 31, 2019

The Best Seat in Kindergarten by Katherine Kenah is an early reader charmer. It’s Sam’s first day of school and he’s unsure of where to sit. His teacher has a plan for a class outing so everyone can get to know each other. Sam discovers that finding friends is easy!

(Early Reader)

The Piano Recital

August 31, 2019

The Piano Recital by Akiko Miyakoshi addresses first recital jitters in an imaginative, gorgeously illustrated book. Momo keeps telling herself she will be OK but she is nervous. A small mouse urges her to come through a small stage door to their recital. On the other side is a magical performance of mouse theatrics and music. Momo is drawn in as an accompanist and plays the piano perfectly, only to find herself on her stage at the end of her piece. But she hears the mice clapping too.

Noodleheads Fortress of Doom

August 31, 2019

Noodleheads Fortress of Doom by Todd Arnold is a must-read. Any book with a good joke about libraries is worth your time. The two Mac's are inspired by their books to build the fortress of doom. After lots of effort and some good-natured quarreling they succeed. More antics with their friend Meatball ensue before their mother steps in to create her masterpiece. The dialogue is laughing out loud.

Oscar the Octopus--A Book About Months of the Year

August 31, 2019

Oscar the Octopus--A Book About Months of the Year by Matthew Van Fleet is adorable. Every month Oscar catches a different sea creature that is identified by lifting the board book flap. Bright colors and a rhyming text make this a wonderful read-aloud, especially when you get to the feel-good ending.

Llama, Llama, Mess, Mess, Mess

August 31, 2019

Llama, llama, mess, mess, mess continues the legacy of Anna Dewdney. It’s written by her partner Reed Duncan. Llama llama naturally has no interest in neatening his room; he would rather play. Mama Llama demonstrates rather dramatically what would happen if she decided not to clean anything. As their house descends into chaos llama llama realizes there is a huge upside to putting things away. Then there is space to play!

Duck

August 31, 2019

Duck by Meg McKinlay finds a duck with a very important message who is not getting through to the other barnyard denizens. Sporting a tell-tale bucket on his head, he runs up to each animal yelling “Duck!”. They scoff at what they see as his inability to distinguish one animal from another, totally missing his frantic efforts to tell them his news. The ending is certainly not a surprise considering the farm is in Kansas. The illustrations of the loveable duck and his pals are endearing.

The Couch Potato

August 31, 2019

The Couch Potato by Kerry Lyn Sparrow and Yinfan Huang is very funny. An uninvited potato plunks down on the couch in the Russett house. Mr. Russett does not see the humor in the situation and refuses to tidy it up. Everyone else in the family has fun with the potato as it handily morphs into a doll, a ball, a boulder--basically whatever anyone needs at the time. The illustrations are lively and the end is great.

This Book of Mine

August 31, 2019

This Book of Mine by Sarah Stewart explores the pleasure of books. Whimsically illustrated by David Small, the books are chewed, treasured, grabbed when needed or otherwise loved. Most of all they are your friends. Beach lovers will appreciate the final drawing of the pleasure of reading on the beach.

As Warm as the Sun

August 31, 2019

As Warm as the Sun by Kate and Jim McMullan is heartwarming. Toby the French bulldog is always looking for a warm spot to flop on. Sun puddles, laps and fires are favorites but don’t stick around forever, which makes him a bit cranky. One astonishing day another pup named Pinkie shows up to compete for the warm spots and he retreats to the cold basement in a huff. That is when he discovers that permanent warmth is here to stay. It’s a very sweet story!

Monster High: Boo York, Boo York (NR) 111 minutes

August 19, 2019

MONSTER HIGH: BOO YORK, BOO YORK–CHILDREN’S MOVIE (NR) An It's fright lights, big city when the Monster High ghouls head to Boo York! Cleo de Nile is invited to attend a fancy gala celebrating the return of a magical comet and, of course, she brings along her best friends. But their trip isn't all fun and fright seeing because Nefera, Cleo's sister, uses the comet's powers for her own spooktacularly sneaky plans. Can the monsters unwrap the mystery of the comet in time to stop Nefera? Find out in Boo York, Boo York, the first-ever Monster High musical, featuring eight original songs.

Echo in the Canyon Documentary (PG-13) 82 minutes

August 19, 2019

ECHO IN THE CANYON– DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) Celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today.Echo in the Canyoncontains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones.

Narcos Season 3 (NR) 529 minutes

August 19, 2019

NARCOS Season 3SERIES (NR) Cocaine and the War on Drugs are closer to home as the Cali cartel, emboldened by the fall of Pablo Escobar, looks to expand its operations inside America's borders. Cali Godfather Gilberto Rodriguez designs an exit strategy that will allow cartel leaders to live happily ever after--but his plans are threatened when someone within his organization teams up with DEA agent Pena in this thrilling third season of this acclaimed series.

Jamestown Season 3 (PG-13) 360 minutes

August 19, 2019

JAMESTOWN Season 3– SERIES (PG-13) It’s boom time in Jamestown, the 17th-century English settlement on the very edge of the breathtaking Virginian wilderness. But success brings scrutiny and intrigue and there are few in the settlement who have nothing to hide. Unlikely alliances have been formed; some provide friendship, some offer love, and some lead to great peril. Relations with the Native Peoples offer hope of advancement for the settlers until greed for land and power corrupts those with influence in the colony. Devastating conflict ensues, the fallout of which will shape the New World for centuries to come.

Inspector Manara Season 2 (NR) 631 minutes

August 19, 2019

INSPECTOR MANARA Season 2– SERIES (NR) The dazzling Guido Caprino stars as Inspector Luca Manara, a dreamy man, and a supervisor's worst nightmare. He dismisses procedure and refuses to kowtow to local power players. But he's also without ego and a gifted investigator. When Manara arrives on a motorcycle to head up the police department, his offbeat methods endear him to colleagues and guild spirit de corps. He prefers to be called by his first name, doesn't see the need for a warrant and arrives at crime scenes via motorcycle rather than a police car. Luca must learn to work without his colleague Lara after she's sent to the police academy for intelligence training. She's replaced by Inspector Marta Rivera who brings a secret past and hides some mystery that Manara can't get a handle on. In addition, Sardi and Toscani's newborn baby manages to complicate Manara's life as well as his two parents. It is murder, love, and suspense in Tuscany, in this lighthearted mystery series.

Homeland Season 7 (NR) 108 minutes

August 19, 2019

HOMELAND Season 7 SERIES (NR) With a paranoid president facing investigation and the country tearing itself apart, Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) must determine who they can trust in the gripping seventh season of Homeland. As President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) finds herself under threat from forces outside the government and within, Carrie embarks 

Grantchester Season 4 (PG-13) 360 minutes

August 19, 2019

GRANTCHESTER, Season 4 SERIES (PG-13) It’s 1956--a year since Amanda (Morven Christie) left Grantchester and the post-war rulebookis being torn up. Sidney Chambers (James Norton) is feeling adrift, a man without a cause--until American civil rights activist Violet Todd (Simona Brown) arrives and fires up his need for social justice. But with a cause, this dangerous, Sidney might not be around forever. Soon there's a new Vicar of Grantchester, firebrand Will Davenport (Tom Brittney). Idealistic and energetic, Will embraces the change sweeping the nation and wants to make the parish his own. He finds himself drawn into Inspector Geordie Keating's (Robson Green) world of murderous plots and crimes of passion that unearth his troubled past.  And while Will embraces the future, Geordie is left entirely baffled by it. Navigating a world without Sidney, where does he fit in?

Acquitted Season 1 (NR) 449 minutes

August 19, 2019

ACQUITTED, Season 1–NEW FOREIGN SERIES (NR) In English--Aksel Borgen is a Norwegian businessman who has worked his way to the top during his 20 years in Asia, having left his native town after being acquitted of the murder of his high school sweetheart. When his home town's cornerstone business is threatened by bankruptcy, Aksel returns to save the place that one turned its back on him. The past has not been forgotten. His arrival tears old wounds apart and new conflicts arise as the past meets the present. Shadowing a battle of guilt, revenge, and hope of reconciliation, the man who pleaded not guilty is still judged by society.

Tolkien (PG-13) 101 minutes

August 19, 2019

TOLKIEN-MOVIE (PG-13) A Life of Love, Courage, and Fellowship. Exploring the formative years of renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) as he finds friendship, courage, and motivation among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Their band strengthens as they mature, until the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the fellowship apart. Tolkien's early life experiences would later inspire him to write his famous Middle-earth novels.

The Public (PG-13) 120 minutes

August 19, 2019

THE PUBLIC– MOVIE (PG-13) A film by Emilio Estevez. Downtown Cincinnati is suffering an unusual Arctic blast that has made its way to the Public Library doors. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's happening. This David-versus-Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness, and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

The Professor (R) 91 minutes

August 19, 2019

THE PROFESSOR MOVIE (R) SAVE YOUR BEST LESSON FOR LAST. Johnny Depp delivers a wickedly funny performance as Richard, a buttoned-down college lecturer who, after learning he has six months to live, transforms into a rebellious party animal. To the shock of his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) and school chancellor (Ron Livingston)--and the delight of his students--Richard leads a hilarious crusade against authority and hypocrisy in this dark comedy costarring Zoey Deutch.

Poms (PG-13) 92 minutes

August 19, 2019

POMS– MOVIE (PG-13) An uplifting comedy about a woman, Martha (Diane Keaton), who forms a cheerleading squad at a retirement community.  Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), Vicki (Celia Weston), Olive (Pam Grier), and Alice (Rhea Perlman) help her to prove it is never too late to “Bring It!” The perfect blend of heart and comedy.

Fast Color (PG-13) 101 minutes

August 19, 2019

FAST COLORMOVIE (PG-13) Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff (David Strathairn), she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter (Saniya Sidney) and unearths the depths of the power within her.

The Curse of La Llorona (R) 93 minutes

August 19, 2019

THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA– MOVIE (R) The timeless Hispanic legend comes to terrifying life in The Curse of La Llorona. She is The Weeping Woman and those who hear her death call in the night are doomed. She creeps in the shadows and preys on the children, desperate to replace her own. In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night--and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona's deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.

The Best of Enemies (PG-13) 133 minutes

August 19, 2019

THE BEST OF ENEMIESMOVIE (PG-13) A timely drama that centers on an unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever. Critics claim, "Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star in this riveting true story" (Pete Hammond, Deadline).

Beautiful Boy (R) 120 minutes

August 19, 2019

BEAUTIFUL BOY BLU RAY MOVIE (R) Starring Steve Carell and  Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Based on the best-selling memoirs from David and Nic Sheff.

All is True (PG-13) 101 minutes

August 19, 2019

ALL IS TRUE MOVIE (PG-13) “ALoving Tribute to Shakespeare.”The Independent Explore the human story behind a dark and little-known period in the life of William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh). The year is 1613 and Shakespeare is the greatest writer of the age. When his beloved Globe Theater is burned to the ground, he decides to return to his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. There, he faces his neglected family. Still haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend broken relationships with his wife, Anne (Judi Dench) and daughters. In doing so, he is forced to examine his failings as an absent husband and father. In the search for peace, he must also finally confront the dark heart of his family's secrets and lies.

After (PG-13) 106 minutes

August 19, 2019

AFTER MOVIE (PG-13) Based on Anna Todd's novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, After follows Tess (Josephine Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.

Dappled--Baking Recipes For Fruit Lovers

August 10, 2019

Dappled--Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers by Nicole Rucker is a timely addition to our cookbook collection. With peaches and blueberries, blackberries and plums in piles wherever you look, it is wonderful to have some imaginative options for using this bounty. It has a broad range of recipes for both skilled bakers and novices and ravishing photographs. Take a look! (Cookbook)

Working

August 10, 2019

Working by Robert Caro is part memoir, part writing seminar and all-absorbing The renowned author of the biographies of Robert Moses and LBJ decodes his style and purpose in this short (amazing considering the length of his books!) treatise on how he worked. He goes into the methodology of his research in-depth. To say his subjects were complex public figures is an understatement. These books illuminated the way their professional lives were ultimately about the accumulation and use of power and the impact that had on legislation, public works, and people's lives. The daunting amount of material he worked through to write these acknowledged masterpieces is astounding. (Non-Fiction)

In Pain

August 10, 2019

In Pain by Travis Rieder is harrowing. It is subtitled A Bio Ethicist’s Personal Struggle With Opioids. Surgeries after a serious motorcycle accident catapulted the author into the nightmare cycle of pain treatment with opioids and subsequent, torturous withdrawal. This book was written to help call attention to a system that does not effectively manage these powerful drugs, even when they’re prescribed. (Non-Fiction)

Brunelleschi's Dome--How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

August 10, 2019

Brunelleschi’s Dome--How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King is the History Book Club selection for September. It is a fascinating look at the construction of one of the world’s iconic buildings---the cathedral in Florence, Italy. It was an opportunity to try new designs and engineering tactics. Amazingly the dome took only 25 years to build. The great leap of creating a supporting dome built over thin air vs. using flying buttresses was a huge achievement. The author has written a highly readable book about an exhilarating period in history. (Non-Fiction)

The Nickel Boys

August 10, 2019

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead is an unforgettable read. Set in Florida’s rigidly racist Jim Crow era, the very different characters of Turner and Elroy try and survive in a juvenile detention facility of unimaginable cruelty. It is based on the real story of an FL reform school. It is a sobering, brilliantly written book that shines a light on the racist world where so many struggled to survive. The things that happened to the nickel boys tragically echo down the generations as they struggle to come to terms with their horrific past.

The New Girl

August 10, 2019

The New Girl by Daniel Silva has Gabriel Arron deeply, albeit reluctantly, involved with the Saudis. He finds himself working with the newly powerful Saudi prince who will probably be the next king. The prince’s daughter has been kidnapped and the byzantine politics of the Saudi royal family make it next to impossible to negotiate her release. A ripped from the headlines plot keeps the pages turning as Gabriel tries to singlehandedly right the wrongs of the Middle East.

The Moonstone

August 10, 2019

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is an outstanding read if you are a fan of detective novels but a bit tired of the tropes of the last few years. Originally published in 1868 it’s the story of a cursed diamond from India that is stolen from the young girl who inherits it. It is told from the multiple perspectives of richly drawn characters. It is widely considered to be the first detective novel. It’s a bit long as it was originally serialized, but has plenty of twists and keeps you guessing. Highly recommended.