Rowayton Library Recommends

Weathering With You Animated Movie (PG-13) 112 minutes

November 11, 2020
WEATHERING WITH YOU –Animated Movie (PG-13)

From director Makoto Shinkai comes a new romantic drama set in the rain-soaked streets (and skies) of modern Tokyo. In the summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day as if to suggest his future. Finally finding work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine, one-day Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability, the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (PG) 92 minutes

November 11, 2020
RED SHOES AND THE SEVEN DWARFS – CHILDRENs MOVIE (PG) In this outrageous fairy tale spoof starring Chloe Grace Moretz, seven bold princes seek a kiss from Snow White to break the curse that’s turned them into dwarves.

Masterpiece: World On Fire Season 1 (NR) 420 minutes

November 11, 2020

Summer of 1939. Harry, a translator at the British Embassy in Warsaw, is falling in love with Polish waitress Kasia. When German tanks roll into Poland, and Britain declares war on Germany, Harry and Kasia face terrible choices. With her life in grave danger, can Harry help her, and if he can, how will he ever explain himself to Lois Bennett, the girl he left behind in Manchester? World on Fire is an adrenalized, emotionally gripping, and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in Britain, Poland, France, Germany, and the United States, as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives. Producers: Chris Clough, Nickie Sault, Callum Devrell-Cameron.

Vikings Season 5. Vol. 2 (NR) 464 minutes

November 11, 2020

As the explosive second half of Season 5 begins, Ivar the Boneless' tyrannical reign as king of Kattegat ushers in a new Dark Age for Scandinavia. And while Bjorn and Lagertha flee Ivar's murderous forces with Bishop Heahmund, Duke Rollo's return brings even more upheaval. Meanwhile, Floki battles the elements – as well as his settlers' lust for revenge – in beautiful, desolate Iceland. Ultimately, the sons of Ragnar and old sworn enemies must become allies to challenge the despot Ivar, who has declared himself a god. The gut-wrenching action and dramatic plot twists reach a fever pitch as the season unfolds.

Van Der Valk Season 1 (NR) 276 minutes

November 11, 2020
VAN Der VALK, Season 1 NEW SERIES (NR)

With a theme song that topped the UK charts, crime stories that weren't shy about sex and drugs and gangsters, a precinct made up largely of Amsterdam canals, and a sulky blond hero at its heart, the British detective series ran for 32 episodes over five series between 1972 and 1992 as British audiences were captivated by their first truly international detective. Reimagined in the Amsterdam of 2018 and beyond, aiming to captivate audiences all over again with new, compelling crime mysteries.

London Kills Season 1 (NR) 238 minutes

November 11, 2020
LONDON KILLS, Season 1 NEW SERIES (NR)

London’s best detectives take on its worst crimes in this sleek British mystery series.  Veteran DI David Bradford (Hugo Speer) heads an elite murder squad, but he’s been on leave following the unexplained disappearance of his wife. In his absence, ambitious ds Vivienne Cole (Sharon Small) has been leading the investigations, and when Bradford returns to work, the two clash over their methods and lines of inquiry. Despite the tension, Bradford and Cole strive to solve complex crimes, along with DC Rob Brady and Trainee DC Billie Fitzgerald.

Hidden Season 2 (NR) 344 minutes

November 11, 2020
HIDDEN, Season 2 – SERIES (NR) 

Detectives Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and Owen Vaughan (Sion Alun Davies) investigate the brutal murder of a former school teacher, but a group of local teenagers knows more about what happened than they are letting on. "Nail-biting…[and] confidently stylish" (The Guardian), this compelling Welsh crime drama has been hailed "best in class" by the New York Times.

Endeavour Season 7 (PG-13) 266 minutes

November 11, 2020
ENDEAVOUR, Season 7 – SERIES (PG-13) 

Endeavour and his colleagues are entering a new decade and era of change. Opening on New Year's Eve 1969, normal order has been resumed and the team reunited at Castle Gate CID, with Chief Superintendent Bright back in charge. However, the events of the past year have left their mark. Old friendships will be challenged, and new relationships will blossom.

The Crown Season 3 (NR) 547 minutes

November 11, 2020
THE CROWN, Season 3– SERIES (NR)

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 through to the early part of the twenty-first century. Season Three covers the time period between 1964 and 1977 and introduces an outstanding new ensemble cast led by Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies. Beginning with Harold Wilson's election as the Queen's first Labour prime minister and ending with the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II, it follows pivotal moments such as the death and state funeral of Winston Churchill, the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales.

Balthazar Season 2 Foreign Language Series (NR) 495 minutes

November 11, 2020
BALTHAZAR, Season 2 – Foreign Language SERIES (NR) French with English Subtitles 

An eccentric but endearing forensic pathologist in Paris, Raphael Balthazar (Tomer Sisley) can make the dead speak like no one else. He solves the city’s most disturbing crimes with no-nonsense chief inspector Helene Bach (Helene de Fougerolles), who helps him reopen the one case that still haunts him: his wife's 12-year-old murder.

Rogue (R) 105 minutes

November 11, 2020
ROGUE – MOVIE (R) 

Megan Fox Team leader O'Hara leads a lively squad of soldiers on a daring mission: rescue hostages from their captors in remote Africa. But as the mission goes awry and the team is stranded, O'Hara's squad must face a bloody, brutal encounter with a gang of rebels, and the horde of ravenous, enraged lions they encounter.

The Friendsgiving (R) 95 minutes

November 11, 2020
FRIENDSGIVING – MOVIE  (R)

Thanksgiving movie, Abby (Kat Dennings) is looking forward to a laid-back holiday with her friend Molly (Malin Ackerman). But the friends’ plans go up in smoke when Molly’s new boyfriend and her flamboyant mother (Jane Seymour) arrive, followed by Molly’s ex-boyfriend, and a trio of Fairy Gay Mothers. Now it's a recipe for a comically chaotic Thanksgiving no one will ever forget, even if they wanted to!

The Broken Hearts Gallery (PG-13) 109 minutes

November 11, 2020

What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? The always unique Lucy, a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder, does exactly that. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broke Hearts Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.

All Thirteen--The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

November 4, 2020

All Thirteen--The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat is a dramatic step by step recounting of the rescue operation in 2018 that saved the 13 members of the soccer team trapped in a cave by rising floodwaters. There are two parallel stories - the rescuers struggle to find a way to the team, and the trapped boys and their coach find ways to survive half a mile below the earth’s surface with limited supplies while keeping their hopes up. (Non-Fiction)

See the Cat--Three Stories About a Dog

November 4, 2020

See the Cat--Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle is an early reader hoot. The dog must manage a book author determined to create stories that do not reflect reality--until they do. Lots of humorous expressions give the dog a big personality and allow him to finally tell his story! (Early Readers)

Horse and Buggy Plant a Seed

November 4, 2020

Horse & Buggy Plant a Seed by Ethan Long is another laugh out loud early reader. Buggy has some seed packets and after they decide what to plant they prepare their garden and wait and wait. At last, there is a heartening "boink" as the seed pops up. But there is a surprise in store for the pair of friends; it’s quite a seed….. (Early Readers)

What We'll Build--Plans for Our Together Future

November 4, 2020

What We’ll Build--Plans For Our Together Future by Oliver Jeffers is an imaginative story of all the objects and places a father and daughter can build together. Jeffers’ signature paintings are the visual backdrop to the challenge and joy of building a future full of love and opportunity for all.

The Tiny Baker

November 4, 2020

'The Tiny Baker by Hayley Barrett is a charmingly old fashioned ode to teatime. The baker is a busy bee with ladybug helpers; together they turn out delicious treats for their beautifully dressed ant clientele. One day disaster strikes and she discovers the true meaning of friendship. The detailed illustrations are so pretty.

The Suitcase

November 4, 2020

The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is a lovely story about kindness overcoming skepticism. A stranger arrives, weary from what has clearly been a long, arduous journey. He has a suitcase which he says has a teacup, chair and table and cabin inside. The skeptical animals open it when he falls asleep, see the contents, and get to work to welcome the new arrival.

A Story For Small Bear

November 4, 2020

A Story for Small Bear by Alice B. McGinty & Richard Jones is an exceptional bedtime choice. Small bear is getting ready for winter, under instructions from her mother not to dilly dally or there won’t be time for stories before bed. Small bear finds lots to do in the forest; the beautiful, softly brushed illustrations capture the fading colors of late fall perfectly. The ending is as soft and warm as a hug.

Moo-Moo I Love You

November 4, 2020

Moo-Moo, I Love You! by Tom Lichtenheld and Amy Krouse Rosenthal is absolutely adorable. A cow and her calf find infinite ways of expressing what they love about each other, always using wordplay with the "oo" letters and sound. Young readers will have a good time with the wordplay and everyone will recognize the picture covered fridge, aka a “mooseum”. This is a special book.

Max and Ruby and the Babysitting Squad

November 4, 2020

Max & Ruby and the Babysitting Squad by Rosemary Wells is very cute. Ruby and her best friend Louise start a babysitting service and line up caring for mischievous young Percy the skunk on the first day. Naturally, they face considerable challenges that are only overcome with the help of Ruby’s younger brother Max and his digger collection. There will be lots of giggles as the story unfolds.

Gnu and Shrew

November 4, 2020

Gnu and Shrew by Danny Schnitzlein is a clever nod to the advantages of action over talk. Gnu and Shrew live near a crocodile-infested river where there is a rumored cache of diamonds--on the opposite side. Gnu dreams of what they can do if they find the diamonds while pooh-poohing Shrew's efforts to solve the problem of how to get there. Children will appreciate the humor and silliness at the same time they see Shrew’s point. The illustrations are terrific.

Donut Feed the Squirrels

November 4, 2020

Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song is a sweet graphic novel. Norma and Belly are in search of sustenance after Norma burns their pancake breakfast. The aroma of a donut truck intrigues them and starts a series of escapades that challenge the beleaguered donut truck owner. A surprise ingredient makes up for the mess the squirrels create and all is well.

Construction Site Mission: Demolition

November 4, 2020

Construction Site Mission: Demolition! By Sherri Rinker and Ag Ford perfectly captures the sights and sounds of demolition day at an old building. The equipment all have distinct personalities and colorful paint jobs. Each page covers a different part of the process until the end when we can all agree that “demo day was tough but fun”.

Animals Brag About Their Bottoms

November 4, 2020

Animals Brag About Their Bottoms by Maki Saito is a song of praise for the wonderfully varied bottoms in the animal world. Big, small, heart-shaped, hard, soft, furry, and/or colorful--they all deserve admiration. The beautiful illustrations totally support the creatures' pride in their rear ends! This is a unique and charming animal extravaganza.

Rose's Ice Cream Bliss

October 21, 2020

Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss by Rose Levy Beranbaum will help extend those summer menus! An endless supply of delectable frozen treats awaits in this stellar collection. Everything from the vanilla and chocolate basics to more exotic flavors is copiously illustrated and clearly explained. The butterscotch toffee sauce which would be delicious on so many of these creations is off the charts.

Modern Comfort Food

October 21, 2020

Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten is reliably wonderful, in fact, better than her last few books in our humble opinion. It's a perfect antidote to kitchen exhaustion as it has original ideas but they aren't too taxing to execute. She is relentlessly cheerful but not in an annoying way. Three cheers especially for the applesauce cake recipe. This is also just a beautiful book to drool over even if you don’t cook!

Greenfeast

October 21, 2020

Greenfeast by the British cookbook author Nigel Slater is the literary version of eating something delicious straight from the Aga. The pages ooze warmth and flavor as the author describes his vegetable-centric but undeniably rich approach to comforting winter eating. He is never shy about trying new spice combinations and his soup section is amazing.

The Violence Inside Us-A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy

October 21, 2020

The Violence Inside Us--A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy by Senator Chris Murphy addresses the uncomfortable truth that violence is inside us. His commitment to gun control was forged in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  Access to firearms contributes to high rates of suicide as guns ensure success (only 3% of drug overdose suicides are successful). We are also exporting violence via the lucrative business of gun-running, as weapons purchased at gun shows are not subject to background checks. This is a tough book to read but essential to understanding how we as a country came to this point and how we can move forward.

Transcendent Kingdom

October 21, 2020

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is brilliant. The background of the lab at Stanford where the mice steal the show, the complicated family dynamics that bedevil the main character and the wonderful writing make it hard to put down. Gifty is a graduate student of Guyanese descent who is trying to outgrow an upbringing in Huntsville AL where an absent father and mentally ill mother create a toxic environment for herself and her brother. Beautifully written.

A Song For the Dark Times

October 21, 2020

A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin is the latest Inspector Rebus, except he is no longer an Inspector. This does not keep him from sticking his nose into two cases – one involving his daughter’s husband, the other a murder in Edinburgh that Siobahn Clarke and Malcolm Fox are trying to solve. Rebus may be retired but he is still “on the case” and sharp as ever. Highly entertaining and recommended.

Silver Wings, Iron Cross

October 21, 2020

Silver Wings, Iron Cross by Tom Young is a tense page-turner. The major characters, an American flyer, and a German U boat officer find themselves thrown together at the end of WWII. They are each dependent on the other to survive at a time when the end is closing in. It has a Tom Clancy feel with the detailed descriptions of wartime machinery.

The Searcher

October 21, 2020

The Searcher by Tana French is really atmospheric and tension-filled.  Cal has moved to rural Ireland to start over after retiring from the Chicago PD and getting divorced. He has bought a tumbledown house to restore and is gradually falling into the rhythm of his new life. Word is out on his past and a youngster looking for help in finding his missing brother disrupts Cal's new beginning. The characters are terrific; this is a page-turner with heart and plenty of surprises.

The Orphan's Guilt

October 21, 2020

The Orphan’s Guilt by Archie Mayor is the latest in the Joe Gunther series. Set in VT, it’s a cold case that involves two brothers and a dysfunctional family. Joe is always pulled back into the dark reaches of Vermont’s underbelly whether he wants to be there or not. A strong sense of place and great dialogue keep the pages turning.

One by One

October 21, 2020

One By One by Ruth Ware is definitely a knockoff of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but what a fun read. The group on a corporate retreat gets snowed in at a luxurious alpine chalet. The tension builds immediately with the foreknowledge that four of the characters will be found dead. But which four…..The plot is clever, has multiple narrators, with a classic underestimation of the true evil in their midst.

Monogamy

October 21, 2020

Monogamy by Sue Miller is a close-up view of a long-term marriage, ended too soon with the sudden death of the patriarch. Graham’s orbit was huge--an ex-wife, children, current wife, patrons of his bookstore, friends, the list goes on. The characters wrestle with the impact of losing Graham, realizing his outsize hold on their lives may not always have been a good thing.

The Forger's Daughter

October 21, 2020

The Forger’s Daughter by Bradford Morrow is written in a captivatingly old fashioned way. Will has been retired for decades from a life of duplicity and become a family man, but his nemesis has not. Threats to his family force his hand. The talents of his oldest daughter come into play as they try and perfectly copy an invaluable, early collection of Poe’s stories. It’s a diverting gothic tale.

The Secret Garden Children's Movie (PG) 99 minutes

October 4, 2020

Starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters, and Dixie Egerickx is a new take on the beloved classic novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England during a new period in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl who, after being sent to live with her uncle, discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate.

Outlander Season 5 (NR) 700 minutes

October 4, 2020

A continuation of Claire and Jamie's fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. The Frasers strive to flourish within a society that is unwittingly marching toward Revolution. Jamie must now defend the home they have built together at Fraser's Ridge while Claire seeks to put her skills and medical expertise to use in keeping her family together and safe from harm for the rest of their lives.

My Brilliant Friend Season 1 Foreign Language Series (NR) 460 minutes

October 4, 2020
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, Season 1 FOREIGN LANGUAGE (NR)

ITALIAN with English Subtitles Based on the first of four novels, this drama begins with an elderly woman discovering that her "brilliant friend" seems to have disappeared without a trace. Beginning an epic tale that spans over 60 years, she writes about their tempestuous relationship that started in 1950 and tries to describe the mystery of her friend, who is – in a way – her worst enemy. Set in a dangerous and fascination post-WWII Naples, Italy, and directed by Saverio Costanzo.

Luther Season 5 (NR) 227 minutes

October 4, 2020
LUTHER, Season 5(NR)

Golden Globe Award-winner Idris Elba (The Wire), returns to his monumental role as London's haunted DCI John Luther. In Season Five of the thrilling police drama, Luther and his recruit, DS Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku), confront a new nightmare—a series of monstrous killings that grow increasingly audacious. As the police and notorious gangster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) converge on Luther’s home, the detective must choose between saving a friend in peril, or the serial killer’s next target. Brace yourself for consequences that change John Luther forever.

John Lewis: Good Trouble Documentary (PG) 97 minutes

October 4, 2020

This Is an expansive documentary chronicling the remarkable life of the legendary Civil Rights and U.S. Representative icon John Lewis's life and legacy. The intimate account takes us through his more than 60 years of activism--from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he is today. Dawn Porter's film is a moving tribute to the real-life hero at the forefront of many hard-won battles for lasting change.

South Mountain (NR) 85 minutes

October 4, 2020

Lila (Talia Balsam) is an artist who teaches at a community college and has built a modest rural paradise in New York's Catskill Mountains with her husband Edgar (Scott Cohen). Soon after their teenaged daughters head off on summer adventures and her best friend Gigi (Andrus Nichols) begins chemotherapy, Edgar reveals he has started a new family with another woman. This leaves Lila alone for a season of explosive grief and self-discovery that focuses on an unconventional friendship with a younger man (Michael Oberholtzer).

A Nice Girl Like You (R) 94 minutes

October 4, 2020

A romantic-comedy. Violinist Lucy Neal (Lucy Hale) is thrown for a loop when her ex-boyfriend accuses her of being too inhibited or “pornophobic”. Starring award-winning actresses Lucy Hale, Mindy Cohn, Jackie Cruz,  Australian actor Leonidas Gulaptis, and Adhir Kalyan. Based on the popular memoir by Ayn Carrillo-Gailey, the story follows Lucy (Hale), who to prove him wrong, creates a rather wild to-do list that sends her on a whirlwind and surprising journey of self-discovery, friendship, and new love.

Fisherman's Friends (PG-13) 112 minutes

October 4, 2020
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS  (PG-13)

A fast-living, cynical music executive (Danel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanties singing fisherman (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate “fish out of water” as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he's forced to reevaluate his integrity and ultimately question what success means.  A feel-good movie!

First Cow (PG-13) 121 minutes

October 4, 2020
FIRST COW (PG-13)

Two travelers (John Magaro and Orion Lee), on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest Oregon Territory, the dream of striking it rich. But their tenuous plan to make their fortune in the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a wealthy businessman’s prize cow, with their scheme lying somewhere between honest ingenuity and grift.

End of Sentence (NR) 97 minutes

October 4, 2020

After being widowed, Frank Fogle (John Hawkes) reluctantly embarks on a two-fold journey, a promise to honor his wife's last wishes of taking his estranged son, Sean (Logan Lerman), along for the trip of spreading her ashes in a remote lake in her native Ireland. Between a disconcerting Irish wake, the surfacing of an old flame, picking-up a pretty hitchhiker, and plenty of unresolved issues, the journey becomes a little more than father and son had bargained for.

Endings, Beginnings (NR) 110 minutes

October 4, 2020

In present-day Los Angeles, Daphne (Shailene Woodley), a 30-something woman, finds herself adrift in life. Navigating through love and heartbreak over one year. She becomes intertwined with 2 friends, Jack (Jamie Dornan) and Frank (Sebastian Stan) after meeting them at a party. During that time, she will unlock the secrets of her life in a sudden turn of events and the most surprising of places.

Elena Ferrante on Film Foreign Language Movie (NR) 200 minutes

October 4, 2020
ELENA FERRANTE ON FILM   FOREIGN LANGUAGE (NR)

ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES This was recently released in N. America, this is a compilation of well-received films based on the books of best-selling author Elena Ferrante (My Brilliant Friend), including Troubling Love and The Days of Abandonment.

 

Bad Education (NR) 108 minutes

October 4, 2020

A critically acclaimed dark comedy based on the true story of a scandal that rocked a Long Island district in the mid-2000's Hugh Jackman delivers a grade-A performance as a charismatic superintendent Frank Tassone and Alison Janney shines as district business manager Pam Gluckin. While turning Roslyn High School into the nation's best, Frank and Pan have also been perpetrating the largest public school embezzlement in U.S.history. The bit when a tenacious young reporter from the school paper begins to investigate both Frank and his audacious scheme begins to unravel.

Marjory Saves the Everglades--The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

September 25, 2020

Marjory Saves the Everglades--The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rebecca Gibbon is inspiring. Marjorie first went to FL as an 11-year-old but did not make it her home until after college and a failed marriage. She settled in Miami, working for her father at the Miami Herald. She discovered the Everglades and despite multiple mosquito bites fell in love with the "river of grass". She devoted her life to educating people about the beauty of what her detractors called a swamp. Her efforts were key to the creation of Everglades National Park, where there would be a huge airport today if she had not rallied national interest in the cause. This is an eye-opening look at early 20th-century environmental activism. (Non-Fiction)

Curious Encounters

September 25, 2020

Curious Encounters by Ben Clanton and Jessixa Bagley takes the reader on a number journey from 1 to 13 via varying forest friends who represent each number. It’s a vibrantly illustrated, humorous trail that starts with 1 moose making a “moosical” and with lots of clever wordplays winds up with 13 soaring seagulls. The animals romp through all kinds of activities with clever descriptions, and the delightful, detailed illustrations are a treat. (Non-Fiction)

Robobaby

September 25, 2020

Robobaby by David Weisner is a clever take on the impact of a newborn’s arrival. This extended family is robotic and literally has to build out Flange, their new baby. Older sister Cathode, aka Cathy, stands by helplessly as the adults flail around causing mishaps by not following instructions in the detailed manual. Of course, she saves the day! The ending is a perfect twist on happy surprises.

This Old Dog

September 25, 2020

This Old Dog by Martha Brockenbrough and Gabriel Alborozo is just about the sweetest book ever. The old dog is having kind of a tough time. Since the baby was born everyone seems to be in a hurry, so the days of leisurely sniffing and lazy walks are over. Then one magical day the little girl thumps to the ground from her crib and walks! Hooray--she is not in a hurry and happy to accompany the old dog on long, exploratory rambles. All is well. The illustrations are priceless.

The Oboe Goes Boom, Boom, Boom

September 25, 2020

The Oboe Goes Boom, Boom, Boom by Colleen A Venable, and Lian Cho is a fascinating, lighthearted introduction to the world of instruments. A school band leader explains each instrument’s history and how it is played. He is thwarted in his efforts to hear his players try out by Felicity, the very enthusiastic drummer. Then the tuba tries out….. This jolly, brightly illustrated book is a lot of fun and reaffirming that there is an instrument for everyone. Fun fact: Beethoven was the first famous composer to use the trombone.

Noodleheads Lucky Day

September 25, 2020

Noodleheads Lucky Day by Ted Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss is a chuckle. The pasta pair get into all sorts of trouble looking for a pet. They misunderstand exactly what a pet can be and have all kinds of humorous interactions with characters happy to take advantage of their ignorance.

Nice Try Charlie

September 25, 2020

Nice Try Charlie by Matt James is a picture book with a big heart. Charlie is the neighborhood picker; he finds things and then finds things to do with them. He often helps people along the way. Aunt Myrtle keeps a close watch on the street and when Charlie finds a big pie she cautions him to look for the owner. He does his best but people are starting to get awfully hungry….. The illustrations perfectly capture the feel of an urban streetscape. In the end, the group of friends shares a spectacular looking pie!

Monkey with a Tool Belt Blasts Off!

September 25, 2020

Monkey with a Tool Belt Blasts Off! by Chris Monroe finds Chico Bon Bon in a bright yellow rocket called the Banana 5. As you might imagine the right tool belt is a must-have item for a journey to outer space. You really can't safely leave earth without a galactic hatchet and a gummi laser. He's on the way to the space station to make much-needed repairs. The vibrant pictures that are characteristic of this series get an extra dash of energy and color from the extraterrestrial life forms. Chico is always a ton of fun.

Jabari Tries

September 25, 2020

Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall is a great follow up to Jabari Jumps. Jabari is in his backyard with his father and younger sister, intent on building a flying machine. His initial efforts don't exactly "take off" and he gets frustrated with the project and his little sister Nika. Wise counsel from his father and unexpected help from Nika make his dreams an exciting reality.

Imogene Comes Back

September 25, 2020

Imogene Comes Back by David Small is full of surprises. Imogene's body has the unique ability to incorporate animal features such as antlers, tails, long necks, etc. This is disconcerting for her family, although there are times it can be helpful (watering flowers through an elephant's trunk for example). The illustrations perfectly capture the puzzlement of quite how to manage this phenomenon. There is a nice twist at the end.

Happy Narwhalidays

September 25, 2020

Happy Narwhalidays by Ben Clanton finds Narwhal and Jelly getting ready for the arrival of the merry mermicorn, with Narwhal feeling particularly festive. The graphic novel combines easily digestible fun facts with the characters' cute antics and original sidekicks. A highly recommended seasonal diversion.

Fern and Otto--A Story of Two Best Friends

September 25, 2020

Fern and Otto--A Story About Two Best Friends by Stephanie Graegin is very charming. The illustrations are beautiful, with details that are fun to notice as you follow Fern and Otto on their adventure. They have set off in search of excitement, and enter a forest full of familiar characters from fairy tales. It is a busy, sometimes funny, occasionally scary place. Fern is hoping to get ideas for her book but as often happens when you roam far from home, the familiar is the best!

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 2 (NR) 369 minutes

September 13, 2020

In the second season of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, after tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan (John Krasinski), heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack's investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President's nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos.

Deadwater Fell Season 1 New (NR) 191 minutes

September 13, 2020
DEADWATER FELL, Season 1NEW SERIES (NR)

David Tennant and Cush Jumbo lead “terrific performances across the board” in this “complex and fascinating mystery” (Radio Times, UK). Tom and his wife, Kate, have a seemingly perfect life in their small Scottish community. Until one night, when a fire ravages Tom and Kate’s home, and the police make a disturbing discovery that rocks the town.

Belgravia Season 1 New (NR) 304 minutes

September 13, 2020
BELGRAVIA, Season 1 NEW SERIES (NR)

Julian Fellowes’ novel. On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo two young lovers forge a legacy that will create a scandal for generations to come. Years later, when the humble Trenchards (Tamsin Greig & Philip Glenister) move to Belgravia, they find themselves mixing with the venerated Brockenhursts (Harriet Walter & Tom Wilkinson). The families share a history that threatens inheritances and reputations; and there are those who would do anything to ensure secrets remain buried. Pride and loyalty will be tested, as forbidden love blossoms amongst the rivalry and lives hang in the balance.

Balthazar Season 1 New Foreign Language Series (NR) 340 minutes

September 13, 2020
BALTHAZAR, Season 1 NEW Foreign Language SERIES (NR)

FRENCH with English Subtitles – Suave, smart, and somewhat strange, Raphaël Balthazar (Tomer Sisley) can make the dead speak like no one else. As a forensic pathologist in Paris, he works with chief inspector Hélène Bach (Hélène de Fougerolles) to solve the city's most disturbing crimes. But there's one case that continues to haunt him--the murder of his wife over a decade ago

Love is Blind (NR) 93 minutes

September 13, 2020
LOVE IS BLIND – MOVIE (NR)

A young woman with selective perception, who cannot see or hear her mother despite living with her in the same house. With the help of an eccentric psychiatrist, she learns to grow up and take control of her future despite not being able to see what's in front of her. Starring Aidan Turner, Chloë Sevigny, and Matthew Broderick. A must watch!

Love in the Sun (NR) 84 minutes

September 13, 2020
LOVE IN THE SUN – MOVIE (NR)

From the Hallmark Channel, this is a light summer romance…Dating app creator, Alana (Emeraude Toubia), finds her views on love challenged when she returns home to Florida and reconnects with her high school sweetheart, Kai (Tom Maden).

The King of Staten Island (R) 138 minutes

September 13, 2020

From celebrated comedy director Judd Apatow and starring Saturday Night Live breakout Pete Davidson comes a bracing comedy about love, loss, and laughter on Staten Island.

Irresistible (R) 102 minutes

September 13, 2020
IRRESISTIBLE – MOVIE (R)

A political satire written and directed by Jon Stewart, Irresistible is a comedy about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat's top strategist Gary (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town's undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Rose Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control and hilarious fight for the soul of America.

How to Build a Girl (R) 104 minutes

September 13, 2020

This is a sassy, sexy, and a profoundly touching coming-of-age comedy about Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein), a 16-year-old who uses her colorful imagination to regularly escape her humdrum life in Wolverhampton. She shares a flat with her 4 brothers & eccentric parents. She submits an off-beat music review to a group of self-important indie rock critics at a weekly magazine. Initially brushed off, Johanna reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde and clamors to the top of the 90s rock music scene. With an insatiable lust for fame, fortune, and men. Johanna’s rapid pace of life becomes overwhelming, and she runs face-first into a devastatingly real, existential crisis. Tracing the rocky road to womanhood through the lens of a unique and wildly hilarious protagonist, the cast includes Alfie Allen, Paddy Consindine, Chris O’Dowd, and Emma Thompson

The HIgh Note (PG-13) 113 minutes

September 13, 2020
THE HIGH NOTE – MOVIE (PG-13)

Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights, and Maggie (Dakota Johnson), her overworked personal assistant. While stuck running errands, Maggie still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace's manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.

Endings, Beginnings (NR) 110 minutes

September 13, 2020
ENDINGS, BEGINNINGS – MOVIE (NR)

In present-day Los Angeles, Daphne (Woodley), a thirty-something woman, navigates love and heartbreak over the course of one year. Daphne becomes intertwined with friends Jack (Dornan) and Frank (Stan) after meeting them at a party. During that time, she will unlock the secrets to her life in a sudden turn of events and in the most surprising of places.

Capone (NR) 103 minutes

September 13, 2020
CAPONE – MOVIE (NR)

Tom Hardy as 47-year-old Al ‘Fonzo’ Capone, who after 10 years in prison, and deprived of his former power, is sick with syphilis and has lost all his friends and allies. He begins to recall the grave criminal past and the brutal crimes committed by his orders in the streets of Chicago. Linda Cardellini as Mae and Matt Dillon as Johnny, Kyle MacLachlan as Doctor Karlock.

The Burnt Orange Heresy (R) 98 minutes

September 13, 2020
THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY – MOVIE (R) 

Charming and ambitious art critic, James Figueras (Claes Bang), has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a new-found love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki). An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger) who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist, Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland). Soon, James’ greed and ambition get the better of him, and he finds himself caught in a web of his own making

The Complete Summer Cookbook

August 1, 2020

America’s Test Kitchen has a new Summer Cookbook called The Complete Summer Cookbook which could quickly become your favorite resource. Covering everything from barbeque to pickling it’s a no-nonsense, lavishly photographed approach to creating memorable meals. Try the nectarines and berries in prosecco! (Cookbook)

Why We Swim

August 1, 2020

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui is perfect for this time of year! According to archeologists who found cave paintings of people happily breast stroking up the walls we have been at this activity for a long time. The author is an avid swimmer who is fascinated by our attachment to the water despite the fact we are not natural swimmers and must be taught. It’s a diverting combination of history and personal reflection from a lifelong swimmer. (Non-Fiction)

Simply Living Well

August 1, 2020

Simply Living Well by Julia Watkins is “a guide to creating a natural, low waste home”. Her DIY tips cover everything from the kitchen, holistic health remedies, to the garden. They are simple to execute. Even if you adapt only some of these ideas you will contribute to less waste in the environment. It’s inspiring to see how easily and quickly little steps can make a difference. (Non-Fiction)

House Lessons

August 1, 2020

House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister reflects on renovating a house, and the bigger picture of family life over the years. It’s a beautifully written memoir about falling hard for a totally impractical old house, that to boot is a money pit. This is not simply about the challenges of renovating but also about building a life and accepting change. There are a number of funny stories that anyone who has gone down this path will recognize. (Non-Fiction)

What You Wish For

August 1, 2020

What You Wish For by Katherine Center has an unforgettable cast of characters. Sam is a school librarian, actively choosing a life full of positives after a tough stretch. You can empathize with the characters as they do their best to create a life that allows for joy. Sam loves her job and must pivot and manage a huge change when someone from her past becomes a big part of her present. You really care about these people.

Utopia Avenue

August 1, 2020

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell is a feast. It's the saga of a band formed in London at the height of the late 1960s when music was evolving and culture-changing at warp speed. Mitchell's characters are developed realistically. His writing is detailed, with many references to the songs, musicians, and personages of the times. The central theme is the way one changes during the climb to the top via stardom’s ‘wobbly ladder”. It’s a very vivid portrayal of a couple of critical years, populated by flawed but talented characters.

Remain Silent

August 1, 2020

Remain Silent by Susie Steiner is excellent. It centers on an intriguing mystery involving immigrants so it’s topical and bleak. Character development is strong.  Manon Bradshaw is a complex creation--a middle-aged detective, mother of two, working on her marriage--all very relatable challenges, laced with dark humor and interesting secondary characters.

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth

August 1, 2020

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth by Daniel Mason is magnificent. These are short but immersive stories with wonderful, original plots. Historical fiction is the basis; the one about the young boy struggling with asthma in polluted London is especially memorable. These are stories with superior character development and spectacular writing. Unusual subjects make reading thrilling, and every word counts. The natural world and the resiliency of the people who are interacting with it are brought to life. Highly recommended.

Mum and Dad

August 1, 2020

Mum and Dad by Joanna Trollope is a family saga that takes place largely in Spain, where the titular parents moved decades ago and bought a vineyard. The children stayed in London, settled down, had children of their own, and rarely visited. That all changes when Gus, the patriarch, has a stroke. Tensions that have always been there erupted as the children and their mother try and figure out how to manage dramatically changed circumstances.

The Mist

August 1, 2020

The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson is a classic Icelandic noir. There is a strong sense of place. Isolation and darkness, of the days and the soul, are the prevailing themes.  A freezing, snowy night brings evil to an isolated farmhouse door. Perfect rendering of the claustrophobic atmosphere in combination with a detective struggling to overcome her past creates a book that is hard to put down.

The Lost and Found Bookshop

August 1, 2020

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs is a sweet romance. Natalie returns to her father’s bookstore to help him as he struggles with memory issues. She hires a contractor to help fix the tumbledown building, business picks up, handsome writers appear, and while it initially seems the challenges are insurmountable there is a resolution that feels real and relevant.

The End of October

August 1, 2020

The End of October by Lawrence Wright is weirdly topical considering it was written over a year ago. A viral pandemic rage across the globe and only a handful of intrepid scientists have a clue what to do. A lot of non-fiction historical information informs the novel, which is a relentlessly scary story of mass pestilence and destruction

The Distant Dead

August 1, 2020

The Distant Dead by Heather Young is truly eerie. It takes place in dirt poor, arid, rural Nevada. The main characters are hopelessly stuck in many ways. A horrific crime opens the book, and the young boy caught in the middle is a memorable creation, wise beyond his years for sad reasons. It’s a real page-turner, with suspense that builds slowly.

All Adults Here

August 1, 2020

All Adults Here by Emma Straub is a multi-generation family saga that touches on a lot of seemingly mundane concerns that drive actions many years later. It's a perfect, well-written beach read as the realistic family dynamics reveal the importance of commitment, even when things don't always go right. There is a lot of wit and wisdom packed into these pages--enjoy!

Trolls World Tour (PG) 91 minutes

July 22, 2020

TROLLS WORLD TOUR – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake), and the rest of your favorite Trolls are back for another musical adventure that's bigger--and louder--than ever before! In Trolls World Tour, Poppy and Branch discover that their kingdom is only one of six musical realms--Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock--that were once united in perfect harmony. When the power-hungry ruler of the Rock Trolls threatens to silence all other music so her tribe can reign supreme, Poppy and Branch must embark on an epic quest to unite the realms of Trollkind, before the songs in their hearts are lost forever!

Think Like A Dog (PG) 90 minutes

July 22, 2020

THINK LIKE A DOG – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox star in this whimsical family comedy about a boy and his dog, and a science project that will change all of their lives forever. It follows twelve-year-old Oliver, a tech prodigy, whose middle-school science fair experiment goes awry, creating a telepathic connection between him and his furry friend, Henry. The bond brings Oliver and Henry even closer as they join forces to comically overcome complications at school, and help Oliver’s parents rekindle their marriage.

Swift (PG) 88 minutes

July 22, 2020

SWIFT – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) Good Family Movie The little orphaned swift Manou stumbles into the seagull side of the island when he gets lost and is adopted by a seagull couple with no young of their own. When Manou’s seagull brother is hatched, he becomes his big brother, though he is smaller and struggles for acceptance in his seagull's colony. Then one day he meets other swifts, and he suddenly finds himself torn between two worlds and must decide where he really belongs.

Scoob! (PG-13) 135 minutes

July 22, 2020

SCOOB! – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG-13) In Scooby-Doo's greatest adventure yet, see the never-before-told story of how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined forces with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, toughest mystery ever: an evil plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global "dogpocalypse," the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone ever imagined.

Vienna Blood (New) (PG-13) 276 minutes

July 22, 2020

VIENNA BLOOD – NEW SERIES (PG-13) This thrilling crime drama from acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson, is set in 1900s Vienna a hotbed of philosophy, science, and art, where a clash of cultures and ideas collide in the city's grand cafes and opera houses. Producers: Stefan Vogel--Rosenberg, Andreas Kamm, Oliver Auspi.

Mystery Road Season 1 (New) (NR) 318 minutes

July 22, 2020

MYSTERY ROAD, Season 1 – NEW SERIES (NR) This Australian outback noir crime thriller stars Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen. When 2 boys disappear from a remote cattle station, local police sergeant Emma James (Davis) calls in Indigenous detective Jay Swan (Pedersen) to help find out what happened. As Emma and Jay butt heads over their conflicting methods, the unexpected arrival of Jays's troubled daughter (Madeleine Madden) only inflames the tension. But when their investigation uncovers other crimes haunting the backwater town, the detectives must look to the past to get justice in the present. Starring also: Deborah Mailman, Tasia Zalar, John Waters, and Aaron McGrath.

Midsomer Murders Season 21 (NR) 360 minutes

July 22, 2020

MIDSOMER MURDERS, Season 21 - SERIES (NR) Four new feature-length episodes of the beloved British mystery set in England's most murderous county, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix) investigate the killings of a ballroom dance competitor and a real estate agent, a series of attacks in a village known for its specialty honey, and a violent clash between fishermen and mud runners.

Heart Guy Season 4 (NR) 484 minutes

July 22, 2020

HEART GUY, Season 4 - SERIES (NR) Australian comedy-drama. Return to charming but egotistical heart surgeon Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) who is flying high.  After completing his probation, he has decided to stay in his rural hometown to raise his one0year-old daughter, Eliza, and the clinic he built with hospital head Penny (Hayley McElhinney), is about to partner with a wealthy sponsor. But the arrival of a beautiful, party-loving doctor threatens to tempt Hugh back to his old ways. Meanwhile, Hugh’s brother Matt (Ryan Johnson) is happily living with his girlfriend (Miranda Tapsell) but things get awkward when his ex-wife returns to town, and his mother interferes.

Detective Montalbano Season 35 and 36 (NR) 211 minutes

July 22, 2020

DETECTIVE MONTALBANO, Season 35 & 36 – SERIES (NR) Murder, Betrayal, Office Politics, Temptation. It's all in a day's work for Detective Salvo Montalbano. With his always loyal and sometimes effective police squad, he solves crimes in Vigata, crossing paths with housewives and priests, liars, saints, and Mafia dons. He also wages a personal war with his own demons, which fight against his professional ideals and personal commitment to beautiful long-distance girlfriend, Livia. Yet there’s always time to indulge a long-standing flirtation with his ultimate temptress, Italian cuisine. The series is filmed in the ancient, sun-washed Sicilian city of Ragusa, and is based on the international best-selling mystery novels by Andrea Camilieri.

The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 6 (NR) 386 minutes

July 22, 2020

THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, Season 6 - SERIES (NR) Set in the sleepy town of Brokenwood, New Zealand, the affable residents may seem harmless, but killers, blackmailers, and thieves lurk in every picturesque corner. To quell the community’s alarming murder rate, Detective Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) uses an unconventional style that contrasts with the methodical approach of his partner, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), and the eager assistance of DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson). This season sees them facing a deadly explosion at a steampunk festival, the murder of a bestselling crime author killed the same manner as in his latest book, the shooting