Rowayton Library Recommends

Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (G) 72 minutes

March 7, 2021
SCOOBY-DOO! The Sword and the Scoob – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (G) 

Scooby-Doo and the gang journey back in time to help King Arthur save his throne from an evil sorceress. While there, Shaggy unwittingly pulls out Excalibur from a nearby stone to cut a block of cheese and now no one is sure who the rightful ruler is! The legendary wizard, Merlin, appears and explains that the throne of Camelot must be determined through Trial By Combat! Our heroes pull out all the stops to try and win the tournament, break the witch's hold on King Arthur, and find a way back to the present in this legendary story of Scooby-Doo in King Arthur's Court!

Monster Zone (PG) 85 minutes

March 7, 2021
MONSTER ZONE – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG)

When a highly intelligent fifteen-year-old boy is transferred to a boarding school, he accidentally opens a portal that releases monsters from another dimension. Voices: Jamie Bell, Ruby Rose, Jayssolitt.

The Croods, A New Age (PG) 96 minutes

March 7, 2021
THE CROODS, A New Age – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG)

The first prehistoric family is ready for another rocking adventure! The Croods have survived fanged beasts, natural disasters, and even young love, but now they must face their biggest challenge yet: another family! In search of a new home, the Croods discover a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family (emphasis on the “better”). As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, but when a new threat forces both families to embark on an epic adventure, they must all learn to work together…or they’ll all go extinct! Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Peter Dinklage star in this hilarious animated comedy for the whole family!

SnowPiercer (NR) 440 minutes

March 7, 2021
SNOWPIERCER –  NEW SERIES (NR)

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, this movie centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train with 1001 cars that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice, and the politics of survival play out in the riveting television adaptation based on the graphic0novel series and film. Starring Jennifer Connolly and Daveed Diggs.

Masterpiece: All Creatures Great and Small (NR) 400 minutes

March 7, 2021

Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) follows his dream to become a vet in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. He soon discovers that treating the animals is as much about treating their owners, and the Dales farmers are a tough crowd to please. Producer: Richard Burrell. Authors: Ben Vanstone, Lisa Holdsworth, Freddy Syborn, Debbie O'Malley, Julian Jones.

Billie (NR) 98 minutes

March 7, 2021
BILLIE – DOCUMENTARY (NR)

Billie Holiday; had one of the greatest voices of all time. She was a woman of breathtaking talent and global popularity who was unafraid of stirring controversy. She started a notable rebellion singing “Strange Fruit”, which exposed the realities of Black life in America and earned her powerful enemies. Raw, emotional, and brutally honest, this story is filled with incredible unheard testimonies from musical greats like Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Sylvia Syms, and Count Basie.  It showcases an American legend, capturing her depth and complexity through the voices of those who knew her best. It is an arresting and powerful tale of one of the greatest singers who ever lived.

The Swing of Things (R) 93 minutes

March 7, 2021

Bad weather diverts Tom (Chord Overstreet), and Laura Jane (Olivia Culpo) from their Bahamas dream wedding. So with friends, parents, and Laura’s protective big brother (Luke Wilson) in tow, they land at a mystery hotel in Jamaica – which turns out to be a swingers resort! Can the innocent couple avoid the nonstop booze, weed, naked bodies, and lusty dolphins long enough to make it to the altar? This righteous, raunchy laugh riot also stars Adelaide Kane and Jon Lovitz.

The Right One (PG-13) 95 minutes

March 7, 2021
THE RIGHT ONE –  MOVIE (PG-13)

In this heartfelt rom-com Sarah, a struggling novelist suffering from writers' block, serendipitously meets Gregory, a down on his luck oddball who constantly changes personas, and she just might have found the man of her dreams…or has she???

Miss Juneteenth (NR) 99 minutes

March 7, 2021
MISS JUNTEENTH – MOVIE (NR) 

Like a pageant winner walking across the stage, Miss Juneteenth follows a familiar path--but does so with charm and grace. A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the "Miss Juneteenth" pageant.

The Kid Detective (R) 99 minutes

March 7, 2021
THE KID DETECTIVE – MOVIE (R) 

A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a native client brings him his first adult case-- to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.

The Informer (R) 113 minutes

March 7, 2021
THE INFORMER – MOVIE (R) 

Pete Koslow (Joel Kinnaman) is a former special operation soldier and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. After serving time for killing a man in a bar fight, to protect his wife Sofia (Ana de Armas), Pete now works as a drug courier for the Polish mafia in New York, run by The General (Eugene  Lipinski). But Pete is also an informant for the FBI, providing information to Agent Erica Wilcox (Rosamund Pike), about The General for an off-the-books operation, aiming to lead to his arrest. But when the FBI’s operation goes wrong, resulting in the death of an undercover NYPD cop, Detective Edward Grens (Common) begins to investigate the murder, mistakenly believing Pete to be responsible. Pete is coerced by the FBI into returning to the prison where he previously served time, to take down the cartel from the inside. When the FBI cut him loose, the only way he can save himself and his family is to escape from prison.

Half Brothers (PG-13) 96 minutes

March 7, 2021
HALF BROTHERS –  MOVIE (PG-13) 

Renato (Luis Gerardo Méndez), a successful Mexican aviation executive, is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher (Connor Del Rio). The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an immigrant from Mexico to the US.

Greenland (R) 120 minutes

March 7, 2021
GREENLAND – MOVIE (R) 

A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet race to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler) his estranged wife,  Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd) make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of other cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity while they battle the increasing panic and lawlessness surrounding them. As the countdown to the global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and lasting minute flight to a possible safe haven.

Freaky (R) 102 minutes

March 7, 2021
FREAKY – MOVIE (R)

From Blumhouse, things get freaky at Blissfield High when 17-year old Millie (Kathryn Newton) swaps bodies with an infamous serial killer (Vince Vaughn)

Archenemy (NR) 90 minutes

March 7, 2021
ARCHENEMY – MOVIE (NR) 

Max Fist (Joe Manganiello) is a local drunk who claims to be a superhero from the planet Chronium. He tells anyone who will listen that he was pulled into a wormhole, falling through time and space, and dropped to Earth without any of his powers. No one pays any attention to Max except a teenager named Hamster (Skylan Brookes) who can’t get enough of Max’s stories. When Skylan and his sister (Zolee Griggs) get in trouble with a fictitious drug syndicate led by The Manager (Glenn Hoverton). Max takes to the streets as a brutal vigilante hellbent on proving himself as the hero no one believes him to be.

All My Life (PG-13) 92 minutes

March 7, 2021
ALL MY LIFE –  Movie (PG-13) 

Based on a true love story, this film follows the story of an engaged couple, Jenn Carter (Jessica Rothe) and Sol Chau (Harry Shum Jr.), who make the difficult decision to accelerate their wedding plans in the wake of a devastating discovery.

Where is Chichen Itza?

February 20, 2021

Where is Chichen Itza? by Paula Manzanero is a fascinating introduction to the ancient Maya culture of the Central American and Mexican regions. It focuses on one of the most magnificent and powerful cities of the Maya. The buildings were discovered in 1847. Palaces, temples, ball courts, and plazas testified to a complex life for the estimated 50,000 inhabitants. This is a rich addition to the “Where is” series. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

Biscuit and the Little Llamas

February 20, 2021

Biscuit and the Little Llamas by Alyssa Capulucci is a sweet early reader. Biscuit, a frisky puppy, tours the farm, meeting all the adorable new animals and woofing his greeting. It’s springtime and the baby llamas need a guide to the fresh green grass. Biscuit is up to the task! (Early Readers)

When Winter Comes--Discovering Wildlife in Our Snowy Woods

February 20, 2021

When Winter Comes--Discovering Wildlife in Our Snowy Woods by Aimee Bisonette is perfect for this time of year. The woods are anything but quiet and empty! All kinds of creatures shelter under the logs and frozen water, many birds sit in the tree branches, and the children thrill to the games of winter. The illustrations are charming.

Ten Beautiful Things

February 20, 2021

Ten Beautiful Things by Molly Beth Griffin is a touching story about a little girl named Lily on a journey to her new home with her grandmother. She is sad and overwhelmed but over the course of a long car ride punctuated with gorgeous sunrises, sparkling birds, and any number of other wonders she does not feel so empty. By the time they get to ten Lily is feeling infinitely better.

Spring Stinks

February 20, 2021

Spring Stinks by Ryan T. Higgins features Bruce the Bear protesting anything to do with spring. Ruth the bunny tries to convince him the flowers, fresh grass, fellow creatures like the big, wet moose, and pine-scented trees are all worth celebrating. Bruce disagrees and things really fall apart when Ruth introduces honey. A different perspective on spring!

Seaside Stroll

February 20, 2021

Seaside Stroll by Charles Trevino is told entirely in words beginning with the letter S. A little girl and her mother go for a walk on the beach in the winter. The illustrations are colorful and perfectly capture the feel of the salty wind at the beach, and the always-in-motion birds, clouds, and creatures in the tide pools. The author ends with an interesting note about the story’s structure.

Outside Art

February 20, 2021

Outside Art by Madeline Kloepper has a lovely original premise that leads to lots of back and forth about the meaning of art. The woodland animals are watching an artist at work, with the pine marten observing ”human is putting colors on a board using a furry stick--Why?” Each bird and mammal has an idea, some are thoughtful, others pretty funny (the moose wonders if the artist is making a mating display). The joy they express when they realize they can all be artists and leave their marks in the snow is wonderful.

Off to See the Sea

February 20, 2021

Off to See the Sea by Nikki Grimes is a jolly bath time adventure. Everything about the bath is transformed by imagination. Faucets make waterfalls, that rubber ducky could be a sea monster and all that splashing lands on “the distant shore of the bathroom floor”. Brightly colored illustrations add to the fun of this tub frolic.

Milo Imagines the World

February 20, 2021

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena starts on a long subway ride. Milo draws pictures in his book to pass the time. He imagines lives for the passengers he watches and creates worlds for them. Christian Robinson’s evocative paintings are very original and beautiful.

Glory on Ice--A Vampire Hockey Story

February 20, 2021

Glory on Ice--A Vampire Hockey Story by Maureen Fergus is the story of Vlad, the vampire who stumbles on ice hockey as his next hobby. He needs a diversion after centuries of sitting around his castle and hockey looks like fun. Besides, he doesn’t have the buoyancy for water aerobics. He has no idea what a challenge it will be and his humorous attempts to learn to skate will have everyone laughing. The team is supportive; there’s even an extra pair of parental hands to help him tighten his skates.

Ferry Boat

February 20, 2021

Ferry Boat by Michael Garland takes the reader on a voyage on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s a simple read-aloud with very atmospheric paintings of the journey. You really feel as though you are on the boat! Climb aboard for a diverting journey.

Blankie

February 20, 2021

Blankie by Ben Clanton is a hoot. The limitless possibilities of what a big blankie can do or be are explored. Narwhal and Jelly’s rhyming text is fun to read aloud and the drawings are adorable. Of course, the best thing about blankie is that it’s big enough for two!

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse-The Great Big Paw Print

February 20, 2021

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse--The Great Paw Print by Poppy Green is the latest in this series about the intrepid mouse. Something is eating any food that is left out and turning over trash cans in the library. Who is leaving the big paw prints? The mice get busy looking into the mysterious prints and solve the problem. Turns out the thief is pretty cute too!

Vikings Season 6 Volume 1 (NR) 449 minutes

February 8, 2021
VIKINGS, Season 6, Vol. 1 – SERIES (NR) 

Season Six returns following the battle between brothers which left Bjorn Ironsides a hero to the people who have been under the tyrannical rule of Ivar for so long. As the new leader of Kattegat, Bjorn struggles to fill his late father's shoes as king, while facing critical dilemmas and wrestling with the idea that power overshadows morals. Meanwhile, Ivar travels to Russia and meets his match in Prince Oleg, a ruthless and unpredictable ruler.

Vera Season 10 (NR) 240 minutes

February 8, 2021
VERA, Season 10, – SERIES (NR) 

Renowned actress Brenda Blethyn returns as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope. The indomitable Vera and her trusted team unravel more complex cases:  An entrepreneur’s murder delivers no shortage of suspects, and the discovery of a teenager’s body floating near a salmon farm reveals a tangled web of deceit between two families. The murder of a cleaner whose death occurred several hours after the killer blow landed sends Vera on an intriguing trail, and it soon becomes clear that not all is as it seems when a wealthy betting shop tycoon is killed during a home invasion. Set against the breathtaking landscapes of Northumberland, this top-rating drama is inspired by the bestselling novels and characters created by acclaimed author Ann Cleeve

Wild Mountain Thyme (PG-13) 103 minutes

February 8, 2021
WILD MOUNTAIN THYME – MOVIE (PG-13)

John Patrick Shanley, who created the classic, Moonstruck, brings his sweeping romantic vision to Ireland with Wild Mountain Thyme. The headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly's love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony Reilly's (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic, moving and wildly romantic tale.

Love and Monsters (PG-13) 108 minutes

February 8, 2021
LOVE AND MONSTERS – MOVIE (PG-13)

Dylan O’Brien stars in this thrilling adventure delivering epic action and laughs. After monsters take over the world, Joel (Dylan O’Brien) and the rest of humanity are forced to live underground. Believing he’s lost everyone he has ever loved, Joel finds his high school sweetheart Aimee (Jessica Henwick) living just 80 miles away. Facing unknown dangers that stand in his way, Joel must discover his inner-hero as he makes the impossible journey across a monster-infested land to be with the girl of his dreams. Also starring Michael Rooker.

Let Him Go (R) 114 minutes

February 8, 2021
LET HIM GO – MOVIE (R) 

Following the loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane) leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from a dangerous family living off the grid. They soon discover that the Weboy family has no intention of letting the child go, forcing George and Margaret to fight for their family.

The Last Shift (R) 90 minutes

February 8, 2021
THE LAST SHIFT – MOVIE (R)

On the graveyard shift at Oscar's Chicken and Fish, Stanley is retiring after 38 years and has to train his young replacement. The Boomer dropout,  who is leaving this career behind, and the Millennial columnist who is making ends meet find ways to connect in the early hours of a quiet kitchen.

Jungleland (R) 89 minutes

February 8, 2021
JUNGLELAND – MOVIE (R)

Stan (Charlie Hunnam) and Lion (Jack O’Connell) are two brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing. When Stan fails to pay back a dangerous crime boss, they’re forced to deliver an unexpected traveler as they journey across the country for a high-stakes fighting tournament. While Stan trains Lion for the fight of his life, a series of events threaten to tear the brothers apart but their love for one another and belief in a better life keep them going.

Honest Thief (R) 99 minutes

February 8, 2021
HONEST THIEF – MOVIE (PG-13)

Wanting to lead an honest life, a notorious bank robber turns himself into the FBI. Known as the In-and-Out-Bandit because meticulous thief Tom Carter (Liam Neeson) has stolen $9 million from small-town banks while managing to keep his identity a secret. But after he falls in love with the bubbly Annie (Kate Walsh), Tom decides to make a fresh start by coming clean about his criminal past, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.

ChickFight (R) 97 minutes

February 8, 2021
CHICKFIGHT – MOVIE (R)

When Anna Wyncomb (Malin Akerman) is introduced to an underground, all-female fight club in order to turn the mess of her life around, she discovers she is much more personally connected to the history of the club than she could ever imagine.

All My Life (PG-13) 91 minutes

February 8, 2021
ALL MY LIFE – MOVIE (PG-13)

Based on a true love story, this film follows the story of an engaged couple, Jenn Carter (Jessica Rothe) and Sol Chau (Harry Shum Jr.), who make the difficult decision to accelerate their wedding plans in the wake of a devastating discovery.

The Enigma Game

January 16, 2021

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein is an outstanding historical thriller, a prequel to Code Name Verity. Set in rural Scotland in the early days of WWII it has an ensemble cast. The tension builds as a young girl works to untangle the Enigma machine and pilots on both sides of the conflict meet. Lots of historical detail and excellent character development make for a real page-turner. (Young Adult)

The Cousins, Family First Always

January 16, 2021

The Cousins, Family First Always by Karen McManus is a clever mystery. Three teenage cousins who have rarely met are summoned to work at their grandmother’s estate for the summer. They have never met her and do not know why their family has pulled apart years ago. Secrets and surprises come in a steady stream, livened with witty teen dialogue and observations. This is fun for all ages. (Young Adult)

The Lost Spells

January 16, 2021

The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris is the most beautiful book. Stunning watercolors of various animals, birds, insects, and flora are the backdrop for rhythmic, poetic “spells” that describe what they might be feeling. In one of our favorites the woodpecker confirms he loves being “the forest castanet”. Check this out for page after page of original, enchanting read-aloud spells and gorgeous paintings. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

A Parade for George Washington

January 16, 2021

A Parade for George Washington by David Adler tells the story of George Washington’s trip from Washington DC to New York City for his inauguration as the first president of the USA. It’s full of fascinating period detail and reinforces how excited the young country was to be independent. O’Brien’s lively watercolor illustrations are delightful. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

Clark the Shark Gets A Pet (Early Readers)

January 16, 2021

Clark the Shark Gets a Pet by Bruce Hale is a fun early reader. Clark really wants a pet but his mother is not sure he can be responsible for taking care of one. However, they go off to the pet store and Clark takes home a dogfish (yes, there is such a thing!). Anyone who has had a young pet will empathize with the mischief a pet can get up to, especially when feeding, walk, or play a session is forgotten. A good-humored look at pet ownership.

Two Many BIrds

January 16, 2021

Two Many Birds by Cindy Derby is about a very stern bird monitor trying to keep order at the big tree. The number of signs grows in tandem with the number of birds who want to perch in the tree. The silliness of his efforts is perfectly captured in the detailed illustrations. Every bird has a distinct character. As the community reaches a tipping point the birds resolve the issue--more or less.

Time for Bed's Story

January 16, 2021

Time for Bed’s Story by Monica Arnaldo has a neat narrative reversal. Bed tells the story of the life of a bed from his perspective. Bed knows you are not sleepy but have you ever thought about how little sleep he gets with all your kicking and blanket stealing? Even during the day, he has to put up with jumping. This is a clever twist on bedtime stories with exuberant illustrations.

Quiet Down Loud Town

January 16, 2021

Quiet Down Loud Town by Alastair Heim stars an irascible elephant who finds everything and everyone in his town to be TOO LOUD.  The vibrantly colored, busy illustrations show the residents of a city going about their business and yes, creating many different levels of sound. Read this aloud as there are wonderful shout outs, and find out what happens when the elephant gets what he wished for.

Mouse in the House

January 16, 2021

Mouse in the House by Russell Ayto is a hoot. Mr. Bosh and Mr. Bumble are truly incompetent mouse catchers who have been hired to rid a house of one very smart mouse. As they escalate their comic efforts to catch said mouse the stakes are raised and the potential for disaster increases. The illustrations are very funny and expressive.

Elevator Bird

January 16, 2021

Elevator Bird by Sarah Williamson is a beautifully illustrated, whimsical tale that takes place in a hotel. Not just any hotel, as assorted animals, do all the jobs. The worms are porters, the turtles run reception, and the elevator bird runs the lift. He is exceptionally kind and helpful and loves his job, but not his basement quarters. One night he tells his friend Mousey he would love a room with a view. That’s all it takes for the staff to rally around and build Elevator Bird his dream house.

Bulldozer Friends

January 16, 2021

Bulldozer Friends by Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha is high energy fun. Oliver and Annie love to play with the construction trucks at their school. They are a good team and use their imagination to create projects that involve lots of dirt moving. This is perfect for young digger enthusiasts!

Upside-Down Magic Children's Movie (PG) 96 minutes

January 7, 2021
UPSIDE-DOWN MAGIC CHILDRENs MOVIE (PG) 

13-year-old Nory Boxwood Horace (Izabela Rose) discovers she can flux into animals and her best friend Reina Carvajal (Siena Agudong) can manipulate flames. Together they enter the Sage Academy for Magical Studies. Reina’s abilities send her to the top of her class, while Nory's wonky magic lands her in a class for those with Upside-Down Magic, otherwise known as UDM. Headmaster Ms. Knightslinger (Vicki Lewis) believes that the UDM's unique powers make them a target to dangerous and evil “shadow magic”. Nory and her fellow UDM classmates set out to prove that Upside-Down Magic beats right-side-up!

Yellowstone Season 3 (NR) 433 minutes

January 7, 2021
YELLOWSTONE, Season 3, – SERIES (NR)

In the most explosive season of Yellowstone yet, John Dutton (Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner), and his family must protect their land from new and old enemies, led by Wall Street maverick Roarke (Josh Holloway). Threatened by betrayals, bad blood, and lucrative business deals, the Duttons form unexpected alliances and confront dangerous measures to safeguard their legacy. Go all-in on this season with extended content and bonus features, including making-of featurettes, behind the scene clips, never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew, and much more.

The Sommerdahl Murders New Foreign Series (NR) 356 minutes

January 7, 2021
THE SOMMERDAHL MURDERS NEW FOREIGN SERIES (NR) Danish with English subtitles 

DCI Dan Sommerdahl  (Peter Mygind)  investigates murders in a lovely Danish coastal town with his wife, Marianne (Mariane Drasbaek), a criminal technician, and his best friend, Detective Flemming Torp (Andre Babikian). But Dan's years of devotion to the job have hurt his marriage, and with Marianne wanting a divorce, Dan discovers his rival for her affections is none other than his best friend. And they all must still work together to solve crimes, despite the love triangle.

The Nest New Miniseries (NR) 288 minutes

January 7, 2021

THE NEST NEW MINISERIES (NR) Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle star in this suspenseful Scottish drama about a wealthy couple who would do anything to have a baby. After a chance encounter, they recruit a down-on-her-luck 18-year-old (Mirren Mack to be a surrogate, but secrets emerge about the girl’s past that could make them regret their deal.

Death in Paradise Season 9 (NR) 461 minutes

January 7, 2021

The sun is hotter and the crimes more baffling than ever as the smash-hit whodunit returns. From an apparent serial killer on the loose on New Year’s Eve to a man stabbed during a survival weekend on a deserted tropical island, Detective Inspector Jack Mooney and the team face some of the most confounding crimes they've ever seen. But when an unexpected romantic encounter turns Jack's life upside down, the team faces a fresh challenge in the shape of new arrival DI Neville Parker. He may be a brilliant detective but is he really suited to live in the Caribbean?

Words on Bathroom Walls (PG-13) 110 minutes

January 7, 2021
WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS – MOVIE (PG-13)

If you can’t trust your mind, trust your heart.  Adam (Charlie Plummer) is a witty, introspective teen pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. When Adam is diagnosed with a mental illness, he lives in fear of being exposed--until he meets Maya (Taylor Russell), an outspoken and fiercely intelligent girl who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. With its inspiring journey of love, acceptance, and hope, this is a triumphant story of overcoming life’s challenges and embracing who you are.

Tenet (PG-13) 150 minutes

January 7, 2021
TENET – MOVIE (PG-13)

In a twilight world of international espionage, an unnamed CIA operative, known as The Protagonist (John David Washington), is recruited by a mysterious organization called Tenet to participate in a global assignment that unfolds beyond real-time. The mission: prevent Andrei Sator, a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities, from starting World War III. The Protagonist will soon master the art of "time inversion" as a way of countering the threat that is to come.

Switched (NR) 104 minutes

January 7, 2021

SWITCHED – MOVIE (NR)  Tired of being bullied, Cassandra Evans (Miya Horcher )prays that her nemesis, Katie Sharp (Madeleine Byrne), the queen bee of social media, would know what it’s like to walk a day in her shoes. Her prayer is answered in an unexpected way when they get “Switched”.

Spontaneous (R) 101 minutes

January 7, 2021
SPONTANEOUS – Movie (R) 

An explosive love story. Get ready for the most outrageous coming-of-age love story about growing up…and blowing up! When students in their school begin blowing up (Literally!), seniors Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last.  Mara and Dylan discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today!

Mulan (PG-13) 115 minutes

January 7, 2021
MULAN – MOVIE (PG-13)

Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China's legendary warrior to life in Disney's MULAN, in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China (Jet LI) issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan (Yifei Liu), the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation and a proud father.

Made in Italy (R) 120 minutes

January 7, 2021
MADE IN ITALY MOVIE (R)

A heartwarming father-son story set in glorious Tuscany about bohemian London artist Robert, who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair. Renovations go badly, with father and son soon finding themselves at odds. Robert's comical lack of DIY experience leads him to seek help from some colorful locals.

The Last Shift (R) 91 minutes

January 7, 2021
THE LAST SHIFT – MOVIE (R)

The Last Shift is an American story about two men struggling in the same town, while worlds apart. Stanley (Richard Jenkins), an aging fast-food worker, plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish. His last weekend takes a turn while training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. These two who share little in common are brought together through circumstance. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job. While Jevon, a columnist who’s too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labor is being exploited. A flicker of comradery sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.

The Irishman (R) 210 minutes

January 7, 2021

THE IRISHMAN – MOVIE (R) Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci star in this Martin Scorsese crime saga. Frank Sheeran (DeNiro) looks back from his nursing home on his life’s journey through the ranks of organized crime, from Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) in Philadelphia to Teamster union head Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), and to the rift that forced him to choose between the two. Based on Sheeran’s real life.

Honest Thief (PG-13) 100 minutes

January 7, 2021
HONEST THIEF – MOVIE (PG-13)

Wanting to lead an honest life, a notorious bank robber turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents. to fight for her own survival. John Malkovich, Colin Farrell.  Action, Suspense

Ava (R) 97 minutes

January 7, 2021
AVA – MOVIE (R)

Ava (Jessica Chastain) is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.

After We Collided (R) 105 minutes

January 7, 2021

Hardin will always be Hardin. But is he the guy Tessa fell madly in love with or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could just walk away, but it’s just not that easy. Still, Tessa is not sure she can endure one more broken promise. She’s focused on her studies and just starting an exciting new internship at Vance Publishing. And she’s being pursued by Trevor, a coworker who is exactly the kind of guy she should be with. Can Hardin overcome his mistakes and save Tessa’s love…or will life never be the same.

Snacking Cakes

January 2, 2021

Snacking Cakes by Yossi Arefi provides moth watering recipes for one-bowl cakes and simple glazes. It’s loaded with delicious ideas that are easy to execute and very tasty. The other advantage is they are beautiful! Recipes are pantry friendly with a wide range of seasonal ingredients. This is also perfect for budding bakers of a younger age. The sparkling gingerbread is amazing. (Cookbook)

The Flavor Equation

January 2, 2021

The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma is worth it for the Pomegranate and PoppySeed Wings, or Baked Sweet Potatoes with Maple Crème Fraiche alone! There is lots of kitchen science but you can also read just for a great collection of imaginative and really tasty recipes. This is our favorite new cookbook of the month. (Cookbook)

A Wealth of Pigeons

January 2, 2021

A Wealth of Pigeons by Harry Bliss and Steve Martin is a hoot. The collection of cartoons and strips is original, adult without being cringe-making, and pure pleasure. You can sit with it for a few minutes or get completely swallowed up. Just one example--a group of lemmings doing a U-turn in front of a cliff --the caption--“Lemmings After Just One Self Help Course”. (Non-Fiction)

One Life

January 2, 2021

One Life by Megan Rapinoe is inspirational. She is not only a famously skilled soccer player but an agent for change.  From the beginning, she asks us to consider “what will we do” to make a difference. This is not just for soccer fans although it is wonderful to relive her description of some of those famous games. (Non-Fiction)

Billion Dollar Loser

January 2, 2021

Billion Dollar Loser by Reeves Wiedeman is the story of ‘the epic rise and spectacular fall of Adam Neumann and We Work”. It’s impossible to look away from this train wreck and accept how many people were taken in by what was essentially a poorly executed real estate scam. Fascinating and timely. (Non-Fiction)

What Are You Going Through

January 2, 2021

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez is thought-provoking. Every word counts as the unnamed narrator, a writer, looks at her craft, the power of stories, the meaning of empathy, and the importance of connection and companionship. This sometimes challenging search for attachment is explored more deeply as she agrees to help a terminally ill friend at the end of her life.

V2

January 2, 2021

V2 by Robert Harris is a terrific thriller set in the closing days of WWII. Romance combines with skullduggery.  The main characters are a German engineer tasked with the development of the V2 rocket and a young, British female spy whose goal is to thwart the development.

Shadow Sands

January 2, 2021

Shadow Sands by Robert  Bryndza is a page-turning thriller. The second in a series featuring Kate Marshall, it combines unsolved events from the past with an eerie murder in the present. Kate and her sidekick Tristan have to work fast to uncover the secrets that make this atmospheric, tense story an exciting read.

The Moonflower Murders

January 2, 2021

The Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a wonderfully twisty, entertaining read. If you enjoyed The Magpie Murders this is right up your alley. Can you keep track of the various narrators and their agendas? Have fun trying! It’s complex and literary, with clever and suspenseful plot lines. There’s a book within a book so it’s a two for one value. Pure delight!

Love Your Life

January 2, 2021

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella is lighthearted and brisk. Her trademark sense of humor supports crackling dialogue from a mismatched but hopelessly attracted pair of Londoners who on paper are not meant to be together. Meeting under the protection of aliases they reunite in London to discover how different it is possible to be while madly in love.

The Law of Innocence

January 2, 2021

The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly is the latest Micky Haller Lincoln Lawyer novel. Micky is a great character who manages to enrage/challenge many of those with who he comes in contact with. His stubbornness will serve him well here as he is set up to take a huge fall and actually sees the “other side” when he is sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. The cast of supporting characters gets more developed with each book, with his daughter and Harry Bosch making welcome appearances.

The End of the Day

January 2, 2021

The End of the Day by Bill Clegg is beautifully written and heartfelt. It interweaves a trio of stories, with intriguing characters who have not always been in control of their destinies but find themselves pulled by circumstance into facing the uncomfortable truths that connect them. These characters have 50 years of secrets between them, with the plot unfolding over one day. He always sets some of his work in CT and the sense of place is strong. Highly recommended

The Cold Millions

January 2, 2021

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter takes place in the early 20th century. The rise of the labor movement in the West, mostly in Spokane, is the backstory for a novel rich in characters and events that eerily echo many of today’s headlines. Gig and Rye, two brothers on their own, are the fulcrum around which the swirling cast revolves. Populated by historical characters as well as fictional ones, it is original and really interesting.

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.

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