Rowayton Library Recommends

Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal Children's Movie (PG) 75 minutes

May 9, 2021
SHEEP AND WOLVES: PIG DEAL – (PG)

The united village of sheep and wolves leads its stead and peaceful life when two unexpected guests suddenly arrive--a Polar fox and a small ewe, who bring mortal danger with their arrival. Grey, the new leader of the untied tribe, must convince the sheep and wolves that unity is the only solution to any obstacle.

Earwig and the Witch Children's Movie (PG) 82 minutes

May 9, 2021

Don’t miss a bewitching new film for the entire family. Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 3 (NR) 450 minutes

May 9, 2021

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY: Private Investigators, Season 3 (NR) Combining corpses, comedy, and cracking mysteries, this quirky crime drama has won the hearts of over 200 countries. Now that Lu has passed her private investigator exams and Frank's tidied himself up a bit, there's no stopping them. But murder, kidnap, blackmail and infidelity still abound in the pretty tourist town of Stratford-upon-Avon. An aging heavy metal star with a pact with the devil. A Shakespeare museum is full of deadly secrets. A King Lear story set in a carpet warehouse. Welcome to the birthplace of the Bard, where low-life criminals get caught up in the deliciously high drama.

The Crown Season 4 (NR) 547 minutes

May 9, 2021

Whatever historical liberties THE CROWN takes in its fourth season are easily forgiven thanks to the sheer power of its performances--particularly Gillian Anderson’s imposing take on The Iron Lady and newcomer Emma Corrin’s embodiment of a young Princess Diana

Masterpiece: Atlantic Crossing (PG-13) 470 minutes

May 9, 2021

Inspired by true events in 1940 Nazi Germany occupied Norway, with the Crown Princess, Martha (Sofia Helin) becoming an influential figure in world politics during World War II, and depicting the tragic events of the war from a unique and unseen perspective. Kyle MacLachlan as FDR. Author: Alexander Eik, Linda May Kallestein. Producer: Moa Westeson, Silje Hopland Eik.

Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (G) 420 minutes

May 9, 2021

HEMINGWAY examines the visionary work and turbulent life of one of the greatest and most influential American writers Ernest Hemingway. Intimate and insightful, the series weaves together Hemingway’s biography with excerpts from his work. The film penetrates the myth of Hemingway to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure. Narrator: Peter Coyote.

Wonder Woman 1984 (PG-13) 151 minutes

May 9, 2021

WONDER WOMAN 1984 – (PG 13) Immortal Amazon Warrior Princess, Diana Prince (Gai Gadot), lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s --an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts at the Smithsonian Museum and only performing heroic acts incognito. A ruthless businessman, Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) has his eye on an ancient artifact, a transparent, golden-yellow citrine gemstone with special properties. Soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom, and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

Vanquish (R) 94 minutes

May 9, 2021
VANQUISH – (R) 

Victoria, A mother, (Ruby Rose) is trying to put her dark past as a Russian drug courier behind her, but retired cop Damon (Morgan Freeman) forces Victoria to do his bidding by holding her daughter hostage. Now, Victoria must use guns, guts, and a motorcycle to take out a series of violent gangsters, or she may never see her child again.

Pinocchio (PG-13) 125 minutes

May 9, 2021
PINOCCHIO – (PG-13)

Shot in stunning Italian locations,  Matteo Garrone's rich world of mystery and wonder stars Academy Award® winning actor Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, the old woodcarver whose puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio (Federico Ielapi) tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped, and chased by bandits through a wonderful world full of imaginative creatures--from the belly of a giant fish to the Land Of Toys and the Field Of Miracles.

Our Friend (R) 127 minutes

May 9, 2021

Based on a true story about the inspiring and extraordinary Teague family--journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his vibrant wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson), and their two young daughters--and how their lives are upended by Nicole's heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt's responsibilities as a caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple's best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life-altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.

The Little Things (R) 127 minutes

May 9, 2021

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) is sent to L A for what should have been quick evidence‐-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Rami Malik), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

Judas and the Black Messiah (R) 120 minutes

May 9, 2021
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH – (R) 

FBI informant William O'Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daneil Kaluuyah). A career thief, O'Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, battle wages for O'Neal's soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights Mediterranean

May 2, 2021
by Christopher Kimball

offers Mediterranean recipes that can come together in less than an hour, designed to make weeknight cooking quicker and healthier. Divided into “Fast”, “Faster” and “Fastest”, the book’s recipes are easy to plan and mouthwatering, like the Red Wine Risotto with Beans and Capicola --ready in just 30 minutes! This is a great addition to Kimball’s repertoire of cookbooks. (Cookbook)

Cook this Book

May 2, 2021
Cook This Book by Molly Baz

is a “foundational cookbook” for all levels of kitchen proficiency, from the beginner to the confident home cook. Alongside delicious recipes – like Pastrami Roast Chicken with Schmaltzy Onions & Dill or Chorizo and Chickpea Carbonara--Baz has also sprinkled the book with QR codes that, with the few taps of your phone, link directly to videos illustrating tried and true techniques. This is a fun and helpful innovation that will likely become a staple in modern cookbooks. Plus, Baz’s effervescent personality translates well on the page. (Cookbook)

Cook, Eat, Repeat

May 2, 2021

Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson is the latest cookbook by the British food writer of “Domestic Goddess” fame. Here, she shares narrative essays about food and recipes that speak to her philosophy about cooking: “Food, for me, is a constant pleasure”. Whether it’s recalling her mother’s method of cooking cabbage or waxing lyrical about Blood Orange and Passionfruit Pavlova, Lawson’s recipes combine elegance with comfort. (Cookbook)

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

May 2, 2021
by Judy Batalion

is an extraordinary historical account of the young women who fought against the Nazis in occupied Poland during WWII. In this intense, riveting narrative, Batalion tells the story of these fiercely brave women who risked their lives working as intelligence agents, saboteurs, couriers, armed resistance fighters, and assassins; many didn’t live to see liberation. Theirs is an incredibly important story to tell. (Non-fiction)

Beautiful Things: A Memoir

May 2, 2021

shares deeply personal reflections from the President’s son, who became a contentious target of attention during the 2020 campaign. In this memoir, Hunter Biden writes about the childhood car accident that killed his mother and sister, his struggles with addiction, and his troubled first marriage. Biden writes with a clear, forthright style about some of the most painful moments of his life, but also about the dream he long-held of seeing his father as President one day. (Non-Fiction)

When a Stranger Comes to Town

May 2, 2021
When a Stranger Comes to Town edited by Michael Koryta

is a mystery lovers’ dream: a collection of stories from the Mystery Writers of America where each story begins with the same premise--the arrival of a stranger--and then branches into wildly different endings. It also showcases the work of some of the most popular authors in the genre: Michael Connelly, Lisa Unger, Joe Hill, and Koryta himself. These stories are a treat to delve into.

What the Devil Knows

May 2, 2021
What the Devil Knows by C.S. Harris

is the latest Sebastian St. Cyr mystery, set against the historical backdrop of post-Napoleonic Europe. Aristocratic sleuth Sebastian investigates a brutal killing in the East End of London that could be a copycat of a three-year-old case--or could mean that an innocent man was punished, while the guilty party still walks free. This is an atmospheric thriller: fans of historical fiction will feel right at home.

Libertie

May 2, 2021
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

is the intimate story of women’s lives and an eloquent examination of what freedom truly means. Growing up in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson knows that her mother, a skilled Black physician, expects her to go into practice with her one day, but Libertie’s passion lies in music rather than medicine. When she marries a young Haitian man and follows him back to his home, she must also contend with the unequal role he expects from a wife. This beautifully written novel, inspired by the true story of one of the first Black female doctors, follows Libertie as she tries to carve out an independent path for herself.

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev

May 2, 2021

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton uses multiple voices and perspectives to bring to life the music scene of the 1970s. Opal is a Black punk musician who teams with British musician Nev Charles to form a dynamic rock duo. However, Opal & Nev’s budding career is derailed when Opal’s protest to white supremacy triggers violence at one of her concerts. Years later, music writer S. Sunny Shelton, the daughter of a man killed at that event, decides to chronicle Opal and Nev’s story, an endeavor that might uncover more about the past than anyone bargained for. These characters are deftly drawn and the story is a timely comment on society, both past, and present.

The Elephant of Belfast

May 2, 2021

The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh opens with an extraordinary sight: a young Indian elephant being airlifted above the docks of Belfast, destined for the zoo. Violet, the orphaned elephant, soon meets her new caretaker, Hettie, and an immediate bond is formed. But, it’s 1940 and Northern Ireland is embroiled in political turmoil, while war draws ever closer. As the city crumbles under German bombs, Hettie must find a way to keep Violet and the other animals safe. Based on true events, this book sheds light on an untold story of WWII.

The Drowning Kind

May 2, 2021
The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

is a surreal, suspenseful story that shifts between past and present, between the real and the supernatural. Social worker Jax is trying to come to terms with the death of her sister, Lexie, who was found drowned in their grandmother’s pool, a place haunted with family trauma. As she tries to plumb into the depths of their complicated relationship, Jax also finds that her sister might have uncovered a deep family secret.

The Dictionary of Lost Words

May 2, 2021

is a logophile’s dream: a compelling, emotional story that revolves around words and their power to shape history. Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a shed in a back garden in Oxford, England where her father is at work compiling the Oxford English Dictionary. Her inquisitive nature leads her to realize that some words are left out of the dictionary, particularly words that describe women’s lives and suffering. Esme begins to compile an alternate dictionary of words, an endeavor that leads her to contend with the burgeoning suffrage movement and the looming threat of WWI.

The Only Black Girls in Town

May 1, 2021

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert centers around the friendship of two young girls. Budding surfer Alberta is a bona fide California girl and loves her laid-back beach town--except, she’s been the only Black girl in her grade for years. When fellow 12-year-old Black girl Edie moves into town all the way from Brooklyn, Alberta gets excited: could Edie be a new friend? But, it seems like Edie is more into reading the Brontë sisters than hanging out at the local beach, which in her opinion is nowhere near as cool as Coney Island. However, as the girls stumble upon a historical mystery, their friendship begins to bloom. The Only Black Girls in Town is an engaging read that deals skillfully with the complexities of race, both past, and present, as well as the joys and pains of growing up.

Breathing Underwater

May 1, 2021
Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen

is a deep story of sisterly affection. Olivia has high hopes for the road trip that she and her older sister Ruth are about to embark on, back to their native California. Three years ago, just before their family moved to Tennessee, the sisters planted a time capsule with keepsakes of special memories. Now, like pirates hunting for buried treasure, Olivia hopes she and her sister can hunt for those happy memories again, memories that might help with her sister’s growing depression.

Little Dandelion Seeds the World

May 1, 2021

shows how dandelion seeds “swish, swirl” across every continent of the world, even Antarctica. Readers follow the fluffy seeds as they “hitchhike” on a pair of pants, become tasty snacks for a bird, and even take a dip in the sea on their journey, planting themselves and sprouting new flowers. Little readers will especially love the bright colors of the illustrations as they learn about how seeds pollinate their surroundings. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

Yes & No

May 1, 2021
Yes & No by Elisha Cooper

tells the adorable story of an enthusiastic yellow dog who always says “Yes!” and the shy black cat who is more inclined to say “No.” But, the two still manage to have a fun day playing together nevertheless! This book’s beautiful illustrations and visual humor will make you smile.

Three

May 1, 2021

Three by Stephen Michael King features a three-legged dog named Three as he follows his nose and his curiosity throughout a city, remarking on the two and four and six and even eight-legged creatures he finds along the way. But what will an adventure into the countryside bring? King draws Three as a lovably scruffy brown and white pup and marks his skipping, hopping progress through his world with a line of red dots that’s fun to follow as you read.

Sunrise Summer

May 1, 2021
Sunrise Summer by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr

takes readers along as a young girl and her family travel to Alaska to fish for sockeye salmon--not your typical summer vacation! There are grizzly bears on the beach, woolly hats that need to be worn even in June, and days of waking up before sunrise to get out and fish. Writers and illustrators Swanson and Behr--who run their own commercial fishery together in the Alaskan tundra--bring the riotous beauty of the Alaskan landscape to life. A true adventure, not to be missed!

Mona Lisa in New York

May 1, 2021

Mona Lisa in New York by Yevgenia Nayberg takes the Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world, from her home in Paris to the Big Apple. While in New York, Mona Lisa meets up with a street art figure named Tag and listens to jazz in Harlem, tries pizza in the Bronx, and even goes swimming at Brighton Beach! Sharp-eyed readers will also spot a few other famous works of art along the way. This is a playful, evocative romp through New York City.

The House of Grass and Sky

May 1, 2021

is a sweet, beautifully illustrated book about an old house in the country that stands empty, waiting for a new family to call it home. The house waits as families come and go, rejecting it as too small or too quiet. Will the right family come along? Told from the house’s perspective, the book uses gorgeous watercolor illustrations by E.B. Goodale and lyrical words to tell a touching story.

Hello Rain!

May 1, 2021
Hello, Rain! by Kyo Maclear

celebrates the joy of a rainy day: colorful umbrellas, big splashy puddles, and staying warm and toasty inside. Much of this book’s fun comes from the bright, cheerful illustrations by Chris Turnham and from reading aloud the many sounds that rain makes: “Plink, plunk, plonk.” A perfect read for a day indoors!

The Alpactory: Ready, Pack, Go!

May 1, 2021

is a jaunty tale featuring a band of fluffy alpacas who are ready to help you get ready for any new adventure, whether it’s the first day of school, a sleepover at a friend’s, or an outdoor camping trip. Chan pairs cute, colorful drawings with fun wordplay and infectious enthusiasm.

Two By Two Overboard (NR) 77 minutes

April 25, 2021
TWO-BY-TWO OVERBOARD– CHILDREN’s MOVIE (NR)

Noah's ark drifts on the open seas, with best friends Finny and Leah on board. But, after weeks with no land in sight, food stocks are running low. The fragile peace between carnivores and herbivores could break any second. After a series of unfortunate events, the kids find themselves inadvertently washed overboard—along with the last of the food supplies! Leah and fellow castaway, their new friend Jelly, are marooned on a remote island. Finny wakes in a strange colony filled with oddly familiar creatures living in harmony--under the threat of a menacing volcano! In a race against time, tide, and terrifying tremors, Finny must rescue his friends, reunite with his family and save a whole colony from total destruction.

From Up On Poppy Hill (PG) 91 minutes

April 25, 2021
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) 

From the legendary Studio Ghibli comes another animated triumph. Yokohama, 1963. Japan is still picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki and featuring an all-star English voice cast!

Bobbleheads The Movie (PG) 83 minutes

April 25, 2021
BOBBLEHEADS THE MOVIE – CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) 

This hilarious and heart-warming adventure is sure to become a family favorite and fulfill a bobblehead’s simple purpose: To bring joy. Get ready for a big shake-up when misfit bobbleheads take on trashy humans and a slobbery dog who crash their home with plans to swap a new baseball player bobblehead for a valuable one of them. With some guidance from Bobblehead Cher, they find the courage to bobble up for an outrageous battle of wits and wobble. An all-star cast of voices including Jennifer Coolidge, Karen Fukuhara, Khary Payton, Julian Sands, Brenda Song, Luke Wilson, and Academy Award-winning Cher

The Undoing Limited Series (NR) 335 minutes

April 25, 2021

THE UNDOING LIMITED SERIES NEW SERIES (NR)  This limited HBO drama series is based on the book “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz, follows Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.

Rebecka Martinsson, Season 2 (NR) 352 minutes

April 25, 2021
REBECKA MARTINSSON, SEASON 2 – Foreign Language SERIES (NR) SWEDISH With English Subtitles –

Set in Sweden’s Arctic region, this mystery series based on the award-winning crime novels by Asa Larsson follows prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson (Sascha Zacharias) as she investigates crimes in her remote hometown. Working with the local police, Rebecka tenaciously employs unconventional but effective methods that often put her at odds with the tight-knit community. Along with Detective Anna Maria Melia (Eva Melander), Rebecka deals with a deadly feud between reindeer herders, a skeleton found at a construction site, teenagers overdosing on a new drug and a woman found frozen to death after a snowstorm.

Mystery Road, Season 2 (NR) 322 minutes

April 25, 2021
MYSTERY ROAD, SEASON 2 – SERIES (NR) 

Ron Pedersen reprises his signature role as Detective Jay Swan in this mystery set in the Australian outback. When a decapitated body is found in the mangroves of a coastal town, Jay teams up with local constable Fran Davis (Jada Alberts) to investigate the crime. Soon a nearby archaeologist (Sofia Helin) makes a find that could help with the case, but she conceals it for fear of shutting down her dig site. Facing obstruction at every turn and a rising body count, Jay must expose the web of corruption plaguing the town.

Keeping Faith, Season 2 (NR) 347 minutes

April 25, 2021

KEEPING FAITH, SEASON 2 NEW SERIES (NR)  Actress Eve Myles reprises her iconic role as small-town lawyer Faith Howells in this Welsh mystery series. Eighteen months ago, mother-of-three Faith’s life was thrown into chaos after the disappearance of her husband, Evan (Bradley Freegard). Still striving to keep her family together, Faith must fulfill Evan’s debt to a vicious crime family even as she fights her attraction to a former client (Mark Lewis Jones). Then a local farmer is found dead, and his wife, Madlen (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), is arrested for his murder. Convinced of Madlen’s innocence, Faith decides to defend her, despite never having worked a homicide case before. But as Faith begins investigating the crime, she clashes with her own legal

Keeping Faith, Season 1 (NR) 480 minutes

April 25, 2021
KEEPING FAITH, SEASON 1 NEW SERIES (NR)

Actress Eve Myles stars as Faith Howells, a fun-loving lawyer with a happy marriage and three children, enjoying an extended maternity leave from the law firm she founded with her husband, Evan (Bradley Freegard). Then one day, Evan leaves for work but never arrives. Faith scrambles to handle the clients Evan left behind, all while trying to find out what happened to her husband. As the days go by with no sign of him, Faith becomes the police’s prime suspect, and her search for the truth leads her to the criminal underbelly of her quiet Welsh town. When long-buried family secrets come to light, Faith wonders if she ever really knew her husband at all. Filmed on location along the stunning Welsh coast. Also stars Mark Lewis Jones, Matthew Gravelle, Eiry Thomas, and Aneirin Hughes.

Ruth, Justice Ginsberg In Her Own Words (NR) 89 minutes

April 25, 2021

How does a person with three strikes against her rise to the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court? This is the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn’t get a job after graduating first in her law school class, became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It reveals both the public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government and law to become a revered Justice and icon for gender equality and women’s rights.

Collective (NR) 104 minutes

April 25, 2021
COLLECTIVE – DOCUMENTARY (NR) 

Follow a heroic team of journalists at the Sports Gazette in a gripping expose as they uncover shocking corruption in the Romanian national healthcare system. After an explosive fire at a Bucharest nightclub, the mysterious death of the owner of a powerful pharmaceutical firm, and the quiet resignation of a health minister--seemingly unrelated events--the intrepid reporters uncover a larger political scandal. Take an up-close look as the Gazette

Vanguard (PG-13) 107 minutes

April 25, 2021
VANGUARD – MOVIE (PG-13) 

A Jackie Chan movie Members about a covert security company, Vanguard, is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world's deadliest mercenary organization.

Synchronic (R) 101 minutes

April 25, 2021
SYNCHRONIC – MOVIE (R) 

When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality and the flow of time itself.

Promising Young Woman (R) 114 minutes

April 25, 2021
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – MOVIE (R)

From visionary director, Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman…until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be: she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.

News of the World (PG-13) 118 minutes

April 25, 2021
NEWS OF THE WORLD – MOVIE (PG-13) BOOK TO MOVIE

based on Paulette Jiles's book of the same name. Five years after the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks) moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl taken in by the Kiowa people and raised as one of their own. Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place they can call home.

Monster Hunter (PG-13) 103 minutes

April 25, 2021
MONSTER HUNTER – MOVIE (PG-13)

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new world, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In her desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, terrifying attacks, Artemis will team up with a mysterious man (Tony Jaa) who has found a way to fight back.

Mon Oncle Antoine Foreign Language Movie (NR) 104 minutes

April 25, 2021

FOREIGN LANGUAGE MOVIE  (NR) FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Benoit (Jacques Gagnon) is an adolescent in the care of his uncle, Antoine (Jean Duceppe), who runs a general store in a small mining town in Quebec. To make some extra money, Antoine doubles as the town's undertaker. During the Christmas shopping rush, Benoit helps out at the store, learning a lot about himself in the process. When he accompanies his uncle to pick up a body of a local boy who has recently died, he is faced with his own mortality and realizes that life is fleeting.

Money Plane (NR) 82 minutes

April 25, 2021
MONEY PLANE – MOVIE (NR)

A professional thief (Adam Copeland) with $40 million in debt and his family's life on the line must commit one final heist--rob a futuristic airborne casino filled with the world's most dangerous criminals. With Kelsey Grammer, and Thomas Jane.

Des (NR) 145 minutes

April 25, 2021
DES – MOVIE (NR)

Based on a true story, David Tennant is “breathtaking” (Daily Mail) as one of the most infamous serial killers in UK history: Dennis Nilsen. Known as the “kindly killer,” Nilsen was an unassuming civil servant who became Britain’s most prolific serial killer of the time. Also starring Daniel Mays and Jason Watkins, this chilling true-crime series delves into Nilsen’s emotionally elusive psyche after his arrest in 1983.

A Call To Spy (PG-13) 123 minutes

April 25, 2021
A CALL TO SPY – MOVIE (PG-13)

As Great Britain's forces were stretched thin during World War II, Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive began to enlist women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. Spymistress Vera Atkins was the chief recruiter for this secret army. Atkins selected two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall, an American journalist from Baltimore with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan, a wireless officer of Indian descent and an avowed pacifist. Together, they worked to undermine the Nazi regime in France. The courage, sacrifices, and grit of these three women helped quell the Nazi occupation--and ultimately turned the tide of the war.

Another Round Foreign Language Movie (NR) 116 minutes

April 25, 2021
ANOTHER ROUND – FOREIGN LANGUAGE MOVIE (NR) DANISH with ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. If Churchill won WW2 in a heavy daze of alcohol, who knows what a few drops might do for them and their students? Initial results are positive, and the teachers' little project turns into a genuine academic study. Both their classes and their results continue to improve, and the group feels alive again! As the units are knocked back, some of the participants see further improvement and others go off the rails. It becomes increasingly clear that while alcohol may have fueled great results in world history, some bold acts carry consequences.

Ammonite (R) 117 minutes

April 25, 2021
AMMONITE – MOVIE (R) 

In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.

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.

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