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We are thankful for so many things in the book world and we simply cannot forget the Independent Book Publishers. A stellar year was 2015 for the independent press. If you're looking for something that's off the beaten track, it is very worth your while to check out some of these titles. Flavorwire has generously provided a list of the Top 50 titles for the year and they are spot on. Step out of your comfort zone. Click here to see this terrific link... My faves:
American Ultra - A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle. Starring:Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back (Documentary) - Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, Company). The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in London during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist and marked a turning point in his career. Features appearances by Joan Baez, Donovan and others.
No Escape - An intense international thriller centers on an American businessman (Owen Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. Stars: Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. Ricki and the Flash - Meryl Streep stars as a hard-rocking singer/guitarist Ricki Rendazzo. Directed by Oscar Winner Jonathan Demme, and written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. Ricki is a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Starring: Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Ben Platt, Rick Springfield, Sebastian Stan, and Audra McDonald.
The Yellow Wallpaper - After a devastating fire, Charlotte and John rent a countryside house and attempt to start life over, though Charlotte, upon seeing visions of her deceased daughter, retreats to the house's attic and pulls away from her husband and sister. Stars Aric Cushing, Juliet Landau and Dale Dickey
5 to 7 - An aspiring novelist enters into a relationship with a woman, though there's just one catch: She's married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening. Stars: Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby. Directed by Victor Levin A Borrowed Identity - (Foreign) A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity. Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Razi Gabareen, Yaël Abecassis. Directed by: Eran Riklis
Jurassic World - new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction--a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine--escapes containment and goes on a killing spree. Director: Colin Trevorrow Stars: Chris Pratt, Dallas Bryce Howard, Ty Simpkins
Leslie Sansone Just Walk: Burn to the Beat -This walk workout gives you the speed you need to get started on your goal of getting fit and boosting your calorie burn! You’ll learn the easy way to increase your speed and intensity simply by increasing the BEAT of the music. These walks are all designed around the beat of customized fitness music for a workout that can take you from a starter speed all the way to a SUPER WALKER speed.
Trash - (Foreign)Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong. Directors: Stephen Daldry,
Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis,
Gabriel Weinstein, Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen Karena Virginia: The Power of Kundalini Yoga - Virginia leads viewers through a 90 minutes of asana practice, guided meditation, and serene reflection in order to release the subconscious and energetic blocks to the miracles of love, health, and abundance that are everyone’s birthright. For first-time practitioners: a 7-part, customizable series of exercises and teachings focused on aligning with the forces of love and gratitude, and freeing ourselves from self-sabotaging fear and negativity. Chapters include: Tuning In, Yoga for Flowing Energy, Yoga for Abundance, and Yoga for Miracles. Music by Snatam Kaur.