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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

New DVDs out Tuesday, March 3rd!

"The Better Angels" - witness three years in the childhood of Abraham Lincoln that will shape the rest of his life - stars Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Diane Kruger (TV's "The Bridge") and Brit Marling ("The East')

"The Captive" - 9-year old Cassandra was abducted from her father's truck - eight years later, Cassandra is still alive and Dad is still suspected of being in on the kidnapping - stars Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek: Into Darkness")

"Dracula Untold" - Prince Vlad needs a fantastic power to protect his family and people against the Turks - one drawback: it may turn him into a monster! - stars Luke Evans ("The Raven"), Sarah Gadon ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2") and Dominic Cooper ("My Week with Marilyn")

"Foxcatcher" - based on a true story - a multimillionaire after respect and an athlete seeking to escape his brother's shadow are contributing factors that build the 1988 U.S. Olympic wrestling team - winner of the Special Distinction honor at the Independent Spirit Awards and American Film Institute Movie of the Year - stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall and Vanessa Redgrave

"Honeymoon" - for Paul and Bea, it is a cabin in the lake country - yet is Bea suddenly sleepwalking or is there some more sinister influence going on? - stars Rose Leslie (TV's "Game of Thrones") and Harry Treadway ("The Lone Ranger")

"The Humbling" - actor Simon Axler (Al Pacino) is slowly losing his mind at the same moment he's starting a new relationship - based on the novel by Philip Roth - all-star supporting cast including Greta Gerwig, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin and Dylan Baker (TV's "The Mentalist")

"The Last of Robin Hood" - based on a true story - the last relationship movie legend Errol Flynn had was with an ambitious though underaged actress, a secret shared with her driven mother - stars Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon

"Let's Kill Ward's Wife - RELAX, "Leave It to Beaver" fans! No one is bumping June Cleaver off! This movie is about another Ward and three close friends who think the missus is a buzzkill! - stars Amy Acker (TV's "Person of Interest"), Donald Faison (TV's "The Exes") and Scott Foley (TV's "Scandal")

"Life Partners" - Sasha and Paige are close friends to the point of codependency - their friendship is tested when one of them meets a guy - stars Leighton Meester ("That's My Boy") and Adam Brody ("Damsels in Distress")

"Ouija" - just a harmless game board? Try telling that to four friends investigating the murder of someone close - stars Olivia Cooke (TV's "Bates Motel"), Douglas Smith ("Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters") and Daren Kagasoff  (TV's "Secret Life of the American Teenager")

"Outlander: Season One, Volume 1" - from Starz - Caltriona Balfe ("Now You See Her") stars as Claire Randall, an engaged nurse in 1945 Britain who is unexplainedly transported back to 1743 and another kind of romance - based on the best selling novels of Diana Gabaldon

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Oscars!

On February 22, the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood played host to the 
87th annual Academy Awards. 
The following films in Merrick Library's DVD collection were among the winners:

"Big Hero 6" - Best Animated Feature Film

"Birdman" - Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Inarritu), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Emanuel Lubezki)

"Boyhood" - Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" - Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design (Milena Canonero)

"Ida" - Best Foreign Language Film

"Whiplash" - Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing (Tom Cross)

Highlighting the evening was recognition of the 50th anniversary of the release of the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's now classic musical "The Sound of Music." Actress Scarlett Johannson introduced a montage of musical highlights from the production which won five Academy Awards including Best Picture half a century ago. Lady Gaga, clad in a white ballgown in contrast to a black tattoo on one arm, then sang a medley of songs from "The Sound of Music." Leading the applause affterwards for the New Jersey-born performer and making a surprise appearance was the movie's leading lady, Dame Julie Andrews. 
The regal superstar then sequed into presenting the Oscar for Best Original Music Score. 
The winner: Alexandre Desplat for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

Merrick Library is proud to include "The Sound of Music" in its DVD collection and also has the following productions featuring the many talents of 
Dame Julie Andrews:

Broadway: The American Musical
Despicable Me (voice work)
Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter (voice work) 
Shrek The Third (voice work)
The Tooth Fairy

New DVDs out Tuesday February 25th...

Beyond the Lights  - The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be. Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Danny Glover

Horrible Bosses 2 - In this sequel, Nick, Dale, and Kurt decide to ditch their big-wig managers by making a new business. Unfortunately, a vicious investor puts a stop to their business plans luanching an all-out out war. Desperate, the trio of misguided entrepreneurs formulate a plan to kidnap the son of the investor and demand money for his safe return. In a series of hilarious events, Kurt, Dale, and Nick attempt to regain control through any means necessary. Unfortunately, their plans never go quite as well as they expected. All star cast!

My Old Lady - Academy Award winners Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith and Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas star in this witty and heartfelt drama about surprising inheritances and unexpected connections. When Mathias Gold (Kline) arrives at the sumptuous Parisian apartment he inherited from his father, he's surprised that the property comes with two stubborn live-in tenants who are not required to leave according to an ancient French real estate law. Unable to sell the place, Mathias moves in with the feisty Englishwoman, Mathilde (Maggie Smith), and her daughter, ChloĆ© (Kristin Scott Thomas). But as Mathias and ChloĆ© draw increasingly closer, Mathilde unveils a complex labyrinth of secrets that unites the trio in unexpected ways.

Whiplash - A promising first year music student (Miles Teller) enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor  (J.K. Simmons) who uses fear and intimidation and will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. Oscar nominated!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Independent Spirit Awards!

On February 21, 
a spacious tent situated along the 
Pacific Ocean coast of Santa Monica, California played host to the 
30th annual Independent Spirit Awards.

The following films in 
Merrick Library's DVD collection 
were among the winners:

"Birdman" - Best Feature Film, Best Male Lead (Michael Keaton), Best Cinematography (Emanuel Lubezki)

"Boyhood" - Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Female (Patricia Arquette)

Ida" - Best International Film

"Whiplash"* - Best Supporting Male (J.K. Simmons), Best Editing (Tom Cross) 
(*in our collection tomorrow, 2/24/15)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Two more new DVDs this week! See below!

Rudderless - Award-winning actor William H.  Macy makes his directorial debut in this heartfelt and inspirational drama lead by an exemplary cast. Sam (Billy Crudup), a former high-profile ad executive, is devastated by the sudden death of his musician son. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes, the grieving father’s downward spiral comes to a standstill as he explores this unexpected gift. After mustering the will to perform one of the songs at a local bar, Sam meets and forms a friendship with Quentin (Anton Yelchin), a young musician. The unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes a local sensation, and they set out on an emotional musical journey that ultimately revitalizes both of their lives.

Honeymoon - Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to a remote lake cottage for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. (Horror)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DVDs out Tuesday, February 17th, 2015!

"The Americans: Season 2" - from FX - return to the Cold War where the balance of power rests with two deep cover Soviet spies known to all as Mr. and Mrs. Jennings - American Film Institute TV Program of the Year - stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Richard Thomas

"Birdman" - talk about comebacks? Riggan Thomson is staging one on a wide scale not only covering his acting career but his family as well - nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton) and Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)

"Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season" - from HBO - come back to George RR Martin's picturesque world of Westos and the competing families vying to control it - winner of four Primetime Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Stunt Ensemble - stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke

 "The Homesman" - three woman have been driven mad by the prairie, and Molly Bee (Hilary Swank) must rely on drifter George (Tommy Lee Jones) to help stagecoach them to safety - all-star supporting cast includes John Lithgow and James Spader (TV's "The Blacklist")

"The Interview" - YES, that almost caused an international incident is here - find out what all the furor is about! - stars Seth Rogen, James Franco and Lizzy Caplan (TV's "Masters of Sex")

 "Lucy" - imagine what might happen if you could use your mind to its fullest potential - you probably won't come close to what happens in this movie! - stars Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman

"St. Vincent" - a divorcee's son is monitored for a fee by the hedonistic Vietnam veteran next door who gradually becomes a mentor - stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Terrence Howard (TV's "Empire")

 "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" - the Oscar nominated animated treatment of the timeless Japanese tale of royalty arising from within a stick of bamboo - features voice work by Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen and Lucy Liu ("TV's "Elementary") - Note: Animator Hayao Miyazaki will be honored with a special Academy Award February 22 for his contributions to the art.

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