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Saturday, June 25, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, 6/28...

The Boy (2016)

The Boy - An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive. Directed by William Brent Bell. Starring:  Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky - Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. Directed by Gavin Hood. Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman

London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen - In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders. Directed by  Babak Najafi. Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman 

Precious Cargo [DVD + Digital]

Precious Cargo - A crime boss tries to make off with loot that belongs to another thief. Directed by Max Adams. Starring  Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani 


Race - Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and 
field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree 
Triple 9

Triple 9 - A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town. Directed by John Hillcoat. Starring:  Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie 

Vera, Set 6Vera Set 6 TV Series- With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her trusted right-hand man DS Joe Ashworth face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape. Starring:  Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan. Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa. Starring:Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman  

Friday, June 24, 2016

It's happening....

Neal Stephenson's "Seveneves" to get the Ron Howard-Brian Grazer treatment!

This is an epic sci-fi book. 
And a BIG sci-fi book clocking in at 880 pages.

 But hold on!  

It's perfectly readable 
and you don't have to "like" sci-fi to understand what's happening.

How is all this book going to fit into a 2 1/2 - 3 hour movie?
 'Cause it's ALOT of space to cover (pun intended).
We'll have to watch and find out.


** - there are other articles out there, but they contain some spoilers, 
so I kept it to the linked piece above. 
Just try the book. It's good. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Here's another reason to absolutely LOVE...

"Like These Movies? Here Are 100+ Things You Might Also Like ..."

(from NPR)

Read Watch Binge composite

A must see compilation of books-movies-books
courtesy of NPR:
if you read this, you'll wanna see that and then you'll wanna read this and so on and so on.  
You get the idea.

My favorite is the Interstellar-Seveneves connection. 
You'll have fun with it, so pass it on!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, June 21st...

The Brothers GrimsbyBrothers Grimsby - A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother. Directed by: Louis Leterrier. Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson 

Knight of Cups

 Knight of Cups -  A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women. Directed by Terrence Malik. Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman.

The WaveThe Wave -  (Foreign) - Even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of ├ůkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger falls out and creates a 85-meter-high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it. Directed by  Roar Uthaug. Starring:  Kristoffer JonerAne Dahl TorpJonas Hoff Oftebro 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hot debut title, "The Girls" by Emma Cline...

If you haven't heard about this super summer title,  take a look at this NYT interview with Emma Cline. 

"Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle, only to find herself drawn into a cult and seduced by its charismatic leader. It' indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become." 
- As reviewed in the ALIS catalog


Want an e-copy?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Let's talk about Fredrik Backman because many readers are!

What's all the fuss?
Back in July of 2014, I read a laugh out loud funny book,              "A Man Called Ove", by Fredrick Backman and made it an instant Staff Pick.  I told anyone who would listen to just read it already. 
I try not to be bossy, but in this case I felt it necessary.   
Now, to be fair, what makes us laugh is different for everybody. 
So I introduced Ove to few people, including my slightly curmudgeonly father and I heard 5 out of 5 positive reviews. 

Flash forward to Backman's sophomore effort, 
"My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry", 
which was sweet and humorous and heartbreaking.
I recommend this one since our Ove copies are always circulating. 

Which brings us to Backman's third and newest, "Britt-Marie Was Here". 
This one is a combo of laugh out-louds, sweetness, heartbreak and did I say, sweet?

 It's nice to introduce a new author who is now "one of the regulars" on our shelves. 
Backman brings solid writing to each story and 
should definitely be added to your TBR pile.


Now, if you've read all these, what's a good set of titles that are similar?
Try these:


Friday, June 10, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, June 14th...

10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane - After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. Directed by  Dan Trachtenberg. Starring:  John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

45 Years

45 Years -   A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receives shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives. Directed by: Andrew Haigh. Starring:  Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James.

Eddie The Eagle

Eddie The Eagle -  The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring:   Taron EgertonHugh JackmanTom Costello.

Get A Job [DVD + Digital]

Get a Job -  Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will and Jillian who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends and coworkers they soon discover that the most important (and hilarious) adventures are the ones that we don't see coming. Directed by Dylan Kidd. Starring:   Anna KendrickAlison BrieBryan Cranston.

Grantchester: Season 2

Granchester: The Complete Second Season [Television Series] - A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester. Starring:  James NortonRobson GreenMorven Christie. 

Hello, My Name Is Doris

Hello, My Name Is Doris - A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker.  Directed by Michael Showalter. Starring: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly.  

Jack of the Red Hearts

Jack of the Red Hearts -  A teenage con artist tricks a desperate mother into hiring her as a live-in companion for her autistic daughter. Directed by Janet Grillo. Starring:  AnnaSophia Robb, Israel Broussard, Sophia Anne Caruso.