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Monday, April 27, 2015

New DVDs out on Tuesday April 28th!

"50 To 1" - those were the odds against Mine That Bird as he entered the 2009 Kentucky Derby - this is the story of how an undersized thoroughbred and his misfit handlers got there - Mine That Bird's actual jockey, Calvin Borel, appears as himself alongside Skeet Ulrich and William Devane

"Inherent Vice" - travel back to Los Angeles in 1970 and witness drug-addled detective Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) learn of one kidnapping plot and ends up investigating another - based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon - National Board of Review Award Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay (Paul Thomas Anderson, also the director) - Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award Winner for Best Ensemble Cast including Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon

"Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" - as seen on PBS - Siddhartha Mukherjee's acclaimed book is the launch pad for this series that canvasses the history of the disease, contemporary stories of those dealing with forms of cancer and the scientific advances bent on eliminating them - the final narration triumph of actor Edward Herrmann, who died after completing this task of terminal brain cancer on December 31, 2014

"Masterpiece: Wolf Hall" -  as seen on PBS - King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis, TV's "Homeland") wants to ensure a male heir by annulling his first marriage and marrying Anne Boleyn - the only person who can help insure a bloodless outcome and control the erratic King is his secretary, Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance, "The Other Boleyn Girl") - based on the acclaimed historical novel by Hilary Mantel

"Murder in Suburbia: Complete Collection" - meet "Ash and Scribbs," a female inspector/sergeant team investigating murders in a suburban English community - stars Caroline Catz (TV's "DCI Banks") and Lisa Faulkner ("New City Law")

"The Wedding Ringer" - socially-challenged Doug (Josh Gad, "Frozen") is about to marry dream girl Gretchen (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, TV's "Big Bang Theory) but has no best man - enter Jimmy (Kevin Hart, "Ride Along") and the ensuing chaos!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Our NEW App! Get it now! It's FREE!

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for the Merrick Library 
is available for all Apple devices 
right this minute!
(Android coming very soon).

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Monday, April 20, 2015

DVDs out Tuesday, April 21st...

"Cake" - see Jennifer Aniston in one of her most acclaimed performances as a woman with chronic pain forced to reassess her life when a member of her support group commits suicide - also starrring Anna Kendrick, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy

"Chasing Ghosts" - 11-year old Lucas has had an obsession with death since his brother passed away - now an unexpected presence Lucas has captured on a movie camera is making him a celebrity - stars Robyn Lively ("Ouija"), Frances Conroy (TV's "Royal Pains") and Toby Nichols ("22 Jump Street")

"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" - from Iran - billed in its native land as the "First Iranian Vampire Western" - winner of the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director (Ana Lily Amirpour, who also wrote the film)

"Life Inside Out" - Laura has rediscovered her passion for music and is using it to reach out to her troubled youngest son - winner of two John Paul II International Film Festival Awards - stars Maggie Baird and Finneas O'Connell (TV's "Glee")

"Like Sunday, Like Rain" - Reggie is a 12-year old child prodigy with all that wealth can provide except a link to the outside world - he finds it in his new au pair Eleanor, a 23-year old aspiring musician with a messed up social life - stars Leighton Meester ("The Judge") and Debra Messing (TV's "The Mysteries of Laura")

"Little Accidents" - travel to a West Virginia town still reeling from a tragedy at the local mine - now one of their teenage residents has gone missing! - stars Eizabeth Banks ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One"), Josh Lucas (TV's :"The Mysteries of Laura") and Chloe Sevigny (TV's "American Horror Story")

"Living is Easy with Eyes Closed" - from Spain - teacher Antonio (Javier Camara, "The Secret Life of Words") is traveling to perhaps meet his hero: John Lennon! - along the way he picks up two runaways (Note: the movie's title is a line from the Beatles song :"Strawberry Fields Forever" written by Lennon)

"Taken 3" - ex-spy Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is about to reconcile with his ex-wife and when she is murdered and Mills is blamed for it - also starring Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") and Famke Janssen ("The Wolverine")

"Unbroken" - finally on DVD! - the incredible true story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell, "300: Rise of an Empire") who survived a World War Two ocean plane crash, 47 days on a raft with two crewmen and unrelenting torture on in a Japanese island prison - based on the mega-selling biography by Laura Hillenbrand (to be found in Merrick Library's Biography collection), directed by Angelina Jolie and American Film Institute Movie of the Year

"Walter" - he's the guy at the local movie house that handles the tickets - now he claims to be God's son sent to decide the eternal fate of everyone who crosses his path! - stars William H. Macy (TV's "Shameless"), Milo Ventimiglia (TV's "Gotham") and Peter Facinelli (TV's "Nurse Jackie")

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring seemed to "spring" a little bit this weekend...

Looking for something to read outside while you wait for your garden to catch up?

Check out these hot new titles:


Saturday, April 11, 2015

New DVDs available Tuesday, April 14th...

Please note that not all DVDs can be placed 
on reserve at this time. 
Contact the Media Desk to place your request.

"Babadook" - that is the title character of a storybook owned by newly bereaved widow Amelia's son - now he thinks a monster is in the house and Amelia senses a strange foreboding - stars Essie Davis (TV's "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries")

"Beside Still Waters" - Daniel wants closure now that he has lost both his parents - so he invites all his close pals for a final blowout at the family lake cabin - stars Ryan Eggold (TV's "The Blacklist") and Beck Bennett (TV's "Saturday Night Live")

"Big Eyes" - based on a true story - they were the trademark of a series of paintings by shy artist Margaret Keane - yet husband Walter for years took the credit for it - until one day! - directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams (Golden Globe Winner, Best Actress in a Comedy) and Christoph Waltz ("Muppets Most Wanted")

"Foyle's War, Set 8" - as seen on PBS "Masterpiece" - Michael Kitchen returns as Christopher Foyle, retired police inspector turned MI5 agent investigating corruption, prejudice and an attempt on an old friend's life in post-World War Two England

"God Help the Girl" - Eve has turned to songrwriting to help her deal 
with her emotional problems - her lyrics might help some musicians who cross her path as well - winner of Dramatic World Cinema Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival - stars Emily Browning ("Pompeii") and Hannah Murray (TV's "Game of Thrones")

"Grantchester: The Complete First Season" - as seen on PBS "Masterpiece" - Rev. Sidney Chambers (James Norton, "Belle") expected a quiet life taking on a country parish just outside Cambridge University - a local murder is about to prove him wrong!

"John Doe: Vigilante" - or is he just a cold-blooded murderer? The film lays out the evidence for you to make the decision!

"The Man with the Iron Fists 2" - Thaddeus (Sahajak Boothanakit) is found outside a village and is nursed back to health by miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen, "22 Jump Street"), thus forming a partnership when evil threatens Kung's home village

"Such Good People" - Richard and Alex are house sitting for a rich couple when the owners suddenly are killed and a secret stash of money is found in the building - stars Michael Urie (TV's "Partners") and Scott Wolf (TV's "The Night Shift")

"Woman in Black 2: The Angel of Death" - it has been forty years since the ghost of Jeanette Humfrye terrified Eel Marsh House - now two women and child refugees from World War Two are out to banish the spectre forever!

"You're Not You" - Kate is a classical pianist just diagnosed with ALS - Bec is her often flighty caregiver - they will need each other more than ever as Kate's marriage is about to dissolve - stars Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum (TV's "Shameless") and Josh Duhamel (TV's "Battle Creek")

Monday, April 6, 2015

New DVD Titles out Tuesday, April 7th...!

"108 Stitches" - just in time for season! - the Orem (Utah) College needs fifty grand to save its baseball program from the administration axe - co-written by "Last Comic Standing" winner Josh Blue and featuring a special appearance by seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens - stars Bruce Davison, Kate Vernon and Larry Thomas (Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi")

"The Immigrant" - it is 1921 and Polish arrival Magda (Marion Cotillard) is forced into prostitution in order to save her sister Magda from quarantine on Ellis Island - can Orlando the magician (Jeremy Renner) rescue them both?

"Monk With A Camera" - documentary - Nicholas Vreeland was born into fashion royalty but gave it up to become a Buddhist monk - find out how he used a talent for photography to aid his monastery's rebuilding - includes comments from the current Dalai Lama of Tibet

"A Most Violent Year" - in the winter of 1981 New York City was at a peak of corruption and unrest - yet the Morales family risks all for personal security and business success - stars Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Jessica Chastain,  David Oyelowo ("Selma") and Alessandro Nivola ("American Hustle")

"The Voices" - they are telling Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) to take revenge on office hottie Fiona (Gemma Arterton) for standing him up - one thing: those words are coming from Jerry's talking pets! - also starring Anna Kendrick ("Into The Woods") and Jacki Weaver ("Magic in the Moonlight")