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July 2021

The Message

Anthony Quinn, one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, plays the leading role in a film that will take you back 1500 years to the Arabian Peninsula and how Islam was born. This international film was nominated for best original score at the 50th Academy Awards. I highly recommend this movie for those who have little or no knowledge about Islam, one of the leading religions in our time with two billion followers worldwide.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

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December 2020

COBRA KAI: The Karate Kid Saga Continues

Revisit ‘Karate Kid’ characters as they navigate life 30 years after that infamous karate competition. Successful Daniel owns a car dealership. Johnny has been less successful and takes on new students upon re-opening the Cobra Kai dojo.  It can’t be all about two guys and how they thought their high school days were the best. There is so much more! Daniel and Johnny’s children, who are in high school, have their own storylines which helps set a good story pace. Great karate scenes at Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do studios bring back great memories of the movie franchise. Familiar friends and evil characters also emerge in this saga, plus a season 2 cliffhanger leave us looking forward to Season 3 which is due out in early 2021. This is a binge worthy series for your holiday break.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services, Shelver

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The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 1

Meet Detective Mike Shepherd, new to small town ‘Brokenwood’, who is called in to help solve the murder of a local man in an episode titled ‘Blood and Water.’ The dead man’s history is tied to a hit and run victim from ten years earlier which further intrigues Detective Shepherd. Brokenwood police, along with Shepherd’s new assistant Detective Sims, believe the visiting detective is a bit quirky.  He loves country-western music on cassette tape, talks to the deceased victim, and has a 1971 classic car which he defends from a distraught man with a rifle. The New Zealand wine country setting is beautifully highlighted in each episode. Series 1 contains four episodes and all are movie length. If you have completed most or all of Midsomer Murders or Death in Paradise TV series and enjoyed them, this series might just be your next binge. It has seven seasons for you to enjoy. Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services, Shelver

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November 2020

Supernatural

 Dad’s on a hunting trip and hasn’t been home in a few days is the line that starts it all. Brothers Sam and Dean Winchester embark on a road trip to find their father saving people, hunting things that go bump in the night along the way. But this show is more than that, it is about family ( in all its forms), life, death, and the supernatural. This is definitely a binge worthy series!
Recommended by: Jenna Schwartz, Adult Reference Librarian I

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The Prodigal Son

 Malcom Bright is a criminal psychologist, one of the best in fact. He assists the FBI in solving crimes using his twisted genius. His genius is twisted due to his father, a surgeon and serial killer. This show is very suspenseful and has you at the edge of your seat every time. The acting is phenomenal! You have The Walking Dead’s Thomas Payne, the great Martin Sheen, and the legendary Lou Diamond Phillips.
Recommended by: Jenna Schwartz, Adult Reference Librarian I

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October 2020

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless: Complete Collection

This slice of life comedy anime follows a high school boy named Tanaka who despite the best attempts of his friends still manages to sleep, no matter what is going on. This 12-episode series will put a smile on your face and relax you into a comfortable state of listlessness just like Tanaka-kun.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

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September 2020

Agatha and the Truth of Murder

Nothing is really known about what happened the night Agatha Christie went missing in December 1926. This movie puts an imaginative spin on what Agatha could have been up to when she disappeared. Did she just need to get away from her family for a while? Could it be that she was suffering from an extreme case of writer’s block? Or could it be that Agatha needed to solve a real life murder? Enjoyable, witty and cleaver this movie takes you on a one of a kind mystery you don’t want to miss.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

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Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

In class 1-2 there is a student that seems to be able to do anything and nothing ever phases him. He is the coolest guy in school! All the girls love him and all the guys want to be him, even the school bullies can’t help but admire the guy. That student is Sakamoto. This 13 episode anime is the perfect thing to watch if you need a little pick me up. You’ll laugh out love and enjoy all the things that a guy like Sakamoto can really do.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

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July 2020

Dance with Devils: the complete series

What do you get when you cross, vampires, devils, a forbidden book, a musical and action? You get the very entertaining anime Dance with Devils. Ritsuka thought she was just like every other average high school girl until her mother is kidnapped by vampires. Now Ritsuka has to find where they have taken her mother and what they could possible want. Not to mention she has also caught the attention of the student council members at her school, who just happen to be devils. This creative and imaginative anime will enchant you with it’s story line and have you singing along with it’s catchy musical numbers.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

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June 2020

World on Fire

This World War II British drama follows the lives of ordinary people and how the war affected them.  Staring actors like Sean Bean and Helen Hunt this is one TV series you don’t want to miss.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

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