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Staff Picks Movies/TV

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November 2019

They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old is a fascinating look at World War One through the eyes of ordinary British soldiers.  Composed almost entirely of footage made at the time, and with narration supplied by the veterans themselves, it provides an on-the-ground look at what it was like to fight in, and live through, the First World War. From the outbreak of war to training, shipping out, and daily life at the front, through battles and finally peace, They Shall Not Grow Old takes you through the Western Front, with the ordinary British soldiers as your guide.

Recommended by: Peter Tew, Reference Librarian      

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October 2019

The Biggest Little Farm

This uplifting documentary warmed my heart to its core. The narrator’s soothing voice paired with shots at an equal caliber to “Planet Earth” made the entire viewing experience a wholesome one. Sure, it is mindless idealism at its finest, but I didn’t care and neither should you! This lovely couple followed their dream, built a farm and created an entire community dedicated to getting in touch with Mother Earth, and what’s to dislike about that?

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk   

Posted in: Documentary


Booksmart

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut has all the makings of an outstanding coming of age film: whip-smart dialogue, captivating teenage performances and a killer soundtrack. The unrealistic elements and some downright absurd dramatics may make some roll their eyes at first, but when you view it as a metaphor for the craziness of growing up it is fitting. Plus, it makes the more authentic scenes that hone in on the nitty gritty realities of high school senior woes that much more enjoyable.
Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

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August 2019

Long Shot

The pairing of Rogen and Theron may seem odd on paper, but they have a natural chemistry on-screen where you can tell they enjoyed making this film just as much as you enjoyed watching it. The parallels to our current political climate are done in a playful way and it’s never too blatantly in your face. “Long Shot” finds this sort of balance throughout and that’s why it is a step above what you would expect from a typical rom-com. 

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

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Far From The Tree

A documentary featuring the stories of those deemed “abnormal” by society is at once heart wrenching and deeply extraordinary. Rather than 93 minutes of spoon-feeding us sadness about the black sheep of the family, “Far From The Tree” manages to provide a poignant look with a tinge of humor at what it means to be human. You will cry, you will be reminded of your privilege and then you will rejoice and revel at the depths of familial love.

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Documentary


Greta

In a nutshell, it’s a thriller about a good deed gone wrong due to the crossings of a naive young adult and unstable elderly woman. “Greta” features a lot of standout sequences full of suspense and empathetic elements, as well as vibrant performances from Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert. If you were hooked on the Lifetime to Netflix series “You,” this film is very reminiscent of that.

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

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Titans: Season 1

This is a live-action DC Universe show that follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes finding their way. Dick Grayson (Robin), Kory Anders (Starfire), Rachel Roth (Raven), Gar Logan (Beast Boy) and many other well-loved characters show up in this version. It’s much darker and grittier than the CW shows and recent DC movies. It’s definitely worth binge watching if you’re a Superhero fan. The final episode will have you on the edge of your seat waiting for Season 2.

Recommended by:  Erin Faxel, Teen Librarian

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July 2019

Instant Family

by Sean Anders

More like instant happiness! “Instant Family” handles foster care adoption with passion and care. This inclusive flick is the perfect combo of heartwarming and hilarious, with a smoothly paced plot to tout. This movie falls into that sweet spot – clearly not made with award season in mind, but just as clearly a step above a typical blockbuster. I was not expecting such endearing performances from the cast, but each character feels fully-realized and fleshed out.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug references.

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

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Happy Death Day

by Christopher Landon

The sound of clock tower bells, a geeky guy’s friendly greeting, and 9:01 am on her cell phone marks the beginning of Tree’s birthday in Happy Death Day. Unfortunately for Tree, she walks this day again and again, groundhog day style, until her death at days’ end. The list of suspects grows as the movie progresses and Tree tries to figure out what is happening on the last and most special day of her life. Can she figure out who her murderer is or will she live the day over and over? I would recommend this movie for fans of the Scream franchise or even the TV series Scream Queens. It has a witty, sarcastic script, a decent cast of characters, and is not gory like most in the horror genre. Happy Death Day 2U has recently been released as well.

Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

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Glass

by M. Night Shyamalan

I recommend seeing Unbreakable and Split prior to watching Glass, as the trilogy is severely underrated and deserves more love. It’s a smart action movie full of twists and turns, and Shyamalan includes just the right amount of subdued details to remain true to the genre. This easily could have been a bland, stream-lined superhuman story, but he bends your mind just as much as he makes your heart pump, all the while effectively submersing you in his world without the theatrics required by big-budget superhero franchises.

Rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language.

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

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