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June 2019

Agatha Raisin

I have read many in this mystery series by MC Beaton and was delighted when British television made it a show. Those who enjoy mysteries on PBS/BBC such as Father Brown or Death in Paradise, will also find this an enjoyable series to watch. The main character, Agatha, in this nine episode DVD set, has recently retired to the English countryside but soon finds herself lonely and bored. In the first episode, Agatha enters a quiche cooking contest; there is a murder and Agatha becomes a suspect. In order to clear herself, she becomes an amateur sleuth and finds that she is quite good at it. This is a quick paced series with picturesque views of England that are so lovely that you will want to travel there.

Not Rated

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

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Fighting With My Family

by Stephen Merchant

Based on the true story of WWE Women’s Superstar Paige and her family, this movie was not only funny, but it “wrestled”  with deeper themes that were thoughtfully crafted throughout. Even with all of its predictability, the film still felt uniquely itself and kept me engaged with the authentic nature of the protagonist and the complexity of their family dynamic. Vince Vaughn also continues to shine in more authoritative roles, giving a realistic portrayal of the coach.

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content.

Recommended by: Lisa Stemmons, Patron Services Clerk

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May 2019

Saving Mr. Banks

by John Lee Hancock

The story of how Walt Disney convinced difficult and uncooperative author PL Travers to allow him to bring her character, Mary Poppins, to the big screen. This is my go-to film when a patron asks me for a suggestion. It has a little something for everyone; a darker, more serious story about how Ms. Travers grew up, witty and humorous exchanges between Ms. Travers and the staff at Disney as they all navigate how to successfully create a Mary Poppins film, and a fascinating look behind the scenes at how one of the most beloved children’s films of all time was created.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images.

Recommended by: Ian Lashbrook, Digital Services Manager

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