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Logan

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Logan
A fitting and poignant ending to the Logan saga.  This movie has a great message about family, friendship and taking a stand.  This movie is very dark and not family friendly.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that because there is a “little girl wolverine” that this movie is appropriate for young children.   The level of violence is needed to make the point of the story and to clearly define the mentality of the characters.  For mature X-men fans, this movie does not disappoint.  Check our catalog.
 
Barb C., Tech Services

Everything, Everything

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything
An interesting twist for a basic “star crossed” love story.  Very clever dialogue and an easy read.  A great beach book. Check our catalog
 
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A Pentatonix Christmas (CD)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Pentatonix
A Pentatonix Christmas (CD)

This holiday album by the a cappella group Pentatonix gives a fun and unique twist to some familiar  tunes such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (up tempo), “White Christmas” (jazzy), and “Up on the Housetop” (playful). There is an amazingly soulful rendition of “Hallelujah.” If you have not listened to any of Penatonix’s work before, now is a good time to give it a try!

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Barb C., Technical Services

The Big Short (DVD)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The Big Short (DVD)

This movie is based on the book of the same name, and is about the fall of the banking industry that caused the world-crippling financial crisis from 2007-2010. While the subject is complex, this film does a great job of explaining the economic intricacies of the banking industry so the story is easy to follow. The characters are great, especially Steve Carell, who plays hedge fund manager Mark Baum. Don’t let the subject intimidate you; this movie is very entertaining and has an important message.

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Barb C., Tech Services

The Cukoo’s Calling

Monday, April 4, 2016
Robert Galbraith
The Cukoo’s Calling

This is the first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The reader is introduced to Detective Cormoran Strike. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. He is down to one client and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow, a childhood acquaintance, walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that and hires Strike to investigate her death. The case plunges Strike into the world of the rich and famous. With the assistance of his new secretary Robin, Strike is able to find evidence of murder.

The story is compelling and becomes a page turner about midway through the book. It does drag a bit in the beginning but as you get to know the characters you find yourself getting more and more interested in finding out what happens to Strike next. Rowling does a nice job of crafting her story with the right amount of suspense, twists, and turns, which is what a good “who done it” story needs to have.

Don’t mistake this book for children’s literature (Rowling’s claim to fame). This is an adult novel, as there is reference to drug use, adult situations, and an abundance of cursing, all of which are relevant to the character development.

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Barb C., Technical Services

Burnt (DVD)

Monday, February 8, 2016
Burnt (DVD)

Starring Bradly Cooper, Rated R

The basic plot of this movie is a two star Michelin chef’s road to redemption so he can earn another culinary star. Bradly Cooper is in the starring role as a rock star chef who had to disappear from the culinary scene because of a drug addiction. This movie had potential with this story line. Sadly, the character development is lacking and the story is boring and predictable. There are some good performances here and there by Cooper, Emma Thompson and Sienna Miller, but the story just doesn't come together. My time watching this movie would have been better spent in the kitchen, and I HATE TO COOK!

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Barb C., Tech Services

 

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
DVD
Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman:  The Secret Service
Another action packed Marvel Comic that has been successfully brought to the big screen, in this case DVD.  
The story revolves around a super -secret British spy organization that is so secret that even the CIA has never heard of them.  Gary "Eggsy" Unwin is a working-class British youth who has gotten in some scrapes with the law. The one unusual thing about him is that when his father died under classified circumstances, a mysterious man named Harry Hart (Colin Firth) left him with a medal, a phone number, and a code phrase to use if he ever needed help.  Eggsy is picked up by the police for stealing a car so he calls the phone number and Hart appears and recruits him as a Kingsman Agent.  Using a Saville Row tailor shop as a cover, the organization recruits young men from Britain's best families and trains them to become proficient, well-mannered and deadly assassins. 
Samuel L. Jackson is superb as the evil billionaire tech wizard Richmond Valentine, who is malevolent and hilarious at the same time.  It is up to the Kingsman to put a stop to Valentine’s sinister plot to take over the world though global genocide. 
WARNING TO PARENTS:  This is NOT your typical Marvel Movie!  While this movie is action packed and entertaining it is VERY violent. While the director attempts to “animate” some of the violence, many of the scenes are very graphic.   There is also excessive mature language and themes.  In addition, Samuel L. Jackson is definitely not the good guy in the movie and that may be very confusing to younger viewers.   Check our Catalog  

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The One and Only Ivan

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan

Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.  Yes I know, a story told by a gorilla, but his story is amazing!  Ivan was captured as a baby from the jungles of Africa and has spent the last twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall. Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see his home, and his art, through new eyes.  The story evolves into a personal quest for Ivan to help Ruby, his new friend.

This book is a winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. The story is a compelling page turner.  You just want to keep reading!  The words are very powerful, yet the chapters are short, making it a great choice for kids who have a hard time staying engaged in a book.  Parts of the book are very sad and emotional, but the final outcome is a joyful one. Check our Catalog

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Men Women and Children

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
DVD
Men Women and Children

Men, Women and Children follows the lives of several characters and how social media connects and them with each other and impacts their lives.    They include a couple mutually uninterested in their own marriage, each leading separate affairs (Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Sandler,) their porn-addicted son (Travis Tope,) a mother (Jennifer Garner) who tyrannically monitors every movement her outcast daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) makes, who falls hard for a similar outcast (Ansel Elgort) who is disgusted with his home life. A progressive parent (Judy Greer) created a website for her daughter, an aspiring actress (Olivia Crocicchia,) when she may be doing her daughter more harm than good. Domestic violence, eating disorders, teen suicide, mental and physical abuse, class struggle and social alienation are some of this film’s many conversation-starting themes.

This movie is quirky and a bit slow placed but funny, and the topics are very relevant and the characters are interesting.  The actors do an amazing job of drawing you in to the story.  Some of the best scenes in the film are shot with a voice over by Emma Thompson, who describes real life social media scenarios in a tragic, yet hilarious way.  I give this movie a thumbs up.  After you watch it, turn off the electronics and go spend some quality time with your family. Check our Catalog

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Valley of the Dolls

Friday, December 26, 2014
Jacqueline Susann
Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls is a glorious venture into escapism for readers who are looking for drama and romance, written in a soap opera style. This novel so compelling because of the three main characters, Anne--a model, Jennifer--a starlet, and Neely--a singer.  Jacqueline Susann (author) creates character portraits of these 3 girls who made it big, rags-to-riches style. In each chapter, the character’s story of success, and failure, is detailed with their experiences of love, business and addiction.  Susann's writing is entertaining and will have you constantly turning the page. Valley of the Dolls was inspired by Susann's experience as a mid-century Broadway starlet who came heart breakingly close to making it, but did not. What makes this book so intriguing is this book was written almost 50 years ago, yet the story seems so incredibly modern. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy books of the “girl power” genre.

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Barb C., Technical Services

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