Flick Picks 10/21/13: Before Midnight, The Conjuring, The Internship

New on DVD at the library this week

ENTERTAINMENT: Richard Linklater continues the tale of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), the couple who first met in Vienna, later reunited in Paris and, after the events of the second film, remained a couple and had twin girls together. Before Midnight, which takes the couple to a friend's house in Greece, once again follows the two as they try to deal with the struggles of family and love. Some people have called the Before Sunrise / Before Sunset / Before Midnight trilogy one of the best film trilogies of all time. The Conjuring was both a surprise box office hit and a well reviewed horror film, coming just in time for Halloween! Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston star in this spooky tale of paranormal investigators trying to figure out why a farmhouse is haunted.

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson bring the laughs in The Internship, which follows the two as they try to prove that they are not too old to succeed in the digital workplace of Google. The touching The Way, Way Back follows an unhappy 14-year old who bonds with the owner of a nearby waterpark. A fantastic cast of Steve Carell, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Amanda Peet make this a can't miss comedy. If you enjoy the Four Weddings and a Funeral brand of British romantic comedy then you'll want to take home I Give it a Year, which features Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall as a married couple approaching their one year anniversary. Simon Baker, Anna Faris, Stephen Merchant and Minnie Driver round out the cast. Finally, fans of Drive won't want to miss the similarly ultraviolent neon-lit Only God Forgives which reunites director Nicolas Winding Refn with Ryan Gosling, while bringing Kristin Scott Thomas along for the story of a man trying to avenge his brother's murder in Bangkok.

SUBTITLED: The mysterious The Wall shows us a woman who must survive when the sudden appearance of a wall locks her in the Austrian countryside, cutting her off from the rest of civilization.

DOCUMENTARIES: With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it seems like an opportune time for The Waiting Room, which shows how an Oakland, California hospital deals with an influx of largely uninsured patients. Leviathan is as much of an experience as it is a documentary, as it takes you aboard an enormous New England commercial fishing vessel. It's beautifully filmed even as it captures the harshness of this life.

All of our new and upcoming DVDs and Blu-rays are available in Bibliocommons.

Nutrition and diet DVDs

Did you catch Jeanne Nolan's talk on Tuesday night about her life in organic gardening? If you found it inspiring you should know that we have many great videos about the food that you choose to put in your body!

  • Explore the benefits of a vegetarian diet with Forks Over Knives.
  • One man changes his diet and his life in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
  • In Super Size Me, director Morgan Spurlock eats only McDonalds for a month and observes the effect that it has on his body.
  • If you or someone you know have food allergies then you should check out I'm Not Nuts, which sheds a light on causes and coping strategies.
  • Food Inc. takes a look at the small number of companies that control the food supplies in the U.S.
  • Do you drink a lot of bottled water? Tapped just might make you think twice as it follows water from ocean to bottle.
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