Flick Picks 2/12/13: Skyfall, Robot and Frank, Weeds and Nurse Jackie

New This Week!

ENTERTAINMENT: Daniel Craig takes a third shot at Bond...James Bond in Skyfall, the highest grossing Bond film in the franchise's 50 year history. Someone is outing MI6 agents and Bond must work with M (Judi Dench) to quash this threat. Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem also star in what has been one of the best-reviewed Bond films of all time. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also available this week is the charmer Robot and Frank, with Frank Langella as an ex-con who sees an opportunity to put to use the robot that's been assigned to assist him in order pull off one last heist. The Sessions is the well-reviewed drama starring Helen Hunt as the sex therapist hired to provide a paralyzed man (John Hawkes) with a level of physical intimacy that he has never experienced. Finally, The Perks of Being a Wallflower allows Emma Watson to break away from Harry Potter into a contemporary role. This film, based on a popular young adult novel, follows a group of three outsider kids who try to adjust to high school.

SERIES: We've got the final season of Showtime's marijuana comedy-drama Weeds as well as season 4 of the popular Nurse Jackie.

SUBTITLED: Arriving from China is Dangerous Liaisons, a stylish new take on the French novel, now set in Shanghai. Also this week, the surprisingly sweet Teddy Bear is about a bodybuilder from Copenhagen who travels to Thailand in search of true love.

DOCUMENTARIES: Bully is the controversial film that follows five children who are victims of bullying in their schools, with hidden cameras capturing some shocking footage. Filmmaker Ross McElwee, who brought us the entertaining Sherman's March and Bright Leaves, gives us the personal Photographic Memory in which McElwee traces his roots in order to better understand his son. Planet of Snail is a Korean feature about a young poet who can no longer see or hear and his relationship with his wife and the world around him. It's a touching gem, currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Monday Night at the Movies
We will be screening the documentary Searching for Sugar Man on February 18th at 1:00 and 7:00 at the Woman's Library Club. Searching for Sugar Man is the story of the little-known Detroit singer Rodriguez whose music was rediscovered by South Africans, which eventually spurred a search for the musician. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary.

Valentine's Day

Looking for idea for something to do on Valentine's Day with your sweetheart? Why not grab a classic romantic film? They're free, fun and timeless.

  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman set the bar for moody romance in Casablanca
  • The Empire State Building is the place to meet in An Affair to Remember, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
  • Taking home Love Story means never having to say you're sorry
  • Is there a more charming character in film than Audrey Hepburn's Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady?
  • Sabrina is another Audrey Hepburn winner in which she tries to choose between two brothers
  • The Shop Around the Corner, later remade as You've Got Mail, is the classic story of coworkers who can't stand each other but unknowingly fall in love as pen pals
  • The Lady Eve is a comedy that provides a classic role for Barbara Stanwyck as a con artist who falls in love with her mark
 
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