Flick Picks 5/14

New on DVD:

There are movies for the whole family this week! If you're looking for action, you won't be disappointed as Liam Neeson battles hungry wolves in the exciting thriller The Grey, which is available in DVD and Blu-ray. Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum sees her film debut in One For the Money, starring Katherine Heigl. The Oscar-nominated Albert Nobbs, with Glenn Close in a powerful performance as the title character, also comes out this week on DVD.

The Avengers are not the only folks with superpowers as you'll discover when you watch the well-reviewed Chronicle. In Chronicle, teenagers acquire new abilities when exposed to an alien discovery...but how will they deal with such powers? If you are looking for quality, thought-provoking science fiction, Chronicle is your flick. It's available on DVD and Blu-ray.

If you're interested in seeing one of the top acting performances of last year you'll want to check out Rampart, with Woody Harrelson as a complex, corrupt LA cop. The movie was co-written by James Ellroy, whose crime writing is tops and whose hard-boiled crime fiction served as the basis for the excellent L.A. Confidential and more.

For a moving foreign film try Kinyarwanda, which follows various characters and stories across a chaotic Rwandan landscape.

Finally, if you're looking for a rarity - a fair and balanced environmental documentary - give Windfall a shot. It tells the story of the small town of Meredith, NY, which was approached by a wind developer looking for a location to put wind turbines. However, the town soon learned the downside of what appeared to be a no-brainer environmentally friendly technology. This film won raves across the political spectrum, with positive reviews coming from Salon.com, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal -- unusual for a film about this type of hot button environmental issue.

Our newest and forthcoming films can always be found in Bibliocommons.

Upcoming Film Program
Come by the Women's Library Club on Monday, May 21st at 1:00 or 7:00 for our Monday Night at the Movies program. This week we'll be screening Today's Special, a charming slice of life set among New York City's Indian community. Samir, an aspiring chef, reluctantly takes over his family's restaurant in Queens when his father takes ill.

In the Mood for Art?

Our Roy Lichtenstein program will surely make you want to grab one of our documentaries about unique artists and collectors. In My Kid Could Paint That is young artist Marla Olmstead a future Jackson Pollock or a young fraud? Or check out Herb and Dorothy, a utterly charming documentary about a couple with modest incomes who have acquired one of the premier modern art collections in the world.  In Marwencol you can get a fascinating look at a unique figure in outsider art.

 
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