Flick Picks 5/7/13; Jack Reacher, Mama, Barrymore

New This Week!

ENTERTAINMENT: Lee Child's ex-military character Jack Reacher arrives on the screen in DVD and Blu-ray format this week in the film of the same name. Tom Cruise portrays the title character who is brought in to investigate what seems like an open-and-shut case involving multiple shootings by a former Army sniper. Robert Duvall co-stars and Werner Herzog is eccentric in the villain role. Also this week, if you enjoy the dark visuals of director Guillermo del Toro's films such as Pan's Labyrinth you might also like the horror Mama, which del Toro produced. It stars Jessica Chastain as a woman who takes in two young girls who are found in the woods after five years of somehow surviving on their own. Finally, our first indie pick this week is Barrymore, with Christopher Plummer bringing his Tony award-winning portrayal of actor John Barrymore to your living room. Another wonderful little movie worth discovering is Starlet, about the relationship between two women - ages 22 and 85 - who live in the San Fernando Valley.

SERIES: We've got the final season of the still hilarious 30 Rock and season four of the set-in-The-Hamptons USA Network doctor series Royal Pains.

You can find all of our new and upcoming titles in Bibliocommons.

Playoffs on our mind

It's always a special treat when we have multiple Chicago sports teams in the playoffs. The beat up Chicago Bulls have made it to the second round and the Blackhawks are looking strong against the Minnesota Wild. What what is a poor sports lover to do on a night when the playoffs are not on or (heaven forbid) one of the Chicago teams loses? Luckily we've got some excellent basketball and hockey documentaries to help keep you focused on the important stuff.

  • More Than a Game follows the Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary high school team that featured five future NBA players, including LeBron James.
  • Hoop Dreams is the classic Chicago documentary that follows two high school players as they face challenges in their lives as they try to make it to the pros.
  • The inspirational The Heart of the Game focuses on Seattle's Roosevelt High Schools girl's basketball team which faces challenges as it attempts to win a state championship.
  • The Other Dream Team tells the story of the Lithuanian basketball team that emerged from Communism and would compete in the 1992 Olympics (with help from the Grateful Dead).
  • Learn about the disappearing world of hockey's enforcers in The Last Gladiators, with particular focus on Montreal's Chris Nilan.
  • Celebrate the Blackhawks last Stanley cup with Stanley Cup Champions 2009-2010.
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