Flick Picks 6/3/14: Lone Survivor, Robocop

New on DVD at the Library This Week:

ENTERTAINMENT: It's based on a bestselling book, is helmed by Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg and features a great cast of Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana, so there's no reason not to see Lone Survivor! Lone Survivor tells the true story of a Navy SEALs who are ambushed in Afghanistan while hunting down a high-ranking member of the Taliban. The title of the film serves as a bit of a spoiler alert. Also this week, he's part human, part robot and all cop! And when he's not helping kids cross the street Robocop is fighting crime in Detroit. Like the original Paul Verhoeven Robocop, this film raises all kinds of ethical issues.

We've also got a number of quality indie picks this week, starting with The Motel Life, which features Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as brothers in rural California who drift from motel to motel and eventually become reacquainted with old girlfriend Dakota Fanning following a car accident. The Trouble With the Truth is a relationship drama starring John Shea and Lea Thompson as a divorced couple who reassess their past after their daughter announces her engagement. Breaking Bad's Dean Norris and Law and Order: SVU's Christopher Meloni are the familiar faces in Small Time, about a teenager who debates selling used cars at his father's lot rather than attending college.

SERIES: We've hit season 6 of the HBO vampire, werewolf, fairy...you name it! drama True Blood. Also this week we've received season 3 of TNT's well-reviewed alien invasion show Falling Skies

SUBTITLED: A father's decision of what name to give his son spurs controversy and dredges up the past among a group of his friends in the funny French blockbuster What's in a Name?

DOCUMENTARIES: George Plimpton, the man who defined participatory journalism, gets his own documentary in Plimpton! Also this week, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction looks at the actor who has acted in over 200 movies during his career and features interviews with Kris Kristofferson, Sam Shepard and more.

All of our new and upcoming DVDs can be found in Bibliocommons.

Movies on the Green
Enjoy the beautiful weather by watching a movie with the family on Wyman Green! This Friday at dusk will feature Frozen, so be ready for a mass Let it Go singalong. In case of inclement weather, it will be shown 8 pm in the Council Chambers of Village Hall.

Hot DVD Fun in the Summertime!

Summer doesn't officially begin for a few weeks but we all know that the REAL beginning of summer is when the kids get out of school and the library's Summer Reading Club begins (this Saturday). Here are some summer-themed films to get you in that outdoor mood!

  • Jesse Eisenberg is a college grad who is forced to get a summer job at an amusement park, where he hooks up with Kristen Stewart, in Adventureland.
  • Two inner-city kids are forced to spend a summer alone in the charming and moving The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. If you haven't seen this gem then be sure to check it out - you won't believe the performances by the two lead kids!
  • Three teens spend the summer living off the land in the fun indie flick The Kings of Summer.
  • OK, we're cheating a bit here since Summer is actually the name of the lead character in 500 Days of Summer, who becomes involved with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's greeting card writer.
  • Colin Firth is a widower looking for a fresh start in Italy after his wife dies in A Summer in Genoa.
  • You know the theme, now see the movie! Richard Egan, Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue get soapie in A Summer Place.
  • Con man Paul Newman heats things up for Joanne Woodward in The Long, Hot Summer.
  • Summers in Sweden are still relatively chilly compared to our 90 degree days but Ingmar Bergman still makes a good summer flick! Summer With Monika is an early one that follows a young couple who must become more responsible after they have a child.
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