Flick Picks 8/13/13: Olympus Has Fallen, Emperor, The Company You Keep

New on DVD This Week at the Library

ENTERTAINMENT: The first of the year's attack on the White House films comes to DVD this week. For those playing at home, Olympus Has Fallen is the one starring Gerard Butler as the Secret Service agent intent on stopping the North Koreans from killing the president (Aaron Eckhart) and threatening our way of life. Antoine Fuqua, who also directed Training Day and Brooklyn's Finest, helms this one. If your adrenaline is not already maxed out, this week also sees the release of The Company You Keep, with Robert Redford directing and starring as a former 60s radical forced to go underground when outed by reporter Shia LaBeouf. Fans of historical dramas will want to pick up Emperor, which follows General MacArthur (portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones) in the days following the Japanese surrender in World War II as he tries to decide the best way for the country to move forward.

On the lighter side this week, The Big Wedding might not win any Oscars but with a cast that features Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Robin Williams it's certainly worth checking out. It's a romantic comedy in which various family members must try to get along when the kids decide to get hitched. The Hot Flashes brings together a group of middle-aged former high school basketball champions to try to take on the current champions, in the name of charity. It stars Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Wanda Sykes and New Trier graduate Virginia Madsen.

SERIES: The hilarious Mindy Kaling's Emmy-nominated Fox series The Mindy Project comes to DVD this week. Also out this week are season 2 of the always headline-grabbing Girls, season 2 of the made-in-Britain and shown-on-Cinemax military action show Strike Back, season 2 of the Laura Dern HBO comedy-drama Enlightened and the 5th and final season of the cop drama Southland.

SUBTITLED: The Italian dark comedy Reality follows a fishmonger obsessed with joining the reality show Big Brother (and it's also a great showcase for Naples). Chilling in more ways than one, the Icelandic The Deep tells the based on a true story of a fisherman trying to survive in freezing waters after his boat collapses.

You can find all of our current and upcoming releases in Bibliocommons.

Monday Night at the Movies
The succinctly titled No will screen at 1:00 and 7:00 on Monday, August 19th at the Women's Library Club  at 325 Tudor Ct. This film follows brash young Chilean advertising executive Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal) as he leads the campaign against extending Augusto Pinochet's term for another 8 years. The film is rated R and runs for 110 minutes. All Monday Night at the Movies screenings are free and open to everyone.

Talking Pictures
Join Susan Benjamin for a screening of the film The Invention of Lying on Thursday, August 22nd at 1:00. This film is directed by, written by and stars Ricky Gervais in the comic story of a world in which lying doesn't exist, until one man learns how to do it for his own benefit. All Talking Pictures screenings take place in the Hammond Room of the library and are free and open to the public.

 
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