Flick Picks 9/10/13: Star Trek Into Darkness, Homeland Season 2

New DVDs and Blu-rays at the Glencoe Public Library

ENTERTAINMENT: Who would have guessed that the new take on Star Trek would become one of the most entertaining science fiction film series in recent years? The second of the new big screen versions of the series comes to DVD and Blu-ray this week as Star Trek Into Darkness brings us a young Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew before they launch their five year mission. Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch is the villain and J.J. Abrams returns to the director's chair for this nonstop action fun. Our other major release available this week is Pain and Gain, Michael Bay's action-comedy in which Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson star as a pair of bodybuilders who get involved in theft, kidnapping and murder.

There are many of interesting little releases this week so if you're tired of the big budget Hollywood films there might be something for you here! The English Teacher is a heartwarming comedy about an unmarried literature-loving teacher (Julianne Moore) who decides to mount a former student's play. In the sweet Love is All You Need, Pierce Brosnan is an American living in Denmark who connects with the woman whose son is about to marry Brosnan's daughter. HBO's biopic about Phil Spector focuses on the relationship between Spector (played by Al Pacino) and his defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren) while he was being tried for murder. Also from HBO, Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn portray two very women from different backgrounds who work together to fight malaria in Africa in Mary and Martha. Finally, based on a TV series from the BBC, the thriller Blood features Paul Bettany, Mark Strong and Brian Cox in the story of two cop brothers who commit murder.

SERIES:  Here's one that you've been asking for ever since season 1 came out: season 2 of Showtime's Homeland is finally here! The aforementioned Mr. Cumberbatch stars with Rebecca Hall in the BBC and HBO co-produced miniseries Parade's End, an adaptation of the Ford Maddox Ford novels about a love triangle during World War I. Also out this week are season 3 of the dark BBC detective series Luther, season 5 of mystery novelist Richard Castle's adventures in Castle, season 6 of hilarious nerd comedy Big Bang Theory and season 3 of the Tom Selleck cop show Blue Bloods.

DOCUMENTARIES: National Geographic photographer James Balog uses time-lapse cameras to capture disappearing glaciers in the beautifully filmed Chasing Ice. Ping Pong follows the contestants (including a 100-year old Australian)  in an over-80s ping pong championship held in Mongolia.

SUBTITLED: One of 2013's nominees for best foreign language film, the brutal War Witch tells the story of a 14-year old girl who is kidnapped by African rebels in the Congo.

You can find all of our new releases in Bibliocommons!

Monday Night at the Movies
On Monday, September 16th we will screen Mud in which Matthew McConaughey plays Mud, a fugitive hiding on a island in the Mississippi River who is discovered by two boys. Mud is able to convince the boys to help him and an unusual friendship is born. The film is 131 minutes and rated PG-13. All of our Monday Night at the Movies screenings take place at 1:00 and 7:00 at the Woman's Library Club at 325 Tudor Ct. Our Monday Night at the Movies are free and open to everyone.

9/11 Movies

Remember 9/11 with these documentaries and narrative films.

  • 102 Minutes That Changed America is an A&E produced documentary that follows the events of that morning using actual footage.
  • The film adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright's play My Trip to Al-Qaeda shows how he tries to come to terms with Islamic terrorism.
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 is divisive documentarian Michael Moore's look at the Bush administration's response to the 9/11 attacks.
  • Best Picture nominee Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the fictional look a boy investigating a key left behind by his father who died in the attack on the World Trade Center.
  • United 93 is an intense docudrama showing what happened on the hijacked plane that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
  • World Trade Center stars Nicholas Cage in the based-on-a-true-story of two policemen trapped in the rubble of the collapsed buildings.
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