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Flick Picks 11/26/13: Red 2, Jobs, final season of Breaking Bad

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ENTERTAINMENT: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Brian Cox are once again forced to leave the bingo parlor and reenter the espionage game in order to find a lost nuclear bomb and save humanity in Red 2. Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones are along for the ride and John Malkovich is his usual eccentric self in this made-to-please sequel to the 2010 hit. Expect plenty of action, a little romance and many jokes about growing old. Also this week, Ashton Kuchter dons the black turtleneck in Jobs, a look at what made Steve Jobs tick as he changed the world with the Apple computer.

SERIES: The explosive ending of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's adventures as drug dealers arrives this week as we reach the final season of Breaking Bad. Also up is season 6 of Murdoch Mysteries.

SUBTITLED: An actress comes out of rehab and tries to reconnect with her family and her audience while also dealing with her personal demons in the Danish Applause.

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Flick Picks 11/19/13: 2 Guns, The World's End, We're the Millers, Planes

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ENTERTAINMENT: Denzel Washington has one and Mark Wahlberg has one, and when we put them together we get 2 Guns! Washington and Wahlberg play an undercover DEA agent and a Naval Intelligence officer who are thrown together while on the trail of a Mexican drug pusher played by Edward James Olmos. Expect to see a lot more than two guns by the end of this buddy thriller. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright team up again to finish what is being referred to as The Cornetto Trilogy, the first two films of which were the hilarious Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The third in the loosely connected series -The World's End - follows five old friends as they attempt to recreate a pub crawl from their youth.

Also this week, former SNLer Jason Sudekis is a small time drug dealer who must put together a fake family (including stripper Jennifer Aniston as his wife) and escape to Mexico after upsetting his supplier in We're the Millers. The studio that brought us Cars decides to stretch its wings and offer up another animated talking vehicle vehicle with Planes. Dane Cook, Stacy Keach and Teri Hatcher are just a few of the human stars offering up their voices. Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza plays a young overachiever who decides to experience life before she goes to college in the raunchy and explicit comedy The To Do List. Michael Cera is a young American travelling through Chile who meets up with a free spirited young woman while searching for a rare hallucinogenic cactus in the rambling comedy Crystal Fairy.

SERIES: The first made-for-Netflix series Lilyhammer finally arrives on DVD. This darkly comic show features The Sopranos' Steven Van Zandt as a (surprise!) mobster who goes into hiding in Norway. Also this week, the residents of New Orleans returns for a third season of Treme.

FOREIGN: Hannah Arendt is set during the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trials (which produced Arendt's "banality of evil" concept) and superbly captures the brilliant mind of philosopher Arendt. Audrey Tautou's title character in Therese wants to escape her boring marriage in this beautiful historical drama set in southwest France.

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Flick Picks 11/12/13: Man of Steel, Turbo

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ENTERTAINMENT: Mild-mannered reporter by day and superhero when needed, Superman returns in the Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel, which offers yet another origin story detailing the arrival, early years and first major battle of earth's greatest protector. Henry Cavill dons the cape, Kevin Costner is his wise earth dad, Amy Adams is Lois Lane and Michael Shannon threatens mankind as General Zod. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. Turbo is the newest animated film from the creators of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda and tells the tale of a snail who wants to be the greatest racer in the world. It features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph and many others and we own it on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also this week, Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin wrote, directed and starred in the comedy Dealin' With Idiots, which focuses on the adults surrounding a youth baseball league. It's semi-improvised and also features the talents of Gina Gershon, Bob Odenkirk and Nia Vardalos. Finally, we've got a couple of fun indie picks this week from established independent directors. The always interesting Noah Baumbach, who directed The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, offers up Frances Ha about a young woman (Greta Gerwig) finding herself in New York City. Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green gives us the offbeat comedy Prince Avalanche featuring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as men painting traffic lines on a deserted rural highway.

SERIES: How does it all end for the killer who only kills killers? Find out in the final season of Dexter. We've also got a few new series from the BBC this week.The Paradise focuses on a Victorian era shopgirl in Britain's first department store. In Last Tango in Halifax, childhood sweethearts reunite after being apart for 60 years, though their families create challenges in their attempt to be together again. Finally, Silk follows rival barristers attempting to advance in the British legal arena.

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Flick Picks 11/5/13: The Hobbit, White House Down, Grown Ups 2

New on DVD at the library this week!

ENTERTAINMENT: This week brings us a cornucopia of new movie choices - if you don't check one of these out it must be because your DVD player is broken! To start, Peter Jackson returns to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which offers the adventures of a young Bilbo Baggins as he's swept into a quest to help the dwarves and battle a nasty dragon. If you loved the Lord of the Rings series then you definitely need to get started on The Hobbit trilogy before the second film of the trilogy comes to theaters next month! The film stars Martin Freeman and returns Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm and more to their Lord of the Rings roles. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. Also this week, police officer Channing Tatum and U.S. President Jamie Foxx must take matters into their own hands when a paramilitary group attacks the title building in White House Down, available on DVD and Blu-ray. Finally, the low-brow comic dream team of Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade return to relive their youth in Grown Ups 2.

Other new entertainment releases:

  • Parkland takes a behind the scenes look at the events that unfolded on the day that John F. Kennedy was shot and features Zach Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden.
  • Amanda Seyfried has received raves for her portrayal of the title character in Lovelace, the story of the woman who either willingly or under coercion portrayed the starring role in the infamous porn film Deep Throat.
  • In the comedy-drama Girl Most Likely, Kristen Wiig plays a failed playright forced to move back in with her mother (Annette Bening) after she fakes a suicide attempt. 
  • Larry David's Clear History is a made-for-HBO movie about a former marketing director who plots revenge against his former boss (Jon Hamm) who cheated him out of millions. It is a must-see for Curb Your Enthusiasm addicts. 
  • The always stylish Brian DePalma also offers up a corporate revenge story with Passion, a remake of the French Love Crime, which focuses on the competition between an advertising executive (Rachel McAdams) and her protege (Noomi Rapace). 
  • The coming-of-age film Broken focuses on an 11 year-old English girl who tries to manipulate through various neighborhood dramas. Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth are the big names in this little film. 
  • Finally, our indie pick for the week is the surprisingly humorous Computer Chess, which does a fantastic job tackling the early days of technology as it focuses on computer nerds trying to build the ultimate chess machine.

SERIES: Don Draper and the rest of the crew return for season 6 of Mad Men. Also this week, Stephen King brings us the adaptation of his novel about a town trapped under a transparent roof in Under the Dome. The eagerly anticipated second season of the highly regarded French cop thriller Spiral also arrives this week.

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