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Flick Picks 6/24/14: Winter's Tale, Enemy, Masters of Sex

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ENTERTAINMENT: Romantic and fantastical, the film adaptation of Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale arrives this week. Winter's Tale follows thief Colin Farrell through a century of New York as he attempts to save a dying woman with whom he has fallen in love. A fairytale with a love story at its core, Winter's Tale also features Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith. The director of the hard-hitting Prisoners reunites with the film's star Jake Gyllenhaal for Enemy. In Enemy, history professor Gyllenhaal meets his doppelganger (also played by Gyllenhaal) and their lives begin to intersect in strange ways. The follow-up to the Spartan blockbuster 300 is here, and 300: Rise of an Empire uses a similar bloody visual style to tell the story of a general who tries to unite Greece against the invading Persian army.

Clive Owen is a newly released prisoner, Billy Crudup is the upstanding brother who takes him in and James Caan is their father in the drama Blood Ties. Crudup hopes that Owen has cleaned up his act but unfortunately that path is never easy. The wonderful actress Shirley Knight leaves her retirement home to travel 80 miles by foot to attend her daughter's wedding (and see the ocean) in the heartwarming road movie Redwood Highway. Neil LaBute is back with another dark look at the relationship between men and women in Some Velvet Morning. This small film features Stanley Tucci as a man who shows up at the doorway of his mistress (Alice Eve), claiming to have finally left his wife.

The best man decides to make a documentary of everything that happens in the preparation for his brother's wedding in the British romantic comedy The Wedding Video. You will probably not be surprised to hear that nothing goes as planned. Rob the Mob is a crime comedy that features Andy Garcia, Ray Romano and Michael Pitt in the true story of a couple who decide to get rich by stealing from mob social clubs.

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Flick Picks 6/17/14: The Lego Movie, Grand Budapest Hotel, House of Cards season 2

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ENTERTAINMENT: EVERYTHING IS AWESOME when it comes to new DVDs at the library this week! The Lego Movie not only succeeds as a clever and entertaining animated film but also takes us in new directions for the last part of the movie. It's a rarity in that it keeps the kids happy while also triggering nostalgia and resonating emotionally with parents. The figures are voiced by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson and we've got it in DVD and Blu-ray. Also this week, Wes Anderson's newest colorful project The Grand Budapest Hotel is a clever follow-up to his Oscar-nominated hit Moonrise Kingdom, with a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and many more. The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a hotel concierge's relationship with a boy at a European hotel in the early part of the twentieth century. It's available in DVD and Blu-ray.

Every once in a while Nicolas Cage gets to sink his teeth into a quality role and remind us of what an excellent actor he can be. Director David Gordon Green's Joe is one of these instances. In Joe, Cage plays a Mississippi ex-con who ends up becoming the protector for a troubled 15-year-old boy. Adult World features Emma Roberts as a recent college graduate who wants to become a famous poet, and decides to spend her time hanging with "punk poet" John Cusack and working at an adult bookstore. Toby Stephens stars in the British sci-fi flick The Machine, which shows what happens when the government steals an inventor's artificial intelligence creation and attempts to turn her into a weapon.

French director Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P. features Benicio Del Toro as an illness-plagued World War II vet and Native American and familiar French face Mathieu Amalric as an anthropologist who tries to cure him. Finally, if you're already sick of hearing the song Everything is Awesome then instead of The Lego Movie you might want to show the kids Ernest and Celestine, a charming animated family film about the relationship between a bear and a mouse.

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Flick Picks 6/10/14: Non-Stop, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, True Detective

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ENTERTAINMENT: Someday perhaps the bad guys will learn to stop messing with Liam Neeson. Until then, we can be content knowing that movies like the action-packed Non-Stop are going to keep coming out and pushing us to the edge of our seats. In this film, the bad guys are going to start knocking off passengers unless Air Marshall Neeson can get them $150 million transferred. They obviously do not know who they're messing with.

If that doesn't provide enough action for you, you'll want to check out the latest in Tom Clancy's popular character's films, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. This film takes us to the dawn of Ryan's career as he becomes a CIA agent under handler Kevin Costner and uncovers a financial terror plot. Kenneth Branagh directed this baby and we've got it on Blu-ray and DVD.

Many of you are probably familiar with British actor Steve Coogan from his work in the film Philomena and man others. He finally brings his most famous character - pompous television broadcaster Alan Partridge - to the United States in the film bearing his character's name.

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

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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

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