Flick Picks 7/16/13: 42, Evil Dead, Solomon Kane

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ENTERTAINMENT: Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive who decided to integrate baseball, in 42. Rickey would carefully select Jackie Robinson from the world of talented African-American baseball candidates based on both skill and Robinson's perceived ability to deal with the challenges of playing in a segregated and often racist environment. Little known Chadwick Boseman does an excellent job as Robinson in this powerful drama. We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. Also out this week is the horror remake Evil Dead, in which an unseen power makes bloody things happen in a cabin in the woods. If you enjoy swords and sorcery flicks then Solomon Kane, which features James Purefoy and Max Von Sydow, might be your cup of tea. Based on a character by Conan creator Robert E. Howard and set in 1600s England, this film follows the title character - a formerly ruthless killer who has changed his ways - who is brought of retirement out to fight demons. Our indie pick for the week is Wild Bill, a working class British drama with plenty of comedic splashes that follows a recently paroled drug dealer who reluctantly agrees to play dad to his two children.

SERIES: The United Kingdom comes through once again with two very worthy new titles. If you were curious about what Inspector Morse was as a young man then you'll want to check out Endeavor, which follows him soon after he joins the Oxford police force. Orphan Black is a sci-fi mystery series in which a woman assumes another woman's identity, which turns out to be a poor decision. The series is full of twists and turns so the less said here, the better. Not to ignore American tv as we now have the fifth and final season of the Glenn Close legal drama Damages as well as the second season of AMC's western series Hell on Wheels.

DOCUMENTARIES: One of the great pleasures of the series Mad Men is its concern for period accuracy, so why not check out Bert Stern: Original Mad Man and see where this is all coming from? Bert Stern was a photographer on Madison Avenue who was not only a great influence on advertising but also produced many iconic photos.

You can see all of our new and upcoming releases in Bibliocommons!

Talking Pictures
Our next Talking Pictures program will be The Words, starring Dennis Quaid, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in the story of a novelist who makes it big with a book that he didn't write. The film will screen on Monday, July 22nd in the Hammond Room at 1:00 and will be followed by a discussion.

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