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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Even though the library will be closed March 5 through April 23 for the final move, you can still put holds on the new DVDs.

DVD's  March 2012

Chair Exercises for Active Seniors   An upbeat, refreshing exercise program designed specifically for people who prefer to workout in a chair. Recreational Therapist Vivian Hoyt.

A Dangerous Method    Michael  Fassbender, Keira Knightley.  A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
Downton Abbey (TV series, season 2).  Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern. Downton Abbey is a British television period drama series, set during the late Edwardian era and the First World War on the fictional estate of Downton Abbey in North Yorkshire.
Footloose    Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough.  A city kid moves to a small town where rock 'n' roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.  Remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon classic.

The Guard    Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle.   An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

 The Ides of March    Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman.  During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.

Love Comes Softly    Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff.  A woman's dream to forge a new life for herself on the great American plains becomes a test of her pioneering spirit, her inner strength, and her undying faith.

Martha Marcy Mary Marlene    Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbet,  After escaping from a dangerous cult and the watchful eye of its charismatic leader, a young woman named Martha tries to reclaim a normal life with her family. But the haunting memories from her past trigger a chilling paranoia, and nowhere seems safe as the fragile line between her reality and delusions begin to blur.

Memphis: the original Broadway Production   Chad Kimball, Montego Glover.  The Tony Award-winning musical takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated '50s.  Bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love, this incredible journey is filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock n' roll.

Mozart’s Sister    Marie Féret, Marc Barbé.  The film is based on the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart who was five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe.

The Rum Diary    Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi.  Tired of the noise and madness of New York, journalist Paul Kemp moves to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper. Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Kemp becomes involved in shady property development deals. When recruited to write favorably about these unsavory schemes, Kemp is presented with the choice to use his words to promote these schemes or expose them.

Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn pt 1    Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner.  In the highly anticipated fourth installment of the Twilight Saga, a marriage, a honeymoon, and the birth of a child bring unforeseen and shocking developments for Bella and Edward.

Vanishing of the Bees     Narrator:  Ellen Page.  Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Filmed across the U.S., in Europe, Australia, and Asia, the documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss.

The Way    Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen.  Tom goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to collect the remains of his adult son, who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him as he begins to learn the difference between the life one lives and the life one chooses.

The Women on the 6th Floor    Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kibelain.  In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. 

Young Adult     Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson.  Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hot off the presses the new  DVD list for  February 2012
50/50    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, , Seth Rogen. Inspired by personal experiences, an original story about friendship, love, survival, and finding humor in unlikely places. Two best friends' lives change when one of them is diagnosed with cancer.

Abduction   Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina. After uncovering a deadly lie, Nathan is propelled on a lethal, no-holds barred mission to learn the truth.

Contagion      Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law. A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Damages (TV series, seasons 1,2,3).     Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson. The series revolves around the brilliant, ruthless lawyer, Patty Hewes, her protégée, Ellen Parsons, and the law firm, Hewes & Associates in New York City. Each season features a major case that Hewes and her firm take on, while also examining a chapter of the complicated relationship between Ellen and Patty.

Dolphin Tale      Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson. Inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire.

The Double      Richard Gere, Martin Sheen. When a US Senator is murdered, the evidence points to a Soviet assassin who was long thought to be dead.

Drive        Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan. A Hollywood stunt driver, who also works as a getaway driver, discovers a contract has been put out on him. Based on the novel by James Sallis.

Eight Crazy Nights   Animated. Voices: Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Austin Stout, Kevin Nealon, Rob Schneider. When a small-town, extremely disgruntled guy faces another holiday season in his New England hometown, he does what he always has - he messes up big time and lands in jail.

I Don’t Know How She Does It   Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer. A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Based on the book by Allison Pearson.
Jane’s Journey    Jane Goodall, Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan, Mary Lewis, Kofi Annan. A profile of British anthropologist Jane Goodall.

Killer Elite    Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro. Danny, an assassin, retires to the outback, but when his former partner is kidnapped, Danny is forced to take on a group of retired SAS soldiers.

Moneyball     Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill. Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when he is forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget.

The Office (BBC season 1 & 2).     Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook. Wernham Hogg is a paper company located in a suburb of London. David, a petty, pathetic little man, is worse than your boss. David's yes-man is Gareth, who is extremely irritating. Tim is the apathetic sales rep, who can be quite witty. Dawn, the lovely receptionist, is far more endearing than your back-sassying secretary. Work is a pain, but one man's misery is another man's entertainment.
Police Adjective    Dracos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov. A young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is pressured to arrest a teenager who offers hash to classmates. Not wanting to ruin the life of a young man, he considers merely irresponsible, he must either allow the arrest to be a burden on his conscience, or face censure by his superior, for whom the word "conscience" has an entirely different meaning.

Whistleblower    Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn. When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Books into Films  January and February

January releases
Coriolanus by Shakespeare starring Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave. A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer starring Tom Hanks,  Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn.  Nine-year-old Oskar embarks on an urgent, secret mission to find the lock that matches a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11.

Albert Nobbs (novella The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by George Moore) stars Glenn Close in this nineteenth-century period drama about a woman disguised as a man in order to obtain work and avoid destitution.

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich starring Katherine Heigl as Trenton, New Jersey's  one and only tough gal Stephanie Plum.  She has just lost her job, bills mounting up and her car is about to be repressed, her cousin offers her a job with his bail-bond business.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly about how a mother comes to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and her son’s horrific rampage.

February releases:

Big Miracle (Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose) stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinsky and tells the story the 1988 story of the international effort to free three grey whales trapped in freezing waters outside of Barrow, Alaska.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill starring Daniel Radcliffe a chilling tale about a menacing spectre haunting a small English town.

And later this year The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson in this post-apocalyptic thriller.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January 2012 DVDs at the Avon Library

The Borgias (season 1) Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud. Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the Borgia family ascends to the highest circles of power within Renaissance Italy. When Rodrigo becomes Pope Alexander VI, his two sons, Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, become the most powerful and influential family in Italy.

The Change-Up Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde. Growing up together, Mitch and Dave were inseparable best friends, but slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child. Both guys seem to think the other has it made. But they were soon to discover that each other's lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed.

Colombiana Callum Blue, Jordi Molla. A child grows up to be a hardcore assassin after she witnesses the brutal murder of her parents in Bogota. Working for her uncle as a professional killer, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents' deaths.

Cowboys and Aliens Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde. A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

The Crash of 1929 (American Experience) Host: David McCullough; Narrator: Philip Bosco. On October 29, 1929 - Black Monday - large and small investors alike lost corporate and personal fortunes when the stock market crashed. This program examines the reasons behind the crash and whether the crash was predictable.

The Debt Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington. In 1997, shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stephan about their former colleague David. These venerated Israel agents know for tracking down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, the feared Surgeon of Birkenau, in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it?

Freedom Riders (American Experience) The story of a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders and a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth, personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

Friends with Benefits Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis. While trying to avoid the cliches of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover that adding sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

Fright Night Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell. Senior Charley Brewster finally has it all, running with the cool kids and dating the hottest girl in high school. But all hell breaks loose when charming Jerry Dandrige moves in next door.

The Hangover II Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha. Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.

The Help Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer. In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.

Justified (season 2) Timothy Olyphant. This series is based on Elmore Leonard's novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and his short story "Fire in the Hole". Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is something of a 19th century-style officer in modern times, whose unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target with criminals and a problem for his superiors in the U.S. Marshals Service.

Ken Burns presents The West Narrator: Peter Coyote. The history of the American West, starting with the first European explorations and ending with the beginning of the 20th century, examines the impact of the white settlers on the lives of the Native Americans and the land, the Gold Rush, the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad, the battle of Little Bighorn, and the massacre at Wounded Knee.

Love Crime Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas. After a corporate executive uses one of her assistant's ideas as her own, the assistant sets out to destroy the executive's professional reputation and personal life.

Margin Call Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons. Set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment fi rm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.

Mildred Pierce Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce. This five-part TV drama is an intimate portrait of a uniquely independent woman who finds herself newly divorced during the Depression years, as she struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Jim Carrey, Madeleine Carroll. Tom Popper, a successful businessman who's clueless when it comes to the really important things in life, until he inherits six penguins, each with its own unique personality. Soon Tom's rambunctious roommates turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland, and the rest of his world upside-down.

My Vietnam Your Iraq Tells the stories of Vietnam veterans whose children have served in Iraq. This story will look at the pride, challenges, fears and possible bitterness that parents and children are faced with when one is serving in a war.

Super 8 Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee. In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witnesses a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon they suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth, something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Terri Jacob Wysocki, Creed Bratton, John C. Reilly. Social outcast Terri is stuck caring for his uncle and trying to survive high school. He feels disconnected until his wildly unconventional Vice Principal inspires him to reach out. Now with the help of beautiful misfit Heather, Terri discovers he doesn't have to fit in to belong.