Here’s a list of our favorite films from 2016:
Staff Movie Picks 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane
Captain America: Civil War
The Edge of Seventeen
Fantastic Beasts …*
Florence Foster Jenkins
Free State of Jones
Girl on the Train
Jane Got a Gun*
Kubo and the Two Strings*
Manchester By the Sea*
Me Before You
Miss Peregrine’s Home…
The Nice Guys*
Pride and Prejudice & Zombies
The Secret Life of Pets
Star Wars: Rogue One*
Suicide Squad *
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
*more than one vote
The Last Man on the Moon reveals a fascinating story of Eugene Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon. From Richard Roeper,
In Mark Craig’s beautiful and breathtaking and stirring documentary “The Last Man on the Moon,” the 81-year-old Cernan comes across as an articulate, thoughtful, even philosophical man of pure courage, warm humor, strong emotions and more than a touch of vulnerability.
Find The Last Man on the Moon in our library catalog.
We’re always adding new DVD titles to our health and wellness section. Recently we added Rael Pilates 3-part series on Pilates: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Find Rael Pilates series in our library catalog.
Two new high-profile documentaries are out on DVD. ESPN’s O.J.: Made in America and the Anthony Weiner political scandal documentary, Weiner. Both films touch on race, scandal, and the media’s role in how stories are shaped in our culture.
Find O.J.: Made in America in our library catalog.
Find Weiner in our library catalog.
In the first two decades of the 20th century, coal miners and coal companies in West Virginia clashed in a series of brutal conflicts over labor conditions and unionization. Known collectively as the “Mine Wars,” the struggle included strikes, assassinations, marches, and the largest civil insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.
Coal was the engine of American industrial progress at the beginning of the 20th century. It powered locomotives, factories, and home furnaces, and it helped to purify the steel used in erecting skyscrapers all over the U.S. Nearly three quarters of a million menacross the country spent 10 to 12 hours a day in coal mines blasting, hand-picking, shoveling, and loading the indispensable rock onto railway cars bound for destinations across the country. Miners everywhere suffered deplorable working conditions, but between 1890 and 1912, miners in West Virginia suffered the highest death rate in America. Local business management was also not favorable to the miners; coal operators ran both the mines and the local towns, or camps, and often paid workers in company currency, forcing mining families to shop exclusively at the local company store, where operators set the price of everything to assure a profit.
Find The Mine Wars in our library catalog.
Michael Pollen’s incredible and accessible documentary, In Defense of Food for PBS on how to eat. No diets, no fasting, no starving. Just eat: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” From PBS,
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, US-based journalist Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Traveling the globe and exploring the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most confounding and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?
Find In Defense of Food in the library catalog.
Criterion recently released The Kennedy films of Robert Drew & Associates. From Criterion,
Seeking to invigorate the American documentary format, which he felt was rote and uninspired, Robert Drew brought the style and vibrancy he had fostered as a Life magazine correspondent to filmmaking in the late fifties. He did this by assembling an amazing team—including such eventual nonfiction luminaries as Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles—that would transform documentary cinema. In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis—and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November. Collected here are all four of these titles, early exemplars of the movement known as Direct Cinema and featuring the greatest close-up footage we have of this American icon.
Check out The Kennedy Films from our library catalog.
Now that the awards have been handed out, the big question remains, when do those films get released? Here’s a quick list of all the nominated films and their release dates. ? simply means a date has not been announced yet.
45 Years (?)
The 100-Year Old Man (?)
The Big Short (3/15)
Boy and the World (?)
Bridge of Spies (available)
Cartel Land (3/29)
The Danish Girl (3/29)
Embrace of the Serpent (?)
Ex Machina (available)
Fifty Shades of Grey (available)
The Hateful Eight (3/29)
The Hunting Ground (available)
Inside Out (available)
The Look of Silence (available)
Mad Max: Fury Road (available)
The Martian (available)
Racing Extinction (3/7)
The Revenant (?)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (available)
Son of Saul (?)
Straight Outta Compton (available)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (?)
A War (?)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (?)
When Marnie Was There (available)
Winter on Fire (?)