Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.
Check out the remastered They Live By Night in our library catalog.
From Cohen Media Group,
Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.
The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s distinguished filmography.
Find Iranian film The Salesman in our library catalog.
In Persian and English with subtitles.
The newest Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is finally here on Blu-ray and DVD. The Star Wars franchise continues to be extremely popular with library patrons. And lovers of all things Star Wars consider the newest film to be one of the best in the canon.
From Star Wars Wikia,
Approximately six years after the formation of the Galactic Empire, research scientist Galen Erso is forcibly recruited by Imperial Director Orson Krennic to complete the design of the Death Star, a space station capable of destroying entire planets. Galen’s wife, Lyra Erso, is killed when she shoots and injures Krennic to stop him from taking her husband. Their daughter, Jyn Erso, goes into hiding.
Thirteen years later, Bodhi Rook, a defecting Imperial pilot, smuggles a holographic message from Galen for the Rebel Alliance. An adult Jyn is freed from Imperial captivity and brought to rebel leaders by Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor. They convince her to rescue Galen so that they can learn about the Death Star. However, Cassian is covertly ordered to kill Galen, rather than extract him to prevent the weapon from being built.
Find Rogue One in our library catalog.
Cohen Media Group reissued a brand-new 4K version of Merchant Ivory’s classic, Howards End for theaters this past year. Cohen released a new (non-4K) DVD version of the film which the library carries. From Hal Erickson’s All Movie Guide,
One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film’s catalyst is poor relation Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film’s principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins); middle-echelon Margaret and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter); and working-class clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) and his wife (Nicola Duffett). The personal and social conflicts among these characters ultimately result in tragedy for Bast and disgrace for Wilcox, but the film’s wider theme remains the need, in the words of the novel’s famous epigram, to only connect with other people, despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. Filmed on a proudly modest budget, Howards End offers sets, spectacles, and costumes as lavish as in any historical epic. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film took home awards for Thompson as Best Actress, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi’s art direction.
Howards End is being adapted once again for the screen by Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea).
Until then, find the glorious Merchant Ivory Howards End in our library collection.
Want to know when your favorite Oscar-nominated films are due in our collection? Check out the alpha-listing below for all the nominees:
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – IC
20th Century Women – March 28
Allied – February 28
Arrival – IC
Captain Fantastic – IC
Deepwater Horizon – IC
Doctor Strange – February 28
Elle – March 14
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – March 28
Fences – March 14
Fire at Sea – March 21
Florence Foster Jenkins – IC
Hacksaw Ridge – IC
Hail, Caesar! – IC
Hell or High Water – IC
Hidden Figures – UNK
I Am Not Your Negro – UNK
Jackie – March 7
Jim: The James Foley Story – IC
The Jungle Book – IC
Kubo and the Two Strings – IC
La La Land – UNK
Land of Mine – UNK
Life, Animated – IC
Lion – March 21
The Lobster – IC
Loving – March 7
A Man Called Ove – IC
Manchester by the Sea – IC
Moana – March 7
Moonlight – February 28
My Life as a Zucchini – UNK
Nocturnal Animals – March 21
O.J.: Made in America – IC
Passengers – UNK
The Red Turtle – UNK
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – UNK
The Salesman – UNK
Silence – UNK
Star Trek Beyond – IC
Suicide Squad – IC
Sully – IC
Tanna – March 7
Toni Erdmann – UNK
Trolls – IC
Zootopia – IC
IC = already released/in collection
UNK = unknown release date
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
It’s not often the stars align to take two icons of entertainment in two days. Taking Carrie Fisher one day and her mother, Debbie Reynolds the next is astonishing. Our hearts break and thoughts go out to the Fisher family. We could easily tell you to sit down and watch the original Star Wars or Singin’ in the Rain, but that might be too obvious. Better yet, consider watching one of Carrie and Debbie’s hidden gems to honor their passing:
Hannah and Her Sisters – Carrie Fisher has a supporting role in this Woody Allen ensemble cast about a family of sisters in NYC during the 1980’s.
Mother – Debbie Reynolds stars as Albert Brooks crazy mother in this laugh out loud comedy from 2000.
Click on the titles above to find the films in our library catalog. Mother and daughter shall be greatly missed.
Discover Carrie Fisher, author in many formats in our library catalog.
Carrie Fisher watching her mother Debbie Reynolds perform.
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Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory not only follows up the huge hit, Finding Nemo. It literally blows its competition out of the water. With over 1 billion dollars grossed domestically, watch it for the first time or watch it again and again. It’s adorable, it’s Disney, it’s a modern classic.
Discover Finding Dory in our library catalog.
From Music Box Films,
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.
In Italian, English, and French with subtitles.
Find Mia Madre in our catalog.
The latest Star Trek Beyond is out on DVD and Blu-ray and available through your public library! Find Star Trek Beyond in our catalog. Beam yourself up for some action-packed entertainment. From Paramount,
Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien warrior race when marooned on a distant planet after the destruction of their spaceship in this thrilling sequel directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin.