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Films

The Bourne Identity (2002) Found with two bullets in his back, Jason Bourne discovers that he has the skills of a very dangerous man and no memory of his violent past. Racing to unlock his secret identity, he discovers that he’s an elite government agent that his government no longer trusts.

ClueClue (1985) Who killed Mr. Boddy? Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with the gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler?

Dial M for Murder (1954) A man devises a plan to murder his wife for her money.

Flypaper (2011) A nervous bank customer has a crush on beautiful teller. They and the other staff and customers become hostages when two very different groups of crooks hit the bank simultaneously. When people begin mysteriously dying one by one, everyone involved begins to wonder if there’s someone else in the bank up to no good.

Locker 13 (2014) An anthology feature film comprised of five vignettes. Each story is connected by a mysterious locker 13.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) Detective Sam Spade goes in search of a priceless statuette after the death of his partner.

Memento (2000) An intricate crime story about a man who has lost his short term memory due to a rare brain disorder. Now he is out to catch his wife’s murderer, whose identity he cannot ever know for sure. The more he tries to figure out what is true and real, the more he sinks deeper into a multi-layered abyss of uncertainty and surprises.

Murder by Decree (2003) Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson conduct a gruesome and dangerous search through London’s squalid east end for the legendary Jack the Ripper. They soon discover that he is no ordinary murderer, but one with influential and determined friends.

Non-Stop (2014)  During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, Non-StopU.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into an off-shore account. With lives of hundreds of passengers hanging in the balance, Marks must use every nuance of his training to uncover the killer traveling on the aircraft.

Out of the Furnace (2014)  When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

Reach Me (2014) A motivational book written by a mysterious man quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people that includes a journalist, his editor, a former inmate, a hip-hop mogul, an actor and an undercover cop to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears in hopes of creating more positive lives.

Restless (2015)  Haunted by the death of her brother at the hands of fascist thugs, Russian émigré Eva is recruited to be a British secret agent by a shadowy figure. After proving her merit in the field, she is sent on the most dangerous mission of her life. She must use any means necessary to manipulate the American press and draw the States into World War II.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) After finally catching serial killer and occult ‘sorcerer’ Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. After his execution, Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.

A Time to Kill (1996) A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town’s racial tension to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice.

The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) A psychopathic artist paints his wives as angels of death before poisoning them.

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The Usual Suspects
(1995) Police investigating an exploded boat on a San Pedro pier discover the only survivors are a severely burned Hungarian terrorist and Roger Kint, a crippled con-man. Reluctantly, Kint explains what happened. His story begins six weeks earlier with five criminals being dragged in by police desperate for suspects in a truck highjacking, and ends with the possible identification of a criminal mastermind.

Vertigo (1958) Scottie Ferguson, a recently retired San Francisco police detective, is hired to shadow a rich shipbuilder’s tragically suicidal wife. After he saves her from drowning in the San Francisco Bay, Scottie’s interest in the beautiful but icy blonde shifts from business to romance. But when tragedy strikes again, Scottie must overcome the vertigo that haunts his dreams in order to unravel the secrets of the past and find the key to his future.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2015) Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

 

 

Television Series

PoirotAgatha Christie’s Poirot (1990 -) With the his razor-sharp mind and the aid of the affabel Captain Hastings, Poirot unravels the thorniest cases without mussing a hair of his famously sculpted mustache.

Grantchester (2014) It’s 1953 and Sidney Chambers is vicar of Grantchester, a village just outside Cambridge, England. Sidney’s is a quiet life. He tends to his flock, keeps up with his jazz collection, and does his best to contain his passion for beautiful heiress Amanda Kendall. But when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances, Sidney quickly finds that people confide things in a parish priest that they would never tell police.

Murder on the Home Front (2014) During the London Blitz of 1940, people live life in the moment–and criminals use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities. As the Luftwaffe drop their bombs, people below are literally getting away with murder.Sherlock

Murdoch Mysteries (2009 -) In the 1890’s, Detective William Murdoch adopts modern techniques like ‘finger marks’ and forensics to track Toronto’s most sinister killers. Though derided by his skeptical boss, Murdoch finds friends and allies in a lovely pathologist and an eager-to-learn constable.

Sherlock (2010) Offers a contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales.

A Touch of Frost (1992 -) Detective Inspector Jack Frost is a policeman with a knack for trouble. In the dreary town of Denton, he approaches each case with his characteristic wit and sense of moral justice.

 

New DVDs – July 2015

New Feature-Length Films, Foreign Films, and Classics

5 flights up
American sniperas
Blaze
Cut Bank
The last metro
Druid peak
Ex machina
Focus
Get hard
Goonies
Jupiter ascending
Jurassic Park ultimate trilogy
Kill me three times
King of hearts
Last knights
Longest ride
Maggie
Mr. Turner
Paul Blart, mall cop 2
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Seeds of yesterday
Shoot the piano player
Stand up guys
The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie
While we’re young
Woman in gold
Yesterday, today and tomorrow

New Television Series

Bitten
House of cards. The complete third season
Incredible journey of Mary Bryant
Mystery science theater 3000 XXXIII.
The office. Season four
Witches of East End. Season 2.

New Non-Fiction DVDs

History of Christian theology
Masters of photography: learn photography from 12 National Geographi masters.
Maya to Aztec: ancient Mesoamerica revealed.
Moms Mabley

New DVDs – June 2015

New Feature-Length Films, Foreign Films, and Classics

Adventures of Priscilla, queen of the desert
American graffiti
Carlito’s way
Chappie
Clerks
Duff
Earth girls are easy
Focus
Forger
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
I love you to death
If there be thorns
Jupiter ascending
Kingsman, the secret service
Lazarus effect
McFarland, USA
Memento
Moulin Rouge
Of human bondage
Old fashioned
Project almanac
Relatos salvajes
Reservoir dogs
Run all night
Serena
SpongeBob movie, sponge out of water
Survivor
The French connection
Timbuktu
Unfinished business
Velvet goldmine
Wait until dark
Welcome to Me

New Television Series

Falling skies. Season 4
Graceland. The complete season 2
Justified. The complete final season (season 6)
The newsroom. The complete third season
Parks and recreation. Season seven
Pretty little liars. The complete fifth season
Ripper Street. Season three
Rizzoli & Isles. The complete fifth season
Teen wolf. Season 4
Transporter: the complete second season.
Two and a half men. The complete eleventh season
Two and a half men: the complete twelfth and final season
Workaholics. Season five.

New Non-Fiction DVDs

A midsummer night’s dream
Concerto inaugrale
Die Fledermaus
How Jesus became God
King Arthur: history and legend
Raising emotionally and socially healthy kids
Red army
The science of mindfulness: a research-based path to well-being
The skeptic’s guide to American history
The Wrecking Crew!
Through the wormhole. Season 5
Tosca
What remains

Movies Recently Added for March 2014

Take a look at a selection of movies Sewickley Public Library has recently added to its collection. Click the titles to view the item in the library catalog, where you may submit a request for pickup.

 

Fiction Films

 

Don JonDON JON – A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore.

 

ELYSIUM – In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Also available as a Blu-Ray.

ENOUGH SAID – A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener.

FRUITVALE STATION – The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer.

In A World...IN A WORLD… – An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé. Starring Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, and Michaela Watkins.

 

INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED – A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces. Starring Eugenio Derbez, Karla Souza, and Jessica Lindsey. In Spanish with English subtitles.

 

RUNNER RUNNER – When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur. Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Gemma Arterton. Also available as a Blu-Ray.

 

RUSH – The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Starring Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, and Olivia Wilde. Also available as a Blu-Ray.

 

SHORT TERM 12 – A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. Starring Brie Larson, Frantz, Turner, and John Gallagher Jr.

 

Documentary Films

 

Good Ol FredaGOOD OL’ FREDA – A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles. Featuring Freda Kelly, Tony Barrow, and the Beatles (archive footage).

 

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM – Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. Featuring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and Lisa Fischer.

 

All synopses from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com).

2014 Oscar Nominees

With less than one month left until the Academy Awards on March 2, it’s time to get those requests in for Best Picture-nominated films. Click the titles that are available already in the library to find them in the library catalog and request. For those not available yet, be sure to check back to find them at the library when they are released on DVD!

American HustleAMERICAN HUSTLE – A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

 

Captain PhillipsCAPTAIN PHILLIPS – The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

 

Dallas Buyers ClubDALLAS BUYERS CLUB – In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

 

GravityGRAVITY – A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

 

HerHER – A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

 

NebraskaNEBRASKA – An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

 

PhilomenaPHILOMENA – A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

 

12 Years A Slave12 YEARS A SLAVE – In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

 

The Wolf of Wall StreetTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

 

All film summaries are from the Internet Movie Database, IMDb.com.

Recently Added Films for January 2014

Click the links to find and request new fiction and nonfiction films at Sewickley Public Library.

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FICTION

 

BARBARA – As punishment for applying for an exit visa from 1980s East Germany, a doctor working at a prestigious post in a Berlin is banished to a small country hospital. In German with English subtitles.

THE CONJURING – The Conjuring tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives. Also available as a Blue-Ray.

GETAWAY – Brent Magna is a burned-out race car driver who is thrust into a do-or-die mission behind the wheel when his wife is kidnapped. With Brent’s only ally being a young hacker, his one hope of saving his wife is to follow the orders of the mysterious voice who’s watching his every move through cameras mounted on the car Brent’s driving.

JOBS – This inspiring and entertaining film chronicles Jobs’ early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc. and forced retirement from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world’s most valuable companies. His epic journey blazes a trail that changes technology–and the world–forever

MAN OF STEEL – A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Also available as a Blu-Ray.

RED 2 – Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses rejoins his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. Also available as a Blu-Ray.

2 GUNS – DEA agent Bobby Trench and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman are working undercover for a narcotics business. After a distorted attempt to infiltrate the drug cartel, they soon learn the secret of their dubious affiliation.

THE UNINVITED – A pair of siblings from London purchases a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price–and soon they’re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave.

WE’RE THE MILLERS – David is a pot dealer in need of a fake family to use as a cover story in order to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the U.S. He is in major debt with his supplier and is desperate for the money to pay him back. He hires a stripper to be his fake-wife; a runaway as his pretend daughter; and a goofy counterfeit son. Adventure ensues as this faux-family attempts to cross the border with the loot.

THE WOLVERINE – Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

THE WORLD’S END – Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival. Also available as a Blu-Ray.

 

NONFICTION

BLACKFISH – Examines the practice of keeping orca whales in captivity through the story of Tilikum, the notorious performing whale who, unlike any orca in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.

THE BOOK OF MANNING – A father-and-son story written into the pages of football folklore, it can be argued that no family has had more influence on a sport than the Mannings.

 

New DVDs January & February 2013

Alex Cross – A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain. Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox (PG-13, 101min) Release 2/5/13

Anna Karenina – Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (R, 129min) Release 2/19/13

Argo – A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman (R, 120min) Release 2/19/13

The Awakening – Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the ‘missing’ begin to show themselves. Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton (R, 107min) 1/29/13

Chasing Mavericks – When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue (PG, 116min) Release 2/26/13

Cosmopolis – Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche (R, 109min) Release 1/1/13

Downton Abbey Season 3 – Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama centers on the Crawley family and their servants. Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern Release 1/29/13

End of Watch – Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña (R, 109min) Release 1/22/13

Flight – An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle (R, 138min) Release 2/5/13

Game of Thrones Season 2 – Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams (TVMA) Release 2/19/13

Here Comes the Boom – A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler (PG, 105min) Release 2/5/13

Hotel Transylvania – Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter. Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg (PG, 91min) Release 1/29/13

House at the End of the Street – A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over. Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue (PG-13, 101min) Release 1/8/13

The Master – A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams (R, 144min) Release 2/26/13

The Paperboy – A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack (R, 107min) Release 1/22/13

Paranormal Activity 4 – It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. Stephen Dunham, Matt Shively (R, 88min) Release 1/29/13

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller (PG-13, 102min) Release 2/12/13

Robot & Frank – Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon (PG-13, 89min) Release 2/12/13

Searching for Sugar Man – Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. Rodriguez, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman, Dennis Coffey (PG-13, 86min) Release 1/22/13

The Sessions – A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy (R, 95min) Release 2/12/13

Seven Psychopaths – A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell (R, 110min) Release 1/29/13

Skyfall – Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris (PG-13, 143min) Release 2/12/13

Taken 2 – In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace (PG-13, 92min) Release 1/15/13

New DVDs – December 2012

10 Years – The night before their high school reunion, a group of friends realize they still haven’t quite grown up in some ways. Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and Chris Pratt. (PG-13, 111 min) Release: 12/18/12

Arbitrage – A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling. (R, 107 min) Release: 12/21/12

The Amazing Spiderman – Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans. (PG-13, 136 min) Release: 11/9/12

Arthur Christmas – On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, and Bill Nighy. (PG, 97 min) Release: 11/6/12

Brave – Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson. (PG, 93 min) Release: 11/13/12

The Bourne Legacy – Centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. (PG-13, 135 min) Release: 12/11/12

The Dark Knight Rises – Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway. (PG-13, 165 min) Release: 12/4/12

The Expendables 2 – Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth and Randy Couture. (R, 102 min) Release: 11/20/12

Hope Springs – After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. (PG-13, 100 min) Release: 12/4/12

Ice Age: Continental Drift  – Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo. (PG,  88 min) Release: 12/11/12

Lawless – Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Guy Pearce. (R, 116 min) Release: 11/27/12

Looper – In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. (R, 119 min) Release: 12/31/12

Men in Black 3 – Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.’s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. (PG-13, 106 min) Release: 11/30/12

The Odd Life of Timothy Green – A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and CJ Adams. (PG, 105 min) Release: 12/4/12

Paranorman – A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. (PG, 92 min) Release: 11/27/12

Savages – Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively. (R, 131 min) Release: 11/13/12

Sleepwalk with Me – A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose and James Rebhorn. (PG-13, 90 min) Release: 12/18/12

Sparkle – Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.  Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, and Whitney Houston. (PG-13, 116 min) Release: 11/30/12

Step Up Revolution – Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily’s father’s development plans. Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman and Cleopatra Coleman. (PG-13, 99 min) Release: 11/27/12

Ted – As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship. Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane. (R, 106 min) Release: 12/11/12

Total Recall – A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine and Bryan Cranston. (PG-13, 118 min) Release: 12/18/12

The Watch – Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. (R, 102 min) Release: 11/13/12

The Words – A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man’s work. Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, and Olivia Wilde. (PG-13, 97 min) Release: 12/24/12

 

 

Click on the titles or contact the Reference Desk at 412-741-6920 ext. 3 to order any of the above.

New Feature Films on DVD – June 2012

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Click on the Titles to order the DVDs or Blu-Rays from the catalog.

21 Jump Street– A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. R. 6/26/12

Act of Valor – An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. R. 6/5/12

The Artist – Silent movie star George Valentin bemoans the coming era of talking pictures and fades into oblivion and self-destruction, but finds sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer lighting up talkies like no one else. PG-13. 6/26/12. Come watch it at the Library on Thursday, June 28 @ 2PM.

The Assault – Based on a true story, a SWAT team is tasked with storming a high-jacked Air France plane to save its passengers. R. 6/12/12

Bad Ass – A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime. R. 6/5/12

Big Miracle – In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend – a Greenpeace volunteer – on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. PG. 6/19/12

Breakway – An ethnic Canadian hockey player struggles against traditional family values and discrimination from mainstream hockey players. PG-13. 6/26/12

The Decoy Bride – When the world’s media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent. PG. 6/26/12

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. PG-13. 6/12/12

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds – Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. PG-13. 6/12/12

In Darkness – A dramatization of one man’s rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. R. 6/12/12meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. PG-13. 6/12/12

Jeff, Who Lives at Home – Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. R. 6/19/12

John Carter – Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior. PG-13. 6/5/12

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Sean Anderson partners with his mom’s husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island. PG. 6/5/12

Kill Speed – A group of young, speed-freak pilots make a killing by transporting crystal meth across the Mexican border in their supersonic planes. R. 6/12/12

Legend of Hell’s Gate – When a curious errand boy catches wind of one of America’s most infamous crimes – the assassination of Abraham Lincoln – he falls in with two desperate men on the wrong side of the law. PG-13. 6/19/12

A Little Bit of Heaven – An irreverent young woman who uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious has a life-changing visit with her doctor. PG-13 6/12/12

Machine Gun Preacher – Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been forced to become soldiers. R. 6/5/12

Mirror Mirror – An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. PG. 6/26/12. Come to the Library and watch it on Thursday, July 19 @ 2PM

The Perfect Family – A devoutly Catholic wife and mother has been nominated for one of the church’s top awards. She then goes about trying to prove she has the “perfect” family, refusing to accept them for who they are. PG-13. 6/26/12

Project X – 3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads. R. 6/19/12

Safe House – A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. R. 6/5/12

Seeking Justice – After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a ‘favor’ from him in return. R. 6/19/12

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. PG-13. 6/12/12

Thin Ice – An insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer. R. 6/12/12

A Thousand Words – After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word we speak. PG-13. 6/26/12

Wanderlust – Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules. R. 6/19/12

Wrath of the Titans – Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. PG-13. 6/26/12

Yankles – About Charlie Jones, a washed up, ex major league ballplayer, and how he gets a second chance at life and love by managing a Jewish, orthodox yeshiva baseball team. PG-13. 6/5/12

New DVDs April & May 2012

New DVDs April & May 2012

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Chronicle – Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. PG-13. Release: 5/15/12

Contraband – To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. R. Release 4/24/12

The Darkest Hour – In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race who have attacked Earth via our power supply. PG-13. Release: 4/10/12

The Divide – Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic. R. Release: 4/17/12

Frozen Planet – From the Emmy-winning team behind Planet Earth and The Blue Planet comes Frozen Planet, the epic tale of two disappearing wildernesses. The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the sheer power of the elements are unmatched anywhere else on our planet. NR. Release: 4/17/12

The Grey – After their plane crashes in Alaska, seven oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. R . Release: 5/15/12

Haywire – A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. R. Release: 5/1/12

The Innkeepers – After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees – Claire and Luke – are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England’s most haunted hotels. R. Release: 4/24/12

The Iron Lady – An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. PG-13. Release: 4/10/12

Joyful Noise – G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir’s newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group’s direction as they head into a national competition. PG-13. Release: 5/1/12fe, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. PG-13. Release: 4/10/12

Love’s Everlasting Courage – Wes Brown joins Cheryl Ladd and Bruce Boxleitner in this heartwarming story adapted from the bestselling “Love Comes Softly” series by Janette Oke. When the wife of a struggling homesteader on the western frontier unexpectedly dies, the man searches for the strength and courage to raise his young daughter – and finds it, with the help of his parents. NR. Release: 5/8/12

Masterpiece Classic: Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks’ epic love story, set against a backdrop of the First World War, became a modern classic when it was published in 1993. Now adapted for the screen for the first time, Abi Morgan has created a riveting, sumptuous masterpiece. Shifting in time between 1910 and 1916, Birdsong is the story of Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens in Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire. NR. Release: 4/24/12

Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations – An orphan boy meets an escaped convict, a crazed rich woman, a bewitching girl, and grows up to have great expectations of wealth from a mysterious patron, in Great Expectations, Charles Dickens’ remarkable tale of rags to riches to self-knowledge. NR. Release: 4/3/12

Miss Representation  – As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lay in her youth, beauty and sexuality-and not in her capacity as a leader, making it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential. The film accumulates startling facts and asks the question, “What can we do?” NR. Release: 4/10/12

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name. PG-13. Release: 4/17/12

One for the Money – Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past. PG-13. Release: 5/15/12

Red Tails – A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. PG-13. Release: 5/22/12

Sherlock (BBC): Season 2 – Nominated for 4 primetime Emmys, Sherlock is back with Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson in three new stories. With beguiling performances, witty scripts and some of the most intriguing characters ever created, it’s no wonder that Sherlock has proven to be a worldwide success. NR. Release: 5/22/12

This Means War – Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman. PG-13. Release: 5/22/12

True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season – Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, True Blood tells the continuing tale of Sookie a human waitress with telepathic gifts – and a so-far irresistible attraction to 174-year-old vampire Bill Compton. NR. Release: 5/29/12

Underworld: Awakening – When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind. R. Release: 5/8/12

The Vow  – A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again. PG-13. Release: 5/8/12

War Horse – Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. PG-13. Release: 4/3/12

We Bought a Zoo – Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. PG. Release: 4/3/12

The Woman in Black – A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. PG-13. Release: 5/22//12