Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Feb 9

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, "Bridge of Spies" tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.  --amazon--

Last witch hunter

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world....  In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.  --amazon--

Mercy street

Mercy Street follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. The Green family's luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to the war's wounded. Inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital, this new drama reveals the stories of those struggling to save lives while managing their own hardships.   --amazon--

Our brand is crisis

A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Bullock)...  ...Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, Our Brand is Crisis reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.


In 1973, a spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player on the Woodlawn High School football team. Their dedication to love and unity, in a newly desegregated school filled with racism and hate, leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of superstar, Tony Nathan.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2

Assassin   dvd

Celebrated Taiwanese Master Director Hou Hsiao-hsien's long-awaited return to the screen tells the story of Yie Ninniang (Shu Qi), a General's daughter, kidnapped as a child and trained by a nun in the deadly arts- only to be sent home on a bloody mission of revenge, with her betrothed (Chang Chen) as the target.  --amazon--

Blue Velvet  dvd

Dennis Hopper, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini. Lumberton, USA has some strange goings-on behind its idyllic exterior, involving a haunting nightclub singer, a murderous madman and perverse sexual intrigue. Directed by David Lynch. 1986/color/121 min/R/widescreen.
Dead of winter  dvd

Like the thousands of others who visit Winters' Farm and Orchard each year, four young friends eagerly anticipate picking apples and pumpkins and taking the challenge of the Giant Corn Maze together... They discover they picked the wrong weekend to stay at the farm's Bed and Breakfast for their reunion, however, as after a frantic twenty-four hours of deception and mayhem, they find themselves unwilling participants in a horrific family tradition. --amazon--

 Hannibal season one   dvd

FBI Agent Will Graham  hunts the most notorious serial killers. Graham is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: he can think like his prey, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. What he doesn't know is that his new partner is the most notorious serial killer of all. While pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams Graham with a highly respected psychiatrist - a man with a taste for the criminally minded: Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, toying with him and playing a game all his own, while they work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer. ..and himself.   --amazon--

 Home   dvd

When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip (Rihanna), manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there's a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.  --amazon--
 Lost in paradise   dvd

Paradise police chief Jesse Stone takes some well-deserved vacation time and chooses to spend it in Boston, where the Assistant State Homicide Commander, Lieutenant Sydney Greenstreet, aware of his previous experience as an LA Homicide detective, has sought his expertise in evaluating a packet of cold case murders. His cop-ly intuition leads him to a case that has already been closed, but when something about it catches his eye, it sets him off on an investigation filled with surprises, unlikely suspects and grave danger.  --amazon--

 Martian     dvd

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.  --amazon--
 Minions    dvd

Ever since the dawn of time, the Minions have lived to serve the most despicable of masters. From T. rex to Napoleon, the easily distracted tribe has helped the biggest and the baddest of villains. Now, join protective leader Kevin, teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob on a global road trip where they'll earn a shot to work for a new boss-the world's first female super-villain-and try to save all of Minionkind...from annihilation.  --IMDB--

 Sicario    dvd

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman.In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs.Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.   --amazon--
Snake pit    dvd
... this powerful 1948 film, based on an autobiographical novel by Mary Jane Ward and boldly directed by Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number), is an unsettling vision of insanity and the horrifying conditions under which the mentally ill are sometimes confined. The script is typical of reductive notions of psychoanalysis found in 1940s American movies, in which enormous instability of the mind is directly linked to childhood repression and guilt. But even if one doesn't take Virginia's condition all that seriously, the actress's portrayal of agony and confusion, and that of scores of supporting players, is stunning to behold. The star is helped immeasurably by a sturdy performance from British actor Leo Genn as a sympathetic psychiatrist. --Tom Keogh  --amazon--

12Monkeys season one    dvd

Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, a man from the post-apocalyptic future, James Cole, travels to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will decimate the human race. But as he and virologist, Dr. Cassandra Railly, track the mysterious cult behind the outbreak, the "Army of the 12 Monkeys", the effects of time travel threaten to destroy humanity's last hope. Tense, haunting and daring, 12 Monkeys is a "fast-paced, sci-fi, thriller," (Mary McNamara - LA Times) to experience again and again.  --amazon--

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 19

It is based on specialized studies of social changes across early modern Europe (but primarily in France) that led to the Industrial and the French revolutions. Structured around communitiesvillages, towns, and citiesit offers a mine of fresh information about elites, the middle classes, the poor, demographic trends, marriage patterns, education, crime, social rebellions, and sexuality. As in late medieval, so in early modern Western Europe, the nuclear family of four or five people was the general norm. College teachers, students, anyone interested in the social life of the modern West will appreciate this beautifully written, soundly researched, and highly knowledgeable book. Bennett D. Hill, St. Anselm's Abbey, Washington, D.C. Kammen, Michael.              --amazon--

These sources confirm the terror of the medieval plague, the rapidity of its
spread, and the utter despondency left in the wake of its first strike. But they
also point to significant differences between the medieval and modern
bubonic plague, none more significant than the ability of humans to acquire
natural immunity to the former but not the latter.    --barns & noble--

Delicatessen  DVD

The French-filmed Delicatessen is set several years after a nuclear war has wiped out most of humanity. An ex-circus clown tries to get work as a butcher's assistant. He never asks himself why this job is always open, nor what has happened to his predecessors, nor even why his boss insists upon feeding him so well. What we know (but our hero doesn't) is that the butcher trades in "prime cuts" of human flesh. --rotten tomatoes--

 "The history of disease will go on, despite once confident predictions of an
end to epidemics in our times, and those who now wage the heroic struggle to
find elusive cures to our new plagues may find that they have more to learn
from the past than had once been thought."

  --barns & noble--