Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New to the library

Bring it on
Made in 2000 and starring Kirsten Dunst this cheerleading comedy is full of “Backstabbing. Spotlight-grabbing. Secret-blabbing.”

Marley & Me
Based on the book of the same title Marley & Me is the story of the world’s worst dog. Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.

Seven Pounds
Will Smith stars as an IRS agent haunted by a secret. He looks desperately for redemption by radically transforming the lives of seven people he doesn't know. Once his plan is set, nothing will be able to stop him. At least that's what he thinks.

Slumdog Millionaire
In Mumbai, the eighteen year-old orphan from the slums Jamal Malik is tortured by the policemen in a precinct accused of cheating a game show. Jamal, who has no education and works in a call center serving tea, is close to wining twenty million rupees in the show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" hosted by Prem Kumar, giving precise answers to the questions and raising suspicion of fraud. The police inspector shows the videotape and after each question, Jamal tells parts of his childhood with his brother Salim, his crush for Latika and their fight to survive on the streets to justify each correct answer, guided by his common sense and past experience, and prove his innocence. Winner of the Best Picture Oscar.

Tell No One
This excellent French film is based on the novel by Harlan Coben. The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive.

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson, the journalist and author of such books as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, was as wacky in real life as he is in his writing. This biographical film is narrated by Thompson portrayer and fan Johnny Depp.

West Side Story
This 1961 musical with music by Leonard Bernstein is one of the greatest musical films of all time. The music is tremendous. The story, the dancing, the romance are all wonderful. If you haven’t seen it in awhile it’s time to watch it again.

Encounters at the End of the World
Werner Herzog takes his camera to Antarctica where we meet the odd men and women who have dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of science in treacherous conditions.

The Lucky Ones
The story revolves around three soldiers -- Colee, TK and Cheever -- who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them.

Flame Trees of Thika
Elspeth and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible beauty and cruelty of nature, and new friendships with both Africans and British expatriates. This is one of the better TV mini-series. Made in 1981 starring Hayley Mills.

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