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I Am Big Bird (DVD) & The Wisdom of Big Bird

Caroll Spinney
4
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

I Am Big Bird is a must-see for fans of Sesame Street, Jim Henson, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, or all of the above. It’s a documentary focusing on the life of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who plays both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and also sometimes other famous Sesame Street characters like Bert.

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Peter Winther
4
Rated by
Amanda C.
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear is the story of a professional student who gets pushed out into the real world (finally, at the age of 30) to find that not everything is as it seems and magic is real. He is hired by "the library," an age-old institution that traps magical artifacts and prevents them from falling into the wrong hands.

images of the photographers work

The Salt of the Earth (DVD)

Wim Wenders
4
Rated by
Michelle H.
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016

Photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado is known for his pictures of less developed countries, most specifically of regions swept into economic forces unleashed upon them by Western industry. Some of his photos, while technically stunning, depict humanities worst atrocities – forced exile, exploitation, extermination.

The right half of a man's face, behind his shoulder is a woman's face, behind her is a lighted planet outline, below her are the lights of a city and a woman kneeling

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas (dvd)
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016

Cloud Atlas is a movie that, for me, gets better with every watching. Fortunately, I had been forewarned that it is confusing; otherwise I might have turned it off after the first few minutes. While I got the gist of the plot with the first viewing – several lives interweaving and affecting each other through time – with each subsequent viewing I was able to catch more detail and see layers I had missed before.

image of man climbing mountain

Meru (DVD)

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely
4
Rated by
Michelle H.
Friday, Oct 14, 2016

I have long admired climbers for their singleness of purpose and puzzling assessment of risk. Dwindling food reserves. Lack of oxygen. Numb toes. Incoming avalanche. Keep climbing!

mila kunis and channing tatum over the sky and cityscape

Jupiter Ascending (DVD)

The Wachowskis
5
Rated by
Amanda H.
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016

This movie is crazysauce, that’s all I can say. Crazysauce poured over an amazing sci-fi spectacular with a generous dose of cheese and a side of over-the-top drama, and those with a healthy sense of the ridiculous will eat it up with glee. If you are not a fan of campy fun, it may not be your cuppa.

A picture of Dr. Bennet Omalu near a football field

Concussion (DVD)

Will Smith
5
Rated by
Colleen O.
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016

Will Smith is Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist working in a Pittsburgh hospital. When an NFL Hall of Famer shows up dead, Omalu notices something strange about the way he died. After asking for samples of his brain, Omalu discovers something he names CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). When more football players end up taking their lives after experiencing similar symptoms, he goes to the NFL with this information. They not only ignore him, but try to discredit him.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour
3
Rated by
Heather B.
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016

This is a very interesting, hard-to-pin-down film. It's a Persian-language, American-produced and filmed, black-and-white vampire flick. The title itself, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, invokes our culturally-ingrained sense of danger at the concept of a woman being alone on the streets after dark. In this instance, since she's a vampire, it's the nameless girl of the title who is the danger lurking in the shadows.

Young man with glasses starring upwards, foreground, same young man playing chess with teacher watching in background

Endgame

DVD
3
Rated by
Terri B.
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016

Endgame, with Rico Rodriquez from Modern Family, is a make-you-feel-good movie inspired by true events. This independent film was shot in only nineteen days, and the children could work, at most, six hours per day. Other actors include Efron Ramiez, who played Pedro in

a young man standing with his back to us holding a lantern and facing Dracula with the face of Wolfman on Dracula's left and a face of Frankenstein on Dracula's right.

The Monster Squad (DVD)

Shane Black and Fred Dekker
4
Rated by
Melody M.K.
Friday, Aug 19, 2016

For those of us ready for autumn, cool weather and Halloween, The Monster Squad, released by Tri Star Pictures in August of 1987, is for you.

It's less a Stephen King horror story, and more like Scooby Doo. With a splash of cult classic, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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