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Sing Street cover. A boy and girl walking with hands in pockets.

Sing Street

Anchor Bay Entertainment
4
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

It's difficult for me to remember a more joyful, smart, and pleasant coming-of-age movie made in recent years. Sing Street, shot on the streets of Dublin, is filled with vibrant costumes and colorful people and I couldn't help but feel delight as I watched the young characters come to life. During my first viewing, it was easy to make comparisons to the beloved American filmmaker John Hughes of 1980's Chicago fame because of the mutual time period.

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The Secret Life of Pets (DVD)

Chris Meledandri
4
Rated by
Debbie F.
Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

When it comes to animated films, talking animals is certainly not a new concept, but the idea of domesticated pets going on wild adventures when the owners are away becomes a fun driving force in the new movie The Secret Life of Pets.

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How to Die in Oregon (DVD)

Peter D. Richardson
5
Rated by
Helen H.
Friday, Jan 20, 2017

In my heart, I have always supported the right to die movement without knowing exactly why. Except that, I always euthanize my pets when their suffering outweighs all else. And I watched my Grandmother suffer indignities she would have been horrified by and wonder why we work so hard to prolong lives long over.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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