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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.

Cover to the DVD

Leviathan (DVD)

Verena Paravel and Lucien Castain-Taylor
4
Rated by
Michelle H.
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016

A camera looks up at the sky as seagulls follow a fishing boat for the detritus left behind. Then the image topples. Birds are upside down, the water rushing above them. None of this is unusual within the context of Leviathan, which says a lot about how well the filmmakers prepare us to see the world reversed.

Father and son standing in a vineyard

You Will Be My Son (DVD)

Gilles Legrand
4
Rated by
Sarah A.
Thursday, Aug 4, 2016

Paul de Marseul is the head of an esteemed family-owned winery in Saint-Emilion, France. He is an extremely overbearing father to his son Martin, who everyone assumes will take over the business one day from his father. But of course things get really interesting when the son of his estate manager returns the golden boy from his time in the Napa Valley.

dvd cover

We are Twisted F***ing Sister! (DVD)

Andrew Horn
4
Rated by
Michelle H.
Thursday, Jul 21, 2016

Rockumentaries can be pretentious, but not this one. The first thing you’ll discover in Andrew Horn’s documentary We are Twisted ­­­­­­­­F***ing Sister is that the band members are great guys: hardworking, kind, mostly sober.

Deadpool (DVD)

Tim Miller
5
Rated by
Rachel C.
Friday, Jul 15, 2016

Deadpool finally gets his due. A far cry from his last portrayal in the dreadfully off-mark X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this Deadpool is the "Merc with a Mouth."

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