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The Queen of Versailles



DVD-ED 338.0922 QUE504

The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. The film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches-to-rags success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream.

An eye opening documentary about the suffering of the 1%.

Suggested by Dawn


Robot & Frank



DVD ROB539

Frank is an aging ex-jewel thief, and his two grown children are worried that he can no longer care for himself. In deciding what to do with Frank, the most likely option appears to be putting him in a nursing home. But Frank's son comes up with another option: buy Frank a walking, talking robot programmed to look after him and improve his physical and mental health. Frank resists the robot at first, but he warms to it after realizing that it could be the perfect heist companion.

A delightful story about growing old, without losing your self. With Susan Sarandon as a sexy librarian!

Suggested by Dawn


Teddy bear



DVD TED75

Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year old body builder who would like to find true love, has never had a girlfriend and lives with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a woman from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a visit to Pattaya as it seems love is easier to find there. Knowing his mother would never accept another woman in his life, he lies and tells her he is going to Germany for a competition. Pattaya turns out to be a cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls shatter his naive picture of what love should be like. He is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the woman of his dreams.

A bittersweet story of global love.

Suggested by Dawn


Misfits. Season one



DVD MIS9734

Kelly, Nathan, Curtis, Alisha and Simon are five unruly teenagers forced to do community service as payback for their crimes. But when a freak electrical storm hits their town, strange things begin to happen to them that are way out of their control. In fact, they have no idea that they've actually turned into superheroes, each with a power they didn't choose or want. They must save their town from the evil that has descended upon it.

Suggested by Dawn


Seeking a friend for the end of the world



DVD SEEKING

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Sweet and chilling all at once!

Suggested by Dawn


Miss representation



DVD-ED 302.2308 MIS787

Discusses ways in which the media openly degrades women. Features commentary from many influential women in media and politics.

Very thought provoking! Anyone with a daughter should watch this.

Suggested by Dawn


Toast



DVD TOAST

A delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood. Nigel's Mother was always a poor cook, and her addiction to all things canned isn't helping. Nigel, on the other hand, laps up cookbooks as if they were porn, and spends all his free time gazing longingly at the delights offered at Percy Salt's grocery shop.

Sad story of a chef's young life.

Suggested by Dawn


The secret world of Arrietty



DVD SEC8555

In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure.

A beautiful animated feature from Studio Ghibli.

Suggested by Dawn


The decoy bride



DVD DEC9811

When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish Island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.

While this got a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I found it to be charming, sweet and slightly awkward...just how I like my romantic comedies. Plus, it stars David Tennant (of Doctor Who fame) and Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting, Brave), who are both delightful.

Suggested by Dawn


Bridesmaids



DVD BRI5600

Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.

In turns embarrassing, hilarious, foul, and moving.

Suggested by Dawn


The secret of Kells



J DVD SEC2902

In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide.

A unique animated movie with gorgeous art!

Suggested by Dawn


The ides of March



DVD IDE9249

During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.

Suggested by Dawn


50/50



DVD 5059250

Inspired by personal experiences, an original story about friendship, love, survival, and finding humor in unlikely places. Two best friends' lives change when one of them is diagnosed with cancer.

Suggested by Dawn


Kurt Cobain about a son



DVD-ED 782.4216 KUR719

A rare and personal portrait of a boy who becomes a musician, a husband, a rock star, a father and a songwriter whose words have touched millions. Cobain's story unfolds through his own narrative assembled from more than 25 hours of audiotaped conversations, never before made public.

Beautiful visual portrait of the Northwest played over the words of K.C. Lovely and haunting. Only disappointment...no Nirvana music! Suggested by Dawn


The interrupters



DVD-ED 306.0977 INT3007

The moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who, with bravado, humility, and even humor, try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course of a year, this documentary captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in America's cities.

Suggested by Dawn


Becoming Chaz



DVD-ED 305.9086 BEC781

Documents the physical and emotional journey of transformation as Chaz Bono, who grew up as Sonny and Cher's daughter Chastity, undertakes gender reassignment as a male.

Bravely honest and informative...puts a human face on something many folks don't understand and have trouble relating to...I thought it was great.

Suggested by Dawn


Win win



DVD WIN346

Mike Flaherty is a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high school wrestling coach... When Mike... comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike's luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy's family affairs come into play.

As always, Paul Giamatti delivers a nuanced performance about an everyday guy who makes some bad choices and has to face up to them.

Suggested by Dawn


Mister Rogers and me



DVD-ED 791.4502 MIS601

Mister Rogers summered in a modest house on a quiet corner of Nantucket Island. MTV producer Benjamin Wagner's mother rented the cottage next door. Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. On the afternoon of their first meeting, America's Favorite Neighbor asked the young journalist about his job. Wagner expressed enthusiasm tempered with an iota of ambivalence. After Rogers' death in 2003, Wagner and his brother, Christofer, set out to learn more about the man himself.

Another lovely documentary about my hero, Mr. R. - Suggested by Dawn


A woman, a gun and a noodle shop



DVD WOM5923

When an older, abusive husband discovers his younger wife is having an affair, he devises a scheme to murder her. This sets off a series of revengeful activities.

Strange and weirdly humorous Chinese remake of classic Coen Brothers movie Blood Simple.

Suggested by Dawn


Blood simple



DVD BLO285

When Marty, the owner of a Texas backwoods bar, hires a man to kill his cheating wife and her boyfriend, he opens a door into the criminal world that he'll never be able to shut. The sleazy hit man decides instead to shoot Marty, thereby collecting his unearned fee and eliminating the only person who could implicate him-- or so he thinks.

Coen Brothers classic! Dark, but fascinating.

Suggested by Dawn


Fred Rogers America's favorite neighbor



DVD-ED 791.4502 FRE32

A 2-hour commemorative program celebrating the life of Fred Rogers of the long running children's television program, Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. Hosted by Michael Keaton, the program covers Fred Rogers' life in children's television and his affect on people around the world.

Suggested by Dawn


Afghan star



DVD-ED 781.6309 AFG1124

In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American idol-style series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age.

Suggested by Dawn


For my wife--



DVD-ED 346.7301 FOR1104

A culturally important documentary film that brings reason and substantive merit to the national dialogue on marriage equality. Faced with tragedy and humiliating discrimination at her partner's deathbed, Charlene Strong rose to prominence as an advocate for LGBT equality. Her journey inspires on a deep level, bringing a sense of triumph through unimaginable sorrow.

A heartbreaking love story that brings a human face to the subject of marriage equality.

Suggested by Dawn


If a tree falls a story of the Earth Liberation Front



DVD-ED 363.325 IFA38

The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat,' told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.

Suggested by Dawn


Last train home Gui tu lie che



DVD-ED 331.1279 LAS1133

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.

Informative, fascinating, and a bit heartbreaking exploration of families struggling for the next generation in the modern age.

Suggested by Dawn


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