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The Roosevelts

rooseveltsIf you enjoyed watching Ken Burns’ multi-part documentary about the Roosevelts that aired last month, come visit the third floor to check our display of books about them, containing books about our ‘hometown’ boy Theodore, his cousin Franklin, and Eleanor (niece of TR and wife of FDR).

It has been claimed that the Roosevelts were the most influential of all American political families: this one family occupied the presidency for nineteen years. They lived remarkable lives. The documentary delves into the drama of their personal lives: their illnesses, quirks, weaknesses as well as their courage and vision. It looks at the contributions and changes they made to the political, social and international scene. The Roosevelts came from patrician backgrounds but were imbued with a spirit, a responsibility, of doing good.

Several of the displayed books are tempting me:

 

I was fortunate to have seen a preview of the documentary when Ken Burns was at Sagamore Hill in June. The photographs and the voices of Paul Giamatti (reading the TR material), Edward Hermann as FDR and Meryl Streep as Eleanor are powerful. We think we are familiar with their stories but there is always something new and amazing in this presentation.

- posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Sci-Fi PG-13

transformers age of extinctionThe world was saved after an epic battle that left a great city torn. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history, while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Space Station 76

Sci-Fi R

space station 76A character-driven, domestic drama-comedy about a group of people living on a space station in a cheesy 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide.​

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fault  in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars

Drama PG-13

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

godzilla 2014

Godzilla

Action PG-13

From visionary new director Gareth Edwards comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

Think Like a Man TooThink Like a Man Too

Comedy PG-13

All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

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Brick Mansions

brick mansionsAction PG-13

Damien is an undercover cop determined to bring down Tremaine, the crime lord who murdered his father. Tremaine rules the violent criminal compound known as ‘Brick Mansions’, but he’s thwarted at every turn by a heroic ex-convict named Lino. Their paths never should have crossed, but when Tremaine kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien and Lino become unlikely allies, and must work together to stop Tremaine’s sinister plot to devastate the entire city.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

captain america winter soldierAction PG-13

Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn.

words and picturesWords and Pictures

Drama PG-13

Prep school teacher Jack Marcus meets his match in Dina Delsanto, an abstract painter and new teacher on campus. He challenges her to a war between words and pictures, and in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.

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draft dayDraft Day

Drama PG-13

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL

moms night outMom’s Night Out

Comedy PG

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation, a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours – what could go wrong?​

- posted by Ralph, Media Services

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amazing spiderman 2The Amazing Spider Man 2

Action PG-13

Spider-Man’s conflict has been within himself: the struggle between Peter Parker and the responsibilities of Spider-Man. But Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It’s great to be Spider-Man, but it comes at a price: only he can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Also available in Blu-Ray DVD.

Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo 

Drama   R

Murray talks his friend Fioravante into becoming a gigolo as a way of making some much needed cash after an out-of-the-blue request from his dermatologist. With Murray acting as Fioravante’s ‘manager,’ the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.

 

 

Only Lovers Left AliveOnly Lovers Left Alive 

Horror   R

The tale of two fragile vampires, Adam and Eve. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill to live, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava, who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts.

 

SabotageSabotage

Action   R

Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.

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lockeLocke

Drama R

A feat of bold, dynamic storytelling from Oscar-nominated writer-director Steven Knight. A successful businessman receives a series of phone calls which sets into motion a chain of events that unravels his perfect life, all of which takes the course of one absolutely riveting and intense car ride.

 

The Railway Man

Drama R

railway manEric Lomax is a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tortured and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Years later, and still suffering from the psychological trauma, Lomax is persuaded by his wife Patti to find and confront one of his captors. Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor from the prison camp in an attempt to let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate. Based on a true story.

- posted by Ralph, Media Services

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