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Destroyer

Drama R

A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.

The Escape Room

Horror PG-13

Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Earth Day – April 22, 2019

It’s hard to believe that we may soon no longer marvel at the incredible long necks of giraffes, the tiny fluttering wings of bees, or the amazing athletic breaching of whales. These and other species are threatened with extinction caused by loss of habitat, deforestation, climate change and pesticides. According to the Earth Day Network:  “ We are facing  the largest period of species extinction in the last 60 million years. Normally, between one and five species will go extinct annually. However, scientists estimate that we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily.”

And so, Earth Day 2019 is focused on Saving the Species. It’s mind boggling to think that the first Earth Day was in 1970. Although “environmentalism” was not then part of the common vocabulary, Rachel Carson’s book, The Silent Spring, had brought attention to the link between pollution and health, and raised awareness and concern for all living organisms. After the disastrous oil spill off Santa Barbara, CA, Sen. Gaylord Nelson and Rep. Pete McCloskey hoped to channel the activism of the anti-war movement to focus on the environment. The national news media picked up the message. This movement brought about the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency as well as legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

To read more about Earth Day and environmentalism topics, visit our third floor book display, “Save Our Species – Earth Day” and pick up a book or two.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

New in DVD

Holmes and Watson

Comedy PG-13

An entertaining take on the classic mysteries from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story features Doctor Watson and Sherlock Holmes.

On the Basis of Sex

Drama PG-13

The inspiring and spirited true story of young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the US Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

Welcome to Marwen

Drama PG-13

When a devastating attack leaves Mark Hogancamp shattered and without his memory, no one expected recovery. But by putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous fantasy world, where he draws strength to triumph in the real one. His astonishing art installation becomes a testament to the powerful women who support him on his journey.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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A Breath Away

Foreign (French) NR

When Paris is submerged in a strange mortal fog, survivors take refuge on the city’s upper floors and rooftops. Without news, electricity, water or food, one small family struggles to survive the catastrophe. But as the hours pass, they are forced to face reality: rescue teams aren’t coming. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to risk going out into the fog.

Bumblebee

Sci-Fi PG-13

Cybertron has fallen. When Optimus Prime sends a Transformer to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson, a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the Decepticons hunt down the surviving Autobots with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns, the Transformer and Charlie team up to protect the world in an action-packed adventure that’s fun for the whole family.

The Mule

Drama R

Earl Stone is a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. Even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

Vice

Drama R

Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in this epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Co-starring Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, it is a darkly comic look behind the scenes of American politics.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Drama R

A timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.

Second Act

Comedy PG-13

A big box store worker, Maya, reinvents her life story to land a job in the corporate side of the company she works for. After the aid of a fabricated resume and social network profile, she is offered the position. She accepts the position to try to prove what street smarts can do.

Stan & Ollie

Drama PG

One of the world’s great comedy teams set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

A blog written by the librarians at Syosset Public Library, Syosset, New York.

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