Movies

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Oh, Chris Pratt, you’re the most adorable superhero. As Peter Quill, a “Terran” making his way through the galaxy, he steals a powerful artifact precious to a fanatic named Ronan. After he teams up with a multi-species gang of misfits, he finds a sort of family and works to prevent Ronan from using this artifact to destroy planets. Like other Marvel comic book movies, this one is fast paced and action packed. The characters of Groot, a tree-like humanoid, and Rocket, a sentient raccoon, are particularly amusing and evocative. GotG 2 is in the works, scheduled for release in Spring 2017.

Jane the Virgin (Season 1- 2014)

This show is straight-up ridiculous, and I mean that in the best way possible. Styled as a parody of a far-fetched telenovela, the show follows Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), a 23 year old virgin who is artificially inseminated accidentally after a routine doctor’s appointment goes horribly awry. As the season progresses, Jane has to decide how to handle her surprise pregnancy, and struggles to balance and define her relationships with her police detective fiance and with her baby’s father (a married hotel owner).

Embrace Your Inner Grownup at TCPL

Beginning this month, TCPL is starting a brand new adult program series. Called Grownups 20/30s, these events are especially for newish adults living on the South Shore. We’re starting with Classic Film Saturdays at 1 p.m. This Saturday, we’ll be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca. If you’d like to learn more about film from the 1920s through the 1970s, this is the place to be. Love games? Stop by and play with like-minded gamers on Monday nights. We’ll have such games as GoldenEye 007, Mario Kart and Cards Against Humanity.

2016 Golden Globes

Many of the 2016 Golden Globe nominated films were shown here at the Thomas Crane Public Library. This list will be updated as more become available to borrow.

Instant Movies for the Holiday

After the gifts are unwrapped and you and your family are enjoying some leftovers, may we suggest a relaxing holiday evening of festive movie watching? Our collection of holiday movies you can watch now would be the perfect way to get the kids settled in for the night after such an exciting day.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

I’ve been told the book is better (which is almost always the case, no?) but having not read it, I can’t personally say. Greg is the protagonist in this story. He likes to think that he coasts along on his own path and avoids getting involved in dramas by staying on the periphery of every group in his high school. He won’t even admit his friendship with Earl, who he refers to as his “co-worker”. Together Greg and Earl have created dozens of silly movie parodies and have eaten lunch together for years. Who is the dying girl? She has cancer and Greg’s mom makes him hang with her.

Chef (2014)

This mouth-watering film is a delicious blend of family, friendship and food. Directed and starring Jon Favreau, the movie follows LA restaurant chef, Carl Casper, as he embarks on a journey of rediscovery after a harsh review.  With the help of his son and best friend, he fixes up a food truck to use as a new venue, lovingly crafting the Cuban food he was meant to share.  Embarking on a cross-country journey, amassing Twitter followers along the way, this is charming, feel-good comedy not to be missed!

The Fall (2008)

Filmed in 28 countries over 4 years, Roger Ebert describes The Fall as an “extravagant visual orgy” and rightly so, as it magnificently captures the imaginations of a morphine addict and young child.  The stunning visuals tell the tale of 5 mythical heroes and their vows to take revenge on Governor Odious.  The tale is told by Roy, a stunt actor recovering from an injury, to another young hospital patient named Alexandria.  Dramatic, meaningful and absolutely beautiful,The Fall is a film that is worth experiencing over and over again.

ex machina (2014)

A programmer (Caleb) wins a company contest and gets to spend a week with the eccentric CEO on his remote compound somewhere in the middle of nowhere (filmed in Norway). He is sworn to secrecy and then asked to judge the success of an experiment in creating artificial intelligence. Caleb spends days getting to know a seductive cyborg and the nights drinking with the boss. Brilliantly acted and beautiful to watch, this is a near-future thriller you don’t want to miss.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Sci-fi/fantasy fans with only a passing knowledge of the X-Men universe will still be drawn into this exciting, fast-paced tale of time travel, which sends Professor Xavier’s band of merry men (and women) back to the groovy ‘70s to stop the robotic Sentinels from becoming a holy terror to the world’s mutants. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, starring as the younger Magneto and Prof. X, respectively, provide solid acting, and Jennifer Lawrence gives the normally tough Mystique surprising vulnerability. Oh, and the action scenes. Yes, they’re pretty darn gratifying.

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