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Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

Can I just say, “You go, Doris!”? The always likeable Sally Field carries this sweet and sentimental film about a woman in her 60s who falls for a man half her age, played by New Girl’s John Fremont. Her quirky attire and attitude endears her to him and his millennial cohorts, but their budding relationship unsurprisingly rubs her friends and family the wrong way. While the majority of the film is light hearted, there is a more serious theme of loneliness in old(er) age and the universal struggles of finding a mate.

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.

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!

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

The lives of modern day vampires Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav aren't so different from ours. Like many of us, they also struggle with paying rent, doing chores and maintaining meaningful relationships (along with avoiding sunlight and not hitting main arteries when feasting on human blood). A project from the creative minds behind Flight of the Conchords and Boy, this mockumentary is delightfully creepy, refreshingly amusing and a vampire film like no other!

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991)

If you love house cleaning montages and early ‘90s fashion, then this is the movie for you. If this seems like a pretty select set of criteria for the enjoyment of this film, then fear not! This movie also has the luminous Christina Applegate, who, as eldest sibling Sue Ellen, aka “Swell,” provides much needed spunk when the above-mentioned babysitter dies soon after the family’s mother goes on a summer-long vacation.

Top Five (2014)

Written, directed, and starring Chris Rock, this is a genuinely funny film. Chris plays a comedian who acheived fame with several very stupid movies but is trying to break out and do a serious film about the Haitain revolution, while also preparing to get married to a reality television star. A reporter (Rosario Dawson) is tagging along and pines for his long-past days of stand-up. To say more would give too much away - and this is more than a funny movie. It is also satire and love story, all set in one incredibly long day in New York City.

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The story begins in a grand hotel somewhere in Europe as World War II approaches. Concierge extraordinaire M. Gustave, a romancer of older ladies and mentor to recently hired lobby boy, Zero, becomes a suspect in the murder of one of his special guests. What ensues is a chase around a visually stunning landscape, featuring lots of bad guys (particularly the ultra creepy Willem Dafoe), hairy situations, and cameos from actors well known to fans of Wes Anderson's movies. If, like me, you never thought of Ralph Fiennes as funny, think again. He gives an absolutely amazing performance.

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Products of a dysfunctional marriage and orphaned at the age of 14 (Dad: suicide; Mom: disinterest), damaged but endearing twins Maggie and Milo are both unhappy, each facing a life crisis of their own making. Close as children but estranged as adults, they meet again in their New York state hometown after 10 years apart and proceed to support and undermine each other in the ways only siblings can.

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Spanning two years and three Thanksgivings, this Woody Allen classic hits all his favorite subjects: sex, death and Manhattan. The movie unfolds as a series of vignettes featuring sisters Hannah (Mia Farrow), Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest) along with their former, current, and future husbands and lovers. Love, betrayal, aging parents, career angst, hypochondria, and some good religion jokes—what more could you ask for?

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