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The master


A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post-World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a naval veteran who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future, until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

An amazing performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP).

Suggested by Dawn

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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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

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