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Staff Reviews - Books, Movies and Music

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The Bookshop Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 31
The Bookshop begins as a lighthearted and breezy film. A young widow named Florence Green moves to the small town of Hardborough, Suffolk in 1959 with a plan to start a bookstore.   The town is filled with eccentric and very-British characters who create small obstacles for Florence as she endeavors to establish her shop. It...
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The Public Movie Poster
Reviewed by Diane on Tuesday, March 31
This story is about homelessness on the streets of Cincinnati, though this could have taken anyplace in America. It deals with what happens at the end of the night when the homeless community has nowhere to sleep at night because there are not enough shelters after the public buildings—such as the libraries—close. It was about standing up and trying to get the authorities to see the problem.   It...
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Let the Right One In Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Monday, March 30
There’s something tragic about vampires. Even evil vampires are a little bit sad. But the most heartbreaking figures in vampire stories may be the humans who help them.   Eli’s grizzled caretaker Håkan slips up while procuring fresh blood for the vampire and is faced with only awful choices. He remains loyal to Eli and suffers horribly as a result.   12-year-old Oskar has a more complicated...
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Robot & Frank Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Friday, March 27
Imagine giving your aging dad a robot companion to help him out, but your dad doesn’t use the robot like he should. Dad has his own ideas, and the robot becomes part of dad’s plans.   Frank Weld is a former jewel thief with memory problems and a curious interest in the local librarian. His son Hunter gives Frank the robot helper, and Robot is an impeccable aide with one fatal flaw—he’s not...
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Rhythmica Dance Cardio Party DVD Cover
Reviewed by Diane on Friday, March 27
Learn how to look good on the dance floor with exercise videos featuring Marc Santa Maria and Jennifer Ray: Gaiam: RhythmicaDance Cardio Party: Season 1 Episode 1: Hip Hop Fat Burn Marc Santa Maria teaches you the hip hop moves slowly at first, and...
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Julie & Julia Movie Poster
Reviewed by Katie on Friday, March 27
Enjoy this delightful family friendly movie with some popcorn—because it will make you hungry!   Julie Powell is a 29-year-old unsuccessful writer, approaching her 30th birthday with fears and disappointments about her missed potential. After brainstorming with her husband, she decides to embark on a cooking project to fill the void. Her project is a huge undertaking—cooking all of the recipes in...
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Castlevania Movie Poster
Reviewed by Alex on Friday, March 27
Castlevania is an animated adaptation of the Japanese video game franchise by the same name from Konami. The show is a dark fantasy with a heavy emphasis on the dark aspect, this is not a show for anyone under 18 due to its heavy themes and presentation of crass language, violence, sex, and gore.   However, despite the show not being shy with its brutal depictions, the visuals are beautiful and...
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Failure to Launch Movie Poster
Reviewed by Diane on Wednesday, March 25
Matthew McConaughey plays a good looking 35 year old man still living at home with his parents. He enjoys going places with his friends, he dates a lot of beautiful women, but has no desire to move out on his own. Who would want to when you have it so good?   His parents want to start their own life again, so they hire Sarah Jessica Parker, who has a consulting business where she dates men long...
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Harriet Movie Poster
Reviewed by Katie on Wednesday, March 25
Harriet Tubman begins her life as Araminta Ross, or “Minty”, a slave girl on a Maryland estate. Like most slaves, Minty has endured physical abuses, one in particular leaving her with brain trauma. Harriet suffers spells of dizziness and visions from this injury, which she interprets as God’s messages to her. These visions guide her, and us, throughout the movie.   Harriet narrowly escapes to...
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Jojo Rabbit Movie Poster
Reviewed by Pam on Wednesday, March 25
Can a 10-year-old boy who thinks he is a true Nazi, has an imaginary relationship with Hitler, adores his Mother, and finds out there is a young Jewish girl hiding in their attic turn his heart around and realize we are all humans?   Child actor Roman Griffin Davis does an amazing job bringing heart, naivete, and empathy to this character.   Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
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The Witness Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 24
We’ve all heard the story. In 1964, thirty-eight New Yorkers heard Kitty Genovese screaming as she was being stabbed in the street, but none of them called the police or came outside to help.   The incident was used as an example of how heartless New Yorkers had become and helped popularize the idea that, if more people are around to see a crime, fewer of them are likely to help.   The New York...
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Penny Serenade Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 24
Every month, you can use your Warwick Library card to watch 10 films for free—but that may not be enough if you're spending more time at home. To help out, Kanopy is giving you 54 extra movies that you can see in addition to the 10 you get every month.   Here are four of those extras to get you started:   The Gold...
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Murder on the Orient Express Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 24
It was 1974, and the big movie stars of the day came out for a modern adaptation of Agatha Christie’s beloved mystery Murder on the Orient Express—including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Albert Finney, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave.   And wouldn’t you know, they made it a good one.  ...
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What We Do in the Shadows Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 24
Although you may not know him by name, Taika Waititi is a hot director. His 2019 film Jojo Rabbit won an Academy Award, and his 2017 picture Thor: Ragnarok was a big box office hit. His next Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder promises to take audiences on another wild and wacky ride.   Taika is from New Zealand, and like his fellow Kiwis, he has a warm and silly sense of humor that you can...
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