Thursday night films in August

Syndetics book coverFor August 2016, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘Laugh in the dark’, offering a variety of comedies for winter nights. The line-up includes a recent hit movie set in 1950s Australia and a political satire black comedy by one of the greatest filmmakers.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Friday Movie Nights at Newtown

Family Watching TV TogetherOn the first Friday of each month we are screening family friendly feature films from the library’s collection at Newtown Library.

Sessions begin at 6pm in the YA area/tent at the library. These screenings are free to attend. The next session is tonight, on Friday 1 July.

We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online. Please call Newtown Library (389-2830) during library opening hours to get more details about the film screenings and reserve your seat.

Thursday evening film screenings at Central

4bfcaa38966f1dfc177aeeb1cbfba5a4For July 2016, the films screened will be drawn from past favourites at the NZ International Film Festival in Wellington.

Our ‘Taste of the Festival’ line-up includes a documentary about a legendary movie star, a lovely animated feature, and a classic film noir. We have many DVDs showcased from past festivals. Check them out here, grouped by the year they were shown at the festival.

6ae438ad4538a7da681de9dd723c4ddeSessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Our choice of new DVDs in April

New movies for April include the smash new Bond film ‘Spectre’, popular Spielberg historical drama ‘Bridge Of Spies’, the final chapter in the Hunger Games franchise, and John Boorman’s sequel to ‘Hope and Glory’, ‘Queen & country’; while new TV shows include the latest seasons of UK crime drama ‘Luther’, enigmatic French supernatural series ‘The Returned’, popular period piece ‘The Village’, and the latest instalment in the on-going ‘Game Of Thrones’ saga.

cover imageBridge of spies.
“Directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg BRIDGE OF SPIES is the story of James Donovan (Two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks), an insurance claims lawyer from Brooklyn who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War when the CIA enlists his support to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe hunger games. Mockingjay, Part 2.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen realises the stakes are no longer just for survival–they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends–including Gale, Finnick and Peeta –Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her… ” (Adapted from product description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageGrandma.
“Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. Grandma was nominated for a Golden Globe (Lily Tomlin, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy)” (Product description, Amazon.uk)

cover imageLearning to drive.
“Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for another woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humour, and love in starting life anew.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

cover imageLuther. Series 4.
“Still reeling from Ripley’s death, John Luther has left the force and retired to a remote clifftop. When he discovers the one person he still loves might be dead, Luther has one aim – find whoever’s responsible and make them pay. Meanwhile, a savagely intelligent killer is leaving a trail of bodies but no trace of his identity. Luther realises he must return to the job – only he can immerse himself in the killer’s complex psychosis and anticipate his next move. But John’s personal problems are stacking up too, and he will need to compromise his moral code once more.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageQueen & country.
“The sequel to Hope and glory, Bill Rohan is grown up and drafted into the army where he and his best mate battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe returned. Series two.
“Six months have passed since the Returned disappeared into the mountains – Since then, nothing has been heard of them… What the living don’t know is that the Returned have not gone away. Rumours are circulating about the return of the dead, but the authorities don’t take this seriously. A stranger arrives in town; his name is Berg, and he seems to know much more than he lets on. That is when a new wave of resurrections occurs… Featuring original music by cult Scottish band Mogwai…” (adapted from Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe village. Series two.
The Village is a timeless coming-of-age story, told through the nostalgic eyes of one man, Bert Middleton. From lustful first-love and the dramas of war, to a father’s hard lessons and a mother’s love; Bert has seen it all. The Great War is over but what kind of England has won? Now in a world of boom and bust, motor cars and the Charleston, the twenties bring a blast of energy and freedom to the village; as the outside world continues to break down barriers, bringing with it big dramas and change.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageDoctor Foster. Series 1 / created by Mike Bartlett
“From the producers of The Honourable Woman. DOCTOR FOSTER is about a small-town doctor, Jenny Foster, a pillar of the community and devoted mother whose life is about to explode. A thrilling roller-coaster journey, the show will examine what it feels like to be betrayed and have your heart broken and – if you threw all caution to the wind – just how far you would go to get your own back?” (Editorial reviews, Amazon.com)

cover imageGame of thrones. The complete fifth season.
“Season Five has more ‘water cooler’ moments than any of the previous seasons, with three pivotal episodes at the end of the season that left book-readers guessing.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageSpectre.
“A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

Short historical films available on our website!

Check out our new Heritage Films page for a selection of films from Wellington City Archives we have digitised.

The films were made to document council activities and at the time were only shown to a small audience. These short videos are an insight into some of Wellington’s history and include scenes from the opening of Khandallah Library in 1953, the Queen’s visit in 1954, the “Festival Of Wellington” in 1959 and a five minute film from 1947 about Wellington’s milk supply.

Alongside the videos on the Heritage films page you’ll find information on the Festival Of Wellington, publicity materials and photos.  We’ve also added the films to our WCL YouTube channel – check it out for storytimes and other videos we have created. We’d love your feedback!

Thursday night films: True tales

Syndetics book coverFor September 2015, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘True tales: Stories about people’s lives’, focusing on biographical films.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the Information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note : reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

New DVDs in July

This month’s DVDs include the sequel to the hugely popular comedy ‘The best exotic Marigold Hotel’, and Will Smith con-man thriller ‘Focus’; an adaptation of J.K Rowling’s first novel for adults, the strange but true story of artists Margaret and Walter Keane and the story of ‘The Lost Boys’ from the Sudanese Civil War. Documentaries see the acclaimed zeitgeist story of Edward Snowden ‘CitzenFour’, and TV shows include Afghanistan war drama ‘Our Girl’, and the 2nd season of acclaimed historical crime show ‘Peaky Blinders’.

cover imageThe second best exotic Marigold Hotel.
“Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast – including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel -returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort…as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends.” (Amazon Reviews, amazon.co.uk)

cover imageCitizenfour.
“2014’s Academy Award winning documentary CITIZENFOUR is a real life international thriller that unfolds by the minute. With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows award winning director Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country) and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). The documentary not only shows the dangers of governmental surveillance, but makes audiences feel them. After seeing the film, viewers will never think the same way about their phone, e-mail, credit cards, web browser or digital footprint again.” (Editorial review from Amazon.com)

cover imageJupiter ascending.
“Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.” (Synopsis, Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageBig eyes.
“From the Academy Award® winning team that brought you Ed Woods, Big Eyes focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter Keane became a worldwide celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations across the country. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. She generated the paintings from their basement and Walter’s contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.” (Editorial Review from Amazon.com)

cover imageChappie.
“‘Chappie’ is a robot, and the first true artificial intelligence, able to learn and develop as a human does. Some want to study him, and others want to destroy him. Kidnapped from the scientist who created him, Chappie becomes part of a street gang’s dysfunctional surrogate family, who decide that he is too innocent and needs to be toughened up. Meanwhile, there are people hunting for him who believe that artificial intelligence is too unpredictable to be allowed to exist. The latest film from Neill Blomkamp, director of ‘District 9’ and ‘Elysium’, ‘Chappie’ stars Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver.” (Review from Amazon.co.uk)

civer imageFocus.
“Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in this romantic crime comedy. Experienced conman Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) has an affair with the beautiful Jess Barrett (Robbie), an intern he is teaching how to pull off small tricks. After going their separate ways, they meet again three years later and find themselves on opposite sides of the same big con, with Jess now a skilled confidence trickster herself. As they each try to successfully carry out the risky scheme, Nicky’s plans go awry due to the involvement of his former flame. How will they both fare? The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney and BD Wong.” (Rewiew from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe casual vacancy.
“Thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is a dark and moving drama with elements of both comedy and tragedy. When Parish Councilman Barry Fairbrother unexpectedly dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. An English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, Pagford is not what it first seems. What lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war–rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest battle the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Find out in this big series about a small town.” (Review from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe good lie.
“They were known simply as “The Lost Boys”. Orphaned during the Sudanese Civil War, a group of young refugees are given the opportunity to leave their camp and resettle in America. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with an employment counsellor (Reese Witherspoon), but they struggle to adjust to their new life and their feelings of guilt about those they left behind.” (Amazon Review Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageOur girl. Series one.
“Following the hit one-off drama which set up the story of one young woman who finds meaning in life by joining the army, Lacey Turner (EastEnders) returns in the role of Molly Dawes in the new five-part series: Our Girl. Hot off the helicopter, Molly finds herself dropped into battle in unpredictable and explosive Afghanistan. Trying to make friends with the hardened soldiers around her and reaching out to the locals some of whom are suspicious, some open and some not to be trusted – but which are which? – Molly faces challenges unlike any she has known before. Life and death situations that are literally life or death for her and her companions. Unexpected and extraordinary, Our Girl takes TV drama into a new world where anything can happen, through the life of one girl, to whom everything will.” (Amazon reviews: Amazon.co.uk)

cover imagePeaky Blinders. Season two.
“Birmingham crime boss Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy, Inception) heads into perilous territory in the second series of Steven Knight’s acclaimed gangster epic. As the 1920s begin to roar, business is booming for the Peaky Blinders gang. Shelby starts to expand his legal and illegal operations. He has his sights set firmly on wider horizons, and the race tracks of the South are calling out for new management. Shelby’s meteoric rise brings him into contact with both the upper echelons of society and astonishing new adversaries from London’s criminal enterprises. All will test him to the core. Featuring a spectacular cast that includes Helen McCrory (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Peaky Blinders – Series 2 is an enthralling tale of ambition, corruption, violence, desire, and above all an extraordinary family living through extraordinary times.” (Amazon Reviews Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageKingsman. The secret service.
“Based upon the acclaimed comic book, the movie tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe homesman.
“Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank), lives a solitary existence in a God-fearing mid-western town. She is designated by members of her church to take back East three women who have lost their minds. On the way from Nebraska to Iowa, where those women will at last find refuge, Mary Bee saves the life of Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), a claim-jumper and outlaw. He agrees to help in her mission through snowstorms and perilous encounters with settlers, Indians and the harshness of the Frontier territory.” (Amazon reviews: Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageEsio Trot.
“Mr Hoppy (Dustin Hoffman) lives a quiet retiree’s life, tending to his balcony garden, pottering to the shops and back and secretly being passionately, hopelessly in love with his downstairs neighbour, Mrs Silver (Judi Dench). From their first meeting in a cramped lift he is utterly captivated by her sparkle and warmth, but he regularly fails to tell her this during their neighbourly chats over the balcony. When he finds she is distraught that her beloved tortoise, Alfie, doesn’t appear to be growing, Mr Hoppy spots a chance to make his true love happy, and maybe even get closer to her in the process. When Mr Pringle (Richard Cordery), another neighbour, sets his more lascivious sights on Mrs Silver, Mr Hoppy’s world crumbles. Stoically, he continues with his cunning plan to make Alfie miraculously grow and finally wins his way into Mrs Silver’s heart…” (Adapted from Amazon reviews, amazon.co.uk)

Popular new DVDs in June

New DVDs for June include biographies of cryptanalyst Alan Turing, British painter J.M.W. Turner & Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini. Also featured are Bill Murray’s hit comedy ‘St. Vincent’ & acclaimed Foreign films ‘Two Days, One Night’ & ‘Winter Sleep’, and for TV junkies we have the latest season of espionage thriller ‘Homeland’.

cover imageThe imitation game.
“During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of “gross indecency”, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.” (Container)

cover imageJimmy’s hall.
“1932. Jimmy Gralton is back home in the Irish countryside after ten years of forced exile in the USA. His widowed mother Alice is happy, Jimmy’s friends are happy, all the young people who enjoy dancing and singing are happy. Which is not the case of Father Sheridan, the local priest, nor of the village squire, nor of Dennis O’Keefe, the chief of the fascists. The reason is simple: Jimmy is a socialist activist. So when the “intruder” reopens the village hall, thus enabling the villagers to gather to sing, dance, paint, study or box, they take a dim view of the whole thing. People who think and unite are difficult to manipulate, aren’t they? From that moment on they will use every means possible to get rid of Jimmy and his “dangerous” hall.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageMr. Turner.
“Explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageUnbroken.
“Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe interview.
“Action comedy directed by and starring Seth Rogen. When talk show host Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) celebrate their 1000th episode of ‘Skylark Tonight’ Aaron voices his concerns over the seemingly trivial content of their programme. When they are informed that the President of North Korea Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan of the show they prepare themselves for the interview of their lives. Before they can board the plane however, CIA Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) knocks on their door requesting their assistance in a current operation that aims to assassinate Kim Jong-un. When they get to North Korea will Dave and Aaron be able to simply ask their questions or will the thrill of being set an assignment by the CIA be too much to resist?” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageExodus : Gods and kings.
“From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageSt. Vincent.
“Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy star in this comedy drama written and directed by Theodore Melfi. Murray plays Vincent, a misanthropic and curmudgeonly old man who becomes responsible for his neighbour Maggie (McCarthy)’s son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Maggie, who has enough on her mind with starting her new job at the hospital while going through divorce proceedings from Oliver’s father, employs Vincent to take care of Oliver after school. Unbeknown to Maggie, Vincent is a heavy drinker and smoker and likes to hang around bars and racetracks in his spare time. But is there more to Vincent than meets the eye?” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageTwo days, one night / a film by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne.
“Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) is Sandra, a married woman with two children who plans to return to her factory job after a breakdown. However she’s told that she is to be made redundant, while her co-workers will receive a bonus. In order to help her, Sandra’s best friend at work has convinced their boss to hold a vote – do the workers want to save Sandra’s job, or keep their bonus? It is Friday and the vote will be held on Monday – Sandra has the weekend to persuade her workmates to keep her employed, or to sacrifice their bonus they need to make ends meet. Written and directed by two-time Palme d’Or-winning filmmakers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and with a commanding performance by Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night is an emotionally resonant drama.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageYou’re not you.
“When an accomplished pianist is diagnosed with the devastating and incurable disease ALS, she hires a directionless young woman who becomes her full-time caregiver. Complete opposites, the strangers form a life changing bond inspiring each other to live life to fullest, while being brought together by the most challenging of circumstances.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe water diviner.
“Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey in 1919 to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Initially blocked by military bureaucracy, his determination unwavering, he is helped first by the beautiful Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel he takes in Istanbul, and then by a Turkish Officer who had fought against Connor’s sons. Holding on to hope, Connor and Major Hasan must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth, and for Joshua to find his own peace.” (Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageWinter sleep.
“Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes, the new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon A Time In Anatolia) is an immersive and provocative drama. Set in the picturesque and striking landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a small village, half-empty, in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin, an actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre. With a steady, penetrating gaze reminiscent of that which Ingmar Bergman brought to his chamber pieces, Ceylan cuts through the smug self-image of a man who considers himself of elevated stature, but is ultimately brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is. Awarded the International Critics Prize in Cannes in addition to the Palme d’Or, Winter Sleep is a compelling and hypnotic study of human frailty.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageHomeland. The complete fourth season.
Homeland tells the story of Carrie a bi-polar CIA officer who plays by her own rules. As last season drew to a close, Carrie, pregnant with the late Brody’s baby, got promoted to a new post overseas, while Saul contemplated his future outside of the CIA. Season Four finds Carrie assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the world, where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror.” (Syndetics summary)

Thursday night films – reserve your seat

Syndetics book cover From 5th March, on Thursday evenings we are trialling screening feature films from the library’s collection at the Central Library. Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor. These screenings are free to attend. The first few will feature films based on books.
To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.
Note : reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

EDIT: Thank you all for you interest in these events. We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online. Please call the Information desk (801-4068) to get more details about the film screenings.

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Pick of the new DVDs for January

This month’s selections include acclaimed local releases The Dark Horse & Housebound, Academy Award nominated animated film Ernest & Celestine, summer blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy, acclaimed Polish film Ida & Brendan Gleeson as a troubled priest in the religious drama Calvary. New TV shows include new shows The Village, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, & a TV adaptation of the Cohen Brothers movie Fargo

cover imageAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The complete first season.
“In the wake of The Battle of New York, the world has changed forever. An extraordinary landscape of wonders has been revealed! In response, mysteriously resurrected Agent Phil Coulson assembles an elite team of skilled agents and operatives: Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and new recruit/computer hacker Skye. Together, they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. But every answer unearths even more tantalizing questions that reverberate across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.” (adapted from Editorial Reviews Amazon.com)

cover imageErnest & Celestine.
“In normal bear life, it is frowned upon to make friends with a mouse. But Ernest, a big bear, a clown and musician who lives on the fringes of bear society, nonetheless welcomes little Celestine into his home. She is an orphan and has fled the mouse world down below. These two solitary characters find support and comfort in one another, but in the process, fly in the face of convention, upsetting the established order.” (Review from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageGuardians of the galaxy
“…brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting racoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance…” (adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageFargo. The complete first season.
“The Coen Brothers’ Best Picture Oscar nominee transforms into the season’s most talked about TV debut. Fargo features a new “true crime” story and new characters…all chilled in the trademark dry wit, murderous mayhem and “Minnesota nice” of the original classic film. Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a anipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) and Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lester’s secrets and stop the relentlessly destructive Malvo.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

coverimageRipper Street. Series II.
“The explosive Ripper Street returns for a second series. East London. 1890. The long shadow of Jack the Ripper may be receding, but the job of preventing Whitechapel from descending into hell has never been more crucial for Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his loyal deputies Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake and Captain Homer Jackson. Against a society in rapid decline, the men of H Division battle new crimes where the bloated British Empire’s problems are felt most keenly at its dark heart: the East End of London.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

MyLibDVDs7The dark horse.
“Once a heralded chess champion, Genesis has spent the last few years in and out of mental institutions, battling with severe bipolar disorder. After being released from the psychiatric ward for one more chance at life, he moves in with Ariki, his gang-patched and distant brother (Hapi), and Ariki’s soon-to-be-patched teenage son, Mana (Rolleston). Needing a purpose and a reason to get out of the gang house, Genesis joins a rough-as-guts local chess club, with the wild idea of coaching the motley crew of kids to the national chess championship. On the way, Gen must face the responsibility that comes with being a leader, navigate conflict within the gang world and try to survive the potentially devastating strife that breaks out between him and his brother over his nephew’s future.” (from RealGroovy.co.nz)

cover imageHousebound.
“Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam, a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip.” (Syndetics summary)

MyLibDVDs8Begin again.
“Seduced by dreams of making it big, Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) move to New York to pursue their passion for music. However, when Dave rejects her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, Gretta find herself alone and far from home. Just when she’s decided to move back to London, life begins to look up when struggling record producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing during an open mic night. Captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity Dan persuades Gretta to take a fresh approach to making music and together they transform the streets of New York in to their recording studio, giving their careers one final shot.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageCalvary.
“Darkly comic Irish thriller starring Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson plays Father James, who is the local clergyman of a rural Irish parish. During confession one Sunday, an unseen local informs Father James of his plan of killing him as a way of gaining retribution for abuse he suffered as a young boy at the hands of another Catholic priest. Left with only seven days to make his peace, James visits those within his community while trying to track down his potential killer. Through his exchanges with the locals, which include a cuckolded butcher (Chris O’Dowd), a wealthy businessman (Dylan Moran) and an atheistic doctor (Aidan Gillen), James realises that the institution to which he has dedicated his life is becoming obsolete, causing him to doubt the validity of his faith…” (Amazon.co.uk Reviews)

cover imageThe village. Series one.
The Village is an epic drama series for BBC One starring Maxine Peake and John Simm, charting the life and turbulent times of one English village across the whole of the 20th century, written by Bafta-winning writer Peter Moffat. …the life and memories of one man, Bert Middleton, providing the backbone to the story as he lives across the entire hundred years. From boyhood to extreme old age Bert witnesses births and deaths, love and betrayal and the great political events and social upheaval that shaped and made Britain and his village what it is today.” (Reviews from Amazon.co.uk)

MyLibDVDs13Ida / a film by Pawel Pawlikowski.
“Poland 1962. On the eve of her vows, 18-year old Anna meets her estranged aunt Wanda, a cynical Communist judge who shocks the naive Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Tasked with this new identity, Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family house to discover the fate of Ida’s birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation. Masterfully directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) and photographed in stunning black and white (in the classic 1:37:1 Academy ratio), Ida is a vital and cinematic evocation of postwar Poland and an intensely personal tale of moral and spiritual awakening.” (Editorial reviews from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe trip to Italy : the 6-part series.
“From acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom comes the follow up to the BAFTA winning first series The Trip. Four years after they ate their way round the North of England, Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan take their own Grand Tour around Italy, following in the footsteps of Byron and Shelley. The Trip to Italy reunites two men for more delectable food, sharp-elbowed rivalry, eerily accurate impersonations and plenty of laughs.” (Syndetics summary)