New Titles — May 4

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

A mother struggles to form a loving relationship with her son despite his increasingly violent actions as he grows up.

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One-Eyed Jacks

Two criminals rob a bank. One escapes, the other is captured and sent to prison. Eventually one criminal becomes a sheriff in Monterey; the other, after having been jailed in a brutal Mexican prison for five years, comes looking for revenge and his share of the stolen gold.

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Dr. Strangelove

A satire in which the President and his military advisers struggle ineptly to avert a holocaust after a psychotic Air Force general launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union because he fears the Russians arepoisoning the water supply in the United States.

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New Titles — April 13, 2015

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The Judge

Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

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Interstellar

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

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Begin Again

British songwriter Gretta is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend. While playing at an open mic night at a local bar, she is discovered by struggling music producer Dan. Sensing her songwriting potential, Dan pushes Gretta to sign with him and record an ambitious outdoors album all across the city.

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New Titles — April 6

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Gone Girl

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

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Foxcatcher

Based on true events, the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.

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Birdman

A black comedy story of an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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New Titles — April 1, 2015

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to ‘outsource’ their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.”–Container.

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How to Train your Dragons 2

While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races, Hiccup and Toothless journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

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Shawshank Redemption

Two convicts, one white and one black, never give up the dream of freedom, and together they turn hope and Friendship into an uplifting bond no prison can ever take away..

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Spring Madness: A Cinematic Kaleidoscope (Independent Film Movement Series)

March 28 – 29, 2015

Wells Library, Room 043

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“More than ever, film choices are dictated to audiences by a smaller and smaller group of major studios, deciding which films to release based on superficial metrics that leave quality out of the equation. We created Film Movement because the system of releasing independent, foreign and documentary films needed a change. We believe that the only way to change the system is to reach out to film fans directly, to make the acclaimed independent films we love available everywhere you want to see them. At its heart, Film Movement is dedicated to providing intelligent, beautiful and compelling art to ever-growing audiences who want more than the standard Hollywood fare.”

~ Film Movement Series

Media & Reserve Services will host a two-day event bringing you continuous award-winning independent art films on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, starting at 11:00am.

Light snacks provided.

 

Saturday, March 28

CHINA     11:00am – 12:45pm

The Piano in a Factory (105min.) DVD, 2011. Dir: Zhang Meng

piano in a factoryWhen Chen’s estranged wife reappears asking for a divorce and custody of their daughter, the musician girl decides she will live with whoever can provide her with a piano. Chen’s struggle thus begins. When efforts to borrow money and even steal a piano fail, Chen concocts a preposterous plan – he’ll make a piano from scratch! He persuades a bunch of reluctant, but loyal, misfit friends to help him forge the instrument in a derelict factory from a heap of scrap steel. Though crude in design and tune, the factory piano awaits its first and final performance from his little girl. In Mandarin with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .G3618 2011

 

COLUMBIA     12:50 – 2:20pm

La Sirga (90min.) DVD, 2013. Dir. William Vega

la sirgaAlicia is helpless. War memories invade her mind like threatening thunder. Uprooted by the armed conflict, she tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a dilapidated hostel on the shores of a great lake in the highlands of the Andes. There, on a swampy and murky beach, she will try to settle down until her fears and the threat of war resurface again. In Spanish with English subtitles. PN1997.2 .S5555 2013

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VRT Announces Outstanding Notable Videos for Adults

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2015 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video. The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.

The Notable Videos for Adults committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 64 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults.

•   The Act of Killing (2013) 122 minutes.  Drafthouse Films.  Available from http://drafthousefilms.com and various distributors.Death squad leaders of the 1965 Indonesian massacres reflect on their crimes and reenact them in the style of Hollywood movies. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   After Tiller (2013) 88 minutes.  Oscilloscope Laboratories.  Available from http://www.oscilloscope.net/films/ and various distributors. The few remaining doctors performing late term abortions in the United States discuss their chosen profession and look ahead to an uncertain future for reproductive rights. ~ Media Browsing collection

•   Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (2013) 77 minutes.  First Run Features.  Available from https://firstrunfeatures.com and various distributors.  Anita Hill finds her voice as an advocate for women’s rights and gender issues after her testimony at the 1991 confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. ~ Media T&R collection, IUPUI

•   Dirty Wars (2013) 86 minutes.  IFC Films.  Available from various distributors. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, a U.S. covert fighting force, which conducts civilian torture and killings across the globe. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Five Broken Cameras (2011) 90 minutes.  Kino Lorber.  Available from http://www.kinolorber.com and various distributors. Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat documents the damage done to each of his five video cameras during nonviolent protests against Israeli settlements. ~ Media Browsing collection

•   Gideon’s Army (2013) 95 minutes.  Third World Newsreel.  Available from http://twn.org  Three dedicated Southern public defenders with staggering caseloads represent indigent clients within a problematic legal system. ~ Media T&R collection

 •   Harvest of Empire (2012) 90 minutes.  Third World Newsreel.  Available from http://twn.org A comprehensive geopolitical picture of the economic and historical realities that have guided waves of Latin American migration to the U.S. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Inequality for All (2013) 90 minutes.  Anchor Bay Entertainment.  Available from various distributors. Former U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains the growing chasm between rich and poor and its consequences for American society. ~ Media T&R collection

 •   Internet’s Own Boy (2014) 105 minutes.  Ro*co Films Educational.  Available from http://www.rocoeducational.com and various distributors. This portrait of Aaron Schwartz, programmer and Internet activist, highlights the many contributions and ideas he left behind after his suicide in 2013. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Let the Fire Burn (2013) 95 minutes.  Zeitgeist Films.  Available from https://zeitgeistfilms.com and various distributors. An account of the events leading up to the explosive confrontation which decimated the Philadelphia MOVE community, told exclusively through archival news footage. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Los Angeles Plays Itself (2014) 169 minutes.  Cinema Guild.  Available from http://cinemaguild.com and various distributors. Los Angeles’ imprint upon the American imagination is examined in this video essay of the city as character and subject in motion pictures.  ~ on order

 •   Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012) 107 minutes.  Docurama.  Available from various distributors. The serial sexual abuse of hundreds of deaf students by a Milwaukee priest exposes patterns of secrecy and denial within the Catholic church hierarchy. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Particle Fever (2012) 99 minutes.  Ro*co Films Educational.  Available from http://www.rocoeducational.com An international team of physicists work to complete the Large Hadron Collider to prove the existence of the Higgs boson particle. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2013) 92 minutes.  First Run Features.  Available from https://firstrunfeatures.com and various distributors. Expands the history of photographic arts by exploring African American personal identity and representation through family portraits and albums. ~ Media Browsing collection, IUSB

 •   Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013) 85 minutes.  Kino Lorber.  Available from http://www.kinolorber.com and various distributors. Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal traces the tragic journey of an illegal immigrant from his Central American village to the Arizona desert. ~ Media Browsing collection

 Be sure to check with the Wells Library Media & Reserve Services for availability of titles.

 

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New Media Titles – February 9

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

Hassan is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant–that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant so near her own escalate to all out war; until Hassan’s cooking talent and love for Mme. Mallory’s assistant, Marguerite, cannot be ignored.

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The Canyons

Manipulative and scheming young movie producer Christian makes films to keep his trust fund intact, while his actress girlfriend and bored plaything, Tara, hides a passionate affair with an actor from her past. When Christian becomes aware of Tara’s infidelity, the young Angelenos are thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.

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The Milk of Sorrow

Fausta suffers from “The Milk of Sorrow,” an illness transmitted through mother’s milk by women who’ve been raped during Peru’s civil wars. Stricken with the fear that she’s contracted the illness from her mother’s breast milk, Fausta goes to extreme lengths to protect her own sexuality and safety. After her mother’s sudden death, she finds herself compelled to embark on a frightening journey for re-awakening, freedom, and wholeness.

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New Titles– February 2, 2015

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I Love You, Man

After Peter gets engaged to the woman of his dreams, he realizes he has not one friend to serve as his best man. To rectify the situation, he goes on a series of man-dates before he meets Sydney Fife, with whom he instantly bonds. While Peter and Sydney become closer, his relationship with his fiancee begins to suffer, forcing him to choose between her or his new B.F.F.

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Logan’s Run

In the 23rd century, humans forsake the ravaged outer environment by living in a vast, bubbled metropolis. There, computerized servo-mechanisms provide all needs and everyone can pursue endless hedonism. Endless, that is, until Lastday. That’s when anyone who’s 30 must submit to Carrousel, a soaring, spinning trip to eternity and supposed rebirth. Logan 5, a Sandman authorized to terminate Runners fleeing Carrousel, decides to become a Runner himself once he finds out the horrible truth about Lastday.

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Guardians 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 Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits. But when Quill 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.

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New Arrivals–December 6

Feature Films

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Single White Female

A young woman takes a roommate who seems to be working out well, until she discovers the roommate is beginning to take over her personality and life.

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The Grifters

Three con artists walk on the razor’s edge of life. Lilly has decided it’s time to get out, and wants her son out, too. But Roy has fallen for sleek Myra, who wants him for her partner.

TV Series

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Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season

A chemistry teacher diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer teams up with his former student to cook and sell crystal meth.

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New Titles — November 17th, 2014

Feature Films

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The Hole

Liz Dunn and three of her prep school friends decide to hide in a long-abandoned bomb shelter to party and hang out. But when someone locks them in, anxious hours turn into desperate days and their spontaneous adventure turns into a bloody fight for survival.

Foreign Films

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Asha Bhosle: Golden Collection

Songs from popular Hindi motion pictures.

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Actrius ; Amic/amat ; Un berenar a Ginebra

Actrius: A young drama student interviews three great actresses: an international diva, a television star and a dubbing director, and she discovers, in their memories, the grandeur and the misery of theatre.

Amic/mat: A mature and ill man, a medieval literature professor, has gone over his personal life and has decided, amongst his doubts, what he wants to leave others once he passes away.

Un berenar a Ginebra: In 1973, towards the end of the Franco regime, the famous Catalan writer Mercè Rodoreda bumped into the literary critic Josep Maria Castellet in Geneva where she lived exiled and she invited him to tea at her house. The writer was a most discrete person and maintained everything that concerned her wrapped in secrecy. Indeed she herself had become a secret or perhaps, even a maker of secrets. However that afternoon, strangely, she opened up and shared many intimacies.

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