New Movies at the Library

Did you know he library gets new movies every month? It’s true! We thought it would be fun to highlight some of these new releases every month in order to spread the word on a couple new titles which are now available and to give you all a mini review of each of the titles we have selected. This month’s titles are:

LooperLooper – A time travel thrill ride starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.  In the near future, time travel exists, but it is so dangerous that it is immediately outlawed. However, the mob doesn’t bother with the law. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a hit man for the mob whose job it is to kill off mob targets sent back in time to be disposed of until one day, the target he is sent is an older version of himself. From there, chaos and action ensue as Joe is forced to hunt down his older self (played by Bruce Willis). This is a smart, tightly written thriller directed by Rian Johnson (who also directed the fantastic high school/film Noir mash-up Brick) on a shoe-string budget that still manages to create a convincing and intriguing world that is easy to believe. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hidden behind make-up plays a young Bruce Willis in an eerie performance that doesn’t so much mimic the older actor as capture his essence. Definitely worth seeing if you are a fan or sci-fi , action, or psychological thrillers as it manages to do all three with fascinating effect.

skyfall

Skyfall – The newest entry in the James Bond/007, if nothing else, needed to make us all forget about the lackluster previous entry, Quantum of Solace. Thankfully, Skyfall does this and so much more. Daniel Craig is back as James Bond, a dark and grittier version of the character than previously seen on screen, though also perhaps the most human. This is a Bond that is forced to confront his emotions and his past. Craig is joined by Javier Bardem, the creepy and menacing Silva, at last a fitting villain for this newest interpretation of Bond. Dame Judi Dench also provides an award worthy performance as M, Bond’s long suffering boss. Directed by Oscar winning director Sam Mendes, who brings his sweeping visual style that lends a truly beautiful sense of grandeur to the film while still managing to blend it with the traditional action-heavy cuts we expect from a Bond movie. Not only one of the best in the series, but easily one of the best movies of last year.

Perks

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – A rarity in the world of Hollywood, this adaptation of the well-known and award winning  Young Adult book was not only written for film by book author Stephen Chbosky, but was also directed by him as well. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, this is a bittersweet story of trying to find your place in the daunting world of high school. Lerman plays Charlie, an smart outcast coping with trying to learn how to understand life as a freshman at a new school.  He eventual befriends a pair of step-siblings, Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Miller), fellow outcasts who guide him into a whole new way of life. The three man leads are all excellent in their roles, with Ezra Miller’s performance in particular leading the pack. The great Paul Rudd plays a minor role as Charlie’s English teacher who does his best to encourage Charlie to come out of his shell. Regardless of whether you are a fan of the book, or not, this movie has a lot to offer. A fine balance of humor and strong emotional material that will keep you entertained and invested in the characters.

If you like this new feature, please let us know in the comments. Also feel free to make suggestions or let us know what you think of the movies we have chosen. Just remember: No spoilers!

(All images courtesy of Amazon.com)

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