by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Christmas is almost here! As you enjoy days off from work and school, I know many of you will be looking for some movies to watch. Following are some of our newest additions. Look for them on our new releases shelf or place a hold to make sure you get them, since new usually means popular.
Dolphin Tale 2 is a family-friendly story about an aquarium that needs to find a new companion to share a pool with Winter, the dolphin from Dolphin Tale. While the reviews aren’t as glowing as they were for the original, critics say it’s a good old-fashioned movie that adults can enjoy with kids. It stars Harry Connick, Jr., and Ashley Judd.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, continuing the story of Caesar and the other genetically-modified apes. The human population has been nearly killed off by the virus that made the apes intelligent, and the fight is on to see which creatures will dominate the earth. Critics were overwhelmingly positive, calling it intelligent and emotionally rich. It’s a special effects-laden movie that isn’t all about the special effects.
Have you seen the Golden Globe-nominated movie The Theory of Everything about Stephen Hawking? It will be a long time until that comes out on DVD, but you can check out A Brief History of Time, the 1991 motion picture that was just re-released on DVD. This documentary examines how Hawking has lived with ALS while doing pioneering work in astrophysics.
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the huge hits of the year. Marvel has done it again, this time with superheroes that most of us had never heard of: Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. The movie begins on a sad note and then turns into a wacky space adventure. Audiences and critics loved it. If you like funny action movies, don’t miss it. (Grove City Library also has Awesome Mix Vol. 1 on CD.)
The Hundred-Foot Journey is based on the novel by Richard C. Morais. This romantic comedy tells the story of a young Indian immigrant in France. He is a naturally talented chef who plans to open an Indian restaurant near a classical French restaurant. The owner of the French restaurant vehemently opposes it. Naturally he falls in love with one of her employees.
Love Actually isn't a new movie, but it’s a new addition to Litchfield’s collection. It’s a 2003 cult classic that many people watch at Christmas time. As you watch it, you might wonder if every British actor is in the star-studded cast. It’s like a short story collection, with nine different storylines that intersect. Some are funny, some are sweet, and some are sad. Nearly all are preposterous, but fans of the movie don’t care.
The Maze Runner is the movie adaptation of the James Dashner YA novel. The first book in a dystopian series for teens, it’s been compared to The Hunger Games and the Divergent series but with a boy as the main character. In fact, nearly all of the characters are boys. The consensus seems to be that the movie is reasonably faithful to the book, and a good movie on its own.
The Pioneerland libraries will be closed December 24-25 and January 1. We will close at 5 p.m. on December 31. We will be open regular hours all of the other days around the holidays. Go online or give us a call to request the movies or books you’d like to find, or stop in to see what’s on the shelf. Have a very merry Christmas!