Films in Focus: Long Run-Time

Here are some movies that have long run-times for the long winter nights!

Australia (2008)

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand. (2h 45 min) (DVD AUSTRALIA)

Ben-Hur (1959)

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (3h 32min) (DVD BEN-HUR)


The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Eight years after the Joker’s reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (2h 44min) (DVD DARK KNIGHT)


The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (3h 22min) (DVD GODFATHER 2)


King Kong (2005)

A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives. (3h 7 min) (DVD KING)


The Last Emperor (1987)

The story of the final Emperor of China. (2h 43 min) (DVD LAST)



Seven Samurai (1954)

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (3h 27min) (DVD SEVEN SAMURAI)


The Ten Commandments (1956)

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (3h 40min) (DVD TEN COMMANDMENTS)


The Thin Red Line (1998)

Adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (2h 50min) (DVD THIN RED)


Titanic (1997)

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (3h 14min) (DVD TITANIC)

Can You Keep a Secret? (2019)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

“I love Sophie Kinsella books; she is one of my favorite chick-lit authors. When I saw that they were making a movie out of one of her books, I was extremely excited to settle in and watch it!

Can You Keep a Secret? follows Emma Corrigan (played by Alexandra Daddario) as she traverses the pitfalls of living a boring life in New York. While she is on a plane she divulges all of her secrets to Jack Harper (Tyler Hoechlin) due to turbulence and the fact that she thinks she is going to die. When they safely land, she goes about her boring life, until the CEO of the company she works for comes to town, and it is Jack Harper. So now she has a new boss who knows all of her secrets…and I mean all of them!

I found this movie to be utterly charming, just like Sophie Kinsella’s books! Emma was completely relatable and Jack was dreamy. If you are looking for a cute romantic movie with a little spice, I would definitely recommend this one!

Available through the Bridges Library System

#TBT: 2009

Popular Books Published in 2009

The Lost Symbol / Dan Brown

A mysterious clue leading to a series of puzzles; a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing; ancient secrets; mysterious organizations that link past to present. (FIC BROWN, DAN)


Catching Fire / Suzanne Collins

By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. (TEEN FIC COLLINS)

The Maze Runner / James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. (TEEN FIC DASHNER)


Dark Places / Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”. She escaped and survived to later testify that her 15-year-old brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later she is contacted by “The Kill Club” and pumped for information they hope to use to free Ben. Libby hatches a plan to profit from her tragic past but ends up being chased by a killer. (FIC FLYNN)

If I Stay / Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. (TEEN FIC FORMAN)


What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures / Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell (The Tipping Point ) has gathered 22 of his pieces that have appeared in The New Yorker since 1996, arranging them into three sections: “Obsessive, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius,” “Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses,” and “Personality, Character and Intelligence.” (302 GLA)

The White Queen / Phillipa Gregory

A tale of the Wars of the Roses follows Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery. (FIC GREGORY)


Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen / Christopher McDougall

McDougall reveals the secrets of the world’s greatest distance runners–the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon, Mexico–and how he trained for the challenge of a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of super-athletic Americans. (796.424 MCD)

The Last Olympian / Rick Riordan

The long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy Jackson’s sixteenth birthday unfolds as he leads an army of young demigods to stop Kronos in his advance on New York City, while the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster, Typhon. (J FIC / J PBK / TEEN FIC RIORDAN)


The Help / Kathryn Stockett

Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project. (FIC STOCKETT)


Did you know? The cost of a Superbowl ad in 2009 was $3,000,000. 

The 19th Christmas by James Patterson

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

In the 19th book of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series, Lindsay Boxer and her friends are getting ready to celebrate Christmas. But when a criminal known as “Loman” starts planting false clues and using multiple criminals to mask his true intentions, Lindsay and her colleagues must use all their knowledge and expertise to try and figure out the true plans before Christmas.

I have now read all the books in the Women’s Murder Club series, and while they are all enjoyable, quick reads, I feel like the beginning books were much stronger than the last few. But I will still keep reading the series, because I love the four women characters and how they all come together to solve crimes.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC PATTERSON)

Films in Focus: Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies

A Christmas Story (1983)

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (DVD CHRISTMAS)


Elf (2003)

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. (DVD ELF)


Home Alone (1990)

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (DVD HOME ALONE)


Love Actually (2003)

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (DVD LOVE)


Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (DVD MIRACLE)


The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. (J DVD MUPPET CHRISTMAS)


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (DVD NATIONAL)


The Polar Express (2004)

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. (DVD POLAR)


Scrooge (1970)

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (DVD SCROOGE)


White Christmas (1954)

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. (DVD WHITE CHRISTMAS)

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Reviewed by Holly (Library Staff)

This book took me on a journey back to High School. The main character is a home schooled girl that is attending public school for the first time. The author describes a convergence of two opposing forces, a free spirited youngster and a conventional high school. At first the originality of the girl named Stargirl was refreshing and embraced by many. Then things change. Remembering how important it was to be popular was a common chord in this book. Stargirl also experiences her first love. This book is a quick pleasant read for anyone wanting to escape the adult world and be transported to a simpler time. I read the book because I heard it was being made into a movie. The movie is due to hit theaters in the Spring of 2020. The main character is being played by Grace Vanderwaal, a former winner of America’s Got Talent.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC SPINELLI)

Moulin Rouge! The Musical (2019)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

I’ve always enjoyed the music from Moulin Rouge, so when I heard a Broadway musical was being made based on the movie, I was excited to hear what it would sound like. Finally, the soundtrack for the Broadway musical came out and I got to take a listen, and I was pleasantly surprised.

This musical is what is considered a “jukebox” musical, where the creators took a bunch of snippets of popular songs and combined them to tell the story. While some people might not enjoy this, I found it fascinating and entertaining. And no worries, the favorites from the movie are still there, including “Your Song” and “Come What May.” This musical contains songs from all the popular musicians of today, from Beyoncé to Katy Perry, and many more! I enjoyed this soundtrack and would definitely recommend it!

Available through the Bridges Library System

#TBT: 1995

Popular Books Published in 1995

Notes from a Small Island / Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s account of the seven weeks he spent traveling through Great Britain by train and on foot. (914.10 BRY)


The Lost World / Michael Crichton

Six years after the disaster at Jurassic Park, rumors that something survived bring several teams of people to a deserted island off the coast of Costa Rica. (FIC CRICHTON)


The Rainmaker / John Grisham

The intricacies of the American legal system come alive in a tale of courtroom drama, corporate greed, intrigue, and danger. (FIC GRISHAM)


High Fidelity / Nick Hornby

A pop music junkie ponders life, love, and hangs out with the two offbeat clerks who work at his semi-failing record store. (FIC HORNBY)


Left Behind / Tim LaHaye

After millions of people around the world vanish in one moment, in what many claim to be the Rapture, Rayford Steele begins a search for the truth amidst global chaos. (FIC LAHAYE)


Where the Heart Is / Billie Letts

Pregnant, overweight, and convinced about her inherent bad luck, Novalee Nation hopes for a new life in a new state with her boyfriend but is dumped along the way in Oklahoma, where she finds her spirit renewed. (FIC LETTS)


Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong / James W. Loewen

James W. Loewen, a distinguished critic of history education, puts 12 popular textbooks under the microscope. What he finds is a proliferation of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, misinformation, and flat-out lies filling the pages. (973 LOE)

Sabriel / Garth Nix

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. (TEEN FIC NIX)


A Child Called “It” / Dave Pelzer

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games–games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.” (362.76 PEL)

The Golden Compass / Philip Pullman

Accompanied by her shape-shifting daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. (TEEN FIC PULLMAN)

Did you know? Starbuck’s Frappuccino was released in 1995!

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Reviewed by Jen Bremer (Library Staff)

Hard working, young single mother, Catherine Wright, has the world on her shoulders and trauma in her rearview mirror. She’s putting everything she has into raising her 5 year old daughter and living a quiet life. A quiet life that shatters when she saves the life of a man on a lonely stretch of road. Not just any man, however. Brett Madden is the son of Hollywood royalty and a hockey star in his own right. Suddenly, the trauma in Catherine’s rearview is dredged up front and center, but along with it comes a chance for romance and happiness.

The well written characters in the story are really what carry you through. The real scene stealer is Catherine’s daughter, Brenna. She adds hilarity and honesty that only a little kid can. The plot is an easy formula that works and the romance isn’t over the top. It’s a sweet story perfect for a quiet night in or a lazy vacation day on the beach.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Films in Focus: Hallmark Christmas Movies

Hallmark Christmas Movies: What is better than a Hallmark Christmas movie during the holiday season? Pick up one of these to enjoy!

A Bramble House Christmas (2017)

Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why his father left a nurse, named Willa $100,000, and goes undercover to investigate. When she discovers his true identity, will it keep her from ever trusting him again? (DVD BRAMBLE)


Christmas at Holly Lodge (2017)

Sophie Bennett, the owner, tries to convince a developer that the lodge would be a bad investment. (DVD CHRISTMAS)


Christmas Homecoming (2017)

A widow of a war hero takes in an injured soldier who has just returned from Afghanistan. Together they help each other heal and find true love. (DVD CHRISTMAS)


Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa (2018)

When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. (DVD CHRISTMAS)

Christmas Next Door (2017)

Eric Randall, a famous author who writes about how to stay a bachelor is forced to look after his niece and nephew over the holidays and, with the help of his Christmas-loving neighbor, April Stewart, he learns to find love and the Christmas spirit. (DVD CHRISTMAS)


A Gingerbread Romance (2018)

With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. (DVD GINGERBREAD)


A Heavenly Christmas (2016)

Upon her untimely death, a workaholic who never put much value into the joys of Christmas finds herself recruited to be a Christmas Angel — and is assigned a hard luck case that she accidentally falls in love with. (DVD HEAVENLY)


Maggie’s Christmas Miracle (2017)

Maggie, a single mom has to balance between her career and her son, Jordan. Jordan finds a tutor named Casey to help him at school, and Casey becomes like a father figure. Will the three of them find happiness and love once again? (DVD MAGGIE’S)


Mrs. Miracle (2009)

Overwhelmed widower Seth Webster is searching for a housekeeper to help him with his unruly six year old twin sons. “Mrs. Miracle” mysteriously appears and quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend… and matchmaker. (DVD MRS. MIRACLE)


The Town Christmas Forgot (2010)

On his way to a luxury resort for the Christmas holiday, banker Charles Benson’s car breaks down, so his family gets stuck in Nowhere, Colorado, a sleepy town which seems to be dying since its mine closed. (DVD TOWN)