Ferdinand (2017)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

Super Cute! Anyone who has enjoyed the book will find the movie entertaining and charming. It sticks to the original story as best as can be expected when you turn an illustrated children’s book into a hour and a half long movie. Between the addition of a sassy goat and some snobbish horses, Ferdinand manages to stay funny, upbeat, and exciting enough to keep kids attention, while not being obnoxious or so annoying that parents start to go mad after the 3rd viewing.

Located in DVDs (DVD FERDINAND)

Outlander Season 3 (2017)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

It was the reunion that Outlander fans were anxiously awaiting for. Separated by time and space, would Jamie and Claire ever see each other again? And more importantly, resume their star-crossed love affair? As you might imagine, the answers to both of these questions is a resounding yes. Based on the third book of the Outlander series “Voyager,” season three is bifurcated between this long awaited reunion and an adventure across the ocean. As such, although still enjoyable, it felt a bit scattered to me. Still, there are many enjoyable scenes and since the season ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, I will be curious to see how Season 4 takes up the mantle.

Located in TV Series (TV SERIES OUTLANDER SEASON 3)

Snowpiercer (2013)

Reviewed by Anonymous

The 2013 film version of Snowpiercer was tactful in saying that it was “inspired” by the graphic novel. Because the film creates a whole new story and characters, with some characters loosely based off ones from the graphic novel. The basic plot is the same from the graphic novel but with different companions and slightly different motivations. I personally didn’t like this film overall. I didn’t hate everything about it but I felt the rich and powerful people on the train to be foolishly cartoonish. In the graphic novel the antagonists were fueled by normal human faults like greed, lust or power. But in the film I felt like the antagonists were evil just because “it’s fun”. The ending is also very different between the graphic novel and the film. Without spoiling what happens, I’ll just say that it felt very cobbled together into a “happily ever after” ending. Which to me undercuts the poignantly tragic story that the graphic novel did so well. If you like the premise and/or the setting of the film I strongly recommend you read the graphic novel.

Located in DVDs (DVD SNOWPIERCER)

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

In this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel, Hercule Poirot (played by the director of the film, Kenneth Branagh) needs to return to London for a case, so he hops aboard the Orient Express. While on the train, a murder happens, and it is up to Poirot to discover the murderer among the passengers.

This movie has an all-star cast, including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, and many more. I have never read this particular Agatha Christie novel, so I had no clue who was the murderer. I was definitely surprised with the end result. The movie started off somewhat slow in the beginning, but as it neared the end, it picked up and became more exciting, especially trying to figure out who committed the murder. While I won’t need to see this movie again, I would recommend it to anyone who likes Agatha Christie, or slow-burning murder mysteries.

Located in DVDs (DVD MURDER)

Wonder (2017)

Reviewed by Jen Bremer and Lily the Kid (Library Staff)

My daughter, Lily (age 9), and I watched the beautiful new film adaptation of “Wonder” for our weekly Family Movie Night. Below is her critique of the film.

Augie is super nice. He’s the main character and has an illness that scarred his face. He lives with his mom, dad, sister, and dog.

Augie teaches everyone in his life how to be kind just by being kind to them. Its super important to be kind to people and never be a bully. Bullying is bad and makes people sad. Don’t be a bully. Ever.

Oh, and Augie’s teacher is played by the actor who was Lafayette in Hamilton! HE’S SUPER AWESOME! (Lily insisted this must be in CAPS.)

You should totally watch Wonder and read the book. They’re both really, really, really, really great!

*Mom Note: As a mom, I welcome any film that I can enjoy just as much as my kiddo, and has a positive message. This film is brilliantly done and shows not just Augie’s life, but rounds out those of his sister, her best friend, Augie’s friends, and the ensemble cast of adults. It’ll have you laughing and crying. Definitely add Wonder to your Family Movie Night and don’t forget the popcorn!

Located in DVDs (DVD WONDER)

American Assassin (2017)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

American Assassin follows Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit, as he joins a Cold War veteran, Stan Hurley, to try and stop a rogue operative who wants to start World War III. If the name Mitch Rapp sounds familiar, it’s because this movie is based off of a Vince Flynn book series. While American Assassin is not the first book in the series, it is a kind of prequel that shows how Mitch Rapp becomes involved in the CIA.

Having never read any of the books in the series, I was uncertain about what to expect. While I was entertained by this movie, it was definitely not the best action movie I’ve ever seen. Certain aspects of the movie I found confusing and hard to follow, but overall it was an enjoyable action flick to watch on a lazy Saturday.

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The Snowman (2017)

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Michael Fassbender portrays the tormented detective Harry Hole with aplomb in The Snowman but his contribution is diminished by the chaos created with the parade of characters marching through the film. The volume overwhelms the viewer and makes it difficult to discern character depth and growth as well as the rich plot weaving it all together. The adaptation of the book to film resulted in many alterations, the largest of which was to cut short the life of one of the main characters whose story is intertwined with and influences Harry’s. Similar liberties were taken with the killer and portrayal of his childhood which, in the novel, really goes a long way towards explaining why he becomes and behaves as he does. All in all, to get the most out of this title I would suggest audiences invest their time and effort in the book over its cinematic interpretation.

Located in DVDs (DVD SNOWMAN)

Big Little Lies

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

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Located in TV Series (TV SERIES BIG SEASON 1)

Everything, Everything (2017)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

This movie is based on a book by Nicola Yoon which I reviewed last year. I loved the book so I was skeptical that I would enjoy the movie. I’m happy to say that the movie lived up to the book’s reputation.

The movie follows 18-year-old Maddy, who is stuck inside her house due to an illness that would cause her to die if she went outside. When Olly moves in next door, they start communicating and eventually fall in love. They decide to risk everything to be together, but will it be the end of them?

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Located in DVDs (DVD EVERYTHING)