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)

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)

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)

Films in Focus: Dancing

Dancing Movies: Here are some movies in our collection that either focus on dance or have famous dance scenes in them. 

Billy Elliot (2000)

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (DVD BILLY ELLIOT)

 

Black Swan (2010)

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. (DVD BLACK SWAN)

 

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (DVD DIRTY DANCING)

 

Flashdance (1983)

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. (DVD FLASHDANCE)

 

Footloose (1984)

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (DVD FOOTLOOSE)

 

Magic Mike (2012)

A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. (DVD MAGIC)

 

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Anxious about his future after high school, a 19-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn tries to escape the harsh reality of his bleak family life by dominating the dance floor at the local disco. (DVD SATURDAY NIGHT)

 

Save the Last Dance (2001)

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past. (DVD SAVE)

 

Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)

Romantic sparks occur between two dance students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts. (DVD STEP UP 2)

 

West Side Story (1961)

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (DVD WEST SIDE)

Films in Focus: Marvel

Popular Marvel Movies in Our Collection

Ant-Man (2015)

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (DVD ANT-MAN)

 

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe. (DVD AVENGERS)

 

Black Panther (2018)

T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past. (DVD BLACK)

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. (DVD CAPTAIN AMERICA 2)

 

Captain Marvel (2019)

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. (DVD CAPTAIN)

 

Doctor Strange (2016)

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts. (DVD DOCTOR)

 

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe. (DVD GUARDIANS)

 

Iron Man (2008)

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (DVD IRON)

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. (DVD SPIDER-MAN)

 

Thor (2011)

The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (DVD THOR)

Films in Focus: Dysfunctional Families

Dysfunctional Families: All of these movies feature dysfunctional families, just in time for Thanksgiving and dealing with your own family. Maybe you should watch these movies to feel better about the craziness in your own family!

August: Osage County (2013)

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (DVD AUGUST)

 

Boyhood (2014)

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college. (DVD BOYHOOD)

 

 

Captain Fantastic (2016)

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. (DVD CAPTAIN)

 

Death at a Funeral (2007)

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family. (DVD DEATH)

 

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (DVD LITTLE MISS)

 

Nebraska (2013)

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (DVD NEBRASKA)

 

Parenthood (1989)

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. (DVD PARENTHOOD)

 

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister’s wedding. (DVD RACHEL GETTING)

 

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (DVD SQUID)

 

Terms of Endearment (1983)

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter’s family problems. (DVD TERMS)

Films in Focus: Shopping Scenes

Shopping Scenes: With Black Friday right around the corner, here are some movies that have classic shopping scenes in them. Watch them to get prepared for the shopping frenzy!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. (DVD BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S)

 

Clueless (1995)

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way. (DVD CLUELESS)

 

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (DVD CRAZY STUPID)

 

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine. (DVD DEVIL)

 

Drive Me Crazy (1999)

Nicole and Chase used to be BFFs, then junior high happened. The high school centennial dance is coming but Nicole gets dumped. So does Chase. They stage a relationship to get at their exes. They visit each other’s worlds. Love in the air? (DVD DRIVE ME CRAZY)

 

Enchanted (2007)

A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer. (DVD ENCHANTED)

 

Mean Girls (2004)

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. (DVD MEAN)

 

Pretty Woman (1990)

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love. (DVD PRETTY WOMAN)

 

27 Dresses (2008)

After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister’s side as her sibling marries the man she’s secretly in love with. (DVD TWENTY-SEVEN)

 

What Women Want (2000)

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. (DVD WHAT)

 

Films in Focus: Disney Classics

Disney Classics: Disney’s new streaming service comes out this week. Here are some Disney Animated Classics to get you ready!

Bambi (1942)

The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (J DVD BAMBI)

 

 

Cinderella (1950)

When Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. (J DVD CINDERELLA)

 

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. (J DVD EMPEROR)

 

The Lion King (1994)

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities. (J DVD LION KING)

 

The Little Mermaid (1989)

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince’s love. (J DVD LITTLE MERMAID)

 

Moana (2016)

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. (DVD MOANA)

 

Mulan (1998)

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process. (J DVD MULAN)

 

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him. (J DVD PRINCESS AND THE FROG / DVD PRINCESS AND THE FROG)

 

Robin Hood (1973)

The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals. (J DVD ROBIN HOOD)

 

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies. (J DVD SLEEPING BEAUTY)

Films in Focus: Historical Movies

Historical Films: Since Daylight Savings Time was on Sunday, and we fell back in time, here are some movies that are based on historical happenings from the past.

Amistad (1997)

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (DVD AMISTAD)

 

Gladiator (2000)

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery. (DVD GLADIATOR)

 

Jackie (2016)

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. (DVD JACKIE)

 

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (DVD KINGDOM)

 

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War. (DVD LAST OF THE MOHICANS)

 

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (DVD LETTERS)

 

Milk (2008)

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. (DVD MILK)

 

Munich (2005)

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. (DVD MUNICH)

 

12 Years a Slave (2013)

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (DVD TWELVE)

Films in Focus: Scary Movies

Scary Movies: Halloween is just two days away! So get in the mood with these scary movies! Maybe watch them with the lights on!

Carrie (2013)

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. (DVD CARRIE)

 

Get Out (2017)

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point. (DVD GET OUT)

 

Halloween (2018)

Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. (DVD HALLOWEEN)

 

It (2017)

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town. (DVD IT)

 

Psycho (1960)

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (DVD HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO)

 

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. (DVD PURGE)

 

A Quiet Place (2018)

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing. (DVD QUIET)

 

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. (DVD SILENCE)

 

The Sixth Sense (1999)

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (DVD SIXTH)

 

The Thing (1982)

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims. (DVD THING)

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