Films in Focus: Family Halloween

Family Halloween: Since Halloween is just around the corner, here are some films for the family to get you ready for your Halloween celebrations!

Beetlejuice (1988)

The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. (DVD BEETLEJUICE)

 

Casper (1995)

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. (DVD CASPER)

 

The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)

Zeus & the Bannisters have moved into a new house, just in time for Halloween! Everything seems to be going well until they notice strange lights and sounds coming from neighbor Eli’s house. George takes it upon himself to find out what is going on, and enlists the help of an unlikely pair. (DVD DOG WHO SAVED)

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (DVD EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL)

 

Ghostbusters (1984)

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (DVD GHOSTBUSTERS)

 

Goosebumps (2015)

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. (DVD GOOSEBUMPS)

 

Halloweentown (1998)

After learning she is a witch, a girl helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures. (DVD HALLOWEENTOWN)

 

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenaged daughter. (DVD HOTEL)

 

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion. (DVD NIGHTMARE)

 

Young Frankenstein (1974)

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (DVD YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN)

Films in Focus: Magic

Movies with Magic: Here are some movies in our collection that involve magic, whether it be magicians performing magic tricks or sorcerer’s performing spells. 

The Dark Crystal (1982)

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. (DVD DARK)

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. (DVD FANTASTIC)

 

Houdini (2014)

Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. (DVD HOUDINI)

 

The Illusionist (2006)

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (DVD ILLUSIONIST)

 

Labyrinth (1986)

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth. (DVD LABYRINTH)

 

Now You See Me (2013)

An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money. (DVD NOW)

 

The Prestige (2006)

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other. (DVD PRESTIGE)

 

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake must find and train Merlin’s descendant to defeat dark sorceress Morgana la Fée. (DVD SORCERER’S APPRENTICE)

 

Stardust (2007)

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (DVD STARDUST)

 

Willow (1988)

A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen. (DVD WILLOW)

Films in Focus: Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story: Here are some films that while they have certain parts that are fictional, the main story is based on a true story or history.

The Big Sick (2017)

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. (DVD BIG SICK)

 

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor. (DVD CATCH)

 

Hidden Figures (2016)

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. (DVD HIDDEN)

 

Out of Africa (1985)

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (DVD OUT OF AFRICA)

 

The Pianist (2002)

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (DVD PIANIST)

 

Schindler’s List (1993)

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (DVD SCHINDLER’S)

 

Seabiscuit (2003)

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (DVD SEABISCUIT)

 

Spotlight (2015)

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. (DVD SPOTLIGHT)

 

United 93 (2006)

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (DVD UNITED)

 

Zodiac (2007)

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (DVD ZODIAC)

Films in Focus: Directed by Women

Here are some popular movies that were directed by women!

Austenland (2013) / Directed by Jerusha Hess

Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice (1995), a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman. (DVD AUSTENLAND)

 

The Beguiled (2017) / Directed by Sofia Coppola

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal. (DVD BEGUILED)

 

Big (1988) / Directed by Penny Marshall

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. (DVD BIG)

 

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) / Directed by Marielle Heller

A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. (DVD DIARY)

 

Frozen (2013) / Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck

When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (DVD FROZEN)

 

The Kids Are All Right (2010) / Directed by Lisa Cholodenko

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (DVD KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT)

 

Lady Bird (2017) / Directed by Greta Gerwig

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California. (DVD LADY)

 

Suffragette (2015) / Directed by Sarah Gavron

In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end. (DVD SUFFRAGETTE)

 

Wonder Woman (2017) / Directed by Patty Jenkins

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (DVD WONDER WOMAN)

 

Zero Dark Thirty (2012) / Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (DVD ZERO)

Films in Focus: Autumn

Autumn Movies: With the arrival of Autumn this week, here are some movies that feature scenes of Fall!

Dan in Real Life (2007)

A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother’s girlfriend. (DVD DAN IN REAL)

 

 

Dead Poets Society (1989)

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (DVD DEAD POETS)

 

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation. (DVD FANTASTIC MR. FOX)

 

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (DVD GOOD WILL)

 

October Sky (1999)

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes. (DVD OCTOBER)

 

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. (DVD ST. ELMO’S)

 

 

Stepmom (1998)

A terminally ill woman has to settle on her former husband’s new lover, who will be their children’s stepmother. (DVD STEPMOM)

 

Still Life (2013)

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team arrive in Three Pines to solve the unusual murder of a much-loved woman and find dark secrets shadowing this usually peaceful village. (DVD STILL)

 

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (DVD WHEN HARRY MET)

 

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet. (DVD YOU’VE GOT MAIL)

Films in Focus: Comedies

Comedies in Our Collection

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Ron Burgundy is San Diego’s top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that’s all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (DVD ANCHORMAN)

 

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (DVD BIG LEBOWSKI)

 

Blazing Saddles (1974)

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (DVD BLAZING SADDLES)

 

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (DVD BLUES BROTHERS)

 

Bridesmaids (2011)

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. (DVD BRIDESMAIDS)

 

Caddyshack (1980)

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (DVD CADDYSHACK)

 

Groundhog Day (1993)

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (DVD GROUNDHOG)

 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (DVD MONTY)

 

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him. (DVD NATIONAL ANIMAL HOUSE)

 

Some Like It Hot (1959)

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (DVD SOME)

 

Films in Focus: Documentaries

Documentaries: These movies consist of factual records or reports of events that have happened in the past.

Blackfish (2013)

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (DVD 599.5 BLA)

 

Free Solo (2018)

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan. (DVD 796.522 FRE)

 

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. (DVD 323.1196 BAL)

 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (DVD 641.5 JIR)

 

The Overnighters (2014)

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them. (DVD 363.59624 OVE)

 

RBG (2018)

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. (DVD 921 GINSBURG)

 

Super Size Me (2004)

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month. (DVD 647.95 SUP)

 

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (DVD 782 TWE)

 

Undefeated (2011)

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field. (DVD 796.332 UND)

 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers. (DVD 792.092 WON)

 

Films in Focus: DreamWorks

DreamWorks: Here are some popular movies produced by Dreamworks Animation. So grab a movie to watch with your family tonight!

Antz (1998)

A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves. (J DVD ANTZ)

 

Bee Movie (2007)

Barry B. Benson, a bee just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry’s life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue them. (DVD BEE MOVIE)

Flushed Away (2006)

The story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life. (DVD FLUSHED AWAY)

 

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (DVD HOW TO TRAIN)

 

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China’s fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts. (DVD KUNG FU)

 

Madagascar (2005)

A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild. (DVD MADAGASCAR)

 

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. (DVD MONSTERS VS ALIENS)

 

Puss in Boots (2011)

An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town. (DVD PUSS IN BOOTS)

 

Shark Tale (2004)

When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidentally killed while on the hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother decide to use the incident to their own advantage. (J DVD SHARK TALE)

 

Shrek (2001)

A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back. (DVD SHREK)

Films in Focus: Back to School

Back to School: It’s back to school time so here are some movies that feature school days in them, so if you are not going back to school, you can still relive the memories!

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. (DVD AKEELAH)

 

Dead Poets Society (1989)

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (DVD DEAD POETS)

 

Freedom Writers (2007)

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school. (DVD FREEDOM WRITERS)

 

Grease (1978)

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? (DVD GREASE)

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. (DVD HARRY POTTER #1)

 

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)

 

Monsters University (2013)

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. (DVD MONSTERS)

 

October Sky (1999)

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes. (DVD OCTOBER)

 

School of Rock (2003)

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band. (DVD SCHOOL)

 

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

A pretty, popular teenager can’t go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. (DVD TEN THINGS)

Films in Focus: Book to Film

Book to Film: There are many films that are based off of books, some classics and some newer releases. Try these films out and see if the movie or book is better.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary. (DVD BRIDGET)

 

Brooklyn (2015)

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. (DVD BROOKLYN)

 

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)

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (DVD GIRL WITH THE DRAGON)

 

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (DVD NO COUNTRY)

 

Room (2015)

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. (DVD ROOM)

 

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (DVD SENSE)

 

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)

 

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (DVD SILVER)

 

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (DVD TO KILL)

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