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Movie: Queen of Katwe

Reviewed by Jami McDonald

Phiona, a 10-year-old girl when the movie begins, lives in very impoverished conditions with her family in Uganda. Phiona’s mother, a single woman raising her children alone after the death of her husband, is very strict with her children, only wanting what she thinks is best for them in their living situation. Phiona’s world begins to change when she meets Robert Katende, a missionary worker who is teaching local children the game of chess. Phiona quickly picks up the art of playing the game, becoming the best player among her peers. Soon, her skills take her to championship games in places far away from the only home she has ever known. While she begins to experience exciting new things, swimming in a swimming pool and eating french fries with ketchup, she also faces the trials of growing up, losing games to opponents who have never known poverty, and helping her mother face the reality that her daughter is destined for great things. Queen of Katwe is a positive, uplifting film that will inspire children to work hard to achieve their goals.

Available at TCPL: DVD

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Movie: Spectre

Reviewed by Kandi Vance

“The name is Bond, James Bond.” Most everyone has heard this line from the decades that the Ian Fleming book series first started making the character James Bond come to life on the big screen. From Sean Connery to Roger Moore to Timothy Dalton to today’s James Bond Daniel Craig, all have caught the eye for the public to see how “James Bond” the actors can be.

In the latest movie, Spectre, James goes on a rogue mission to infiltrate and dismantle a malicious organization Spectre. With the secret help of key players within MI6, Moneypenny and Q, along with others James must stop this terrorist group. As James gets deeper into the heart of Spectre he recognizes similarities between himself and their leader. In order to untangle the evil web of Spectre James must come to terms these similarities with his enemy.

Spectre is an action packed movie worthy of being in the James Bond Collection.

Available at TCPL: DVD

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Movie: Spectre

Reviewed by Kandi Vance

spectre
“The name is Bond, James Bond.” Most everyone has heard this line from the decades that the Ian Fleming book series first started making the character James Bond come to life on the big screen. From Sean Connery to Roger Moore to Timothy Dalton to today’s James Bond Daniel Craig, all have caught the eye for the public to see how “James Bond” the actors can be.
In the latest movie, Spectre, James goes on a rogue mission to infiltrate and dismantle a malicious organization Spectre. With the secret help of key players within MI6, Moneypenny and Q, along with others James must stop this terrorist group. As James gets deeper into the heart of Spectre he recognizes similarities between himself and their leader. In order to untangle the evil web of Spectre James must come to terms these similarities with his enemy.
Spectre is an action packed movie worthy of being in the James Bond Collection.

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Movies similar to Stranger Things

Reviewed by Jami McDonald

If watching Stranger Things on Netflix has left you wanting more 1980s, check out these three movies that were released during that decade.

Flight of the Navigator – DVD

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While taking his dog out for an evening walk in 1978, 12-year-old David Freeman tumbles down a large embankment and loses consciousness. When he wakes up a few minutes later, he walks back to his house and finds out that someone else is living there. The year is now 1986, his parents have moved, his younger brother is 16, and NASA, who discovered an alien spacecraft around the time David woke up, is very interested in finding out where he was during the eight years that he was missing. Full of 1980’s references and nostalgia, Disney’s Flight of the Navigator is fun for the whole family.

The Goonies – DVD
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A group of friends are afraid they are going to lose their homes to a new development project when they discover a treasure map hidden behind a picture in one of their attics. Determined to find the treasure and save their homes, they set out on an adventure filled with trap-filled caves, pirates, and dangerous fugitives. Will the kids find the treasure before the criminal Fratelli family finds them? You will have to watch the movie to find out.

The Labyrinth – DVD
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Sarah is a sullen teenager who is resentful of the attention her step-mother and half-brother are receiving from her father. She loves to pretend to live in the world of her favorite story, a fairytale about magical creatures. When she gets angry at her family for making her spend an evening babysitting her brother, she calls out for the king of the goblins to come and take her brother away. She realizes after it is too late that the goblins really do exist and have taken her brother deep into their enchanted maze. Before times runs out, Sarah must reach the center of the maze and battle the King of the Goblins. Puppeteer Jim Henson directed this fantasy film that has a little something to offer everyone in your family.

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The Maze Runner (DVD)

Reviewed by Kandi Vance

The Maze Runner

This movie is based on a young adult book series by James Dasher.  The movie opens to a young man, Thomas, waking up in a box moving up to an unknown place. When the box comes to a stop and the top opens, Thomas finds himself surrounded by other young man. Disoriented, he tries to run, only to find he is in a glade with high steel walls on all sides, trapping everyone in the glade. With only his name for memories, Thomas has to come to grips with all he is told: every month a new box comes up from nowhere with supplies and a new boy. The boys have established a routine; they have delegated the work between them, some growing food, others building structures, and a few runners that map the maze. However, once Thomas shows up in the box, everything changed. Things escalate to violence and chaos as Thomas questions everything. As if that wasn’t enough, the box comes back up early with a girl in it, with a note saying that there would be no other boxes. Thomas convinces some of the boys to run the maze to escape after the monsters that live in the maze come into the glade for the first time, killing many. As even fewer make it out of the maze, they find that everyone in the facility dead, but a recording answers some questions, however, it also leaves the survivors with many more questions unanswered.

This movie is based on the first book of the James Dasher books. There are four out now, which you can find at the library, with the fifth book coming out in September. The second book, The Scorch Trials, is also a movie. It can also be found at the library.

Available at TCPL: DVD

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The Punk Singer, Directed by Sini Anderson

Reviewed by Jami McDonald

The Punk Singer DVD cover

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1968, Kathleen Hanna became interested in the feminist movement when her mother borrowed a copy of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique from their local public library. She would later form the all-girl punk band, Bikini Kill, and become a strong voice in the Riot Grrrl political movement. The Punk Singer documents Kathleen’s life from early childhood through her music and political career. The film features interviews with Kathleen, her colleagues, and her husband (Beastie Boys’ member Adam Horovitz), and provides viewers with footage of Kathleen singing with Bikini Kill and the pop punk band, Le Tigre. The documentary also includes information about Kathleen’s ongoing battle with a disease that, for several years, limited her ability to perform onstage.

I would recommend the Punk Singer to anyone who is interested in 1990’s pop culture, punk music, and/or feminist theory. If you enjoyed this film, I would also recommend the books Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus, Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein, and I Found My Friends: the Oral History of Nirvana by Nick Soulsby.

Available at TCPL: DVD

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Movie: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Reviewed by Adult Services Librarian Chris Wilkes

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a seven part BBC miniseries adopted from Suzanne Clarke’s 2004 popular fantasy novel. Mr. Norrell, played by Eddie Marsan, has set out to resurrect proper English magic. In order to gain political leverage, he makes a deal with a devilish fairy that has many unintended consequences, including the enchantment of Lady Pole and Stephen Black. Norrell takes on the pupil Jonathan Strange, played by Bertie Carvel, who proves to be a gifted, but reckless magician. As Strange heads off to assist Lord Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars, their relationship unwinds as Strange rebels against Norrell’s teachings. When the fairy kidnaps Strange’s wife, Norrell and Strange must set aside their differences and use all their magical powers to rescue her.

Although missing the historical background of English magic and fairies that the book explores, fans of the book will enjoy how the series surprisingly follows all the major and minor plot points. The acting, special effects, and period outfits combine to create a unique, magical world that is rarely seen on television or film.

Available at TCPL: Book | DVD

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Movie: Ponyo
Reviewed by Circulation Specialist Natasha Hunt

Cover of Ponyo DVD

Ponyo is a goldfish looking girl, who lives in the sea. She is found by a human boy on the rocky shore of a small fishing village.   Sōsuke the 5 year old boy who rescues what he thinks is a gold fish from a small glass jar promises to protect it forever.  In turn Ponyo, a magical being, makes up her mind to become a human like Sōsuke.

Many familiar voices are in this movie. Noah Cyrus, most known for her roles in Hannah Montana and The Hannah Montana Movie, gives her fun, caring  and adventuresome vocals to Ponyo.  Frankie Jonas, known for his roles in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam and  Spooky Buddies, vocalizes Sōsuke. Betty White takes the voice of Yoshie, a spunky young at heart women who lives in the Himawari house retirement home next door to Sōsuke’s kindergarten.  Tina Fey and Matt Damon lend their voices as Lisa and Kōichi, Sōsuke’s parents.

This lovely and heartwarming story was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who is the creator of Studio Ghibli, Inc. and, like Walt Disney, is a master story teller and artist.   His movies are full of artistic detail, breathtaking musical scores and captivating story lines. Many of Miyazaki’s films have themes of earth conservation, flying and believing in yourself.  Like Disney, Miyazaki’s films are perfect for all ages – young and young at heart.  Hayao Miyazaki has won numerous awards including the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Feature film for Spirited Away. If you like Ponyo, Tazewell County Public Library also has Spirited Away, The Secret World of Arrietty and Howl’s Moving CastleThe Secret World of Arrietty was based on the books The Barrowers by Mary Norton. Howl’s Moving Castle based on the book by Diana Wynne Jones. Please ask your librarian about these titles and movies.

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