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Movies for Merriment

Worn out from all the holiday to-and-fro?  Relax with a movie.  The Library offers movies in DVD, as well as VHS, for borrowing, free.  Features, classics, children’s, tv series, documentaries--the collection includes them all.  Check these out:

The Jane Austen Book Club
A group of six friends, in Sacramento, gather to distract themselves from loss - a newly dumped Sylvia, Prudie's repressed disappointment, or Jocelyn, who has a life of unrealized dreams. All are devoted Jane Austen fans, except the lone man, Grigg, who has an ulterior motive for joining the chick-lit gang. There's plenty of pride (Prudie), prejudice (Jocelyn), sense (Sylvia), and sensibility (Sylvia's daughter Allegra). Throw in a fair amount of persuasion. Relationships and alliances unfold over the months.

Roy Eberhardt has moved with his family so often he literally has lost count of the number of times he has had to change schools. Roy ought to be used to being the new kid at school by now, but making the switch from Montana to Florida proves to be a major challenge. While Roy quickly becomes the target of the school bully, he is befriended by Beatrice Leep, a spunky girl with enough nerve to stand up to Dana, and her brother Mullet Fingers. Beatrice and Mullet share a big secret with Roy: they have a hidden hideaway where they look after a flock of endangered owls. That is of little concern to Chuck Muckle, a top executive from the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House chain, who is planning to build a new restaurant in the hollow where the owls nest. The three kids are determined to find a way to save the owls and have a plan. They have uncovered evidence of some dirty doings tied in to the pancake house.  Based on the book by Carl Hiassen.  It’s a hoot!

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical, animated land and finds herself in reality--the gritty streets of modern-day Manhattan. Giselle, adrift in our chaotic world, is shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever after" basis. This place is badly in need of enchantment! But when she begins to fall in love with the charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid - even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home - she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?

Fly Away Home
A 13-year old girl and her estranged father learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them how to fly.

A musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter. The film imagines Porter looking back on his life as a stage show, with past memories taking shape as numbers in an elaborate and elegant musical accompanied by his songs. His personal history is illustrated by these performances, especially the complicated relationship with his wife, wealthy socialite Linda Lee Porter, who is shown as being the main inspiration for his work despite his extramarital affairs.

The Man in the Iron Mask
It is a time of both splendor and despair for the deeply divided French nation where the self-serving King Louis XIV enjoys the riches of the world while his people starve. Believing he is all-powerful, Louis fears no one -- except the one person who could bring an end to his absolute power: the man he condemned to wear an iron mask and imprisoned for life. But when the king's selfish excesses go too far, retired Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis vow to free the mysterious prisoner who may be France's only hope for survival. Only one question remains: will their old comrade, the legendary d'Artagnan help them -- or destroy them?

Marley & Me
John and Jen are newly married journalists. Marley is the adopted puppy that no one wants, a high-strung lab who is virtually untrainable. Marley shreds cushions, destroys floors and walls and most everything in between. Instead of taking him to the pound, John and Jen love their dog and he faithfully loves them in return. The family grows, moves, and changes, but Marley remains the constant. Based on the memoir of Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan about life with his yellow Labrador retriever.

Stomp Live, Stomp Out Loud
A combination of percussion; movement; and visual comedy, Stomp can make music out of anything; anytime; anywhere.  See them live in one of the most successful stage shows of all time.  Bonus features: interview with Stomp creators, Stomp tour previews, behind the scenes footage, history of Stomp, performer bios.

Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory
A little boy is abandoned by his parents and raised by some older unmarried cousins, where he develops a close bond with one of the ladies. When he is urged to move on with his life by one of them, he never forgets the memories of his favorite friend.

It’s A Wonderful Life
In this classic Christmas movie starring Jimmy Stewart, George Bailey, a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.  Make this one part of your annual holiday ritual.

The movie collection rotates among the libraries in Bluefield, Richlands, and Tazewell.  You don’t have to wait for the collection to rotate to view movies of interest, however; you may request a movie in any collection to be delivered to the branch nearest you.  You may borrow two DVDs and/or three videos for seven days, and may renew them once.

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