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Elaine’s Movie Picks

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Are you running out of ideas for what to watch?  Try one of these suggestions from Elaine the Reference Librarian.  Click the title to be taken to the catalog page, where you can then request the movie.

Big Eyes:  The story of the painter of big eyed children in the 1950’s and the dramatic
courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.

Tim’s Vermeer:  A documentary about Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did seventeenth century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography?

RBG:  A documentary of the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood:  Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?:  This documentary about Mr. Rogers takes a closer look at the person behind the show, persona, and personality that helped define what it meant to be a good person and be a part of a healthy community.

Midnight in Paris:  A romantic comedy where while on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

John Lewis: Good Trouble:  A documentary of the life of Representative John Lewis using archival footage.

Young @ Heart:  A documentary of the Young at Heart Chorus, based in North Hampton, MA, (whose average age is 81) as they are led by Chorus director Bob Cilman, in their final weeks of rehearsal for a concert of rock songs.

Hugo:  Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.

The Post:  Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, and hard-nosed editor Ben Bradlee, join forces to expose a decades-long cover-up, thereby risking their careers and their freedom, to bring the truth to light.

Captain Phillips:  Based upon the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty.

Knives Out:  A tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie and a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect.

Hidden Figures:  As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.

Three Identical Strangers:  A documentary of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of nineteen, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents.

On The Basis of Sex:  Inspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the movie depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights.

Free Solo:  A documentary about the daring adventure of climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to scale the 3200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite without a rope or safety gear.

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