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The Desperate Hour

I highly recommend this high adrenalin movie, "The Desperate Hour". The entire movie has Amy Carr (Naomi Watts) in it as the mother that has just got her kids off to school and goes for a long jog in the woods. She has her cell phone with her and makes many plans and takes many calls along her long run. During her run she comes to realize that the town has been thrown into chaos - as she finds out there has been a school shooting at the high school. She is miles away and wants to know if her son is okay or even at school. He's not answering his phone and she can't get in touch with him or get to him. This movie was heart-pounding and kept me on the edge of my seat. Very good suspense thriller. Every mother's nightmare these days.



Till Death

I love a good thriller with lots of edge of your seat suspense. This movie "Till Death" does not disappoint. Emma (Meagan Fox) is having trouble in her marriage to her husband, Mark (Eoin Macken). They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and Mark has a few surprises for his wife. Mark whisks a blindfolded Emma away, to their lake house, in the winter, to celebrate a very romantic evening he has planned. Everything changes the next morning as Mark continues to keep surprising his wife. I highly recommend this thriller. It was so good. Lots of twists and turns.

Marquitta also likes this movie! You can check out Marquitta's review here.




Cruella

What an absolute delight! I loved watching the DVD "Cruella" (Rated PG-13). Emma Stone portrays Estella (Cruella) Deville perfectly. This is the predecessor to the animated Disney movie "101 Dalmatians" and why Cruella is the way she is and why she detests damnations so much. This is the story of how Estella grows up with wanting to become a fashion designer. She grabs the attention of the famous designer the Baroness von Hellman (played by Emma Thompson) and realizes that she more talented than the Baroness. The casting of characters is unbelievable when they truly portray the animated characters. The music and fashion in the movie are exciting and fun. Estelle has a revengeful and nasty personality as she transforms into Curella. I highly recommend this movie.


The Family Upstairs

After Libby's 25th birthday, she receives a letter from a lawyer telling her that she is the sole inheritor of an abandoned mansion in London's upper class neighborhood that is supposed to be worth millions. Libby knows nothing about her past, only that she was adopted when she was a baby. She is excited to learn more about her birth parents and where she was from. By claiming her inheritance, she opens herself up to individuals that want to connect with her and are wanting to find her. Years ago, the mansion was the site of a strange group suicide of her birth parents and that left Libby (a 10 month old baby) behind. She must confront her past as she searches for the truth. Really good read. I couldn't put the book down till I finished it. 

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell is available as an ebook and eaudiobook on eMediaLibrary.



A Father's Legacy

What a nice story. I truly enjoyed watching this Christian based DVD A Father's Legacy. This is the story of an old man, Billy (played by Tobin Bell), living out in the middle of the woods, on a pond. He is just going about life when he answers his front door to a young stranger Nick (Jason Mac) who has just been shot. Nick pushes his way inside Billy's house and takes him hostage in his own home. Nick is on the run from the police for robbing and stealing about $10,000. Over the next few weeks, they slowly become friends and reveal secrets about their lives and why they are in this situation. Somehow they were brought together to heal and resolve past issues that have haunted them their whole life. Nice heartfelt movie.

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In the Heights

If you love Lin-Manuel Miranda and his hit Broadway musical- Hamilton, then I think you will truly enjoy watching the musical "In the Heights" on DVD. I loved this movie! The songs and dancing tell the story of a tight knit community in Washington Heights, NY. The entire cast is so talented in telling the stories of many of the Latin American people working hard to chase their dreams. This musical is a colorful celebration of music, friends, family, neighborhood and love. The music and choreography are so cleverly done. Great movie to share with the family. I highly recommend watching more than once.




Falling

Falling by T.J Newman is a suspense filled on-stop flight from Los Angeles to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Captain of the flight is Bill Hoffman and his First Officer Ben are in the cockpit of Coastal Airway airlines. After the plane takes off from L.A., the Captain finds out that his family has been taken hostage. The terrorist is making Bill make a decision. He has to crash the plan with 149 souls on board or save his family. Bill won't make this decision and decides that he will try to save both. Little does he know that someone onboard is part of the plan to help him decide. Great action packed book. I couldn't stop reading once I started.

Available as an eaudiobook and ebook on eMediaLibrary (Libby).

The House by the Cemetery

If you're in the mood for a Halloween story, I recommend reading The House by the Cemetery by John Everson. It's the story of an abandoned house near the Midlothian turnpike by Bachelor's Grove, IL. Over many decades, teenagers have vandalized the old cemetery and have broken into the abandoned house to perform satanic rituals. Many residents in the area believed that there is a ghost of a witch that haunts the abandoned house. A young entrepreneur sees this as a business opportunity to create a haunted house (from an actual haunted house) for Halloween's month of October. He employs a carpenter, named Mike, to fix up the house. Mike soon discovers two trespassers who are eager to help him fix up the house. Many people are excited and are drawn to the house but many disappear. After the house is fixed and decorated for the haunted house, the ghosts are awakened. A few customers disappear during the haunted nights and the witch gets stronger as it gets closer to Halloween.



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Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman (Rated R) is a suspense, thriller kind of movie. I really liked the actress, Carey Mulligan, who plays Cassie. She is a young 20 something, super smart, pretty, medical school dropout who works in a small coffee shop by day. And then at night, she goes out to local bars and pretends to be drunk so that she gets guys to try and take her home to have sex with her. One day, an old former med school classmate comes by the coffee shop and asks her out. This person talks about other classmates from med school and how successful they have become. He doesn't understand why she's working in a coffee shop and why she dropped out of medical school. This opportunity opens Cassie up to reveal her problems to him and the sweet smell of revenge that is to come.




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Survive The Night

I really enjoyed reading Survive the Night (2021) by Riley Sager. It's the story of a young college student, named Charlie. Two months earlier, her college roommate and best friend, Maddy, was the third victim of a serial killer on campus, known as the Campus Killer. Charlie feels the need to get away from school and go home to visit her grandmother in Ohio. Since she doesn't drive, she is looking for a ride share on the campus ride board and by chance meets a guy, Josh, who is looking to drive her in exchange for gas money. Josh calls Charlie and tells her he will be picking her up at 9 pm. Charlie is having second thoughts at having a complete stranger drive her home. From the moment she gets in his car, and the more they talk, she starts to get an uneasy feeling that he could be the Campus Killer. The story is what happens in the next few hours on their road trip. Should Charlie escape, should she call for help, or should she just run... is he the serial killer?

Read the eBook and eAudiobook on Libby.




Let Him Go

George & Margaret Blackledge (played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), are a retired sheriff and his wife living with their son, daughter-in-law and grandson, on a Montana ranch. Their son, James dies in a horse riding accident and then many years later, their daughter-in-law, Lorna , remarries Donnie Weboy. Margaret sees that this union is very abusive and wants to get her ex daughter-in-law and grandson back. Lorna, Donnie and her son are taken away by Donnie's family. And George and Margaret must go to long measures to locate their grandson. Neither Donnie's family or George & Margaret are willing to let the boy go and George must rescue his grandson before it's too late. Very good movie.

Available in DVD and Blu-Ray.




Killing the Mob

If you enjoy learning about gangsters, outlaws and the Mafia, I recommend reading "Killing the Mob: the Fight Against Organized Crime in America" by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard. This book covers the history of corruption in the U.S. from the 1930's when bank robbers, such as Bonnie & Clyde and John Dillinger were robbing banks during prohibition. This book gives insight to the rise of the Mafia with the Hollywood elite, politicians and gambling in Las Vegas. Many conspiracies theories are looked at in regards to President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy deaths as well as the Teamsters Union boss Jimmie Hoffa. I couldn't put this book down and enjoyed learning more about the legendary mobsters and gangsters. This book is about the history of organized crime in America and the families that ruled them. 

Check out the eBook and eAudiobook on your browser through eMediaLibrary.




The Last Right

I really enjoyed watching the movie called The Last Right on Hoopla. It was a quirky, light-hearted comedy set in Ireland. The story begins with a death in the family that causes Daniel Murphy to be flying from the US back home to his family's home in Ireland to attend his mother's funeral. A chance encounter with the passenger sitting next to him on the plane sets the entire movie in motion. I really enjoyed this movie because it reminded me of an updated 2021 version of  Rain Man. It is an interesting adventure with two brothers, a friend and a stranger and their adventure across Ireland not knowing that the police are in hot pursuit of them. It's about doing what's right for FAMILY.

Watch The Last Right on Hoopla.





Home Before Dark

If you like stories about a haunted house then you will probably enjoy Home Before Dark (2020) by Riley Sager. This is the story of a Victorian estate in Vermont which the Holt family moves into to fix up. Baneberry Hall was built by William Garson in the mid 1800s. He lived there with his family and then a few other generations of the Garson's did also. William's daughter Indigo kills herself in 1889 which begins all the hauntings in the house. Many families and people come and go over the years with a number of murders and suicides that happen in the house. The Holt family is not disturbed by this history and move in . Not much has changed over the years. Over a decade of antiques and personal items are left from previous families. The Holt family suddenly leaves in a panic 3 weeks later to never return. The father Ewan Holt, writes a book about the haunted house and their families' experiences and makes lots of money from the book. 25 years later he dies and his daughter, Maggie inherits the money and the house. She can't remember her personal experiences from when she lived there those 3 weeks when she was a child and goes to the house to fix it up to sell. She always felt that the book was fictional and that her dad made most of the stories up. The past catches up with her and she finally resolves the mysteries of the house.


Check out the ebook or listen to the eaudio on Overdrive.


The Founder

I highly recommend this film about the true story of the founding of McDonald's Corporation. It's about an ambitious malt shake mixer salesman, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) and his chance encounter with Mac and Dick McDonald in 1954.

Mac and Dick have a highly successful hamburger stand in San Bernardino, CA. These two brothers have developed a speedy assembly line for producing hamburgers at a rate of 30 seconds from beginning to end. They changed the idea of a food stand or drive-in and came up with a cost-efficient model that is highly effective in reducing overhead costs. Ray Kroc sees the potential of this and goes into partnership with franchising the company, McDonald's.

The Founder (2016, rated PG-13) is the story of how Ray Kroc turned this concept into the billion-dollar empire that we have today. Check out the DVD today.


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