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The Bourne Ultimatum


The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) PG-13
In the third installment of the series (The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy), Matt Damon returns as the man on the run from the CIA. The surprises never stop during the 116-minute movie, as Bourne struggles to stay alive while discovering information about his past. But wait! It looks like the adventure will continue in a fourth movie featuring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne...something to look for in 2010.

Also check out the Robert Ludlum books that were the basis for the movies.

Xena, Warrior Princess: Season 3

Xena, Warrior Princess: Season 3 (1997-1998)
Join Xena and Gabrielle (Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor) in this action-packed comedy adventure. Set in Ancient Greece, Xena decides to reform her outlaw ways by wandering the country to fight evil. Learn a bit about Greek mythology. Watch Xena come up with clever solutions by the end of each show.

During season 3, Gabrielle gives birth to a daughter, who ages quickly and soon becomes a source of contention. Follow the drama throughout the season. Also check out the musical episode in season 5 – it's hilarious.

If you like this, you’d also like Buffy – same action packed comedy adventure, but with a vampire slant (and high school kids).

Stardust

Stardust (2007) PG-13
Feuding princes, witches, pirates, flying ships, and falling stars – what more could you want?

To prove his love to Victoria (Sienna Miller), Tristan Thorne (Charlie Cox) crosses the forbidden wall to retrieve a fallen star. Instead of finding a celestial rock, he discovers an injured Yvaine (Claire Danes).

Yvaine reluctantly follows Tristan after he promises to get her back home. What should be a simple trek turns into a fast-paced adventure as Yvaine becomes the target of evil witches (including Michelle Pfeiffer) and feuding princes.

Fighting to stay alive, Tristan and Yvaine eventually find an ally in the cultured pirate Captain Shakespeare (Robert DeNiro). During their journey, Tristan and Yvaine begin to fall for each other, but will true love be enough?

Narrated by Ian McKellen. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.

The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party (2007) R
A fascinating story based on true incidents that follows a war correspondent, a cameraman and a young journalist as they search for the no. 1 war criminal in Bosnia.

Richard Gere plays Simon Hunt, a burnt-out, discredited war journalist who sees this mission as a way to redeem himself plus claim a multi-million dollar reward. In 2000, he convinces his ex-cameraman to join him, and the son of a network VP tags along as they go on a dangerous and crazy adventure. The cast of characters they meet are amazing. A dark comedy with episodes of violence but also witty dialogue and empathetic heroes.

Happy 20th Birthday, Indian Prairie! Join us as we celebrate all day long. The festivities conclude with a Neverly Brothers concert tonight at 7:00.

Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach

Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach (1955)
Beach writes a great adventure about World War II with a lot of technical details about submarines. Also, the ending has a moral question that makes you think and really wonder what is “the right way.”

The library also has the 1958 movie of the same name starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.

It's Superman! by Tom De Haven

It's Superman! by Tom De Haven (2005)

Coming of age in rural 1930s America with unusual skills like X-ray vision and the power to stop bullets, Clark Kent takes us along on his coming-of-age journey of self-discovery. Covering years (May 1935 through February 1938), the story takes him from Smallville to New York (Metropolis). A Young Clark Kent, newly hired "Daily Planet" reporter; Lois Lane; and evil criminal mastermind Alexander "Lex" Luthor come to life in It's Superman! This is a fascinating idea. The story is as inventive and thrilling as it is touching and wise.

See what Powell's and the New York Times said about the novel. Other books by Tom De Haven include Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies (1996), Dugan Under Ground (2001), Funny Papers (2002), and the graphic novel Green Candles (1997).

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987) PG
The Princess Bride has action, comedy and romance all wrapped up in the ultimate adventure fairy tale. Adults and children will enjoy this classic film that features sword fighting, revenge, an evil prince, a giant, mythical beasts, and, of course, true love. Actors include Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can (2002) PG-13
In 1963, 16-year-old Frank Abagnale, Jr. is devastated when his parents split up. He runs away – and embarks on a journey that has him masquerading as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer.

Carl Hanratty is a career FBI agent specializing in check fraud. He dedicates – and jeopardizes – his career to catch Abagnale, who successfully acquired millions of dollars before he turned twenty. The two play a cat and mouse game for several years.

You may think it’s hard to empathize with someone who’s cheated others out of more than four million dollars, but then you haven’t met Frank Abagnale, Jr. Inspired by a true story – see what happened in Abagnale’s own words in his 1980 biography of the same name.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, and Amy Adams.

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson (2004)
Deep wreck diving is an extreme sport with a myriad of dangers. When two divers discover an unidentified wreck off the coast of New Jersey, they risk everything to uncover the name of the mysterious vessel.

See what The New York Times has to say about the book or listen to the author on NPR.

The African Queen

The African Queen (1951)

This classic movie stands the test of time. It has humor, adventure, romance and two American icons of acting. Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart are good alone, but as a team they brilliantly enhance each other. Even if you have seen it before, it’s a reliable night of fun watching and GOOD FOR ALL AGES.

Based on the 1935 novel by C. S. Forester.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (1998)
An unlikely duo attempts to tackle the over 2000 mile hike that is the Appalachian Trail. Laugh out loud as they trudge through the wilderness toward a very distant goal.

According to a January 2008 articleRobert Redford plans to produce and star in a movie adaptation.

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger (1997)
October 1991 produced one of the most devastating storms to hit the North Atlantic. Follow the crew of the Andrea Gail as it struggles for survival in tumultuous seas and learn how the rescue attempts of other ships caught in the Perfect Storm went horribly wrong. Also check out the 2000 movie based on the book.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (1997)
Few endeavors conjure up an image of adventure more vividly than the thought of scaling Mount Everest, the highest summit on Earth. Jon Krakauer details the rigors of high altitude mountain climbing and the ill-fated expedition that would claim the lives of eight people.