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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.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) R
In this hilarious, over-the-top, often off-color, send up of pop star bios, John C. Reilly plays Dewey Cox from his early struggles as a rockabilly crooner through his Dylan period to meditating with John, Paul, George, and Ringo in India. Reilly is perfect as the none too bright Dewey--but he can sing!

Walk the Line

Walk the Line (2006) PG-13
Johnny Cash, his story. Johnny Cash and June Carter, their story. As we follow the life of Johnny Cash, we discover that his life was so entwined with the life of June Carter, you can’t have one without the other (no pun intended). Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon plays the part of June Carter with such conviction that you understand the strength of their love. As they say, this movie really rocks.

And tonight at 10:00 p.m. on PBS, check out the 1969 documentary Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music. Watch him perform with June Carter Cash and Bob Dylan; then go behind the scenes with friends and family. You can also read an interview with Reese Witherspoon, who talks about preparing for Walk the Line and portraying June.

The Scent of Green Papaya = Mùi du du xanh

The Scent of Green Papaya = Mùi du du xanh (1993)
This is a beautiful film set in 1950s Vietnam. It is a simple story of servant girl Mui’s life and love, but its real appeal is the sensuous imagery and elegant camera work that make it a work of art. The film won the Caméra d'Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Dan in Real Life

Dan in Real Life (2007) PG-13
A great family movie. I loved Dan but was frustrated with him. He’s raising teenage daughters alone after his wife dies. He writes about family issues / relationships, but has trouble relating to his own girls and all women in general.

He’s afraid. Everything he does seemed to fail, including raising his daughters. His girls don’t like his parenting decisions (like what teenager does). His own family sees him the same way his kids do – not as a failure, but flawed. His parents and siblings take him for granted. He seems to always be competing with his brothers -- even the girl he likes turns out to be his brother’s girlfriend (although he didn’t know it at the time). Dan's chance at love is shattered. I suppose the situation reflected on what he always thought about himself: that he was a loser.
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The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) PG-13
Six women and one male newcomer decide to meet once a month to discuss the six novels of Jane Austen. As each month passes, romantic troubles and misunderstandings in the lives of the six friends are replicated in the predicaments of Miss Austen’s heroines.

Based on the novel by Karen Joy Fowler.

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004) PG-13
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman star in this dark but moving and inspirational movie that won four Oscars, including “Best Picture of the Year.” The top notch acting and the heart wrenching and powerful story make this movie more than a simple “female boxer does good” tale.
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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.

Starting Out in the Evening

Starting Out in the Evening (2007) PG-13
Frank Langella is aging author Leonard Schiller. He has been struggling for ten years with his current project. All of his old novels are out of print, and he is worried about his daughter, alone at 39 and desperate for a baby. Then a young graduate student, writing her thesis on Leonard, inserts herself into his life. But is she savior or threat? A quiet thoughtful movie about very real, flawed people.

Visit the official movie website or the Sundance Film Festival page. Read a New York Times review of the movie or the Brian Morton book the movie was based on.

Bride and Prejudice

Bride and Prejudice (2004) PG-13
The stunning Aishwarya Rai stars in this Bollywood reworking of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice. In the middle of the sparkling musical numbers, a story breaks out! Will the independent Lalita, daughter of the matchmaking Mrs. Bakshi, and Will Darcy (whom Lalita considers arrogant) get together, or will his pride and her prejudice prevail?

If you want the classic Pride and Prejudice, here's what you can find at the library: the five hour BBC version starring Colin Firth, the 2005 movie starring Keira Knightley, the book, CD audiobook, or Playaway.

The Illusionist

The Illusionist (2006) PG
A poor young man falls in love with a beautiful titled girl in the turn of the 20th century in Vienna. He is a cabinet maker, like his father, but he is also obsessed with learning magic. Eduard wants to travel to China to learn magic secrets and Sophie wants to go with him, but the fates intervene and her parents separate them. Fifteen years pass and they meet again and realize they still love each other but her fiancé Leopold, in a rage, kills her. Eduard, wracked with grief, prepares a new magic show and plans to avenge Sophie’s death. Edward Norton, as the illusionist, has the entrancing looks that make you believe in anything he does. This is a superb movie that will keep the viewer entranced to the very surprising end.

Wild Hogs

Wild Hogs (2007) PG-13
Have you ever been tired of your life and just wanted to take off for places unknown? Well, sit back and let the Wild Hogs take you on that trip. This is a zany story, filled with stereotypes, slapstick humor, biker wannabes and a cast of characters that work well together. A group of four suburban men (Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy) find themselves looking for adventure on the open road. They encounter a real biker group called the Del Fuegos and the fun begins.
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Return to Me

Return to Me (2000) PG
If you like Chicago and funny, romantic characters, this movie is for you. Bonnie Hunt wrote, directed, and stars in this film about love and the twists and turns fate plays on people. Great soundtrack!

Ransom

Ransom (1996) R
A millionaire ignores the FBI’s advice after his son is kidnapped. Instead of cooperating with the kidnappers and paying the ransom, Tom Mullen fights back.

Watch this explosive thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, and Gary Sinise.