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From the monthly archives: June 2014

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Non-Stop

Global action star Liam Neeson stars in this action thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into an off-shore account. With the lives of hundreds of passengers hanging in the balance, Marks must use every nuance of his training to uncover the killer traveling on the aircraft. Co-starring Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Michelle Dockery (TV's Downton Abbey) and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)

The Best of Men

The Best of Men tells the story of one remarkable revolutionized the care of paraplegics. Arriving at England's Stoke Mandeville hospital in the middle of World War II, Dr. Ludwig Guttman transformed the lives of his patients and staff. Indefatigable, charismatic, and entertaining, he refused to accept the idea that a broken back was a terminal condition. Having overcome extraordinary challenges in his own life, he insisted his patients do the same. He expected them to have relationships, jobs, and full lives. He used sport to challenge them physically and psychologically.

Devil's Knot

In 1993, in the working class community of West Memphis, Arkansas, three eight-year-old boys – Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore – go missing from their neighborhood. After an extensive search, their bound and beaten bodies are found the next day. The community and the police department are convinced that the murders are the work of a satanic cult due to the violent and sexual natures of the crime. A month later, three teenagers – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. – are arrested after Misskelley confesses after approximately four hours of interrogation. They are taken to trial where Baldwin and Misskelley are sentenced to life and Echols to death all while still claiming their innocence.

Parts Per Billion

Brian Horiuchi's drama Parts Per Billion takes place while a pandemic wipes out a large portion of the planet's population. In this bleak atmosphere, three couples wrestle with what it means to love each other forever when death surrounds them. Penn Badgley, Alexis Bledel, Gena Rowlands, and Frank Langella

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series that originally aired on the network AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013. The show's main character is Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family's financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The show, created and produced by Vince Gilligan, was set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Throughout the series, Walter produces and sells meth to earn money in order to secure the financial future of his family: his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), and children Walter, Jr. (RJ Mitte) and Holly (Elanor Anne Wenrich). The show also features Skyler's sister Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt), and her husband Hank (Dean Norris), a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent who is avid in solving the case involving the meth empire. Walter teams up with lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), who helps him get into contact with drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). In the fifth season, Walter heavily involves himself with Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons) and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (Laura Fraser).

Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest American television series of all time. By its end, the series was among the most-watched cable shows on American television. The show received numerous awards, including ten Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a People's Choice Award. In 2014, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest rated show of all time.

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The Border - Season 1

Thrust into the fast-paced chaos of the elite unit in charge of defending and protecting the largest boarder in the world! Intensely trained and highly skilled, the department of Immigration and Customs Security (ICS) is the first to jump into the line of fire. Whether their mission is tracking suspected terrorists, hunting down escaped enemy combatants from a hijacked plane or breaking up major money laundering operations, the expertise and unconventional methods of the (ICS) team will have you on the boarder of your seat in anticipation. Witness the long tentacles of international crime try to break through the steel nerves of the world s harshest and most shocking border-security task force!

Falling Skies - Season 3

SciFi Alien Invasion apocalyptic type series; invading aliens wreaking havoc on humans and decimating cities, taking the older children hostages making them slaves. Another different alien race arrives, which added to the plot nicely. I would recommend people to watch this series if this is your type of SciFi entertainment. Watch the trailers to help decide if it is your cup of tea. It did take watching the first 5 episodes to become engrossed in the series.

Philomena

Journalist Martin Sixsmith has lost his job as a Labour government adviser, and is contemplating writing a book on Russian history. He is approached at a party by the daughter of Philomena Lee. She suggests that he write a story about her mother, who was forced to give up her baby boy, Anthony, fifty years ago. Although he initially scorns the idea of writing a human interest story, he eventually meets with Philomena and after hearing her shocking story, he decides to investigate further.

After a tryst with a young man at a fair in 1951, Philomena became pregnant and was sent by her father to Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea in Ireland. After giving birth, she was forced to work in their laundry for four years to pay off the cost of her stay. One day she discovered that the nuns had given her son to a couple for adoption, without warning or a chance for Philomena to say goodbye. Philomena kept her lost son a secret from her family for fifty years, but she visited the convent periodically to try and find him. The nuns repeatedly told her that they were unable to help her.

Martin and Philomena begin their search by trying one more time at the convent. The nuns are once again polite but unhelpful, and claim that the adoption records were lost in a fire years earlier. Later at a pub, the locals tell Martin that the convent deliberately destroyed the records in a bonfire, and that most of the children were sold for £1000 each to rich Americans.

Martin's enquiries reach a dead end in Ireland, and he invites Philomena to accompany him on a trip to the US to search for Anthony. His contacts there help him discover that Anthony was adopted by Doc and Marge Hess, who had renamed him Michael. He grew up to be a lawyer and senior official in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. They also learn that he had died eight years earlier.

Although distraught, Philomena decides that she wants to meet people who knew Michael. They visit a former colleague and discover that Michael was gay and died of AIDS. They also visit his sister Mary, who was adopted at the same time from the convent, and learn about his lover Pete Olssen. After repeatedly avoiding Martin's attempts to contact him, Pete finally agrees to talk to Philomena when she turns up at his door. He shows Philomena some videos of his life with Michael. To Martin and Philomena's surprise, they see footage of Michael, dated shortly before he died, at the convent in Ireland, and Pete explains that Michael had always wondered about his birth mother, and had travelled to Ireland in his final months to try and find out about her. Martin and Philomena are shocked to learn that the nuns had told him that his mother had abandoned him and that they had lost contact with her. They are also surprised to learn that Pete had defied his family's wishes and had Michael buried in the convent's graveyard.

The story ends where it begins: at the convent. Against Philomena's pleas, Martin angrily storms into the quarters and confronts a nun, Sister Hildegard, who had been present when Philomena's son had tried to find her. Sister Hildegard is unrepentant, saying that losing her son was Philomena's penance for the sin of fornication. Martin tells Hildegard that she should apologize, but is astonished when Philomena instead chooses to forgive the nun of her own volition. Philomena then asks to see her son's grave. Martin tells her he has chosen not to publish the story, but Philomena tells him to go ahead because "people should know what happened here."

The Monuments Men

In the midst of WWII a small group of art experts are commissioned by Roosevelt as soldiers and sent to the European theater to protect historically important buildings and monuments, and to locate vast troves of priceless art looted by the Nazis. Discovering art in castles and mines, they race against time as the Nazis scramble to destroy everything they can.

 

 It was brazen and outrageous: the Nazi push to destroy and loot art all over Europe.  

That looting spree -- tons of works taken from both personal and public collections -- was perhaps the great pillage in history. 

 

Suits - Season 3

Power is shifting and lines are crossed in the gripping third season of Suits. Following the firm’s merger with a prestigious British business, loyalties are tested between high-powered counsel Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht, Love and Other Drugs), legal prodigy Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams, TV’s “Lost”), and their boss, managing partner Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres, TV’s “Gossip Girl”). With Rick Hoffman (TV’s “Samantha Who?”), Meghan Markle (Horrible Bosses), and Sarah Rafferty (Small, Beautifully Moving Parts), watch all 16 episodes of the smart series that is “juicier than the law should allow” (Damian Holbrook, TV Guide).

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