New DVDs (some Oscar winners, too)

Are you ready for a movie night? Fintel Library has an excellent selection of new DVDs available for check-out. Simply click the link to the DVD you are interested in to see if it is available.

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Argo PN1997.85 .A746 2013 DVD.( Winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture)

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants storm the American embassy in Tehran and capture dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There’s a little -known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escape and a mid-level CIA agent named Antonio Mendez devises an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

Beasts of the Southern Wild PN1997.85 .B38 2012 DVD. (Nominated for Best Actress Academy Award for Quvenzhané Wallis)

Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a ‘busted’ universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day?

The Bourne Legacy PN1997.85 .B6786 2012 DVD.

Aaron Cross is an agent groomed by the government program that also unleashed Jason Bourne, but with a few new wrinkles. Cross is busy training in Alaska when he’s caught in a tsunami of hurt, thus beginning a frantic search for answers to who and what he is.

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The Dark Knight Rises PN1997.85 .D3575 2012 DVD.

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

Frankenweenie PN1997.85 .F7358 2013 DVD. (Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and also this librarian’s favorite film of 2012)

“After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life–with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous”–Container.

Lawless PN1997.85 .L386 2012 DVD.

Based on the true story of the infamous Bondurant brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic outlaw tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave.

Looper PN1997.85 .L667 2012 DVD.

In the year 2074, the mob sends problem people back in time to 2034, where a hired gun waits to eliminate them. Joe is one such hired gun, good at what he does. But problems arise when the mob tries to ‘close the loop,’ and Joe comes face-to-face with his future self during a hit. When Joe’s future self escapes after he hesitates to finish the assignment, Joe must chase himself down and finish the job.

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Pitch Perfect PN1997.85 .P5175 2012 DVD.

Arriving at her new college, Beca  finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca leads this a cappella singing group out of their traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of college music competitions.

Seven Psychopaths PN1997.85 .S48347 2013 DVD.

Marty is a struggling screenwriter who wants nothing more than to finish his script. Instead, he becomes entangled with the Los Angeles gangster underworld when his odd, but well-meaning friends kidnap a volatile gangster’s shih tzu.

Sinister PN1997.85.S55695 2013 DVD.

Ten years ago, true crime writer Ellison Oswald made his reputation with a best- selling account of a notorious murder. Now, desperate to replicate the success of his first book, he moves his family into a home where the previous occupants were brutally executed and a child disappeared, hoping to find inspiration in the crime scene. In the home, Ellison discovers a cache of terrifying home movies, unwittingly opening the door into a nightmarish mystery. Includes special features.

The ordeal gives Marty all the inspiration he needs; now, he must live long enough to finish his story.

Skyfall PN1997.85 .S59284 2013 DVD. (Winner of Best Song Academy Award)

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

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Ted PN1997.85 .T38 2012 DVD.

As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since. Their friendship is tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

Too Big To Fail PN1997.85 .T6556 2012.

Offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington.

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