Recommendation List for Movies, Music & Audiobooks

Actors We Recommend: Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy is one of the most versatile actors around.  He plays a consummate bad guy but he’s just as good in historical roles.  Did you know he won a modeling competition?   He also had a brief stint as a rapper and hip hop producer.  Who knew?  Check out these great Tom Hardy selections by clicking on the movie cover to place a hold.

January Releases on Hoopla
Looking for something new to watch on Hoopla?  Check out these great titles.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Hoopla.

Fresh Zombies
Can the undead be fresh?  We’re not sure but there’s more to zombie movies than just the Walking Dead.  We recommend these six zombie movies.  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Dance Like No One is Watching
We all do it – dance freely when no one is looking!  These great dancing movies will give you some new moves to try out in front of the mirror.  Sing along too!  Fame – I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly!  (I didn’t even have to look those lyrics up!).  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Actors We Recommend: James Franco
Franco’s resume is filled with big movie titles, but did you know he once worked at McDonald’s?  He practiced different accents on the customers!  Also a math wiz, he interned at Lockheed Martin before turning to acting.  Good for us!  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Snowy Films for the Winter
If you can’t get enough of the snow outside, then try these great snowy  movies.  You can feel the cold.  There’s action, adventure, disaster, terror and, oh yeah, penguins!   Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Doctor Doctor
Doctor, Doctor give me the news, I gotta bad case of . . . loving these great doctor movies!  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Disaster Films
Mother Nature is a killer.  Sometimes it’s sudden.  Sometimes it’s a slow burn.  It’s always a disaster.  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

New For Christmas
These great Christmas movies are ready to check out.  Right Now.  No, we’re serious.  Right Now.  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Films to Bring in the New Year
This time of year, everyone always asks “What are you doing for New Year’s?”  Your answer: Staying in and watching these great New Year’s films!  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Read The Book – Watch The Movie Round 2
The truth is the truth.  The book is always better.  So read it first, then watch the movie. So say we all.  Still.  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Horror Movies
These aren’t your momma’s scary movies.  These are SCARY, KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT kinda movies.  Watch if you dare.  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Western Films
Giddyup, partner! Time to wrangle up some popular western films from the library! Just click on a movie to place a hold.

Movies that Thrill
These movies will have you on the edge of your seat! This list includes a mix of new and classic thrillers available to check out from the library! Just click the movie to place a hold.

Superhero Films
Looking for something beyond Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman? These superhero films are still full of action and adventure. Click on the movie to place a hold.

Spy Films
Love a good spy film? Full of intrigue, danger, and secrets – these popular and classic spy films are available to check-out. Click on the movie to place a hold.

Science-Fiction Movies
From interstellar adventures to reality bending thrillers, we’ve got ’em all! Check out this selection of popular and classic scifi titles here! Just click on the movie to place a hold.

Christmas Movies
Tis the season…to check out all your favorite Christmas movies! Check out this list of some of our classic and popular titles. Click on the movie to place a hold.

Books to Movies: John le Carré
John le Carré was the preeminent teller of spy tales.  He elevated cold war spy tales to high art.  He passed away December 12th after a long, illustrious writing career.  His third novel, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold really put him on the map.  His novels are ready made for movies – try these six selections.  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Christmas Horror
Christmas isn’t all bows and ribbons and Elvis Presley singing I’ll Have a Blue Christmas! Enjoy these great, but creepy, Christmas movies!  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.  (P.S. you’re welcome for having that song in your head now!)

Sports Films
You don’t have to be athletic to enjoy sports!  Watch these great sports films and save your energy.  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

War Movies
Check out our suggestions for movies that feature soldiers at war. Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Space Movies
These movies are truly out of this world! Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Romantic Movies
Fall head over heels for these popular romantic movies! Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Nature on Film
Enjoy the beauty of nature from the comfort of home by checking out our recommendations! Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Mystery Movies
Do you think you can figure out whodunnit? Check out some of these popular mystery films! Click on a movie cover to place a hold.

Martial Arts Movies
From kung-fu to karate to jujitsu – Martial Arts is an umbrella term for several traditional systems of combat. Over the years, several martial artists have dazzled us on screen with their impressive, daring moves. Check out our recommendations and click on a movie cover to place a hold.

Films You Might Have Missed In 2020
Don’t miss out on these blockbusters from 2020! Click on a movie cover to place a hold.

Dramatic Movies
Check out our suggestion of some incredibly moving dramatic films. Click on a movie cover to place a hold.

Comedic Movies 
If you’re looking for some gut-busters, check out our selection of comedies! Click on a movie cover to place a hold.

Classic Movies
These are the movies that shaped an industry! Here are some recommendations for some all time classic films spanning several genres. Click on a movie cover to place a hold.

Chick Flicks
If you’re looking to laugh, cry, or perhaps do both then check out our selection of chick flicks! Click on the movie covers to place a hold.

Action Movies
Looking for something full of fist fights and explosions? Look no further than our recommendations for action movies! Click on a movie cover to place a hold.

Pixar Films & Shorts
Start a Pixar movie marathon with the library! Explore our collection of Pixar feature films and short films. Click on a movie cover to place a hold.

Animated Disney Films
Start a Disney movie marathon with the library! Explore our collection of Disney’s animated feature films and click on a movie cover to place a hold.

TV Shows for Kids & Teens
Check out our recommendations for television shows that are perfect for your kids and teens to binge watch! Click on the covers to place a hold.

Family Movie Night
Need some suggestions for your next family movie night? Check out our recommendations for films that entertain all ages! Click on the movie covers to place a hold.

Anime for Adults
Japanese animation aka Anime is a unique stylized genre of animation! Check out our recommendations for anime films and television shows for adults. Click on the movie covers to place a hold!

Animation for Adults
Animation isn’t just for kids! Check out some suggestions for animated films and television shows that adults will love. Click the movie covers to place a hold.

Actors We Recommend:  Joaquin Phoenix
One of the most talented actors of this generation – Joaquin Phoenix  has mastered the art of transforming himself into characters.   Whether it’s Johnny Cash, Commodus or the Joker, he IS that character.  Here are 6 of our favorite Joaquin Phoenix films.  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Christmas Romance
Ready for some sweet Christmas movies?  Get your comfy warm socks, blankie and hot chocolate and get ready to binge watch pure Christmas magic!  Click on the movie cover to place a hold.

Bad A.I.
What happens when artificial intelligence goes bad?  When it’s bad, it’s really bad!  These 6 films highlight bad A.I.  Click on the title to place a hold.

Immigration Films
Explore these great films featuring immigrants and their experiences.  Click on the title to place a hold.

Originals-Remakes
What’s better – the original or the remake?  Here are 3 movies for you to watch and judge.

Read The Book, Watch The Movie
The truth is the truth.  The book is always better.  So read it first, then watch the movie. So say we all.

New Audiobook Arrivals – November 2020
Looking for something new to  listen to?  Check out these new arrivals.

Thanksgiving Films
As we prepare for the 2020 version of Turkey Day, let’s grab our DVD players and get in the spirit with these great Thanksgiving films.  Click on the title to place a hold.

Actors We Recommend: Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson
These two shared the screen in Marriage Story and each earned an Academy Award nomination for their performance.  Powerhouse performances!  Here are 6 great performances from each actor.  Click on the title to place a hold.

Actors We Recommend: Michael B. Jordan
Did you know Michael B. Jordan was once a child model?  He also replaced Chadwick Boseman in the soap All My Children.  After various roles on TV, he caught everyone’s attention in 2013 with his performance in Fruitvale Station.  Since then, it’s been one blockbuster performance after another!  Here are 6 of our favorites.

Listen Up! Audiobook Advisory
Check out these recently added Audiobooks.  There’s suspense, there’s mystery, there’s nonfiction.   There’s something for everyone so get busy listening!

2020 Horror Films
It’s that time of year – scare or be scared!  Check out these new 2020 horror films sure to get your pulse racing.

Halloween Fun for the Family
These films are more fun than scary so enjoy them with the whole family.

New Arrivals – October 2020
Looking for something new to watch?  Check out these new arrivals.

2019 Horror Films
It’s that time of year – roll out all the horror movies and get yourself in the Halloween mood.  Here are 6 of our favorite horror movies from 2019.  Why 2019?  Because 2020 is its own horror show.  🙂

Directors We Recommend: Danny Boyle
English director and producer Danny Boyle is most famous for Slumdog Millionaire which won 8 Academy Awards including Best Director.  BUT, did you know he was the artistic director for the 2012 London Olympics?  Here are 6 of our favorite Danny Boyle films.

Creepy Scary Movies on Hoopla
Not just creepy.  And not just scary.  We definitely mean creepy scary!  Check out these horror flicks to get you in the mood for Halloween.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Hoopla.

Actors We Recommend: Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson has had a very successful career in both television and film.  Most recently she is known for her for role on Empire, which led her to become the first African American woman to win the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.  She also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Cookie Lyon in Empire.  Here are 6 of our favorite Taraji P. Henson films.

Actors We Recommend: Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck (younger brother of Ben) first started acting as a child on PBS.  He has steadily added to his body of work, most notably, receiving an Academy Award for Best Actor in Manchester By The Sea.  Here are 6 of our favorite Casey Affleck films.

Actors We Recommend: Mahershala Ali
You know him as the mega talented actor from Moonlight and Green Book but did you know Mahershala Ali is also a rapper?  He recorded as Prince Ali before deciding to focus on acting.  Here are 6 our favorite Mahershala Ali performances.

Binge-Worthy TV
Got some time on your hands?  Grab your drinks and snacks and get ready.  These shows are worthy of watching for hours on end!

Actors We Recommend: Salma Hayek
Mexican American actress Salma Hayek got her start on a Mexican soap opera, Teresa.  She really made a name for herself in Frida, earning a Best Actress Academy Award Nomination.  She has since gone on to make dozens of films and appeared in many television roles.  Her are 6 of our favorite Salma Hayek films.

Actors We Recommend: Gael Garcia Bernal
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal got his start in soap operas before going on to films and television work.  He won a Golden Globe in 2016 for his work in Mozart in the Jungle.  Here are 6 our our favorite Gael Garcia Bernal films.

Hispanic Heritage Month on Kanopy
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with these great selections from Kanopy.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Kanopy.

Actors We Recommend: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
You know them as love torn teens (and a vampire!) from the Twilight series, but Kristen Steward and Robert Pattinson went their separate ways to make some interesting films on their own.  Here are six recommended films from each actor.

Directors We Recommend: Werner Herzog
You will definitely recognize Werner Herzog as the typical ‘bad guy’ in films.  He has embraced that persona, once saying “I have to spread fear among the audience, that’s what I do.”  But he’s equally known for his filmmaking, writing and opera directing.  Here are 6 of our recommendations.

September New Arrivals
Looking for something to watch?  Check out these new additions to the library collection.

Remembering Chadwick Boseman
He was the Black Panther, Thurgood Marshall AND Jackie Robinson.  As much as viewers loved these characters, we loved Chadwick the person more.  Now, after his passing, we learn the full scope of his heart and struggles.  Wakanda Forever.

Directors We Recommend: Greta Gerwig
American born Greta Gerwig has quickly made a name for her directing skills.  She’s most recently know for directing Lady Bird and Little Women but check out these selections where she shows us her acting chops.

New Documentaries
Our list of new documentaries includes titles on Cuba, Jeffrey Epstein, Amazon, slavery, mafia,  comets, Mae West, democracy and board games.  If that’s not a unique selection, we don’t know what is!

Directors We Recommend: Alfonso Cuarón
5 time Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón is perhaps one of the most talented filmmakers to come out of Mexico.  He was the first Latin American director to receive an Academy Award for Best Director (Gravity).  He won a second Academy Award for Best Director for Roma.  Here are 6 of our favorites.

Actors We Recommend: LaKeith Stanfield
You would never believe LaKeith Stanfield gave up acting for a few years!  He worked a number of different jobs before returning to acting.  And boy, did he return!  The Purge: Anarchy, Selma, Straight Outta Compton, Knives Out, Sorry to Bother You and many more!  Here’s 6 of our favorites.

Listen Up! Audiobook Advisory
Check out these recently added Audiobooks.  There’s romance, there’s suspense, there’s mystery, there’s nonfiction.   There’s something for everyone so get busy listening!

Actresses We Recommend: Emily Blunt
She might be British but we claim her as our own!  Emily Blunt has a wide range in her acting skills.  She can play anything from an alcoholic to Mary Poppins to a federal agent to a fashionista.  Here are 6 of our favorite Emily Blunt films.

Directors We Recommend: Michael Mann
American director, screenwriter and producer Michael Mann is perhaps best known for stirring crime dramas, but he’s also had great success with biopics like Ali and The Aviator.  Here are 6 Michael Mann films we recommend.

Actresses Playing Actresses
Acting coach Ivana Chubbock on acting: “Acting requires faith.  You just have to believe that you are the person you’re playing and that what is happening is happening to you.”   Check out our choices for actresses playing actresses.

Fun Capers at the Library
Need some fun escapades in your life?  These movies will help you escape the ordinary activities of daily life!

Actors We Recommend: Chiwetel Ejiofor
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of our favorites!  At age 19 he got his start with a supporting role in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad.  He may be best known for his Oscar and Golden Globe nominated role in 12 Years a Slave.  Here are 6 of our favorite films with Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Directors We Recommend: Guillermo del Toro
This master director is known for his directorial masterpieces – Oscar Winner The Shape of Water being his finest – but he’s also an actor and former special effects makeup artist.  He is known for films of fantasy, fairy tale and horror.    Here are 6 of our favorites.
Plus: keep an eye out for the August 2020 release of del Toro’s new book The Hollow Ones.

2020 Emmy Nominated Series
The Emmy Award recognizes excellence in American television.  Check out these 2020 nominated series.

What’s New on Kanopy
Looking for something good to watch?  Check out these new additions to Kanopy.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Kanopy.

Directors We Recommend: Spike Lee
American filmmaker Spike Lee made his directorial debut in 1986.   He is known for films dealing with race relations, political themes and urban life.  Four of his films were selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.  Here are 6 of our Spike Lee favorites.

Actresses We Recommend: Saoirse Ronan
You might not be sure how to correctly pronounce her name – but you definitely know her work.  At 26 she has already racked up a Golden Globe, 4 Academy Awards and 5 British Academy Film Awards.   For the record, it’s “Sur-sha.”

Listen Up! Audiobook Advisory
Check out these recently added Audiobooks on Hoopla.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Hoopla to get started listening!

Looking for a Good Movie to Download?
DJ from the Main Library’s Audio-Visual Department has a list of great movies that you can download and watch for free from our Hoopla service. Just go to our econtent page and click on Hoopla to get started viewing!

Films We Recommend: Antoine Fuqua
You want action?  We’ll give you action – Antoine Fuqua style!  You may know him from blockbusters like Training Day and The Magnificent Seven, but American Director Antoine Fuqua is equally known for directing music videos.  He’s worked with stars from Stevie Wonder to Prince.

Films We Recommend: Don Cheadle
Born in KCMO, Don Cheadle is one of the most respected actors around.  Active for more than 30 years in both television and film, Don has appeared in some classic tv shows: Hill Street Blues, Golden Girls, Night Court and Fresh Prince of Bel Air to name a few.

Films with the Music of Ennio Morricone
Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who passed away July 6, 2020, was a master of music.  He composed more than 400 scores for cinema and television.  His music set the stage for many spaghetti westerns and crime dramas.  Our all-time favorite is Once Upon a Time in America – the music from Deborah’s Theme is as good as it gets!

Classic Movies of  Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater might be best known for comedies like Dazed and Confused and School of Rock, but he has also had success with coming of age movies and,  most famously, filming Boyhood with the same cast of characters over many years.

Anime Movie Classics
Check out these 5 Japanese animated movies that stand the test of time.

Listen Up!  Audiobook Advisory
Don’t miss these new audiobook titles.  Whether you like fiction or nonfiction – there’s something for you on this list.

Worth Repeating
Winter is Coming.  I’m not the kind of guy you fire.  I won’t pay – I know too much about extortion.  Just a few famous lines from these TV shows that are worth watching over and over.

5 for Mind Bending Reality
What reality is really real?  Sounds almost like a Yogi Berra quote – but we really mean it!  5 great movies that will have you wondering what is real.

5 for Canadian Director Denis Villeneuve
Check out these 5 fabulous films of Director Denis Villeneuve, 4-time recipient of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction.   He was also awarded the Filmmaker of the Decade by the Hollywood Critics Association.

Binge-Worthy TV!
Got some time on your hands?  Grab your drinks and snacks and get ready.  These shows are worthy of watching for hours on end!

Listen Up!  Reese Witherspoon Audiobook Selections
Catch up on audiobook versions of Reese Witherspoon’s book club selections.  https://hello-sunshine.com/book-club for more information about Reese’s book club.

5 for the Apocalypse
It’s the end of the world as we know it!  Enjoy these 5 recommended apocalyptic films that will entertain till the end of days.

All In…
Do you call?  Are you all in?  Do ya fold?  Whatever your move, check out these classic gambling movies.