What We’re Watching: May 2019

There’s so many great items you can check out from our collection. We thought we’d share with you what our staff is excited to watch this month. This month’s “What We’re Watching” collection can be enjoyed through the Kanopy video streaming service.

This list spans a variety of interests like comedy, classics, documentary, and family. If you watch any of our picks, let us know what you think about them!

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Leave No Trace

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

Nominated for Best Feature, Best Supporting Female, and Best Director at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

Debra Granik’s drama about a damaged war vet (Ben Foster) living off the grid with his teen daughter, brilliantly played by breakout star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, is hypnotic, haunting and one of the year’s best.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Captain Fantastic

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.

Nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the BAFTA Awards. Winner of a Directing Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Captain Fantastic leaves viewers with the cheering, deeply affecting image of a dad whose superpowers lie in simply doing the best that he can.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Logan Lucky

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Soderbergh’s return to feature is a redneck riff on his Ocean’s 11, a cool breeze of summertime sweetness that restores the good name of movie escapism.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A slick, smarter-than-your-average-bear heist comedy that moves and groves with all the hallmarks of a Soderbergh caper. He’s back, baby.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like

This new documentary pays tribute to the beloved Fred Rogers and the nearly 900 episodes of his landmark children’s television program first seen in 1968 on PBS that continues to resonate with children and adults alike.

In this retrospective hosted by Michael Keaton, enjoy memorable segments including visits with Koko the Gorilla and Margaret Hamilton as well as the iconic trip to the Crayola crayon factory. Hear from stars including Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, John Lithgow, Sarah Silverman, and Caroll Spinney as they share their favorite memories from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Lady Bird

Directed by Greta Gerwig and nominated for five Oscars, LADY BIRD is a warm, affecting comedy about a high schooler (Saoirse Ronan) who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school.

Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Film Independent Spirit Award winner for Best Screenplay.

As warm as it is smart – and it is very smart – LADYBIRD marks actor/screenwriter Greta Gerwig’s superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan.” – Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

The Burbs

With nothing to do and time on their hands, Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) and his friends decide to investigate their mysterious new neighbors, the Klopeks. Suspiciously unfriendly, the Klopeks have never been seen in the light of day, and at night, the weirdest sounds and smells seem to emanate from their basement.

Though they seemed strange, Ray was ready to give them the benefit of the doubt – that is, until his old friend Walter disappears, and Walter’s dog is seen burying a human bone in the Klopeks backyard! Spooked into action, Ray and his wacky neighbors go ‘ghoul-busting’, and what they uncover is a potential block-buster!

“Director Joe Dante funnels his decidedly cracked view of suburban life through dark humour in THE ‘BURBS.”Variety

A Man Called Ove

With nothing to do and time on their hands, Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) and his friends decide to investigate their mysterious new neighbors, the Klopeks. Suspiciously unfriendly, the Klopeks have never been seen in the light of day, and at night, the weirdest sounds and smells seem to emanate from their basement.

Though they seemed strange, Ray was ready to give them the benefit of the doubt – that is, until his old friend Walter disappears, and Walter’s dog is seen burying a human bone in the Klopeks backyard! Spooked into action, Ray and his wacky neighbors go ‘ghoul-busting’, and what they uncover is a potential block-buster!

“Director Joe Dante funnels his decidedly cracked view of suburban life through dark humour in THE ‘BURBS.”Variety

Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard).

With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, MODERN TIMES — though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!) — is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.

Journey’s End

The Great War – March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of northern France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope. With a German offensive imminently approaching, the company anxiously awaits their unknown fate. Based on the Tony award winning play.

Nominated for Best Actor at the (Sam Claflin) at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.

“JOURNEY’S END … [is] a tale that is both harrowing and heartbreaking.” – Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

Zoo

Based on a true story, 12 year old Tom (Art Parkinson) and his misfit friends fight to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast in 1941.

Winner of the Films4Families Youth Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.

A thrilling adventure for all ages.” – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

Miffy the Movie

Miffy, her friends Melanie and Grunty and her dog Snuffy set out on a treasure hunt through the zoo. Father and Mother Bunny give them five riddles through a Treasure Hunt Song, about a color, a shape, a movement, a number and a sound. While discovering animals that answer to the riddles, Miffy and her friends learn how to work together, find creative ways to collaborate and to reward each other for a job well done. And in the end, they are rewarded with a big surprise.

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