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January 2017

all descriptions taken from or DVD packaging

Roots : the original television mini-series, 30th anniversary edition (1977) / developed for television by William Blinn ; written for television by William Blinn, M. Charles Cohen, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee ; a David L. Wolper production.
Magnolia Avenue Library

"This critically-acclaimed original miniseries based on Alex Haley's book tells the story of African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family."

E185.97.H24 R66 2011

Suffragette (2015) / Focus Features, Pathé, Film4 and BFI present in association with Ingenious Media ; directed by Sarah Gavron ; written by Abi Morgan ; produced by Alison Owen and Faye Ward

"In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts. Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst, Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause."

PN1995.9.H5 S84 2016



The Mission (1986) / Warner Bros., Goldcrest and Kingsmere present ; an Enigma production in association with Fernando Ghia ; directed by Roland Joffé ; produced by Fernando Ghia and David Puttnam ; original story and screenplay by Robert Bolt

"Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert DeNiro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins Irons in his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portuguese aggressors."

PN1995.9.I48 M57 2003

Kingdom of Heaven (2005) / Twentieth Century Fox ; [presents a] Scott Free production ; directed by Ridley Scott ; written by William Monahan ; produced by Ridley Scott

"It is the time of the Crusades during the Middle Ages - the world shaping 200-year collision between Europe and the East. A blacksmith named Balian has lost his family and nearly his faith. The religious wars raging in the far-off Holy Land seem remote to him, yet he is pulled into that immense drama. In Jerusalem, he falls in love, grows into a leader, and ultimately uses all his courage and skill to defend the city against staggering odds."

PN1997.2 .K5553 2005



Bringing up Baby (1938) / RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. presents a Howard Hawks production ; screen play by Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde ; directed by Howard Hawks

"While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist (Cary Grant) is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and her pet leopard, Baby."

PN1995.C55 B75 2011

It Happened One Night (1934) / Columbia Pictures presents a Frank Capra Production ; screenplay by Robert Riskin ; directed by Frank Capra

"A spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) running away from her family is helped by a man (Clark Gable) who is actually a reporter in need of a story."

PN1997 .I84 2008



Braveheart (1995) ; Gladiator (2000) double feature / Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Paramount Pictures

Braveheart: "When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace (Mel Gibson) begins a revolt against King Edward I of England."

Gladiator: "When a Roman general (Russell Crowe) is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge."

PN1997 .B7223 2013

Pride & Prejudice (2005) / Universal ; Focus Features presents ; in association with Studiocanal ; a Working Title production ; produced in association with Scion Films ; executive producers, Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin ; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster ; directed by Joe Wright ; screenplay, Deborah Moggach

​"Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightly) meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen). But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?"

PN1997.2 .P75 2006



King Kong (2005) / Universal Pictures presents a WingNut Films production ; directed by Peter Jackson ; screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson ; produced by Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson ; director of photography, Andrew Lesnie

​"After a movie crew travel to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, they encounter a giant and furious gorilla who takes their leading actress and forms a special relationship with her, protecting the beautiful lady at all costs."

PN1995.9.A3 K564 2006

Shaun the Sheep movie (2015) / Lionsgate Studiocanal and Aardman Animations present in association with Anton Capital Entertainment and Aardman ; directed and written by Mark Burton, Richard Starzak ; produced by Julie Lockhart, Paul Kewley

​"When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home."

PN1997.2 .S53 2015