DPL Staff Movie Picks: September

Hey Movie lovers!

It's September already, with only a few months left until 2020 will be a distant memory. The days are getting shorter and the mornings are starting a little bit cooler, movies are coming out in theaters, and kids are going back to school again so things are sorta getting back to normal. Even though our branches are not fully open to the public, we still have so many services available to reach our communities. Don't forget about our curbside holds pickup service that we have on offer so you can gain access to our physical materials again! We also have Kanopy that is always updating with new awesome films ranging from documentaries to indie films and classics to blockbusters that you can view at home.

Also, as you know, so many great movies are adapted from great books so if you're looking for your next great read, feel free to try our Personalized Reading List service where our librarians will review what you have loved to read in the past and create a list specifically designed for you that we think you may enjoy also. 

See you next month, stay safe and sane and watch a movie!


Black Panther (2018) DVD & Blu-Ray Mourn the late Chadwick Boseman with his starring role as a superhero and king, deciding the future of his country. How do you use your strength, to protect yourself or to help others? The movie is fun, full of people who love what they do and the futuristic technology will make you wish you had a sister like Shuri looking out for you.


Hustlers (2019) DVD & Blu-Ray
This movie created Oscar buzz around Jennifer Lopez’s starring role and director Lorene Scafaria, who turned a true, viral story about strippers into one about a broken system navigated by women who are valued for their beauty and the men who pay for that beauty. When the economy fell apart in the Great Recession, two women came up with a plan to pay their bills by fleecing the Wall Street men who had caused the crisis in the first place. The movie highlights the friendship, survival methods, control, and greed that arose during this crime romp that lacks clear heroes.


The Starfish Throwers (2014) Kanopy
Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.

Le’ Trail

The High Note (2020) DVD, Blu-Ray
A superstar singer and her overworked personal assistant are presented with a choice that could alter the course of their respective careers. Starring hollywood legacies Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson.


The Burden - Min börda (2017) Kanopy, Swedish
This film is for when you just need 15 minutes of animal miniatures singing to you about strange and sad life as they go about their jobs at a grocery store, a call center, and a hotel. This is absurdly amusing and full of existential dread. 


Wild Nights with Emily (2018) DVD & Kanopy
Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters.


Deadwood (2005-2007) DVD
The swearing in this TV series, loosely based on real events, is as ornate as anything Shakespeare wrote -- and so is the accompanying human drama. This version of the Wild West, complete with a pinstripe-suit-sporting character aptly named “Mr. Swearengen” and Timothy Olyphant in a patently perfect moustache, is my current happy place and a somehow soothing reminder that murderous plotting, politics, and philandering spring eternal. Plus, don’t forget: The show’s long-anticipated feature film debuted just last year.

Kristen A. 

The Trouble with You (2020) DVD, French
This fun, recent treat from France stars the wonderful Adele Haenel, recently lauded for her incredible newer film Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu). Watching them close together, you’ll get double the pleasure and also enjoy seeing her wide range and versatility as an actor.


Bring it On (2000) DVD 
The Toro cheerleading squad has spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain, Torrance, the Toros' road to cheer glory stumbles when she discovers their perfectly choreographed routines were stolen from a hot hip-hop squad across town. Now the squad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year's competition.


Emma (2020) DVD & Blu-Ray
Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town, In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.


Monos (2019) Blu-Ray, Spanish
On a remote Colombian mountaintop, a group of teenage guilleras perform military training exercises while tasked with watching over a prisoner of war , “Doctora”, while also indulging in typical childlike fun and “games”.  Think Lord of the Flies meets Apocalypse Now, with breathtaking visuals/filming and memorable music score.

Written by lhall-nance on September 16, 2020