Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We Have 2014 Movies on DVD - Plus the Books They're Based On

Some movies seem to leave the theater so quickly. You make plans on Wednesday to see a film over the weekend, only to find it's gone. Fortunately, they seem to go to DVD just as fast.

The Library has many recent movies available on DVD, and if you'd rather read the book, we have those too. Here is a sampling:

The 2014 comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey stars Helen Mirren. It's based on the novel by Richard C. Morais. The story's narrator Hassan Haji is a middle-aged chef whose family has settled in a French village after a life of violence and loss. They open an Indian restaurant called Mumbai Maison directly across the street from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred establishment. The ensuing clash of cultures and cuisines begins to resolve when Hassan makes the "hundred foot journey" from the family restaurant to Madame Mallory's and enters the world of French cuisine. Book reviewers rave about the descriptions of the food.

Also available on DVD is This Is Where I Leave You, based on the novel by Jonathan Trooper. Book reviewers use words like "insightful' and "laugh out loud" funny" to describe this story of four adult siblings who return to their childhood home after their father dies and spend a week with their "oversharing" mother, exes, etc. The movie stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda.

Nick Hornby's 2005 novel A Long Way Down  is a dark comedy told from the points of view of four strangers who meet on a London rooftop, each intent on committing suicide. The movie stars Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, and Toni Collette.

The Monuments Men focuses on the eleven months between D-Day and V-E Day as a platoon of men risks their lives to save the world's great art from the Nazis. The movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon is based on Robert M. Edsel's 2009 book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

You'll also find several recent movies based on Young Adult books including The Giver, The Fault In Our Stars, Divergent, Maze Runner, and If I Stay.

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