If you didn't get a chance to make it into theaters over the winter holidays to see some of the best films of 2012, don't worry, the Peter White Public Library has you covered! The library is constantly adding new feature films to our catalog, and each movie can be checked out for $1 for 7 days, renewable without charge. Catch up on all of the movies your friends and family have been talking about by grabbing one of these titles from the library.
Zero Dark Thirty, rated R and directed by Kathryn Bigelow; 2013 Oscar winner for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. This film centers on CIA operative Maya and the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the U.S.. Maya gains first-hand experience in the interrogation of prisoners following the devastating attacks and is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. Finally, in 2011, a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden.
Here Comes the Boom, rated PG and directed by Rob Schneider. A great film for the entire family starring Kevin James and Salma Hayek, this movie will leave you feeling light on your toes. Mr. Voss, a high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extracurricular activities from being axed at his cash strapped school. A classic underdog film that has tremendous heart.
Real Steel, rated PG-13 and directed by Duncan Jones. This film is set in the near future and starss Hugh Jackman as Charlie Keaton, a former boxer trying to make it big in the new sport of Robot boxing wherein robots battle each other while being remotely controlled by their owners. Finding himself deeper in debt due to gambling and poor decision making, Keaton discovers the mother of his son has died and he must figure out what to do with the boy he barely knows. Everything changes the moment his son, Max, discovers an old generation robot named Atom and teaches him to fight.
Argo, rated R and directed by Ben Affleck, 2013 three-time Oscar winner, including Best Motion Picture of the Year. An incredible dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomats out of revolutionary Iran. With limited options, infiltration expert Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, devised a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew.
Skyfall , rated PG-13 and directed by Sam Mendes. This 2013 two-time Oscar winning film is the most recent installment of the James Bond legacy. When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are potentially exposed, MI6 is attacked, forcing M to relocate the organization underground. With MI6 compromised both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust - Bond.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, rated PG-13 and directed by Stephen Chboksy. Based on the novel of the same title written by the director, this film released in 2012 went under the radar for many. It is about 15-year-old Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love, the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness, all while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introverted freshman is taken under the wings of seniors Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. A touching coming-of-age tale for today's audience.
- Dominic M. Davis