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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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Winchester

Sarah Winchester’s (Helen Mirren) house has been under construction for years. Night and day construction crews are building and rebuilding parts of the house. She is 51% stockholder for the Winchester company and the board wants her deemed unfit. Enter Dr. Eric Price (Jason Clarke). He is to stay at the house with her and evaluate her condition. But he has his own demons and soon starts to see ghosts around the house. Are they real or has he gone crazy?

This was just okay for me. It was kind of boring. This is based on a true story and I would have liked to see more of the crazy house.  Rated PG-13

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Keep Watching

The Mitchell family has just come back from vacation. As they are settling in for the night, the electricity goes out. Unknown to them, someone is watching.  There are cameras planted throughout the house watching their every move. As the dad goes to investigate, he is attacked. Now it is up to the stepmom, the teenage daughter, and young son to find away to escape. They soon realize the outside of the house has been re-enforced and they are locked in. They will have to try and outwit these intruders to try and make it out alive.

This was a pretty good horror movie. I jumped a couple of times. It was a good storyline with a twisty ending. Starring, Bella Thorne, Ioan Grufford, Chandler Riggs, and Natalie Martinez. Rated R


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Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly

Kathleen is the Head Librarian at a small library in Mayville Heights, Minnesota. She was offered a two year contract to run the renovations of the library. She jumped at the opportunity to get out of Boston and away from her ex, who broke her heart. She is starting to feel not like an outside and has made some good friends. She has also adopted two cats, Hercules and Owen. But she soon realize that Hercules and Owen aren’t ordinary cats.

It is Winterfest time and everybody is excited for the festival. Kathleen’s friend, Maggie, has an exhibit at the fest and Kathleen is helping. While having breakfast, at the local diner with her friends, Ruby comes into diner and says there is a body in the alley. Kathleen becomes involved in the investigation, which doesn’t sit well with the detective on the case.  With the help of her cats, Kathleen soon has some leads. But will she find the killer before it is too late for her?

This is the second book in the Magical Cats Mystery series and I liked it as much as the first. The characters are fun and quirky just what you except from a cozy mystery.


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Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Mildred (Frances McDormand) lost her daughter seven months ago. She was raped and murdered and her killer has not been found. Mildred feels like the sheriff and his department have stopped investigating. Mildred decides to rent the three billboards just outside of town and write the sheriff a message. Needless to say the sheriff is not happy. He and his fellow deputy try to convince her to take them down. But Mildred can’t be swayed. She will do whatever it takes to find her daughter’s murderer.

I really enjoyed this movie and the performances. Wasn’t a big fan of the ending but overall it was good. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell both won Academy Awards for their performances in this movie. Also starring, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Abbie Cornish. Rated R


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Wish Upon

Clare’s dad, Jonathon (Ryan Phillippe), finds a box with Chinese writing on it. He thinks Clare (Joey King) will like it and gives it to her on her birthday. Clare and her two friends are always getting bullied at school, especially by the most popular girl, Darcie. Frustrated one night, Clara is holding the box and wishes that Darcie would rot. The next day, she finds out that Darcie is in the hospital actually rotting. Clare thinks it is a coincidence and keeps making wishes. But every time she makes a wish, someone she knows dies. Now Clare has to find out how to break the curse before it is too late.

I actually really liked this movie. It had a good concept and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. And if you are a Stranger Things fan, Barb is in it! Rated PG-13


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The Mountain Between Us

Ben (Idris Elba) and Alex (Kate Winslet) are both stranded at the airport and are in desperate need to get back to their respective lives. Alex decides to charter a plane and invites Ben along. Once in the air, we find out that Ben is a doctor and Alex is a journalist. As they are flying, the pilot has a heart attack. They next thing they know, they have crashed into a snow covered mountain. As the days go by and rescue hasn’t happened, they decide to embark across the mountain. They have to depend on each other to survive. Will these two strangers make it or are their fates already decided?

I think I would have liked it better if I hadn’t read the book first. There were differences between the two that irritated me.  Of course, it was still enjoyable because Idris Elba is in it. Rated PG-13


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The Good Widow by Liz Fenton

Jacks has just received devastating news. Her husband, James, has died while in Hawaii. Except he is supposed to be on a business trip in Kansas. And he wasn’t alone. Jacks doesn’t know what to do with this information. She thought for the most part their eight year marriage was good. As the weeks past and she grieves, Jacks gets a visitor. His name is Nick and he claims to be the fiance of Dylan, the woman who was with James.  He wants to go to Hawaii and retrace their steps to see if he can get closure and he wants Jacks to go with him.

Jacks decides to go. As they start to retrace their steps, Jacks is shocked about all the activity they did. Jacks starts to really think about their marriage and isn’t sure if she ever knew James. Nick is having a hard time too. Jacks and Nick start to grow closer and after they leave Hawaii they start a relationship. Jacks really starts to fall for him and couldn’t be happier. But were the deaths in Hawaii really an accident or is something more sinister going on?

I really liked this book. It held my interest and kept me wanting to find out the truth. It had a good twist and I am excited to read more by these authors.