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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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Leave No Trace

Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) and her dad (Ben Foster) are living off the grid in the forest outside of Portland. Perfectly content in their forest idyll, they spend their days foraging, playing chess, and with Tom’s schooling. When their camp is found by the rangers though, their lives are turned upside down as the two are brought into the system, and placed in a home. After struggling to adjust to their new lives, the two make an escape back into the wilds of the forest, only to meet with more difficulties.

Shot in the forests of Oregon, this character driven movie is breathtakingly beautiful. Tom and Will are portrayed very well as they struggle to make sense of their situation, and the difficult decisions they each must make. Based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. Rated PG.

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Halloween Watching with hoopla

Make some popcorn, because hoopla’s got your pre-Halloween scary movie binge watching covered! With over 750 horror titles, the collection includes not only classics but also enough ghosts, vampires, zombies, slashers, and monsters to keep you busy and scared for a while. Find your favorites here!


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Tomb Raider

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is just wandering through life. Her father has been missing for seven years and the time has come to declare him dead. But before Lara does, she discovers a secret chamber at her father’s estate. It leads her on a quest to find the answers to her father’s disappearance. Of course, it isn’t smooth sailing and Lara ends up on an island in the middle of nowhere. Soon she is trying to escape with her life. But will she find the answers she is looking for before it is too late?

Having never played the video games but having seen the other two Lara Croft movies starring Angelina Jolie, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I really liked this reboot of the series. It was action-packed and kept me interested in the storyline. Also starring, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas. Rated PG-13


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Ghost Stories

Phillip Goodman debunks acts of paranormal occurrences. He is contacted by his hero, the original debunker, Charles Cameron. But the weird thing is he has been missing. When Phillip meets with him, Charles has three files of people who have contacted him with their paranormal encounters. He can’t figure out how they can be proven fake and needs Phillip’s help. Phillip agrees and meets with the three different people and listens to their stories. But all isn’t as it seems. And Phillip begins to see a connection to his own life and trauma he has experienced.

This was not what I was expecting. It was good but some parts were a little slow moving. I did jump a couple of times. I liked how it all came together in the end. It keeps your interest and has just enough scary parts. Not Rated


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Breaking In

After her father’s death, Gabrielle Union, who plays Shaun Russell, a mother of two, is at her father’s Wisconsin house to get the estate ready to sell. Her father’s house is an expansive, secluded property tucked into a wooded area.

While sipping a glass a wine and waiting on hold to order a pizza, Shaun is attacked outside the house with her children stuck inside, but she isn’t going down without a fight.

The attackers are after $4 million dollars that is stored in a safe somewhere in the house. Shaun will stop at nothing to defend her family and her home.

This thriller isn’t bad, but there is nothing particularly memorable here. Rated R


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You Were Never Really Here

Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), a Gulf War veteran, is no stranger to violence. Now in civilian life, his role tracking down missing girls often requires it. The traumas of his war experience are threatening to take Joe’s mind over as he takes on a high profile case and uncovers a conspiracy, leaving him in a very precarious place. Trying desperately to outrun his memories, Joe will do whatever it takes to try and save Nina, the 13-year-old daughter of a New York senator.

This isn’t an easy movie to watch. It took me awhile to get into the movie because at first it was hard to follow, almost more like a play than a movie.¬†Artistically, it’s very well done, and Phoenix does an amazing portrayal of a traumatized veteran. We’re brought inside of Joe’s hallucinations, and the brutality of them is painful to watch, which I guess is point of it. Joe’s life is brutal, inside and out, and as hard as he tries to run from it he can’t, so he tries to do what good he can while trying to excise his demons. Rated R.


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Read it before it hits the screen!

A few of the books we’re excited to see coming to the big screen this Fall!