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More free passes courtesy of eONE and Movie Maniacs! This one is on January 23rd at Scotia Bank Theatres Chinook. The demand is high so claim them right away---they'll be gone in about 15 mintues!

Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. In a war determining the fate of humanity only Frankenstein’s creature holds the key to protecting mankind.

Follow this link to an external site and enter the following promo PIN code to claim your two free passes:

Calgary Public Library

Gotta admit I'm a sucker for Frankenstein stories, but this looks like a seriously different take on the big guy. Check out the trailer:


Crowfoot Library Film Night

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This month kicks off our third year of Film Nights at Crowfoot Library. On the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. we offer a movie in our program room. These are always current, new to DVD releases and very often have high numbers of holds on them. This is a great way to beat that wait.

So join us this Thursday when we will be showing Red 2 with Willis, Malkovich, Hopkins, Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary Louise Parker and Byung-hun Lee. A plausible enough plot, with a great ensemble cast. No, it is not Shakespeare, but it is funny, has some well choregraphed fight scenes and the actors do look like they are enjoying themselves. So suspend disbelief and come along and be entertained.

No registration is required and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. It's rated PG-13 for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material.

Free Advanced Screening Passes

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Short notice but if you are free tonight enjoy an advanced screening at Eau Claire Market Cinemas courtesy of Movie Maniacs and eOne.

The movie is Lone Survivor and stars Mark Wahlberg. Follow this link to request your tickets and print off at home. The password required is:



Best Thriller of the Year

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Sometimes a movie just comes and goes without a lot of noise and if you aren't watching for it you don't know what you've missed. This is especially true of Prisoners which just had its theatrical release in September and has already gone to DVD. This wasn't on my radar either and I am so glad that fellow Movie Maniac Mat steered me towards it.

The acting in this is tremendous. Often I find when a movie is an ensemble with a bunch of well-known names it just doesn't come together like it should. This is not the case here. Everybody's performances are controlled and hit all the right marks. I've never seen a better performance from Hugh Jackman--this is not gruff but lovable Wolverine, nor heroic Jean valJean singing his heart out. This is a man absolutely driven by his certainty, past the point of all reason. Jake Gyllenhaal is pitch perfect, and the two of them deserve any awards thrown their way. Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, and Viola Davis round out the very good cast.

This is the best thriller I have seen all year, maybe even a couple of years. There's no denying it is dark and there are some very disturbing scenes that I actually had to look away from, but what a story. Tightly woven interconnecting threads come together for an explosive ending that leaves you reeling. Don't wait to put your hold on this one.

If this doesn't get some Oscar nods I will be seriously disappointed.

The 71st Golden Globes

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The Golden Globe Awards kick off the start of the awards season and will again be hosted by funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They air on January 12th, 2014.

A lot of the theatrical films chosen are actually just hitting the theatres as I write but rest assured that our ace Selectors will be ordering such titles as 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips, American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street.

Most of the television series nominated are items that we do carry, such as: Nurse Jackie, Veep, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and Parks and Rec to name a few. Now many of these have been on television for years but if they are still being nominated that speaks of their consistent quality over the ensuing years.

Start paying attention because before you know it it will be time to start your Oscar Pool!


It's beginning to look a lot like

by Melanie - 0 Comment(s)

We were of two minds about putting up a Christmas post this year. This isn't a bah humbug kind of thing, it's just there is so much available on television at the moment and nothing new that really grabbed us. We all know the classics and CPL has a great selection, so rather than post suggestions, just pop into our catalogue and have a look see at the hundreds of Christmas titles we have.

So let's go a less traditonal route and have a look at a very good western.

Don’t be fooled by the number of rotten tomatoes that The Proposition received. This is a graphically violent, but thoughtful western set in the dramatic landscape of the Australian outback. Cave’s character is captured when he misses his band of outlaws' escape and the Sherriff offers him freedom in exchange for assistance in the capture of one of the other outlaws: his psychopathic brother.

We watch and wonder whose side Cave’s character is on as the pursuit unfolds. We also see the impact of 19th century colonialism on the aboriginal population. The soundtrack, given Nick Cave’s involvement, is awesome.

Fun Fact: Did you know Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds did music for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1?

Another Set of Advanced Screening Passes

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This hasn't happened before but what fun that it did! I have a second round of tickets to give out for Monday—this one is for MANDELA: Long Walk to Freedom and stars Idris Alba. I have 20 double passes available.

Show time is Monday, December 16, 7:00 PM at Landmark Cinemas Shawnessy 100-16061 MacLeod Trail SE. Doors open at 6:00. As always change your advanced screening pass for a box office ticket when you arrive at the theatre.

Enjoy a Movie on Us !

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Follow this link to get your free double advanced screening passes to American Hustle on Dec 16th at Sunridge Theatres. If they're a current A-Lister they are in this movie—including Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. The trailer looks pretty darn good.

Gangsters, conmen, rogue FBI agents — something for everyone — by the same people who did Silver Lining Playbook and The Fighter.

Your password is CalgaryPublicLibraryHustle. This is an outside site so judge for yourself your comfort level in giving out info, but many of our readers create a special e-mail just for these offers.

The ticket must be redeemed at the theatre box office to guarantee admission. If you go (and I hope to catch this one myself) I'd love to hear from you through COMMENTS. Enjoy.

The Eye Has to Travel

by Melanie - 4 Comment(s)

This a great DVD for viewers with the so-called "passion for fashion" and naysayers alike. Those who consider the industry to be made up merely of dictatorial European designers and mal-nourished teenaged models are forgetting about the powerhouses like Diana Vreeland who shaped so much of what we see visually today. She was no fashion victim.

The Eye has to Travel (checkout the book also via this link) stitches together interview footage with Vreeland with film clips of Funny Face and Who are you, Polly Maggoo?, and even animation to bring the woman to life. Vreeland was editor of Harper's Bazaar (available in the library and through our Zinio subscription), then Vogue (in branches), then head of the Fashion Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of New York where she allegedly scandalized archivists by treating 18th Century gowns as wearable clothes.

Interviews with Ali McGraw, Verushka, Diane von Furstenburg, Lauren Hutton and others highlight Vreeland's pioneering approach to life, first as a counter-culture flapper, then as an editor who valued a multicultural outlook and chose models with unique features and personalities, like Angelica Huston, whose careers she helped launch because she saw their inner potential.

Vreeland is ostensibly the spoofed arbitar of fashion in Who are you, Polly Maggoo? and some say also in The Devil wears Prada, not the current editor of Vogue as has been suggested. I'll leave you to decide.

Crowfoot Monthly Film

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Join us Thursday December 12th at 6:30 p.m. for another blockbuster new-to-DVD release.

As always I can not release the title, but I can tell you it is a 'Super' movie.

Phone us at 221-4122 and we will tell you what it is. This one is rated PG for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction and for some language.

Some related news: come the new year we are going with a different license and I will be able to put the titles in the blog.


So see you at Crowfoot this coming Thursday....

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