By Melissa Chapman,
Warsaw Community Public Library
WARSAW — When the leaves start to turn and a chill hits the air, there’s no better time to curl up with a blanket, a fall beverage, and a film. Whether you’re looking for love, laughs, or something to keep you entertained, Warsaw Community Public Library has a few new DVDs I’d like to recommend.
Inspired by true events, Ron Stallworth becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he sets out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. It’s an undaunted, true examination of race relations in 1970s America that is still relevant today.
The movie benefits from the charming performances by John David Washington (son of Denzel) as Ron Stallworth and Adam Driver as undercover cop Flip Zimmerman. Topher Grace steals the show as race huckster David Duke. He is both hilarious and charming, while monstrous and nauseating in his casual statements of racism. Director, Spike Lee, returns to form with impeccable cinematography and compelling storytelling
Helen is called to lead a campaign to bring supers back. Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack — whose superpowers are discovered. Their mission derails when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. The film revisits the familiar themes of fractured family dynamics, identity crises, pangs of alienation, and outlawed cape and cowling.
“Spy Who Dumped Me”
Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two 30-year-old best friends, are plunged into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with deadly assassins on his trail. Mila and Kate create impressive onscreen chemistry. Kunis has a quiet, nervous energy that serves as a great counterbalance to McKinnon’s giddy enthusiasm.
A deep-sea submersible filled with a research crew lies disabled at the bottom of the Pacific after being attacked by a massive shark previously thought to be extinct. With time running out, deep- sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary oceanographer to save the crew—and the ocean. The CGI was truly outstanding. The movie could have benefited from focusing a little less on the scientists and divers, and more on the shark and its antics. The film is not outrageously cheesy as the Sharknado movies, but not as “cinematic” as Jaws.