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Is your spot on the holds list for “Mr. Turner” on the outside looking in? Then get your hands on one of these films about outsider artists!

Pollock

Fellow artists and lovers Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are at the center of New York’s 1940s art scene, but as Krasner neglects her work to push Pollock’s career forward, Pollock begins to unravel emotionally.

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Shelter Island

Outsider artist Harald Olson and his eccentric patron Jimmy Olinkiewicz found each other on Shelter Island, NY, and teamed up to sell paintings roadside. The semi-homeless painter and the father of an autistic child were magically connected, and together took friendship to a new level when they secured a major gallery showing of Olson’s unconventional work in NYC. An elegant, beautiful tale of how art, compassion and creativity can unlock hidden potential in unexpected places.

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It’s National Poetry Month! So, when you’re not pondering a pantoum or if you’re in need of a break from all of those virile villanelles, then check out these films. Or, show up to the third annual St. Albert Teen Poetry Slam, held at the Library tomorrow from 2-4 PM, and expect everything!

Louder Than A Bomb

Every year, more than 600 teenagers from over 60 Chicago-area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as ‘Louder than a Bomb.’ Founded in 2001, it is the only event of its kind in the country, a youth poetry slam built from the beginning around teams. This film captures the real story: the teamwork, the love and the poetry, rather than the points.

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Howl

Dramatizes the events leading up to accusations of obscenity against Allen Ginsberg and his poem “Howl, ” and the subsequent trial where he had to defend his most famous work. Don’t miss James Franco acting…in a movie. Yes, another one…

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Nymphomaniacs. Immortalists. Clearly, we’re more than just books.

Nymphomaniac Volume I & Volume II

Volume I: Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac is found beaten in the gutters. As a kind soul tries to nourish her back to health, Joe reveals her troubled past encounters, through erotic flashbacks of her youth that led her down this road to low self-esteem and self-worth.

Volume II: The story picks up with Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications, near destruction, reconciling her decisions to move on.

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The Immortalists

Two eccentric scientists struggling to discover a medical breakthrough to create eternal youth; Bill Andrews is a lab biologist and famed long-distance runner. Aubrey de Grey is a genius theoretical biologist who conducts his research with a beer in hand. They differ in style and substance, but are united in their common crusade: to cure aging or die trying. As they battle their own aging and suffer the loss of loved ones, their journey toward life without end ultimately becomes personal.

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Add some color to this drab start to spring – a burst of blue to pull on your heartstrings and a limited color palette aged to perfection are sure to lead a charge of visual delight into the long weekend.

Blue is the Warmest Color

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Inspired by Julie Maroh’s graphic novel: Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Available in DVD.


Dick Tracy

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Hard-boiled detective Dick Tracy is searching for evidence that proves Alphonse “Big Boy” Caprice is the city’s most dangerous crime boss. He may have found the key to unraveling the crimelord’s illegal empire in Breathless Mahoney  an enigmatic barroom singer who has witnessed some of Caprice’s crimes firsthand. However, she seems more set on stealing Dick away from his girlfriend, Tess , than helping him solve the case of his career.

Don’t remember Dick? Then read this retrospective about a film that was part of the first wave in a growing trend: the superhero movie and the lucrative possibilities of cross-promotion.

Also available is an original copy of Madonna’s 1990 soundtrack , back from when Compact Discs were all the rage in music!

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Force Majeure

An idyllic family skiing vacation takes a stunning turn when an avalanche threatens the ski lodge restaurant, sending people fleeing and demanding quick decisions that change the course of the family’s dynamics and trust.

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Take Back Your Power

Utilities around the world are racing to install ‘smart’ utility meters, which are emerging as anything but smart. This documentary uncovers shocking evidence of in-home privacy, increased utility bills, health risks such as cancer, environmental harm, fires, and unprecedented hacking vulnerability, while lighting the path toward solutions. With compelling insight from whistleblowers, researchers, government agents, lawyers, doctors, and environmentalists.

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