Movies & Television

As we near the end of Black History Month, we can look to the future as well. Although the term "afrofuturism" was coined in the 1990s, the works that it is used to describe have been around for much longer. Afrofuturistic books, movies, and music explore the intersection of science fiction, fantasy, technology, and the cultural experience of Black people around the world. If you're curious about this genre, the following books, movies, and albums at the Library are a great place to start:

Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.

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Seventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Kirk Douglas will be remembered, in death as in life, for his enduring lead roles of the mid 20th Century. Most recognized for playing historic Roman revolutionary Spartacus, Douglas is also known for another Stanley Kubrick film, Paths of Glory, and for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life. Check out the list below for his works in film and in print.

This weekend, the Oscar for Best Actress will be presented to one of the following nominees: Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, or Renee Zellweger. Read about some of the past winners with these biographies from the Library's collection.

In pieces : a memoir by Sally Field

This weekend, the Oscar for Best Actor will be presented to one of the following nominees: Antonio Banderas, Leonardo Di Caprio, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix, or Jonathan Pryce. Read about some of the past winners with these biographies from the Library's collection.

 

Spencer Tracy : a biography by 1953- James Curtis

The history of blacks in the South as seen through the eyes of a 110-year-old former slave. Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines.

The story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used in the 1950s to create the first immortal human cell line resulting in medical breakthroughs.

Director Spike Lee fashions a bold, flavorful picture of family life in a crowded but cozy Brooklyn neighborhood nicknamed "Crooklyn" by the Carmichaels, who experience one very special summer in their hometown under difficult but often wonderful circumstances.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America, and our nation as a whole.

When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern.

Check out some of 2019's favorite movies as selected by the librarians of the Canton Public Library.

Popular opinion tells us that "the book is always better than the movie"...but what do you think? Check out the mystery books and their movie counterparts below.

Kiss the girls : a novel by 1947- James Patterson
Also available in: video

In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. In the sequel to Along Came a Spider, Washington D.C.'s Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing-and they are working coast to coast.

The Lincoln lawyer : a novel by 1956- Michael Connelly
Also available in: video

Mickey Haller was afraid he wouldn't recognize innocence if he saw it, but he should have watched for evil instead.Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between Los Angeles courthouses to defend clients of every kind—bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence — it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice.A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman hires Haller, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It's a defense attorney's dream, and Haller starts to believe it is the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller finds that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with pure evil. Now he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal to walk away alive.The Lincoln Lawyer is a display of novelistic mastery — as gripping and whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has called today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature.

The Detroit Free Press recently published their list of "Michigan's 50 essential movies - films that were primarily set here and somehow capture the spirit of the region."  Readers are invited to vote for their top 10 favorites, so check out the many titles that are available in the Library's collection.

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress recently announced its list of inductees for 2018. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. For a history of the Film Registry you can watch the fascinating documentary These amazing shadows: the movies that made America. Titles available in the Library's collection can be found below. The entire list — complete with film history — can be found here.

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