Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015  Film


Wedneday, March 11, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

The Judge - BRD J921 - DVD J921The Judge is a near-perfect movie—provocatively written, intensely mounted, painstakingly photographed, passionately acted and profoundly thoughtful. Equal parts courtroom drama and family saga, it’s also a showcase for two terrific actors at the top of their craft. Looking healthier and handsomer than ever, Robert Downey Jr. plays Hank Palmer, an arrogant, cynical Chicago defense attorney who returns home to a small town in Indiana for his mother’s funeral. Hank stays just long enough to rekindle old conflicts with his estranged father (Robert Duvall), an irascible local judge and pillar of the community whose implacable values and judgmental dynamics have kept his three sons divided and in turmoil for years. Hank is about to fly home when a shocking crisis erupts. His father is accused of the hit-and-run killing of a man he once sentenced to prison. Under the circumstances, Hank is forced to take over the job of defense attorney in the resulting murder trial—an awkward position that pits him against a crafty out-of-town prosecutor played by Billy Bob Thornton. It’s a tough case that uncovers damning evidence, and Hank’s father is no help at all.

Sensitively directed by David Dobkin, the screenplay by Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque is intelligent, touching and carefully calibrated, eschewing any trace of sentimentality, yet the film envelops your own sense of humanity as father and son draw closer and discover things about each other they never suspected. Beautifully shot by the great Polish cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, it’s Duvall’s greatest performance since he won the Oscar for Tender Mercies, and Downey’s greatest performance ever. The Judge is precisely the kind of movie that people mean when they say, “they don’t make ’em like that anymore.” [Rex Reed]

United States — 2014 — 142 mins.

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015  Community Art Space

Dancer_Mixed Media on Canvas_Framed_12x10in_Dec14 (1)Valeriya Khomar presents her beautiful exhibit “Unity”. This exhibit includes two separate series of works titled Jugs and Mixed Media.

Valeriya started her art career as a watercolorist but in recent years has been inspired by the vast range of aesthetic possibilities presented to her by acrylics. Her watercolour background is prominently displayed in the techniques she uses in her “Mixed Media” series.

Valeriya’s paintings explore the interconnectedness between ourselves and the world we leave in. Vivid, colourful and alive with “moving forms” her work seeks to capture the light and joy of the human spirit.

Until March 29, 2015

Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015  Film


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

lfls_webA workaholic architect and his wife learn that their six-year-old son was switched at birth and is being raised by a blue-collar couple who share very few of their values. This moving drama, one of the best to date from Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows; Still Walking), follows the relationship between the two families over the course of a year, presenting their lives with such care that even minute changes to their routines have an unsettling impact. Kore-eda and his actors realize the characters in novelistic depth, conveying sympathy even when subtly critiquing their behavior; and as usual, Kore-eda proves to be a gifted, unsentimental director of children.

“The questions posed by Like Father, Like Son are universal in nature and the manner in which Kore-eda addresses them makes for superior drama.” (James Berardinelli, ReelViews)

“Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Yasujiro Ozu’s heir becomes ever more assured.” (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph)

In Japanese with English subtitles

Japan — 2013 — 120 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

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Feb 252015
 February 25, 2015  Concerts, Music

Surkalén posterSurkalén – Essence of Light
Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm

Join us on Thursday, March 19 for a concert of unique world music by Montreal group Surkalén. Tickets are only $5, and are on sale now at the library’s front desk.

Surkalén merges the musical inheritance of South American culture with African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern music. Such a musical mixture gives rise to a unique and eloquent music called ethno-fusion. By combining ancestral and modern rhythms, Surkalén offers poetic music that is recognizable in many cultures.

In 2012, the band released their album Essence de lumière. It was nominated for World Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2012, and in 2013 the group has won the People’s Choice Award from the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Feb 242015
 February 24, 2015  Film


Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

German doctorThis quietly unnerving thriller centers on a Patagonian family, in 1960, who unknowingly welcome the Nazi fugitive Dr. Josef Mengele into their home. Director Lucia Puenzo, adapting her novel Wakolda, presents the story from the perspective of the family’s 12-year-old daughter, whom Mengele ends up using as a guinea pig in a biological experiment. It’s an effective narrative strategy; rather than try to explain Mengele’s evil, Puenzo presents it as beyond comprehension, invoking a child’s horror of the unknown. Ultimately the filmmaker is less concerned with Mengele than with how otherwise decent people could be persuaded to accept the Nazi doctrine of eugenics.

“The Argentine writer and director Lucía Puenzo, shooting in wide screen, takes an effective, largely low-key approach to her fictionalization of Mengele’s time in South America.” (Manhola Dargis, The New York Times)

The German Doctor is never showy or melodramatic — just a kind of true-life horror story about the soft-spoken, apparently-helpful monster in our midst.” (Bob Mondello, NPR)

In Spanish with English subtitles

Argentina — 2013 — 93 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

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Feb 172015
 February 17, 2015  Film


Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

image_6250For his striking debut feature, Fruitvale Station, writer-director Ryan Coogler dramatizes the real-life fatal shooting by a transit cop of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old man from Oakland, California, while coming home from New Year’s Eve festivities, in 2009. Grant was shot in the back while lying face down on the floor of the title train station; the policeman had apparently meant to pull his Taser gun. Video of the event captured by multiple cell phones and digital cameras went viral and sparked widespread protest. Coogler opens with a teaser of the chaotic episode, then leaps back to cover Grant’s last day, which he pieced together from interviews with the dead man’s family.

Fruitvale Station’s wrenching power lies in the specificity of its storytelling and the ordinary human warmth of the world it conjures. You walk out of it, not shaking your head over an abstract social problem, but grieving the senseless death of one flawed, complex, tragically young man.” (Dana Stevens, Slate)

“It’s a compelling tale that offers the opportunity for reflection and discussion about issues that have never really gone away and continue to lurk in the cultural background.” (James Berardinelli, ReelViews)

In English only

United States — 2013 — 85 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

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Feb 132015
 February 13, 2015  Book Clubs, Lectures

Canada Reads 2015 posterThe popular annual book debate Canada Reads returns to the CBC airwaves in mid-March and the Côte Saint-Luc Library is getting in on the action!

On Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm, five CSL librarians will defend their choice of one of the five books in contention at a high-spirited round-table debate at the library. We’ll have light refreshments for the audience and the event is free!

The theme of this year’s debate is “One Book to Break Barriers” and it features five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that question stereotypes and bring important issues to light. The shortlisted books are Ru by Montreal writer Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman), Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (translated by Rhonda Mullins), and When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid.

Feb 112015
 February 11, 2015  Film

Wednesday, February 25 at 2 pm

The Digital Future: How We’ll Watch What We’ll Watch


By means of a one-hour lecture/discussion, librarian Steven Tomlinson explores the evolution of television and movie viewing, focusing on the types of content we’ll be watching; the delivery systems–or “middle men”–through which we’ll get that content; and the types of screens and devices on which we’ll consume it. 

Free for library members; non-members $15. Registration required.

Location: Multi-purpose room of the library

Feb 112015
 February 11, 2015  Book Clubs

The Supremes T Earle's All-You-Can-EatCome join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa talk about The Supremes at Earle’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore.  It will be held on Wednesday,  February 18th at 1:45pm.   

Three girlfriends (who have known each other since high school) get together at Earle’s All-you-can-eat every Sunday in their home town of Plainview, Indiana, to stuff themselves silly and get the latest scoop on what is happening in the community.  In the 60’s they were dubbed “The Supremes” because they hung out together all the time but they also supported each other through all the ups and downs—including troubled childhoods and then racial tensions that were happening between their neighborhood and the white folks across the wall on the other side of town.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts with others and to ask any questions you may have about the book—except for the ending!

If you have any questions about January’s title, Me Before You, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

There are still copies left of Moore’s novel to borrow, in case you haven’t read it yet.  If you pick it up now, you’ll have enough time to finish it before the review.

Coffee, tea and goodies will be provided after the talk, for some friendly socializing.  Feel free to bring a friend.

Cost at the door for CSL Women’s Club Members: $3

Cost for Non-members: $4

Feb 102015
 February 10, 2015  Film


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

100473_slipNick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), a long-married British couple, revisit Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness—and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.

“In the capable hands of these fine filmmakers and actors, even its most bitter observations about life and aging are nearly always reliably balanced by moments of warmth, understanding and out-and-out screwball humor.” (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

“Sophisticated, sharp and funny, Le Week-End achieves an unusual coup: it’s a film about two older characters that is neither deeply gloomy (like, say, Amour) nor twinkly and cheerily upbeat.” (David Gritten, The Telegraph)

In English only

United Kingdom — 2013 — 93 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

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