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Monday, January 15, 2018

Hot This Week: January 15

Two new movies sneak onto the back half of this week's movie list. There's not much change on the music chart, while the fiction list sees the most movement, with new titles led by the thriller by A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window. In non-fiction, the only one new addition is the much-discussed new book on the Trump presidency by Michael Wolff.

Movies
  1. Dunkirk (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Atomic Blonde (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. The Hitman's Bodyguard (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. American Assassin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Kidnap (Blu-ray)
  7. Girls Trip (Blu-ray)
  8. Logan Lucky (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Flatliners (Blu-ray)
  10. The Lego Ninjago Movie (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  2. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  3. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  4. G-Eazy, The Beautiful & Damned
  5. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  6. Eminem, Revival
  7. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  8. Post Malone, Stoney
  9. Khalid, American Teen
  10. Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Fiction
  1. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  2. Origin, Dan Brown
  3. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  4. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  5. Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
  6. Robicheaux, James Lee Burke
  7. Unbound, Stuart Woods
  8. The People vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson
  9. The Midnight Line, Lee Child
  10. Year One, Nora Roberts
Non-Fiction
  1. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  4. Grant, Ron Chernow
  5. Let Trump Be Trump, Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
  6. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  7. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish 
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  10. Killing England, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Preview: Audiobooks and Music

Written by Jon Williams

Last week we looked at some of the great movies coming our way in 2018, but that’s not all there is to look forward to. Here are some other great media titles the coming year has in store for us.

In publishing, the big question to start the year is the same as it has been for the past several years: will we finally see The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series? There’s no definitive word on that as of now (and we already know the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones isn’t coming until 2019), so all we can do is keep our fingers crossed. We do know, though, that Stephen King will follow up his packed 2017 with a new novel, The Outsider, coming in May. Other fiction titles for the year include Force of Nature by Jane Harper and Sunburn by Laura Lippman in February, Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion in April, and Lauren Groff’s Florida in June. Also, the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which sees popular contemporary authors update classic Bard tales, will have a new addition with Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth in April.

While her next novel isn’t coming until next year, a book of essays (including one on our collective love for public libraries) entitled Feel Free from Zadie Smith is part of a monumental year in non-fiction. A couple of social movements that gained steam as 2017 progressed will continue to demand attention and consideration. One is #MeToo and Time’s Up, highlighted at the recent Golden Globes ceremony. Rose McGowan’s Brave details her experience as an actress in Hollywood, while acclaimed author Roxane Gay compiles a series of essays by a number of women in Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. A co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, brings her struggle to light next week in When They Call You a Terrorist. In a related vein, a previously unpublished work from the late Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon, looks at slavery’s effect on one man and the enduring legacy of the institution. But there are some books on less weighty topics as well, such as See What Can Be Done, a collection of cultural and media criticism from Lorrie Moore, and Creative Quest, a guide to creativity and inspiration from Questlove.

The world of music is already abuzz with the recent announcement of a new album forthcoming from Justin Timberlake. Man of the Woods comes out February 2, just two days before his performance at halftime of the Super Bowl. There’s plenty of other good music on tap, including a new album from platinum rockers Fall Out Boy, M A N I A, out a week from today. The anticipated Marvel movie Black Panther has an equally anticipated soundtrack that was curated and produced by Kendrick Lamar, who also performs on it, available February 9, a week before the movie debuts in theaters. An album featuring unheard recordings from the late Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides of the Sky, comes out March 9. Because of the nature of the music industry, nailing down future releases can be an inexact science, to say the least, but there’s a good chance of new album releases this year from such names as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Tool, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Migos.

As we said on last week’s movie preview, this is just scratching the surface of all the great content we can expect to see in 2018. Is there anything in particular you and your patrons are looking forward to? Let us know, and stay tuned to Midwest Tape here on our blog as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information on exciting new releases as they become available.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hot This Week: January 8

The first hot list of 2018 sees not much movement from the end of last year. In movies, the Christopher Nolan WWII blockbuster Dunkirk makes its debut. The music chart sees the most movement, with three new titles led by the latest album from rap superstar Eminem. The audiobooks lists contain one new addition each: a new thriller from bestseller Robert Crais in fiction, and a memoir from comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Atomic Blonde (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Hitman's Bodyguard (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. American Assassin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Dunkirk (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Kidnap (Blu-ray)
  7. Logan Lucky (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Girls Trip (Blu-ray)
  9. The Dark Tower (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  2. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  3. Eminem, Revival
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas
  6. Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All
  7. G-Eazy, The Beautiful & Damned
  8. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Fiction
  1. Origin, Dan Brown
  2. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  3. The People vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson
  4. The Midnight Line, Lee Child
  5. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  6. Artemis, Andy Weir
  7. Year One, Nora Roberts
  8. End Game, David Baldacci
  9. The Wanted, Robert Crais
  10. Tom Clancy's Power and Empire, Marc Cameron
Non-Fiction
  1. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  2. Grant, Ron Chernow
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  5. Killing England, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Let Trump Be Trump, Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
  7. Bobby Kennedy, Chris Matthews
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
  10. What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 Preview: Movies

Written by Jon Williams

Happy New Year from all of us here at Midwest Tape! We’ve hit the ground running in 2018, and we’re excited to continue to bring the best in media to you, your libraries, and your patrons. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the most anticipated movies to watch for the in the year to come.

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe kicked off ten years ago with 2008’s Iron Man, and it’s still going strong. First up, in February, is a solo adventure from Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, who first appeared in Captain America: Civil War. That leads into May’s mega superhero team-up flick, Avengers: Infinity War, which unites all Marvel’s standalone heroes and promises to bring the Guardians of the Galaxy into the mix as well. Then in July comes Ant-Man and the Wasp, the follow-up to 2015’s Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd. But that’s by no means all for comic book movies. Another Marvel favorite, the sequel to the acclaimed Deadpool is expected in June. In November, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will continue that franchise where Apocalypse left off. And the DC Comics franchise continues in December with Aquaman, the first installment since Justice League.

A big year for adaptations kicks off next month with Fifty Shades Freed, the third installment of the trilogy adapted from E.L. James’s hugely popular book series. A month after that, on the opposite end of the spectrum, comes a new version of A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved Newbery Medal winner. March will also see Steven Speilberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s rollicking near-future bestseller Ready Player One roll into theaters. In October, The Girl in the Spider’s Web goes from the page to the screen, picking up the Millennium Series where David Lagercrantz took over following Stieg Larsson’s passing. And although not technically an adaptation, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming in November, will expand the wizarding world set forth in J.K. Rowling’s classic Harry Potter novels.

Then there are the sequels and reboots. One of the biggest will be May’s Solo, the second standalone Star Wars story after 2016’s Rogue One, this time detailing the backstory of everyone’s favorite scoundrel and scruffy-looking nerfherder, Han Solo. In June, Ocean’s 8 will bring an all-female crew to the beloved heist movies. Later that month, the long-awaited sequel to Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles finally arrives, and the next Jurassic World installment will wreak its havoc as well. The Purge horror series gets an origin story with The Purge: The Island, due on Independence Day. In October, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga feature in a new iteration of A Star Is Born. Michael B. Jordan returns for a second Creed film, an offshoot of the Rocky franchise, in November. Then, on Christmas Day comes Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 Disney classic starring Emily Blunt as the titular nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda as her sidekick.

That’s just scratching the surface of all the big movies coming our way in 2018. Next week we’ll take a look at what else we have to look forward to in pop culture. In the meantime, let us know what you’re looking forward to the most, and count on us to keep you informed on when all these blockbusters—and everything else the new year has to offer—will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Hot This Week: December 26

We hope everyone had a wonderful long holiday weekend! The Charlize Theron action thriller Atomic Blonde explodes onto the week's movie list. Country star Luke Bryan debuts his new album atop the music charts, where he's joined down the list by a collaboration between Big Sean and Metro Boomin. In audiobooks, a pair of familiar favorites return: Stephen and Owen King's Sleeping Beauties in fiction, and David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Atomic Blonde (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. American Assassin (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Hitman's Bodyguard (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Logan Lucky (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Kidnap (Blu-ray)
  6. Kingsman: The Secret Service (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Girls Trip (Blu-ray)
  8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. The Dark Tower (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Luke Bryan, What Makes You Country
  2. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  3. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  4. Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas
  5. Big Sean & Metro Boomin, Double or Nothing
  6. Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 2
  7. Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All
  8. Post Malone, Stoney
  9. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  10. U2, Songs of Experience
Fiction
  1. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  2. Origin, Dan Brown
  3. The People vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson
  4. The Midnight Line, Lee Child
  5. Artemis, Andy Weir
  6. Year One, Nora Roberts
  7. End Game, David Baldacci
  8. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  9. Tom Clancy's Power and Empire, Marc Cameron
  10. Sleeping Beauties, Stephen and Owen King
Non-Fiction
  1. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  2. Grant, Ron Chernow
  3. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  4. Bobby Kennedy, Chris Matthews
  5. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  6. Let Trump Be Trump, Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
  7. Killing England, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  8. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  9. What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  10. Sisters First, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush