Celebrate: This is the last weekend for the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. This festival began in 1950 when students left six snow sculptures in Odori Park but now, teams from not only Japan but all over the world compete in an International Snow Statue Contest. There is also a Snowman Competition, where everyone can try their hand at building a snowman in order to try and break the record for most snowman in one place at one time. Last year there were more than 10,000!
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – The true story and inside look at the rise of Justin Bieber from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden in 3-D.
Cedar Rapids – To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), “naïve” is a gross understatement. He’s never left his small hometown. He’s never stayed at a hotel. And he’s never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention, Tim is soon distracted by three convention veterans (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who will show him the ropes and push his boundaries.
Poetry – A sixty-something woman, faced with a crippling medical diagnosis and the discovery of a heinous family crime, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. Lee Chang-dong’s follow-up to his acclaimed Secret Sunshine is a masterful study of the subtle empowerment – and moral compass – of an elderly woman.
Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer – The portrait of a great Hollywood life, and the final word on why there can only ever be one Bogie. Though he died at the age of fifty-seven more than half a century ago, Bogart’s influence among actors and filmmakers, and his enduring appeal for film lovers around the world, remains as strong as ever. While fathoming Bogie’s status as film icon in our collective imagination for so long, this definitive biography, along the way, illuminates the private man Bogart was and shines the spotlight on solme of the greatest performances ever caught on celluloid.
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