Archive for the ‘Family movies’ Category
When director Martin Scorsese’s mother Catherine was alive she would cook for his film crew. And often she and his father, Charles, would have walk-on parts in his films. “What,” you will ask “does that have to do with a Muppet movie?”
The Murphy Library is showing the 1984 Muppet movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Running time is 94 minutes and it is rated G. This time the Muppets find themselves in New York trying to get their big break on Broadway. The voice of the late Jim Henson can be heard as Kermit, Ernie, the Swedish Chef and a few others he made famous.
Ed Koch, the late mayor of New York, shows up in the film. So do Art Carney, Dabney Coleman, Gregory Hines, Liza Minnelli, and Brooke Shields.
Joan Rivers has the perfect role for herself as a fast-talking workmate of Miss Piggy.
Which brings us back to Charles and Catherine Scorsese. Even they have walk-on roles in this Muppet movie. Perhaps the Muppets were hoping for a hot meal? Then, again, they do have the Swedish Chef on staff.
A smart dog named Beethoven headlines the Murphy Library film this Thursday, March 7 at 4 and 6 p.m.
Posted March 4, 2013on:
A sweet puppy finds his way into a home with two children eager for a playmate. Is everyone is happy? Certainly not their father, especially when the puppy grows into a St. Bernard.
What’s more, this is a breed with lots of brainpower.
The Murphy Library is showing a movie about good guys, bad guys, and one very smart dog this Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and runs for 87 minutes.
The screenplay is by John Hughes who wrote Sixteen Candles and Home Alone, among countless other films. Don’t be surprised to find an evil veterinarian who does terrible things. However, all is not lost. A Jack Russell Terrier is part of the mix, just to keep things lively.
Call the library at 837-2417.
Bright Star is a romantic movie that captures the poetry of love — this Thursday, Valentine’s Day at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Posted February 9, 2013on:
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Murphy Library is showing Bright Star, a love story about a poet and the young woman who gave meaning to his words. The library will show the film Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is rated PG and will run for 119 minutes.
In the early 19th century John Keats was finishing his studies to become a medical surgeon, but his love of writing kept getting in the way. He had a poet’s heart and vision, and captured vibrant pictures in his verses. The only problem two hundred years ago is the same one now – how does one earn a living as a writer.
That question is forgotten momentarily at a summer retreat when Keats meets his lovely eighteen-year-old neighbor, Fannie Brawne. They soon fall in love. If only family, friends and finances did not stand in their way. Stars Abbie Cornish and Ben Wishaw.
Call the library for details at 837-2417.
Loretta Lynn’s story of Appalachia and its music: Coal Miner’s Daughter, Thursday, January 17 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Posted January 14, 2013on:
Some days you long to see a movie from far away; other times, it’s good to stay close to home. Coal Miner’s Daughter is the next film at the Murphy Library and it was made close to home — in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. It celebrates a down home girl – singer and songwriter Loretta Lynn.
The library is showing this 1980 film based on Lynn’s autobiography in honor of her 50 years of singing, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 125 minutes and the movie is rated PG.
Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones star. Besides listening to Spacek singing in her Oscar-winning performance, the film is a vivid story of Appalachia where the mountains and the people tell their own stories. It received Oscar nominations for best picture, art and set direction, film editing, sound, screenwriting, and cinematography. Every scene is special.
The film also started Levon Helm on a second career as an actor, this time playing Lynn’s father, Ted Webb.
Helm, who passed away in 2012, was the singer and drummer for The Band. He played with everyone from Bob Dylan to Muddy Waters. If you’ve heard “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” you were listening to Helm.
If you think working in a bookstore is a quiet job, check out the Murphy Library movie this Thursday, January 10. A fashion photographer wants a photo-shoot in a setting that would make both the model and her clothes look smart. When he and his crew invade a Greenwich Village bookstore he creates havoc for the saleslady as he snaps away.
To his credit the photographer stays behind to help the young woman. Later he sees that he has included her in one of his photos. She is very photogenic. Would she be interested in being a model? No. What if the agency were to take her on a photo shoot to Paris? Well, maybe.
The library is showing Funny Face, the classic 1957 film about falling in love while dancing through the streets of Paris to the music of George Gershwin, starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday. The film is not rated. Running time is 103 minutes. To see the trailer, go to www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com or call 837-2417.
Posted December 30, 2012on:
The Murphy Library is showing the Blu-ray version of Beauty and the Beast, the Oscar-winning animated film adults and children will enjoy for its story, its animated objects and especially its music.
In a small French town, a young woman spends her time doing what she loves most — reading. But one day her father goes missing. Belle goes in search of him and finds he has been imprisoned by a beast. The beast had been a brutish man with no idea what love or kindness is and now has been cast under a spell. Maybe he needed to read a little more….. Or maybe he just needs to meet a book lover……
Screenings are this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Rated G. 84 minutes.
Posted December 15, 2012on:
Electronic scanners, the super-fast S-1 delivery system and Mission Control are at the helm of the next Murphy Library movie. And where would all this hi-tech equipment be located? The North Pole, of course!
The animated family comedy Arthur Christmas about one Christmas Eve when Santa used his high-tech system to deliver 2 billion presents will be shown Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Murphy Library. It is rated PG and runs 97 minutes. James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Eva Longoria, Michael Palin and others provide voices.
All the elves were congratulating each other with high-fives at the North Pole Mission Control when the S-1 reindeer-less delivery system came back on Christmas Eve. Soon they discover one present was not delivered, a pink bicycle to a little girl in England. So what! That’s not bad out of 2 billion succesful deliveries.
Not bad, unless you are Santa’s younger son Arthur who works in the mailroom and remembers reading that little girl’s card requesting the bike. With the help of his aging grandfather, a loyal elf, eight reindeer and an old map, he takes off into the night with the bicycle.
Did we mention he’s afraid of heights? He is.
He also hates to go fast.
He’s scared of reindeer too.
Call the library at 837-2417 for details.
Posted December 4, 2012on:
Twelve young girls live in a Paris boarding school in Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic book turned into a movie. But don’t let that stop anyone — man, woman or child from watching it at the Murphy Library.
For starters, sixteen French stuntmen and women are listed in the credits and they stay busy. A little girl falling into the rushing waters of the Seine and a motorcycle chase are two of the thrilling moments. There are funny ones too.
The library is showing Madeline, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. This PG-rated comedy-thriller runs 88 minutes.
Young Hatty Jones who plays the school’s littlest troublemaker, Madeline, is as exceptional in her role as Frances McDormand is in hers as Miss Clavel who runs the school, tries to keep order and takes her twelve charges out for walks around Paris and its museums and parks.
“Something is not right” Miss Clavel says when her inner radar detector goes off and she runs to find out what trouble is brewing with the girls. Parents in the audience will nod their heads. They’ve been there. They’re still there. This week they can take their kids there and nod their heads together.
Special movie for gardeners and anyone else who likes to laugh: Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit — this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Posted October 30, 2012on:
The Murphy Library is screening Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit an animated feature with vegetables as a main course. But fear not, a crazy inventor and his smart, trusty dog offer lots of laughs. Running time 85 minutes. Rated G. Children, grown-ups, inventors and dog lovers are all welcome. Read the rest of this entry »
Murphy Library shows Nanny McPhee this Thursday, a funny film for both children and adults and anyone else who needs a lesson in manners
Posted October 1, 2012on:
Manners matter. Just ask Nanny McPhee, a very special governess in the next movie at the Murphy Library. There are seven children who need lessons in being polite in this funny, magical film starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. 97 min. PG. Screenings at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »
This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Dr. Suess’ The Lorax . This 2012 film is about a 12-year-old boy who wants to impress a special girl. Along the way he finds a grumpy creature called the Lorax who fights to make the world a better place. And that’s when the fun starts. Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito. 86 min. PG.
The Murphy Library is showing The Adventures of Tintin, Stephen’s Spielberg’s animated action film about a young reporter and a drunken ship’s captain in search of the treasure from a sunken ship. 107 min. Rated PG. Thursday, August 9 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Belgian writer Herge created this character. If you have a young reader at home who likes this movie, the Moss-Hayesville library carries Herge’s books in the youth fiction section.