Posts Tagged ‘library movies’
Quietly moving coming-of-age movie from Italy at Murphy Library Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Posted March 25, 2013on:
Thirteen-year-old Marta has returned to Italy with her mother and sisters after ten years away in Switzerland. It is one thing to be back with family, but another when she feels like a stranger as she walks the streets of the town where she was born.
The Murphy Library is showing Corpo Celeste, Film Movement’s quietly moving coming-of-age story filmed in Calabria, Italy, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Italian with subtitles in English. Running time is 100 minutes. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for upper high school levels.
Marta is enrolled in a class at the local Catholic church to study for her confirmation, and in hopes she will make some friends. Instead, she finds herself with many questions and no one to answer them….yet.
Call the library at 837-2417.
The year is 1982. Ellie, a 12 year-old Jewish girl from Israel has just immigrated with her family to Connecticut. She is homesick and lonely. The one bright spot is her mail (not e-mail) correspondence with her best friend back in Israel.
The Murphy Library is showing Foreign Letters, a coming-of-age story about the intersection of old friends and new ones from Film Movement this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 100 minutes and the film is shown in English, Hebrew and Vietnamese with English subtitles. The film is not rated but would be appropriate for middle school students and up.
Life at school is not easy for Ellie. She is shunned by the other students and struggles with her new language. Then she befriends a fellow immigrant, Thuy, a quiet Vietnamese girl intently studying for the SATs — in 6th grade no less. Call 837-2417 for details.
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.
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.
“Nothing is as it seems,” the young boy with the big glasses says. Valentin is eight years old and lives in 1960’s Buenos Aires, Argentina with his grandmother.
His parents have split, he rarely sees his dad, and he never sees his mom. What’s a boy to do but study on his own to become an astronaut and fly to the moon.
This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing, Valentin, a movie that will tug at your heart making you laugh – and cry. Teens who have been studying Spanish, and any adult will fall in love with this kid who needs to take matters into his own hands. It is a movie you will want to see again – I plan to.
Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti also wrote the screenplay – from his childhood memories. The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 86 minutes and it is rated PG-13. Call 837-2417 for details
I first saw this film several years ago at the Latin American Film Festival at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. I was involved with the festival for the 25 years it was in existence. It introduced me to countless filmmakers – some of them who made the trip to Atlanta to introduce their film.
Many of these directors make their way to Hollywood — among them the director of Valentin, Alejandro Agresti who recently directed The Lakehouse. Want to know what he looks like? Just watch Valentin — Agresti plays Valentin’s father.
Posted June 4, 2012on:
This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Hugo, Martin Scorcese’s masterpiece. We had previously scheduled it for May 31 but the Scholastic Book Fair took over our favorite movie spot with their wonderful books. This is a film for book lovers and movie lovers and for those of us who like to solve puzzles and make things work. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted May 15, 2012on:
The Murphy Library is showing, 84 Charing Cross Road, a movie for book lovers and letter writers this Thursday. It is rated PG with screenings at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and stars Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. Running time is 100 minutes.
Helene Hanff (Bancroft) is a struggling writer in New York City who loves to buy books, even on her meager income. When she sees an ad by a London used-bookstore, Marks & Co., she mails them her wish-list, with little hope of success. Then a package of books arrives with a note from Marks & Co.’s book buyer, Frank Doel, (Hopkins) and thus begins a twenty-year correspondence.
If you can’t remember the last time you wrote a letter, this movie could inspire you. Helene’s voice is fast-talking, New York style. If this were a boxing match, she’d be throwing quick jabs. Frank’s rhythm is that of a polite Englishman with a twinkle in his eyes.
Happy Go Lucky – Brit comedy with heart that teachers will love at Murphy Library Thursday,April 12 at 4 and 6 p.m.
Posted April 12, 2012on:
A North London primary-school teacher never has a bad day, never meets a stranger, and always cares about her students. She is not afraid to learn something about herself, like driving a car or flamenco dancing, or maybe, falling in love. This is rated R. It’s not for children, but it’s definitely for teachers.
Directed by Mike Leigh, who also made Secrets and Lies.
Posted March 26, 2012on:
Do you miss the 60’s and 70’s? Then come by the Murphy Library as we take a ride through Bob Dylan’s life in I’m Not There, this Thursday’s movie, March 29 at 4 and 6 p.m. Director Todd Haynes has created a memorable trip. The film runs 135 minutes and it is rated R.
Six characters appear as parts of Dylan’s persona by actors Cate Blanchett (who is Bob Dylan), Ben Whishaw, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin (my personal favorite, he goes by the name, Woody Guthrie) and Heath Ledger.
Posted February 20, 2012on:
The place is a small hotel in a South American country. The guests are six American women waiting for the paperwork to adopt a baby. They all have stories to tell, as do the local women who give up the children. Human feelings and hope of the soon-to-be mothers fill the screen and a few will touch your soul.
The Murphy Library is showing Casa de los Babys, director John Sayles’ 2003 film this Thursday, February 23 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It runs 95 minutes and is rated R.
Starring Daryl Hannah, Lili Taylor, Mary Steenburgen, Marcia Gay Harden, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rita Moreno and Susan Lynch. Call the Murphy Librarry at 837-2417 for details.
In honor of Heritage Day and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War the Murphy Library is showing the moving and unforgettable Shenandoah, made fifty years ago on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. It is one of the great Civil War films.
Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 105 minutes. Rated PG.
It stars James Stewart as a farmer who only wants to be left alone with his family on his 500 acres in the Shenandoah Valley. But he is caught between the North and the South. He doesn’t own slaves, his sons and daughter and daughter-in-law plow the fields and feed the animals. The war is not his war. Not until some Union soldiers capture his 16-year-old son.
The dialogue is right on and so is Stewart. The story may make you cry. It did me.
Call 837-2417 for details.
Sammy Prescott is a single mom raising her eight-year-old son and dealing with a new nitpicking manager at the bank where she works. Then after months with no word she gets a letter from her much-loved and wayward brother. He wants to come for a visit.
The Murphy Library is showing You Can Count on Me, the 2000 award-winning film about a brother and sister who care enough to make each other crazy, starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick. The screening is Thursday at 3:15 and 6 p.m. The film runs 111 minutes and is rated R.
Sammy drives through her small town with its brick buildings as the camera pans the tree -covered mountains around it and Bach’s solo cello urges the car along. Although it looks like Murphy and the Southern Highlands, it’s not. These are the Appalachians – on the north end, in the Catskills of New York. That’s the only difference. Loretta Lynn and Steve Earle still sing on the radio. And this story of a sister and brother could happen anywhere.
Call 837-2417 for details.