Posts Tagged ‘Murphy 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.
“Cupid shoot me,” “Trouble is a friend” and “When life gives me lemons I make lemonade” are three songs in the next Murphy Library movie that sum up the story of a high school girl named Olive.
Cupid hasn’t been aiming his bow at her, so Olive tries to make herself more interesting. In truth, nothing is going on. But she doesn’t tell the truth — she lies to a friend about losing her virginity and the rumor mills go ballistic.
It is the era of Facebook, after all.
Guys at school start asking Olive to lie about their exploits with her. They pay her back with gift cards. They might be gay, geeky or gawky and Olive offers them a way to protect themselves from the vicissitudes of high school life.
Unfortunately or not, the plot twists. And Olive feels more like Hester Prynne, the heroine of The Scarlet Letter.
“Trouble is a friend” plays in the background.
Finally, there is a lesson Olive needs to learn and that is how to make lemonade, especially if she can find a true friend to help.
The library is showing this comedy/romance starring Emma Stone and Amanda Bynes Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and running time is 92 minutes.
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.
Posted December 22, 2012on:
Fate gives us the next library movie.
Spanish screenplay writer and director, Fernando León de Aranoa originally wanted to study Fine Arts in college. Instead, due to a clerical error, he ended up in Film & Communication Studies. That mistake started him on a successful writing and filmmaking career and we are the better for it.
Barcelona, Spain is the location for his recent film Amador, the next Film Movement selection at the Murphy Library. Marcela, a young immigrant woman from Latin American finds a summer job taking care of an elderly man named Amador. They slowly hit it off and she adds friendship to her caretaker role. But nothing is forever or is it?
The Murphy Library is showing Amador in its original Spanish with subtitles in English this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 112 minutes and it is not rated but would not be suitable for children.
Director León de Aranoa writes that he wanted the film to have “a deliberate elegance and serenity” in the music, photography and framing of each scene. It has this and great acting as well. Call 837-2417 for details.
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Posted July 1, 2012on:
When the Muppets hold a telethon to save their old theater, memories fill their latest movie, The Muppets, at the Murphy Library, this Thursday, July 5 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Rated PG. Running time 103 minutes. Stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and all, everyone, yes, all of the THE MUPPETS!
In addition, don’t miss Alan Arkin, Neil Patrick Harris, Sara Silverman, Whoopi Goldberg, Emily Blunt, Selena Gomez, James Carville, and lots more familiar faces.
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 March 12, 2012on:
A petty criminal in Barcelona struggles to care for his beloved children. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who also made Babel and Amores Perros offers us an emotional story of a loving father and the difficult life he leads in the underbelly of this beautiful Spanish city. T he Murphy Library is showing Biutiful this Thursday, March 15 at 4 and 6 p.m. It stars the unforgettable Javier Bardem and is rated R, not suitable for children or young people. Running time is 148 minutes. The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English. . Read the rest of this entry »
A trip to Rio de Janeiro is in store for parents and kids in the next animated film this Thursday, March 1 at 4 and 6 p.m. at the Murphy Library
Posted February 26, 2012on:
His name is Blu and you’d be too, if your species were dwindling away. This Thursday the Murphy Library is showing the family-friendly animated comedy, Rio, about a sweet blue parrot in Minnesota who is needed in Rio de Janeiro to save his species from dying out.
In English with a few Portuguese words for fun. Rated PG. Screenings at 4 and 6 p.m. Running time is 96 minutes. Call 837-2417 for details.
Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway are the voices for Blu, the male macaw and Jewel, the feisty female. Carlos Saldanha is the director. He also directed Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), but his film Rio must be close to his heart since he was born and grew up in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
A film that grabs your emotions and entertains you too — this Thursday, February 2, at Murphy Library
Posted January 29, 2012on:
Once in awhile a movie comes along that grabs your emotions and doesn’t let go. Alfonso Cuaron’s A LITTLE PRINCESS is one of those. It wraps you up in its arms, like its young heroine is wrapped in her father’s embrace. But it’s not just for girls. The director of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN made this tale of imagination and storytelling for everyone. The Murphy Public Library will show it this Thursday at 4 p.m. and again at 6. It is rated G.
Based on a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett it tells the story of Sarah Crewe, the daughter of a wealthy British Army officer on the eve of World War I. They live in India and since her mother had died, Sarah grows up under the loving eyes of her Indian caretakers. The colors and stories of India permeate her life.
But soon her father must go off to war. He takes Sarah to the same boarding school her mother had attended in New York City. Only this time the forbidding Miss Minchin is in charge. Questions, logic, and imagination are frowned upon. Even talking among the girls is forbidden. Only Sarah’s natural storytelling ability keeps her going.
Then the unthinkable news comes from the battlefront. Sarah’s father has died. As a result his assets are frozen, and to pay for her debts, Sarah is ordered to work as a maid in the boarding school. All that is left is her imagination. The highly regarded Mexican director Cuaron made this film in 1995. Read the rest of this entry »