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After five relationships ending badly including two divorces, a neurotic middle-aged science fiction writer wants to find out what is wrong with him. Could his mother have created problems when he was growing up?   He thinks starting over at the beginning might offer a solution and announces to his mother that he’s moving back in with her.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing a 1996 comedy with some drama starring Albert Brooks and the late, great Debbie Reynolds playing his mother. Running time is 104 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

Albert Brooks also wrote and directed the film. When he asked his friend Carrie Fisher if she thought her mother might play his mother, she knew she would. Fisher also got permission from her ex-husband Paul Simon for Brooks to use the song “Mrs. Robinson.” Listen closely, Brooks wrote new lyrics for it.

Montana and even Murphy may be covered with snow these days, but the next Murphy Library film will remind you how it looks when the sky is blue, the leaves are on the trees and the Valley River calls to you.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the library is showing A River Runs Through It, a 1992 film directed by Robert Redford and starring Brad Pitt in one of his earliest films along with Craig Sheffer and Tom Skerritt. The story follows a minister and his two sons who love fly fishing even as they grow up going in different directions. The film is rated PG and running time is 123 minutes. The musical score was composed by Mark Isham and won an Oscar.

The Murphy Library is starting off the New Year by going to New York to see a movie that will make you laugh. A Jack Russell terrier named Max happily lives in a Manhattan apartment with his owner and spends time with the other pets in the building until a newcomer shows up.

The library is showing The Secret Life of Pets, an animated adventure comedy this Thursday, January 5, at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 87 minutes and the film is rated PG.

One day Max’s owner Katie brings home a large, scruffy mongrel named Duke. Immediately Katie’s attention is diverted from Max to Duke. What kind of life is that?  Something needs to be done.

Call the library at 837-2417.

Here are some songs to warm you up: The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing, The Old Man, Heat Wave, Blue Skies, and Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep. Irving Berlin wrote them for the next movie at the Murphy Library.

The library is showing White Christmas, a 1954 musical comedy that also reminds us to help our veterans.  It is showing this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 120 minutes and the film is not rated but should be fine for all ages.

Two World War II veterans played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye work as a song-and-dance team after the war. When they follow two sisters who also sing and dance to a Vermont lodge, the owner turns out to be their former general and now he needs their help.

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Restaurant chef Davis Green discovers a cousin he did not know he had when she shows up at his home one day. He has trouble believing her until his grandfather tells Davis about Joshua, his other son, and then lapses into a coma.

Davis discovers more relatives and ends up learning a family secret no one ever mentioned. The Murphy Library is screening the Film Movement drama that also has comedy, The Automatic Hate, at 6 p.m. Thursday.   Running time is 97 minutes and this film would not be appropriate for young people. Call the library at 837-2417.



The 1930’s were not easy for families in New York City during the Great Depression. Eugene Jerome lived in one such family. He is a teenage Jewish boy living in a small Brooklyn apartment along with lots of relatives. How does he deal with it? He dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, or if that doesn’t work out, he’ll try writing for a living.

This Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Brighten Beach Memoirs, a film written by playwright Neil Simon about his early life. Running time is 108 minutes and this 1986 film is rated PG-13. Jonathan Silverman and Blythe Danner play Eugene and his mother. Simon also gave the world The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and The Sunshine Boys. Growing up is difficult, but laughter helps.

Call the library at 837-2417.

A blue fish in the ocean forgets what happens to her all the time. However, she does remember one thing from her childhood.   She remembers her parents and the fact that they were separated from each other long ago.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Finding Dory, a 2016 animated comedy film about a search for family starring Ellen DeGeneres. The film is rated PG and running time is 97 minutes. This movie also offers another chance to hear Louis Armstrong singing, “It’s a wonderful world.”

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.