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Some days you don’t know whom you’re going to meet. That was the way it was with a ten-year-old orphan named Sophie when she met a giant twenty-four feet tall.

The Murphy Library is showing The BFG, a Stephen Spielberg film based on a story by children’s writer, Roald Dahl, this Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 117 minutes and the film is rated PG.

The giant becomes Sophie’s friend and protector. She understands he is not like the cruel caretaker at the orphanage where she had lived. He is kind and gentle and she is safe with him. He is also not like other giants who eat children! He wants to stop that and so does she. Soon they come up with a plan that involves the Queen of England.

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The year is 1861 and two brothers in a small Kentucky town struggle to live in their ramshackle home on their overgrown and underused farm. The farm is in no condition to sell and the brothers have no idea how they will survive the coming winter.

This Thursday the Murphy Library is showing the Film Movement selection, Men Go to Battle, a drama about life on a poor farm in the midst of the Civil War. Running time is 98 minutes and the film is not rated.

Henry is the quiet brother and Francis is the one who speaks, although he may not be the smarter of the two. They sometimes act silly, sometimes do foolish things with the little money they have, and often just look away from each other. Then a few drunken hours end in Henry’s hand being severely wounded.   Other disappointments follow and he leaves to join the Union Army.

Comedy and crime meet up in the Murphy Library when our weekly film has four thieves plan a big robbery in London, and then try to double cross each other for the goods.

The library is showing the crime caper, A Fish Called Wanda at 6:00 p.m. this Thursday. The film is rated R and running time is 108 minutes. Kevin Kline won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The actors he was supporting include John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michael Palin.

A diamond heist to bring millions to a professional thief, his girlfriend, and two helpers goes off on tangents that will make you laugh. The four thieves work hard to double cross each other in London, Oxford, Surrey and all places in between.  So, you see?  It’s a crime caper/English vacation!

Just in case you don’t have enough memories of the Oscars, here is another one. In 2007 Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to be nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in a Spanish-produced film.

This Thursday, March 9, the Murphy Library is showing Cruz’ film Volver at 6:00 p.m. Volver translates as “to return” and that is the theme throughout this film.  Running time is 121 minutes and the film is rated R.

Spanish filmmaker, Pedro Almodovar wrote and directed this crime drama that offers some comedy when the mother, Irene, who died long ago in a fire with her husband, returns to clear up family mysteries.

Irene’s daughters Raimunda (Cruz) and Sole have traveled from Madrid to the village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit their parents’ graves. While there they talk to their aunt Paula who tells them their mother is alive, but they don’t see her and remain unconvinced as they return to Madrid.   Soon, their lives get more complicated by violence and a murder.

This Thursday, March 2, is the birthday of American writer, cartoonist, animator and artist, Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to all as Dr. Seuss. He was born on March 2, 1904 and the world lost him on September 24, 1991, but his books remain for all to enjoy.

To celebrate this special day, the Murphy Library is showing two of his stories on film this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The Cat in the Hat is about a certain cat visiting two children, and The Lorax is about a wasteland needing the advice of a wise forest creature. Both of these films were made in 1971 for TV.  Running time is 30 minutes for each animated film and the whole family is welcome.

The library also has many books by Dr. Seuss just waiting for young readers to turn their pages.   And to honor him, the National Education Association designated March 2 as Read Across American Day to encourage everyone to pick up a book.


The Murphy Library is showing a Film Movement selection that celebrates the wonderful moments of a long marriage this Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.

The documentary, My Love, Don’t Cross That River, comes from South Korea and follows fifteen months of the marriage. The husband, Byeong-man Jo, is 98 years old, and his wife, Kang Gye-Yeol is 89.   They’ve been together for 76 years and still can make each other laugh and hold each other when they cry.

They live in their own home in the countryside and do all the housework, even chopping wood. The film follows their day-to-day activities, as well as their thoughts about growing old. Most of all, they carry on caring for each other.

Running time is 86 minutes and the film is not rated.

A wealthy New York heiress want to be an opera singer, but she has one problem: her terrible voice. She does have her husband on her side, and she finds a pianist ready to help her take on Mozart. However, she hits all the wrong notes and the audiences offer her laughs, not applause.

The Murphy Library is showing, Florence Foster Jenkins, with Meryl Streep in her latest comedy with feeling this Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m.   Running time is 111 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Hugh Grant plays her husband. Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory plays the pianist.

Streep received an Oscar nomination for this role and the winner will be announced on February 26.   British director Stephen Frears has directed seven women in Oscar nominated performances and Helen Mirren won for The Queen. Now there may be another winner.