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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 »

 It is easy for her not to notice him.  He keeps to himself at work.  Besides, it still seems like yesterday that her husband died.  She has caught his eye, though.  That’s obvious when he comes to her rescue one day. His inner secret, however, keeps him quiet:  he never learned to read.   He’s smart and he’s inventive but as anyone will tell you, knowing how to read is a key to life.

The Murphy Library is showing  Stanley & Iris, a film about the power of second chances starring Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro.  Screenings are Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 104 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

Stanley is a cook in the cafeteria of the plant where Iris works.  They both need their work. Times are tough and good jobs don’t come by every day.  Stanley has his elderly father to care for, and Iris, her teenage daughter as well as other relatives.  Yet they are attracted to each other  and begin to slowly acknowledge this fact.  Then one day Stanely’s secret comes out, he loses his job and finally asks Iris for help.

Director Martin Ritt always pulled the best from his actors.  In Thursday’s film, his last, Fonda and De Niro master the art of held-back emotions as they move back and forth in that scary dance called falling in love a second time.  Meanwhile John Williams plays the music. Call 837-2417 for details.

Karen is numb but determined to find her own way after ten years in a loveless marriage. When she leaves her husband, he warns her she will not be able to support herself.  As she wanders the streets of Bogota, his dire warning begins to carry a note of truth.

The Film Movement selection at the Murphy Library is Karen Cries on the Bus.  This Columbian film has adult themes and is not suitable for children.  Running time is 98 minutes.  The film shows this Thursday at 4 and 6 p.m.

Director Gabriel Rojas Vera could not afford a car in his hometown of Bogota in his early days of scriptwriting.  During the many hours he spent on local busses he amused himself by making up stories about the people he encountered.  Then one day he saw a young woman look off in the distance and begin to cry.  Rojas Vera had a story in the works about a woman who leaves her husband.  This chance encounter pulled it sharply into focus.

Rojas Vera notes in an interview how surprised he was that women relate so strongly to this film.  He realized the universal truth he unmasked, that “machismo is not a Latin American issue, but a worldly one disguised in many ways.”  See for yourself this Thursday.  Call 837-2417 for details.

The Murphy Library is showing  The Great Muppet Caper this Thursday, January 5,  at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Filmed entirely in England, it stars John Clease, Diana Rigg, Kermit, Fozzie and Miss Piggy. Rated G. Running time 95 minutes. Call 837-2417.

Made in 1981, you can enjoy hearing the voices the late Jim Henson created along with his partner-in-crime, Frank Oz.

Henson  voices his alter ego, Kermit the Frog, but also Rowlf, Dr. Teeth, a Swedish Chef, Waldorf, The Muppet Newsman, Zeke and Man having Snapshot in Restaurant. 

Frank Oz, is the perfect Miss Piggy, as well as Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle, Gramps, and a Swedish Chef.