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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.

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.

Hana is an actress in Prague who finds her film career taking off. Meanwhile her husband Emil stays in the background.  But it is 1938 and soon the Nazis march into Czechoslovakia.  There is one more item of importance: Hana is Jewish.

The Murphy Library is showing “Protektor”, a Film Movement selection from the Czech Republic on Thursday, February 16 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It will be shown in Czech with subtitles in English.  Not suitable for children. 

To protect himself and his wife, Emil collaborates with the Nazis when they take over his radio station.  Now Hana rarely leaves their apartment and Emil enjoys his time before the microphone.  Suddenly, a top German official, Deputy Protektor Heydrich is assassinated in Prague and everyone is a suspect, especially those who ride bicycles.