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The Murphy Library is showing the Blu-ray version of Beauty and the Beast, the Oscar-winning animated film adults and children will enjoy for its story, its animated objects and especially its music.

In a small French town, a young woman spends her time doing what she loves most — reading.  But one day her father goes missing.  Belle goes in search of him and finds he has been imprisoned by a beast.  The beast had been a brutish man with no idea what love or kindness is and now has been cast under a spell.   Maybe he needed to read a little more…..  Or maybe he just needs to meet a book lover……

Screenings are this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Rated G. 84 minutes. 

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.

Want to see the trailer? Go to

Electronic scanners, the super-fast S-1 delivery system and Mission Control are at the helm of the next Murphy Library movie. And where would all this hi-tech equipment be located? The North Pole, of course!

The animated family comedy Arthur Christmas about one Christmas Eve when Santa used his high-tech system to deliver 2 billion presents will be shown Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Murphy Library.   It is rated PG and runs 97 minutes. James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Eva Longoria, Michael Palin and others provide voices.

 All the elves were congratulating each other with high-fives at the North Pole Mission Control when the S-1 reindeer-less delivery system came back on Christmas Eve. Soon they discover one present was not delivered, a pink bicycle to a little girl in England. So what! That’s not bad out of 2 billion succesful deliveries.

Not bad, unless you are Santa’s younger son Arthur who works in the mailroom and remembers reading that little girl’s card requesting the bike. With the help of his aging grandfather, a loyal elf, eight reindeer and an old map, he takes off into the night with the bicycle.

Did we mention he’s afraid of heights?  He is.

He also hates to go fast.

He’s scared of reindeer too. 

Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

Twelve young girls live in a Paris boarding school in Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic book turned into a movie.  But don’t let that stop anyone — man, woman or child from watching it at the Murphy Library. 

For starters, sixteen French stuntmen and women are listed in the credits and they stay busy. A little girl falling into the rushing waters of the Seine and a motorcycle chase are two of the thrilling moments.  There are funny ones too. 

The library is showing Madeline, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  This PG-rated comedy-thriller runs 88 minutes.

Young Hatty Jones who plays the school’s littlest troublemaker, Madeline, is as exceptional in her role as Frances McDormand is in hers as Miss Clavel who runs the school, tries to keep order and takes her twelve charges out for walks around Paris and its museums and parks.

“Something is not right” Miss Clavel says when her inner radar detector goes off and she runs to find out what trouble is brewing with the girls.  Parents in the audience will nod their heads.  They’ve been there.  They’re still there.  This week they can take their kids there and nod their heads together.