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Archive for February 2013

The year is 1982.  Ellie, a 12 year-old Jewish girl from Israel has just immigrated with her family to Connecticut.  She is homesick and lonely.  The one bright spot is her mail (not e-mail) correspondence with her best friend back in Israel.

The Murphy Library is showing Foreign Letters, a coming-of-age story about the intersection of old friends and new ones from Film Movement this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 100 minutes and the film is shown in English, Hebrew and Vietnamese with English subtitles.  The film is not rated but would be appropriate for middle school students and up.

Life at school is not easy for Ellie.  She is shunned by the other students and struggles with her new language.  Then she befriends a fellow immigrant, Thuy, a quiet Vietnamese girl intently studying for the SATs — in 6th grade no less.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Trailer from Foreign Letters

George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton and Richard Jenkins portray a wondrous assortment of wacky characters in Burn After Reading,  the next Murphy Library movie.

Several of them are looking for love, but this is a Coen brothers film so you can be assured they are looking in all the wrong places.

Others think they’ve found a way to make quick cash and the Coens send them to the Russian Embassy. Lots of luck with that.  All get to play weirder than they ever have before and you can be certain they enjoy every minute.

The library is showing Burn After Reading this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 96 minutes and the film is rated R.   Call 837-2417 for details.

 To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Murphy Library is showing Bright Star, a love story about a poet and the young woman who gave meaning to his words.  The library will show the film Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  It is rated PG and will run for 119 minutes.

In the early 19th century John Keats was finishing his studies to become a medical surgeon, but his love of writing kept getting in the way.  He had a poet’s heart and vision, and captured vibrant pictures in his verses.  The only problem two hundred years ago is the same one now – how does one earn a living as a writer.

That question is forgotten momentarily at a summer retreat when Keats meets his lovely eighteen-year-old neighbor, Fannie Brawne.  They soon fall in love.  If only family, friends and finances did not stand in their way. Stars Abbie Cornish and Ben Wishaw.

 Call the library for details at 837-2417.