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Thirteen-year-old Marta has returned to Italy with her mother and sisters after ten years away in Switzerland.  It is one thing to be back with family, but another when she feels like a stranger as she walks the streets of the town where she was born. 

The Murphy Library is showing Corpo Celeste, Film Movement’s quietly moving coming-of-age story filmed in Calabria, Italy, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Italian with subtitles in English.   Running time is 100 minutes.  The film is not rated but may be appropriate for upper high school levels.

Marta is enrolled in a class at the local Catholic church to study for her confirmation, and in hopes she will make some friends.  Instead, she finds herself with many questions and no one to answer them….yet. 

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Shakespeare must have enjoyed writing romantic comedies.  His arsenal of love stories was immense and so was his wit.  He filled his play, Much Ado About Nothing with love between opposites, love at first sight, lost love and then found love. It’s not to be missed.

The library is showing the movie version of Much Ado About Nothing, a romantic comedy with flashes of drama Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and running time is 111 minutes.  Kenneth Branagh directed and starred along with Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale.

A feminist poem starts things rolling:

“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever

One foot in sea, and one on shore, To one thing constant never.”

And how does it end?  Dancers twirl and whirl through a garden as music plays joyously.

Who dances with whom?  Ah, that is the question.

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P.S.  Branagh attracted a fine cast of actors to work with.  Maybe that is why he made the film at a villa in the Tuscany region of Italy where the wine flows and the food is nothing short of wonderful…..

“Cupid shoot me,” “Trouble is a friend” and “When life gives me lemons I make lemonade” are three songs in the next Murphy Library movie that sum up the story of a high school girl named Olive.

Cupid hasn’t been aiming his bow at her, so Olive tries to make herself more interesting.  In truth, nothing is going on.  But she doesn’t tell the truth — she lies to a friend about losing her virginity and the rumor mills go ballistic.

It is the era of Facebook, after all.

Guys at school start asking Olive to lie about their exploits with her.   They pay her back with gift cards.   They might be gay, geeky or gawky and Olive offers them a way to protect themselves from the vicissitudes of high school life.

Unfortunately or not, the plot twists.  And Olive feels more like Hester Prynne, the heroine of The Scarlet Letter.

“Trouble is a friend” plays in the background.

Finally, there is a lesson Olive needs to learn and that is how to make lemonade, especially if she can find a true friend to help.

The library is showing this comedy/romance starring Emma Stone and Amanda Bynes Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  It is rated PG-13 and running time is 92 minutes. 

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A sweet puppy finds his way into a home with two children eager for a playmate.  Is everyone is happy?  Certainly not their father, especially when the puppy grows into a St. Bernard.

What’s more, this is a breed with lots of brainpower.

The Murphy Library is showing a movie about good guys, bad guys, and one very smart dog this Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  The film is rated PG and runs for 87 minutes.

The screenplay is by John Hughes who wrote Sixteen Candles and Home Alone, among countless other films.  Don’t be surprised to find an evil veterinarian who does terrible things. However, all is not lost.  A Jack Russell Terrier is part of the mix, just to keep things lively. 

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