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One of the keywords describing Ramona and Beezus, the next G-rated film at the Murphy Library is “vomit.”

But don’t be alarmed, the story is based on a series of children’s books that your mother and grandmother and I read as little girls – and we turned out fine, didn’t we? Well, didn’t we?

The Murphy Library is showing Ramona and Beezus, about the misadventures of a third grader and her older sister Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 103 minutes, and it is rated G.

Beverly Cleary wrote the stories about these sisters. The library has plenty of Cleary’s work in its collection waiting for young readers to borrow them. She turned 98 this year and is still writing. Best of all, kids still love her books. Call 837-2417 for details or go to to see the trailer.

A young boy is anxiously awaiting his mother’s return to their remote Zulu village in South Africa, when a truck pulls up. It is carrying his mother’s coffin.

How could this happen to a boy named Lucky?

The Murphy Library is showing its Film Movement selection, Lucky, this Thursday at 4 pm. and 6 p.m. Running time is 100 minutes and the film would not be appropriate for children. In Zulu, Hindi and English with English subtitles.

Even in the face of tragedy, Lucky has a dream to go to school. He soon leaves his village for the big city to find his uncle. However, nothing is easy for this orphan, and then he meets a feisty, elderly Indian woman who lives in his uncle’s neighborhood.

The BBC calls this “a wonderful little gem,” and it is.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Public Library is showing a funny, touching coming of age story about a shy teenager who goes to work helping a retired actress, partly to get away from his domineering mother. The actress, Evie, may be retired from acting, but not from acting alive and that is just the push that young Ben needs to jumpstart his own life.

Starring Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint as Ben, Julie Walters as Evie, and Laura Linney as Laura Marshall, Ben’s mother. The film is rated PG-13 and is not appropriate for young children. Running time is 98 minutes.

Filmed through England and Scotland at Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire; Debenham House, Addison Road, Holland Park; London; and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Call 837-2417 for details.

Forty years ago Cicely Tyson received an Oscar nomination for her role in Sounder, a movie about a Depression-era sharecropper’s family in Louisiana. The Murphy Library is showing Tyson’s 1972 film Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The library adds 4 p.m. screenings during winter months. Running time is 105 minutes and it is rated G.

The story begins as David Lee Morgan (Kevin Hooks), his father (Paul Winfield) and their special dog, Sounder, hunt raccoons in the dark to help feed their family. One night they return empty-handed and the desperate father steals a ham to feed his children. Soon he is arrested and sent to prison.

His wife, Rebecca (Cicely Tyson) and the three children sharecrop the fields to make enough to eat. Then, one day Rebecca sends David Lee to find his father and along the way he discovers a special school. Directed by Martin Ritt who also made Hud, Norma Rae, and Cross Creek.

And forty years later, Cicely Tyson, now an Atlanta resident, is still a winner. She won a Tony Award on Broadway this year at the age of 80. Call 837-2417 for details