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The Murphy Library is starting the new year off with a movie that answers that age-old question: what are toys doing when no one is watching, especially when one of them is a cowboy who feels he’s not the favorite anymore. It is Toy Story, of course, and will be shown Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and is rated G. Running time is 81 minutes and voices come from Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Don Rickles, among others.

In 1986 Steve Jobs purchased George Lucas’ growing computer graphics company and renamed it Pixar. They soon joined with Disney Studios to make something brand new — a computer-generated animated movie. Toy Story was the result. It became the highest grossing film in 1995.

The reason for its success is an old-fashioned one about for teamwork. The writing team locked themselves in a room and let their own creative minds run wild. Their next successes included Up, Monsters, Inc, Wall-E, and Finding Nemo. Call 837-2417 for details.

Rade Serbedzija is a Yugoslavian actor, Tao Zhao is a Chinese actress and Andrea Segre is an Italian documentary filmmaker making his first feature film. Together they offer a poignant glimpse into the struggles immigrants face in Italy.

The Murphy Library is showing their film, the Film Movement selection, Shun Li and the Poet, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is not rated but would be appropriate for teens. Running time is 100 minutes. In Italian and Mandarin with subtitles in English. Filmed in Chioggia, near Venice.

Shun Li is a Chinese immigrant working in a textile factory to pay off her broker so her young son can come to Italy also. The work is hard, but soon she is moved to a small fishing village to run a local bar. There, among the locals, is an older fisherman who is formerly from Yugoslavia. When he befriends her, gossip threatens them both.

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The year is 1914 and World War I has begun to rage across Europe. Rage is the only word for a war that would ultimately take 9 million lives. In one section of France, French and Scottish soldiers fight the Germans in trench warfare.

Suddenly, Christmas Eve is upon them and within their trench, a soldier begins to sing a Christmas song, then — a Scottish soldier plays the bagpipes.

The Murphy Library is showing a 2005 film from France, Joyeux Noel, about one Christmas Eve when soldiers put down their guns, this Thursday, December 12 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 116 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. In English, French and German with English subtitles.
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