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If you are a writer, that is, a storyteller, and you understand the personal feelings that go with stories, then come to the Murphy Library this Thursday at 6 p.m. We are showing Saving Mr. Banks, the 2013 award-winning movie about Walt Disney’s uphill work to convince writer P.L. Travers to trust him as a storyteller and filmmaker and let him make “Mary Poppins” into a movie for all time. Starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Running time 125 minutes. Rated PG-13. Call 837-2417 for details.

You don’t expect to see Hollywood actor John Malkovitch starring in a Portuguese film but he has a home in Portugal and it was an easy commute.  The Murphy Library is showing Lines of Wellington the Film Movement historical drama starring Malkovitch this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 151 minutes and it is not rated. In French, Portuguese and English with subtitles.

In September 1810, after invading Portugal, the French are defeated in a major battle. Although victorious, the British and Portuguese army defending Portugal under the Duke of Wellington (Malkovitch) is outnumbered and retreats to a fortified area.

Renown Chilean-born director Raul Ruiz was working on this film at the time of his death. His widow Valeria Sarmiento, also a director and editor finished it and included his favorite actors, Michel Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert in a special scene.

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A Maine farm offers a tale of friendship and lessons in loyalty that grownups will enjoy as much as children, especially the voiceovers of Dominic Scott Kay as Wilbur, Julia Roberts as Charlotte, Steve Buscemi as Templeton the Rat, John Cleese as Samuel the Sheep, Oprah Winfrey as Gussy the Goose, Cedric the Entertainer as Golly the Goose, Kathy Bates as Bitsy the Cow, Reba McEntire as Betsy the Cow. Robert Redford as Ike the Horse, Thomas Haden Church as Brooks the Crow ,André Benjamin as Elwyn the Crow, and Sam Shepard as the narrator.  Are you ready to watch it now?

The Murphy Library is showing Charlotte’s Web a 2006 film based on a story by E. B. White this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 97 minutes and the film is rated G.

A little girl saves a baby pig, the runt of the litter, and names him Wilbur. Soon he gets big and is sent across the road to the barn with sheep, cows, geese and a horse. Best of all, a kindly spider there befriends him.

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Have things been going well for you today? No? Having a bad one? Here is a way to lighten your load – go to the Murphy Library and watch a funny movie.

This Thursday the library is showing Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a family comedy about a young boy whose day is not going well. The screening is at 6 p.m. and the film is rated PG. Running time is 81 minutes. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star.

Alexander soon finds that his mother, father, brother and sister can also experience unexpected bad events. Fortunately, in a comedy, the unexpected is what makes you laugh. Especially when the boy’s mother misses editing a children’s book before it is published. The bad choice of a word makes for a very bad day for her and lots of laughs, especially for writers.
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When a movie score grabs your attention at the opening, not the closing, credits, that is one to watch. The next Murphy Library movie, The Journey of Natty Gann, offers music with feeling, wild train rides, and a wolf ready to be a best friend.

The library is showing this family adventure film about the Great Depression this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 101 minutes and the film is rated PG. Meredith Salenger and John Cusack star.

Natty Gann is twelve-years-old. Her mother has died and she lives with her father in Chicago. When he is offered work in Washington State, he must leave her with a not-so-nice guardian. Soon she runs away, hops a train, and heads out west to find her beloved father.

Composer James Horner wrote the score and British Columbia offered its trains and scenery. Call the library at 837-2417.