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Archive for January 2016

Maria, a Catholic girl in Germany, wants to live her life in a saintly manner and follow the fundamentalist teachings of her parish priest and promoted by her overstrict mother.   She also wants to follow the Stations of the Cross, just as Jesus did before he was crucified.

The Murphy Library is showing the German/French film, The Stations of the Cross, from Film Movement this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for mature high school students. Running time is 110 minutes.

German director Dietrich Brüggemann created only fourteen scenes in the film using a fixed-angle camera and named them after each Station of the Cross. However even at a fixed-angle, these scenes have action, drama and strong performances.  Call the library at 837-2417.


What if Amy Poehler, the actress from TV’s Parks and Recreation, was managing the workings of a child’s mind?   She would be the joyful one trying to control the sadness, anger, fear, and disgust.   Not an easy task. If you are curious about how that would work, come to the Murphy Library to see our animated family movie, Inside Out, this Thursday and bring the kids. The film will be shown at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

A young girl named Riley has to move with her parents from their home in Minnesota all the way to San Francisco for her father’s new job. This is not fun and her emotions are taking her and her family on a difficult ride. However, the movie takes us into her brain to see whether all those feelings can get it together.   Amy Poehler is the voice of Joy, the inner manager.

The film is rated PG and running time is 95 minutes. Call the library at 837-2417.



Hazel and Gus are dealing with the ravages of cancer and wondering what else life will throw at them.   Then they meet at a support group and find their eyes can still light up and smiles, even laughs, come easily.

The Murphy Library is showing The Fault in our Stars, an award-winning 2014 film about two teenage cancer patients this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 126 minutes.

The teens also love to read and take a life affirming journey to Amsterdam to meet the author of a book that caught their attention in an emotional way.

The Murphy Library is starting 2016 with some inventive steps that teachers in New York take for their students to learn the foxtrot, rumba, tango, and more. Yes, they are learning to dance.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the library is showing Mad Hot Ballroom, a 2005 documentary about the Dancing Classrooms program for fifth graders. The film is rated PG and runs 105 minutes.

The nonprofit American Ballroom Theater began offering dance classes in New York’s public schools in the 1990’s. Reporter Amy Sewell wrote a local news article and then teamed up with film director Marilyn Agrelo to make a documentary. They wisely let the principals, teachers and students tell us what dancing has added to their lives.