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Archive for January 2017

Her name is Dorothy.   She is a quiet teacher in Harlem and, even at Thanksgiving, does not feel there is enough to be thankful for.   Then, one snowy night her dog Toto runs away and she races through the snowy streets to find him.

The Murphy Library is showing The Wiz, a 1978 variation on The Wizard of Oz, the classic family musical this Thursday, February 2, at 6:00 p.m. This time Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor ease on down the road and will have you singing along!  The film is rated G and running time is 134 minutes.

Director Sidney Lumet filmed this adventure around New York City, including Shea Stadium, Coney Island, in front of the World Trade Center and on Wards Island Bridge filled with yellow bricks.  And since all of you love the library, don’t miss Patience and Fortitude — they are the lion statues that sit on either side of the New York Public Library.  Patience is the one that is hiding the cowardly lion. Okay, it was a stand-in for the real Patience.

The next Murphy Library movie is a thriller and comedy of errors that may bring some laughs, but also lots of tension since the main character is Schneider, a hit man sent out to do someone in. Unfortunately, it is his birthday and the last thing he wanted to do was work on his special day.

This Thursday, January, 26, the library is showing Film Movement’s comedy/thriller from the Netherlands, Schneider vs. Bax at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 96 minutes and the language is Dutch with subtitles in English.  The film would get an R rating for violence, drugs, and nude scenes.

Schneider’s boss assures him that his target is alone in the countryside not far away and should be an easy mark. However, it turns out that drug-addled Bax is not alone. His girlfriend has been visiting him, and then his daughter shows up in the throws of depression and finally his crazy father arrives. In addition, Bax has a special job to do, even though he is normally a writer.

After five relationships ending badly including two divorces, a neurotic middle-aged science fiction writer wants to find out what is wrong with him. Could his mother have created problems when he was growing up?   He thinks starting over at the beginning might offer a solution and announces to his mother that he’s moving back in with her.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing a 1996 comedy with some drama starring Albert Brooks and the late, great Debbie Reynolds playing his mother. Running time is 104 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

Albert Brooks also wrote and directed the film. When he asked his friend Carrie Fisher if she thought her mother might play his mother, she knew she would. Fisher also got permission from her ex-husband Paul Simon for Brooks to use the song “Mrs. Robinson.” Listen closely, Brooks wrote new lyrics for it.

Montana and even Murphy may be covered with snow these days, but the next Murphy Library film will remind you how it looks when the sky is blue, the leaves are on the trees and the Valley River calls to you.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the library is showing A River Runs Through It, a 1992 film directed by Robert Redford and starring Brad Pitt in one of his earliest films along with Craig Sheffer and Tom Skerritt. The story follows a minister and his two sons who love fly fishing even as they grow up going in different directions. The film is rated PG and running time is 123 minutes. The musical score was composed by Mark Isham and won an Oscar.

The Murphy Library is starting off the New Year by going to New York to see a movie that will make you laugh. A Jack Russell terrier named Max happily lives in a Manhattan apartment with his owner and spends time with the other pets in the building until a newcomer shows up.

The library is showing The Secret Life of Pets, an animated adventure comedy this Thursday, January 5, at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 87 minutes and the film is rated PG.

One day Max’s owner Katie brings home a large, scruffy mongrel named Duke. Immediately Katie’s attention is diverted from Max to Duke. What kind of life is that?  Something needs to be done.

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