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This Thursday, March 2, is the birthday of American writer, cartoonist, animator and artist, Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to all as Dr. Seuss. He was born on March 2, 1904 and the world lost him on September 24, 1991, but his books remain for all to enjoy.

To celebrate this special day, the Murphy Library is showing two of his stories on film this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The Cat in the Hat is about a certain cat visiting two children, and The Lorax is about a wasteland needing the advice of a wise forest creature. Both of these films were made in 1971 for TV.  Running time is 30 minutes for each animated film and the whole family is welcome.

The library also has many books by Dr. Seuss just waiting for young readers to turn their pages.   And to honor him, the National Education Association designated March 2 as Read Across American Day to encourage everyone to pick up a book.

 

The Murphy Library is showing a Film Movement selection that celebrates the wonderful moments of a long marriage this Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.

The documentary, My Love, Don’t Cross That River, comes from South Korea and follows fifteen months of the marriage. The husband, Byeong-man Jo, is 98 years old, and his wife, Kang Gye-Yeol is 89.   They’ve been together for 76 years and still can make each other laugh and hold each other when they cry.

They live in their own home in the countryside and do all the housework, even chopping wood. The film follows their day-to-day activities, as well as their thoughts about growing old. Most of all, they carry on caring for each other.

Running time is 86 minutes and the film is not rated.

A wealthy New York heiress want to be an opera singer, but she has one problem: her terrible voice. She does have her husband on her side, and she finds a pianist ready to help her take on Mozart. However, she hits all the wrong notes and the audiences offer her laughs, not applause.

The Murphy Library is showing, Florence Foster Jenkins, with Meryl Streep in her latest comedy with feeling this Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m.   Running time is 111 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Hugh Grant plays her husband. Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory plays the pianist.

Streep received an Oscar nomination for this role and the winner will be announced on February 26.   British director Stephen Frears has directed seven women in Oscar nominated performances and Helen Mirren won for The Queen. Now there may be another winner.

At New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a U.S. Airways pilot and co-pilot take off with 155 passengers onboard their plane. Suddenly they hit a flock of birds. First one engine goes dead and then the other. As they try to figure out the safest place to land, the plane loses altitude and they realize the Hudson River is their only option.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Sully, a true story of heroism starring Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 96 minutes. Clint Eastwood directed.

Even though you know the outcome, the film is mesmerizing as it follows plane’s descent and the government investigation afterwards. It is especially moving to watch the pilot dealing with his memories of the emergency landing, and trying to stay focused at the hearings.

Several scenes were filmed in Georgia, such as the air traffic control and hearing room at Gwinnett Technical College, a hotel entrance at 191 Peachtree Street, and a pub at 200 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.


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