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Archive for December 2017

An eleven-year-old girl in South Central Los Angeles is not finding many positive moments in her life.   Her father has died, her mother doesn’t have time for her, and her brother is in a gang. However, one day she is forced to participate in her school’s spelling bee and her life begins to change.

The Murphy Library is showing Akeelah and the Bee at 6 p.m. this Thursday, December 28 in honor of all teachers and the lessons they give their students, whether it is how to spell, how to believe they can win, or how to find the good in life. Running time is 112 minutes and the film is rated PG. Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett star.

In a beautiful Tibetan mountain setting, a man with a past is sent on a mission to return a precious stone to the Buddha’s sacred Palm Print Mountain. In return, his soul will be cleansed. However, he must deal with numerous demons along the way, including treasure hunters who also want the treasured stone.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing the Film Movement selection from China, Soul on a String. The film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children. Running time is 142 minutes and the language is Tibetan with subtitles in English.

In addition to this traditional story of redemption, Chinese filmmaker, Yang Zhang and his cinematographer, Guo Daming, have captured the beauty of the Tibetan mountains as well as the luminous light of the mountain lakes.

The late writer Horton Foote visited Durham during the downturn in the economy and noticed all the empty warehouses around town. He was writing a screenplay based in the North Carolina city, and those warehouses gave him a story.

The Murphy Library is showing Main Street, a quiet film about restarting the economy of a southern town this Thursday at 6 p.m.  The film is rated PG and running time is 92 minutes.

The fear of what the future brings is most evident during a recession. In this film it grows from a company looking for a place to store its hazardous waste. The upside is that this is a chance to hear actor Colin Firth, who plays the company man, with a Texas accent! Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, Orland Bloom and Amber Tamblyn also star.


A popular children’s novel about two overly-imaginative schoolboys who love to pull pranks has grown into a series of 12 books translated into 20 languages and sold over 70 million copies!

Now it is the animated film, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and the Murphy Library will show it this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 99 minutes.

Grown-ups will enjoy this film as much as kids. But be forewarned, it is rated PG because of its bathroom humor. Did we mention the movie’s tagline? “You’ve seen Britain, you’ve seen France…But you’ve never seen anyone like this guy!”

Writer Dav Pilkey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and went to Kent State University. The world can thank his freshman English professor for her guidance.  She liked his writing and the silly pictures he drew in his notebook and suggested he try writing children’s books. 70 million copies later is evidence it is good to listen to your teachers.

The library also has Pilkey’s books available to borrow.  In other words, you get to keep those laughs coming!