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“It’s not like everyone can become what they wanted to be.” These are the first words Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda wrote for his screenplay about the author of a prize-winning first novel who wants to write another. But that prize-winning author Shinoda Ryôta has a problem: he gambles away all his money. He is not what he wanted to be.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the library is showing the Film Movement drama about a family, After the Storm. Running time is 117 minutes and the film is in Japanese with English subtitles. It is not rated but may be suitable for mature teens.

Ryôta is also a private detective so he can try to pay his bills. His father has just died and he visits his aging mother although he has little or no money to help her.  His gambling addiction also means he cannot pay child support to his ex-wife for their 11-year-old son whom he loves dearly. However she and his mother seem to be moving on with their lives. Then one night a major typhoon is threatening, the family must spend the night together in his mother’s apartment.   Will stormy discussions also be on the horizon?

Film Movement allows us to advertise and show their films one time in public. Then it goes into the library’s collection for anyone to borrow.

 

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If you want to see Meryl Streep in a film she made at the beginning of her incredible career, watch the next movie at the Murphy Library. Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons play two actors involved in a relationship and at the same time, making a movie together. Their characters in the film live in 19th century England, and are also involved with each other. However Streep’s movie character is full of melancholy and who knows how things will turn out.

The library is showing The French Lieutenant’s Woman, the 1981 film based on a novel by John Fowles this Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m.   Running time is 124 minutes and the film is rated R. It was filmed throughout England, from London to the Lake District and from Devon to Dorset. Renowned screenwriter Harold Pinter wrote the script.

 

If you aspire to be a writer, the next movie at the Murphy Library answers that age-old question of what to write about. Just look around your hometown.

This Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. the library is showing The Help, a film with feeling about a young Southern woman named Skeeter who finishes college at Ole Miss during the 1960’s and returns to her hometown to start a writing career. Running time is 146 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer.

Skeeter (Stone) soon realizes the African American women who work for the white families in her town have stories to tell. She writes them down and along the way makes new friendships with the maids while trying to keep her childhood friends. Nevertheless, these are changing times and everyone is caught up in them.

One of the tag lines for the next movie at the Murphy Library is: “The story of an underdog. And his dog.” It is based on a comic strip that young and old have grown up reading. Best of all, after reading it, we have always laughed a lot. There is no better way to start 2018.

The Murphy Library is showing The Peanuts Movie, a funny animated version of that great comic strip, this Thursday, January 4 at 6 p.m. It is rated G and is suitable for young and old. Running time is 88 minutes.

The main character (Charlie Brown, of course!) falls in love when a girl with a lovely color of hair moves into town.   But his hopes are down when a friend points out that girls want a guy with some degree of success, such as perhaps, having won the Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile, his dog Snoopy turns to writing a book about his adventures in the sky.

 


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