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The Murphy Library’s Thursday movie at 6 p.m. is Sherlock Gnomes, an animated comedy mystery hiding in a garden.   Rated PG. Running time 86 minutes.   Voices by Johnny Depp, Mary J. Blige, Emily Blunt, and Michael Caine.   Music by Elton John.

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The year is 1942 and Olga, a beautiful Russian countess is in France and a member of the French Resistance. Then she is arrested for sheltering two Jewish boys. Jules is a French-Nazi collaborator assigned to investigate her case. When Olga is finally sent to a concentration camp, Helmut, a handsome, high-ranking German SS officer recognizes her, and remembers he had once fallen in love with her.

This Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s selection, Paradise, from Russia, written and directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy. Running time is 130 minutes and the film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children. In Russian, German, French and Yiddish with subtitles in English.

In this Holocaust story, each character tells their story in a series of interviews and in flashbacks.   Critics raved about its black and white cinematography.

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.

Once again the Murphy Library is honoring The Great American Read by showing a movie based on one of these books. Aspiring young authors, especially teenagers may feel emboldened in their work when they find out that the author of this American novel was 15 years old when she finished it, and 19 years old when it was published.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the library is showing The Outsiders, a 1983 drama about a family of three poor orphan boys in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who struggle to survive, hoping the working class gang they belong to will help. But there is another gang full of rich kids and the future does not look good, especially when a killing occurs. The film is rated PG. Running time is 91 minutes.

Francis Ford Coppola directed this film with actors who were unknown back then: Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, and Leif Garrett.

This movie was made because the novelist kept getting advice from a school librarian and the students who read the novel. As a result she dedicated the film to “the people who first suggested that it be made… Librarian Jo Ellen Misakian and the students of the Lone Star School in Fresno, California.”

You may have heard that PBS has created a new series called The Great American Read about America’s 100 best-loved novels, and is encouraging everyone to vote for their favorite. Many of these have had a second life as a film.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Murphy Library is screening one these:  To Kill a Mockingbird, the classic film based on Harper Lee’s novel. It is 1932 in a small Alabama town. A lawyer, who has lost his wife and is raising his two small children, is defending a black man who is unjustly accused of rape. The lawyer is Atticus Finch and his children are Jem and Scout.

The film is not rated.   Running time is 129 minutes. It won Oscars for Best Actor, Best Writing and Best Art Direction and was nominated for five more.

Celebrating our freedom doesn’t have to end on the 4th of July, it can continue on the 5th of July watching a movie and enjoying your right to laugh at silly jokes.   This week’s library movie is about a bunny and his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and their need to harvest fresh vegetables from a neighbor’s garden.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Peter Rabbit, the 2018 film based on Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebel who likes to eat veggies someone else grows. The film is rated PG and running time is 95 minutes.

This film is a combination of animation and live action, and reviewers have noted that children laugh raucously at the goings-on. Their parents do too.


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