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Harry is in his third year at Hogwarts and having trouble at home. Then he learns that a dangerous criminal has escaped from prison and is out to get him. While trying to protect himself and his friends, he learns more about life and his future.

Harry Potter is visiting the Murphy Library again after all the fun he had with Bridget Wilson and her young readers at the book night in his honor. This time the Murphy Library is showing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , directed by Alfonso Cuaron in 2004.

Filmed throughout Scotland and England, it has been nominated 47 times with 14 wins for its excellent actors, director, special effects, and the music by John Williams.

The library is showing this family fantasy adventure Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 142 minutes and the film is rated PG.


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.


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!

Ethan is a young boy.  Bailey is a dog, and he is also Ethan’s best friend.  Just like other BFF’s, that mean’s they could be friends forever.  This week the Murphy Library is showing A Dog’s Purpose, a heartwarming movie that follows a dog’s many lives and the people he cares about.

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom is the director, and when his name appears in a film’s credits, that film has possibilities.  Hallstrom also made the French masterpiece, Chocolat, as well as The Hundred-Foot Journey, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

The library will screen this family film Thursday at 6 p.m. It is rated PG and running time is 100 minutes.  Starring Dennis Quaid.

A young girl named Ida has never met her father but she knows he is a rodeo rider. She is at a rebellious age and soon goes searching for him. She finds more about herself along the way.

This Thursday, November 2 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Cowgirls ‘N Angels, a movie for anyone who loves horseback riding, especially fathers and daughters. The film is rated PG and running time is 92 minutes. Bailee Madison and James Cromwell star.

Ida encounters the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a group of all girl rodeo riders and after getting to know her skills, they eagerly invite her to join them.  Now she has a whole new family and who knows what the future will bring.


When fishermen on a Polynesian island can no longer catch fish and crops are not growing in the fields, the only daughter of the chief investigates. She realizes a demigod has stolen the heart of a goddess and that has affected the whole island. She sails over the ocean to convince him to give the heart back.

The Murphy Library is showing Moana, an animated adventure comedy with award-winning music this Thursday at 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and running time is 107 minutes. It received 16 awards and was nominated 81 times in festivals around the country.

One winner was Dwayne Johnson who voices the demigod, Maui. Another winner was Auli’i Cravalho, a 15-year-old actress from Hawaii who was the last one among hundreds who auditioned for the part.

The music and songs will make your day better, especially since Lin-Manuel Miranda composed and sings them. He is the leading actor and creative force behind “Hamilton” on Broadway and has a way with words and a beat that won’t let you down.

One day a happy seven-year-old boy finds that he is no longer an only child, and no longer happy.   A new baby boy has arrived at his home.   However, this baby is wearing a suit and tie. Worst of all, he is barking out orders. What is going on here?

The Murphy Library is showing The Boss Baby, an animated family comedy this Thursday at 6 p.m. Alec Baldwin is the voice of the new baby. Running time is 97 minutes and the film is rated PG.

The older brother is very suspicious and keeps wondering, where did this baby brother come from.  Finally he realizes the baby can really talk and proceeds to tell his older brother his biggest concern, the CEO of the Puppy Company and what this man is planning.   Children will laugh all the way and so will everyone else.