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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.

It is 1962 in Poland and a young woman named Anna is a few days away from taking her vows to become a nun. She has spent all her life in a Catholic orphanage without any family, that is, until now. She is informed that she has an aunt named Wanda and goes to meet her. As they sit at her kitchen table, Wanda tells Anna that she is Jewish.

The Murphy Library is showing Ida, an award-winning Polish film Thursday at 6 p.m. It won the Oscar in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, the first time ever for a Polish film. Running time is 82 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

Anna and Wanda go in search of what happened to her parents. Wanda, a former state prosecutor only feels cynicism.   Anna, sheltered from the world, knows nothing about life.  But as they learn more about each other, they also discover their inner selves.

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski made the film in black and white, giving it a feeling of looking at old family pictures, and offering a story that will stay in your mind long after.

 

Being positive and full of hope makes every day a good one, especially if you are part of group of chronically happy little creatures. But rest assured, there is also a group of very large and very unhappy monsters.   Unhappy that is until they devour the little ones. Then they smile for a moment or two.

This Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Trolls, an animated adventure comedy for the young and not so young. Running time is 92 minutes and the film is rated PG.

Justin Timberlake stars as the voice for one of the main characters. He wrote and sang a song for the film, “Can’t stop the feeling,” which won an Oscar nomination. More songs old and new, follow these little creatures and make everyone smile.

 

In a town in Flanders, the Flemish-speaking area of Belgium, two brothers commit a holdup in a home and only one of them escapes. The other is sentenced to four years in jail and never divulges the names of his co-conspirators: his girlfriend and his brother. After those four years he is released from jail and finds his girlfriend is now his ex-girlfriend.

The Murphy Library is showing the Belgian crime thriller, The Ardennes, the monthly selection from Film Movement, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children. In Flemish, French, and Dutch with subtitles in English.

Classic steel mill movie at library

In the 1870’s, a Pittsburgh steel worker’s daughter goes to work as a maid for the factory’s owner, and there she falls in love with the owner’s son. Unfortunately he is engaged to someone else.

The Murphy Library is showing The Valley of Decision, a classic Oscar-winning 1945 film starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck on Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 119 minutes and the film is not rated but would be appropriate for history-minded students.

The 19th century factories had wealthy owners and poor mill workers, but there were unions too, in many ways like today. All these characters can create tension, but perhaps be saved by romantic feelings.

The Murphy Library is showing With a Song in my Heart, a classic musical this week full of songs like Get Happy by Harold Arlen, Blue Moon by Rodgers and Hart, Embraceable You from George and Ira Gershwin, and I’ll Walk Alone by Jules Styne and Sammy Cahn.   Finally, there is an American medley of songs you will love.

The library is showing this true story Thursday at 6 p.m. Starring are Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, and a young Robert Wagner. The film is not rated but would be appropriate for high school and older. Running time is 117 minutes.

During World War II a young singer named Jane Froman begins her career on the radio. Soon the USO needs her to entertain the troops in Europe. On the way, her plane crashes in Spain. She survives but her legs are badly hurt and her career seems in jeopardy.

 

STEM is big news in education these days as elementary, middle and high schools promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.   Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, women were not often encouraged to study and take on STEM jobs.

This Thursday at 6 p.m, the Murphy Public Library is showing Hidden Figures, an award-winning 2016 film about the math geniuses working for NASA in 1961. The film is rated PG and running time is 127 minutes. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner.

Sixty years ago, no one would have guessed that a group of African-American women mathematicians could put the first man into space. All that has changed, thanks to their efforts, and to today’s educators.   Now female scientists, tech specialists, engineers and mathematicians are a normal occurrence.

The film was made throughout Georgia, in East Point, Georgia, (Katherine’s home), Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia, (exterior scenes), Canton, Georgia, (Exterior of Library),  Atlanta, Georgia and Monroe, Georgia.


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