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The Murphy Library’s Thursday movie at 6 p.m. from Film Movement is the war drama, In Syria, about a mother trying to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper waits outside her home. Read the rest of this entry »

It is the 1960’s and Charlie Bucktin, a 14-year-old boy in a small town in Western Australia loves reading books by Mark Twain. Read the rest of this entry »

At the beginning of World War II, as German forces are moving through western Europe, soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are desperately needing evacuation in the French port city where 400,000 of them wait. But this seems impossible to pull off. Read the rest of this entry »

School has started up and the Murphy Library has a high school movie for you. A big-city boy moves with his family to a small town.   He loves to dance but soon realizes that rock music and dancing are illegal in the town. How is that going to work? Then pressure is on all the local teens with the senior prom around the corner.

This Thursday the library is showing Footloose, the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker.  It’s filled with music and it will make you want to dance, especially to those songs by Kenny Loggins. Running time is 107 minutes and the film is rated PG. Read the rest of this entry »

Film Movement is taking us to the opera in their film this month. The Murphy Library is showing the documentary, The Paris Opera, this Thursday at 6 p.m., which means we also get to visit Paris in the autumn of 2015. Running time is 110 minutes and the film is not rated but may be suitable for high school students. In French with English subtitles.

Stéphane Lissner is the new director of the Paris Opera and is preparing for his first press conference.   The backstage crew and artists work toward the first performance in the new season, although a few problems get in the way. Meanwhile a young singer studies at the opera’s academy, unaware that one day he will be called upon to save the day.

The most heartfelt part of the film is the terrorist attack on Paris when the city goes into mourning.   The opera company is under extreme pressure but they continue their struggle to unite themselves and their city.

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.   Call 837-2417.

 

 

 

He is a “busker,” singing songs on a Dublin street for change. She is a Czech immigrant who throws him a coin one night. He wrote the love song he is singing and she likes it.   That, as they say, is the start of a beautiful friendship.

The Murphy Library is showing Once, the perfect Irish movie Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 85 minutes and the film is rated R for language, although the bad language is said with an Irish lilt, which seems to make everything sound better.

Actor and composer Glen Hansard notes in an interview that his three favorite songwriters are Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. That should prepare viewers for the music. The film won an Oscar for Best Song, Falling Slowly, written by Hansard and his co-star, Czech actress Markéta Irglová.

Both writer/director John Carney and Hansard played together in a band. They understand the magic it can create, especially in the demo session when Irglová accompanies Hansard’s guitar with her soul-searching piano and the rest of the band jumps in.

This is a great movie to see this week because next week, on Tuesday, August 21, our local singers The Pressley Girls, born and raised in Brasstown will be singing in a free concert at the Murphy Library at 6 p.m.

When the songs “Born to be Wild,” sung by Steppenwolf and “At Last,” sung by Etta James are both in a computer-animated comedy, you know you’re in for some fun. The next movie at the Murphy Library not only has you singing along, but you will be cheering for the city animals that just want a place to call home.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the library is showing The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, a 2017 PG-rated film about a group of animals in a town that is nothing like Murphy. They live in a quiet city park but one day the mayor decides to make it an amusement park. The animals are not amused. Running time is 91 minutes. The actors providing voices for characters include Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, Bobby Cannavale, and Jeff Dunham.

 

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.

In a small Mexican town, a young boy loves music and wants to spend his life as a musician. But music has been forbidden in his home for generations and he doesn’t know why. When the annual Day of the Dead celebration comes along, young Miguel enters the Land of the Dead, looking for his great-great-grandfather, Ernesto de la Cruz, a legendary singer. He hopes to find answers and bring music back to his family.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Coco, an award-winning animated comedy seeking to solve a mystery about family and the search for happiness. The film is rated PG and running time is 105 minutes. The voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt move the characters along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvr68u6k5sI

The next movie at the Murphy Library takes us to the early 1960’s folk music scene in New York’s Greenwich Village and follows a young folk singer for a week as he carries his guitar through the cold winter days struggling to find his opportunity to sing.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the library is showing Ethan and Joel Coen’s award-winner Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac and John Goodman.  Running time is 104 minutes and the film is rated R.

Folk songs fill the air such as an unreleased studio version of Bob Dylan singing “Farewell.”


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