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The late writer Horton Foote visited Durham during the downturn in the economy and noticed all the empty warehouses around town. He was writing a screenplay based in the North Carolina city, and those warehouses gave him a story.

The Murphy Library is showing Main Street, a quiet film about restarting the economy of a southern town this Thursday at 6 p.m.  The film is rated PG and running time is 92 minutes.

The fear of what the future brings is most evident during a recession. In this film it grows from a company looking for a place to store its hazardous waste. The upside is that this is a chance to hear actor Colin Firth, who plays the company man, with a Texas accent! Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, Orland Bloom and Amber Tamblyn also star.



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.

Three senior citizens are running out of money and desperate to feed their families. They don’t have many options until one idea rears its ugly head: rob a bank.

The Murphy Library is showing  the crime comedy Going in Style this Thursday at 6 p.m. starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, and Ann-Margret. Running time is 96 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

The bank in question has not been protecting their pensions, and these long-time friends think they can get their money back. Of course, even at their ages, they have a lot to learn. Maybe a song or two will help them find their way.

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.


The Murphy Public Library is showing an emotional war film by award-winning director Ang Lee about a young soldier surviving an Iraq war battle and called a hero. But his flashbacks tell how difficult being a hero is.

The library is showing Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk this Thursday at 6 p.m.  The film is rated R and running time is 113 minutes.


Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Public Library is showing Loving, the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple married in the late 1950’s, and later arrested for having an interracial marriage. They fight for their right to marry all the way to the Supreme Court. Running time 123 minutes. Rated PG-13.