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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.

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!

If you like solving puzzles, the next Murphy Library movie is just what your brain needs. A Harvard professor specializing in deciphering symbols wakes up with amnesia in a hospital in Italy. With the help of a young doctor, he soon realizes the world may be in danger of a madman releasing a global virus.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the library is showing Inferno, the latest action, adventure mystery based on a novel by Dan Brown. It stars Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones. Running time is 121 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

Professor Robert Langdon and Dr. Sienna Brooks race across Europe looking for clues to foil this disaster. They find symbols everywhere, from Palazzo Vecchio in Florence to the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, and all are tied to Dante, of course!

The week of April 9 to 15, 2017, is National Library Week and to celebrate the Murphy Library is showing a movie about a librarian.  She lives in a small town, a long way from Murphy, and hosts a murder mystery book club because those are her favorite books.

The library is showing Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, a movie starring Candace Cameron Bure and Marilu Henner this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 120 minutes. This is a murder mystery but graphic violence is not shown.

The librarian and the book club members enjoy their books. Then something bad happens to one of members and the librarian desperately tries to solve the mystery.

The year is 2003 and a TV news writer in New York has an opportunity to be an on-camera reporter covering the war in Afghanistan. She is ready to leave her desk job and quickly takes off wearing her bright colored backpack.

The Murphy Library is showing, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, a biographical film about a war correspondent with funny and also terrifying moments, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Tina Fey stars and the film is rated R. Running time is 112 minutes.

When the writer of a screenplay based on a Jane Austen novel previously wrote for Saturday Night Live, you know you might be in for a lively couple of hours, especially when a pretty young matchmaker is involved.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Emma. a romantic comedy starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam, Ewan McGregor and Toni Collette. Running time is 120 minutes and the film is rated PG. The director and screenplay writer, formerly of Saturday Night Live is Douglas McGrath.

Emma is an upper class young woman in 1800’s England who lives with her widowed father and delights in pairing her friends up with men she thinks are the perfect match. However, she is not always right, though she stays blissfully oblivious. Then one day she realizes she has made a dreadful mistake.  Call the library at 837-2417 for details.

Now that astronaut Scott Kelly has arrived safely back on earth, everyone can enjoy The Martian, the next movie at the Murphy Library without clenching their hands, at least not too much.   In this film an astronaut is left marooned on Mars. The rest of his flight crew loses him in a storm, believes he’s dead and returns to earth.

The library is showing The Martian and its story about surviving in outer space with next to nothing but your wits, Thursday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and running time is 2 hours, 24 minutes.

The astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) soon realizes his dilemma and gets to work to stay alive and somehow let NASA know. Both of them must put on their creative helmets.

Call the library at 837-2417

The Murphy Library takes you on another movie hike this Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m. Reese Witherspoon stars in Wild, and takes a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the California coast. Running time is 115 minutes and the film is rated R.

Wild was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée who also did Dallas Buyers Club, and the screenplay was written by Nick Hornby who also wrote About a Boy and An Education.

Based on the book “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” by Cheryl Strayed.