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“It’s not like everyone can become what they wanted to be.” These are the first words Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda wrote for his screenplay about the author of a prize-winning first novel who wants to write another. But that prize-winning author Shinoda Ryôta has a problem: he gambles away all his money. He is not what he wanted to be.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the library is showing the Film Movement drama about a family, After the Storm. Running time is 117 minutes and the film is in Japanese with English subtitles. It is not rated but may be suitable for mature teens.

Ryôta is also a private detective so he can try to pay his bills. His father has just died and he visits his aging mother although he has little or no money to help her.  His gambling addiction also means he cannot pay child support to his ex-wife for their 11-year-old son whom he loves dearly. However she and his mother seem to be moving on with their lives. Then one night a major typhoon is threatening, the family must spend the night together in his mother’s apartment.   Will stormy discussions also be on the horizon?

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.



If you want to see Meryl Streep in a film she made at the beginning of her incredible career, watch the next movie at the Murphy Library. Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons play two actors involved in a relationship and at the same time, making a movie together. Their characters in the film live in 19th century England, and are also involved with each other. However Streep’s movie character is full of melancholy and who knows how things will turn out.

The library is showing The French Lieutenant’s Woman, the 1981 film based on a novel by John Fowles this Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m.   Running time is 124 minutes and the film is rated R. It was filmed throughout England, from London to the Lake District and from Devon to Dorset. Renowned screenwriter Harold Pinter wrote the script.


In 1939 Warsaw, Poland, the threat of a German invasion hangs over the city. However, residents Jan and Antonina Zabinski keep living their lives as normal since they have animals to feed. They own the Warsaw Zoo, and both big and small animals need care.

But soon the Germans invade and their world is not the same. Most of their animals perish in the bombings, and the zoo and rest of the city lay in ruins. The Zabinskis are horrified but not giving up.

The Murphy Library is showing The Zookeeper’s Wife, a 2017 biographical drama this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 127 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.   Filming was done in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Zabinskis realize the ruins of the zoo may offer short term hiding places for Polish Jews as they flee the city. They quietly begin working to keep them safe.


As you may know, Jeff Murphy is retiring at the end of this month, after 30 years working at the Murphy Library and making it the special place it is.

Along with Nantahala Regional Library and the Town of Murphy, we are holding a reception to honor him this Wednesday, September 13 from 12 to 4 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Everyone is invited!

We want to thank Jeff for making sure new books keep appearing on the bookshelves and supporting the Thursday movie program, the children’s programs, the Chess Club, and answering all the questions about the library computers. Oh, and making sure we have sturdy bookshelves and comfortable seating.

The Friends especially appreciate Jeff for supporting all our fundraising endeavors, including writing away for donations of those awesome tickets to Disneyworld, Dollywood and every place else.

Thank you, Jeff!



If you feel that life can change in just one day, take a look at Richard Linklater’s films. Many of the stories in his films take place over 24 ours. And he agrees with you, a lot can happen.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Before Sunset, a 2005 romantic drama by Linklater set in Paris.   The film is rated R and running time is 80 minutes.

An American has a chance encounter in a Paris bookstore with a Parisian woman named Celine, he had met nine years earlier in Vienna. That day they had talked for hours, but gave each other no contact information. Now this second meeting occurs while he is on a book tour in France. He has written a book about that day long ago. Celine had only recently seen his photo and information about his book tour, but it brought her to the bookstore to see him. Their conversations start anew.


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.