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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 aspire to be a writer, the next movie at the Murphy Library answers that age-old question of what to write about. Just look around your hometown.

This Thursday, January 11 at 6 p.m. the library is showing The Help, a film with feeling about a young Southern woman named Skeeter who finishes college at Ole Miss during the 1960’s and returns to her hometown to start a writing career. Running time is 146 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer.

Skeeter (Stone) soon realizes the African American women who work for the white families in her town have stories to tell. She writes them down and along the way makes new friendships with the maids while trying to keep her childhood friends. Nevertheless, these are changing times and everyone is caught up in them.

If you are thinking about writing a book and publishing it, Friends of Murphy Library invite you to meet one of Murphy’s newest authors, Jane Hembree. She will talk about the lessons she has learned creating and publishing her first book, next Tuesday, May 23 at the Friends’ Potluck at 6 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Hembree knows how to find her way through strange surroundings. After all, she lived around the world from Japan to Brazil with her husband Steve and their children during his military career. She also found her way home to Murphy and has filled her days helping local organizations like Friends of Murphy Library and Silver Arts in the Senior Games.

Recently she and Steve added a new member to their family, a puppy they named Beemer, and she began taking photos as he grew. The result is her children’s book, Beemer’s Adventures. Hembree will share her own adventures in writing it.

The cost of membership in the Friends is $10 per year. This nonprofit group raises funds to benefit the library. Everyone is welcome to bring a favorite potluck dish to share. Call 837-2417.

Join Jane and Beemer and learn how to publish your own story!


The 1930’s were not easy for families in New York City during the Great Depression. Eugene Jerome lived in one such family. He is a teenage Jewish boy living in a small Brooklyn apartment along with lots of relatives. How does he deal with it? He dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, or if that doesn’t work out, he’ll try writing for a living.

This Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Brighten Beach Memoirs, a film written by playwright Neil Simon about his early life. Running time is 108 minutes and this 1986 film is rated PG-13. Jonathan Silverman and Blythe Danner play Eugene and his mother. Simon also gave the world The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and The Sunshine Boys. Growing up is difficult, but laughter helps.

Call the library at 837-2417.

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 a comedy writer for television wants to step back and write the great American novel, it is an up-hill battle. Even more so are the battles of wits he has with the women in his life. However he lives in New York and the music of George Gershwin helps him along.

The Murphy Library is showing Manhattan, an early Woody Allen comedy/romance with a little drama this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Allen made this film in black and white, a throwback to the early days of film that adds some artistic qualities.   The film is rated R and running time is 96 minutes. Starring Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, and Meryl Streep.

Call the library at 837-2417.

It is the 1930’s and Novalyne Price is a schoolteacher in Texas when she meets handsome but moody writer Robert Howard. He has found his calling in writing pulp fiction stories for magazines. One is his best will be “Conan the Barbarian.”

The Murphy Library is showing The Whole Wide World, a story of writers, love, and friendship in rural Texas and is full of great acting, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and running time is 111 minutes. This 1996 film stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Rene Zellweger, for whom it was a career starter. They make a great team.  In fact, Zellweger thanked D’Onofrio when she won an Oscar in 2003 for Cold Mountain.

D’Onofrio is from Brooklyn but he has strong ties to North Carolina along with his father Gene and sister Elizabeth. They founded the River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem.

Call the library at 837-2417.