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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.


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.

One of the tag lines for the next movie at the Murphy Library is: “The story of an underdog. And his dog.” It is based on a comic strip that young and old have grown up reading. Best of all, after reading it, we have always laughed a lot. There is no better way to start 2018.

The Murphy Library is showing The Peanuts Movie, a funny animated version of that great comic strip, this Thursday, January 4 at 6 p.m. It is rated G and is suitable for young and old. Running time is 88 minutes.

The main character (Charlie Brown, of course!) falls in love when a girl with a lovely color of hair moves into town.   But his hopes are down when a friend points out that girls want a guy with some degree of success, such as perhaps, having won the Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile, his dog Snoopy turns to writing a book about his adventures in the sky.


An eleven-year-old girl in South Central Los Angeles is not finding many positive moments in her life.   Her father has died, her mother doesn’t have time for her, and her brother is in a gang. However, one day she is forced to participate in her school’s spelling bee and her life begins to change.

The Murphy Library is showing Akeelah and the Bee at 6 p.m. this Thursday, December 28 in honor of all teachers and the lessons they give their students, whether it is how to spell, how to believe they can win, or how to find the good in life. Running time is 112 minutes and the film is rated PG. Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett star.

In a beautiful Tibetan mountain setting, a man with a past is sent on a mission to return a precious stone to the Buddha’s sacred Palm Print Mountain. In return, his soul will be cleansed. However, he must deal with numerous demons along the way, including treasure hunters who also want the treasured stone.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing the Film Movement selection from China, Soul on a String. The film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children. Running time is 142 minutes and the language is Tibetan with subtitles in English.

In addition to this traditional story of redemption, Chinese filmmaker, Yang Zhang and his cinematographer, Guo Daming, have captured the beauty of the Tibetan mountains as well as the luminous light of the mountain lakes.

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.