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A schoolteacher from England joins a foreign exchange program and is sent to a school in a small Texas town. How easy is this going to be? Not easy at all.

She has trouble motivating the students to do anything. Then the game of soccer enters the discussions. This teacher loves soccer and soon she has the students wanting to achieve the same goals as she does.

The Murphy Library is showing, The Big Green, a 1995 family comedy with a kick this Thursday at 6 p.m. as part of youth services librarian Bridget Wilson’s summer reading program, “On your mark, get set, read!” Running time for the film is 100 minutes and it is rated PG.

The students and their teacher realize they have a lot to learn, especially when they lose.   Following the rules, playing as a team, and working hard, are the goals they must achieve, just like in life.

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If you sometimes find yourself rolling your eyes at what life throws your way, come to the next movie at the Murphy Library. You can watch a young girl in Saudi Arabia to see what makes her roll her eyes and even that far away, you will relate.

The library is showing Wadjda, an award-winning comedy/drama from Saudi Arabia by a woman director this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 98 minutes. The film is rated PG and the language is Arabic with subtitles in English.

The ten-year-old plays in her neighborhood, competing with a boy who lives nearby. He has a bicycle and she does not. It is frowned on for girls. But one day she spies a green bicycle at a store and cannot get it out of her mind. The only way to buy it is to earn the money herself. When her school announces a competition with a prize for memorizing the Koran, she joins in.



Going out to the movies is a fun pastime, especially when your local theater has all the technical upgrades. The next movie at the Murphy Library takes place when technical improvements meant “sound” and it is the perfect movie for anyone, any age, who loves to dance!

The library is showing Singin’ in the Rain, a 1952 musical comedy about the time in the 1920’s when silent films turned into “talkies,” starring Gene Kelly, and the very young Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno and Cyd Charisse. Running time is 103 minutes and the film is not rated but would be appropriate for any age.

After the success of the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, Hollywood producers knew they had to add sound. But how would that work when some actors had terrible voices? Maybe singing dancers would move the movie along.

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Here’s an idea for retirement years: do voice overs for animated movies.  Mel Brooks has been doing this for years and you can only imagine how much fun he is having.

In Hotel Transylvania 2, the next movie at the Murphy Library, Brooks plays Vlad, a very, very old vampire.   Adam Sandler is his son, Dracula, and Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez , Steve Buscemi and David Spade offer their voices to the mix.

The Library is showing this PG-rated animated monster comedy Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.   Running time is 89 minutes.

It took a few years but Dracula’s hotel that only catered to monsters has relaxed its policy and now allows humans to stay. However, Drac is still a traditionalist in one way and worries that his grandson, Dennis, is not showing any vampire qualities. Then Drac’s dad Vlad shows up and he gets mad!

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This Thursday the Murphy Public Library is showing Captain Phillips, the 2013 film about the hijacking of a U.S. container ship by Somali pirates. Tom Hanks portrays its American captain who struggles to keep his crew safe. Rated PG-13. Running time is 134 minutes. Call 837-2417 for details.

Forty years ago Cicely Tyson received an Oscar nomination for her role in Sounder, a movie about a Depression-era sharecropper’s family in Louisiana. The Murphy Library is showing Tyson’s 1972 film Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The library adds 4 p.m. screenings during winter months. Running time is 105 minutes and it is rated G.

The story begins as David Lee Morgan (Kevin Hooks), his father (Paul Winfield) and their special dog, Sounder, hunt raccoons in the dark to help feed their family. One night they return empty-handed and the desperate father steals a ham to feed his children. Soon he is arrested and sent to prison.

His wife, Rebecca (Cicely Tyson) and the three children sharecrop the fields to make enough to eat. Then, one day Rebecca sends David Lee to find his father and along the way he discovers a special school. Directed by Martin Ritt who also made Hud, Norma Rae, and Cross Creek.

And forty years later, Cicely Tyson, now an Atlanta resident, is still a winner. She won a Tony Award on Broadway this year at the age of 80. Call 837-2417 for details

He is a “busker,” singing songs on a Dublin street for change.  She is a Czech immigrant who throws him a coin one night.  He wrote the love song he is singing and she likes it.  That, as they say, is the start of a beautiful friendship.

The Murphy Library is showing Once, the perfect Irish movie Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 85 minutes and the film is rated R for language, although the bad language is said with an Irish lilt, which seems to make everything sound better.

Actor and composer Glen Hansard notes in an interview that his three favorite songwriters are Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.  That should prepare viewers for the music.  Once won an Oscar for Best Song, Falling Slowly, written by Hansard and his co-star, Czech actress Markéta Irglová.

Both writer/director John Carney and Hansard played together in a band. They understand the magic it can create, especially in the demo session when Irglová accompanies Hansard’s guitar with her soul-searching piano and the rest of the band jumps in.

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Joe DiMaggio was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. So was Ted Williams. In fact there was no one left to play baseball, until someone decided to start the All-American Girls Baseball League. It was a winner.

The Murphy Public Library is showing A League of Their Own,  the 1992 film about the WWII girls’ baseball teams in honor of all women athletes, but especially to honor our own Cherokee County girls’ softball teams.

The film will be screened Thursday at 6 p.m. and is rated PG. Running time is 128 minutes. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna star. Call 837-2417 for details.  And remember, THERE IS NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

There is also a question (from my husband, Jerry) about whether this team played softball or hardball.  Actually, according to the following study, it started as softball, and gradually got harder and harder….

Robbie is a poor Mississippi Delta teenager struggling to take care of his much-loved half-brother, Fess.  His mentally ill mother has left town. His grandmother is elderly and his older brother creates more problems the times he does show up.

The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s The Dynamiter this Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 73 minutes and this independent film is not rated but may be appropriate for high school.

In his comments to the press, director Matthew Gordon notes that “The Dynamiter is a story of creating hope, something we all have to do every day or else we will have no life to speak of.”

To see a fascinating interview with the director and film crew at the Los Angeles Film Festival, click here

The Murphy Library is getting the blues with its summer reading film, but don’t expect to hear jazzy music.  Thursday’s film at 6 p.m. is The Smurfs, about the tiny blue people who are only three apples high.  The film is rated PG and running time is 101 minutes. 

They live happily in their magical mushroom village, but one terrible day an evil wizard chases them down a watery hole.  They soon emerge in a strange forest called Central Park.  They’re in New York City!

Life is not easy in the Big Apple when you are only three apples high.  Then a nice young couple expecting a little one of their own walks by.  Perhaps these kind people will fight the evil wizard and the little blue people can go home. Call 837-2417 for details.

When there is a fifth Thursday in a month, we like to show a film at the Murphy Library made in our Tri-State area.  This time scenes in the movie were not only filmed in nearby Young Harris, but twenty residents had parts.

Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. the library is screening, Trouble with the Curve, a 2012 film starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake about an aging baseball scout and his daughter.  Running time is 111 minutes and it is rated PG-13. 

The movie was filmed throughout Georgia including Atlanta, Jasper, Athens, Macon and, especially, the campus of Young Harris College.  Twenty members of the Young Harris College baseball team portray the Devils, a North Carolina high school team competing in the film for the state championship.

If you love photography, whether it’s your own and perhaps those Appalachian photographs by Doris Ulmann, then you may want to take off an hour or two and watch the next movie at the Murphy Library.

On Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Found Memories, a Film Movement selection from Brazil.  A young woman photographer discovers an old village in Brazil and records the beauty she finds in the people like elderly Madalena, in the stone buildings, and in life itself.  She also learns to make bread.  Portuguese with subtitles in English.  98 minutes.  Not rated. 

The small village of Jotuomba is mostly elderly — the young have left to find work.  But Antonio is still working at his bar and his friend Madalena gets up early and makes bread for the bar.

The film shows Madalena bringing the bread to the bar and arguing with Antonio about where to store it.

Then, a few scenes later, again Madalena brings bread to the bar and argues with Antonio about where to store it.  At first you think something has gone wrong with the DVD player, but no.  That is just how every day occurs in Jotuomba.

Then the young woman Rita arrives and with her camera she sees things differently.  In fact, she sees the art in everyone – even in those who lie peacefully in the old cemetery.