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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.



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!

Ethan is a young boy.  Bailey is a dog, and he is also Ethan’s best friend.  Just like other BFF’s, that mean’s they could be friends forever.  This week the Murphy Library is showing A Dog’s Purpose, a heartwarming movie that follows a dog’s many lives and the people he cares about.

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom is the director, and when his name appears in a film’s credits, that film has possibilities.  Hallstrom also made the French masterpiece, Chocolat, as well as The Hundred-Foot Journey, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

The library will screen this family film Thursday at 6 p.m. It is rated PG and running time is 100 minutes.  Starring Dennis Quaid.

During World War II the eastern European country of Estonia had as difficult and emotional a battle to fight as any country at that time. Half the country’s soldiers were forced to fight with the Soviet, or Red army and the other half with the Germans.

The Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s war saga, 1944, from Estonian director Elmo Nüganen on Thursday at 6 p.m.   Running time is 100 minutes and the film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children. In Estonian, Russian and German with English subtitles.

The Estonians were caught in the middle along the Eastern Front of WWII, and watched as their villages were turned to rubble. Each side may have felt empowered, but the futility of war shows through.

Three senior citizens are running out of money and desperate to feed their families. They don’t have many options until one idea rears its ugly head: rob a bank.

The Murphy Library is showing  the crime comedy Going in Style this Thursday at 6 p.m. starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, and Ann-Margret. Running time is 96 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

The bank in question has not been protecting their pensions, and these long-time friends think they can get their money back. Of course, even at their ages, they have a lot to learn. Maybe a song or two will help them find their way.

Restaurant chef Davis Green discovers a cousin he did not know he had when she shows up at his home one day. He has trouble believing her until his grandfather tells Davis about Joshua, his other son, and then lapses into a coma. Ultimately Davis discovers more relatives and ends up learning a family secret no one ever mentioned.

The Murphy Library is screening the Film Movement drama that also has comedy, The Automatic Hate, at 6 p.m. Thursday.   Running time is 97 minutes and this film would not be appropriate for young people.

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.