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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!

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In a town in Flanders, the Flemish-speaking area of Belgium, two brothers commit a holdup in a home and only one of them escapes. The other is sentenced to four years in jail and never divulges the names of his co-conspirators: his girlfriend and his brother. After those four years he is released from jail and finds his girlfriend is now his ex-girlfriend.

The Murphy Library is showing the Belgian crime thriller, The Ardennes, the monthly selection from Film Movement, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The film is not rated but would not be appropriate for children. In Flemish, French, and Dutch with subtitles in English.

Some days you don’t know whom you’re going to meet. That was the way it was with a ten-year-old orphan named Sophie when she met a giant twenty-four feet tall.

The Murphy Library is showing The BFG, a Stephen Spielberg film based on a story by children’s writer, Roald Dahl, this Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Running time is 117 minutes and the film is rated PG. Read the rest of this entry »

Comedy and crime meet up in the Murphy Library when our weekly film has four thieves plan a big robbery in London, and then try to double cross each other for the goods.

The library is showing the crime caper, A Fish Called Wanda at 6:00 p.m. this Thursday. The film is rated R and running time is 108 minutes. Kevin Kline won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The actors he was supporting include John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michael Palin.

A diamond heist to bring millions to a professional thief, his girlfriend, and two helpers goes off on tangents that will make you laugh. The four thieves work hard to double cross each other in London, Oxford, Surrey and all places in between.  So, you see?  It’s a crime caper/English vacation!

A wealthy New York heiress want to be an opera singer, but she has one problem: her terrible voice. She does have her husband on her side, and she finds a pianist ready to help her take on Mozart. However, she hits all the wrong notes and the audiences offer her laughs, not applause.

The Murphy Library is showing, Florence Foster Jenkins, with Meryl Streep in her latest comedy with feeling this Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m.   Running time is 111 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Hugh Grant plays her husband. Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory plays the pianist.

Streep received an Oscar nomination for this role and the winner will be announced on February 26.   British director Stephen Frears has directed seven women in Oscar nominated performances and Helen Mirren won for The Queen. Now there may be another winner.

At New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a U.S. Airways pilot and co-pilot take off with 155 passengers onboard their plane. Suddenly they hit a flock of birds. First one engine goes dead and then the other. As they try to figure out the safest place to land, the plane loses altitude and they realize the Hudson River is their only option.

This Thursday at 6:00 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Sully, a true story of heroism starring Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart. The film is rated PG-13 and running time is 96 minutes. Clint Eastwood directed.

Even though you know the outcome, the film is mesmerizing as it follows plane’s descent and the government investigation afterwards. It is especially moving to watch the pilot dealing with his memories of the emergency landing, and trying to stay focused at the hearings.

Several scenes were filmed in Georgia, such as the air traffic control and hearing room at Gwinnett Technical College, a hotel entrance at 191 Peachtree Street, and a pub at 200 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.

Her name is Dorothy.   She is a quiet teacher in Harlem and, even at Thanksgiving, does not feel there is enough to be thankful for.   Then, one snowy night her dog Toto runs away and she races through the snowy streets to find him.

The Murphy Library is showing The Wiz, a 1978 variation on The Wizard of Oz, the classic family musical this Thursday, February 2, at 6:00 p.m. This time Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor ease on down the road and will have you singing along!  The film is rated G and running time is 134 minutes.

Director Sidney Lumet filmed this adventure around New York City, including Shea Stadium, Coney Island, in front of the World Trade Center and on Wards Island Bridge filled with yellow bricks.  And since all of you love the library, don’t miss Patience and Fortitude — they are the lion statues that sit on either side of the New York Public Library.  Patience is the one that is hiding the cowardly lion. Okay, it was a stand-in for the real Patience.


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