Friday Films at the Library!
This Friday, we'll get underway with the first film of our Friday Film Series. We know you've been waiting for the news, so it is with great pleasure that we unveil our selections for Fridays through April.
(To learn more about the films and watch the trailers, click on the images.)
February 5 at 7:30 p.m.
JULIE & JULIA (2009) Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes
A woman verging on 30 and frustrated in her temp secretarial job, takes on a year-long culinary quest: cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd. This film follows both women, who, while separated by time and space, discover that with the right combination of passion and fearlessness (and butter!), anything is possible.
AMELIA (2009) Starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere; Rated PG; 111 minutes
Bound by ambition and love, Amelia Earhart and husband and business partner George Putnam's enduring marriage could not be broken by Amelia's determination to fly, nor her passionate affair with Gene Vidal. Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet, a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history.
THE HURT LOCKER (2009) Starring Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce; Rated R; 131 minutes
This film is an intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team, he surprises his two subordinates by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.
THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE (2009) Starring Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes
A Chicago librarian suffers from a rare genetic disorder that sends him hurtling through time whenever he is under extreme duress. Despite this complication, he attempts to build a stable future with the beautiful young heiress he loves. This romantic comedy shows that love knows no boundaries and transcends time and death.
THE INFORMANT! (2009) Starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula; Rated R; 108 minutes
In this drama based on a true story, a high-ranking executive, Mark Whitacre, at Archer Daniels Midland joins forces with the FBI to bring down both his company and the entire food industry. He uncovers a large price-fixing scam and decides to become an informant but ends up doing more jail time than his corrupt bosses.
UP IN THE AIR (2009) Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman; Rated R; 109 minutes
Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles. Leading an empty life lived out of a suitcase he thinks he may have finally met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams in this quirky comedy.
SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (2009) Starring Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Juston Long; Rated R; 84 minutes
A high-powered female attorney learns that her husband is about to leave her for a much younger woman. Consumed by a dangerous romantic cocktail of love and desperation, she holds him captive until he “promises to stay with her and love her forever.” However, the wife’s plan becomes complicated when the couple’s home is overtaken by a robber.
THE BLIND SIDE (2009) Starring Sandra Bullock, Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes
This film is the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home. Michael was taken in by a wealthy white family who helped him fulfill his potential as a person and as an athlete. He worked hard on the field and in the classroom and became an All-American in college and was picked in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, changing his life and the lives of the loving family who were there to watch him succeed.
SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009) Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes
In a dynamic new portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, Holmes and Watson are sent on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.
AN EDUCATION (2009) Starring Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina; Rated PG-13; 100 minutes
In the early 1960s, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic, older man can teach her.
THE STONING OF SORAYA M. (2009) Starring Shoreh Aghdashloo, James Caviezel; Rated R; 116 minutes
A world of secrecy, corruption and injustice lies at the heart of the emotionally charged experience of this film. Based on an incredible true story, this powerful tale of an Iranian village’s persecution of an innocent woman becomes both a daring act of witness and a compelling parable about mob rule. When Soraya’s husband brings false charges that end in tragedy, her aunt Zahra tells a reporter to try to get word to the outside world to fight injustice against women in her country.
April 23 at 7 p.m. (A One Book, One Community Event)
PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY SCREENING TIME OF 7 P.M. FOR THIS FILM EVENT
NO IMPACT MAN: A DOCUMENTARY (2008) Not rated; 93 minutes
Colin Beavan, a New York City writer and self-proclaimed liberal, has big plans for his new book. He decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible. The problem is, the project requires his wife Michelle, an espresso-guzzling, Prada-worshipping business writer, and their young daughter to be fully on board. The family embarks on a year of no electricity, television, cars, toilet paper, elevators, or newspapers.
PIRATE RADIO (2009) Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifams; Rated R; 135 minutes
Celebrated filmmaker Richard Curtis brings audiences his most personal comedy to date. Writing and directing the story of a band of rogue deejays who captivated British radio listeners in the ’60s, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz, Curtis welcomes us aboard The Boat That Rocked.
All films are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.