Friday Night Feature - "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

Friday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 81 minutes. In Japanese with English subtitles.

This is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi isn't just a film for foodies, or Japanophiles. It's a meditation on work, on finding one's path in life, and then walking it with singular purpose." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"As a documentary about world-class sushi, this film is definitive. It runs only 81 minutes, but the subject is finite." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in August.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

This Month's Wednesday Matinee - "The Station Agent"

Wednesday, August 15 at 1:30 p.m. - THE STATION AGENT (2003) Starring Peter Dinklange, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavaje, and Michelle Williams; Rated R; 88 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Finbar McBride is a young man affected with dwarfism who has just lost his best friend and seeks a life of solitude in an abandoned train station. That plan is blighted by the daily appearance of a cast of characters including a friendly and talkative hot dog vendor and an artist coping with the death of her son whose interactions with Finbar show him that none of us ever truly want to be alone.

"For 88 all-too-brief minutes, we get to hang out with very companionable people, eavesdrop on their small talk and come to know them intimately, perhaps more intimately than we can get to know our own family members." -- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

"The best advice to filmgoers who appreciate smart, mature, humanist movies is, simply, Go." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

For more information, please view the film's trailer.

Friday Night Features in July

We'll be showing Wanderlust on Friday, July 13.
We'll be showing Wanderlust on Friday, July 13.

Friday, July 6 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Like Crazy (2011) Starring Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence; Rated PG-13; 90 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, July 13 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Wanderlust (2011) Starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, and Justin Theroux; Rated R; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This comedy is about a couple who leaves the big city pressures of Manhattan and joins a freewheeling community where the only rule is to be yourself. But as they learn to shed the worries of their lives and assume the commune's free spirit mentality, there is a chance that their newfound perspective could cause more problems than it solves.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, July 20 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - How to Live Forever (2011) Documentary featuring Ray Bradbury, Phyllis Diller, Willard Scott, and Suzanne Somers; Not Rated; 94 minutes.

Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. But whose advice should he take? Does 94-year-old exercise guru Jack LaLanne have all the answers, or does Buster, a 101-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathoner? What about futurist Ray Kurzweil, a laughter yoga expert, or an elder porn star? Wexler explores the viewpoints of delightfully unusual characters alongside those of health, fitness and life- extension experts in this engaging new documentary, which challenges our notions of youth and aging with comic poignancy.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012) Starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, and Susan Sarandon; Rated R; 80 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life... and if he's lucky, pick up the wood glue as well.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - "Big Miracle"

Friday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- BIG MIRACLE (2011) Starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, and Ted Danson; Rated PG; 114 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Set in Cold War-era 1988, Big Miracle tells the true story of a small-town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

"...an enjoyable, lively account of an Alaskan animal rescue story that touched the world." -- Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in August.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - "A Separation"

Rated PG-13
Rated PG-13

Friday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. -- A SEPARATION (2011) Starring Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, and Sareh Bayat; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; In Persian with English subtitles.

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Academy Award Winner, Best Foreign Film

"Asghar Farhadi's emotionally epic movie is not just a masterpiece dramatically, it is a movie dramatically of its moment." -- John Anderson, Newsday

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in August.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - "Darling Companion"

Starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline
Starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline

Friday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- DARLING COMPANION (2012) Starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

After Beth saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver, she forms a special bond with the animal. When her self-involved husband Joseph loses the dog after their daughter's wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, Beth, distraught and angry with Joseph, enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious woman in a frantic search.

"It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in September.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - "The Hunger Games"

May the odds be ever in your favor!
May the odds be ever in your favor!

Friday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. -- THE HUNGER GAMES (2012) Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth; Rated PG-13; 142 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

"Well-paced, well-directed and extremely well acted entertainment." -- Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in August.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"

Friday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (2011) Starring Ewan McGregor, Amr Waked, and Emily Blunt; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When Britain’s leading fishing expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheikh’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a ‘good will’ story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

"A charming little movie." -- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

"Trust me: These are characters with whom it's a pleasure to spend a couple of hours." -- Lou Lumenick, New York Post

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in August.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - "Like Crazy"

Friday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- LIKE CRAZY (2011) Starring Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence; Rated PG-13; 90 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A young American guy and a young British girl meet in college and fall in love. Their love is tested when she is required to leave the country and they must face the challenges of a long-distance relationship.

"Felicity Jones will break your heart at least once in Like Crazy." -- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

"The couple's story is related through small, true-to-life details that paint an unidealized portrait of love - the euphoria, the sadness, and everything in between." -- Eric D. Snider, Film.com

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in July.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - "Wanderlust"

Friday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- WANDERLUST (2012) Starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, and Justin Theroux; Rated R; 98 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This comedy is about a couple who leaves the big city pressures of Manhattan and joins a freewheeling community where the only rule is to be yourself. But as they learn to shed the worries of their lives and assume the commune's free spirit mentality, there is a chance that their newfound perspective could cause more problems than it solves.

"... you probably won't see a funnier movie all year." -- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in July.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

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