Friday Night Feature - "Flight"

We will screen FLIGHT March 29
We will screen FLIGHT March 29

Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Flight (2012) Starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle; Rated R; 138 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Whip Whitaker is a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane.

"Denzel Washington gives one of his most nuanced and impressive performances." -- Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com

"At a certain point, great actors want to show us the truth of something that may be far from their lives but that somehow they understand, intimately, all too well." -- David Denby, New Yorker

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

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

Friday Night Features in December

Parts of Hope Springs were filmed right here in Darien.
Parts of Hope Springs were filmed right here in Darien.

There will be no Friday Night Feature December 7, 2012.

Friday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Hope Springs (2012) Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell; Rated PG-13; 100 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION! Parts of this movie were filmed right here in Darien and we will have the homeowner whose house was used and her neighbor participate in a Q&A session following the 6:30 p.m. screening. Find out what Meryl and Tommy Lee are really like!

Kay and Arnold are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough - the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

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

Friday, December 21 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. First Position (2012) Documentary Feature; Not Rated R; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, nothing short of perfection is acceptable. This award-winning documentary follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through v bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.

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

Friday, December 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Starring Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni; Rated R; 86 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he¹s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon.

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 Features in January

Beasts of the Southern Wild will screen in our Community Room Friday, January 11
Beasts of the Southern Wild will screen in our Community Room Friday, January 11

Friday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Trouble with the Curve (2012) Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Gus Lobel has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries—revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.

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

Friday, January 11 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

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

Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.To Rome with Love (2012) Starring Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Benigni, and Penelope Cruz; Rated R; 112 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Set in the romantic city of Rome, this movie features intertwining stories. There is the worker who wakes up to find himself a celebrity, an architect who takes a trip back to the street he lived on as a student, a young couple on their honeymoon, and a frustrated opera director who has a talent for discovering talented singers.

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

Friday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Words (2012) Starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Zaldana, Dennis Quaid; Rated PG-13; 97 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This layered romantic drama follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s only one catch – he didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work and for placing ambition and success above life’s most fundamental three words.

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 - "Trouble with the Curve"

Playing in our Community Room January 4
Playing in our Community Room January 4

Friday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Trouble with the Curve (2012) Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Gus Lobel has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries—revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.

"Trouble with the Curve enthusiastically showcases the sparkling Adams while making its case - tersely, of course - for tradition, experience and intuition." -- Mark Jenkins, NPR

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

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

Friday Night Feature - "First Position"

A documentary
A documentary

Friday, December 21 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. First Position (2012) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, nothing short of perfection is acceptable. This award-winning documentary follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.

"These performers are so young, so serious, so full of dreams and so hard on themselves that it is difficult not to be moved by their striving." -- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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

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

Friday Night Features in November

We're screening The Magic of Belle Isle November 30 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
We're screening The Magic of Belle Isle November 30 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Friday, November 2 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding (2012) Starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Rated R; 92 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

For uptight Manhattan lawyer Diane, crazy means driving her teenage son Jake and daughter Zoe to Woodstock to visit their grandmother Grace. The crazy part is that the kids have never met Grace. In fact, Diane hasn’t spoken to her mother in twenty years. Grace is the epitome of the term “hippie”: she stages protests and hootenannies in the town square, smokes (and sells) a lot of dope, and howls at the moon once a month with her goddess-worshipping girlfriends. But what’s meant to be a weekend getaway turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets, and self-discovery.

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

Friday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.People Like Us (2012) Starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Michelle Pfeiffer; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This smart, intimate drama features Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister he never knew about. As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process.

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

Friday, November 16 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Undertaking Betty (2003) Starring Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken, and Naomi Watts; Rated R; 94 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Boris is a funeral director in a small town in Wales. His mundane life is thrown for a loop when his business is threatened by a flashy new American funeral parlor that has moved into town. Boris must fight off this new threat to his livelihood but his plans are thrown off course when he falls madly in love with a local woman. He must get his business back… and get the girl.

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

Friday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Girl in Progress (2012) Starring Eva Mendes, Matthew Modine, and Cierra Ramirez; Rated PG-13; 91 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Grace is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford, to give her daughter, Ansiedad the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad's English teacher, Ms. Armstrong, introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker, Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita, to plot her shortcut to “adulthood.” But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.

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

Friday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) Starring Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen; Rated PG; 109 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Monte Wildhorn is a famous Western novelist whose passion for writing has hit an impasse. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, befriending the family next door. An attractive single mom and her young daughters help him find inspiration again.

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 - "Hope Springs"

Playing in our Community Room December 14.
Playing in our Community Room December 14.

Friday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Hope Springs (2012) Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell; Rated PG-13; 100 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION! Parts of this movie were filmed right here in Darien and we will have the homeowner whose house was used and her neighbor participate in a Q&A session following the 6:30 p.m. screening. Find out what Meryl and Tommy Lee are really like!

Kay and Arnold are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple’s specialist in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough - the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

"A genuinely sweet, perfectly acted, remarkably brave little movie that should make audiences swoon for something they thought was gone - a smart dramedy for grown-ups." -- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

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

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

Wednesday Matinee - "The Holiday"

Showing Wednesday, December 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Showing Wednesday, December 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19 at 1:30 p.m. - The Holiday (2006); Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black; Rated PG-13; 138 minutes.

Amanda is an American woman with the same man troubles as Iris who is across the pond. When they meet online they decide to swap houses for the Christmas holiday and discover that a change of address really can change your life.

"It is a fizzy champagne cocktail that provides a pleasant buzz, many smiles, and Jude Law with the role of his career." -- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Frankenstorm Family-Friendly Film Marathon

Disney's Landy and the Tramp will show in our Community Room at 10 a.m.
Disney's Landy and the Tramp will show in our Community Room at 10 a.m.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Join us in our Community Room for a movie marathon!

10 a.m. - Lady and the Tramp (1955) Rated G; 76 minutes.

That's amore! Disney's Beloved Classic, Lady And The Tramp tells the story of the adventures of Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold. This is the night (or day!) to share a special bella notte with your family and introduce them to the film.

12 p.m. - The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Rated G; 94 minutes.

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

2 p.m. - Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Rated PG; 93 minutes.

On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

4 p.m. - Star Wars (1977) Rated PG; 121 minutes.

Luke Skywalker, a spirited farm boy, joins rebel forces to save Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the Empire's planet-destroying Death Star.

6 p.m. - Big Miracle (2011) Rated PG; 114 minutes.

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.

8 p.m. - The Hunger Games (2012) Rated PG-13; 142 minutes.

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.

 

Friday Night Features in October

We're showing Moonrise Kingdom October 26 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
We're showing Moonrise Kingdom October 26 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Friday, October 5 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Bernie (2012) Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey; Rated PG-13; 104 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.

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

Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m.Weekend One-Acts at Darien Library
Darien Library is proud to present for the third time “Weekend One-Acts,” a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from two esteemed playwrights. The program of two works includes Agatha Christie’s "The Rats" and Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles." A reception will follow Friday evening’s performance. There will be an encore matinee on Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Monsieur Lazhar (2011) Starring Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, and Emilien Neron; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes. In French with English subtitles.
At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

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

Friday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Bill Murray; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, this film tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

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).

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