Friday Night Feature - "The Words"

We will screen The Words Friday, January 25
We will screen The Words Friday, January 25

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.

"This is a film that's thoughtful and elegant..." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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).

Wednesday Matinee - "Liberal Arts"

Showing Wednesday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Showing Wednesday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m. - Liberal Arts (2012); Starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olson, and Zac Efron; Rated PG-13; 97 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.

"An artful blend of tenderness and sharp, clear-eyed observations. Its characters talk like real people -- who also happen to be smart, appealing and thoughtful." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

Friday Night Feature - "Robot and Frank"

We will screen ROBOT AND FRANK March 15.
We will screen ROBOT AND FRANK March 15.

Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Robot and Frank (2012) Starring Frank Langella, James Marsden, and Susan Sarandon; Rated PG-13; 89 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

"'Robot & Frank' hits all the right notes - romantic, fantastic, tragic and sweet." -- Tom Long Detroit News

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 Feature - "Declaration of War"

We will screen DECLARATION OF WAR February 1
We will screen DECLARATION OF WAR February 1

Friday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Declaration of War (2011) Starring Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm and César Desseix; Not Rated; 100 minutes; In French with English subtitles.

This exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo and Juliette, who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront this ordeal together as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music and heartbreaking performances that results in a film about a contemporary couple who surprises even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other.

"The subject matter is as serious as can be, yet the style is vibrant, energetic and engaging -- often tense, but without a trace of woe-is-me." -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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

Film Screening - "Gun Fight"

Showing Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.
Showing Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m., Darien Library, in co-sponsorship with the League of Women Voters, will present the film Gun Fight.

There are an estimated 250 million guns in the United States today. Over the past dozen years, a string of deadly shootings has pockmarked the nation as guns – licensed and unlicensed – have found their way into the wrong hands. Blending archival and original footage, two-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County, U.S.A.,” “American Dream”) investigates the complex issues surrounding guns and the heated debate over how best to reduce gun violence in the U.S., telling stories of citizens and activists on different sides in Gun Fight.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Playing for Keeps'

We will screen PLAYING FOR KEEPS in our Community Room April 19.
We will screen PLAYING FOR KEEPS in our Community Room April 19.

Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Playing for Keeps (2012) Starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This romantic comedy follows a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an adult are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.

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

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

Friday Night Feature - "To Rome with Love"

Screening in our Community Room Friday, January 18
Screening in our Community Room Friday, January 18

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.

"Allen's story moves along quite wonderfully, primarily because of his nuanced casting." --Ricardo Baca, Denver Post

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).

 

Documentary Film Screening followed by Q&A with the Filmmaker

We will screen MY PERESTROIKA March 18 in our Community Room.
We will screen MY PERESTROIKA March 18 in our Community Room.

Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m.My Perestroika (2010); Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 87 minutes.

When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. An intimate epic about the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, Robin Hessman’s feature documentary debut tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country.

"...playful, insightful, hypnotic, and, ultimately, superb." -- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the Director/Producer/Cinematographer Robin Hessman.

This event is co-sponsored by the Brown Club of Fairfield County.

About the Filmmaker

Robin Hessman graduated from Brown University with a dual degree in Russian and Film. She received her graduate degree in film directing from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow (with a “red diploma” of honors). She received an Academy Award® in 1994 – with co-director James Longley – for their student film, Portrait of Boy with Dog. During her eight years living in Russia, Robin worked for the Children’s Television Workshop as the on-site producer of Ulitsa Sezam, the original Russian-language Sesame Street.

Robin is also an Associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since 2006, Robin has served as the Director of documentary programming for Amfest, the American Film Festival in Moscow.

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

Wednesday Matinee - "The Kid with a Bike"

Showing in our Community Room March 20.
Showing in our Community Room March 20.

Wednesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. - The Kid with a Bike (2011); Starring Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, and Jérémie Renier; Rated PG-13; 87 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends.

“The film should be required viewing for everyone who has lost faith in the power of random acts of kindness.” -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"There is not a wasted shot in this stripped down, pared back fable. Yet, it accrues a deep and lasting power. You won't see many better this year." -- Tom Charity, CNN.com

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

Family Programs Today: Crafts, Films & More.

The Secret World of Arrietty
The Secret World of Arrietty

Friday, February 8

9:15 a.m.- Art sheets and paper crafts in the Children's Library

10 a.m.- Craft Stations in the Children's Library (make a snowflake, learn how to draw a penguin)

10 a.m. – The Secret World of Arrietty Starring (running time: 95 minutes) Rated G

In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. Tiny Arrietty goes on an extraordinary adventure. Based on the classic children's book The Borrowers.

11 a.m.- Lego Club in the Children's Library for ages 5 and up.

Afternoon programs TBD pending weather conditions.

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