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).

Friday Night Feature - "Moonrise Kingdom"

Playing in our Community Room October 26.
Playing in our Community Room October 26.

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.

"It's an adventure, a love story, a biblical allegory complete with approaching storm, a mash note to composer Benjamin Britten and a profoundly touching discourse on the needs of troubled children." -- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

Friday Night Feature - "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding"

Playing in our Community Room November 2.
Playing in our Community Room November 2.

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.

"Jane Fonda’s performance is a force of nature." -- Peter Debruge, Variety

"Fonda has never looked more fabulous or provoked more laughter." -- Alison Bailes, MORE Magazine

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

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

Friday Night Feature - "Undertaking Betty"

Playing in our Community Room November 16.
Playing in our Community Room November 16.

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. Check out the rest of our Friday Night Features in November.

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

Friday Night Feature - "People Like Us"

Playing in our Community Room November 9.
Playing in our Community Room November 9.

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.

"Some of the strongest writing in any movie so far this year." -- Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com

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

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

Wednesday Matinee - "The Pursuit of Happyness"

Starring Will Smith
Starring Will Smith

Wednesday, October 24 at 1:30 p.m. - The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Starring Will Smith, Thandie Newton, and Jaden Smith; Rated PG-13; 117 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Chris Gardner is bright and talented but is struggling to make ends meet. When he and his five-year-old son are evicted from their apartment Gardner takes a chance with a prestigious stock brokerage firm. They endure many hardships but he follows his dream to make a better life for the two of them in this inspirational true story.

"As cynical as I am, I have to admit I was completely won over by Smith's sincere and deeply effective work as a guy who was knocked down again and again, but refused to stay on the canvas." - Richard Roeper, Ebert and Roeper

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

Wednesday Matinee - "Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia"

Showing Wednesday, November 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Showing Wednesday, November 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21 at 1:30 p.m. - Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia (2010) Documentary feature starring Jimmy Wales, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Susan Jacoby, and Andrew Keen; Rated PG; 85 minutes.

The film illustrates a debate between traditional media and the proponents of crowd-sourced information over the reliability of the information found on Wikipedia, and the impact of having such a widely-used resource written and edited by non-experts. Using interviews with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, Noam Chomsky, the late Howard Zinn, Jaron Lanier, Lawrence Lessig, Ray Kurzweil, and many others, "Truth in Numbers?" reveals surprisingly intense and emotional opinions on both sides, while also giving viewers an inside look at how Wikipedia works, who exactly is editing on the site, and the enormous international cultural phenomenon that it has become in the 10 years since its founding. After viewing this film, you will never look at Wikipedia the same way. The filmmakers engagingly explore the history and cultural implications of one of the most referenced sites on the Web.

 

Friday Night Feature - "Girl in Progress"

Playing in our Community Room November 23.
Playing in our Community Room November 23.

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.

"A well-done, conscientious and funny little film that recalls 'Clueless,' only with more heart." -- 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 November.

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

Friday Night Feature - "Bernie"

Playing in our Community Room October 5.
Playing in our Community Room October 5.

Friday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. 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.

"Jack Black, in the greatest performance of his career, makes us see what the people of Carthage, Texas, saw in Bernie Tiede..." -- Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

"A dead-solid-perfect depiction of small-town life." -- Bill GoodyKoontz, Arizona Republic

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

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

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