Friday Night Feature - 'Jobs'

We will screen JOBS Friday, February 7th.
We will screen JOBS Friday, February 7th.

Friday, February 7th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Jobs (2013) Starring Ashton Kutcher; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This biopic follows the life of Steve Jobs, tracing the Apple co-founder's career from his early years in that Palo Alto garage to his rise as one of the computing industry's most admired innovators. By focusing on the key moments that drove Jobs' success and the conversations that made him such a controversial figure among critics, we are presented with an intimate portrait of a driven, deeply complex man who dedicated his life to revolutionizing the way we use computers.

"I was surprised and frequently compelled by what a starkly honest portrait it is." -- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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

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

 

Film Screening and Discussion with Stephen R. Kellert

Mother Nature's Child
Mother Nature's Child

Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

An RSVP for this event is appreciated but not required to attend.

Mother Nature's Child:Growing Outdoors in the Media Age (2011); Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 57 minutes.

This film explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Mother Nature’s Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? What is the place of risk-taking in healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the ‘whole’ child?

The film screening will be followed by a brief discussion led by Stephen R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Kellert is the author of Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World and Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bio-Logical Capital, a firm that invests in and implements sustainable land uses on large landscapes, as well as a founding partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity company investing in the environmental sector.

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Land Trust, the Darien Nature Center, and the Greenwich Audubon.

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

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Last Vegas'

We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.
We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.

Friday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Last Vegas (2013) Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro; Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Four geriatric friends vow to set Las Vegas ablaze during the ultimate bachelor party in this all-star comedy. Amongst his friends, Billy has always been the confirmed bachelor. When Billy finally pops the question to his much-younger girlfriend, his pals Paddy, Archie, and Sam plan to send him off in style. But Vegas has changed since the last time they prowled the Strip, and once the party gets started, there's no telling how it will end.

"The comedy remains a presence throughout, but Last Vegas has a serious purpose, and the resolution of the men's journey of realization is anything but corny." -- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Enough Said'

We will screen ENOUGH SAID January 17th.
We will screen ENOUGH SAID January 17th.

Friday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Enough Said (2013) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, and James Gandolfini; Rated PG-13; 93 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A divorced and single parent, Eva spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex.

"For all of us who've been waiting way too long for a smart, funny, snappy romantic comedy for grown-ups - here it is." -- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

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

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

 

Wednesday Matinee - 'New Year's Eve'

We will screen New Year's Eve January 15.
We will screen New Year's Eve January 15.

Wednesday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. - New Year's Eve (2011) Starring Halle Berry; Jessica Biel; Jon Bon Jovi; Abigail Breslin; Robert De Niro; and Josh Duhamel; Rated PG-13; 117 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Director/producer Garry Marshall brings together a stellar ensemble cast to celebrate love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

"...a nice box of holiday chocolates..." -- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review

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

 

Friday Night Features in November

We will screen KON-TIKI November 1.
We will screen KON-TIKI November 1.

Friday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Kon-Tiki (2012) Starring Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and Gustaf Skarsgård; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes.Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This sweeping adventure details Thor Heyerdahl's daring attempt to prove that early settlers from South America once populated Polynesia by sailing across the Pacific on a simple balsa wood raft. Rejected by every publisher he approaches to print his unusual thesis, Heyerdahl eventually decides that the only way to prove it is to make the journey himself as the entire world watches.

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

Friday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Unfinished Song (2012) Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, and Christopher Eccleston; Rated PG-13; 93 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur, a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.

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

Friday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Side Effects (2013) Starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Rated R; 90 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.

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

Friday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Mary and Martha (2013) Starring Hilary Swank, Brenda Blethyn, and James Woods; Rated PG; 95 minutes.

After traumatic events engulf their families, two women forge a unique bond to help them deal with their grief and fight for the eradication of malaria.

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

Friday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Frances Ha (2012) Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, and Adam Driver; Rated R; 86 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.

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 October

We will screen THE SAPPHIRES October 18.
We will screen THE SAPPHIRES October 18.

Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.His Way (2011) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 83 minutes.

A look at the professional, political and personal life of legendary movie producer Jerry Weintraub featuring interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

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

Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. – Weekend One Acts at Darien Library

Darien Library is proud to present for the fourth time “Weekend One-Acts,” a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from two esteemed playwrights. The program of two works includes David Ives’ "Sure Thing" and Mira Gibson’s "Old Flame." A reception will follow Friday evening’s performance. There will be an encore matinee on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Sapphires (2012) Starring Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, and Jessica Mauboy; Rated PG-13; 99 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Inspired by a true story, director Wayne Blair's debut feature The Sapphires follows four Aboriginal Australian girls as they are transformed into a soulful singing group by a kindhearted musician, and later travel to Vietnam to entertain battle-weary U.S. troops. Cynthia, Gail, Julie, and Kay are four singers with lots of passion, but precious little talent. Recognizing something special in the way the girls perform, soulful talent scout Dave offers to shape them into a Motown-inspired soul group and get them out on the road. But when their first gig turns out to be on the front lines of Vietnam -- where death has become part of the daily routine -- the ambitious young singers realize they've got their work cut out for them.

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

Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Before Midnight (2013) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The last film of the trilogy, we meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

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 September

We will screen WHAT MASIE KNEW September 13.
We will screen WHAT MASIE KNEW September 13.

Friday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Amour (2013) Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva; Rated PG-13; 127 minutes. Presented in French with English subtitles.

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

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

Friday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.What Masie Knew (2013) Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham, and Steve Coogan; Rated R; 99 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, this film tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.

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

Friday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.The Company You Keep (2013) Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, and Chris Cooper; Rated R; 121 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant's past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country.

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

Friday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 79 minutes.

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

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 - 'Before Midnight'

We will screen BEFORE MIDNIGHT Friday, October 25 in our Community Room.
We will screen BEFORE MIDNIGHT Friday, October 25 in our Community Room.

Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Before Midnight (2013) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The last film of the trilogy, we meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

"Having created and aged into their characters, both Delpy and Hawke are superb at doing what professional actors find so difficult - not seeming to act." -- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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

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

 

Friday Night Features in August

We will screen BROOKLYN CASTLE on August 2.
We will screen BROOKLYN CASTLE on August 2.

Friday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Brooklyn Castle (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 102 minutes.

This documentary tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

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

Friday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Before Sunset (2004) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 80 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on a train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris together.

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

Friday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.No (2012) Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alfredo Castro; Not Rated; 112 minutes. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

In 1988, Chilean mili tary dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot‘s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

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

Friday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A Place at the Table (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 84 minutes.

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

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

Friday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Secondhand Lions (2003) Starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment; Rated PG; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

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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