Docs and Discussion: Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case

Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:30 p.m. - Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case (2013); NR; 86 minutes.

Docs and Discussion is our new film discussion series meant to inspire thoughtful conversation on a global topic.

Ai Weiwei has a serious problem with authority: The Chinese government not only kidnapped and imprisoned the world-renowned artist in a secret location for protesting its repressive policies, but after his release it conducted a show trial on baseless charges of tax evasion and pornography. Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case, a stunning and stirring documentary by Andreas Johnsen, dissects the persecution and shows how the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. 

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This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case premiers on PBS Friday, October 2nd.

Friday Night Feature - '5 Flights Up'

Friday, September 4th at 6:30 and 8:30p.m. - 5 Flights Up (2014) Starring Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon , Alysia Reiner, Carrie Preston, Claire van der ; Rated PG-13 ; 92 minutes;

In this bittersweet comedy set in the cutthroat world of New York real estate, old married couple Ruth (Diane Keaton) and Alex (Morgan Freeman) make plans to sell their Brooklyn property and move to Manhattan, only to discover that relocating is never simple.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Far From The Madding Crowd'

Friday, September 11th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen; Rated PG-13; 119 minutes;

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

 

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Wednesday Matinee - 'Best in Show'

Wednesday, September 16th at 1:30 p.m. - Best in Show  (2000) Starring Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John Michael Higgins; Rated PG-13; 88 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Christopher Guest directs and stars in this semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training.  A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show,and competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Age of Adaline'

Friday, September 18th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Age of Adaline (2014) Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman , Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew; Rated PG-13; 109 minutes;


Adaline (Blake Lively) has kept to herself for decades in order to keep secret the fact that she has remained 29-years-old for nearly a century. However, when she meets a handsome philanthropist named Ellis (Michiel Huisman), she strains against the self-imposed exile she's lived in. When her secret may become public, she is forced to take greater control over her life. Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker co-star.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Cinderella'

Friday, September 25th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Cinderella (2015) Starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger , Sophie McShera; Rated PG; 112 minutes;

Kenneth Branagh directs Disney's 2015, live-action take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella, which stars Lily James as the put-upon young women forced to endure a life of labor at the hands of her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) after her father dies unexpectedly. Forced to do every menial chore imaginable, Ella maintains her good spirits and eventually strikes up a friendship with a stranger in the woods who turns out to be the prince. When the royal court holds a gala ball, Cinderella wants nothing more to attend, and although her stepmother won't allow it, she gets help from a surprising source.

 

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Musical Film Fest - 'Chicago'

Monday, September 14th  at 6:30 P.M. - Chicago (2002) Starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere; Rated PG-13 113 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron "Mama" Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie's story -- or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie's story -- all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines.

 

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Musical Film Fest - 'Funny Girl'

Monday,  September 21st  at 1:30 P.M. -  Funny Girl  (1968) Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis,  Lee Allen; Rated G; 145 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

"Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is romanticized herein. A gawky New Yawker, Brice fast-talks her way into show business, certain that she's destined to be "The Greatest Star." Hired as a "dramatic" singer by impresario Flo Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Brice defies orders to play it straight, turning a "Beautiful Bride" tableau into a laugh riot by dressing herself up as an extremely pregnant newlywed. The stratagem turns Brice into an overnight star and the toast of Broadway. But all is not roses for Brice, especially in her turbulent private life as the wife of big-time gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Nicky at first finds it amusing to be referred to as "Mr. Brice," but he begins to resent his wife's fame and fortune and starts taking foolish risks with other people's money. The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Kay Medford for her portrayal of Brice's mother, Rose. Funny Girl was produced by Ray Stark, Brice's real-life son-in-law, who had enough material left over for a sequel, 1975's Funny Lady

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Musical Film Fest - 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Monday,  September 28th  at 6:30 P.M. -  Little Shop of Horrors  (1986) Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Levi Stubbs, Vincent Gardenia, Tichina Arnold; Rated PG-13; 88 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger oriental street vendor (Vincent Wong), naming the plant after his girlfriend Audrey (Ellen Greene, one of the few carry-overs from the Broadway version). Gradually, Seymour learns to his horror that "Audrey II" (given the voice of R&B performer Levi Stubbs) craves blood and flesh. With each of Audrey II's "FEEED MEEE"s, Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant's appetite. One such victim is dentist Steve Martin, a leather-jacketed Elvis type (the dentist's ultra-masochistic patient played by Jack Nicholson in the 1960 original is here impersonated by Bill Murray). The lighthearted tone of the film darkens as Audrey II grows in monstrosity, but the unhappy ending of the Broadway version is avoided herein.

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Musical Film Fest -'Evita'

Monday,  October 5th  at 1:30 P.M. -  Evita  (1996) Starring - Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Victoria Sus &  Julian Littman; Rated PG; 134 minutes; "Evita"  tells the story of Eva Peron (1921-52), a woman whose name evokes powerful feelings in her native Argentina. Throughout this film, as in the musical, the story is explained and commented on by a character known as "Che," played   by Antonio Banderas.

 

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

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