Friday Night Features in September

We'll be screening THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL September 21.
We'll be screening THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL September 21.

Friday, September 7 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Darling Companion (2012) Starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

After Beth saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver, she forms a special bond with the animal. When her self-involved husband Joseph loses the dog after their daughter's wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, Beth, distraught and angry with Joseph, enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious woman in a frantic search.

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

Friday, September 14 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Footnote (2012) Starring Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Yuval Scharf, and Alma Zack; Rated PG; 103 minutes. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

This film tells the story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation.

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

Friday, September 21 at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson; Rated PG-13; 124 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

For a disparate group of English pensioners, retirement takes an unconventional turn when they abandon their homeland, enticed by advertisements for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a seemingly luxurious sanctuary for “the elderly and beautiful” in Jaipur, India. On arrival, they discover that the hotel falls somewhat short of the romantic idyll promised in the brochure, but they are gradually won over by the ever-optimistic young manager Sonny, and tentatively embark on a new adventure, finding that life can begin again when you let go of the past.

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

Friday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Romantics Anonymous (2010) Starring Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré and Lorella Cravotta; Not Rated; 80 minutes; In French with English subtitles.

Jean-Rene is the boss of a chocolate factory and Angelique is a talented chocolate maker. They are both emotionally-challenged people. Drawn together through a shared passion for chocolate, Jean-Rene and Angelique fall in love, but neither is able to express how they feel. Sadly, their crippling shyness is driving them apart. But eventually, they manage to overcome their lack of self-confidence, and risk baring their true feelings.

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).

This Month's Wednesday Matinee - "The Lucky One"

Starring Zac Efron
Starring Zac Efron

Wednesday, September 19 at 1:30 p.m. - THE LUCKY ONE (2012) Starring Taylor Schilling, Zac Efron, and Blythe Danner; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive -- a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

"...strong performances from Efron, Schilling and a scene-stealing Blythe Danner." - Matthew Turner, ViewLondon

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

Friday Night Feature - "Monsieur Lazhar"

Showing in our Community Room October 19.
Showing in our Community Room October 19.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- MONSIEUR LAZHAR (2012) Starring Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, and Brigitte Poupart; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

Monsieur Lazhar tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, offers the school his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past.

Academy Award® Nominee 2012 – Best Foreign Language Film

"How do we get past tragedy? Together." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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).

Wednesday Matinee - "9 to 5"

Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton
Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton

Wednesday, October 17 at 1:30 p.m. - 9 to 5 (1980) Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton; Rated PG; 110 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house, they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up?

"[Parton] is, on the basis of this one film, a natural-born movie star, a performer who holds our attention so easily that it's hard to believe it's her first film." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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

Wednesday Matinee - "Working Girl"

Starring more attractive people than you can shake a stick at!
Starring more attractive people than you can shake a stick at!

Wednesday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. - Working Girl (1988) Starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver; Rated R; 113 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. When her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday, McGill uses her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal but the situation grows complicated after the return of her boss.

"How will the working class be educated to survive and thrive in the computer age? This intoxicating movie has an answer: let her strut her outer-borough wisdom from Wall Street to the Pacific Rim. Watch her fatten portfolios as she melts hearts." - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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

Documentary Screening - "La Bestia" with Director Pedro Ultreras

Co-sponsored by the Darien High School Spanish Department.
Co-sponsored by the Darien High School Spanish Department.

Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. - LA BESTIA (2011) Documentary feature directed by Pedro Ultreras; Not Rated; 76 minutes; In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

This film screening is co-sponsored by the Darien High School Spanish Department. A discussion with the director will follow the screening. DHS Spanish teachers Tara Allen and Jennifer Degenhardt will facilitate the conversation.

For close to two decades, thousands of Central Americans have lost their dreams, limbs and lives trying to illegally cross Mexico hanging from cargo trains known as "The Beast." Mexico represents a great challenge for those whose only goal is to reach the northern border hoping to cross into the United States.

For Central-American migrants, Mexico has become a cross- less cemetery, an agonizing journey with no way back, a travesty comparable to hell itself. They travel thousands of miles to get to the Mexico-USA border. Exhausted from the journey, hunger and climatic conditions migrants often fall into the wheels of the trains. 'The Beast' as this mode of transportation has become known, is the most viable alternative when crossing a country filled with immigration checkpoints, thieves, Mexican mafia members and authorities who often rob them and kill them.

In order to film this documentary, Pedro Ultreras risked his own life by riding this cargo trains across Mexico with hundreds of Central American migrants for more than two weeks. The Beast is a heartbreaking film that shows the profound suffering of migrant workers attempting to cross Mexico.

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

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

Friday Night Feature - "Footnote"

Starring Shlomo Bar-Aba
Starring Shlomo Bar-Aba

Friday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- FOOTNOTE (2011) Starring Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Yuval Scharf, and Alma Zack; Rated PG; 103 minutes; In Hebrew with English subtitles.

This film tells the story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation.

Academy Award Nominee, Best Foreign Film

"Footnote is a film about the nature of truth, about sacrifice, hubris, hypocrisy. It's nothing short of brilliant." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

Friday Night Feature - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Featuring an all-star cast!
Featuring an all-star cast!

Friday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. -- THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2012) Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson; Rated PG-13; 124 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

For a disparate group of English pensioners, retirement takes an unconventional turn when they abandon their homeland, enticed by advertisements for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a seemingly luxurious sanctuary for “the elderly and beautiful” in Jaipur, India. On arrival, they discover that the hotel falls somewhat short of the romantic idyll promised in the brochure, but they are gradually won over by the ever-optimistic young manager Sonny, and tentatively embark on a new adventure, finding that life can begin again when you let go of the past.

"A refreshing, mature fairy tale with a top-notch ensemble cast." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

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

Friday Night Features in August

We'll be showing A SEPARATION on Friday, August 31.
We'll be showing A SEPARATION on Friday, August 31.

Friday, August 3 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Big Miracle (2011) Starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, and Ted Danson; Rated PG; 114 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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.

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

Friday, August 10 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) Starring Ewan McGregor, Amr Waked, and Emily Blunt; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When Britain’s leading fishing expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheikh’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a ‘good will’ story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

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

Friday, August 17 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) Documentary feature; Rated PG; 81 minutes. In Japanese with English subtitles.

This is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

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

Friday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.The Hunger Games (2012) Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth; Rated PG-13; 142 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as her 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.

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

Friday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.A Separation (2011) Starring Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, and Sareh Bayat; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; In Persian with English subtitles.

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

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 - "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

Friday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 81 minutes. In Japanese with English subtitles.

This is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi isn't just a film for foodies, or Japanophiles. It's a meditation on work, on finding one's path in life, and then walking it with singular purpose." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"As a documentary about world-class sushi, this film is definitive. It runs only 81 minutes, but the subject is finite." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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

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

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