Films at the Library
THANK YOU to The Friends of The Library for sponsoring FREE International Film events!
THANK YOU to The Friends of The Library for sponsoring FREE International Film events!
In this animated adventure, we time travel with an advanced canine and his adopted son as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Rated PG. One hour, 32 minutes.
This documentary film combines photographs and first hand interviews with witnesses of the Night of Broken Glass on the eve of November 9, 1938. Rabbi Dr. Bernard H. Rosenberg, author of The Holocaust As Seen Through Film will introduce and lead a discussion about the film. Rabbi Rosenberg is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El of Edison.
Californian lawyer Bill McKay fights for the little man. His charisma and integrity get him noticed by the Democratic Party machine and he is persuaded to run for the Senate against an apparently unassailable incumbent. It’s agreed he can handle it his own way, on his own terms. But once he’s in the race and his prospects begin to improve, the deal starts to change. Directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Robert Redford and Peter Boyle. One hour, 45 minutes. Rated PG. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Robert Redford stars as CIA Agent Joe Turner. Code name: Condor. When his entire office is massacred, Turner goes on the run from his enemies. After reporting the murders to his superiors, the organization wants to bring Condor in – but somebody is trying to take him out. In his frantic hunt for answers, and in a desperate run for his life, every twist leads Condor to the end of his nerves… and will take you to the edge of your seat. Directed by Sydney Pollack, Starring Robert Redford and Fay Dunaway. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. One hour, 54 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Ilo Ilo chronicles the day to day drama of the Lin family, which includes troublesome school boy Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middle class and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live in maid and nanny. An outsider, Teresa struggles to manage Jiale’s antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a strong bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.
Astrid, Snotlout, and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races. Meanwhile Hiccup and Toothless journey through the skies exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of an ice cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
The remarkable and poignant story of the Comedian Harmonists, an early 1930s German singing froup that was forced to disband because three of its members were Jewish. The banning of the group, which enjoyed a level of success on par to the Beatles popularity during the 1960s, was part of the Nazi’s attempt to erase all traces of Jewish life and culture from Germany – an early aspect of the Holocaust. Rated-R. One hour, 54 minutes.
A private detective, Jake Gittes, hired to investigate an adultery case, stumbles on the plot of a murder involving incest and the privatization of water.If he doesn’t drop the case at once he faces legal action, but he pursues it anyway, slowly uncovering a vast conspiracy. Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert Knoll. Two hours, 11 minutes. Rated R. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The Past is a 2013 French-Italian-Iranian drama directed by Asghar Farhadi. It was nominated for the Palmi d’Or award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Coming back to finalize his divorce procedure, Ahmad, an Iranian man, arrives in France after four years to meet his (soon-to-be) ex-wife Marie and her daughters from her previous marriage. She is in a relationship with an Arab man named Samir who has a son and whose wife is in a coma. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Watch the hit new movie based on the bestselling teen novel and be sure to bring tissues! Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Rated PG-13. Two hours, 6 minutes.
Six months after his best friend has unaccountably disappeared and nobody official has been able to find him, John Klute, a small town cop, sets out for New York City. He questions Bree Daniels, a call girl to whom the missing man has allegedly written obscene letters and who holds the only possible clues to his disappearance. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Films and discussion hosted by Dr. Robert knoll. One hour, 54 minutes. Rated R. ** Recommended for adults only.
Enjoy everything to do with Anime and Manga! watch anime, read manga, discuss and do crafts!
Wadjda is not only the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, it is the first feature length film made by a female Saudi director, Haifaa al-Moansaur. An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Arabic (Saudi Arabia) Rated PG. One hour, 38 minutes.
This Italian film melds narrative and documentary in a powerful drama-within-a-drama. Caesar Must Die follows the inmates in Rebibbia Prison in Italy as they audition and rehearse for the artistic challenge of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. One hour, 16 minutes.
Join a brilliant young inventor named Lewis as he sets off on a time-traveling journey to find the family he never knew. The wonderfully wacky Robinson family helps him learn to keep moving forward and never stop believing in himself. Rated PG. One hour, 35 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Lucas is a Kindergarten teacher who takes great care of his students. Unfortunately for him, young Klara has a run-away imagination and concocts a lie about her teacher. Before Lucas is even able to understand the consequences, he has become the outcast of the town. The hunt is on to prove his innocence before it’s taken from him for good. One hour, 55 minutes. Danish. Rated R.
Set in 1980, the German film centers on a doctor (Nina Hoss) exiled to a small town from East Berlin as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany). Planning to flee, Barbara remains icy and withdrawn around her colleagues. Masterfully controlled and totally absorbing, this Cold War thriller expertly details the costs of telling and withholding the truth. German. Rated PG-13. One hour, 45 minutes.
Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (who also co-wrote the screenplay), the British film tells the story of Philomena Lee (Dench), an Irish woman seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption and the world-weary journalist that picks up her story. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son’s fate. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 39 minutes.
Emmet, an ordinary, rule-following, average LEGO mini-figure is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and key to saving the world. Suddenly, Emmet is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey he is hopelessly and hilariously unprepared!
Rated G. One hour, 40 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
This heartwarming story of love and celebration of life from Argentina, tells the story of Rafeal’s world and the unexpected events that happen to make him re-evaluate everything that happened before. With the help of a childhood friend, he is able to restructure his past and appreciate the little details! Spanish Rated-R. one hour, 39 minutes.
A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. Animated action adventure with the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, and Stephen Colbert. Rated PG. 94 minutes.
The Sundance Kid (Redford) is the frontier’s fastest gun. His sidekick, Butch Cassidy (Newman), is always dreaming up new ways to get rich fast. Times are changing in the west and life is getting tougher, so Butch and Sundance pack their guns and head down to Bolivia. Never mind that they don’t speak Spanish – they’ll manage. A winner of four Academy Awards, here is a thoroughly enjoyable blend of fact and fancy done with true affection for a bygone era and featuring the two flashiest, friendliest, funniest outlaws who ever called out “handsup!” Directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Films are selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Jill Stein is a psychotherapist and mother of two children living in Princeton, New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Seattle Review, West Branch, MacGuffin, Pearl, US1 Worksheets, Poets On, Nebraska Review, Rattle and Soujourner among others. She has received three NJ State Council on the Arts Grants for poetry. Steeplechase and her previous chapbook, Cautionary Tales, were published by Finishing Line Press. Ms. Stein is currently on the editorial staff of US 1 Worksheets. For the past ten years, she has experienced increasing mobility problems due to multiple sclerosis and has been incorporating this into her work.
Nancy Scott is the managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative in New Jersey. She is also the author of six
collections of poetry: Down to the Quick; One Stands Guard, One Sleeps; A Siege of Raptors; Detours & Diversions; On Location (ekphrastic poems);and her most recent, Midwestern Memories.
This film from Israel is about 18 year old Shira. Her dreams are about to come true with her engagement to the love of her life. Unexpectedly, Esther, her sister dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain that overwhelms the family postpones Shira’s promised match. When Shira’s mother finds out that her daughter’s widower may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira must choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty. Directed by Rama Burshtein, starring Hadas Yaron and Yiftach Klein. Hebrew. One hour, 30 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max’s accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? “Springtime for Hitler.”Directed by Mel Brooks, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Films are selected and introduced by Dr. Robert Knoll.One hour, 51 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), her sprightly sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Rated PG.
One hour, 48 minutes