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How to become a Reel Reader

Still Alice (PG-13)
by Lisa Genova
Monday August 31, 2015 at 6:00pm

In Lisa Genova's novel, an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember. The motion picture stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart. At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (R)
by Ken Kesey
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6:00pm

An international bestseller upon its 1962 publication, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s. A product of Kesey's time as an orderly in a mental health facility, the scathing and wickedly subversive novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Nurse Ratched. McMurphy swaggers into the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down, starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Nurse Ratched and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results.

The 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest stars Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and Will Sampson. Notably, the film was the second in history to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor in a Lead Role, Actress in a Lead Role, Director, and Screenplay). Kesey participated in the early stages of the film's script development, but withdrew following creative differences over casting and narrative point of view. Directed by Miloš Forman, in 1993 the film was honored as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry.

Gone Girl (R)
by Gillian Flynn
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:00pm

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dune's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

The Theory of Everything (PG-13)
Based on the book " Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen" by Jane Hawking
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 6:00pm

This is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of –Time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. This film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking and directed by academy winner James Marsh.

How to become a Reel Reader

  1. Read the book, if you have time. Each month, prior to the movie showing, copies of the selected title will be available in the library's rotunda.
  2. Join us for the movie even if you haven't read the book. Bring your own carry-out dinner to enjoy while you watch the movie.
  3. Talk about the book and film. Following the movie, you are invited to participate in a guided discussion.
  4. You might win fabulous prizes when you attend Reel Reader events!


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