Winter's Bone (R)
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6:00pm
The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley. With two young brothers depending on her and a mother who's entered a kind of second childhood, sixteen-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. She has grown up in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks and learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But along the way to a shocking revelation, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
First published in 1999, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the aching, confusing, and glorious experience of being a teenager—all through the eyes, ears, and letters of the book's narrator, Charlie. We don't know where Charlie lives and we don't know to whom he is writing. But Charlie's haunting letters, addressed only to "Dear Friend," bring readers straight to the heart of his struggles to fit in, to find the will to "participate" in life, and to cope with the realities of the larger world as he learns how to grow up.
The film version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower was directed by the author of the book: Stephen Chbosky. Filmed in and around Pittsburgh, the film was released on September 8, 2012 and earned positive reviews. The film stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller.
The Monuments Men (PG-13)
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.
Sarah's Key (PG-13)
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode. In July of 1942, Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Here's an unconventional French Holocaust drama, a film that plays as a guilty remembrance of a dark corner of French history tucked into a ticking clock thriller.
Sarah's Key stars Kristin Scott Thomas as Julia, a modern day American journalist investigating the mass deportation of Jews from the Marais neighborhood of Paris in 1942. Some 13,000 French men, women and children were rounded up over two days and stuffed into the Velodrome d'Hiver, an indoor bicycle race track, kept there under cruel and inhumane conditions, and then shipped off to concentration camps. And the entire shameful event was orchestrated and carried out by the French themselves.
Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner, working from Tatiana de Rosnay's novel, balances Julia's morbid curiosity in the present with the terror of those events as they happened in the past. As Sarah's Key progresses, we, like Julia, feel the urgency of "back then" forcing its way into our present day. This is a mystery, a nervous thriller and a poignant remembrance, a movie driven by its vivid, life-or-death story and the characters who live it, and makes Sarah's Key that rare Holocaust tale that punches through the cobwebs of history and its dry, inhuman statistics, and brings that terrible past to life.
If the movie is not suitable for younger children, activities will be available for them at the library.