Saturday, March 5, 2011

FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series 3/7 3/14 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11 4/18 4/25 5/2 5/9 5/16 5/23

Dearborn Main Library 
Free Blockbuster Film Series
Monday Evenings
HFCL Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

MARCH 7—LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE (2010) READ OUR MOVIE REVIEW- Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's. Based on the series of books by Kathryn Lasky. Directed by Zack Snyder. (Rated PG, 97 min.)

MARCH 14—CITY LIGHTS (1931) – Join us in celebrating the 80th anniversary of this Charlie Chaplin classic, recently voted the #1 romantic comedy of all time by the American Film Institute. Chaplin’s Little Tramp falls in love with a blind flower girl and hilariously attempts to raise enough money for her operation, climaxing in one of the most memorable and moving final scenes in film history. Also starring Virginia Cherrill. (Not rated, 87 min.)

MARCH 21—RED (2010) READ OUR MOVIE REVIEW - Frank (Bruce Willis) is a retired ex-CIA special ops agent whose only excitement comes during his discussions with his government pension case worker Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). When Frank’s past forces him and an unwitting Sarah back into his old line of work, they team up with Frank’s former Agency co-workers to help unravel who is out to kill him and why. Featuring an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich. (PG-13, 111 min.)

MARCH 28—RESTREPO (2010) - Journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington spent a year with US forces in Afghanistan’s deadly Korengal Valley. The result is this riveting documentary, an intense and moving portrait of men and women at war and the circumstances they endure. Nominated for an Academy Award as the best documentary of 2010. (R, 93 min.)

APRIL 4—THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST (2009) – The final installment of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium trilogy features Lisbeth Salender (the incomparable Noomi Rapace) in prison and accused of murder while journalist Mikael Blomkvist struggles to clear her name, uncovering a massive conspiracy in the process. Directed by Daniel Alfredson. In Swedish with English subtitles. (R, 147 min.)

APRIL 11—TANGLED (2010) READ OUR MOVIE REVIEW– After receiving healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel, who seeks to keep her magical powers to herself by locking Rapunzel in a hidden tower. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel; she strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel outside of her tower and see the world for the very first time. Funny, thrilling and romantic animated fun for the entire family. (PG, 100 min.)

APRIL 18—INSIDE JOB (2010) – Documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson investigates the financial collapse of 2008 in this riveting, eye-opening documentary. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, this balanced film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted all aspects of politics, regulation, and academia. Nominated for an Academy Award as the best documentary of 2010. Narrated by Matt Damon. (PG-13, 120 min.)

APRIL 25—THE TOURIST (2010)  READ OUR MOVIE REVIEW - Angelina Jolie plays Elise, an international woman of mystery, somehow caught up with a glamorous thief who's double-crossed a dangerous gangster. On a train from Paris to Venice, Elise meets Frank (Johnny Depp), a schlumpy math teacher from Wisconsin on holiday. Before the train hits Venice, poor Frank has become entangled in a dangerous web that he can't begin to understand. Filled with exotic locations and non-stop twists and turns that will keep you guessing! (PG-13, 103 min.)

MAY 2— NEVER LET ME GO (2010) - Based on the acclaimed book by Kazuo Ishiguro, the story follows Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spending their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. Starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley. (R, 103 min.)

MAY 9—THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) - Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic police thriller! Gene Hackman stars as the iconic “Popeye” Doyle, hot on the trail of French drug smugglers in New York City. Featuring one of the greatest car chases ever filmed and an unforgettable ending, The French Connection won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Director and Best Actor for Hackman. Also starring Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey. Directed by William Friedkin. (R, 104 min.)

MAY 16—THE KING’S SPEECH (2010) - After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie, who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue. After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond as the king attempts to overcome his affliction. Starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. (R, 118 min.)

MAY 23—HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (2010) READ OUR MOVIE REVIEW - After a near-fatal ambush by Voldemort's Death Eaters, Harry, Ron and Hermione embark on a quest to find and destroy the remaining five horcruxes which store pieces of evil Lord Voldemort's soul. The first part of the final Harry Potter book will surely whet the appetite of Potter fans for the final installment. (PG-13, 146 min.)



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