Monday, May 30, 2011

FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series 6/6 6/13 6/20 6/27 7/11 7/18 7/25 8/1 8/8 8/15 8/22 8/29

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

JUNE 6—TRON:LEGACY (2010) - Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. Starring Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde. (PG, 125 min.)

JUNE 13—TRUE GRIT (2010) – Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges). Together along with the Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), the unlikely trio find danger and surprises along the way, where each will have his or her "grit" tested. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. (PG-13, 110 min.)

JUNE 20—THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (2010) - Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. Based on the classic book by C.S. Lewis, this is terrific adventure for the whole family. (PG, 113 min.)

JUNE 27—GNOMEO AND JULIET (2011) - Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet fall in love but have as many obstacles to overcome as their Shakespearean namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? Eye-popping animation highlights this modern re-telling of a timeless classic. Featuring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt. (G, 84 min.)


JULY 11, 18, 25 AND AUGUST 1

This past spring, film lovers everywhere lost two cinematic giants, actress Elizabeth Taylor and director Sidney Lumet. Join us for a four-week retrospective as we screen two of the most famous films from each of these artists, classics that have stood the test of time as testaments to their talents.

JULY 11—CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) – Elizabeth Taylor is at her most radiantly beautiful in this adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. Paul Newman co-stars along with Burl Ives as “Big Daddy” in this story of family jealousy and “mendacity.” Directed by Richard Brooks. (Not Rated, 108 min.)

JULY 18—WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966) – Elizabeth Taylor stars with her husband, the great Richard Burton, as George and Martha in this harrowing tale of a marriage on the edge of madness. The film won five Academy Awards, including Taylor’s second for Best Actress. Directed by Mike Nichols. (Not Rated, 131 min.)

JULY 25—12 ANGRY MEN (1957) - Sidney Lumet made his feature film directorial debut with this riveting courtroom classic about a lone juror (Henry Fonda) standing alone as the only not-guilty vote against eleven others seeking to convict a son of murdering his father. (Not rated, 96 min.)

AUGUST 1—DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975) - Al Pacino stars as Sonny, a dim-witted bank robber trying to pull off a heist in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year. When the robbery turns into a hostage situation and media circus, there’s no telling what the outcome will be. Also starring John Cazale and Charles Durning. (R, 125 min.)

AUGUST 8, 15 AND 22

Join us in recognizing three films that celebrate their golden anniversary this year! From talking Dalmatians and Cruella De Vil to Paul Newman and pool to Elvis on the beaches of Hawaii, these films have charmed and moved us for decades, and will continue to do so for future generations.

AUGUST 8—101 DALMATIANS (1961) - Walt Disney’s original animated tale of the theft and rescue of Dalmatian puppies by the villainous Cruella De Vil. Memorable canine characters and thrilling chases highlight this enduring family classic. (G, 79 min.)

AUGUST 15—THE HUSTLER (1961) - Paul Newman, in one of his greatest performances, stars as “Fast” Eddie Felson, a young, talented but self-destructive pool hustler looking to beat the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). When he teams up with a conniving manager (George C. Scott), Felson must decide whether making it to the top is worth the price of his soul. Also starring Piper Laurie. Directed by Robert Rossen. (Not Rated, 134 min.)

AUGUST 22—BLUE HAWAII (1961) - Elvis Presley stars as Chad, fresh out of the Army and back home in Hawaii where his family expects him to run the family business. Elvis, however, has other ideas, including singing, surfing and romancing the ladies. Songs include the title tune and the lovely “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” (Not Rated, 102 min.)

AUGUST 29—BATTLE: LOS ANGELES (2011) - A Marine Staff Sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders. Non-stop action and suspense make this an intense thrill ride from start to finish. Starring Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez. (PG-13, 116 min.)


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