Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FREE Dearborn Main Library Blockbusters Film Series - March April May 2014

Blockbusters Free Film Series

HFCL Auditorium
16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
(313) 943-2330
Monday Evenings
7:00 p.m.

MARCH 3—BLUE JASMINE (2013) - After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger's modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Acclaimed drama written and directed by Woody Allen. Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Actress (Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress and Original Screenplay. (Rated PG-13, 98 min.)

MARCH 10—GRAVITY (2013) - Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission along with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone with seemingly few options for survival. Staggering visual effects highlight a story of physical and emotional endurance. Nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture and Actress (Bullock). (Rated PG-13, 91 min.)

MARCH 17—LAST VEGAS (2013) - Billy, Paddy, Archie, and Sam have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. Heartwarming fun with a dream cast of Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. (Rated PG-13, 105 min.)

MARCH 24—NEVER CRY WOLF (1983) - PART OF THE BIG READ 2014 - Come revisit this Disney classic screened as part of The Big Read Dearborn! The film dramatizes the true story of Farley Mowat, a government researcher sent to the Canadian tundra area to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was allegedly doing to the caribou herds. Struggling to survive in a difficult environment, he studies the wolves and realizes that the old beliefs about wolves and their supposed threat are almost totally false. (Rated PG, 105 min.)

MARCH 31—CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013) - In 2009, Somali pirates hijack a U.S. shipping freighter commanded by Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks). When Phillips is taken hostage, authorities scramble for a peaceful resolution. When the ensuing standoff escalates, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both Phillips and his captors will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. (Rated PG-13, 134 min.)

APRIL 7—BALTO (1995) - PART OF THE BIG READ 2014 - A half-wolf, half-husky named Balto gets a chance to become a hero when an outbreak of diphtheria threatens the children of Nome, Alaska in the winter of 1925. With few options available, he leads a dog team on a 600-mile trip across the Alaskan wilderness to deliver medical supplies. The film, an underrated animated classic, is based on a true story which inspired the Iditarod dog sled race. (Rated G, 78 min.)

APRIL 14—FROZEN (2013) - Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister, Princess Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Spectacular songs and animated visuals highlight this winning Disney family film. (Rated PG, 102 min.)

APRIL 21—WHITE FANG (1991) - PART OF THE BIG READ 2014 - Based on the Jack London novel, this Disney production tells the story of Jack Conroy (Ethan Hawke) and his relationship with a half-dog, half-wolf named White Fang. Gorgeous Alaskan locations, spectacular animals and brisk adventure highlight this telling of the classic tale. (Rated PG, 107 min.)

APRIL 28—THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013) - In this thrilling sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark have barely returned home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games when they are whisked away once again by the Capitol. Forced to leave her family and best friend Gale, Katniss is dispatched on a victory tour of Panem with Peeta, where rebellion is seething in all 12 districts. The Capitol is enraged and ready to strike President Snow prepares the most diabolical edition of the Hunger Games yet! (Rated PG-13, 146 min.)

MAY 5—AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013) - Set against the backdrop of political scandal in the 1970s and ‘80s, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive partner Sydney (Amy Adams) is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who pushes them into a world of New Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. As Irving tries to plot a way out, it is his unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) who could be the one to bring it all crashing down. Nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture. (Rated R, 138 min.)

MAY 12—THE CALL OF THE WILD (1935) - PART OF THE BIG READ 2014 - Clark Gable stars as Jack Thornton in this adaptation of the classic Jack London book celebrated in this year’s Big Read Dearborn program. A discussion will follow the film. (Not Rated, 89 min.)

MAY 19—APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) - SPECIAL 35TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION—Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1979, Francis Ford Coppola’s classic meditation on war and madness has stood the test of the time as one of cinema’s great achievements. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is given the mission of traveling upriver through the Vietnam War to track down a renegade colonel (Marlon Brando). Also starring Robert Duvall as the unforgettable Lt. Col. Kilgore, who loves the smell of napalm in the morning. (Rated R, 153 min. original cut)



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