July 26, 2017

Friday Night Films: August

August 4 Sense of An Ending 1 hour 48 minutes


A man leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love, and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. Based on Julian Barnes' novel, it weaves mystery and suspense into a gripping and captivating movie experience.

Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery.

Vanity Fair: “An outstanding performance from Jim Broadbent.”


August 11 The Last Word 1 hour 48 minutes


A once-successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life reflects upon her accomplishments and is suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn't meet her high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with the writer dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a bond which alters one woman's legacy and the other's future.

Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried.

Elle: “Shirley MacLaine has returned to light up the screen.”


August 18 The Talk of the Town (1942) 1 hour 58 minutes


When an accused man escapes jail, he hides out in the home of his friend Nora. Posing as a gardener, he wants to convince her summer tenant, a Supreme Court candidate, that he was framed. The three of them dodge the cops, try to snag the real crooks, and discover along the way that both men have fallen for Nora. Now what?

Academy Award winner Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Academy Award winner Ronald Colman. Produced and directed by George Stevens, Screenplay by Irwin Shaw and Sidney Buchman.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.


August 25 Chicken People 1 hour 23 minutes


Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. This documentary takes a charming and fascinating look at the colorful—and hugely competitive—world of champion show chicken breeders. Like the comedy Best in Show (about dogs), this film follows the breeders and chickens as they prepare to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens.

Directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes.

New York Times: “...a fun and at times astonishing film.”

Los Angeles Times: “Poignant and illuminating.”


July 25, 2017

Friday Night Films: July / August

The Friday Night Films Series has shown 170 films from 18 countries such as the USA, Mongolia, France, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden. The Friends of the Ashland Public Library pay for the Public Viewing License, and film goers' optional donations provide the funds for the movies, which then become part of the library's collection. Most films are shown closed captioned.
Films begin at 7:00pm in the Community Room on the lower level of the library.


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July 28 Italian for Beginners (Danish/Italian) 1 hour 37 minutes

Seven strangers sign up for a class in Italian to perk up their mundane lives and then get the idea to go as group to Venice. A charming romantic comedy, unique characters. Third showing in ten years.

“Fun & filled with warm humor,” Roger Ebert.
“Sweetly sexy, funny, and touching!” Rolling Stone.”
Los Angeles Times“Charming,”
“Seductive!” Newsday.
“Delightful!” People.

August 4 Sense of An Ending 1 hour 48 minutes


A man leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love, and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. Based on Julian Barnes' novel, it weaves mystery and suspense into a gripping and captivating movie experience.

Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery.

Vanity Fair: “An outstanding performance from Jim Broadbent.”


August 11 The Last Word 1 hour 48 minutes


A once-successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life reflects upon her accomplishments and is suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn't meet her high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with the writer dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a bond which alters one woman's legacy and the other's future.

Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried.

Elle: “Shirley MacLaine has returned to light up the screen.”


August 18 The Talk of the Town (1942) 1 hour 58 minutes


When an accused man escapes jail, he hides out in the home of his friend Nora. Posing as a gardener, he wants to convince her summer tenant, a Supreme Court candidate, that he was framed. The three of them dodge the cops, try to snag the real crooks, and discover along the way that both men have fallen for Nora. Now what?

Academy Award winner Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Academy Award winner Ronald Colman. Produced and directed by George Stevens, Screenplay by Irwin Shaw and Sidney Buchman.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.


August 25 Chicken People 1 hour 23 minutes


Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. This documentary takes a charming and fascinating look at the colorful—and hugely competitive—world of champion show chicken breeders. Like the comedy Best in Show (about dogs), this film follows the breeders and chickens as they prepare to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens.

Directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes.

New York Times: “...a fun and at times astonishing film.”

Los Angeles Times: “Poignant and illuminating.”