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May 01, 2017

Friday Night Films: May


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.


weather is cold, snowy, or inclement, check for cancellation by calling the library at 508-881-0134 extension 7500 or checking the library website http://ashlandmass.com/184/Ashland-Public-Library. The cancelled film will play at later date.

*Rotten Tomatoes scores: critics'/audience's ratings


DateTitle / Description
May 5
A Late Quartet  1 hour 46 minutes

Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir play members of a world-renowned string quartet that learn that their beloved cellist may soon be forced to retire from the group after 25 years together. The news stirs up painful challenges when competing egos, harbored resentment, and irrepressible lust threaten to derail the group as they struggle to maintain harmony in their music and lives.

New York Post: Really superb.
Variety: Outstanding performances.
Rolling Stone: A smashing gem of a movie.
May 12
It Might Get Loud  1 hour 38 minutes

Unlike any other rock and roll documentary, here are three legendary guitaristsThe Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs)on an empty stage creating unparalleled music. In the process of jamming together they bring their own perspectives about craft, inspiration, and their unique backgrounds that created their own musical rebellion and revelatory sounds.

Rolling Stone: Electrifying.
The New York Times: Stirring...a fascinating journey. The mystique of the electrical guitar....
Entertainment Weekly: Marvelous! Wistful, tasty, and jam-kicking!
May 19
Hidden Figures  2 hours 7 minutes

The incredible unknown story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA who were the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial lines and inspired generations. With Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae.

Three Academy Award nominations.

Deadline: Uplifting in every way...one of the year's most inspiring stories.
May 26Queen of Katwe 2 hours 4 minutes

Based on a true story, a Ugandan girl's life changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for chess. A celebration of the human spirit.

Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), starring Lupita Nyong'o (Academy Award for Best Acting) and David Oyelowo (Martin Luther King in Selma). Also Madina Nalwanga.

Rolling Stone: Inspirational!
Fox TV: Stand up and cheer.




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