April 01, 2017

Friday Night Films: April

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.

If the weather is cold, snowy, or inclement, check for cancellation by calling the library at 508-881-0134 extension 7500 or checking the library website The cancelled film will play at later date.

DateTitle / Description
April 7
The Verdict (USA) 2 hours 9 minutes
(Mystery Authors Festival Weekend at the Library)

The Verdict is a repeat showing because it is perfect for this weekend—a great mystery that needs unraveling, and, like Spotlight, depicts a special kind of corruption in Boston. Charlotte Rampling will be a treat for viewers who saw her as a 70 year-old in 45 Years; in this 1982 film she is 36 years old in a very different role.

Newman plays an alcoholic lawyer, down and out, who takes on a medical malpractice case. Offered a settlement, he finds courage to refuse and seeks justice in court.

Screenplay David Mamet, Director Sidney Lumet Actors James Mason, Milo O'Shea, Jack Warden

Nominated for five Academy Awards. US magazine: “Stirring, impeccable cast.”
April 14
Dad's Army (England) 1 hour 40 minutes

It's 1944, the war is reaching its climax, and the inept Home Guard platoon is supposed to patrol the Dover army base but is distracted by a glamorous reporter and the search for a Nazi spy.

Critics compared the film unfavorably to the longtime favorite British TV series about WWII in an English village. Starring Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, and Bill Paterson.
April 21
Fences (USA) 2 hours 18 minutes PG-13

Denzel Washington directed this film adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star.

Set in 1950's Pittsburgh, a former Negro-league baseball player fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: “One of the best films of the year.”

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: “Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are triumphant.”
April 28Our Little Sister (Japan) 12 hours 7 minutes PG

Rescheduled from a winter cancellation. Three sisters live together in the city of Kamakura, Japan. When their father, who has been absent for the last 15 years, dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral, meet their orphaned, shy, teenage half-sister and invite her to live with them. A new life begins for all four. This is a warm depiction of the interaction among the four sisters.

Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year 2015.

The New York Times Critics' Pick

Winner Audience Award: San Sebastian Film Festival

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: “Irresistible. An intimate, warm embrace of a film that radiates joy and harmony.”

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