Movies are being shown this month at Southbury Public Library on four Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 PM and two Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM. They are offered free to the public and do not require registration.
On Wednesday, May 8th, it’s the 1969 film version of a musical comedy that in 50 years has not grown old. Barbara Streisand and Walter Matthau star as the matchmaker Dolly Levi and the, very rich Horace Vandergelder. Determined to find a partner for him, she travels from New York to Yonkers and then back, convincing his niece, his niece’s intended and his two clerks to go along.
On May 15th four British acting greats, Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith, let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century as they discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theater.
The star of the heart-warming May 22nd film is a dog, Bella, a stray pit bull puppy who is saved from the streets by a young man. When he is forced to hand her over to an out-of-state relative to further save her from the authorities, Bella succeeds in travelling more than 400 miles to be reunited with her owner.
Remember Laurel and Hardy? The May 29th film brings them back with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly portraying what had been the world’s most famous comedy duo. In an attempt to reignite their film careers, they embark on a grueling theater tour of post-war Britain that becomes their swan song.
The first Thursday evening film, on May 9th, is a comedy-drama covering the career of Dick Cheney, from an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider to George W. Bush’s Vice President, who wielded immense power and reshaped the country in ways we still feel today. Christian Bale plays Cheney and Amy Adams his more-than-supportive wife; Sam Rockwell presents a remarkable likeness of Bush and Steve Carell gives a startling picture of defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. This movie, which is rated R (for ages 17 and up only unless accompanied by a parent or guardian), as well as Bale, Adams and Rockwell, were all among last year’s Oscar nominees.
The May 23rd film is the second in the series written and produced by J.K. Rowling that is a prequel to the Harry Potter stories. The evil wizard Grindelwald has escaped from prison; Dumbledore is the only one powerful enough to stop him, but he needs the help of his friend Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne).
All the films have closed captioning. Because of licensing and copyright agreements, the Library cannot list the titles. For further information call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 or visit the website at https://southburylibrary.org/adult-services/wednesday-movies/ or https://southburylibrary.org/adult-services/programs/.