The space age, imagined and real, is the setting for several of the movies being shown this month at Southbury Public Library on three 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.
First of the Wednesday series, on June 12th, is the highly imaginative 1968 fantasy starring Charlton Heston as the surviving astronaut of a crash-landing on a planet in the distant future where intelligent apes are the dominant species and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall play two of the dominators.
It’s back to earth on June 19th with a remake of a popular French film, a comedy-drama based on a true story. When an unemployed former convict (Kevin Hart) is hired to care for a man with quadriplegia (Bryan Cranston), their relationship undergoes numerous twists and turns as they both begin to enjoy life again. Nicole Kidman is among the cast.
Winding up the Wednesday series on June 26th is a documentary about the Apollo mission to the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. This film, which takes us through the preparations, the landing and the return, has been hailed for its clarity in describing technical aspects as well as its exciting action.
The first Thursday film, on June 13th, is also based on a true story. It’s a biography of an American journalist, Marie Colvin, who was looking to find the truth in some of the world’s worse conflicts and was wounded while covering one in Sri Lanka in 2001. Although that experience left her with post-traumatic stress syndrome and wearing an eye patch, she embarked on a mission to show the true cost of war and was killed in Homs, Syria, in 2012. Rosamund Pike portrays the indomitable woman.
Winding up the month on June 27th is the 1979 science-fiction film that has spawned innumerable sequels. After a space-traveling merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, it lands on the source moon and finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, which they soon realize is only part of its life cycle. Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and John Hurt star as the space travelers.
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/.