Exploration of space, both real and fictionalized, continues this summer’s theme in several of the movies being shown at Southbury Public Library this month on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm and Thursdays at 6:00 pm. These are offered free to the public and do not require registration. All have closed captioning available.
Blasting off on Wednesday July 10th is the 1995 film dramatizing the 1970 attempt to land men on the moon. The mission was aborted when an explosion in the spacecraft put the three astronauts in danger and NASA had to devise a strategy to return them safely to Earth. Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon star as the resourceful crew -- Hanks’ laconic “Houston, we have a problem” becoming part of the American vernacular.
In the suspense drama showing on July 17th, a 16-year old girl disappears, and when the police don’t seem to be of much help in finding her, her desperate father (John Cho) breaks into her laptop to search for clues, aided by a detective (Debra Messing).
The vital role played by a team of female African-American mathematicians in the early years of the U.S. space program is shown in the July 24th film. Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Mon?e portray some of the supremely confident and competent women who well earned their male colleagues’ appreciation.
Romance is inescapable in the July 31st film. A young woman architect (Rebel Wilson) who has become disenchanted with love and hates romantic movies, finds herself, after an accident, stuck in a romantic comedy and has to figure out how get back to her real life.
The first Thursday evening film, on July 11th, is a drama concerning the struggle over the future of the British monarchy between Mary Stuart, who returns to Scotland to become that country’s Queen, and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie play the dueling monarchs. This film is rated R (for ages 17 and up only unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).
In the science fiction 1998 film on July 25th an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month. Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck appear as part of a misfit team recruited by NASA to save the planet.
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/