04/10/16 3:00pm
Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd in the 1972 film "The Heartbreak Kid."

Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd in the 1972 film “The Heartbreak Kid.”

An Elaine May movie is a treasure in no small part because she has made so few. Among them is the 1972 film “The Heartbreak Kid,” a family affair with Elaine May directing her daughter, Jeannie Berlin. The film’s script, by Neil Simon, is based on a short story by Bruce Jay Friedman who is best known for his 1960s offbeat and Off Off Broadway plays. (more…)

03/20/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

The lavishly atmospheric great sea adventure “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” will kick off the spring season of Movies at the Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.

Based on the wonderful Patrick O’Brian novels and directed by Peter Weir, who also co-authored the screenplay with John Collee, the film stars Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany as Dr. Stephen Maturin. This story pits the HMS Surprise against a dangerous enemy during the Napoleonic era. (more…)

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01/15/16 12:00pm
‘Tea with Mussolini’ will be shown on January 19 as part of Movies at the Library.

‘Tea with Mussolini’ will be shown on January 19 as part of Movies at the Library.

It is a rare film that not only deserves repeated viewing but demands it. Such a film, “Tea with Mussolini,” is next at Movies at the Library, Tuesday January 19 at 7 p.m.

A 1999 Italian-British production written by John Mortimer and Franco Zeffirelli and directed by Zeffirelli, it is based on the latter’s own experiences as a youth in 1930s Florence. His mother has died and his father has all but abandoned him, leaving him in the nominal care of a group of ex-pats, British and American. (more…)

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12/27/15 3:00pm
Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers star in ‘The Major and the Minor,’ playing at the library Tuesday, January 5 at 7 p.m.

Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers star in ‘The Major and the Minor,” playing at the library Tuesday, January 5 at 7 p.m.

Movies at the Library will return on Tuesday, January 5 at 7 p.m. with a memorable comedy of the 1940s.

It is “The Major and the Minor,” from the duo of Billy Wilder directing (his first) and Charles Brackett as co-author, suggested by the odd combination of an Edward Childs Carpenter play and a Saturday Evening Post story by Fannie Kilbourne. (more…)

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11/20/15 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Annette Bening stars in ‘Being Julia,’ playing Tuesday, November 24 at the library.

COURTESY PHOTO | Annette Bening stars in ‘Being Julia,’ playing Tuesday, November 24 at the library.

The Tuesday, November 24 showing in the Movies at the Library series is a champagne float kind of film. “Being Julia” was made in 2004 and is based on W. Somerset Maugham’s 1937 novel, “Theatre.” It stars Annette Bening in one of her most beguiling parts.

The New York Times said, “‘Being Julia’ may not make much psychological or dramatic sense, but Ms. Bening pretending to be Julia (who is always pretending to be herself) is sensational.” (more…)