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Friday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino was quietly rolled out at Christmas 2008, whereupon it proceeded to blow away all the Oscar-bait behemoths at the box office and win its 78-year-old star the best reviews of his acting career. Eastwood plays a disgruntled Korean War vet, Walt Kowalski, who sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino. Both film and performance are consummately sly--coming on with deceptive simplicity, only to evolve into something complex, powerful, and surprisingly tender. Just as Unforgiven was a tragic reflection on Eastwood's legacy in the Western genre, Gran Torino caps and eloquently critiques the urban heritage of Dirty Harry and his violent brethren. And on top of that, the movie becomes a savvy meditation on America in a particular historical moment, racially, economically, spiritually. Call it a "state of the union" message. But call it that with a wry grin. This is a remarkable movie.
Refreshments will be served. No reservations required. Rated: R
Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
In Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite for the first time since their careers exploded with Titanic--and it's almost as if they're playing the same characters, only married and faced with the hollowness of a 1950s suburban existence. Frank and April Wheeler always thought of themselves as special, but they settled in a conventional Connecticut suburb when they had children. The portrait of a mismatched marriage is vivid and devastating. Winslet and DiCaprio's natural chemistry tells us what drew these two together, making the way they tear each other apart all the more shocking.
Discussion to follow movie. Refreshments will be served. No registration necessary. Rated: R
Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Unpretentious and dramatically straightforward, Valkyrie is a suspenseful, yet ennobling story about the last attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, prior to the end of World War II.
Refreshments will be served. No registration required. Rated: PG-13.
The Library will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, May 26th.
Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Over 50% of adults make medication errors, either by taking the wrong dosage, mixing drugs that have poor interactions, or not following directions properly. You are invited to a presentation by Donna Jones, RN, of Midstate Medical Center to learn helpful hints about how to properly manage your medications, including a discussion of herbal medicines.
Free medication wallet cards will be distributed and light refreshments will be available. Please sign up for this program in person, online, or by calling (203)265-6754.
Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Everyone is welcome to meet author Tom Santopietro and enjoy his presentation of "Sinatra in Hollywood," focusing on the brilliant, fascinating, and occasionally inexplicable film career that earned Sinatra fame as one of the last legends from Hollywood's Golden Age. This program will include film clips and a book signing. Santopietro is author of two other celebrity books: "Considering Doris Day" and "The Importance of Being Barbra: The Brilliant, Tumultuous Career of Barbra Streisand."
Please reserve your seat in person, online, or by phone at (203)265-6754.