Wednesday Movie Matinees

(All movies begin at 1:30 p.m.)

            We begin this month’s movies on February 7 with Victoria and Abdul, the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.  “When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.  As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

                 On February 14 we will show The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.

            The Glass Castle, to be shown on February 21, tells the story of the Walls family and their nomadic life away from mainstream society. Poverty stricken, the Walls family avoid city living, opting for the simple life in abandoned homes and unpopulated areas. While Rex (Woody Harrelson) tries to get his family to take to the alternative lifestyle, he must deal with the challenges they face, as well as the fact that not everyone in the family is happy with their situation — particularly his daughter Jeannette (Brie Larson), who is set on city living. The movie is based on true events and on the memoir of the same name by Jeannette Walls.  Woody Harrelson has received high praise for his performance.

            Abundant Acreage Available will be presented on February 28. One night soon after siblings Jesse (Terry Kinney) and Tracy (Amy Ryan) bury their father’s remains on their North Carolina tobacco farm, Tracy finds three old men camped out on the edges of their property. After 50 years away, these brothers have returned to see about buying back the land their family farmed for generations.

            Looking ahead to March 7, the library will present a movie that hits closer to home.  Stronger is the story of Jeff Bauman, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Inspired by the true story of the Boston Bombing, Bauman, a working-class Bostonian, was at the 2013 marathon when the bomb blast occurred, and he tragically lost both of his legs.  After regaining consciousness, Jeff was able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle had just begun.  His deeply personal journey tests a family’s bond and defines a community’s pride as he overcomes adversity to become the living embodiment of “Boston Strong.”

            The movie is rated R for violence, language, and depictions of extreme trauma.