Stratford library hosts ‘Great Movies You Missed’
The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford, CT will present its 13th annual film festival of little-seen movies, “Great Movies You Missed” , beginning Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26, 2019. The program is a continuation of the library’s specialized film series which attracts over 1,000 patrons annually. The series is free and open to the public.
“Great Movies You Missed” will highlight five recent, critically acclaimed films that - for whatever reason - did not reach a wide audience during their general release. The festival also includes a recent 2018 Oscar nominee. The library series will feature guest film critic Tom Holehan from the Connecticut Critics Circle for commentary prior to the screenings. The complete schedule for “Great Movies You Missed” is:
April 22: “Leave No Trace” : Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini. Shown at noon. 110 minutes, Rated PG.
April 23: “Eighth Grade” : Thirteen-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher) endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school--the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school. Also starring Josh Hamilton. Shown at noon. 94 minutes, Rated R.
April 24: “The Wife” : After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. “The Wife” interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a wife clearly in the shadows. Close was nominated for her seventh Oscar for her luminous performance. Shown at 7 pm. 100 minutes, Rated R.
April 25: “Shoplifters” : After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. Shown at noon. 120 minutes, Rated R.
April 26: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” : From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville ( “20 Feet from Stardom” ), this critically acclaimed documentary takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. Shown at noon. 94 minutes, Rated PG:13.
All movies will be shown uncut and in widescreen format. The film festival, recommended for adult audiences, will be held in the library’s Lovell Room.
For further information, call the Stratford Library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at 203.385.4162 or check its updated website at: www.stratfordlibrary.org .