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Join us on Wednesday, July 15 @ 1 p.m

This month’s Midweek Movie is an epic fantasy adventure film, based on a well-known novel, featuring dwarves, a dragon, and the pursuit of a royal jewel. View the trailer here.

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Join us on Saturday, July 18 @ 1 p.m.

Film Club’s selection this month is a comedy about a Russian submarine that runs aground off the coast of a small New England island, and the comic chaos that ensues. View the trailer here.

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Summer Movie Must-Sees!

It's summer movie blockbuster season, and there are many upcoming theatrical releases to anticipate! The New York Times culled a list from the many offerings available, from drama to documentary, and called the following films "standouts of the season." Head to your local theater, grab some popcorn and a cold drink, and watch these stories unfold on the big screen:

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The Oscars: Best Foreign Language Film

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Few Academy Award categories prove quite as mystifying as the Best Foreign Language Film award, where often-obscure films become catapulted to sudden fame and worldwide exposure. Officially introduced as an award category at the 29th Academy Awards ceremony in 1957, where Italy's La Strada captured the crown, the years since have seen countries with burgeoning film industries receive a boost from the Oscar acclaim. Treat yourself to a viewing of an Academy award-winning foreign film from the library's DVD collection:

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"You're gonna need a bigger boat..."

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When beaches open this summer, you will be taken by Jaws.

Forty years ago this June, Steven Spielberg's  film, Jaws, terrorized audiences and changed ocean swimming forever. Filmed on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard, Jaws featured state-of-the-art special effects employing a large, mechanical shark. Because the fake shark was prone to problems, John Williams' musical score merely suggested the great white's menacing presence for many of the underwater scenes, adding to the audience's sense of terror. And Spielberg's camera work, from the perspective of the attacking shark, offered viewers a glimpse of the ocean through the great beast's eyes.

When released, more than 67 million Americans headed to theaters to view Jaws, helping the film become moviedom's first summer blockbuster. Take a look at this classic thriller and the sequels it helped spawn, available from the Library on DVD:

 

 

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Featured Actor: Jennifer Coolidge

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Comedic actress Jennifer Coolidge has a "where have I seen her before?" kind of face, and has successfully carved a Hollywood niche for herself in memorable character roles on TV and in movies.

Born in Boston, Coolidge's original intent was a career as a singer, and she earned a bachelor's degree in theater at Emerson College. Her first TV role was a guest spot in an episode of Seinfeld, where she played a massage therapist who refused to work on Jerry, despite being his girlfriend.

After roles in some short-lived TV series, Coolidge made her movie debut as a nurse in Not of This Earth. Her breakout film role, however, was in American Pie, where she played Stifler's mom, who seduces his friend Finch.

Other memorable roles for Coolidge include Elle Woods' friend, Paulette, in the Legally Blonde films and parts in Christopher Guest's Best in Show and For Your Consideration.

Coolidge has evolved into a character actress willing to play unlikeable people, such as the wicked stepmother to Hilary Duff's Cinderella in 2004's A Cinderella Story. Most recently, Coolidge plays the eponymous girls' neighbor Sophie on the CBS sitcom, 2 Broke Girls.

Check out Jennifer Coolidge's acting chops in these DVDs owned by the library:

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