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Join us on Wednesday, May 18 @ 1 p.m

This month’s selection features two lifelong girlfriends whose relationship faces challenges as their lives diverge.  View the trailer here.

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Join us on Saturday, May 7 @ 1 p.m.

This month’s film, based on a Dickens novel, takes place during the French Revolution and features two look-alike men whose fates become intertwined when they fall in love with the same woman. View the trailer here.

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Featured Actor: Buster Keaton

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Buster Keaton's show-business career began in 1899 at the tender age of three, when he toured on the vaudeville circuit with his parents in an act called The Three Keatons. Originally named Joseph, after his father, a young Keaton became known as "Buster" after he took a tumble down a flight of stairs and emerged from the fall unscathed. No less than Harry Houdini, who toured with the Keatons, christened the child with his new nickname, and it stuck.

The Three Keatons act revolved around the disciplining of a misbehaving child, played by Buster. Theirs was a very physical vaudeville show, with Buster participating in more daring and dangerous stunts, often involving his young self being tossed all over the stage and even into the audience. Throughout the entire act, Buster remained stone-faced, which became his acting trademark.

By the time he was 21, Buster Keaton's father was a chronic alcoholic, and the family's stage stunts became too dangerous to perform. The younger Keaton decided to try his hand at the film industry. He made his film debut, alongside Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, in The Butcher Boy in 1917. Keaton went on to star in 15 two-reeler films with Arbuckle.

After serving in France during World War I,  Keaton starred in 1920's The Saphead,  a production that established his Hollywood stardom. By 1921, Keaton had his own studio and produced one of his best films, The General, in 1926. Orson Welles once stated that The General is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made." This was one of the last films over which Keaton exercised complete creative control.

An ill-conceived contract with MGM resulted in quashing Keaton's inventive approach to moviemaking. He managed to produce one film, The Cameraman, which retained some of his trademark innovation. Increasingly despondent over his loss of control and inability to follow his imaginative film impulses, Keaton began drinking heavily, hastening his professional and personal decline.

Keaton's increasingly erratic behavior, disregard for schedules, and chronic drinking led to a confrontation with MGM's studio head, Louis B. Mayer. The result was Keaton's termination. Ironically, his 1930s films were the most financially successful of his career. By 1933, fueled by failures in his personal and professional life, Keaton was in the grip of full-blown alcoholism.

Keaton spent several years seeking treatment for his drinking problem as he quietly faded into "B" movie roles and cinematic semi-obscurity. Occasionally, he would take a small part in a project, such as in The Good Old Summertime in 1949, a screen appearance that reinvigorated public interest in his earlier silent masterpieces. As a result, Keaton acted throughout the 1950s and 1960s in TV, film, and stage appearances.

Buster Keaton's last film role was in 1966's Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum, where he played the character of Erronius. The film premiered just months after Keaton had passed away from lung cancer.

Enjoy some of Buster Keaton's film performances in these DVDs in the Library's collection:

Read more: Featured Actor: Buster Keaton

The New Harry Potter Movie

fantastic beastsWith its release still several months away, excitement is already building for the latest film in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter oeuvre--Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.

Based on the book of the same name, the production includes big names such as Eddie Redmayne (starring as the main character, Newton Scamander), Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ron Perelman, and Samantha Morton.

Slated for a November 2016 release, the film represents part one of a trilogy designed to tell Newt's story. This first installment takes place in New York City of the 1920s, and follows his adventures as a renowned Majizoologist. Complications ensue when his magically-expanding suitcase inadvertently releases a number of magical creatures into the city's environs.

There are likely to be more exciting developments in the coming months as post-production work on the film wraps up. Until then, here's the trailer.

March & April Theatrical Movie Releases

 

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Spring is just around the corner, and it's a great time to enjoy a film on the big screen of your local theater!
Here's a selection of movies to watch this March & April:

 March & April Movie Highlights

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Mar. 4) starring Tina Fey 

10 Cloverfield Lane (Mar. 11) starring John Goodman and Bradley Cooper

The Brothers Grimsby (Mar. 11) starring Sacha Baron Cohen

Eye in the Sky (Mar. 11) starring Helen Mirren

The Young Messiah (Mar. 11) 

The Disappointments Room (Mar. 25) starring Kate Beckinsale

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (Mar. 18) starring Shailene Woodley and Naomi Watts

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Mar. 25) starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett

Collide (Apr. 1) starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones

Before I Wake (Apr. 8) starring Jacob Tremblay and Kate Bosworth

The Boss (Apr. 8) starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell

Hardcore Henry (Apr. 8) starring Tim Roth and Haley Bennett

Barbershop: The Next Cut (Apr.8) starring Ice Cube and Common

Criminal (Apr. 8) starring Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds

Everybody Wants Some (Apr. 8) 

The Jungle Book (Apr. 15) featuring the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Idris Alba, Lupita Nyong'o, Ben Kingsley and others

Born in China (Apr. 22)

Compadres (Apr. 22) starring Eric Roberts and Kevin Pollak

The Huntsman: Winter's War (Apr. 22) starring Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron

Green Room starring Patrick Stewart (Apr. 29)

Keanu (Apr. 29) starring Will Forte, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele

Mother's Day (Apr. 29) starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Julia Roberts

Ratchet & Clank (Apr. 29) 

Same Kind of Different As Me (Apr. 29) starring Renée Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou

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