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Join us on Wednesday, January 21 @ 1 p.m

This month’s Midweek Movie is an adventure film featuring a malevolent fairy who places a curse on a newborn princess. View the trailer here.

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Join us on Saturday, January 17 @ 1 p.m.

Film Club’s selection this month is a suspenseful drama about a woman spy, her lover’s betrayal, and a dashing American she longs to help. View the trailer here.

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Marvel 75th Anniversary

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Marvel Comics began back in 1939 as Timely Comics. The first comic book the burgeoning company published was called simply Marvel Comics and featured the exploits of the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner, among others. This first volume cost the princely sum of 10 cents. In 1941, Timely introduced one of the first patriotic heroes, Captain America, who emerged from the creative minds of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

Over the past 75 years, Marvel has evolved into a multimedia company with a library of over 8,000 characters. Many of these characters have been portrayed in film or TV adaptations, including most recently, Peter Quill and company from Guardians of the Galaxy, slated for DVD release in early December.

Celebrate this momentous anniversary by checking out some of the library's DVDs featuring Marvel characters!

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Featured Actor: Charles S. Dutton

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Best known for his supporting roles in films, actor/director Charles S. Dutton first entered the public consciousness as the star of the TV sitcom, Roc, where he played a garbage collector dealing with life's trials and tribulations. His performance in this series earned him an NAACP Image Award in 1994.

Dutton was bitten by the acting bug while locked in solitary confinement as he served time for manslaughter. Allowed to have one book in solitary, he selected a book of plays by black playwrights. He emerged from his isolation convinced that he should pursue drama.

While incarcerated, Dutton completed his education and eventually earned a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. He has used his prison experience to lend veracity to his roles, most notably his portrayal of Leonard Dillon, a prison leader in Alien 3.

With a career that includes television, theater, and film work, Dutton has proven himself to be versatile and multi-talented. His performance in the play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", earned him multiple Tony award nominations.  He's also one of the few actors to be nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony awards for the same role: Boy Willie in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

In recent years, Dutton has turned his talents to directing. His TV miniseries, The Corner (2000), garnered him a best-directing Emmy award as well an Emmy for best miniseries. He made his feature-film directorial debut with 2004's Against the Ropes. Dutton next appears in The Perfect Guy, a thriller to be released in 2015.

Check out some of the library's DVDs featuring Charles S. Dutton:

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Holiday Movies!

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The days and nights are getting colder, and soon the holiday season will be upon us! Grab a blanket, mix up a mug of hot chocolate, and curl up on the couch while you watch one of these films featuring holiday themes or settings.

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Upcoming Movie Releases

It's fall movie season, and some of the top films to see this year are:

Horrible Bosses 2 (Nov. 26) starring Jennifer Aniston and Chris Pine

Exodus: Gods and Kings (Dec. 12) starring Christian Bale and Aaron Paul

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Dec. 17) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Orlando Bloom

Night at the Museum 3 (Dec. 19) starring Ben Affleck and Rebel Wilson

Into the Woods  (Dec. 25) starring Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick

Unbroken (Dec. 19) directed by Angelina Jolie

Many of these films feature established Hollywood stars. Get excited about these new star vehicles by checking out some of their earlier films from the library's DVD collection!

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