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Feb. 1, 2013 at 4:49pm Saturday Movies

The library kicks off our Saturday Movie Series this Saturday, February 2nd with the animated film, BRAVE.

Brave is a charming adventure fantasy film by Disney Pixar and is the first animated film by Pixar to star a female heroine. The movie, winner of the Golden Globe for animated feature film, follows the journey of Merida, a fearless and feisty young Celtic princess. She is joined by a memorable cast of characters as she faces life-threatening perils and danger. Join us on Saturday for this action packed film as Merida discovers the true meaning of bravery. The show starts at 2:00 PM in the South Meeting Room. All Saturday movies are free!

Mar. 26, 2012 at 11:55am THE CONSPIRATOR

On Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 pm, THE CONSPIRATOR (PG-13, 121 minutes) will screen at the Puyallup Public Library in the South Meeting Room.

Directed by Robert Redford, THE CONSPIRATOR dramatizes the military trial of Mary Suratt, a boarding house operator, who is accused of being a part of the plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Suratt is tried by a military tribunal where, according to the film, the rules highly favor the prosecution. Initially reluctant and doubting her story, Mary's lawyer resolves to prove her innocence after seeing that she is up against bias, perjury and behind-the-scenes manipulations.

THE CONSPIRATOR is true to the historical record. The film forcefully reminds us that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that "no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law". Obviously, this message is strikingly relevant to the present day.

For a 4-star review of THE CONSPIRATOR, visit AZ Central reviews.

Mar. 21, 2012 at 11:34am TRUE GRIT

This week’s Saturday movie will be an old favorite in new clothing. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this 2010 remake of the classic John Wayne western, TRUE GRIT (110 minutes, PG-13), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is widely regarded as clearly superior to the original film. The movie features Jeff Bridges, Hailee Stienfeld, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in the lead roles and each gives a superb performance.

In the story, Mattie Ross is determined to avenge her father's death by capturing Tom Chaney, the roustabout who shot and killed her old man for money and two pieces of gold. Just 14, the audacious Mattie enlists Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, trigger happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for the bottle, and handsome Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, to catch Chaney. The two law-men form a partnership of sorts dedicated to help Mattie achieve retribution. Spectacular scenery and crisp dialog are featured in this splendid, wild west shoot-em-up.

Please join us for this memorable film. TRUE GRIT will screen in the library’s South Meeting Room at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

For a 3.5-star review of TRUE GRIT, see the entry on Reel Reviews.

Mar. 14, 2012 at 2:44pm MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Saturday’s movie on March 17th will be one of the best of the season - the 2012 Academy Award winner (Best Writing, and Original Screenplay), and nominee (Best Film), - MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (PG-13, 100 minutes). Woody Allen has directed this enchanting comedy, once again displaying the genius touch of his earlier days.

The words  "thoroughly captivating" best describe MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. It asks viewers to suspend belief as it describes how a young, modern, Hollywood screen-writer manages to journey back in time to the 20's where he encounters his idols: Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Salvador Dali and Gertrude Stein. He also manages to find true romance. As James Berardinelli writes: "Like Santa Claus, we know it's not real, but the (whole) idea is so appealing that we go along with the fantasy."

Please join us for this wonderfully mystical comedy. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS will screen in the library’s South Meeting Room at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 17th , 2012.

For a 5 star review of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, visit the Eye for Film website.

Feb. 28, 2012 at 6:13pm AFRICAN CATS

Saturday’s free movie at the Puyallup Public Library will be AFRICAN CATS (G, 90 minutes).  “CATS’ weaves an complex tapestry of desert life-and-death from the elements of love, humor and peril in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve of Kenya. Produced as a part of Disney’s Earth Day celebration, which includes two earlier releases - EARTH and OCEANS , AFRICAN CATS will reward viewers with outstanding photography, and a gripping tale of the never-ending quest for survival in the African wild.

The main roles are played by Mara, a young lion cub, Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five, and Fang, a proud leader of his lion pride. Viewers are cautioned that while this film was produced for family viewing, some scenes may be a bit much for younger children.

AFRICAN CATS will screen in the library’s South Meeting Room at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012.

For a 3 (out of 4) star review of AFRICAN CATS see the review in the National Post .

Feb. 20, 2012 at 9:11am BEFORE SUNSET

Last week's film (BEFORE SUNRISE), dealt with a magical interlude involving two young, idealistic people who met by chance and viewers were left wondering whether the two had a romantic future together. This week's movie- BEFORE SUNSET (80 min, Rated: R) takes place nine years later as the characters are reunited. With much having occurred during their near-decade separation, they discuss the happiness and regrets of their lives, as they contemplate the re-establishment of the love and warmth of their earlier encounter.

Acclaimed by both film critics and viewers alike, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, BEFORE SUNSET will screen in the South Meeting Room of the Puyallup Public Library on Saturday, February 25th at 2:00 pm.

For a 3 1/2 (out of 4) star review of BEFORE SUNSET, go to the Reel Reviews review.

Jan. 30, 2012 at 12:09pm UNSTOPPABLE

UNSTOPPABLE (98 minutes, PG-13) is this Saturday's action-thriller film at the Puyallup Public Library.  Get ready for the ride of your life as Denzel Washington and Chris Pine attempt to stop a driverless, runaway train which is loaded with toxic cargo and headed for Scranton, Pa.  Inspired by an actual event, the film's action starts right from the get-go, and gets more intensive as it goes along.  Viewers can expect to be thoroughly glued to the screen.

Please Note: There are no subtitles for this Saturday's DVD, but the library's sound system has been upgraded with FM hearing assistance.  Hearing challenged viewers can check out an FM receiver and a neckloop or earbud at the library's circulation desk.

UNSTOPPABLE will screen in the South Meeting Room at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Feb 4th, 2012.

 For a complete, published review of UNSTOPPABLE, please see Movie-Vault.com  

Jan. 26, 2012 at 12:06pm WAITING FOR SUPERMAN

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN (PG, 102 minutes), is this Saturday’s free movie-showing at the Puyallup Public Library. WAITING FOR SUPERMAN is a powerful, absorbing and controversial documentary about public education in America.

The film undertakes an exhaustive review of America's educational system - a system which results in poor test scores in arithmetic and reading, and a declining percentage of high school students that graduate into college. Teacher unions, charter schools and the use of lotteries to determine which students get into magnet schools - all come under the scathing scrutiny of the film director’s eye.

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN will screen in the library’s South Meeting Room at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 28th.

For a published review, see Laramie Movie Scope 

Jan. 12, 2012 at 8:26am OCTOBER SKY

This Saturday’s film at the Puyallup Public Library will be OCTOBER SKY (103 minutes, PG). It tells the story of a boy who struggled to escape from his apparent destiny. In his West Virginia town, "growing up" normally meant getting out of school and going to work for the local coal mine. This was his future until one night when he gazed into a star-filled sky and saw a moving object. It was Sputnik, and after that event, the boy's hopes and dreams would never be the same.

OCTOBER SKY tells a true story based on a memoir by NASA's Homer Hickam. The movie is thoroughly believable and intelligent. It will screen at 2:00 pm on January 14th in the library’s South Meeting Room.

Jan. 3, 2012 at 5:24pm GET LOW

Now that the hectic pace of the holiday season is over, it's time to resume the Library's Saturday Film series. This Saturday, January 7th, Robert Duvall leads a veteran cast in the movie drama: GET LOW (102 minutes, PG-13). With him are Bill Murray, Lucas Black and Sissy Spacek.

Set in the Depression-era 1930s, Duvall portrays Felix Bush, the "Hermit of Caleb County" who has lived a life of anger and despair for over 40 years in the Tennessee back woods. Then, as he begins to think in terms of the end of his life, Felix decides to hold a living funeral party, inviting locals to tell what they know or have heard about him. And as they do, he goes through a process of self discovery. As film critic Susan Granger writes, "Robert Duvall astonishes with the authenticity of his style, his skill and his overall knockout performance in this uniquely American folktale; it's an actor's showcase if there ever was one."

For more complete reviews of GET LOW, please visit Box Office Magazine Online or IMDb Ratings and Reviews

Showtime is 2:00 PM. All Saturday movies are free to the public.