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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.

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  

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.

Dec. 1, 2011 at 5:46pm HOOSIERS

This coming Saturday, December 3rd, HOOSIERS (PG, 115 minutes) will screen (**without subtitles**)at the Puyallup Public Library at 2:00 pm in the library's South Meeting Room.

HOOSIERS is a true story about a group of basketball players who, despite their various problems, won the big trophy. Set in the 1950s, HOOSIERS is also about a hard-luck coach (Gene Hackman) who gets a second chance for success with a small Indiana high school. Facing resentment from the community and the players, Hackman, along with an alcoholic assistant (Dennis Hopper), manage to lead the team to the state championship. Rounding out the cast, and adding a romantic element, is Barbara Hershey. What a classic!

Nov. 14, 2011 at 8:43pm IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY

This week’s Saturday movie is IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (PG-13, 101 minutes).

When a 16-year-old who is struggling to deal with the pressures and complications of life checks himself into a health clinic, he doesn’t expect a five night stay in the adult psych ward. Luckily, he quickly finds an outlandish friend and mentor to guide him through the learning curve that all young adults face on their way to discovering themselves. Somewhat reminiscent of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, FUNNY STORY gently mixes black comedy and dry humor.The result is a rewarding film that ends too soon, and when it does, viewers will leave with their spirits raised.

FUNNY STORY will screen at 2:00 pm in the library's South Meeting Room.

Oct. 31, 2011 at 2:25pm THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST

This week’s Saturday movie is a foreign film that offers subtle humor in a romantic comedy. THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST (PG-13, 97 min.) explores what happens when a man has the chance to wipe life’s slate clean and start over. Due to a severe head injury, the main character loses his memory and is thrown back into society to rebuild his life from scratch. The result is an artful and gentle story that is very appealing and enjoyable. The Man Without a Past was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Prix.

THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST, in Finnish with English subtitles, will show on Saturday, November 5th, in the library's South Meeting Room beginning at 2:00 pm.


Oct. 24, 2011 at 4:07pm THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

This week’s Saturday movie is The Man Who Knew Too Much (PG, 120 minutes), a thriller directed by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Set in exotic Morocco, Dr. and Mrs. Ben McKenna (James Stewart and Doris Day) are vacationing with their young son, when they stumble upon an assassination plot which puts them all in danger. The suspenseful drama builds from there.

James Stewart is perfect as the man who knows too much and Doris Day sings the Oscar award winning song “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).” Could we ask for more in a classic?

 Showtime is 2:00 PM on October 29th in the South meeting room.

Oct. 17, 2011 at 12:11pm INSIDE JOB

This coming Saturday's movie at the Puyallup Public Library will be INSIDE JOB (120 minutes, PG-13), a film which shows the shocking truth behind the current economic crisis. Director, Charles Ferguson, an Academy award nominee, presents a fascinating documentary which shines a harsh spotlight on the financial and political events that triggered the global economic downfall of 2008.

INSIDE JOB will screen at 2 pm on Saturday, October 22nd, in the Library's South Meeting Room.

For a full review of INSIDE JOB, click here:

Oct. 3, 2011 at 5:35pm Saturday Movies

This Saturday (10/8/2011), the Puyallup Public Library will screen a witty, energetic, animated film for the whole family - RIO (Rated PG, 96 minutes), which is about a couple of beautiful birds, macaws to be exact, and their out-of-nest adventures. With a simple plot, fleshed out with vivid color and delightful music, this film is a real winner. Rio captures the joyful energy of Brazil’s Carnivale with endless excitement, new friends, music…and the Samba! It will keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Rio, voiced and subtitled in English, starts at 2 pm in the Library’s South Meeting Room.

Sep. 26, 2011 at 3:07pm SMOKE SIGNALS

This week's film (October 1, 2011) will be SMOKE SIGNALS (PG-13, 88 minutes), a road trip comedy/drama - made by - about - and featuring Native Americans. It has been selected for the library's program to recognize its director, the well known poet, author and film director: Mr. Sherman Alexie, who will appear in person at the library at 7:00 pm on October 4 to speak about book banning in the United States.

SMOKE SIGNALS at once tells a story about contemporary life on a northwest Indian reservation and about two young people from the reservation (Thomas Builds-The-Fire and Victor Joseph) who travel to pick up the ashes of Victor's recently deceased father.

As film critic James Berardinelli describes the trip, "Along the way, they teach each other life lessons. Thomas, who has a sensitive nature and is a storyteller, shows Victor that there's more to living than cynicism and pent-up anger. Victor, in turn, lets Thomas know what it means to be a real Indian. In one of the film's best sequences, he has these words of advice: 'Indians ain't supposed to smile. Get stoic. If you don't look mean, white people won't respect you.' For Thomas, the trip from Idaho to Arizona means an opportunity to come to grips with his ancestry. For Victor, it's a chance to forgive his estranged father in death. And, for us, it offers the prospect of seeing beyond the stereotypes that plague Native Americans in even the best films."

Screen time for SMOKE SIGNALS will be 2:00 pm, in the library's South Meeting Room.

Sep. 19, 2011 at 4:41pm Saturday Film Program

The 2011-12 season of free Saturday movies starts this coming Saturday at the Puyallup Public Library.  For this year’s Film series, the season extends from September 24 through April 21, and contains films selected for both your entertainment and education. Showtime is 2:00 PM.

This week's film (9/24/11) will be THE BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING (Not rated but suitable for mature audiences, 103 minutes). It has been selected to recognize its director, the well known poet, author and film director: Mr. Sherman Alexie, who will appear in person at the library at 7:00 pm on October 4 to speak about book banning in the United States.

FANCYDANCING is semi-autobiographical. It tells of a successful Seattle poet who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation but who has rarely returned since leaving college. His fame has caused resentment on the “rez” because his poems tell the stories of others as well as his own. Complicating matters even further has been his coming out as a gay person.

Please Note: This week's film will have to be shown without subtitles, since none were burned into the available DVD.

For a full review of THE BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING, see Film

Apr. 12, 2011 at 11:40am Saturday Movies - The Greatest Game Ever Played (PG)

On April 16th, the current film series at the Puyallup Public Library draws to a close until next fall. It does so with a remarkable family film about the game of golf, and the contest between the five times British Open champion (Harry Vardon) and a 20-year old American amateur (Francis Ouimet) - an inexperienced young man, but one who was born to play the game.

Not only is THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED about one of the most thrilling sporting events of all time, but the film itself achieves greatness through its excellent portrayal of far more than the main event. Historical details, the stresses and pressures that the primary competitors faced during the game, the class-struggles they both endured before they could earn the right to play with "gentlemen", the conflict between a realistic father and a supportive mother - all of these aspects of the true story of the 1913 US Open Championship are effectively balanced in the film.

Please join our group for this memorable movie.

Paul Jacobson, PPL film reviewer

Apr. 4, 2011 at 11:12am Saturday Movies - Inception (PG-13)

INCEPTION is not for the faint of heart, or of thought, either. It’s a wholly original, action packed thriller in which dreams and reality are thoroughly intermixed… intermixed, examined, dissected, what have you?

Widely admired and praised by professional reviewers, INCEPTION has also been referred to by some viewers as boring and pretentious. That’s likely to be a result of the film asking its viewers to pay extremely close attention to a multi-level, highly intricate plot, which requires thoughtful examination of both conscious and sub-conscious happenings - not an easy task.

The story features an unusual kind of industrial thief, one who is highly successful at penetrating the dreams of his victims, and while there, to steal valuable corporate secrets. Having made enemies and having lost friends while performing his trade, our thief is promised redemption if he can reverse his usual style in one last caper, by planting a foreign idea into another’s mind so successfully that the victim thinks of the idea as completely his own.

Leonard DiCaprio highlights the cast, which includes Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Pete Postlethwaite and others.

Paul Jacobson, Puyallup Public Library Film Reviewer

Mar. 29, 2011 at 9:30am Saturday Movies - Empire of the Sun (PG)

EMPIRE OF THE SUN is an engrossing film about a spoiled 12-year old boy who is forced to grow up much too quickly when he is swept into World War II. Jim (Christian Bale in a masterful performance), is the headstrong child of an international banker living in China. Accustomed to luxury and subservience, he is thrust into a totally different reality when he is separated from his parents by the Japanese invasion of his city. After living on the run for a period of time, he is thrown into a prison camp where he must fend for himself and endure the fear and depravation around him. Slowly, his experiences cause his evolution into a mature adult.

Based on an semi-autobiographical novel by J.G. Ballard, this lengthy film, which is heavy on character development, was not an immediate box-office success, but later became recognized as one of director Steven Spielberg‘s very best.

See EMPIRE OF THE SUN at the Puyallup Public Library on Saturday, April 2nd at 2:00 PM.

Paul Jacobson, PPL Movie Reviewer

Mar. 21, 2011 at 11:46am Saturday Movies - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Not Rated)

Made in 1953, based on a book (Anita Loos) and a successful Broadway musical (Carol Channing), GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES is a bit mindless, but nevertheless a romp and a half. A light hearted film, bursting with color, eye-popping costumes, music and gags, it features best buddies Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell who dominate the film in a real role reverser. The men are either all muscle, dim witted or under aged, while the women are sexy, designing, and clever.

As was typical of that era, much of the action takes place on an ocean liner and in Europe. The story is simple enough. Monroe’s stateside romance has been thwarted by her wealthy beau’s suspicious father. He sends both women off to Europe accompanied (unknowingly) by a private eye who’s mission is to catch them in a scandal. During the trip, Monroe meets somebody new - Lord Beekman, aka "Piggy" - a first rate cad. Piggy, however, just happens to own the 2nd largest diamond mine in South Africa, and that suits gold digger Monroe to a T (She sings: Diamonds are a Girl‘s Best Friend.). The private eye, meanwhile, falls head over heels for Russell, which is what she's looking for (She sings: “Ain’t Anybody Here for Love“).

Perfectly cast in their roles, the singing, dancing, and comic timing of Monroe and Russell are outstanding. This film will leave viewers smiling for a long while. Show time is 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 26th.

Paul Jacobson, Puyallup Public Library Film Reviewer

Mar. 15, 2011 at 1:55pm Saturday Movie - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (R)

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Clint Eastwood,(Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach) is a civil war era story about a search for missing confederate gold - and according to many viewers, this long, violent, sweat-stained movie, replete with desolate scenery and an incredibly memorable score is either the greatest western or the greatest film of all time. Upon being released in 1966, after a short-lived outcry against its violence, the film rapidly became recognized as being a classic which shattered the conventional Western mode of good guy subduing bad guy, while it established a new, gritty and more realistic approach to its heroes and villains.

The movie opens with a long slow development. The stage is set with much killing on all sides. Then, slowly but surely, the ultimate conflict develops. These three men, forced to cooperate at first, finally have their falling out which leads to the traditional Western resolution.

The actors are perfect for their roles. Eastwood has his mellow side, Van Cleef is the brutal soldier of fortune, and scene-stealer Wallach is at once smarmy, treacherous and vicious. The film is gripping throughout. Join us at 2:00 pm on March 19th for this ground breaking classic.

Paul Jacobson, Puyallup Library film reviewer.

Mar. 7, 2011 at 11:49am Saturday Movie - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (PG)

The March 12th film at the Puyallup Public Library will be DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (PG, 110 minutes), a Michael Caine, Steve Martin comedy about two swindlers who compete with each other to determine which is the most talented at his craft. One is a sophisticated Frenchman operating on his own turf, the other a loud-mouthed American who happens upon the scene. Because there aren’t enough potential victims in their locale to provide a decent living for both, they wager to see who gets to stay. Their plan is to pick a rich woman at random, attempt to fleece her, with the one who succeeds in getting her money being declared the winner. The loser is to get lost. (This film is actually a revised and somewhat more popular version of BEDTIME STORY, a 1964 film made by actors David Niven and Marlon Brando.)

SCOUNDRELS is full of twists and turns, and the two leads are pretty amazing. Michael Caine is perfect as the rich-and-stuffy local guy, and Steve Martin is hilarious as the foreign-born interloper. Viewers will surely get a kick out of their antics and their various confidence games.

The showing will take place at 2pm in the library’s South Meeting Room

Paul Jacobson, library film reviewer

Mar. 1, 2011 at 11:07am Saturday Movie - The Conversation (PG)

THE CONVERSATION is not your usual edge of the seat thriller, nor does it have a convoluted plot or an open ending, as many mystery movies do. Instead, it’s a deep psychological thriller, which means that it provides the viewer with plenty to think about. Repeated viewings will undoubtedly lead to something new each time.

The story is about Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), a surveillance expert who is hired to observe and record the conversations of two young people as they walk through San Francisco‘s Union Square. As he proceeds with his work, Caul slowly comes to believe that something is amiss, and that the couple is in imminent danger. This theme is slowly developed until the story’s surprising ending. Some viewers may be concerned about the pace of this film, but those who stay with it will be adequately rewarded.

Character development is the film’s strong point. Caul turns out to be an antihero-loner. As the story proceeds, viewers get a steadily enlarged insight into his mind - a place where his distrust of everyone resides and where ethical questions arise. A scene where he opens his heart to a friend is noteworthy in how well it portrays his fears and conflicts. A dream scene, with its unusual camera work, is also memorable because of its atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion.

Overall, THE CONVERSATION is a highly regarded mystery thriller where character development along with its clever ending will lead to repeated viewing. It will show at the Puyallup Public Library at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 5th. The DVD may be checked out at a later time.

Paul Jacobson, PPL film reviewer

Feb. 23, 2011 at 8:49am Saturday Movie - Toy Story 3 (G)

TOY STORY 3 will be screened at the library on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 pm. It's a film that's truly inspired. The artists who made it have used their imaginations so fully that the film is unparalleled. It is energetic, clever and inventive allowing it to surpass all the others in its genre.

TOY STORY 3 is a continuation and development of the first two in the trilogy. Once more, Woody courageously leads the other toys. (spaceman, cowgirl, dog, potato, Ken, Barbie and teddy bear). They haven’t aged, so they continue their usual play and frolic. The owners, however, have grown older. For them, youth has passed. Now, they’re ready for work and college.

Into this setting, Pixar has managed to integrate a vast span of emotions including fear, love, action, and comedy, through which the movie rapidly becomes a riot of animation and adventure. Additionally, the film keeps viewers constantly guessing about what might happen next. In summary then, it's a magnificent tale, admirably designed to appeal to all the family.

Paul Jacobson, library film reviewer.

Feb. 14, 2011 at 12:02pm Saturday Movie - Chocolat (PG-13)

CHOCOLAT, which will show at the Puyallup Public Library at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 19, is a whimsical tale that will leave you with a knowing smile. The heroine (Juliette Binoche), who enters into a small french town (Flavigny-sur-Ozerain), changes the lives of all with whom she connects.

In principle, the movie is about a world bound by rigid rules. It's about people who do not dare be themselves because they think it would be inappropriate or misunderstood. Binoche arrives as a sort-of fairy godmother determined to set things right. Her mission is to help the town's citizens realize themselves. This holds true for the rigid mayor (Alfred Molina) who does not want to face the fact that his wife has left him, for the young priest who does not dare provide the sermon he wishes, and for the young woman who is ashamed of her unconventional mother (Judi Dench).

The film's lesson to be learned: It is much more difficult to behave as you feel, than to conform to an expectation - but in the end, happiness hinges on an accepting mind and a sincere effort to be oneself.

Paul Jacobson, library film reviewer.

Feb. 7, 2011 at 1:23pm Saturday Movie - Invictus (PG-13)

The movie INVICTUS (the title comes from the Latin term meaning "unconquered"), tells of a collaboration between South Africa’s first black president (Nelson Mandella) and the captain of that country’s national Rugby team (François Pienaar) - a collaboration designed to help unite their racially divided and bleeding country. The politically astute Mandella believed that he could use the universal love of sports to help South Africaners make the difficult transition from a nation divided by Apartheid to a modern, mutually accepting, multicultural society.

Mandella had been released after 24 years of imprisonment, where he spent his time breaking rocks, writing and sleeping on the floor of his cell, to become the leader of the country which had imprisoned him. After peacefully gaining his freedom, he pursued a political strategy which asked both sides of his country’s racial divide to forgive and forget. In doing that, he proceeded to institute appropriate legal changes, while working to give the people an object of national pride (the Rugby team). His overall success is now universally recognized and admired.

Saturday’s film at the Puyallup Public Library describes Mandella’s progress in detail, including how he rallied his country’s Rugby team as it made its unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship.

INVICTUS (PG-13, 133 minutes) will show in the library’s south meeting room at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 12.

Paul Jacobson, library film reviewer.

Jan. 31, 2011 at 11:56am Saturday Movie - The Cheap Detective (PG)

If you enjoyed THE MALTESE FALCON, CASABLANCA and other Bogart classics, you’ll surely recognize the dialog and enjoy the wit of THE CHEAP DETECTIVE, (PG, 92 minutes), a comedy which will be shown at the Puyallup Public Library on Saturday, Feb.5th at 2:00 pm. CHEAP DETECTIVE is a spoof of all those other films, with a little bit of CHINATOWN and AIRPLANE thrown in. While not quite as humorous without having seen the other films as background, most of the CHEAP DETECTIVE gags work for everyone, and always provide substance for at least a wry smile or at most a belly laugh.

In CHEAP DETECTIVE, you get Peter Falk as a poor man’s Bogart, you get Madeline Kahn as the character made famous by Mary Astor and you get John Houseman as a quite- funny Sidney Greenstreet - all cast with great success. Also, there’s Ann-Margaret as a cleavage-flashing vamp, and Dom DeLuise doing Peter Lorre. Need more? How about Stockard Channing, Louise Fletcher, Fernando Lamas, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, and a whole gob of others in an all star cast. Capping it off is the screenplay, written by Neil Simon, an enduring favorite.

The plot? Well, there’s an awful lot to it, making it hard to describe in a few sentences. Let’s just say that a detective’s partner is killed (a la MALTESE FALCON) and what follows is thugs, crooks, Nazis, femme fatales, cross, double cross, puns and one-liners until the film ends. Join us on Saturday, February 5th at 2:00 pm and enjoy.

Paul Jacobson, library film reviewer

Jan. 24, 2011 at 12:02pm Saturday Movie - Enchanted April (PG)

There's an old saying that the best gifts come in small packages. That's certainly true in the case of ENCHANTED APRIL, a low-budget British film which quietly came to America and turned out to be exceedingly delightful. Overall, the film is unremittingly optimistic, featuring superb acting by the entire cast. The plot is relatively bland, but it functions quite adequately as a device for character development and comedy.

A subdued romance, with a number of comic touches, ENCHANTED APRIL begins slowly, but soon is on its way to telling the story of four quite different English women who are brought together for an unusual vacation. The women, from post-World War I England, agree to go on holiday to a secluded Italian castle in order to escape their oppressive home lives which include excessive social obligations and overbearing husbands. Two of the women are understanding neighbors, while the other two have been recruited in order to share the costs. At first there is constant bickering, but as they interact, rough edges begin to mellow under the influence of the surrounding warmth and beauty.

Those looking for an warm, upbeat movie experience will find it in ENCHANTED APRIL at the Puyallup Public Library on Saturday, January 29th at 2 pm.

Paul Jacobson - Film reviewer

Jan. 18, 2011 at 10:13am Saturday Movie - A Few Good Men

A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) is one of those films that deserves repeated viewing. It focuses on a trial involving two Marines who have admitted killing one of their fellow recruits. Extremely well made, and not without humour, it's main characteristic is that it provides fascinating insights into military life as well as into the litigation process.

Tom Cruise is outstanding as a brash, self confident young naval lawyer - a talented attorney who has never been to trial. Plea bargaining has always been his specialty, but in this case, though he starts out in his usual manner, he is eventually persuaded that there's more to it than first meets the eye.

Rounding out the cast are Keifer Sutherland and Jack Nicholson as obnoxious military superiors. In addition, Kevin Bacon delivers a fine performance as a ruthless but even-handed prosecutor. The story is full of twists and surprises, and ultimately is highly thought-provoking and rewarding.

Join us at the library at at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Jan. 22nd to enjoy this appealing courtroom drama.

Paul Jacobson, library film reviewer.

Dec. 1, 2010 at 12:05pm Saturday Movie - The Asphalt Jungle

Hollywood legend, John Huston, directed The Asphalt Jungle, brilliantly developing it into a high point of the film noir movement. Perhaps much of his success with this film was due to the way he treated the culprits as human beings rather than as some kind of weird degenerates. In The Asphalt Jungle, viewers encounter the seedy underbelly of society and some of the humans it disgorges . These are greedy, suspicious, and altogether smarmy, but like others, they have their hopes, dreams and loves.

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Nov. 23, 2010 at 3:00pm Saturday Movie - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a children's book (mostly pictures) written by Judi and Ron Barrett in 1978. To many, the book may not have seemed voluminous enough for a full-length movie interpretation. Now, however, based on - and expanded from - the original story, Sony Pictures has taken a shot at the Pixar dominated world of CGI animation. The result has become a solid hit for Sony. Nationwide viewer responses, tracked by Internet Movie Data Base, have given this film a solid "thumbs up".

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