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Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. 124 min. PG. 2016
January Movies: Animal Planet
Wed., January 8, 5:30pm Blackfish 2013/PG/134 min.
The documentary of orcas kept in captivity that sparked a change in the industry and led to the orcas no longer being bred in captivity.
Wed., January 15, 5:30pm Babe 1995/PG/136 min.
After being separated from his family, a young pig learns to herd sheep in an effort to save his own life.
AKEELAH AND THE BEE Eleven year-old Akeelah decides to participate in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from Dr. Larabee, an English professor, for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of.
An epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self discovery, guided by panther turned stern mentor Bagheera, and the free spirited bear Baloo. 106 min. PG. 2016
Goosebumps (2016), 103 min, PG
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah's mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret.
Friday, September 27 Which Way Home 2009 / 90 min. / NR
Documentarian Rebecca Cammisa follows a group of unaccompanied Central American children trying to reach the US by riding on the tops of trains traveling through Mexico. In addition to physical danger, they face hunger, being exploited, being separated from family and friends, and the possibility of being arrested by ICE. The film, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Programming, is hard-hitting. English subtitles.
Friday, September 20 City of God 2002 / 130 min. / R
This crime drama is set in Rio de Janeiro slums created by the Brazilian government to isolate poor people from prosperous parts of the city. Two young men take different paths. One friend becomes a drug kingpin. The other learns photography to record the life of his community, making the film an extraordinarily vibrant visual experience. Nominated for Academy Awards for directing, adapted screenplay, cinematography and film editing. English subtitles
Friday, September 13 The Official Story 1985 / 112 min. / NR
In 1983, during the final months of an Argentinian military dictatorship, a high school teacher (Norma Aleandro) sees families of “disappeared” leftists in the street daily demanding to know the whereabouts of their loved ones (or their remains). She sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is, but her nervous, conscientious search threatens to upend the comfortable life she enjoys with her authoritarian husband. English subtitles.
HISTORICAL NOTE: During World War II, unions generally did not strike because of the urgency of the war effort. Afterward, that changed because of pent-up frustrations with inadequate pay and poor working conditions. Then in 1947 Congress passed the Taft Hartley Act, which criminalized certain union tactics, including wildcat strikes, solidarity strikes and mass picketing. At the same time, the House Unamerican Activities Committee subpoenaed hundreds of people suspected of being Communists, and many lost their jobs. Some went to prison.