What's better than free feature films on a big screen?
Stop at Billy's Café in the library atrium for some popcorn and a cold drink and enjoy the latest critically acclaimed films shortly after they are released! Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library .
A Monster Calls 
Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. Starring Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell. Theatrically released in 2016. 108 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images.
Thursday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. (matinee only)
"Evocative, mysterious and shot through with bruising humor and heartbreak, A Monster Calls gets you where you live and where there's no place to hide. There's magic in it." - Rolling Stone
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Theatrically released in 2016. 124 Minutes; Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use.
Thursday, April 13 at 1:00 (matinee) and 6:30 p.m.
"Entertainment of the highest order, Allied, like a large portion of Robert Zemeckis’ work, feels like a grand ode to filmmaking of an era past." - The Film Stage
Directed by Pablo Larraín. Starring Natalie Portman. Theatrically released in 2016. 100 Minutes; Rated R for brief strong violence and some language.
Thursday, April 20 at 1:00 (matinee) and 7:00 p.m.
"Never embroidered or rehearsed, the way so many biopics are, this is a wonderful movie that feels freshly observed, like an uninvited peek through some forbidden White House keyhole, at the woman we called Jackie." - New York Observer
La La Land 
Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Ryan Gosling. Theatrically released in 2016. 128 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for some language.
Thursday, April 27 at 1:00 (matinee) and 6:30 p.m.
"It’s stunningly ambitious and thrillingly alive the way the best movies are." - Entertainment Weekly
Hidden Figures 
Directed by Theodore Melfi. Starring Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, and Taraji P. Henson. Theatrically released in 2016. 127 Minutes; Rated PG for thematic elements and some language.
Thursday, May 4 at 1:00 (matinee) and 6:30 p.m.
"Lots of movies are labeled as "inspirational" – Hidden Figures truly earns the right to the term." - Rolling Stone
Kaili Blues 
Directed by Gan Bi. Theatrically released in 2016. 113 Minutes; Not Rated. Mandarin with English Sub-titles.
Thursday, May 11 at 1:00 (matinee) and 7 p.m.
"Showing an unobtrusive mastery of camera movement, Bi lends concrete form and rich dramatic life to the Buddhist notion that past, present and future are all equally untenable." - Los Angeles Times
Live By Night 
Directed by Ben Affleck. Starring Ben Affleck, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper, Chris Messina, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, and Zoe Saldana. Theatrically released in 2016. 129 Minutes; Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity.
Thursday, May 18 at 1:00 (matinee) and 6:30 p.m.
"The film is sharply written and crafted, lavishly photographed, impeccably acted, with lots of twists and turns." - Variety
20th Century Women 
Directed by Mike Mills. Starring Alison Elliott, Annette Bening, Billy Crudup, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Thea Gill, and Vitaly Andrew LeBeau. Theatrically released in 2016. 119 Minutes; Rated R for sexual material, language, some nudity and brief drug use.
Thursday, May 25 at 1:00 (matinee) and 7 p.m.
"Despite being set in the late 1970s, 20th Century Women feels like the perfect movie for this moment." - Sara Stewart, New York Post
Toni Erdmann 
Directed by Maren Ade. Starring Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller. Theatrically released in 2016. 162 Minutes; Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use. In English, German, and Romanian.
Thursday, June 1 at 1:00 (matinee) and 6:00 p.m.
"If you're looking for the best and most beguiling foreign-language film of the year, you'll find it in Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann, a German father-daughter story that will leave you laughing and choking back tears, often simultaneously." - Rolling Stone
Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy
Stop by the North Quincy Branch Library on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for matinee screenings of great films, old and new.
- May 3: La La Land  (PG-13)
- May 10: Hidden Figures  (PG)
- May 17: Kaili Blues  (Not Rated. Mandarin with English Sub-titles.)
- May 24: Live By Night  (R)
- May 31: 20th Century Women  (R)
- June 7: Toni Erdmann  (R, in English, German, and Romanian.)