On the third Thursday of each month, the Yarborough Branch Library presents its film series Based on Books. And yes, all the movies shown were first available to the public in print. Here are this summer’s selections. The movies are free to the public; popcorn and refreshments will be served. These movies are presented in honor of the Americana Theater and its owner, Earl Podolnick. We hope you can join us!
June 20, 6:30 p.m. Beautiful Creatures based on the book Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. PG-13. 124 minutes. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, and Jeremy Irons. Directed by Richard LaGravenese. Release by Warner Bros. 2013. Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.
July 18, 6:30 p.m. Jack the Giant Slayer based on the British fairy tale Jack the Giant Killer and also Jack and the Beanstalk. PG-13. 114 minutes. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, and Ewan McGregor. Directed by Bryan Singer. Released by Warner Bros. 2013. This film tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
August 15, 6:30 p.m. Oz: The Great and Powerful based on the Oz series of books by L. Frank Baum. PG. 130 minutes. Starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams. Directed by Sam Raimi. Released by Walt Disney Pictures. 2012. When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz™ but into a better man as well.