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Free Movie Screenings

 
Central Branch, Market Square
Join us for our free evening & afternoon movies, and let us know what you want to see by calling 643-7224, tweeting us @SaintJohnFPL, posting to our Facebook page, emailing us at sjfpl@gnb.ca, or visiting us at the Reference Desk.

MARCH

Sat., Mar. 25, 2pm – LGBTQ+ Film Series: PRIDE (2014, 1h 57m) - Set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher was England’s Prime Minister & the National Union of Mineworkers was on strike, a group of London gay & lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But when the Union seems too embarrassed to receive their support, the activists go directly to the miners, finding a mining village in Wales & setting off in a minibus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story, based on real events, of two disparate communities forming a surprising & triumphant partnership. Profanity, some violent scenes & sexual content – for mature viewers.


Sun. March 26, 2pm – NO WAY OUT (1987, 1h 56m) - US Navy Lt. Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) meets & has an affair with a lovely young woman, but then he finds out that his superior (Gene Hackman) is also romantically involved with the same woman. When she turns up dead, Farrell is put in charge of the murder investigation & uncovers shocking clues, but when details of his own affair surface, Farrell becomes a suspect as well, and the twists & turns don't end there. Profanity, sexual content & violence – for mature viewers.


Thurs. Mar. 30, 7pm - THINGS ARAB MEN SAY (2016, 52m) - This National Film Board documentary paints a picture of Arab men that is vastly different from mainstream-media depictions of Arabs as terrorists & extremists. Viewers will meet Jay, Ghassan & their friends, who gather at Jamal’s Eden Barber Shop in Edmonton to discuss politics, religion & family over a haircut & a shave. Often funny, sometimes sad, THINGS ARAB MEN SAY documents the challenges these men face integrating into Canadian life while preserving their identity & culture. Suitable for most audiences.






APRIL 2017 - (FRENCH-)CANADIAN/MUSIC MONTH

Sat. Apr. 1, 2pm - Night Zoo [Un Zoo la nuit] (1987, 1h 56m) - Marcel is released from prison only to find his father dying, his girlfriend on the skids, and the crooked cops that put him in jail coming back for more. Slowly, Marcel attempts to sever his ties with the underworld & begin a painful reconciliation with the father he never really knew. The first feature film written & directed by the late Jean-Claude Lauzon of Leolo fame, Night Zoo swept the 1987 Genie Awards and is one of the most acclaimed films ever to be made in Canada, and it isn’t even available on DVD – all the more reason to bring it to you for National Canadian Film Month. French with English subtitles. Profanity, violence & explicit sexual content - for mature viewers.

 

Th. Apr. 6, 7pm - Sortie 67 (2010, 1h 33m) - A life of crime seemed inevitable for Jecko. Originally from Quebec, with Haitian roots, he witnesses the murder of his mother by his father at the age of eight, a tragic event that marks him forever. Moved from one foster family to another, Jecko finally finds he belongs when he starts to hang out with some young hooligans from the Saint-Michel neighbourhood. A few years later, crime and violence have led Jecko to the top of an empire. In this world where richness and respect are obtained by wielding a gun, Jecko is like a fish in water. But things change, and soon Jecko must reconsider his way of life. This, the first fiction film about the street gangs of North Montreal won director Jephté Bastien the Claude Jutra Award for Best Feature Film by an First-time Director at the 2010 Genie Awards, and it was inspired by the tragic death of Bastien’s 16-year-old nephew. French, English & Creole with English subtitles. Profanity, violence, drug use & sexual content - for mature viewers.

 

Sat. Apr. 8, 2pm - Jesus of Montreal [Jésus Montréal] (1989, 1h 59m) - In this bona fide masterpiece by legendary Québécois writer/director Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire, The Barbarian Invasions), a group of unemployed actors join a charismatic young man (Lothaire Bluteau) to help a church update its annual Passion Play. Their creative production soon becomes a sensation, attracting a great audience filled with hope, praise, temptation & condemnation. Just in time for the Easter season, this brilliant story of faith balances the most profound questions of existence with witty, pungent observations on contemporary culture. Nominated for the 1989 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; winner of the 1989 Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Prize & nominated for the Palme d’Or; winner of 12 Genie Awards, Including Best Motion Picture & Best Original Screenplay. French with English subtitles. Profanity, some violent scenes & sexual content – suggested for mature viewers.

 

Th. Apr. 13, 7pm - A Scream from Silence [Mourir à tue-tête] (1979, 1h 36m) - In this controversial, little-seen film by director Anne Claire Poirier, a young nurse is kidnapped & sexually assaulted by a misogynistic stranger. The nurse's rape & the aftermath are part of the film-within-the-film which a director and her editor are making, and occasionally they pause to discuss their intentions & reactions to the film they are making. Mixed in with the story is documentary footage of the stories of other women from around the world who have been sexually assaulted. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard portion of the 1979 Cannes Film Festival & was selected as Canada’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 1979 Academy Awards, but it was not accepted as a nominee. French with English subtitles. Profanity, violence, sexual content & highly disturbing content - for mature viewers.

 

National Canadian Film Day - Wed. Apr. 19:

6pm: Things Arab Men Say (2016, 52m) - This National Film Board documentary paints a picture of Arab men that is vastly different from mainstream-media depictions of Arabs as terrorists & extremists. Viewers will meet Jay, Ghassan & their friends, who gather at Jamal’s Eden Barber Shop in Edmonton to discuss politics, religion & family over a haircut & a shave. Often funny, sometimes sad, Things Arab Men Say documents the challenges these men face integrating into Canadian life while preserving their identity & culture. Suitable for most audiences.

7pm: Still Mine (2012, 1h 42m) - Written & directed by Canadian filmmaker Michael McGowan, this crowd-pleaser is based on a true story that occurred in the St. Martins area, and a perfect pick for National Canadian Film Day (canadianfilmday.ca). The great character actor James Cromwell (Babe, L.A. Confidential) stars as a farmer who battles a government bureaucrat for the right to build a new house for his ailing wife (the one & only Geneviève Bujold) when their existing home no longer suits her health needs. Some profanity, sensuality & disturbing scenes - viewer discretion advised.

 

Sat. Apr. 22, 2pm - LGBTQ+ FILM SERIES: C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005, 2h 7m) - This acclaimed film about a young man dealing with homophobia while growing up with four brothers & a conservative father in Quebec during the 1960s & '70s didn't just sweep the 2005 Genie & Jutra Awards, it wasn't just the winner of the Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, it doesn't just have an amazing soundtrack featuring David Bowie & Pink Floyd, it was also writer/director Jean-Marc Vallée's (Dallas Buyers Club, TV's Big Little Lies) ticket to the big time. Profanity & abusive language, drug use & sexual content - for mature viewers.

 

Th. Apr. 27, 7pm - ANIMATION SPOTLIGHT: Heavy Metal (1981, 1h 30m) - This animated adaptation of the notorious illustrated fantasy anthology magazine is sleazy, politically incorrect & frequently loathsome.  But in spite of its (many) flaws, it remains an important Canadian contribution to cinema, and it boasts both an iconic-but-lousy rock soundtrack & one of the most underrated musical scores ever. HM fans should arrive at 6:15pm for the playing of a rare promotional radio special for the movie from Summer 1981. Extreme violence, gore, profanity, nudity & sexual content - for mature viewers.

 

Sat. Apr. 29 - MUSICAL DOUBLE FEATURE:

    12pm: ANIMATION SPOTLIGHT: Rock & Rule (1983, 1h 17m) - The other fantasy rock n' roll animated movie for adults made in Canada in the early '80s. In a post-apocalyptic world in which rodents have long since evolved into humanoid beings, an egomaniacal rock star needs to find a special voice to release a demon from another dimension, in the hope that it will immortalize him. He thinks he finds it in the young female singer in a struggling rock band, who he kidnaps, setting the stage for her rescue and a climactic battle between good & evil. Music by Cheap Trick, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Profanity, violence & disturbing scenes - viewer discretion advised.

    2pm: The Last Waltz (1978, 1h 57m) - Pre-eminent director Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, GoodFellas) directed this documentary of the celebrated (& mostly Canadian) music group The Band’s famous last show, with musical guests including Neil Young, Joni Mitchell & Van Morrison to name a few, and it’s acknowledged as one of the best music documentaries ever made. Some profanity& mature themes - viewer discretion advised.




East Branch, McDonald Street

Join us for our free evening & afternoon movies, and let us know what you want to see by calling 643-7250, posting to our Facebook page, emailing us at eastbranch.publiclibrary@gnb.ca, or visiting us in person.



Family Flicks: Free, with free popcorn & juice, and fun for all ages!

Classic Films: Forget cheap movie night – on select Tuesday nights, we show all-time classic movies for free, with popcorn & pop included!

Sunset Cinema: Our series of relaxing movies for adults, with free popcorn & pop!

West Branch, Lancaster Mall
Join us for our free evening & afternoon movies, and let us know what you want to see by calling 643-7260, posting to our Facebook page, emailing us at westbranch.publiclibrary@gnb.ca, or visiting us in person.

Chick Flicks - Ladies' night at the movies, with the best popcorn on the west side!

Friday Flicks - On select Fridays, join us for a free movie & popcorn courtesy of Lancaster Mall!
Fri. March 31, 2pm – INFERNO (2016, 2h 1m) - In this, the third installment of the Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) series based on Dan Brown's novels, Langdon wakes up in a hospital room in Florence, Italy, with no memory of what has occurred for the last few days, and then suddenly finds himself the target of a manhunt. With the help of Dr. Sienna Brooks (ROGUE ONE's Felicity Jones)and his knowledge of symbology, Langdon tries to clear his name whilst solving the most intricate riddle he's ever faced. Violent & disturbing scenes, some profanity & sensuality - viewer discretion advised.

Family Movie Matinées @ Your Library: Join us for all ages fun at the movies - free popcorn provided by Lancaster Mall, but feel free to bring your own treats & drinks too!
Fri. March 31, 11:30am – DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991, 1h 24m) - Although it's NOT a tale as old as time NOR a song as old as rhyme, it's a bona fide animated classic. Based on the beloved fairy tale, it's the story of the fantastic adventures of Belle, a beautiful young French girl who yearns to escape the tedium of her provincial life and the advances of her macho-but-conceited suitor, Gaston. Belle's life takes an unexpected turn when, in order to save her inventor father, she finds herself imprisoned by a brooding Beast, whose mysterious past holds the key to their future. Suitable for all ages & audiences.

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