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The Friday Night Films Series has shown 170 films from 18 countries such as the USA, Mongolia, France, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden. The Friends of the Ashland Public Library pay for the Public Viewing License, and film goers’ optional donations provide the funds for the movies, which then become part of the library’s collection. Most films are shown closed captioned.

Films air in the Schiesske Community Room on the lower level of the library. Doors will be locked after the film starts.

Date Title / Description
Jan 10
 Galaxy Quest ( PG) 1 hour 42 minutes

“Never Give Up, Never Surrender.” A comedy perfect for a dark January evening.

This is the 20th anniversary of this film! Dreamworks did not know what it had with this film. It thought it was a kids’ movie and took out some scenes to get a PG rating and didn’t know how to promote it, but still it became a hit with adults–and kids–and a classic.

Look at the cast—the great Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver in a take-off on her Aliens role, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Tim Allen, Daryl Mitchell, Justin Long, Rainn Wilson.

The premise:
Years after cancellation, the stars of a television series called Galaxy Quest cling to their careers by appearing at sci-fi conventions and electronic store openings. Then an interstellar race of Thermians mistakes the actors for the real thing and recruits them to save them from a genocidal warlord.

A short film so we’ll have time for some Special Features.

IMDB: 7.3/10; Rotten Tomatoes 89 %

Jan 17
 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG-13) 1 hour 41 minutes

This is the sweetest film. The relationship between Sam Neill and the young boy Julian Dennison is magic. The director Taika Waititi has made other films such as Boy, which we’ll see in February, and Jo Jo Rabbit now in theaters.

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, a defiant city kid gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside with a new foster family that cares about him. And that’s all the plot I’ll give you.

Again, a short film so I want to show you Sam Neill and Julian Dennison interacting in the Special Features as they discuss making the film. IMDB: 7.9/10; Rotten Tomatoes: 96 %

Jan 24
 Rocket Man (R-language, drug use, sexual content) 2 hours

Elton John!

A unique musical celebration set to Elton John’s most beloved songs. A shy, small-town boy becomes one of the most iconic figures in music.

Critics: “showstopping,” “unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” one of the best films of the year,” “Magnificent! Gloriously off the charts.” IMDB: 8.9; Rotten Tomatoes: 89 (critics)/88(audience)

Jan 31 The Insult  1 hour 52 minutes

A minor incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee turns into an explosive trial that ends up dividing two communities. Fascinating watching a small incident develop into a major incident.

A 2017 Lebanese drama directed by Ziad Doueiri and co-written by Doueiri and Joelle Touma.

IMDB: 7.7/10; Rotten Tomatoes 86 % Nominated for an Academy Award, Best Foreign Film.