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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
 Feb 7
Motherless Brooklyn (R) 2 hours 24 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score : Critics 62%/ Audience 80%

“The imposing length requires patience but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

This film, with a private detective protagonist who struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome and the murder of his mentor and only friend, is presented in the style of film noir. This film is based on Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling and intriguing book.

Edward Norton (writer, director, actor), Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-raw, Bobby Cannavale,

Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams.

 Feb 14 
Mostly Martha Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 92%/ Audience 89%Valentine’s Day is perfect for showing this charming and fresh comedy of a severe German chef and her fun-loving Italian sous chef. She is shy and obsessive about her kitchen until events force her to open up to life. Friday Night Films is showing this film for the third time because it is perfect for the day and gray February.

An American version called No Reservations was deemed “syrupy, boring, smug” by the critics, but the original —Mostly Martha— is fun and a delight.

 Feb 21
Boy Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 87%/ Audience 86% Last month we showed Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and hope to show his Jo Jo Rabbit.  We’re showing his Boy this month, which “possesses the off-beat charm associated with a New Zealand film but is also fully capable of drawing the viewer in emotionally.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
 Feb 28 Harriet (PG-13) Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 73%/Audience 97%  2 hours 5 minutes
Harriet is “sleekly watchable, if risk averse to a fault, that I can’t recall a recent time at the cinema where I learned more by thinking less.” (Robbie Collin, Daily Express, United Kingdom)

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.

One of Friday Night’s patrons requested this film.

Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom, Jr. Director/co-writer Kasi Lemmons.