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Hawthorne Movie Matinees for Adults

Oct 5, 2023
Hawthorne Movie Matinee at Hawthorne Library

Stop into Hawthorne Library every Thursday afternoon at 2PM for a movie matinee! This is a film series for adults that presents critically-acclaimed and award-winning feature films, with documentaries shown occasionally, as well. Most films will be English language, and English subtitles will be on whenever available. All foreign films will be shown in original language with English subtitles. Most films are rated R or equivalent.

All are welcome, and friendly informal discussions after the movie are encouraged. Refreshments will be served (sodas, assorted candies, and popcorn)!

Kajillionaire (2020)Kajillionaire movie poster

Thursday, October 12 | 2-4:15PM

From acclaimed writer/director Miranda July comes a profoundly moving and wildly original comedy. Con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger (Gina Rodriguez) into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down.

Rated: R | 106 min | Drama/Crime

Hell or High Water (2016)Hell or High Water movie poster

Thursday, October 19 | 2-4:15PM

Toby is a divorced father who's trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that's about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who's only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who's not ready to ride off into the sunset.

Rated: R | 102 min | Crime/Drama/Thriller

Every Body (2023)Every Body movie poster

Thursday, October 26 | 2-4:15PM

From Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Julie Cohen and in partnership with NBC News Studios, Every Body is a revelatory investigation of the lives of intersex people. The film tells the stories of three individuals who have moved from childhoods marked by shame, secrecy, and non-consensual surgeries to thriving adulthoods after each decided to set aside medical advice to keep their bodies a secret and instead came out as their authentic selves.

Actor and screenwriter River Gallo (they/them), political consultant Alicia Roth Weigel (she/they), and Ph.D. student Sean Saifa Wall (he/him) are now leaders in a fast-growing global movement advocating for greater understanding of the intersex community and an end to unnecessary surgeries. Woven into the story is a stranger-than-fiction case of medical abuse, featuring exclusive footage from the NBC News archives, which helps explain the modern-day treatment of intersex people.

Rated: R | 92 min | Documentary

Dead Poets Society (1989)Dead Poets Society movie poster

Thursday, November 2 | 2-4:15PM

A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating's help, students Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day.

Rated: PG | 128 min | Comedy/Drama

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)McCabe and Mrs Miller movie poster

Thursday, November 9 | 2-4:15PM

Robert Altman's revisionist Western about a gambler and a prostitute who go into business together running a bordello and tavern in a Northwest mining town, but soon, a big corporation moves in and threatens their success. Julie Christie was nominated for Best Actress as Mrs. Miller.

Rated: R | 121 min | Drama/Western

Drive (2011)Drive movie poster

Thursday, November 16 | 2-4:15PM

A mysterious Hollywood action film stuntman gets in trouble with gangsters when he tries to help his neighbor's husband rob a pawn shop while serving as his getaway driver.

Rated: R | 101 min | Action/Drama

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)Grapes of Wrath movie poster

Thursday, November 30 | 2-4:15PM

John Ford's powerful adaptation of the John Steinbeck classic about a destitute farm family migrating from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to "the promised land," California, during the Great Depression. Henry Fonda stars and Jane Darwell won a Supporting Actress Oscar as Ma Joad, the soft-spoken, determined matriarch of the clan. Ford won an Oscar for his directing.

Rated: Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)The Hudsucker Proxy movie poster

Thursday, December 7 | 2-4:15PM

A darkly comic look at big business and corporate greed.

When the founder of Hudsucker Industries leaps to his death from the 44th floor boardroom window the board of directors panics. But there is a plan: install a complete imbecile as president of the company and devalue the stock so the board can acquire a controlling interest for themselves. But where can they find such a guileless patsy?

Enter Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins). Fresh off the bus from Muncie, Indiana, as a graduate of the 1958 class of the Muncie College of Business Administration, Norville is ready to start at the bottom and work his way up to the top of the corporate world...he just never imagined it would happen so quickly.

Rated: PG | 105 min | Comedy/Drama/Fantasy

Little Richard: I Am Everything (2023)Little Richard: I Am Everything movie poster

Thursday, December 14 | 2-4:15PM

The story of the Black queer origins of rock n' roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman.

Rated: Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

Blue Jean (2023)Blue Jean movie poster

Thursday, December 21 | 2-4:15PM

The drama film follows Jean, a gym teacher leading a double life in '80s Britain. As Margaret Thatcher proposes an anti-LGBTQ law, Jean feels pressured to continue hiding her lesbian identity. When a new female student joins the school, Jean faces an unexpected challenge and must reexamine everything she stands for.

Rated: Not Rated | 97 min | Drama/History

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (2023)Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret movie poster

Thursday, December 28 | 2-4:15PM

This timeless, coming-of-age story has transcended decades and spoken to generations. At 11, Margaret is moving to a new town and beginning to contemplate everything about life, friendship, and adolescence. She relies on her mother (Rachel McAdams), who offers loving support but is herself finding her own footing in a new place, and her grandmother Sylvia (Kathy Bates), who is coming to terms with finding happiness in the next phase of her life. For all three, questions of identity, one’s place in the world, and what brings meaning to a life will draw them closer together than ever before.

Rated: PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy/Drama/Family

Joy Ride (2023)Joy Ride movie poster

Thursday, January 4 | 2-4:15PM

A hilarious and unapologetically explicit story of identity and self-discovery centers on four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure. When Audrey’s (Ashley Park) business trip to Asia goes sideways, she enlists the aid of Lolo (Sherry Cola), her irreverent, childhood best friend who also happens to be a hot mess; Kat (Stephanie Hsu), her college friend turned Chinese soap star; and Deadeye (Sabrina Wu), Lolo’s eccentric cousin. Their no-holds-barred, epic experience becomes a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging, and wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.

Rated: R | 95 min | Comedy

A Thousand and One (2023)A Thousand and One movie poster

Thursday, January 11 | 2-4:15PM

Unapologetic and free-spirited Inez (Teyana Taylor) kidnaps her six-year-old son Terry from the foster care system. Holding onto their secret and each other, mother and son set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity, and stability, in a rapidly changing New York City.

Rated: R | 117 min | Crime/Drama

Hardcore (1979)Hardcore movie poster

Thursday, January 18 | 2-4:15PM

Screen legend George C. Scott gives a strong, sensitive portrayal of a deeply religious Midwestern businessman whose daughter, while on a church-sponsored outing, runs away from home. He hires an oddball detective (Peter Boyle) who learns that the daughter has been making cheap sex films. When the father realizes that he can no longer trust the detective, he decides to hunt for his daughter himself. Posing as a porno film producer casting a new movie, he gathers clues with ferocious determination. Finally, with the help of a prostitute (Season Hubley) he locates his daughter. But is it too late? Paul Schrader, writer (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) and director (Blue Collar, American Gigolo), presents a powerful, unflinching glimpse into the dark, bizarre world of the pornography industry.

Rated: R | 105 min | Crime/Drama

Bless Me, Ultima (2013)Bless Me Ultima movie poster

Thursday, January 25 | 2-4:15PM

Based on acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya’s novel, BLESS ME, ULTIMA is a turbulent coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a curandera named Ultima moves in with his family, Antonio experiences a series of mysterious and terrifying events which cause him to grapple with questions about his own destiny, and the powers of this mystical woman.

Rated: PG-13 | 102 min | Drama/History

Please call Hawthorne Library at 608-246-4548 if you would like more information about upcoming movies.