Movies: anytime, any location, all ages

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.

Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut and casts himself in the lead role of Caius Martius, the banished Roman general who aligns with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on the city. Fiennes shot this brilliant adaptation in war-ravaged Serbia. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

In conjunction with Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four of our favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

Romeo & Juliet’s timeless tale of star-cross’d lovers adds an undead element in Warm Bodies (PG-13, 98 min., 2013), a romance between R, a young zombie (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie (Teresa Palmer), a girl who helps him feel a bit more human.

    May 20 – Strange Brew (1983)
    June 17 – Warm Bodies (2013)


Friday, July 15, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

The Bard goes to boarding school in She’s the Man (PG-13, 75 min., 2006), a teenage Twelfth Night tale. Viola (Amanda Bynes) disguises herself as her twin brother to make the soccer team; but things get complicated as she falls for a teammate (Channing Tatum).

    May 20 – Strange Brew (1983)


Friday, August 19, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

Shakespearean drama dances across the streets and rooftops of New York in West Side Story (NR, 152 min., 1961). This classic musical reimagining of Romeo & Juliet substitutes a gangland feud between the Jets and Sharks gangs for the royal rumble Montagues and Capulets.

    May 20 – Strange Brew (1983)


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