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Movie Screenings

This month, the library will be hosting two movie screenings in our Program Room. Up first is Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers, recently nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Paul Giamatti), Best Supporting Actress (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Editing. The film tells the story of disagreeable schoolteacher Paul Hunham (Giamatti) who ends up staying at school during Christmas break to supervise holdover students who can’t travel home for the holidays. Troublemaker Angus (Dominic Sessa) and head cook Mary (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) build an unexpected bond with Paul on campus. Together, they go through hilarious adventures, celebrating Christmas in their own unique way.

Of all this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture, The Holdovers is arguably the most rewatchable. It has the feel of a timeless classic that could have been made 50 years ago, yet still feels vibrant and relevant today. Screenings will be in our Program Room on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 PM, and again on Thursday, February 22 at 2 PM. The film is rated R, and runs 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Then on Saturday, February 24 at 1:30PM, we’ll be screening Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla. Based on Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me, the film tells the story of how teenager Priscilla Beaulieu (Cailee Spaeny) becomes enamored with  musical icon Elvis Presley (Jacob Elordi), and how their courtship and consequent marriage change Priscilla’s life.

The film features outstanding performances by its two leads, and is a quietly fascinating counterpart to Baz Luhrmann’s extravagant epic Elvis, which we screened this past summer. It is rated R, and runs 1 hour & 53 minutes.

Both films will be screened with English subtitles for the hard of hearing. These screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston Library, and are free and open to the public, with no registration required. Free popcorn will be served while supplies last; doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions

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