Studio Ghibli Film Series

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and maker of anime feature films. He, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. In honor of Hayao Miyazaki coming out of retirement to give us one more beautiful creation, the Library will be showing Studio Ghibli classic movies on the second Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center.

March 13
Ponyo (101 minutes)
April 10 My Neighbor Totoro (86 minutes)
May 8 Kiki’s Delivery Service (103 minutes)
June 12 Spirited Away (125 minutes)
July 10 The Secret World of Arrietty (94 minutes)
August 14 Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind (117 minutes)

Film Fanatics

Join Kelly the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of cinematic gems you may have missed. Admission to the show is free! Film titles for this program are announced one month prior to the event.

April 20 | May 18 | June 15 | July 20 | August 17

Thursday, June 15 – A United Kingdom

Join the Library at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of A United Kingdom. A United Kingdom is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940’s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history. This film is rated PG-13 for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality. 

(2016, Rated PG-13, Running time: 1 hour, 51 minutes)

Thursday, July 27 – The Zookeeper’s Wife

Join the Library at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of The Zookeeper’s Wife, the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk. This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking. 

(2016, Rated PG-13, Running time: 1 hour, 51 minutes)

Monday Matinees

Mondays at 1:00 p.m.
June 12 – July 24

Join the library every Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Bensenville Theatre for Monday Matinees. Each week we will feature one of our favorite animated films based on books. Admission to the show is free.

June 12 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
June 19 The Lorax
June 26 The Iron Giant
July 3 Coraline
July 10 How to Train Your Dragon
July 17 Meet the Robinsons
July 24 Rise of the Guardians


Foreign Language Film Series

Join us on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bensenville Theatre for our Foreign Language Film Series, featuring films in a variety of languages. Admission is free! All films will be presented in their native languages with English subtitles.

Monday, June 12 – Day for Night (Language: French – Rated PG)

This affectionate farce from François Truffaut about the joys and strife of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films. Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud), an aging but still forceful Italian diva (Valentina Cortese), and a British ingenue haunted by personal scandal (Jacqueline Bisset). An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of sex and romance, Day for Night is buoyed by robust performances and a sparkling score by the legendary Georges Delerue.

(1973, 1 hour and 55 minutes)

Monday, July 10 – Casa de Mi Padre (Language: Spanish – Rated R)

Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father’s ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando’s younger brother Raul (Diego Luna), shows up with his new fiancé, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul’s success as an international businessman means the ranch’s troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul’s business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).

(2012, 1 hour and 24 minutes)

Monday, August 14 – Jet Li’s Fearless (Language: Mandarin – Rated PG-13)

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired his nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight – and win.

(2006, 1 hour and 45 minutes)

Based on the Book

Join the Library the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bensenville Theater for a showing of our favorite films based on books. Admission to the show is free!

Thursday, February 16 – Love & Friendship

Based on the book by Jane Austen.

In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy (Xavier Samuel).

(2016, Rated PG, Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes)

Family Movie Night

 Join the Library the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of our favorite family films. Admission to the show is free! Film titles for this program are announced one month prior to the event. Visit the Library’s website for more information.

April 4 | May 2 | June 6 | August 1

Tuesday, June 6 – Moana Sing-Along!

Join the Library at the Bensenville Theatre for a sing-along showing of Moana, the story of an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage. Along the way Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. This film is rated PG for peril, some scary images, and brief thematic elements.   NOTE: Although the lyrics will not be on the screen, we will be encouraging everyone to sing along with all of their favorite Moana songs!

(2016, Rated PG, 1 hour, 53 minutes)