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)
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.
August 17 | September 21 | October 19 | November 16 | December 21 | January 18 | February 15
Thursday, August 17 – The Lost City of Z
Join the Library at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of The Lost City of Z. At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which views indigenous populations as savages, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide-de-camp, returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case. This film is rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity.
(2016, Rated PG-13, Running time: 2 hours, 21 minutes)
Thursday, September 21 – Split
Join the Library at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of Split. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.
(2016, Rated PG-13, Running time: 1 hour, 57 minutes)
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
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.
August 14 | September 11 | October 9 | November 13 | December 11 | January 8 | February 12
Monday, August 14 – Jet Li’s Fearless
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, Rated PG-13, 1 hour and 45 minutes) – Language: Mandarin
Monday, September 11 – Elle
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
(2016, Rated R, 2 hours and 10 minutes) – Language: French
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)
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.
September 5 | October 3 | November 7 | December 5 | January 2 | February 6
Tuesday, September 5 – The Boss Baby
Join the Library at the Bensenville Theatre for a showing of The Boss Baby. Boss Baby is a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, carries a briefcase, and is on a secret mission to discover why babies are losing their market share of love. In order to accomplish his mission he will have to join forces with his big brother, Tim. This film is rated PG for some mild rude humor.
(2017, Rated PG, 1 hour, 37 minutes)