`The Queen' heads May movie lineup
The movie "The Queen," for which Helen Mirren won an Academy Award, leads the list of offerings for May and June at the Jefferson County Library Community Film Center.
The film center, located at 134 S.E. E St., Madras, shows movies for free, with refreshments available at evening showings.
May 4, 7:30 p.m., "The Queen" (PG-13):
A revealing, witty portrait of the British royal family in crisis immediately following the death of Princess Diana. The setting for this fictional account of real events is no less than the private chambers of the royal family and the British government in the wake of the sudden death of Princess Diana in August of 1997.
In the immediate aftermath of the princess's passing, the tightly contained, tradition-bound world of the queen of England clashes with the slick modernity of the country's brand new, image-conscious prime minister, Tony Blair. The result is an intimate, yet thematically epic, battle between private and public, responsibility and emotion, custom and action -- as a grieving nation waits to see what its leaders will do.
May 11, 7:30 p.m., "Babel" (R):
In the remote sands of the Moroccan desert, a rifle shot rings out -- detonating a chain of events that will link an American tourist couple's frantic struggle to survive, two Moroccan boys involved in an accidental crime, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children and a Japanese teen rebel whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo.
Separated by clashing cultures and sprawling distances, each of these four disparate groups of people are nevertheless hurtling towards a shared destiny of isolation and grief. In the course of just a few days, they will each face the dizzying sensation of becoming profoundly lost -- lost in the desert, lost to the world, lost to themselves -- as they are pushed to the farthest edges of confusion and fear as well as to the very depths of connection and love.
May 12, 2 p.m. matinee, "Cars" (G):
Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters -- including Sally, a snazzy 2002 Porsche, Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, and Mater, a rusty but trusty tow truck, who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship.
May 25, 7:30 p.m., "North by Northwest" (NR):
In this Alfred Hitchcock classic, a suave, succesful New York advertising executive played by Cary Grant, finds himself, through a case of mistaken identity, embroiled in a web of intrigue and murder that takes him across the country to prove his innocence to the police and get an evil crime syndicate, looking for a lost microfilm, off his tail.
June 1, 7:30 p.m., "IQ" (PG):
Set in Princeton, N.J., in the mid-1950s, the scientific genius Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau) is cast in the role of a most unlikely Cupid when his brainy niece Catherine (Meg Ryan) becomes engaged to an equally scholarly but conniving psychologist. Foreseeing a bleak future for Catherine if she goes through with the marriage, Einstein decides to find his niece a new and truer love. Though Catherine is determined to marry a genius like her Uncle Albert, it is Ed (Tim Robbins), a grease monkey at the local garage, who strikes Einstein as his niece's proper match.