Another year of free monthly movies suitable for the whole family launches Monday, January 7, at the First United Methodist Church.
January’s comedy is “No Time for Sergeants”, starring Andy Griffith and with Don Knotts in their first pairing on the screen. Griffith, who died last year, first played the part of a country boy in the newly-formed Air Force on Broadway (remember the saluting toilets?). When the show went to Hollywood, so did he, giving his career its lift-off. We’ll see it Monday, the 7th, at 7 pm.
The February Valentine romance is “The Red Shoes”, about a ballerina torn between love and career, with an ending you’ll never expect.
The March murder mystery is the Texas-made “Bernie”. Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey play out the tale of the meanest woman in Carthage, Texas, who goes looking for love and ends up murdered by the nicest guy in town, a pillar of the church.
They’re followed in April and May by “Never Cry Wolf”, a biologist spending a year in northern Canada learning about wolves, himself, and the pros and cons of a diet of fieldmice. Then “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, a comedy starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, takes a group of English retirees to India to stretch their pensions, with varying results.
The summer program is three romantic comedies written and directed by Nora Ephron, who died in 2012: “Sleepless in Seattle” in June, “You’ve Got Mail” in July and “Julie & Julia” in August.
In September it’s Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin — no, not an action shoot-’em-up — it’s “Paint Your Wagon”! Can you imagine those two in a singing, dancing musical? No, they can’t sing, but that’s part of what makes this one a must-see.
The shoot-’em-up comes in October, when Paul Newman and Robert Redford ride again as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.
The series winds up in November with Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, the classic film about two down-and-out Americans and one experienced prospector hunting gold in the mountains of Mexico, and battling demons both external and internal.
All the movies are on Monday nights at 7 in the Activity Building of the First United Methodist Church. Shows and refreshments are free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the church office at 868-7414.