MIDDLETOWN: AND THE OSCAR WENT TO…

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney assess the GRAVITY of the situation, as Middletown Township Public Library hosts a month-of-Mondays worth of recent box office hits, Oscar nominees and critical faves.

While it doesn’t have the red-carpet, press-party glamour and cachet of the Academy Awards, the June series of free film screenings at Middletown Township Public Library does boast a lot of the same spotlight films from the last Oscar ceremony — with the possible added bonuses of NO celebrity selfies, NO celebrity-on-celebrity mispronunciation mayhem, and NO live mic handed to Matthew McConaughey.

The 2:30 pm events inside the library’s air-conditioned Community Room begin on Monday, June 2 with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in writer-director Alfonso Cuaron’s end-of-your-tether space suspenser Gravity, a seven-time winner at the 86th Oscars and a bonanza for box offices and Bullock alike.

The film series continues on the afternoon of June 9 with the Coen Brothers’ look at the (mis)adventures of an early 1960s folk singer in  Inside Llewyn Davis. On June 16, Matthew McConaughey turns in his dynamite Best Actor performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the kinda-true story of a Texas redneck turned entrepreneurial activist for AIDS treatment. On June 23, Bruce Dern competes with the stark and sullen black-and-white landscape of Nebraska in director Alexander Payne’s arthouse hit, and on June 30 Joaquin Phoenix turns in his best performance in years in Her, Spike Jonze’s smartly written love story of a boy and his operating system.