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MIDDLETOWN: OSCAR FILMS AND OTHERWISE

horrible-bosses-2-stills-latest-wallpapers-6135771Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis stumble into a life of crime in HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, one of the free movies screening in June at Middletown Library. 

They’re the recent movies that you were meaning to see — just not necessarily on a cell phone screen, while waiting in line for another movie. And, as opposed to most other methods of delivery, they’re also fabulously free; presented in the climate controlled Community Room at Middletown Township Public Library every Monday afternoon (and select Fridays) throughout the summer.

Following a Memorial Day break, the Movie Mondays series resumes at MTPL on June 1 with a 2:30 pm showing of the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 — in which the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis find themselves swindled by prospective business partners, caught up in a convoluted kidnapping scheme, and forced to enlist the Horrible Bosses (including Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey) from the first film.

Shifting gears into the more dramatic side of criminal schemes and deceptions, director David Fincher’s Gone Girl (June 8) casts Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the prime suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike in a starmaking turn) disappears — or does she? Gillian Flynn’s adaptation of her own thriller novel takes some devilish twists and turns before arriving at a nicely nasty “happy” ending.

A recently established series of New Film Fridays continues at 2 pm on June 12 with Unbroken, director Angelina Jolie’s dramatization of real-life Olympian Louis Zamperini’s harrowing World War II experiences as a plane-crash survivor and prisoner of the Japanese army. The Monday series resumes on June 15 with Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s celebrated portrait of a pre-teen boy’s often uneasy journey toward adulthood — filmed over the course of a dozen years, with young Ellar Coltrane at the heart of the ultimate coming-of-age story, and Patricia Arquette taking home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

An epic sci-fi scenario unfolds on June 22, with Matthew McConaughey starring as an astronaut sent to scout out possible replacement worlds for a disaster-plagued Earth in Interstellar. The nearly three-hour tour from director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) won an Oscar for its visual effects — but if there was one film that went home on Oscar’s arm this year it was Birdman, the darkly comic fantasia that re-energized the moribund career of Michael Keaton. The former screen Batman stars as an aging actor struggling to get out from under the shadow of his old superhero role by bringing an ambitious stage project to New York — contending with obnoxious showbiz types, self-doubt and his own slipping grip on reality. Shot with a restless energy in long, nearly continuous takes, the film by Alejandro González Iñáritu took Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography — and it wraps the monthly series with a 2:30 pm screening on June 29.

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