In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Moorestown Library presents this five-film series of genre gems. Hosted by author and Temple University and RCBC communications professor Irv Slifkin, the series offers a mix of outer-space-oriented adventures, most of which are rarely shown on the big-screen. As an added bonus, the films will be presented with fun-filled short subjects before each screening.
Tuesday Aug 7 @ 7 pm
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick’s landmark science fiction remains as equally dazzling and controversial today as the day it was released 50 years ago. The director and Arthur C. Clarke penned the story about a monolith discovered on the Moon, which leads to a spectacular mission towards Jupiter controlled by a cutting-edge computer named Hal 9000. With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester.
NOTE: This film will be shown with a brief intermission.
149 min. Rated G
Thursday Aug 9 @ 7 PM
Sixteen years after 2001: A Space Odyssey took the world by storm, writer-director-cinematographer Peter Hyams delivers an intriguing and exciting follow-up to the Kubrick classic. Tensions run high on a joint mission teaming American and Russian astronauts out to uncover the mysteries surrounding the Discovery, the ship of the original film. Roy Scheider, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow and Bob Balaban star.
116 min. Rated PG
Monday Aug 13 @ 7 pm
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
A huge spaceship lands in Washington, D.C. bringing with it a space traveler (Michael Rennie) and a huge robotic companion with the ability to vaporize people. The traveler poses as a human and rents a room in a house while he attempts to contact someone he can warn about Earth’s future. Directed by Robert Wise, this acclaimed sci-fi classic co-stars Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Billy Gray and Sam Jaffe.
92 min. Not Rated
Tuesday Aug 21 @ 7 PM
First Men in the Moon (1964)
A fanciful and thrilling precursor to the “Steampunk” style, this Jules Verne story centers on a trip to the Moon by an international crew of astronauts who discover a faded Union Jack on its surface. An investigation uncovers a flight that occurred in 1899 whose crew encountered a series of interstellar dangers. Boasting special effects by Ray Harryhausen, the film features Edward Judd, Lionel Jeffries and Martha Hyer.
103 min. Rated PG
Monday Aug 27 @ 7 pm
Warning: In space, nobody can hear you scream! A crew on the merchant space vessel Nostromo encounters a monstrosity the likes of which has never been seen before. Ridley Scott’s brilliantly calibrated mix of science fiction and intergalactic terror stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and a cat called Jonesy.
116 min. R (for language, violence)