Movies at the Library

9 to 5 (1980)(PG)(110 min)

Friday, September 10th at 7:00 PM

In honor of all those who labor, the Gays Mills Public Library Film Society is proud to show the hit movie 9 to 5 (1980)(PG)(110 minutes) starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Dabney Coleman. The movie will be shown in the community room of the Community Commerce Center on Friday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. and admission is FREE. Freshly popped corn, drinks, and other treats will be provided by the Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op at special low prices. A selected short will precede the main feature. The knowledgeable and entertaining Craig Anderson will introduce the film and moderate the discussion afterwards. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks, even if fully vaccinated.

SYNOPSIS: Three female office workers become friends and get revenge against their boss, a sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot, and in so doing create a more efficient and pleasant work environment.

The War of the Worlds (1953) and Hardware Wars (1978)

Friday, August 13 at 8:30 PM

Bring chairs and mosquito dope and join us for an outdoor viewing experience in the library parking lot. Craig will emcee the proceedings. (I’m especially excited to see the short Hardware Wars again.) The KEX will have treats and beverages on sale for special low prices. If it rains on Friday, we’ll reschedule to Saturday at 8:30.

The Seven Year Itch

Friday, July 9th at 7 PM

Come join us for the classic romantic comedy The Seven Year Itch (1955)(PG)(105 minutes). It’s based on a 1952 three-act play of the same name by George Axelrod, and co-written and directed by Billy Wilder. The knowledgeable and engaging Craig Anderson will introduce the film and moderate the discussion afterwards. A classic cartoon short subject will precede the main feature. The Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op will have yummy and nutritious snacks and beverages for sale at special low prices.

Synopsis: In the midst of a summer heat wave, New Yorker Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) ships his wife, Helen (Evelyn Keyes), and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, Richard encounters a gorgeous blonde model (Marilyn Monroe) who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering infidelity, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor — but will his fantasies about her become a reality?

Out in the Dark

Friday, June 11th at 7 PM

In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, join us for Out in the Dark (2012)(Not rated)(96 minutes).

The film tells the story of the relationship between Roy, an Israeli lawyer, and Nimer, a Palestinian psychology student. Much as they’d like to be left alone, both political conflict and orthodox beliefs will not leave their budding relationship untouched, with most of the egregious circumstances befalling Nimer, whom security forces pressure into helping them by stripping his access to education and threatening to leave him without family. Through his eye-witnessed death of a friend, Nimer knows he can’t oblige. Can love find a way through this no-win situation?

The film has been accredited with 25 awards throughout its creation, which includes the Audience Award at the Berlin Jewish Film Festival in 2013, along with the FilmOut San Diego in 2013. (Wikipedia)

Friday, May 14th at 7 PM

Like Water for Chocolate (Spanish: Como Agua Para Chocolate) is a 1992 Mexican romantic drama film in the style of magical realism based on the popular novel published in 1989 by Laura Esquivel. 
Synopsis: Tradition holds back the youngest of three Mexican daughters from marrying the man that she loves. In an attempt to stay closer together, her beloved marries the young woman’s sister and it is then that a magical and unique secret is discovered through her cooking.

Enchanted April 

Friday, April 9th at 7 PM

Based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1992 novel Enchanted April, the story focuses on four dissimilar women in 1920’s England who leave their rainy, gray environments to go on holiday in Italy. They discover a small medieval castle to be let for the month of April and decide to pool resources and rent it. The four women come together at the castle and, after many unexpected twists and turns, find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love.

The Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op will have yummy and nutritious snacks and beverages for sale at special low prices.

Advis& Consent  Friday, 10/9 at 7 PM

This month’s movie is a political drama that couldn’t be timelier. We’ll be showing ‘Advise and Consent’ (1962) on October 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Featuring Henry Fonda and a star-studded cast, this film is an examination of American politics, blind hypocrisy, idealism, and self-interest. The Kickapoo Exchange will have snacks and drinks available for a special low price of $1 per item. Thanks for making the movies as safe as possible by following mask and social distancing guidelines – and make sure to get out the vote!



Pleasantville  Friday, 9/11 at 8 PM

The Gays Mills Public Library continues its free monthly movie night with another outdoor screening, before it gets too cold. 

     On Friday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. bring your friends to enjoy the fantasy comedy-drama Pleasantville (1998) (PG-13) starring Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire. The movie will be shown at The Plaza, a delightful public space next to the Mercantile Center in Gays Mills. We’ll also show a Looney Tunes short before the feature.
      The Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op will provide snacks and soft drinks at the special price of a dollar per item.
      Please bring your own chairs and be prepared to practice social distancing. Restrooms will be available in the Mercantile Center.
      In case of rain, the movie will be rescheduled to Saturday, September 12 at 8 p.m.




An outdoor movie screening:

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Friday, August 14th at 8:30 PM

On The Plaza – next to the Mercantile Center in Gays Mills


The Rev. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is a religious fanatic and serial killer who targets women who use their sexuality to attract men (the shame!). Serving time in prison for car theft, he meets condemned murderer Ben Harper (Peter Graves), who confesses to hiding $10,000 in stolen loot. Released from jail, Powell is obsessed with finding the money, and he tracks down Harper’s widow, Willa (Shelley Winters), and her two children, John (Billy Chapin) and Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce).

Please bring your own chairs and refreshments. Restrooms will be available in the Mercantile Center. Masks wearing is encouraged but not required.

In case of rain, the movie will be rescheduled to Saturday, August 15th at 8:30 PM.


Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (PG) (1954)

Friday, July 10th at 7:00 PM

Free Admission

We invite you to another monthly movie – this time safer than ever!

We’ll be set up for physical distancing with plenty of air circulation, and protective masks will be required. Masks can be purchased at the event. As always, the knowledgeable and engaging Craig Anderson will introduce the film and moderate the discussion afterwards.






My Left Foot (R) (1989)

Friday, March 6th at 7:00 PM

Free Admission

Immediately following the Community Supper from 5-7 PM

No one expects much from Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), a boy with cerebral palsy born into a working-class Irish family. Though Christy is a spastic quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed, a miraculous event occurs when, at the age of 5, he demonstrates control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother (Brenda Fricker) — and no shortage of grit and determination — Christy overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet and author.




The Purple Rose of Cairo (PG) (1985)

Friday, February 14th at 7:00 PM 

Free Admission

Special Valentine’s showing with cookies, sweets and beverages 

Unhappily married Depression-era waitress Cecilia (Mia Farrow) earns the money while her inattentive husband, Monk (Danny Aiello), blows their meager income on getting drunk and gambling. To assuage her loneliness, Cecilia escapes to the picture show and becomes transfixed with the movie “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” and especially with its lead character, archeologist Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels). When Tom literally steps off of the screen and into her life, both realities are thrown into chaos. Directed by Woody Allen.

Peter’s Friends (R) (1992)

Friday, January 10th at 7:00 PM


A newly inherited mansion is the backdrop for a New Year’s reunion of friends invited there by its new owner, a former university chum. Starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.


Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

Friday, December 6th at 7:00 PM


Staid, secure publisher James Stewart leads a quiet life until he meets his bewitching downstairs neighbor, Kim Novak. John Van Druten’s lighthearted Broadway comedy becomes a lush if lightweight romantic vehicle for Stewart and Novak, who would reunite for Hitchcock’s Vertigo the next year. Novak is at her best as a Greenwich witch halfway between the worlds of magic and mortals, looking after her dotty aunt (Elsa Lanchester) and mischievous warlock brother (Jack Lemmon) as they keep their skills in practice. Novak’s specialty is making men fall for her, but it’s a one-way street: when a witch falls in love, she loses her powers.

We encourage lingering after the movie for discussion with your fellow theatergoers.



Right To Harm

Friday, November 15th at 7:00 PM


Through the riveting stories of five rural communities, RIGHT TO HARM exposes the devastating public health impact factory farming has on many disadvantaged citizens throughout the United States. Filmed across the country, the documentary chronicles the failures of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture. Known formally as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations – or CAFOs – these facilities produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators. This event is co-sponsored by the Crawford Stewardship Project which will facilitate a discussion following the film.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Friday, October 4th @ 7:00 PM

Free Admission – Bring your own refreshments.

Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra’s spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don’t advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with smiles on their faces–by serving said bachelors elderberry wine spiked with arsenic. When the sisters’ drama-critic nephew Mortimer (Cary Grant) stumbles onto their secret, he is understandably put out–especially since he has just married the lovely Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane). Given the homicidal tendencies of his aunts, the sinister activities of his escaped-convict older brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) and the disruptive behavior of younger brother Teddy (John Alexander)–who is convinced that he’s really Theodore Roosevelt, and runs around the house yelling “CHAAAAARGGGE”–Mortimer isn’t keen on starting a family with his new bride. “Insanity runs in my family,” he explains. “It practically gallops.” Further complications ensue when the murderous Jonathan Brewster arrives home, with his snivelling accomplice Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre) in tow. When Jonathan learns that his darling aunts have killed twelve men, he is incensed–they’re challenging his own record of murders. Though the movie rights for Arsenic and Old Lace were set up so that the film could not be released until 1944, director Capra shot the film quickly and inexpensively in 1941, so that his family could subsist on his $100,000 salary while he was serving in World War II. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Picnic (PG)(1955)

Friday, September 6th @ 7:00 PM

Based on the play by William Inge, the story covers one Labor Day weekend in a small Kansas town, and tells about the impact a virile drifter has on the lives of several women in the town. Starring William Holden and Kim Novak, the film also features Rosalind Russell, Susan Strasburg and Cliff Robertson. According to one reviewer, the movie contains one of the sexiest scenes in all of filmdom. Running time: 115 minutes.



Bring your own refreshments.




The Musical Comedy 1776

Friday, July 12th @ 7:00 PM

1776 is a delightful musical celebration of the founding of The United States of America. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence from Mother England. All events lead up to that most significant date, July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed.



The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Friday, June 7th @ 7:00 PM

June 6th, 1944 is universally known as D-Day, when the allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from the Nazis. The library would like to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this historic event by showing The Americanization of Emily, a 1964 film starring James Garner and Julie Andrews that takes place in England in the days leading up to and during the invasion. It’s really an anti-war movie masquerading as a war picture. Bring your own snacks and drinks.





Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) (Not Rated) 

Friday, May 3rd @ 7:00 PM

After the Community Supper from 5 – 7 PM, stay right where you are in the Community Room and we’ll continue our dinner-themed movie series with this classic starring Sydney Poitier and Spencer Tracy in his last film role, and also featuring Katharine Hepburn who won the best actress Oscar for her work in the film.








Julie & Julia (2009) (PG-13) Friday, 3/29 @ 7:00 PM

After the Community Supper from 5 – 7 PM, stay right where you are in the Community Room and we’ll show this entertaining culinary comedy on the big screen.






Decoding the Driftless   Sunday, January 20 @ 2 PM

The 2018 movie, Decoding the Driftless will be shown free of charge in the Community Room of the Community Commerce Center at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 20th. There will be a Q & A with one of the producers of the film, George Howe, following the hour-long movie. DVDs will be available for purchase.






Movie Day, Friday, December 21st

We’ll be showing two movies free of charge in the Community Room of the Community Commerce Building (CCC). Snacks will be provided.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) PG-13

1:30 PM

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) G

4:00 PM