2014-03-12 / Family's a screening

Movie night at the library focuses on ‘thoughtful’ films
By Joan Hughes

Looking for something entertaining to do once a month, on a Tuesday evening?

With no admission charge?

Conveniently located?

And with free snacks?

If so, look no further than Meet You at the Movies at the Midlothian branch of the Chesterfield County Public Library.

On April 1, the library will present “In a World,” starring Lake Bell, who also wrote and directed the film. According to the website, the film is about an underachieving voice coach who finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.

“We do try to choose more thoughtful films,” said Kate Denwiddie, a library specialist at the Chesterfield County Public Library.

She also said the movies are for adults. “We do include R-rated films in the mix so we recommend them [the movies] for adults,” Denwiddie said.

Since April 2013, the library has treated the community to a movie on the first Tuesday of every month, according to Denwiddie. The events are “a fun, relaxed, social experience.”

People who attend are mainly those “who are interested in like a more thoughtful kind of movie and who want to have a social moviegoing experience without having to go to a theater,” Denwiddie said.

So far, the best-attended movie was “Argo,” starring Ben Affleck. “Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980,” according to Fifty-six people attended that movie last May.

The least-attended movie so far was the December 2013 showing of “Much Ado About Nothing,” a “modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words,” according to “I think we had a grand total of five,” Denwiddie said. She attributed the poor showing to the time of year and competing plans rather than the movie itself.

While free snacks are provided by Friends of the Chesterfield County Public Library, moviegoers are welcome to bring their own, Denwiddie said.

“Dallas Buyers Club” is scheduled to be the May movie.

Meet You at the Movies: “In a World,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Free. 768-7907,

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