By Gail McCarthy
---- — ROCKPORT — The Rockport Public Library is once again hosting its annual free winter Cabin Fever Matinees to provide some diversion in the darkest months of the year.
The series features two movies each week, on Saturday and Tuesday, both at 2 p.m. Saturday features are recent award-nominated films and Tuesdays feature light-hearted classics. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library. Movies and popcorn are free. The building is handicapped accessible.
“We started the Cabin Fever movie series at the library about seven years ago to fill in the post-holiday gap and help beat the winter doldrums,” said library director Hope Coffman. “The movie series has become one of our popular programs. Early in the fall people start to ask if the library is going to do the movies again.”
She said the movies are selected to represent a variety of stories and actors that appeal to the community.
“The staff enjoys welcoming people to the free movies and popcorn,” she added.
This winter’s lineup is:
Saturday matinees at 2 p.M.
Jan. 12: “The Bourne Legacy” features Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. Agent Aaron Cross relies on his genetically-enhanced skills to finish what Jason Bourne started in this action-packed hit that takes the Bourne series to explosive new levels.
Jan. 19: “Hope Springs” features Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. The film is about a middle-aged couple who attend an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.
Jan. 26: “Arbitrage,” starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, is a thriller about a troubled hedge fund magnate who is desperate to sell his trading empire and makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Feb. 2: “Moonrise Kingdom” features Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis and an ensemble cast in a story about a pair of lovers who flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to find them.
Feb. 9: “Trouble with the Curve” features Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in a story about an ailing baseball scout in his twilight years who takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip.
Feb. 16: “The Fighter” starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale offers a look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid-1980s. Look for a cameo by Gloucester resident Bo Cleary, an athletic trainer who worked with Wahlberg for the film, as the cop who breaks Ward’s hand when breaking up a fight.
In a change from the Saturday matinee schedule on Sunday, Feb. 24, “Searching for Sugar Man” starring Steve Segerman and Dennis Coffey will be shown. This documentary is about two South Africans who set out to discover what happened to their musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller Rodriguez.
March 2: “To Rome with Love” features Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz in this romantic comedy that follows four intertwining stories of a worker who wakes up to find himself a celebrity, an architect who takes a trip back to the street he lived on as a student, a young couple on their honeymoon, and a frustrated opera director who has a talent for discovering talented singers.
March 9: “We Bought a Zoo” features Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in a family drama about a young family that moves to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.
Tuesday matinees at 2 p.m.
Jan. 15: Cher and Nicolas Cage star in “Moonstruck,” a romantic comedy about a bookkeeper who falls for the brother of her fiance.
Jan. 22: Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star in “Shawshank Redemption,” the true story of two imprisoned men who and find solace and redemption through acts of common decency.
Jan. 29: Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell star in “The Unsinkable Mollie Brown,” a musical comedy about a poor girl who leaves her mountain cabin in search of a wealthy husband and a better life.
Feb. 5: Three days after this year’s appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell will star in “Groundhog Day,” about a weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again.
Feb. 12: Sidney Poitier stars in “In the Heat of the Night” in which he plays the role of an African American detective investigating a murder in a racist southern town.
Feb. 19: Jeff Bridges and John Goodman star in “The Big Lebowski,” a comedy in which a man mistaken for a millionaire enlists his bowling buddies to get restitution for his ruined rug.
Feb. 26: Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire star in “Funny Face,” a musical comedy in which a young fashion photographer falls in love with a drab bookseller.
March 5: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in the classic film “Casablanca.”
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or firstname.lastname@example.org.