Cook Library Cinema Club: Angelina Jolie
Actress Angelina Jolie turns 39 this week! After a fairly quiet year in which she dealt with a major health issue, the popular star is back with two high-profile projects in 2014. She gets a chance to show off her dark side through her starring role in the just-released Disney Studios film Maleficent, which focuses on the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil" of Sleeping Beauty fame -- and tells the fascinating tale of exactly why she became so rotten. Elle Fanning co-stars as the innocent Princess Aurora.
Jolie also served as producer and director of the highly-anticipated film version of Laura Hillenbrand's monumental bestseller Unbroken, which relates the inspirational, true story of Louie Zamperini, Olympic runner turned Army Air Corps bombardier, who survived tortuous conditions in a POW camp after his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during WWII. The project boasts a screenplay by the Coen brothers and is scheduled for release in December.
Well before her days as one-half of one of the most glamorous couples in Hollywood, Jolie turned heads with her break-out performance in the sobering 1999 drama Girl, Interrupted, for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The film, which chronicles the lives of several young women committed to a psychiatric facility, also stars Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg, and Vanessa Redgrave. You'll also spot a young Elizabeth Moss among the supporting players, before she hit it big in the AMC series Mad Men. Why not check out Jolie's Oscar-winning performance for yourself? You can find Girl, Interrupted on DVD at the library!