The downtown Camden Public Library is hosting a free Sunday Matinee movie series, which continues March 7 at 2:30 p.m. with “Children of Men.”

“We’ll be picking up where the Opera House series left off,” said Ken Gross, program director at the library.

“We know there are a lot of movie fans in this community, and we have an enthusiastic volunteer, Eddie Adelman, to help get this movie series off the ground,” he said, adding that Adelman has compiled notes for all the films.

The 2006 “Children of Men” runs 109 minutes and is rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity. Starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, the film is set in 2029 in London. For the last 18 years, not one child has been born to the human race, anywhere on earth. With no hope for the future, mankind has descended into a dehumanizing world of chaos, paranoia, anarchy and warring nationalistic sects. Extinction is inevitable.

But one woman has become pregnant. Her secret must be kept safe, at all costs, if the human race is to survive. A desperate journey to deliver her to safety ensues. This thinking man’s thriller was nominated for three Oscars and includes a spot-on performance by Caine, who plays an aging hippie activist, still loyal to “the cause.”

On March 21 at 2:30 p.m., the series will screen “Billy Elliot.” The 2000 film runs 110 minutes, is rated R and stars Jamie Bell and Julie Walters. Eleven-year-old Billy Elliot lives in a tough mining town in Northern England. Instead of taking boxing lessons in school, Billy sneaks off to ballet class. The ballet mistress soon realizes Billy’s potential and secretly trains him after school.

This clash of cultures — the macho mining mentality vs. the genteel world of ballet — is what makes this such an endearing story. “Billy Elliot” was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Walters.)

On March 28 at 2:30 p.m.. the series will screen “Resurrection,” a 1980 PG-rated film that runs 103 minutes and stars Ellen Burstyn and Sam Shepard. Is it possible to be a faith healer without any faith? Edna McCauley (Burstyn) experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, Edna discovers that she has the ability to heal the physical infirmities of both herself and others. Since Edna does not place the healings within a religious context, she is both revered and reviled. This movie was nominated for two Oscars, including a Best Actress for Burstyn.

The screenings are free, but donations will be gladly accepted.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to