The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Film Series screens free movies Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in the historic Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicapped accessibility is in the rear of the building.

The theme for May’s Friday Night Films is Political Machinations, continuing May 19 with  “Seven Days in May” (1964, USA). Military aide Martin Casey (Kirk Douglas) stumbles across a plot by his boss (Burt Lancaster) to overthrow the President of the United State (Fredric March), who has just negotiated a controversial peace treaty. Casey's dilemma: follow orders and remain silent; or betray his boss. Director John Frankenheimer demonstrates the same mastery that made “The Manchurian Candidate” a classic, and Lancaster gives a fine performance in an unsympathetic role. “Seven Days in May” is nonrated and runs 118 minutes.

This month’s series concludes May 26 with “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962, USA). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments are served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.