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'Jack the Giant Slayer' showing tonight at Yarborough Branch

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Dinner and a movie is a common weekend activity, but the Austin Public Library screens films as part of Weeknight Cinema to make Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights just as entertaining. At Yarborough Branch, the Based On Books Film Series spotlights movies adapted from literature.

Last month, it was the romantic fantasy flick "Beautiful Creatures". This Thursday at 6:30 p.m., it's a different kind of magical tale with "Jack the Giant Slayer". Based on two British fairy tales, "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk", the American adventure film was released in theaters earlier this year in both 2D and 3D.

The traditional magic beans and princess in peril comes to life with an army of computer-generated giants. Reviewers gave the film a mixed reception, feeling that the modern effects of CGI overwhelming the traditional tale. However, most agreed that this was a good-natured family adventure. See it for yourself, then check out one of the many book versions of the story available from the library.

All screenings are free and open to the public. Next month, the library will be screening another new take on a literary classic, "Oz the Great and Powerful". For more events, check out the Austin Public Library calendar.