Movie - The Martian

Friday, Jul 26, 2019 at 2:00pm


Bernardsville Public Library will present a free screening of "The Martian" (2015), based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Andy Weir, starring Matt Damon, and directed by the legendary Ridley Scott.

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm.  With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet.  Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

New York Times reviewer Manohla Dargis described the movie as “A space western and a blissed-out cosmic high.”

Viewers are encouraged to linger after the film to talk about it.  Ed English will provide a brief document to start the discussion, and there is always a spirited conversation about character, motivation and style!

Bernardsville Library's movie series is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library.  The movies are selected for cultural enrichment and for appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests in the community.  The next film, "A Star Is Born," will be shown on Friday, August 23 at 2:00 pm.

There is no charge to attend the movies; advance sign-up is requested, but not required.  To register online go to and follow the link from Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.