The Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., is concluding its Winter Matinee film series in March with poignant films that focus on the theme of redemption. The films are shown Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

On March 18, “The Hustler” (1961), will be screened. A brash, self-centered pool hustler has just one dream — to be the greatest pool player ever. What he did not count on was falling in love along the way. An all-star cast of Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason and Piper Laurie helped garner eight Oscar nominations for the film including Best Picture.

On March 25, “The Spitfire Grille” (1996), will end the series. Can a Central Maine town with no future be saved by a young woman with a dark past? This feel-good redemption story stars Ellen Burstyn, Alison Elliott and Marcia Gay Harden. It was shot by Maine cinematographer Robert Draper and was the Audience Award Winner at Sundance.

The snow date for all movies is the following Monday evening at 7 p.m., when the Abbott Room is available.

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