April's Friday Flix will feature Remakes and Originals of recent films. There are many reasons why filmmakers remake a film: cashing in on a successful original; wanting to re-make a favorite; or wanting to update or improve a previous piece of art. Sometimes the new version is better, sometimes not.

This month, Karen Gleeson and Paul Sheridan will present four films where they make their calls on original vs. remake. Films are screened Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Admission is free.

To begin the series April 6, the hosts find they prefer the 2015 version of “Far from the Madding Crowd” (originally made in 1967), saying, “We think Thomas Hardy's story makes more sense in this version.” The movie, based on the novel, tells of an independent and headstrong heiress in Victorian England who attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer; a reckless sergeant; and a prosperous and mature bachelor. The film runs 119 minutes and is rated PG-13.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: April 13, “The Secret in Their Eyes” (2009, Argentina/Spain); April 20, “The Beguiled” (2017, USA); and April 27, “The Entertainer” (1960, UK).

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