A Film by Asghar Farhadi
Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic elements and a brief bloody image.
Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Mina Sadati, Maral Bani Adam, Mehdi Kooshki, Emad Emami, Shirin Aghakashi, Mojtaba Pirzadeh, Sahra Asadollahe, Ehteram Borourmand, Sam Valipour
Writer/Director: Asghar Farhadi
After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.
A United KingdomSTARTS:
Rated: PG-13 for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality.
Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael
Director: Amma Asante
Screenplay: Guy Hibbert
A United Kingdom is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940as just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history.
Beauty and the BeastSTARTS:
Rated: PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images.
Cast: Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens
Director: Bill Condon
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Rated: R for some sexuality/nudity.
Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Nathalie Poza, Daniel Grao, Michelle Jenner, Inma Cuesta
Writer/ Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antia. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antia’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart.
The Zookeeper’s WifeSTARTS:
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Goran Kostic, Daniel Bruhl, Michael McElhatton, Johan Heldenbergh, Iddo Goldberg, Shira Haas, Efrat Dor
Director: Niki Caro
Screenplay: Angela Workman
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinski (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh from The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned — and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl of Captain America: Civil War). To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance — and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and her family at great risk.
Cast: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
Writer/ Director: Maren Ade
A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.
“Sensational. A work of great beauty, great feeling and great cinema.”—-The New York Times
The Last WordSTARTS: March 31, 2017
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Tom Everett Scott, Alanna Ubach, Joel Murray, Philip Baker Hall, Thomas Sadoski, Adina Porter
Director: Mark Pellington
Screenplay: Stuart Ross Fink
Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her legacy, she’s suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life’s story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future.
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