Going in StyleSTARTS: March 31, 2017
Rated: PG-13 for for drug content, language and some suggestive material.
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin
Director: Zach Braff
Screenplay: Ted Melfi
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah and Her Sisters) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy Going in Style. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Their FinestSTARTS: April 07, 2017
Rated: R for some language and a scene of sexuality
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy
Director: Lone Scherfig
Screenplay: Gaby Chiappe
With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.
FrantzSTARTS: April 14, 2017
Rated: PG-13 (for thematic elements including brief war violence)
Cast: Pierre Niney, Ernst Stötzner, Paula Beer, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bülow, Anton von Lucke
Director: François Ozon
Screenplay: François Ozon, Philippe Piazzo
Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent), a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien’s presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks. What follows is a surprising exploration of how Ozon’s characters’ wrestle with their conflicting feelings – survivor’s guilt, anger at one’s losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. Ozon drew his inspiration from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama Broken Lullaby, with stunning visual references to painter Caspar David Friedrich.
In French & German with English subtitles.
GiftedSTARTS: April 21, 2017
Cast: Lindsay Duncan, Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Julie Ann Emery, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate
Director: Marc Webb
Screenplay: Tom Flynn
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
A Quiet PassionSTARTS: April 28, 2017
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff
Writer/ Director: Terence Davies
The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
Richard Brody of The New Yorker calls A Quiet Passion “A Masterly Emily Dickenson Movie” Read the Review
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