Monday April 9th, 2018 *** Boogie Nights *** Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson *** interpreted by Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Ricky Jay

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Comparisons are invidious, but inescapable: Boogie Nights is the most stunningly accomplished, attention-grabbing movie by a sophomore director since Pulp Fiction.

                                                                                                   – Gary Susman Boston Phoenix

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Monday April 2nd, 2018 *** Capote *** Directed by Bennett Miller *** interpreted by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener

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Reading of the murder of a Kansas family, New York City novelist Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to cover the story himself, and travels to the small town with his childhood friend, aspiring novelist Harper Lee (Catherine Keener). When Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) are arrested and charged, Capote forms an emotional bond with Smith during his jailhouse interviews despite the young criminal’s apparent guilt.

Monday March 26th, 2018 *** The Red Shoes *** Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger *** interpreted by Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer

Red Shoes 1There is tension between two kinds of stories in “The Red Shoes,” and that tension helps make it the most popular movie ever made about the ballet and one of the most enigmatic movies about anything. One story could be a Hollywood musical: A young ballerina falls in love with the composer of the ballet that makes her an overnight star. The other story is darker and more guarded. It involves the impresario who runs the ballet company, who demands loyalty and obedience, who is enraged when the young people get married. The motives of the ballerina and her lover are transparent. But the impresario defies analysis. In his dark eyes we read a fierce resentment. No, it is not jealousy, at least not romantic jealousy. Nothing as simple as that.   Roger Ebert

Dennis Gassner’s favorite movie!

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus: The Red Shoes is one of the best-looking movies ever, and blends multiple moods and styles with balletic grace.

Monday March 26th, 2018 *** The Red Shoes *** Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger *** interpreted by Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer

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There is tension between two kinds of stories in “The Red Shoes,” and that tension helps make it the most popular movie ever made about the ballet and one of the most enigmatic movies about anything. One story could be a Hollywood musical: A young ballerina falls in love with the composer of the ballet that makes her an overnight star. The other story is darker and more guarded. It involves the impresario who runs the ballet company, who demands loyalty and obedience, who is enraged when the young people get married. The motives of the ballerina and her lover are transparent. But the impresario defies analysis. In his dark eyes we read a fierce resentment. No, it is not jealousy, at least not romantic jealousy. Nothing as simple as that.   Roger Ebert

Dennis Gassner’s favorite movie!

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus: The Red Shoes is one of the best-looking movies ever, and blends multiple moods and styles with balletic grace.

 

 

Monday March 19th, 2018 *** The Square *** Directed by Ruben Östlund *** interpreted by Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

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Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Monday March 12th, 2018 *** Faces and Places *** Directed by Agnès Varda and JR ***

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We have been waiting a long time for this film. It’s finally available. Directed by JR and Agnus Varda (two of our favorites). This film has been a huge success all over the world, don’t miss it!         Tom & J.J.

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Monday March 5th, 2018 *** Amy *** Directed by Asif Kapadia *** interpreted by Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse and Mark Ronson

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Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

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Monday February 26th, 2018 *** I, Tonya *** Directed by Craig Gillespie *** interpreted by Margot Robbie , Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney

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In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces the young woman to withdraw from the national championship. Harding’s life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she’s forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history.

Monday February 19th, 2018 *** Darkest Hour *** Directed by Joe Wright *** interpreted by Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

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A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.