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TOMMY'S HONOUR UK. 2017. Directed by Jason Connery. (117 mins.) Rated PG.
Set against the stunning landscape of 1860s Scotland, TOMMY'S HONOUR is a spirited and confident portrait of two pioneers of professional golf!
"An engrossing and accessible celebration of the game's modern origins, enhanced by striking locations and a standout cast, led by Scottish actors Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden." - Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
This little known tale of triumph and tragedy is the remarkable real-life story of Scotsmen Tom and Tommy Morris, the father and rebellious son duo who bucked the pompous and archaic rules and founded the modern game of golf. The elder Morris (Peter Mullan) was the greens keeper at St. Andrews in 19th century Scotland, but his ambitious, rabble-rouser son (Jack Lowden) insisted on reaching higher aspirations and fought for recognition from the club's upper-crust snobs. TOMMY'S HONOUR, directed by Jason Connery (son of Sean), is a warm, moving period piece about the challenging relationship tussles, particularly those involving love and envy, between fathers and sons.
FRANTZ France/Germany. 2017. Directed by Francois Ozon. (113 mins.) Rated PG-13. in French and German with English subtitles
Subtle, artistic and poignant, FRANTZ is a thoughtful and touching reflection on the pain of war and the nature of forgiveness!
"Ozon creates a beautiful stillness in Frantz that makes us feel we are there in the midst of these lives, witnessing the purity of their sadness." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
An astonishingly beautiful and evocative film, FRANTZ is a haunting and complex portrait of a woman seeking to rebuild her life from the ashes of war. Set in a small German village in the aftermath of World War I, Anna (Paula Beer in a brilliant breakout performance) is in mourning for the death of her fiancé, Frantz, a soldier killed in the trenches. She meets a young man who tells her he and Frantz were friends before the war and through his memories, Anna finds herself powerfully drawn to this sensitive and mysterious stranger. Shot in somber black and white that bleeds into color at crucial moments, French auteur Francois Ozon delivers a masterful study of grief, forgiveness and empathy.
THE LOST CITY OF Z United States. 2017. Directed by James Gray. (141 mins.) Rated PG-13. in English with some Spanish, Portuguese & German
THE LOST CITY OF Z is the captivating true tale about British explorer Percy Fawcett's thrilling adventures into the Amazon jungle!
"The Lost City of Z is a miraculous movie, at once moving, intimidating, and gorgeous to behold." - David Sims, The Atlantic
"Pictures with the grand sweep and dreamy energy of The Lost City of Z don't come along every year." - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
Exquisitely pitched between rapture and daring thrills, this true adventure tale about a feverish, decades-long obsession is an emotionally and visually resplendent masterpiece. Private Percy Fawcett's (Charlie Hunnam) fascination with the jungle leads him to a strenuous expedition into the Amazon rain forest where he discovers vestiges of lost civilizations. Convinced that this is proof that a sunken metropolis exists, the explorer is driven by the desire to document his theory despite the mockery of his colleagues. Director James Gray delivers a cinematic wonder with THE LOST CITY OF Z, crafting a spellbinding story with the grace, sweeping grandeur and romance of epic, old-school classics.
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE United States. 2017. Directed by Niki Caro. (124 mins.) Rated PG-13.
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE, with an incredible performance from Jessica Chastain, pays tribute to an unsung heroine who selflessly put her life on the line in the face of unspeakable evil!
"The Zookeeper's Wife may have appeal to history buffs of that turbulent time but the story has a more universal appeal about love and compassion for all animals, even us humans." - Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
Drawn from Antonina Zabinska's diary, letters, family photos and postwar interviews, THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE tells a haunting but hopeful tale of one brave, charitable and passionate woman facing adversity and putting herself and her family at great risk. In 1939 Poland, when the Nazis bombed Warsaw, not a single creature was safe. To fight back, Antonina (Jessica Chastain) and her husband rose as fearless defenders and covertly began to work with the Resistance, creating a sanctuary in their zoo to hide Polish Jews until they could be smuggled out of the country. It is a beautifully acted, gorgeously shot story of fierce compassion and camaraderie!
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