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THE HANDMAIDEN South Korea. 2016. Directed by Park Chan-Wook. (145 mins.) Not Rated. in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles
THE HANDMAIDEN is a sexy, sly, scintillating and sublime piece of cinematic pleasure!
"The Handmaiden is just pure cinema, a dizzying, disturbing fable of love and betrayal that piles on luxurious imagery, while never losing track of its story's human core." - David Sims, The Atlantic
From celebrated Korean director Park Chan-wook (OLDBOY) comes a ravishing and visually sumptuous crime-revenge story about the relationship between two women in the 1930s. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN tells the intriguing story of a secret swindler hired to assist a Japanese heiress living a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering uncle. Borrowing the most dynamic elements of its source material, this gorgeous and gripping tale is an utterly unforgettable viewing experience.
LOVING United States. 2016. Directed by Jeff Nichols. (123 mins.) Rated PG-13.
LOVING is a poignant, quietly effective love story about tolerance, acceptance and enduring commitment with phenomenal standout performances from Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga!
"The stabbing simplicity of Negga's acting is breathtaking. Jeff Nichols has given us a quietly devastating film that resonates for the here and now and marches to the cadences of history and the heart." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"For all of its subtlety and restraint, Loving washes over you, seeps into your blood stream and remains there long after the film is over." - Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
Based on real events that waged a decade-long legal battle to overturn the Virginia state law prohibiting interracial marriage, acclaimed director Jeff Nichols' arresting new movie LOVING is told with unparalleled tenderness and wisdom. Mildred and Richard Loving's inspirational story is one of remarkable compassion and commitment. Their newfound bliss was shattered, but their ferocious love and righteous resolve helped to change the face of the law of marriage in the United States. This incredibly lovely and lyrical tale does not revisit history merely to flatter the present, but rather, it recognizes how far we've come while implicitly reminding us how far we still have to go.
MOONLIGHT United States. 2016. Directed by Barry Jenkins. (110 mins.) Rated R.
Vibrating with authenticity,
MOONLIGHT, being heralded as one of the year's best, is both extraordinary and exquisite!
"Basking in this Moonlight is one of the cinematic joys of the year." - Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Moonlight is a film of rare grace - a tender, compassionate, restrained look at a life lived in the shadows." - Adam Graham, Detroit News
A tender, timely tale about a young man's struggle to find himself, MOONLIGHT is an impeccably crafted story of staggering grace and empathy. Despite his small stature and reserved nature, young Chiron is a survivor determined to overcome the statistics, navigating the dangers of his harsh Florida neighborhood while exploring the soul-stirring confusion involving romantic feelings for his best friend. Told across three defining chapters in his life, this gripping film is a sensual, intoxicating piece of cinema that uncovers deep truths about the moments that define us, the people who shape us and the overwhelming ache of love that can last a lifetime.
A MAN CALLED OVE Sweden. 2016. Directed by Hannes Holm. (116 mins.) Rated PG-13. in Swedish and Persian with English subtitles
Surprisingly tender and whimsical, A MAN CALLED OVE is a comedic drama about a lonely curmudgeon!
"Holm tweaks expectations with the way he presents the material, and his grip on the film's tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful." - Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, A MAN CALLED OVE is an endearing, crowd-pleasing, caustic comedy about the quintessential grumpy guy who finds his bleak view of the world put to the test when a boisterous new family moves in next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, Ove spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave. Interspersed with flashbacks to his earlier life when he met, wooed and married his soul mate, we come to understand the past happiness and heartbreak that has shaped the grief-stricken man he is today. This beautiful movie is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and unexpected self-discovery!
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