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THE INNOCENTS France/Poland. 2016. Directed by Anne Fontaine. (115 mins.) Rated PG-13. in French, Polish & Russian with English subtitles
THE INNOCENTS is the captivating and bold portrait of a heroic French doctor whose compassion is a beacon to those she helps!
"The Innocents is a powerful, brave film that will stay with you for days." - Ellen Brait, Globe and Mail
This deeply moving and utterly engaging drama set in Poland at the end of World War II tells the true story of a young doctor for the French Red Cross who is summoned by a desperate and frightened nun to attend to an emergency at the abbey. She arrives to pained cries echoing through the stony walls and is shocked to find a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. The doctor is drawn into their fiercely private world as they confide the indescribable nightmare that led to their predicament and a crisis of faith. Anchored by strong performances and graceful, sweeping cinematography, THE INNOCENTS is an elegant, quietly powerful rumination on resilience and conviction.
LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD United States. 2016. Directed by Werner Herzog. (98 mins.) Rated PG-13.
LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES FOR A CONNECTED WORLD is both warm and wondrous as well as unsettling and worrisome, but Herzog's observations are steeped in optimism and an embrace of the mysteries of our ever-changing world!
"Just the kind of percolating, wry probe we need into this fast-moving, digitally monopolizing age." - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
With LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD, legendary director Werner Herzog delivers a beguiling philosophical exploration of how technology has changed humanity. With the same curiosity and imagination he's offered in his films documenting his worldly travels, he leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that tackles huge concepts and makes them intimately human. This witty, humorous and boundlessly brilliant documentary is mandatory viewing in the digital age - a film that alternately floods with existential apprehension and fills you with hope for the future.
MR. CHURCH United States. 2016. Directed by Bruce Beresford. (104 mins.) Rated PG-13.
MR. CHURCH, with a thoughtful, nuanced and sensitive performance from Eddie Murphy, is a tender-hearted true tale about love and family!
"Murphy is a revelation." - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
Directed by the Oscar-nominated Bruce Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY) and based on the true story, MR. CHURCH is a tender coming-of-age family drama about the families we have and those we make. Eddie Murphy delivers a dramatic, nuanced performance in the title role as an expert chef hired to take care of a young girl and her ill mother. He immediately takes a shine to his precocious new ward and what begins as a temporary arrangement blooms into a lifelong friendship with the maturing young woman. It is a beautiful and heartwarming gem with pitch-perfect performances from its incredible cast.
THE HOLLARS United States. 2016. Directed by John Krasinski. (88 mins.) Rated PG-13.
THE HOLLARS is infused with wry, witty humor and is unexpectedly rich with sweetly moving moments!
"Krasinski directs with humor and compassion. And Margo Martindale proves again that she is one of the best actors on the planet." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
John Krasinski's inspired, big-hearted character-driven comedy takes a gentle and touching look at the importance of family. Forced to navigate the small, middle-American town he left behind, struggling New York artist John Hollar (Krasinski, The Office) is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, his high school rival and an over-eager ex-girlfriend after his mother's illness draws him back home. His attempts to unite the loving but fractured clan so they can prepare their matriarch for surgery are at turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Krasinski displays an assured hand in his second feature, bringing the Hollar family to life with poignancy and humor. The large ensemble cast includes Richard Jenkins, Margo Martindale, Anna Kendrick, Josh Groban, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Mary Kay Place.
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS UK. 2016. Directed by Stephen Frears. (110 mins.) Rated PG-13.
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS is a fizzy, funny and compassionate portrait of self-delusion and devotion!
"Aiming for the same kind of affectionate comic tone as The King's Speech, this gentle musical farce from director Stephen Frears delivers gentle laughs and classy star performances." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
Based on the inspiring true story of an American socialite and amateur operatic soprano who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a singer despite her lack of talent, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS is a warm, witty, wondrously uproarious celebration of indulged eccentricity. The voice Florence (an exceptionally inspired Meryl Streep) hears in her head is divine, but to the rest of the world it is hilariously awful. Thus far, her devoted husband (Hugh Grant) has managed to protect his fanciful wife from the truth, but it's possible he's bitten off more than he can chew. This wildly whimsical tale revels in the indelible passion and the glory of the human spirit!
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE New Zealand. 2016. Directed by Taika Waititi. (101 mins.) Rated PG-13.
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, from the director of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, is a charming, heartfelt and witty film that explores the meaning of family with tenderness and visual flair!
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople is all about life-changing moments and the people who are the catalysts. It's about learning from those around you, regardless of age or circumstance." - Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times
Having firmly cemented himself as one of the most exciting and funniest voices in film today, director Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, EAGLE VS. SHARK) treats us to a deliriously off-kilter, cleverly crafted and truly touching tale about a young orphan and his gruff guardian. Raised on hip-hop and in foster care, defiant city kid Ricky is given a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. A bizarre turn of events, however, forces him and his cantankerous uncle to flee from clueless authorities. Never short on laughs, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE is a relentlessly entertaining lark that melds equal parts humor and humanity into an unforgettable, adventurous coming-of-age gem about forming and fostering real family regardless of where or how we find them.
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