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THE LOVERS United States. 2017. Directed by Azazel Jacobs. (94 mins.) Rated R.
THE LOVERS is a wonderfully grown-up and playful romantic comedy with marvelous performances from Debra Winger and Tracy Letts!
"The Lovers keeps folding, changing and evolving, but stays to its central theme, exploring two uncomfortably real characters who can't get out of the way of each other or themselves." - Adam Graham, Detroit News
An energizing, fun look at love, fidelity and family, THE LOVERS is a refreshingly authentic take on modern marriage. Mary (the luminous Debra Winger) and Michael (Broadway legend Tracy Letts), a long-married couple who have settled into a friendly but independent arrangement, are both in the midst of serious affairs. But, on the brink of separating, an unexpected spark between them suddenly reignites, forcing them to navigate the hilarious complications that come with cheating on their respective lovers. It is a smart, buoyant, compassionate and comic tale about finding love where you least expect it!
CHUCK United States. 2017. Directed by Phillipe Falardeau. (101 mins.) Rated R.
CHUCK, the story behind the real Rocky Balboa, packs a fresh and dynamic punch!
"Liev Schreiber is outstanding as the hulking, rough-edged, amiable and charismatic Wepner." - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
An invigorating, entertaining chronicle of the rise and fall of a larger-than-life legend, CHUCK is a striking character study anchored by the brutish charismatic performance of Liev Schreiber. Better known as the Bayonne Bleeder, Chuck Wepner was a 70s-era heavyweight boxer with the ability to take a punch like no other. He faced off against Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, but the apex of his life story not in the ring, but rather serving as the real-life inspiration for a little film called ROCKY. This bold biopic about Wepner's fleeting fame and prolonged decline is a gripping, brassy and affectionate story about chasing dreams.
NORMAN United States/Israel. 2017. Directed by Joseph Cedar. (117 mins.) Not Rated. in English with some Hebrew
NORMAN is the sharp and keenly etched study of an infuriating man whose innate decency is a shining beacon in a world of ethical compromise!
"Gere tones down his star charisma and hits a new career peak as a Jewish fixer on the ropes in Joseph Cedar's compulsively watchable character study." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
absorbing, imaginative and richly detailed character study, writer-director Joseph Cedar's (Oscar Nominee FOOTNOTE) wry gaze migrates to New York's network of fixers, connectors and middlemen - those who know the right people and get things done. Richard Gere is simultaneously seductive, vulnerable and enigmatic as Norman, a charismatic man who, while vying for prestige, gets in over his head when he sets out to impress a visiting Israeli dignitary. Infused with Cedar's trademark poetics, NORMAN is a profoundly satisfying comedic drama about the movers and the shakers, their pure luck and the societal sleight of hand that can make or break them.
THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC UK. 2017. Directed by Simon About. (92 mins.) Rated PG.
THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC is a charming and beautifully photographed modern fairy tale about love, friendship and gardening!
"Writer-director Simon Aboud doesn't push the quirk factor; even when the narrative is at its most playful, he keeps it rooted to a lived-in reality. Mining familiar territory with an earnest clarity, he shapes a winning fantasy about hearts opening and friendships blooming." - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
An English AMELIE, if you will, this whimsical modern fairytale spins a sweet, brightly-hued yarn about the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive young woman and a curmudgeonly widower. Bella (Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay) is an upbeat, inventive young librarian who dreams of becoming a children's book author. She meets her match in her nosy next-door neighbor (Tom Wilkinson), a cantankerous horticulturist determined to have her evicted if she doesn't dig in and take care of her garden. THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC, set in the heart of London, is a wonderfully sweet treat about fate and facing fears.
THEIR FINEST UK. 2017. Directed by Lone Scherfig. (117 mins.) Rated R.
THEIR FINEST, a sly, bittersweet romantic comedy with a gentle feminist twist, beautifully balances wit and charm with life-or-death drama!
"The charming, rousing WWII romance Their Finest is a film that openly stumps for two causes: the value of women in the workplace, and the power of cinema to tell stories that people need to hear." - Noel Murray, The Playlist
In this rousing romantic comedy set in Britain's wartime film industry, Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig (AN EDUCATION) directs a sterling cast that includes Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Richard E. Grant. Catrin Cole (Arterton) is a "slop" scriptwriter, charged with the daunting task of bringing a female perspective to the morale-boosting propaganda films produced by the Ministry of Information. Popping with witty banter and rich, endearing characters, THEIR FINEST is a stirring, delightful film about a young woman forging her place in the world with immense humor and grace.
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