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THE FOUNDER United States. 2016. Directed by John Lee Hancock. (115 mins.) Rated PG-13.
THE FOUNDER is the true story behind the birth of the McDonald's empire with an infectiously entertaining performance from Michael Keaton!
"Layer by layer, this dumbfounding movie devises its magical recipe, and dares us to resist it: ketchup, mustard, two slices of pickle, and hold the irony. Delicious."- Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A sharp and satisfyingly fat-free account of how a wily salesman took a lucrative Southern California burger joint and turned it into the world's biggest fast-food empire." - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
A triumphant tale of the American Dream, director John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE, SAVING MR. BANKS) dishes up his most outlandishly entertaining movie to date. Michael Keaton is at his most carnivorous as Ray Kroc, the Illinois salesman who had an epiphany in 1954 after encountering brothers Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) serving burgers and fries at top speed in their San Bernardino restaurant. Peppered with words of wisdom and a plethora of passion and persuasion, THE FOUNDER is a brilliant and compelling look at the underbelly of the cut-throat business practice that created a fast food empire.
JACKIE United States. 2016. Directed by Pablo Larrain. (95 mins.) Rated R.
Starring Natalie Portman in an award winning role, JACKIE is a sensitive and insightful tour de force!
"What emerges is more serious docudrama: a fully rendered vision of a woman ill-served by most previous accounts, featuring an Oscar-worthy lead performance by Portman. It's also one of the year's best movies." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Larrain's gorgeously grim and austere vision bolsters a bravura performance from Natalie Portman. She inhabits Jackie as a woman who has been shaken to her core with grief." - Cary Darling, Forth Worth Star-Telegram
Bravely retelling the tragic assassination of JFK solely through the eyes of the first lady, Pablo Larrain's stellar film is a deeply intelligent and carefully measured depiction of a fateful time in American history. Structured around the infamous LIFE magazine interview that ran a mere week after the traumatic event, JACKIE plunges into a series of expertly crafted flashbacks which recount that fateful day in Dallas. It is a striking recreation of a defining moment as well as a searing, intimate portrait of dignity and grace under pressure.
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Mongolia/UK/United States. 2016. Directed by Otto Bell. (87 mins.) Rated G. narrated in English with some Kazakh
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS is a soaring and magically mesmerizing glimpse into the life of a young girl pursuing her dreams...narrated in English, but with some Kazakh dialogue, it would be the perfect introduction to foreign language film for your budding young cinephiles!
"The Eagle Huntress takes the audience on a beautiful, thrilling journey to a part of the world that is still largely inaccessible." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Girl power soars on the wings of eagles in this stunning documentary set in mountainous western Mongolia about 13-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv, determined to push past generations of male-dominated tradition to become an eagle hunter." - Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
An enchanting and empowering documentary, director Otto Bell's staggeringly beautiful debut is the magnificent story of a 13 year-old girl destined to be the first female in twelve generations of her nomadic Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. The practitioners in the Bayon-Olgii province of Mongolia are the most faithful keepers of the sacred practice of training wild eagles. Our young heroine's passionate gift and tenacious commitment are exhilaratingly evident, especially when perched precariously on the side of a mountain in hopes of capturing her own baby eaglet. With its sweeping cinematography and an inspiring lesson that will set hearts soaring, this incredible, larger-than-life tale is a spirited, uplifting gem for all ages!
LION United States/UK/Australia. 2016. Directed by Garth Davis. (120 mins.) Not Rated. in English with some Hindi and Bengali
LION is a beautifully resonant story about fate, family and the kindness of strangers
"See it and I promise your own heart will skip a beat with happiness and joy." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
"As enthralling as it is emotional." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
With awe-inspiring deftness and delicacy, director Garth Davis knocks it out of the park with his first feature, LION, an unforgettable and amazing true story. When he was only five, Saroo was adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham) after being separated from his family in India. Two decades later, the young businessman sets out on a quest to find them. Newcomer Sunny Pawar lights up the screen as the young boy, and Dev Patel (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) delivers a deeply affecting performance as the adult. Greig Fraser's arresting photography takes on a role of its own, conveying the overwhelming chaos and beauty of Saroo's two worlds. This remarkable, heartwarming journey shows us how home transcends borders and family transcends blood.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER! Best Actor United States. 2016. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. (135 mins.) Rated R.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA paints a rich and touching portrait of one man drawn back into a past he tried to forget!
"A drama of rare power-a tale of human suffering that succeeds because of its love for its characters, rather than for their misfortunes." - David Sims, The Atlantic
"Manchester by the Sea is a masterpiece in a minor key, an exploration of grief that never lets its characters - or its audience - off the hook." - Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
Folding transformative observations into the texture of everyday life, director Kenneth Lonergan (YOU CAN COUNT ON ME) is making waves with MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, an emotionally epic tale of love, loss and family. Lee (Casey Affleck in an Oscar-worthy role) is a reclusive handyman for a small apartment complex in Boston who must return home and face his painful past after the sudden death of his beloved older brother (Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights). Appointed legal guardian of his teenage nephew, Lee navigates some choppy waters to try to find a connection with the boy, a popular student juggling hockey, a rock band and a couple of girlfriends. Told with humor, heart and humanity, this complex, critically-acclaimed drama is lurid, life-altering cinema.
MOONLIGHT GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER! Best Motion Picture Drama 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.
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