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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD United States/UK. 2015. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. (119 mins.) Rated PG-13.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is a beautifully moody, romantic and sweeping adaptation with a cool and confident performance from Carey Mulligan!
Based on the breathtaking literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is an extremely smart, spirited period drama of romantic entanglements that will make your heart flutter with its beautiful story and rich leading cast. A marvelously sparkling Carey Mulligan illuminates the screen as Bathsheba, an independent, resilient young woman who comes into property and finds herself being courted by three very different suitors: Gabriel (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a sheep farmer captivated by her fetching willfulness, Frank (Tom Sturridge) is a handsome but reckless sergeant and William (Michael Sheen) is a delicately proud, prosperous bachelor. Each will tug at the heartstrings of our wavering heroine. Bringing a contemporary, ravishing tang to a beloved Victorian classic, this amazing meditation on yearning is a lush, involving and utterly entertaining adaptation.
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA United States/France. 2015. Directed by Olivier Assayas. (124 mins.) Rated R. In English and in French with English subtitles
Bolstered by a trio of powerful performances from Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA is an absorbing, richly detailed drama of impressive depth!
Moving and profound, CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA is celebrated director Olivier Assayas' evocative and haunting rumination on career, artistic integrity and the role women play as we age. World-famous actress Maria Enders (the always stupendous Juliette Binoche) is offered a role in the production of the play that years earlier turned her into a star, but this time in the role of the older woman. In an attempt to balance fame with privacy and career with personal life, tension arises between the established star as she is confronted by her age and by the arrogant younger actress (Chloe Grace Moretz) hired to play opposite her. She turns to her personal assistant (a stunning Kristen Stewart) to calm her insecurities and to help her find her way into a character she almost despises. This psychological drama is an intricately layered and alluring revelation with phenomenally strong performances by its three leading women.
THE SALT OF THE EARTH France/Brazil/Italy. 2014. Directed by Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. (110 mins.) Rated PG-13. In English & in French and Portuguese with English subtitles
Oscar Nominee! Best Documentary Feature
SALT OF THE EARTH is a shattering, thought-provoking testament to photographer Sebastiao Salgado's career!
For the last forty years, Brazilian-born photographer Sebastiao Salgado has, in some of the most indelible photographs of our time, documented some of the most horrific and catastrophic events on our planet - famine, disease, deprivation, war and genocide - as well as the staggering endurance and courage of those who face it. Scarred by his experiences, he returned to his family's drought-ridden farm and managed to reinvigorate it and his own spirit, inspiring his new photographic project Genesis, which seeks to capture the beauty and grandiosity of those landscapes still unspoiled by human intervention. THE SALT OF THE EARTH, co-directed by master filmmaker Wim Wenders and Salgado's son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, takes us on a stunning visual odyssey as we see the world through the eyes of one of the greatest image-makers of the last century and the result is both illuminating and uplifting. Salgado's lustrous photographs are truly a sight to behold on the big screen.
5 FLIGHTS UP United States. 2014. Directed by Richard Loncraine. (92 mins.) Rated PG-13.
5 FLIGHTS UP stars Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman as the most charming, fun-loving couple of the season!
A wise comedy about life, love, and real estate, 5 FLIGHTS UP stars Academy Award winners Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman as a couple whose attempts at relocation send them on an urban odyssey - and help them redefine the meaning of home. When Ruth and Alex first moved to Brooklyn, it was the 1970s - years before gentrification, and years before they would realize that they won't always be physically able to climb several flights of stairs just to get home. Still highly active, yet feeling the undeniable effects of age, the couple opts to put their apartment on the market. Seamlessly combining flashbacks from their courtship - back when an interracial marriage was still illegal in many states - to their life together worrying over their beloved pet Dorothy, and the hi-jinks of hosting and attending several open houses. Ruth and Alex are a charming duo whose every word and gesture demonstrates a lifetime's worth of experience and love. You'll find it a joy to spend an hour and a half in their company!
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL United States. 2015. Directed by John Madden. (122 mins.) Rated PG.
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a rare and optimistic portrait of aging gracefully... and what a delightful treat to revisit this charismatic cast of characters!
As heartwarming, funny and touching as the first, THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a resoundingly welcome sequel to the 2012 Salem Cinema hit, reuniting our favorite British ensemble cast. With their existing hotel at capacity, enthusiastic young proprietor Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) and his acerbic-tongued partner Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) have their sights set on expanding the business. Director John Madden marvelously melds each character's story into a splendid mosaic. Through vibrant images, remarkable acting and exceptional storytelling, this lovely film reminds us all that life is an adventure regardless of your age and that the only limits are the ones we place on them.
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