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BORN TO BE BLUE United States. 2016. Directed by Robert Budreau. (97 mins.) Rated R.
Ethan Hawke is superb as Chet Baker in BORN TO BE BLUE, portraying a flawed, emotional, often funny talent battling with his own demons!
"Hawke makes this sweeter, gentler Baker believable in a schoolgirl-diary way - this is the Baker we want to believe in when we lie back in the embrace of his trumpet sound." - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
Ethan Hawke is cool and charismatic as Chet Baker in this remarkably creative reimagining of the legendary trumpeter's late career. After becoming a jazz icon in the 1950s, Baker became equally famous for his heroin addiction and subsequent public humiliation. BORN TO BE BLUE is a unique mixture of fact and fiction, picking up his story as he attempts to stage a comeback and regain his place among his peers. It's a dreamy, moving and reflective ode to the enigmatic artist's alternately wonderful and tragic essence.
"It's not necessary to be a jazz fan to get lost in this poetic and poignant film." - Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post Dispatch
RAMS Iceland. 2015. Directed by Grimur Hakonarson. (90 mins.) Rated R. In Icelandic with English subtitles
RAMS is a touching story about two estranged brothers who must come together to save what is dearest to them!
"Despite its affection for the quirks of its characters and their milieu, the film is most memorable for its gravity, for the almost tragic nobility it finds in sad and silly circumstances."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
With keen observation, gently sardonic humor and stellar performances from its two leads, RAMS masterfully mixes comedy and heartache in its portrait of an ancient, endangered, way of life. Iceland has never been more breathtaking than in this stunningly shot charmer centering around two grizzled sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. Compelling, droll and quietly affecting, this amusing and winsome tale of overcoming adversity is an utterly unforgettable gem!
"Sigurjonsson's Gummi, with his quiet canniness and his fearful, conflicted feelings about his belligerent brother, is the best reason to watch Rams." - Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL United States. 2016. Directed by Jeff Nichols. (100 mins.) Rated PG-13.
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is a dazzling sci-fi flick that touches the heart!
"It's refreshing to find yourself immersed in a film that zigs and zags between genres -- and occasionally zaps your senses with an electric charge of shock and awe." - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (MUD, TAKE SHELTER) proves yet again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time with MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, an utterly original, intimately human and exceptionally exhilarating tale about a father (a magnificent Michael Shannon) who goes on the run to protect his young son (ST. VINCENT's Jaeden Lieberher). The boy possesses mysterious, otherworldly powers that attract the focus of formidable leaders and what starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the federal government. It's a boldly innovative sci-fi tale reminiscent of Spielberg, combining the intense feelings of discovering something magical we'll never fully understand with the strong emotional ties of family. It's truly something special!
"Four stars! This is one of those precious films that pulls your mind on-screen. It's magic." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
DEMOLITION United States. 2016. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. (100 mins.) Rated R.
DEMOLITION offers an unconventional solution to a traumatic situation with a vividly powerful performance from Jake Gyllenhaal as an emotionally-inhibited man grappling with grief!
"Offbeat, exuberant and occasionally quite hilarious." - Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
Academy Award nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts star in this headlong plunge into the depths of human emotion from WILD and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB director Jean-Marc Vallée. After an accident takes his wife, New York investment banker Davis Mitchell begins to slowly unravel. As he gradually dismantles everything in his life, he forges a new friendship with a lonely mother and her teenage son and, together, they begin to find pieces of who they truly are amongst the rubble. Audaciously quirky yet profoundly heartfelt, DEMOLITION is a film about the need to take apart everything in one's life, finding beauty in the breakdown, in order to build it anew.
"Gyllenhaal's performance is so engaging, so successfully constructed to make us sympathize with the man's anti-social reactions to convention, even while we may understand everyone else's bemusement." - Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
MILES AHEAD United States. 2016. Directed by Don Cheadle. (100 mins.) Rated R.
Playfully impressionistic, rousingly rhythmic and beautifully shot, MILES AHEAD creatively captures the essence of Miles Davis!
"Miles Ahead is more a provocative character sketch than a meaty portrait, but it's a film that should be applauded for its daring, and for Cheadle's shape-shifting, soul-baring work." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
In his passionately engaging directorial debut, Don Cheadle gives a mesmerizing performance as musical genius Miles Davis, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. When reporter Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor) cons his way into Miles' house, the two unwittingly find themselves on a harrowing adventure to recover a stolen reel of the musician's latest compositions. MILES AHEAD is a remarkable, cinematic mosaic, refracted through the kaleidoscope of the late 70s when he was holed up in his Manhattan apartment haunted by memories of his glory days and dodging industry executives. It is a dazzling and exuberant biopic of the avant-garde jazz maestro.
"Cheadle, a chameleon-like actor, goes beyond capturing the legend's hushed, raspy voice, precise trumpet fingering, violent temper and showoff wardrobe." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
REMEMBER Canada/Germany. 2016. Directed by Atom Egoyan. (95 mins.) Rated R. in English with some German
REMEMBER is a delicately crafted, diabolically clever tale of vengeance from director Atom Egoyan!
Loretta had the privilege of watching this movie at the Sedona Film Festival and she loved it so much, she hand-selected it just for you!
"You'll never forget Remember." - Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
A supremely suspenseful and sinister tale of revenge rivaling MEMENTO, REMEMBER deftly tells the tale of a dementia-stricken Holocaust survivor seizing his last opportunity to complete a secret mission some seventy years in the making. Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer plays Zev Guttman, an Auschwitz survivor prompted by his friend, Max (Martin Landau), to embark on a cross-country odyssey and track down the former guard responsible for murdering their families. Complicated by his own anguish and crumbling sense of self, Zev's journey unearths a haunting past. Replete with big surprises, this riveting thriller will keep you in its grips until the tattered patchwork of Zev's memory have finally been stitched back together.
"There is no actor currently at work capable of embodying the complexity of this character like Plummer." - Scott Marks, San Diego Reader
HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS United States. 2016. Directed by Michael Showalter. (95 mins.) Rated R.
Sally Field absolutely shines in HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS the charming, wistful tale of a 60-something woman who falls for a younger co-worker!
"Within the perky antics is bewildered rage at the prospect of aging, solitude, and irrelevance; the best thing about the film is that it has no answers." - Richard Brody, New Yorker
A truly funny and uplifting comedy with a delightful spirit and a huge heart, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS offers an endlessly entertaining and triumphant performance by two-time Oscar winner Sally Field. Having devoted her entire adult life to care for her mother, unassuming office worker, Doris, feels lost now that her mom has passed. But when Doris finds inspiration in the ideas of a self-help guru, the arrival of a handsome new co-worker (New Girl's Max Greenfield) heralds a new obsession. This touching, tender tale is the rarest of comedies, effortlessly moving between absurdity and reality to paint the moving portrait of one kooky, compassionate dreamer.
"A brave little film that shows it's never too late to come of age." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
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