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DENIAL United States/UK. 2016. Directed by Mick Jackson. (110 mins.) Rated PG-13.
DENIAL is a compelling courtroom thriller and a resonating tale of the fight for truth and justice!
"Another illuminating performance by Rachel Weisz and a brilliant screenplay by the distinguished British playwright David Hare make Denial one of the most powerful and riveting courtroom dramas ever made." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Awaiting the verdict makes for a real nail-biter, even knowing the outcome. Denial does a stellar job demonstrating the truth is worth fighting for." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star
In this absorbing account of one woman's fight for the truth, Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall face off in a courtroom showdown as historian Deborah Lipstadt and notorious Holocaust denier David Irving.DENIAL tells the riveting true story of the high-profile case in which Irving sued the acclaimed Holocaust expert for libel after she explicitly labeled him a denier in her 1993 book. Bizarrely, it fell to Lipstadt and her crackerjack legal team to prove that one of the defining events of the century did indeed transpire. It's a gripping, suspenseful tale of doubt and prejudice.
THE DRESSMAKER Australia. 2016. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. (118 mins.) Rated R.
THE DRESSMAKER is a fun, quirky gem -- a colorful, one-of-a-kind affair that's not afraid to shake things up a bit!
"Positively explodes with a surfeit of pent-up creative energy." - Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com
A zany, dark comedy, THE DRESSMAKER is a madcap murder mystery packed to the brim with delectably droll humor and a wildly wicked wit. Notorious Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a chic 1950s Parisian dressmaker, returns to her small Australian hometown twenty-five years after a seething scandal and now she's determined to right the wrongs of the past. Armed with only her sewing machine and haute couture style, Tilly seeks the help of a handsome young man (hunk Liam Hemsworth) to solve the quarter-century-old crime to which she had been the only witness. Based on Rosalie Ham's debut novel of the same name, this extravagant, deliriously delightful revenge caper is a hilariously mischievous cinematic roller-coaster ride!
AMERICAN HONEY United States. 2016. Directed by Andrea Arnold. (163 mins.) Rated R.
Finding a stride that hits an endless summer groove, AMERICAN HONEY is a bold, sweeping and rapturous road trip that captivates from start to finish!
"This shimmering, raw, hip-hop hymnal of a film by Andrea Arnold is an American tale that is both gorgeously original and rooted in some of the greatest stories this country has ever produced." - Allen Salkin, New York Daily News
"It's constantly, engrossingly active, spinning and sparking and exploding in cycles like a Fourth of July catherine wheel." - Guy Lodge, Variety
Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, this bold, modern and exhilarating story of teenage rebellion from writer/director Andrea Arnold (FISH TANK, WUTHERING HEIGHTS) is an energetic road trip across a rarely seen America. Star (newcomer Sasha Lane) meets Jake (Shia LaBeouf) dancing in the aisles at a Kmart and their attraction is instantaneous and magnetic. She immediately jumps on the chance to join him on a whirlwind cross-country drive with a Dickensian gang of misfits, embracing an on-the-road lifestyle of hard-partying, law-bending and young love. Propelled by a dynamic soundtrack and an electrifying chemistry among her stellar cast, Arnold brings a lyrical, compassionate realism to the motley band of youths, beautifully capturing the hard heartbreaks and resounding resilience of growing up.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC United States. 2016. Directed by Matt Ross. (118 mins.) Rated R. Filmed in Washington!
A thoughtul and entertaining family journey, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC is a bold, offbeat tale boasting an innate, soulful ferocity from its magnificent, unforgettable cast of characters!
"Captain Fantastic is an engaging character study about compromise, humility, letting go and love of family. It's one of the best films you'll see all year." - Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
In CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, a touching, funny and heartfelt drama, a devoted father (the charismatic Viggo Mortensen) and his loving wife live off the grid in the wilds of Washington state, raising their six bright kids to value critical thinking and spurn consumerist trappings. But when tragedy strikes the close-knit clan, they pack up the family bus for a road trip to re-enter society and confront Ben's long-estranged in-laws (Frank Langella and Ann Dowd). From education, literature and love -- to music and pop culture -- this unorthodox family quickly discovers the joys and challenges they must face in this unfamiliar world. Actor-turned-director Matt Ross (28 HOTEL ROOMS) delivers a unique and tender lesson of humanity, grace, growing up and finding your way.
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