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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
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY United States. 2016. Directed by Andrew Rossi. (90 mins.) Rated PG-13.
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY proves that life is a runway and breathtakingly makes its case that fashion, in and of itself, is truly an exquisite expression of art!
“A COMPELLING STORY.” – Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle
"In subtle touches, the filmmaker most quietly, and convincingly, affirms fashion's legitimacy as an art form akin to that of other expressive mediums." - Nick Schager, Variety
With unprecedented access, documentary filmmaker Andrew Rossi luminously captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields, including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano, as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie plunges into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art. THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY is a lush, breathtaking and delicious depiction of fashion as fantasy!
"The whole film is a delicious excuse to gawk - at the magnificent costumes, at the diplomatic dance of museum personnel and party planners, and at the sumptuous squish of so many egos sharing space." - Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
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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