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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE UK/United States. 2016. Directed by Mandie Fletcher. (96 mins.) Rated R.
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE is a marvelously zany ride made with an enormous amount of heart and affection!
"This breezy blast of bawdy jokes and Bollinger product placement should lift spirits in a post-Brexit Britain and earn a considerable pile of devalued sterling along the way."- Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
They're baaaack and it's absolutely fabulous, sweetie darlings! Thanks to the famous sitcom from the BBC, Patsy Stone and Edina Monsoon are two of the most iconic characters in British comedy. Appropriate for their big screen debut, Eddy and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour and are back to their old tricks -- shopping, drinking and partying their way around London's trendiest hotspots. However, life as they know it comes to a halt when they are blamed for a malevolent melee involving model Kate Moss during a fashionable launch party. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous French Riviera, the two bawdy broads must hatch a plan to salvage their legendary lifestyle. It's one rollicking, riotous adventure after another!
"They're back, sweetie darlings-though it feels like they never left us." - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR UK/France. 2016. Directed by Susanna White. (108 mins.) Rated R. in English with some Russian and French
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR ratchets up the suspense with a sure Hitchcockian hand and its razor-sharp, scathingly brilliant maneuvers!
"Smooth, smart entertainment, from its swirling music to its moody cinematography to its fine performances." - Moira McDonald, Seattle Times
Exquisitely directed and vastly entertaining, OUR KIND OF TRAITOR is a compelling, suspenseful indictment of greed and power based on the John le Carre novel. While vacationing with his beautiful wife Gail (Naomie Harris), a mild-mannered poetry professor keen for adventure (Ewan McGregor) becomes unwittingly embroiled in the defection of a criminal-minded Russian oligarch (Stellan Skarsgard). Soon they find themselves on a precarious journey from Britain through Paris to an isolated safe house in the Swiss Alps, helpless pawns in a sinister game of government agencies and multinational corporations. It is a riveting and superbly polished tale of intrigue and excitement!
"The mid-summer release of an adult, effects-free British thriller relating to the collapse of Europe's global financial system timed out perfectly. You'll Brexit knowing that your entertainment dollar was well spent." - Scott Marks, San Diego Reader
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE United States. 2016. Directed by Morgan Neville. (96 mins.) Rated PG-13.
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE includes a globe-spanning family of musicians who exude a warmth and happiness so glorious your heart will burst with joy!
"I love this movie -- it's about so much more than just music!" - Loretta
"Strangers offers an inspiring look at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don't need to speak a common language: Their dazzling music says it all." - Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
An infectious street concert opens this buoyant musical odyssey, the story of renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of the world's greatest unknown musicians that arose out of Yo-Yo Ma's quest to uncover Leonard Bernstein's theoretical "universal language of music," and to identify and cultivate the intersections between cultures where harmony connects disparity. The eclectic composition of the group includes talents from all over the globe. Their remarkable, joyous journey to inspire compassion, creativity, understanding and unity will open your heart and fulfill your soul!
"Morgan Neville's documentary is a joyous revelation, a group portrait of superb musicians from all over the world offering music as an emblem of what people can do in these fractious times when they live in concert with one another." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
TICKLED New Zealand. 2016. Directed by David Ferrier, Dylan Reeve. (92 mins.) Rated R.
TICKLED begins as an investigation into one thing but then quickly takes a turn into a dark, disturbing world of anonymity and deceit!
"Tickled could have easily been a weird little piece of ephemera, but it instead evolved into a deeply felt crime thriller you have to see to believe." - April Wolfe, Village Voice
This jaw-dropping documentary takes us on cross-country journey to uncover the truth behind the seemingly lighthearted world of competitive endurance tickling. Sound funny and far-fetched? Offbeat New Zealand TV personality David Farrier discovers a bizarre clip of young men squirming under a tickling onslaught while surfing the web and contacts the event organizer hoping for an interview. Despite the fact that his inquiry is met with intimidating, homophobic vitriol, he and co-director Dylan Reeve decide to delve deeper into the devious shadows to unearth the ruthless, stranger-than-fiction story behind the scenes. TICKLED is a fascinating, unsettling descent into a mysterious place.
"The moviemakers craft a satisfying narrative while leaving the viewer with some questions; this is a movie that manages to be disquieting and entertaining simultaneously." - Glen Kenny, RogerEbert.com
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP United States/UK/France/Netherlands. 2016. Directed by Whit Stillman. (92 mins.) Rated PG.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP is a hysterically funny tale about the adventures of a world-class schemer and dreamer with a shining performance from Kate Beckinsale!
"Love & Friendship is quick, clever and delightful, very funny and hugely entertaining." - Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
A gleeful marvel of satire and timeless wit, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP brings the romantic entanglements of an early Jane Austen novella to vibrant life in this joyous and jubilant comedy! A beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (a deliciously devious Kate Beckinsale), takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate while waiting for social chatter about a personal dalliance to pass. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious and amusingly egotistical woman enlists the help of her old friend Alicia (Chloe Sevigny) to play matchmaker for her daughter, and maybe herself. Wickedly caustic and charmingly cheeky, this witty tale is a wonderfully spirited and good-natured treat!
"Stillman doesn't upend the Austen formula, he burrows into it and embraces all its trappings. The snappy dialogue, meanwhile, rewards a finely tuned ear and will thrill all lovers of language." - Adam Graham, Detroit News
DARK HORSE UK. 2016. Directed by Louise Osmond. (85 mins.) Rated PG.
DARK HORSE is an uplifting tale of hope about a rousing group of friends who decide to take on the elite sport of kings and breed themselves a racehorse!
"The special appeal of Dark Horse is that it's about many more things, all of them fascinating, than its starting point would suggest." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Buoyantly crafted by filmmaker Louise Osmond, this Sundance Audience Award Winner for Best World Cinema Documentary is a life-affirming underdog story that will touch the hearts of anyone who has dared to dream. In early 2000, in a tiny village in one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales, the barmaid at the men's club gathered together a group of locals to pitch in and raise a foal to become a racehorse. DARK HORSE is an utterly heartwarming and delightfully life-affirming tale about community, passion, breaking social barriers and overcoming obstacles against all odds. It's absolutely enchanting!
"An inspiring tale heard, as it were, straight from the horse's mouth." - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
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