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LUCKY United States. 2017. Directed by John Carroll Lynch. (88 mins.) Not Rated.
LUCKY is a small, lovely treasure of a movie and a love letter to great American actor Harry Dean Stanton...we are the lucky ones to have this beautiful film as his swan song!
"A movie that simply wouldn't work without the mystical, almost elemental presence of its leading man." - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
A comedic drama about spirituality and impermanence, this divine directorial debut from character actor John Carroll Lynch (FARGO) is a lyrical and sublime love letter to the life and career of the late Harry Dean Stanton. Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky (Stanton) finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration with the quirky characters (including David Lynch, Tom Skerritt, Ed Begley Jr.) that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. It is a marvelously moving, must-see meditation on mortality, loneliness and human connection.
VICTORIA & ABDUL UK/United States. 2017. Directed by Stephen Frears. (112 mins.) Rated PG-13.
VICTORIA & ABDUL is a royally entertaining charmer from director Stephen Frears with a timely message about acceptance and understanding between different cultures!
"Judi Dench can do no wrong, and playing Queen Victoria for the second time in the richly satisfying Victoria and Abdul is an acting lesson par excellence that proves how rapturous it is to watch this great artist do everything right." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
Acclaimed British auteur Stephen Frears reunites with his Academy Award winning PHILOMENA star, Judi Dench, in VICTORIA & ABDUL, the charming and delightful true tale chronicling the extraordinary friendship between Queen Victoria and a much younger Indian clerk. In 1887, Abdul Karim traveled from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. To his surprise, and to the dismay of the royal court and family, he finds favor with the sly, spirited sovereign, who welcomes him as a teacher, spiritual advisor and devoted friend. It is a light, humorous and brilliantly moving true story about race, religion and power told through the prism of one very unlikely union.
VICEROY'S HOUSE UK. 2017. Directed by Gurinder Chadha. (106 mins.) Not Rated.
VICEROY'S HOUSE is a sumptuously decorated and richly developed story about the final months of British rule over India in 1947!
"Snappy, snappish historical drama about the partition of India rings with sly humor, dry cynicism, and a smack of relevance for today's divisive politics." - MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
In this visually stunning, epic tale, director Gurinder Chadha (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM) delivers a timely reminder of what happens when hate and division are promoted and one group of people is criminalized. VICEROY'S HOUSE poignantly depicts the upheaval during the partitioning of India in 1947 and how Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville), the last viceroy, was charged with handing India back to its people. Mountbatten and his wife (the lovely Gillian Anderson) resided upstairs above their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants, and as the political elite wrangled over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted throughout the house. Capturing the splendor and extravagance in conjunction with catastrophe and tension, this lavish and legendary story is a momentous and historic lesson detailing the seismic end of an Empire.
WIND RIVER United States/Canada/UK. 2017. Directed by Taylor Sheridan. (107 mins.) Rated R.
A visually spectacular whodunit set in Wyoming, WIND RIVER is a tense crime thriller about an unforgiving place and the people forced to contend with its beauty and brutality!
"Sheridan, the screenwriter behind Sicario and Hell or High Water, writes dialogue that's lean yet rich, and gives the actors time to let their words hang in that cold air." - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
Hot off the success of the Oscar-nominated HELL OR HIGH WATER, writer Taylor Sheridan impresses with his directorial debut, WIND RIVER. When a U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent (Jeremy Renner) discovers a body in the rugged wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation, the FBI sends out rookie agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), but she's unprepared for the difficulties created by the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. She quickly employs Lambert as a guide and tracker, and the two venture deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements. With rich, unforgettable characters, nuanced dialogue and stellar storytelling, Sheridan vibrantly brings to life this thrilling tale of forging morality in extreme nature.
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