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THE HOLLARS United States. 2016. Directed by John Krasinski. (88 mins.) Rated PG-13.
THE HOLLARS is infused with wry, witty humor and is unexpectedly rich with sweetly moving moments!
"Krasinski directs with humor and compassion. And Margo Martindale proves again that she is one of the best actors on the planet." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
John Krasinski's inspired, big-hearted character-driven comedy takes a gentle and touching look at the importance of family. Forced to navigate the small, middle-American town he left behind, struggling New York artist John Hollar (Krasinski, The Office) is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, his high school rival and an over-eager ex-girlfriend after his mother's illness draws him back home. His attempts to unite the loving but fractured clan so they can prepare their matriarch for surgery are at turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Krasinski displays an assured hand in his second feature, bringing the Hollar family to life with poignancy and humor. The large ensemble cast includes Richard Jenkins, Margo Martindale, Anna Kendrick, Josh Groban, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Mary Kay Place.
LITTLE MEN United States. 2016. Directed by Ira Sachs. (85 mins.) Rated PG.
A sweetly heartfelt coming-of-age tale, LITTLE MEN takes an affecting, compassionate look at the ways in which adult problems impact childhood friendships!
"Sachs is a wonderfully humane filmmaker. There are never out and out saints or demons in his films, but richly detailed, relatable lives offered for us to understand." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
This touching tale of camaraderie is an affectionate, richly detailed, character-driven drama about two Brooklyn families reluctantly at odds with one another. When Jake, a quiet, sensitive teen with dreams of becoming an artist meets the affably brash Tony at his grandfather's funeral, the unlikely pair become fast friends. But the two boys must pit their budding friendship against the growing contention between their families when Jake's parents raise the rent on Tony's mother's dressmaking shop. LITTLE MEN is an honest, perceptive and rewarding story about family bonds and childhood innocence - truly an exhilarating gift!
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS UK. 2016. Directed by Stephen Frears. (110 mins.) Rated PG-13.
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS is a fizzy, funny and compassionate portrait of self-delusion and devotion!
"Aiming for the same kind of affectionate comic tone as The King's Speech, this gentle musical farce from director Stephen Frears delivers gentle laughs and classy star performances." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
Based on the inspiring true story of an American socialite and amateur operatic soprano who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a singer despite her lack of talent, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS is a warm, witty, wondrously uproarious celebration of indulged eccentricity. The voice Florence (an exceptionally inspired Meryl Streep) hears in her head is divine, but to the rest of the world it is hilariously awful. Thus far, her devoted husband (Hugh Grant) has managed to protect his fanciful wife from the truth, but it's possible he's bitten off more than he can chew. This wildly whimsical tale revels in the indelible passion and the glory of the human spirit!
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE New Zealand. 2016. Directed by Taika Waititi. (101 mins.) Rated PG-13.
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, from the director of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, is a charming, heartfelt and witty film that explores the meaning of family with tenderness and visual flair!
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople is all about life-changing moments and the people who are the catalysts. It's about learning from those around you, regardless of age or circumstance." - Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times
Having firmly cemented himself as one of the most exciting and funniest voices in film today, director Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, EAGLE VS. SHARK) treats us to a deliriously off-kilter, cleverly crafted and truly touching tale about a young orphan and his gruff guardian. Raised on hip-hop and in foster care, defiant city kid Ricky is given a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. A bizarre turn of events, however, forces him and his cantankerous uncle to flee from clueless authorities. Never short on laughs, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE is a relentlessly entertaining lark that melds equal parts humor and humanity into an unforgettable, adventurous coming-of-age gem about forming and fostering real family regardless of where or how we find them.
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