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  • Boy Erased

    3:00pm

    Boy Erased
    • Starring: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe
    • Director: Joel Edgerton
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 114 min.
    "Boy Erased is a poignant family drama that explores the importance of unconditional love and acceptance of oneself and each other. Edgerton solidifies his triple-threat status, artfully and intelligently crafting a film that resonates with viewers and facilitates much-needed conversation during these trying times. "
    - Tiffany Tchobanian, Film Threat
    "It deserves praise not as a polemic but as a richly humanistic, emotionally searing drama that sticks in the memory. "
    - Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
    "The Oscar-nominated Hedges is, as one would expect, superb in the title role, but performances across the board are excellent. "
    - Christopher Machell, CineVue
    "Edgerton, who also plays the tightly wound chief of the conversion-therapy organization here, wrings devastating performances from his cast, including Lucas Hedges as Garrard, and Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman as his parents. "
    - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
    "Joel Edgerton’s earnest, solidly made film will be most effective on, and maybe necessary for, those immediately suffering under the crush of anti-gay bigotry, and those perpetrating it. "
    - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
    "If there is even one confused kid - or mother or father - who sees Boy Erased and gains an extra ounce of understanding as a result, then it will have done a real service. "
    - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
    "It’s done with such evident love and sensitivity that it’s hard to imagine a human being not connecting in some way, and perhaps even learning something along the way. "
    - Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
    "Edgerton has a lot to say with Boy Erased; it’s a virtuous film. But Hedges is the movie’s heartbeat. "
    - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
    "Boy Erased resonates exactly because it treats everyone as a human being, complex and impossible to reduce to binaries. "
    - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
    "‘Boy Erased’ is a good movie and also an important one, one that might save lives if enough young people find their way to it. "
    - Sasha Stone, TheWrap
  • Jenesis (Local Film)

    7:30pm

    Jenesis (Local Film)
    • Starring: Matt Matt, Seth Hanners, Elias Hamilton, Scotty Fluty, Stephen Gadell, Chance Cline, Danny Underwood
    • Director: Connor Toates and Chandler Toates
    • Genre(s): Skateboard Video
    • Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 31 min.
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    12:30pm, 5:15pm

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    • Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
    • Director: Marielle Heller
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 106 min.
    "Maintaining an audience’s sympathy for a character through their most fumbling, frustrating lows requires compassion and clarity of purpose, both of which McCarthy amply demonstrates here. It’s a career-best performance, the kind of nuanced turn we all suspected she could deliver, if only someone would give her a chance to do it. "
    - Katie Rife, AV Club
    "Can You Ever Forgive Me? demands not our love for this supremely difficult person but rather our respect for her defiance of an unsympathetic world. With such an impeccable presentation of such an intransigent personality, it is hard to deny her that. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "It’s the human side of the character that makes this McCarthy’s best performance to date, revealing haunting insights into friendship, loneliness, and creative insecurity. "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
    "McCarthy and Grant’s rapport in these roles cannot be beat. Their caustic wit is mutual so each biting takedown is either appreciated or met by another in return. "
    - Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
    "Believe the Oscar buzz for Melissa McCarthy in this true story of an out-of-work author who took up forgery to pay the bills. McCarthy shows she has what it takes to tackle drama and comedy and all stops in between: the power to amaze. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ feels worn and lived in - in a good way - with a world of musty vintage tomes and bar-room desperation given emotional life through McCarthy and a super supporting turn from Richard E. Grant. "
    - Brian Truitt, USA Today
    "[McCarthy’s] simply one of the best actors working today, and it didn’t take a drama to see that. Can You Ever Forgive Me? most sings — or rather, grumbles spectacularly — when McCarthy and Grant are together. "
    - Jake Coyle, Associated Press
    "‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ is that rare movie you never want to end, a film about broken people, loners who hover on the fringes, who scavenge what’s left of the important stuff that more socially competent humans leave behind. "
    - Sasha Stone, TheWrap
  • The Essentials: His Girl Friday (1940)

    3:30pm

    The Essentials: His Girl Friday (1940)
    • Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
    • Director: Howard Hawks
    • Genre(s): Classics, Comedy, Drama
    • Rating: PG
    • Running Time: 92 min.
    "Cary Grant’s performance is truly virtuoso — stunning technique applied to the most challenging material. "
    - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
    "Casting is excellent, with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the top roles. "
    - Variety Staff, Variety
    "Perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest talkie comedy ever made. "
    - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
    "It takes you by the scruff of the neck in the first reel and it shakes you madly, bellowing hoarsely the. while, for the remaining six or seven. Before it’s over you don’t know whether you have been laughing or having your ears boxed. "
    - Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
  • Beautiful Boy

    1:00pm

    Beautiful Boy
    • Starring: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney
    • Director: Felix Van Groeningen
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 120 min.
    "Strong, committed performances and the upsetting ring of reality anchor a highly-personal film which cycles through addiction, relapse and rehab in an episodic way, each high as inevitable as the low which follows. "
    - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
    "Beautiful Boy, made by the Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), from a script by Luke Davies, is scrupulous and tenderly wounding — a drama that seizes and holds you. "
    - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
    "Chalamet, a heartthrob unafraid to tackle unglamorous material, so embodies the tragic struggles of a drug-addled young man it’s a wonder he made it through the production, while Carell’s melancholic eyes absorb every detail. It’s a haunting two-hander that allows their talent to tower over everything else. "
    - Eric Kohn, indieWire
    "It’s a tough, achingly tender film that refuses to trade in false hopes or cheap sentiment. That truth is what makes Beautiful Boy hard to take and impossible to forget. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "The imperfect yet affecting new film Beautiful Boy, based on memoirs by the real-life Nic and David, examines addiction and its effects on one family. But it’s also a meditation on memory and the difficulty of reconciling the happiness of the past with a present that’s become too sad to bear. "
    - Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
    "The split point of view, coupled with a wealth of ripped-from-experience details, is a welcome approach to a subject so frequently explored that you’re lucky to get a drop of fresh insight out of it. "
    - A.A. Dowd, AV Club
    "[It’s] beautifully shot, and acted, with compelling and affecting music cues from Neil Young to Radiohead. "
    - Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
    "Chalamet’s charismatic, maddening Nic is spectacular, and the film’s stubbornly unresolved view of loving an addict - its perception of the experience as a grueling, endless walk beside someone - is brutal but feels honest. "
    - Linda Holmes, NPR
    "The days when a dramatic performance from Carell was a surprise are long behind us, and his journey in “Beautiful Boy” is a marvelously sensitive, largely quiet tour de force. "
    - Steve Pond, TheWrap
    "Every last thing the movie shows us about addiction, and the effect it can have upon those who are trying to save an addict from himself, is entirely authentic. "
    - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
  • Free Solo

    5:45pm

    Free Solo
    • Starring: Alex Honnold
    • Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
    • Genre(s): Documentary
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Running Time: 97 min.
    "A brilliant documentary. "
    - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    "Whether you care about climbing or not, you’ll appreciate this tale of passion, discipline and, ultimately, transcendence. One incredible climb for one athlete, one quantum leap for mankind. "
    - Katherine Laidlaw, The Globe and Mail
    "An awesome and inspiring doc from the team behind Meru. "
    - Gary M. Kramer, Film Journal International
    "Beyond that interesting character profile, Free Solo also operates as a sort of meta criticism of this kind of documentary filmmaking. We see Chin and his crew, most of them friends or at least affectionate admirers of Honnold’s, grapple with the difficult realities—and the potential trauma—of what they’re doing. "
    - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
    "For those who love the thrill of high-adrenaline adventure docs, National Geographic’s Free Solo will be a hard experience to top. "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
    "‘Free Solo’ is so absorbing because it strives for even a tenuous grip on the balance between love and need. There’s no denying that the domestic scenes of Free Solo are more powerful because you appreciate the madness of what Honnold is trying to do, and the climbing scenes are more powerful because you appreciate the full extent of what he’s risking to do it. "
    - David Ehrlich, indieWire

Coming Soon

Moxie Mornings

starts November 17

These hour-long kid-friendly events feature innovative short films and hands-on art-making for children ages 2-6. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter 2018 @ 10am, shorts followed by art activity
Sat. November 17
Sat. December 1

Winter 2019 @ 10am, shorts followed by art activity Sat. January 12
Sat. January 26
Sat. February 9
Sat. February 23
Sat. March 9
Sat. March 23

SPRING 2019 @ 10am, shorts followed by art activity
Sat. May 4
Sat. May 18
Sat. June 1
Sat. June 15
Sat. June 29

Special thanks to the Missouri Arts Council for their support of this program. Support also comes from Mama Jean’s, Discovery Garden Montessori, Bambino’s, Greater Springfield Kids Directory and The Springfield Art Museum.

For information on how to sponsor a Moxie Kids event or to sign up for our Moxie Kids newsletter, email info@moxiecinema.com.

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Ghost World (2001)

starts November 23

Staff Picks Series
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
November’s pick was made by Ellen Neville.
“I first found this film after I read Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Ghost World as a teenager. I was slowly accepting my outsider, art-kid destiny, and Daniel Clowes’ books introduced me to what would become my favorite book genre. I love Enid’s (Thora Birch) sarcastic sense of humor, her sense of style, and the strange people she attracts. I wanted to share it because it’s a coming of age film about a very specific type of nonconforming teenager. Also the music is great!”

Free for Members

Synopsis: Based on the well-known comic, Ghost World tells the story of neo-cool Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) who, faced with high school graduation take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. (MGM / UA)

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Monsters and Men

starts November 23

One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed–Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? [Sundance]

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Moxie Flix: Shrek (2001)

starts November 23

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Summary: Once upon a time in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek (Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy-tale characters.

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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The Essentials: The Lady Eve (1941)

starts November 25

The Essentials: Classic Comedies
This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: In Preston Sturges’ comedy, Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target of the father-daughter team of card sharps ‘Colonel’ Harry and Jean Harrington (Charles Coburn and Barbara Stanwyck). Their plan to rob the naive young man blind hits a snag, however, when Jean actually falls head over heels for an equally-smitten Pike.

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Wildlife

starts November 30

14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.

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The Essentials: The Seven Year Itch (1955)

starts December 2

The Essentials: Classic Comedies This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: Like thousands of other Manhattanites, Tom Ewell annually packs his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and children off to summer vacation, staying behind to work at the office. This particular summer, the lonely Ewell begins fantasizing about the many women he’d foresworn upon getting married (in one of the fantasies, Ewell and Marguerite Chapman parody the beach rendezvous in From Here to Eternity). He is jolted back to reality when he meets his new neighbor—luscious model Marilyn Monroe. Inviting Monroe to dinner, Ewell intends to sweep her off her feet and into the boudoir. Things don’t quite work out that way, thanks to Ewell’s clumsiness (and essential decency) and Monroe’s naivete. Still, Ewell becomes convinced that his impure thoughts will somehow be transmitted to his vacationing wife and to the rest of the world, leaving him wide open for scandal and ruination. In the original play, the husband and the next-door neighbor did have an affair, but both play and film arrived at the same happy ending, with Ewell and his missus contentedly reunited at summer’s end. Featured in the cast of The Seven Year Itch are Robert Strauss as a lascivious handyman, Sonny Tufts as Evelyn Keye’s former beau, Donald MacBride as Ewell’s glad-handing boss, and veteran Broadway funny man Victor Moore in a cameo as a nervous plumber. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Bridge & other films

starts December 2

Four films by Jem Moore including “Bridge”, a short film that was shot outside of Marshfield, MO. The program will include two other short films, “Grace” & “Tango”, and a medium-length documentary called “Taiwan Portraits”.

Local films are $5 and seating is first come first serve.

“Bridge”
Starring: Austin Grant, Phoenix Xavier,
Director: Jem Moore
Cinematographer: Blayne Chastain
Casting: Jonna Volz
Sound: Derek Haff Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 6 mins. Summary: In a small town in southern Missouri, two brothers share an endless summer afternoon, with no thought toward the future. Based on a true event, “Bridge” captures a moment in time and place, where the ordinary is everything, and nothing will be the same.

“Tango”
Starring: Meg Saricks, Roger Strong, Kurt Hanover,
Director: Jem Moore,
Cinematographer by Hanuman Brown-Eagle
Genre: Suspense
Running Time: 2 minutes
Appropriate Audience/”Rating”: PG13
Summary: In the darkest hour of the night, in a suburban home, murder is afoot. But who will pay in the end?

“Grace”
Starring: John Maloney, Hannah Elizabeth Kenyon
Director: Jem Moore
Cinematograper: Hanuman Brown-Eagle
Writer: Horace Buckley
Genre: Supernatural
Running Time: 11 minutes
Appropriate Audience/”Rating”: PG13
Summary: A man with a past he longs to leave behind takes a temp job as a night watchman at an abandoned hospital. He finds out that not only does it look haunted, it is haunted, and he may never escape.

“Taiwan Portraits”
Director: Jem Moore, Genre: Documentary Running Time: 45 minutes Appropriate Audience/”Rating”: G -
Mandarin Chinese w/subtitles in English Summary: These films reveal the intimate portraits of six very different people, who share a commitment to living life in Taiwan on their own terms. From a painter who started her own vegetarian restaurant in the hills, to the Woody Guthrie of Taiwan singing protest songs and winning top musical awards, to the last living movie poster painter in Taiwan, these portraits convey a sense of the daily life and culture of this small, but thriving, island democracy.

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Member Picks: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

starts December 5

Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.

Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
December’s pick was made by moxie member Thomas Lane.

Summary: Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming a big American rock star. When a handsome American GI promises love and liberation, it seems like a dream come true. But there’s a catch-in order to marry and emigrate Hansel must “leave a little something behind.” Hedwig survives a botched sex change operation that leaves her with an “angry inch” only to be stranded in a Kansas trailer park the very day the Berlin Wall comes down. Undeterred, Hedwig dons immaculate makeup and a Farrah Fawcett wig and forms a rock band-The Angry Inch. While supporting herself with babysitting gigs, she falls for a 16-year-old Jesus freak she renames Tommy Gnosis. Tommy steals her songs and becomes the rock star Hedwig always dreamed she’d be. Refusing to be defeated, she fiercely performs in crumbling theme restaurants seeking recognition, retribution, and reconciliation with her other half.

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At Eternity's Gate

starts December 14

At Eternity’s Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented. [CBS Films]

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Roma

starts December 14

Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. [Netflix]

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Love, Actually (2003)

starts December 14

Summary: This ultimate romantic comedy weaves together a spectacular number of love affairs into one amazing story. [Universal Pictures]

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Moxie Flix: Miracle on 34th street (1947)

starts December 14

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Summary: When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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The Royal Ballet presents The Nutcracker

starts December 20

Your ticket to world class performances from stages across the globe
Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

Summary: Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

Production Information: Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

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The Favourite

starts December 21

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. [Fox Searchlight]

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Space Buddies (Local Film)

starts December 21

Summary: With the end of their lease quickly approaching, two goofballs set out to make a movie in order to buy their house.

There will be a post show Q and A with the filmmakers of Space Buddies.
Local films are $5 and seating is first come, first serve.

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Special Events 2018

Saturday, Nov 17 5:00 am

State of the Union (1948)
Saturday, Nov. 17th @ TBD
Elizabeth Gilbert will lead a post show discussion of the film.
Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

Jenesis (Local Film)
Nov 18th @ 7pm
Local films are $5, and seating is first come first serve.

Staff Picks: Ghost World (2001)
Nov 23rd & 24th @ TBD
November’s picks was made by Ellen Neville - Verdugo
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
“I first found this film after I read Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Ghost World as a teenager. I was slowly accepting my outsider, art-kid destiny, and Daniel Clowes’ books introduced me to what would become my favorite book genre. I love Enid’s (Thora Birch) sarcastic sense of humor, her sense of style, and the strange people she attracts. I wanted to share it because it’s a coming of age film about a very specific type of nonconforming teenager. Also the music is great!”

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