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  • The Lovers

    12:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:15pm, 8:15pm

    The Lovers
    • Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts
    • Director: Azazel Jacobs
    • Genre(s): Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 94 min.
    "Its emotional reserves are deeper and more capacious, its sense of mystery more profound, than in just about any American movie of any scale I’ve seen in recent memory. "
    - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
    "The characters in The Lovers and the problems they face and struggle with feel entirely authentic, as does the magnetic chemistry between the leads. "
    - Kimber Myers, The Playlist
    "This film is a real pleasure and surprise because it sees old emotions as things that can be replenished and renewed if you are open and not too rigid about the boundaries of your relationships with others. "
    - Dan Callahan, TheWrap
    "An unpredictably funny showcase for two very deserving actors. "
    - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
    "Writer-director Azazel Jacobs finds buoyant comedy and touching gravity in the ashes of a relationship. Above all, give yourself over Winger and Letts-they are perfection. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Much of what makes The Lovers so compelling is the way it observes the differences between Mary and Michael, two people who are escaping the same marriage in the same way for different reasons. "
    - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
    "Is romantic comedy dead? Not as long as the genre can accommodate a film as uniquely wonderful as “The Lovers.” "
    - Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    "Just about every step of the way, the dialogue crackles and the performances are electric. "
    - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
    "Letts has some fine moments, but it’s Winger who really brings the color to this movie, creating a woman filled with disappointment and passion and wit, taking a small-scale comedy of manners to a darker, richer place. "
    - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
  • Their Finest

    2:30pm, 5:00pm

    Their Finest
    • Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
    • Director: Lone Scherfig
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance, War
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 117 min.
    "Beautifully cast, intelligently written and a gorgeously assembled range of beautifully gauged emotions about movies and war, Their Finest is one of the best films of a still-young 2017. "
    - Rex Reed, New York Observer
    "One of the smartest, funniest and most surprising movies I’ve seen in years. "
    - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    "Their Finest delivers in a way that would please the Ministry of Information: it’s rousing and emotional, there are laughs and tears, and it portrays people trying and, mostly, succeeding at being their best selves in the service of their country. "
    - Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
    "The charming, rousing WWII romance Their Finest is a film that openly stumps for two causes: the value of women in the workplace, and the power of cinema to tell stories that people need to hear. "
    - Noel Murray, The Playlist
    "Their Finest is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
  • The Lost City of Z

    1:00pm, 7:30pm

    The Lost City of Z
    • Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller
    • Director: James Gray
    • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 141 min.
    "A film as transporting, profound and staggering in its emotional power as anything I’ve seen in the cinema in years. "
    - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
    "The Lost City of Z feels like a clear artistic advance for Gray, who proves himself here as one of our finest and most distinctive living filmmakers. […] An attempt at an entirely different kind of film for Gray, and the results are revelatory and expansive while also true to his own complicated creative character. "
    - Dan Callahan, TheWrap
    "The Lost City of Z is a rare piece of contemporary classical cinema; its virtues of methodical storytelling, traditional style and obsessive theme are ones that would have been recognized and embraced anytime from the 1930s through the 1970s. Read full review "
    - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
    "With lush visuals, intelligent performances and a lingering lyricism, this is an instant classic that cements Hunnam’s star power. "
    - Jane Crowther, Total Film
    "The grandeur of this movie is off the charts. For a certain kind of old-school film fan, someone who believes in shapely, classical proportions and an epic yarn told over time, it will be the revelation of the year. "
    - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
    "The lushness of its images, how they simultaneously recall and move forward, in concert with its confidence in its pacing, as a work of both writing and editing, are a powerful thing taken in-tandem. "
    - Nick Newman, The Film Stage
  • Moxie Mornings

    10:00am

    Moxie Mornings
    • rating: NR (but safe for kids 2-6)
    • Running Time: 60min

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On Stage: The Bolshoi: A Contemporary Evening

starts May 28

Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Production Information: For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity in The Cage by Jerome Robbins, Harald Lander’s Études and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.

This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Robbins’s energy, Lander’s virtuosity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level.

For the first time, the company performs The Cage by legendary Academy Award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins, a master of visualizing and translating music to movement. Together with Harald Lander’s homage to classical ballet in Études and Alexei Ratmansky’s colorful folklore-inspired Russian Seasons, A Contemporary Evening brings some of the best dancers in the world together with masters of contemporary choreography.

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L'Avventura (1960)

starts May 28

Essential Janus Films
This new 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!

Janus Films is the pre-eminent distributor of classic foreign films in the United States. Founded by two Harvard students in 1956, Janus Films was one of the first distributors to bring what are now regarded as the masterpieces of world cinema to American audiences.

Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti, in her breakout role). Antonioni’s controversial international sensation is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.

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Frantz

starts June 2

Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (Paula Beer), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien’s presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks. [Music Box Films]

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A Quiet Passion

starts June 2

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

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Paris Can Wait

starts June 16

Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving fine food and wine, humor, wisdom, and picturesque sights.

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On Stage: Twelfth Night

starts June 17

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia and an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

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Overdose

starts June 17

Local films are $5 Seating is first come first serve.

Synopsis: A story about family, commitment, and assumptions. We follow Jack Hanson. Dealing with problems created for him by his own brother, Jack must make a choice of what is more important to him while also facing problems of his own. He soon finds out the worst flaw in any of us, is the one we assume.

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The Secret of NIMH (1982)

starts June 23

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

Film Synopsis: Frustrated with the Walt Disney studio’s reluctance to produce full-length animated films, Don Bluth and a number of animators left the studio in the early ’80s with the intent of creating movies in the style of Disney’s classics. The Secret of NIMH is the first film Bluth produced after leaving the studio. Adapted from Robert C. O’Brien’s acclaimed children’s book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H., the film is about a widowed mouse whose home is threatened; also, one of her children is gravely ill. On her way to find help, she discovers NIMH, a secret society of highly-intelligent rats who have escaped from a nearby science lab. The rats help the widow to protect her family and home. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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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Seek Help

starts June 25

Local Films are $5
Seating is first come first serve.

Synopsis: SEEK HELP is a 10 episode web-series that follows the story of former child genius, Dr. Richard Pinkett, whose genius is inexplicably fading, and his complicated relationship with his patient, Alexandria. Dr. Pinkett is losing his dog and his mind. Alexandria is one of Dr. Pinkett’s first patient’s and their first session begins with a huge mistake that alters their lives forever. As both Richard and Alexandria deal with different forms of loss in their lives, they can’t help but gravitate towards each other as they embark on an unconventional therapeutic journey.

Additional Information: Starring: Michael Watterson, Andie Bottrell with Kate Pennington, Lisa Marie Murphy, Sarah J. Wiggin, Kolyn Marshall, and Kristian Jett. Director of Photography: Jonathan Stratman & Jordan Essary Seek Help was created by Andie Bottrell (Director/Writer/Producer/Editor)

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Clue @ Mother's Brewery

starts June 30

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “Clue (1985)” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Mother’s film will begin at dusk, showtimes are tentative

In this spoof of McCarthy-era paranoia and 1950s wholesomeness, the characters and plot are drawn from the popular Parker Brothers board game of the same name. On a dark and stormy night in 1954, six individuals with ties to Washington are assembled for a dinner party at the swanky mansion of one Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving). Boddy’s butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), assigns each guest a colorful name: Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), and Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn). Two additional servants, the Cook (Kellye Nakahara) and Yvette, the maid (Colleen Camp), assist Wadsworth as he informs the guests that they have been gathered to meet the man who has been blackmailing them: Mr. Boddy. When Boddy turns up dead, however, the guests must try to figure out who killed him so they can protect their own reputations and keep the body count from growing.

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The Beguiled

starts June 30

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls’ boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

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The Little Hours

starts July 14

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry. [Sundance]

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Beauty and the Beast (1946)

starts July 14

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

Film Synopsis: Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.

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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Fargo @ Mother's Brewery

starts July 28

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “Fargo (1996)” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Mother’s films will begin at dusk, showtimes are tentative.

Film Summary: Fargo (1996) is a self-proclaimed “homespun murder story” set in the white-washed, winter wilderness of the frozen and bleak Upper Midwest. An anomaly of categorization, the contemporary masterpiece is a film noir (with stark white vistas and backdrops), a satirical comedy, a suspenseful crime drama, and a violent mystery thriller. The Coen Brothers’ film is an original mix of black mirth and murder that both delights and disturbs the viewer.

The off-beat, absurdist morality tale from the creative and original producing/writing/directing collaborative team of Joel and Ethan Coen is unlike many of their previous films, with a straight-forward, realistic narrative devoid of their typically quirky and bizarre sequences.

A kidnapping gone awry, a triple homicide (a highway patrolman and two innocent passersby), two contrasting families (the male-dominated Lundegaards and the female-dominated Gundersons), the corruptible effects of fast food, TV watching and pecuniary greed, and a hapless extortion scheme make up the film’s story, but the major strong point is the realistic performances of the two leads. [filmsite.org]

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The Lady Vanishes (1938)

starts July 30

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new 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!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: Miss Froy disappears on her return train trip from a vacation in the Balkans. However, Iris Henderson is the only person, on a train filled with suspicious and unsavory characters, who can attest that Miss Froy was ever on that trip.

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Rebecca (1940)

starts August 6

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new 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!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife.

Rebecca (1940) is the classic Hitchcock gothic thriller and a compelling mystery (and haunting ghost story) about a tortured romance. An expensively-produced film by David O. Selznick (following his recent success with Gone With The Wind (1939)), it was Hitchcock’s first American/Hollywood film, although it retained distinctly British characteristics from his earlier murder mysteries. The somber film’s screenplay (by Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison) was based on a literal translation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic novel of the same name, in the tradition of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. One of the film’s posters asks the intriguing question: “What was the secret of Manderley?” [Filmsite.org]

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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

starts August 13

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new 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!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) has often been seen as director/producer Alfred Hitchcock’s best American film (and second film with Universal Studios) - and it was purportedly his own personal favorite. The cynical, film-noirish, war-time film was shot on location in the small, story-book town of Santa Rosa, California - a representative place of sacred, wholesome, middle-American values where dark corruption is hidden within a family. [The film mixes elements of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) with David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986) and the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.] [Filmsite.org]

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Spellbound (1945)

starts August 20

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new 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!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist with a firm understanding of human nature—or so she thinks. When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) becomes the new chief of staff at her institution, the bookish and detached Constance plummets into a whirlwind of tangled identities and feverish psychoanalysis, where the greatest risk is to fall in love. A transcendent love story replete with taut excitement and startling imagery, Spellbound is classic Hitchcock, featuring stunning performances, an Academy Award®-winning score by Miklos Rozsa, and a captivating dream sequence by Surrealist icon Salvador Dalí. [Criterion]

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Napoleon Dynamite @ MOTHER'S BREWERY

starts August 25

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “Napoleon Dynamite (2004)” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Mother’s films will start at dusk, showtimes are tentative.

Film Synopsis: The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set in the small Idaho town of Preston. Jon Heder stars in the titular role, a carrot-topped oddball with a decidedly eccentric family that includes his llama-loving, dune-buggy enthusiast grandmother. The story centers on the local high school’s race for class president. Using some nontraditional means, Napoleon is determined to help his pal Pedro (Efrem Ramirez) run a winning campaign and defeat popular girl Summer (Haylie Duff). Also starring The Drew Carey Show’s Diedrich Bader, Napoleon Dynamite premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. - Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Notorious (1946)

starts August 27

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new 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!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: In Notorious, a brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, Hitchcock fuses two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht’s excellent script, and Hitchcock’s direction at its best make Notorious a perfect film. [Criterion]05/24/2017

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Longing and Belonging: The Best Live Action Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

starts September 15

Program 2: Longing and Belonging: The Best Live Action Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

Link to Program 1: Shine On

This collection of live action shorts show how kids all over the world long for the same things: to love, to laugh, to love, to share time with their families, and find their passions. Get globally aware as you meet sweet children who dream of their homeland, boys and girls who feel passionately drawn to the arts, best friends who must overcome bullying, a boy who learns a big lesson about his parents, and an Alaskan Yup’ik teen who is competes not for himself, but for his whole community.

Displacement
PLURAL+ 2016 Children’s Film Festival Seattle Award (Shatha Alghabri, Malaysia, live action, 2016, 4:26 min, in Arabic with English subtitles) Yemeni children share their experiences of being refugees, as they recount what they have seen and what they miss.

Valentino
(Cassiana Maranha, Brazil, live action, 2014, 3:27 min, in Brazilian sign language with English subtitles) Valentino hears less, and feels more. He will grow up to be a musician.

The Debt
(Helen Flanagan, Ireland, live action, 2016, 12 min, in English) Ten-year-old Daithi is afflicted with a serious crush, but will his feelings get in the way of his loyalty to his best friend?

Shirin’s Dream
(Maryam Abdoli, Iran, live action, 2016, 15 min, in Farsi with English subtitles) After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity.

Mr. and Mrs. Kim
Winner of CFFS Audience Favorite Short Live Action and Fantastic Foxes Jury Prize for a Live Action Short (Jaehuen Chung, USA, live action, 2016, 14:40 min, mostly in English, but some Korean with English subtitles) A Korean-American boy makes up a glamorous story about his parents, but then discovers that their real story is something he can be much more proud of. Watch the trailer

I am Yup’ik
Winner of CFFS Iron Giants Jury Prize for a Live Action Short (Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, US, live action, 2016, 17 min, in English and Yup’ik with English subtitles) In this inspiring documentary, an Alaskan Yup’ik teenager travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village. Watch the trailer

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Shine On! The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

starts September 15

The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

Shine On!
What makes you shine? The characters in these sweet and funny films have special things that make them glow and grow. Join them as they play with their friends and families, discover new things about themselves, and take journeys to near and far. If you close your eyes and make a wish, you might even be able to join them on a trip to the moon!

Link to Program 2: Longing and Belonging

Ampersand
(Erin Shea, USA, 2016, animated, 2016, 3:11 min, no dialogue) Go on a playful musical journey from the subatomic to the galactic, that touches on science ideas including wave particle duality, evolution and pollination.

The Sled
Winner of CFFS Catbus Kids Jury Prize for Best Storytelling (Olesya Shchukina, Russia, animated, 2016, 4:19 min, no dialogue) The little squirrel finds something he has never seen before. Watch the trailer

I Am Not a Mouse
(Evgenia Golubeva, UK, animated, 2015, 2 min, in English) Every time Lucy is called “Mouse” by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! What is she going to do? Watch the trailer

Konigiri-Kun Shopping
(Mari Miyazawa, Japan, animated, 2015, 5 min, no dialogue) Konigiri-Kun is a small rice ball who lives in a food case. One morning, he sets out to shop for sesame seeds, and has a lot of adventures along the way.

Silence! For Pete’s Sake!
(Kai Pannen, Germany, animated, 2015, 7:39 min, no dialogue) Mr. Bumble would like to take a little nap. But it’s hard, because his friends are making so much noise!

Lilou
Winner of the CFFS Fantastic Foxes Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film (Rawan Rahim, Lebanon/France, animated, 2015, 7:45 min, no dialogue) A shy girl develops empathy for others which helps her break outside of her shell. Watch the trailer

Junction
(Nathan Jurevicius, Lithuania/Canada/Australia, 2016, 7 min, in English) A young girl from a family of “Face Changers” takes a journey to a mountain to alter the direction of the wind. Watch the trailer

Little Stone Lion
Winner of the CFFS Catbus Kids Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film (Tang Chen, Taiwan, animated, 2016, 6:58 min, no dialogue) A little stone lion determined to prove his great ability in being a temple guardian, tries to chase a hungry cat who is munching on offerings on the altar table. But the two foes soon wind up as friends. Watch the trailer

Mimi & Liza: Farewell Color Grey
(Katarína Kerekesová, Slovakia, animated, 2013, 7:18 min, in Slovak with English subtitles) Mimi, a blind girl, and her best friend Lisa help their colorless neighbor find joy in colors.

Moon Wolves
(Nima Yousefi, Sweden, animated, 2016, 12 min, no dialogue) Every night, the Moon Wolves stare at the moon. But one night, their longing grows so intense they must do something. They must go there. Watch the trailer

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Thelma & Louise @ MOTHER'S BREWERY

starts September 29

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “Thelma & Louise (1991)” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Mother’s films will start at dusk, showtimes are tentative.

Film Summary: Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play Thelma and Louise, two working-class friends who together have planned a weekend getaway from the men in their lives. Thelma’s husband, Darryl (Chris McDonald), is an overbearing oaf, and Louise’s boyfriend, Jimmy (Michael Madsen), simply will not commit. Though the road trip starts out as a good time, the pair eventually wind up at a bar. A tipsy Thelma ends up in the parking lot of the bar with a would-be rapist. Louise shoots the man dead. The two decide that they have no choice but to go on the run. They eventually meet up with a young criminal named J.D. (Brad Pitt), whose cowboy spirit rubs off on the timid Thelma. The pair is pursued by a police officer (Harvey Keitel) sympathetic toward their plight. He chases them to the Grand Canyon, where the women make a fateful decision about their lives. Directed by Ridley Scott, Thelma & Louise brought first-time screenwriter Callie Khouri many accolades including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. - Perry Seibert, Rovi

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The Essentials: Janus Films

Monday, May 29 11:40 am

This new 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 Student/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Janus Films is the pre-eminent distributor of classic foreign films in the United States. Founded by two Harvard students in 1956, Janus Films was one of the first distributors to bring what are now regarded as the masterpieces of world cinema to American audiences.

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