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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    4:45pm, 7:45pm

    If Beale Street Could Talk
    • Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
    • Director: Barry Jenkins
    • Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Crime
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 119 min.
    "An intoxicating, intimate work from a born filmmaker, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is an elegant poem of a film. "
    - Adam Graham, Detroit News
    "Some might view this as a political movie (perhaps even Jenkins) but it’s also very much a tale of love, survival, and humanity. "
    - James Berardinelli, ReelViews
    "The film is a bold and elegant celebration of young black love in the face of a Harlem rife with police corruption. "
    - Matt Donnelly, TheWrap
    "A work of social realism elevated to poetic heights by the sheer beauty of its voice and the humanism of its spirit. "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
    "Barry Jenkins creates one of the year’s 10 best films by celebrating black love and a human connection that can raise you up and move you to tears. Regina King’s performance should finally get her the Oscar she’s deserved for years. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "If Beale Street Could Talk is a film about injustice, about patience and anger, beauty and despair — but, ultimately, it’s about love. "
    - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    "You’ve never seen romantic love depicted on screen with such lyrical and gorgeous intensity, or systemic injustice brought to such vivid and enraging life. Film classes will be taught about Jenkins’ use of color. "
    - Glen Weldon, NPR
    "This movie works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film. "
    - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
    "A period piece that feels beautifully and painfully present: beautifully because love stories are timeless, painfully because the spectacle of racial injustice feels up to date. "
    - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    "Deliberately paced, unapologetically mannered and contemplatively attuned, If Beale Street Could Talk invites audiences to venture beyond the screen in front of them to connect with the characters and their world on a deeper, more mystical plane. "
    - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    "Its power is in the way it says that injustice isn’t out of place in a heartwarming family drama; it’s part and parcel to these characters’ experience, to being black in America. Like the blues, Beale Street can soothe even as it tells a disturbing story. It’s easily one of the best of the year. "
    - Vince Mancini, Uproxx
    "In the movies, love is cheap. It’s everywhere and nowhere, too often reduced to a formula or a reward. Beale Street knows better. It restores to love, romantic and familial, its sanctity—an ambition that makes it one of the most distinctive love stories in recent memory. "
    - Inkoo Kang, Slate
    "If proof were needed that Barry Jenkins’s directing achievement was far from a one-off, it pulses and dances through every sequence of his follow-up, If Beale Street Could Talk, in all its gorgeous romantic melancholy and sublimated outrage. "
    - Tim Robey, The Telegraph
    "Weaving together the past and the present, masterful interpretations of Baldwin’s incredible prose, gorgeous visuals, and a sweeping score, If Beale Street Could Talk draws audiences into its overwhelming mix of emotions all at once. "
    - Sarah Kurcha, Consequence of Sound
    "It’s a perfect pairing of sensibilities; Jenkins and Baldwin share a nuanced, lyrical style that conveys the beauty and hope in even the most despairing of situations, with a focus on the emotional truths of their characters. Like the novel, the film is a love story, as well as a powerful indictment of systemic racism and the criminal-justice system. "
    - Wendy R. Weinstein, Film Journal International
  • Green Book

    2:00pm, 7:15pm

    Green Book
    • Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
    • Director: Peter Farrelly
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy, Music
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Running Time: 130 min.
    "Witty and warm as cashmere, Green Book is a two-hander in which both stars soar with humor and heart. "
    - Rex Reed, Observer
    "Most winningly, Green Book puts two of the finest screen actors working today in a sexy turquoise Cadillac, letting them loose on a funny, swiftly-moving chamber piece bursting with heart, art and soul. "
    - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    "There’s something so deeply right about this movie, so true to the time depicted and so welcome in this moment; so light in its touch, so properly respectful of its characters, and so big in its spirit that the movie acquires a glow. "
    - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    "Ali and Mortensen make the friendship feel real, using some unexpected tools from Farrelly’s kit. His comedic instincts help the movie tiptoe through some dangerous cultural minefields. "
    - Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily
    "A heartfelt ode to the bond between two real-life men. "
    - Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    "You watch ‘Green Book’ wishing it were a little better but nonetheless enjoying how very good much of it is, thanks to Mortensen and Ali, who make every moment sing. "
    - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    "In a world that seems to get uglier every day, this movie’s gentle heart and mere humanity feel like a salve. "
    - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
    "Thanks in large part to the winning chemistry between Ali and Mortensen, and a pretty darn inspirational true-life story as its foundation, this was one of the best times I’ve had at the movies this year. "
    - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
    "In fact, this film allows everyone to play against their Hollywood-prescribed “type,” from the actors to the director, who is perhaps the most surprising revelation of them all. "
    - Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
    "Thanks to the dream team of Mortensen and Ali, both giving Oscar caliber performances, audiences will be rightly cheering this hilarious and heartfelt true story of a black musician and his racist driver on a 1960’s tour of the Deep South. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "It’s the master class put on by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali that powers this moving and often hilarious work and gives it mass appeal. "
    - Brian Truitt, USA Today
    "touching and meaningful look at race and class in America, the likes of which studios rarely produce anymore. "
    - Eric Kohn, indieWire
  • On the Basis of Sex

    2:30pm

    On the Basis of Sex
    • Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
    • Director: Mimi Leder
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Running Time: 120 min.
    "But Jones, luminous in support in such dramas as ‘The Theory of Everything,’ carries this picture, delivers thrilling arguments thrillingly and puts a warm, human face on a legal figure who has become liberalism’s Obi Wan Kenobi, ‘our only hope.’ "
    - Roger Moore, Movie Nation
    "It’s Jones who really shines. She effortlessly embodies Ruth Bader Ginsburg with such aplomb that when she locks her steely eyes with the camera, you can feel it in your bones that this woman is about to change the world. "
    - Yolanda Machado, TheWrap
    "Call it ‘The Notorious RBG: The Early Years’ as a terrific Felicity Jones finds the fire and fury in the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she takes on her lifelong battle against gender discrimination. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "‘On the Basis of Sex’ is a serious movie that slowly earns its emotion and enlists our involvement. Even before the finish, it’s goosebumps all around. "
    - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    "A winning, inspirational crowd-pleaser à la Hidden Figures, Leder’s film follows the early accomplishments of the young Ginsburg (an assured Felicity Jones, convincingly slipping into the trailblazer’s shoes), beginning in 1956. "
    - Tomris Laffly, Time Out
    "Leder draws lovely performances across the board, bringing clarity and warmth to a complicated but important historical moment. "
    - Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star
    "Leder… somehow makes a wonky court case about Section 214 of the tax code, which deals with dependent care expenses, into a nail-biting thriller. "
    - Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
    "On the Basis of Sex mostly avoids hero-worship in recreating the shameful truth of where the country was a half-century earlier and the importance of Ginsburg in the legal aspect of the shift that continues to this day. "
    - James Berardinelli, ReelViews
  • The Favourite

    5:15pm

    The Favourite
    • Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
    • Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 119 min.
    "The Favourite is a wicked delight, a fantastic little cupcake of a movie laced with thistle frosting. "
    - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
    "This is a work of art that embraces and embellishes all the joys of cinema while offering a more enjoyable and progressive revisionist history. "
    - Theo Schear, Film Threat
    "The Favourite is one of those rare films where the energy generated by three talents at the top of their game and the energy generated by their characters swirl and merge in a perfect storm. "
    - Lee Marshall, Screen International
    "Olivia Colman is simply dazzling as a fragile, volatile and sometimes dotty Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” a zestful period piece directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. "
    - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    "[Yorgos Lanthimos’] fabulously entertaining tragicomedy, The Favourite, is a juicy power tangle connecting three women in the royal court of early 18th-century England, played by a divine trio who bounce off one another with obvious relish. "
    - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
    "The Favourite is a pleasure to watch. It’s weird without being alienating, dirty without being cheap. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a better acting trio this fall. What fun The Favourite is, while still striking a few resonantly melancholy chords here and there. "
    - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
    "It’s a perfectly cut diamond of a movie — a finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre of savage misanthropic baroque costume drama. "
    - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
    "This is a skewer-sharp and scabrously funny film, stuffed with quotable deadpan exchanges, often punctuated by that now-trademark Lanthimos camera manoeuvre, the wide-angle whip pan that seems to ask “now what?” "
    - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
    "The Favourite, notably the first of Yorgos Lanthimos’s films to be written by others, is more narratively coherent and conventional than The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, but Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara’s florid screenplay still affords the Greek Weird Wave auteur ample opportunity to assert his idiosyncratic worldview. "
    - Paul O'Callaghan, Slant Magazine
    "This couldn’t be further from the corsets and curtsies of your typical Hollywood prestige period piece. It’s more like “All About Eve” directed by a Satyricon-era Fellini all hopped up with enough sex, deviance, hypocrisy, decadence, and spicy profanity to make your average Masterpiece Theatre patron reach into their PBS tote bag for some smelling salts. "
    - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Coming Soon

Staff Picks: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

starts January 25

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.
January’s pick was made by Isabel Shirey.
What do you love about this film, and why do you want to share it with others?
“Stranger Than Fiction plays with reality in such a subtle and tasteful way. This film provides an artful depiction of what it means to be the protagonist in your own life. It has a unique take on locus of control and the concept of determinism that might induce an existential crisis in the most light-hearted of ways.”

Synopsis: An IRS auditor has his life interrupted by the sound of a personal narrator who knows his every thought, feeling and action, including when and where he will die.

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Burning (In Translation Series)

starts January 25

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Beoning (original title)
The difficult life of Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert, is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Steven Yeun), a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns with from a trip. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.

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Stan & Ollie

starts January 25

Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other. [Sony Pictures Classics]

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Moxie Mornings

starts January 26

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 2019 @ 10am, shorts followed by art activity
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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On Stage: The Madness of George III

starts January 26

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

Summary: It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

Production Information: Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

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Blowin' Up (2018)

starts January 31

This screening is FREE thanks to a partnership with STAND as part of a Human Trafficking Awareness event. There will be a post show discussion.

Summary: Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted.

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The Essentials: Fish Tank (2009)

starts February 3

The Essentials: Auteurs
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: The film is an emotionally stunning coming-of-age story, electrified by the breakthrough performance of its young star Katie Jarvis. Fifteen-year-old Mia is in a constant state of war with her family and the world around her, without any creative outlet for her considerable energies save a secret love of hip-hop dance. When she meets her party-girl mother’s charming new boyfriend Connor, she is amazed to find he returns her attention, and believes he might help her start to make sense of her life. A clear-eyed, potent portrait of teenage sexuality and vulnerability, Fish Tank confirms writer/director Arnold’s status as one of the leading figures of new British cinema. (IFC Films)

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Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration

starts February 7

On Feb 7 only, @MusicCenterLA Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration will light up the big screen with all-star performances of Joni’s songs. You won’t want to miss this one-night-only movie theater event honoring the legendary @JoniMitchellcom on her 75th birthday.

Join an incredible array of singers and musicians who came together to honor one of the world’s most remarkable artists, Joni Mitchell, on her 75th birthday. The hand-selected group of peers and protégés including Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, Rufus Wainwright and more paid tribute to the iconic artist, performing songs from all stages of Mitchell’s life and career, across her entire catalog of 19 studio albums. Captured over two nights in November 2018 by The Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the entire concert, along with special behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists, will be shown in movie theaters for one night, Thursday, February 7.

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Oscar Live Action Shorts (2019)

starts February 8

The Short Film (Live Action) nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been announced! The mix of nominees for this past year’s movie season is filled with memorable films featuring some of the most talented artists in the world. [oscar.go.com]

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Oscar Animated Shorts (2019)

starts February 8

The Short Film (Animated) nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been announced! The mix of nominees for this past year’s movie season is filled with memorable films featuring some of the most talented artists in the world. [oscar.go.com]

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The Essentials: Pariah (2011)

starts February 10

The Essentials: Auteurs
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: Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur and younger sister Sharonda in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura, Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina, Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward. (Focus Features)

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Member Picks: Miller's Crossing (1990)

starts February 13

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.
February’s pick was made by moxie member Michael Allhands.

What do you love about this particular film, and why do you want to share it with others?
I saw this movie back in the early 90’s when I was just beginning to really expand the types of movies I was watching and was immediately spellbound by the stylized gangster dialogue. Then add in the gorgeous look of the film, a score that is just perfect (it’s somehow morose and whimsical at once), and all the usual Coen Brothers’ flourishes and I was hooked for life.

Why are you a Moxie member?
As a member, I love feeling I am supporting art in my community and hopefully allowing others to experience it more easily by doing so. Plus, the free admission to the multitude of special screenings that are always on the calendar is amazing.

Synopsis: In an unnamed Eastern city in 1929, the friendship between the local political boss (Finney) and Tom (Byrne), the man behind the man, is severed when they fall for same woman. Tom joins ranks with Johnny Caspar, Leo’s enemy and rival, in a race for political power, resulting in a bloody, citywide gang war.

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La La Land (2016)

starts February 14

Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

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Oscar Documentary Shorts: Program B (2019)

starts February 15

The Short Film (Documentary) nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been announced! The mix of nominees for this past year’s movie season is filled with memorable films featuring some of the most talented artists in the world. [oscar.go.com]

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Oscar Documentary Shorts: Program A (2019)

starts February 15

The Short Film (Documentary) nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been announced! The mix of nominees for this past year’s movie season is filled with memorable films featuring some of the most talented artists in the world. [oscar.go.com]

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Superman: The Movie (1978)

starts February 15

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

Summary: An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero. Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel in a big-budget epic with Oscar-winning effects. Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, Jackie Cooper, Susannah York, Glenn Ford. Richard Donner directed.

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: Wendy and Lucy (2008)

starts February 17

The Essentials: Auteur
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: Wendy Carroll is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Wendy and Lucy addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times. (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

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The Essentials: Marie Antoinette (2006)

starts February 27

The Essentials: Auteurs
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: The retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

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Everybody Knows

starts March 8

Carolina, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

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