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  • Brad's Status

    6:45pm

    Brad's Status
    • Starring: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams
    • Director: Mike White
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 101 min.
    "A droll and affecting male-midlife-crisis comedy. "
    - Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter
    "The surprising results are unlike anything I’ve seen lately, and the best surprise of all is a funny, inspired and career-enhancing star performance by Ben Stiller that left me touched, applauding and laughing out loud. "
    - Rex Reed, New York Observer
    "Thanks to Stiller’s prodigious gifts at blending comedy and drama, it’s hard not to see ourselves in Brad’s besieged humanity. That’s the thing with Stiller and White – they make you laugh till it hurts. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "In the vein of his previous screenplays for Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl and Beatriz at Dinner, White depicts the darker side of human nature with deadpan humor and daring honesty. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Writer-director Mike White has crafted a painfully funny and surprisingly moving character piece, but what’s most remarkable is how he and his star empathize with Brad’s feelings of inferiority while, at the same time, pinpointing the arrogance, privilege and callousness that often factor into such soul-searching. "
    - Tim Grierson, Screen International
    "Starting from a single key insight into human behavior — the natural compulsion to compare oneself to others — White has spun a funny, empathetic and surprisingly grounded comedy that itself defies obvious comparisons. "
    - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
    "It’s a film with the courage to be unlikable and the confidence to be complex, trusting audiences to navigate Brad’s whirling, restless mental state as it swings from jealousy to pride to what Ananya (correctly) identifies as “white privilege, male privilege, first-class problems” — otherwise known as entitlement. Read full review "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
  • The Trip to Spain

    7:15pm

    The Trip to Spain
    • Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
    • Director: Michael Winterbottom
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
    • Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 108 min.
    "The scenery is strikingly beautiful and the food will make your mouth water. "
    - Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
    "For fans of the series, The Trip to Spain gives one a wholehearted meal of all they could possibly desire. "
    - Jordan Raup, The Film Stage
    "The film deepens the melancholic, existential notes from end of The Trip to Italy, and continues to evolve with its characters emotionally. "
    - Erin Whitney, ScreenCrush
    "The proof that the “Trip” formula hasn’t become formulaic? How often, and hard, these two can make an audience laugh. "
    - Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
    "Brydon and Coogan are the same gifted improvisers they’ve always been, shooting the breeze until it sweeps them into some absurd playacted scenario. "
    - Charles Bramesco, The Playlist
    "A gentle, relaxing delight, with just enough uproarious conversation and a touch of regret. In other words, it’s a perfect piece of British comedy comfort food. "
    - David Sims, The Atlantic
    "The mercurial nature of fame acts as an ideal metaphor for the fleeting and uncertain nature of life itself - all of which, in the masterful hands of Brydon, Coogan and Winterbottom, goes down more smoothly than a glass of Rioja. "
    - Christopher Kompanek, Washington Post
  • Columbus

    5:00pm

    Columbus
    • Starring: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Rory Culkin, Parker Posey
    • Director: Kogonada
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance
    • Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 100 min.
    "As a movie about intimacy Columbus is a masterpiece. "
    - Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic
    "Lovely and tender, marking Kogonada as an auteur to watch. "
    - Geoff Berkshire, Variety
    "Columbus is a charming and beautiful indie debut. "
    - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
    "Columbus is a feast for the eyes, but its more lasting impression is on the heart. "
    - Kate Erbland, Indiewire
    "Almost startling in how assured it is, synthesizing beautiful, controlled images with story and character. "
    - Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
    "A gentle but sharply defined story, brimming with grace, compassion and performances of perfect naturalism, it is unashamedly intellectual yet deeply human. "
    - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
    "The director’s greatest strength lies in creating a mood. “Columbus” is melancholy without being morose, and talky without forced cleverness. "
    - Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
    "As much as it is about architecture, the film is also a love letter to movies themselves: the sense of majesty they can capture and the strange little worlds they allow us to discover. "
    - Oliver Jones, New York Observer
    "The feature directing debut of Kogonada, the South Korean video essayist and critic, is a poetic spellbinder about two strangers bonding over modern architecture. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "The quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed Columbus is an art-house gem that beautifully illuminates not only the architecture of a small Indiana town, but also the characters that inhabit it. "
    - David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Wind River

    4:30pm

    Wind River
    • Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal
    • Director: Taylor Sheridan
    • Genre(s): Action, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 110 min.
    "Bundle up: ‘Wind River’ will blow you away. "
    - Adam Graham, Detroit News
    "Wind River confirms the director as a rising talent who can be trusted to beat his own enticing path through inhospitable ground. "
    - Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph
    "Wind River can be thrilling and it owns the ability to surprise and shock throughout. "
    - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
    "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
    "An engaging thriller, anchored by a strong sense of place (becoming a Sheridan specialty) and a great performance from Jeremy Renner. "
    - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
    "This bitter, visceral, and almost parodically intense thriller knows what it takes to survive. "
    - David Ehrlich, indieWire
    "It’s one terrific, offbeat and heart-pounding thriller set in the frozen wilderness of a Wyoming Indian reservation that never ceases to surprise, enthrall and pump the adrenaline with an energy that stuns. "
    - Rex Reed, New York Observer
    "The focus here is always on character and storytelling and the acting that brings it all alive. With thrillers this good becoming a lost art, Wind River is definitely one to savor. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "Wind River is an impressive effort and an impressive result that opens up a world that most of us have never thought about and renders it with sorrow and vividness. "
    - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    "On the surface a tense investigative piece with Renner as a regular Sherlock of the snow, it also slips in cogent and damning points about the limitations and dead ends virtually forced on many residents of Native American reservations. "
    - Steve Pond, TheWrap
    "Directorial debut of ‘Sicario’ screenwriter Taylor Sheridan turns the story of a tracker, a Fed and a dead Native-American girl into a sharp social commentary that knocks you for a loop. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Sheridan has professed admiration for Clint Eastwood’s towering anti-Western “Unforgiven” and dark-night-of-the-soul dramas from Michael Mann. Both are reference points for his adept mix of masculine posturing and wounded soul-searching. "
    - John Wenzel, Denver Post
    "Writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River is a stark and beautiful and haunting 21st century Western thriller, filled with memorable visuals and poetic dialogue — and scenes of sudden, shocking, brutal violence. "
    - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Coming Soon

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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Stronger

starts September 29

Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jeff (Jake Gyllenhaal), a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun. He tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family. It is Jeff’s deeply personal account of the heroic journey that tests a family’s bond, defines a community’s pride and inspires his inner courage to overcome devastating adversity.

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How To Start A War/ Dancer

starts October 1

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

Title: How to Start a War
Starring: Mark Young, Marcos Esteves, Allison Turbyeville
Director: Thomas Turbyeville
Genre(s): Crime, Drama
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 30 min.

Film Synopsis: It’s a cold Boston winter in the mid 1990’s. Antony, a low-level gangster, seeks the advice of his Uncle Gino, a made man, after “screwing the pooch big” on his first bank heist. Only to complicate things more, Antony went in on the job with a rival gang member. Now the real question is, will Uncle Gino leave Antony to deal with the Cops & Southies on his own? Or come to his nephews rescue with the might of the Italian mob?

Title: Dancer
Starring: Kevin Keppy, Mark Young, Sofia Aydt, Dell Williams
Director: Thomas Turbyeville
Genre(s): Romantic, Drama
Rating: PG
Running Time: 10 min.

Film Synopsis: A film producer just wants to enjoy his lunch break in peace and quiet, instead he is met with unexpected confrontation; which leads him to face long suppressed memories.
Winner of BEST FILM during the SATO-48 2017 competition, This Directors cut of Dancer has been re-edited, colored, mixed and mastered for a whole new experience!

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Victoria and Abdul

starts October 6

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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My Journey Through French Cinema

starts October 6

Writer-director Bertrand Tavernier is truly one of the grand auteurs of the movies. His experience is vast, his knowledge is voluminous, his love is inexhaustible and his perspective is matched only by that of Martin Scorsese. This magnificent, epic documentary has been a lifetime in the making. Tavernier knows his native cinema inside and out, from the giants like Renoir, Godard, and Melville (for whom he worked as an assistant) to now overlooked and forgotten figures like Edmund T. Gréville and Guy Gilles, and his observations and reminiscences are never less than penetrating and always deeply personal. [Cohen Media Group]

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Stray Dog (2014)

starts October 12

This free screening at the Springfield Art Museum’s Auditorium (1111 East Brookside Drive Springfield, MO 65807) is part of Veteran’s Views, a juried exhibition of photos taken by members of America’s armed forces

Join us for a FREE screening of Stray Dog, a documentary film focused on Ron “Stray Dog” Hall - a biker, a Vietnam War veteran, and a lover of small dogs - from Winter’s Bone director and co-writer Debra Granik. This film is not rated.

Link to Veteran’s Views Events

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The Exorcist (1973)

starts October 13

This Free Friday the 13th event is sponsored by theSpringfield-Greene County Library District as part of the ‘Oh, the Horror!’ program.

Summary: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

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On Stage: Ashton Celebration (The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton)

starts October 15

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.

Production Information: Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, was one of the 20th century’s most influential choreographers, whose musical, subtle and graceful style and extraordinary gift for storytelling had a profound impact on the development of British ballet. This special programme, performed at the Royal Opera House to mark the 25th anniversary of Ashton’s death, presents five works that showcase his astonishing versatility, from compelling abstract ballets – such as the exuberant Voices of Spring and the radically modernist Monotones – to the tragic love story Marguerite and Armand, brought to life with ‘performances of heart-wrenching intensity’ (The Observer) by Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin.

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Big Pharma: Market Failure

starts October 18

This local film is Free and open to the public.
Seating is first come first serve.

Summary: Big Pharma: Market Failure is a new 35 minute documentary that looks at the facts and makes
an effective business case for realizable change. It is a compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it.

There will be a brief discussion following the film. Hosted by the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, Empower Missouri, and Missourians for Single Payer.

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Carbon Trace Shorts (2017)

starts October 21

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

These four, recently-finished projects represent the kind of work Carbon Trace Productions will be doing as it becomes a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to documentary filmmaking.

Films:
1. “Souriyat” – short doc about Souriyat Across Borders, a refugee rehabilitation facility in Jordan.
2. “Joonyper” – short doc about the ravages of heroin addiction in Springfield.
3. “July SAMS Mission Recap” – film about the July Medical mission to Jordan by the Syrian American Medical Society.
4. “2017 Great Places in Missouri” – film for the American Planning Association about award winners in Missouri.

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Small Town Z The Next Chapter

starts October 22

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

Synopsis: A man Survives a helicopter crash during a zombie apocalypse and begins the search of looking for his daughter. He is hunted by an unknown organization that has created a virus to end mankind. After a long search for the cure he realizes it may be closer than he thought. With the help of some new friends, Johnny takes on the search for his daughter with the help of some new and familiar looking friends.

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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

starts October 27

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: An inspiring look inside the lives of New York City school kids on a journey into the world of ballroom dancing, an unexpected arena where they discover new frontiers about attitude, movement, style and commitment. (Paramount Classics)

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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2001: A Space Odyssey (Drury @ the Moxie)

starts October 28

2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. To begin his voyage into the future, Kubrick visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millenia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever conceived) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Dullea) into uncharted realms of space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let the awe and mystery of a journey unlike any other begin. (Warner Bros.)

Tickets are $5
Seating is first come, first serve.
There will be a 40 min post-show discussion with Dr. Chris Panza.

Drury @ the Moxie

Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1pm 2001: A Space Odyssey - Dr. Chris Panza

Saturday, November 11 @ 1pm Les Visteurs (French, 1992?) - Shelley Wolbrink

Saturday, November 18 @ 1pm
Where Do We Go Now? (2011 ) - Mouhcine El Hajjami

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Red River (1948)

starts November 5

Essential Western 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!

Red River (1948) is a classic and complex western (and considered by many critics to be one of the ten best westerns ever made). It is a sweeping, epic story about a cattle drive (historically based on the opening of the Chisholm Trail in 1867) and a film of rivalry and rebellion, spanning a time period of fifteen years. Red River was Howard Hawks’ first western, a story often compared to its parallel epic on the high seas, Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). [Filmsite.org]

Summary: Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

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The Kid (1921)

starts November 10

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: Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. The Kid doesn’t merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film director—it remains an expressive masterwork of silent cinema. In it, he stars as his lovable Tramp character, this time raising an orphan (a remarkable young Jackie Coogan) he has rescued from the streets. Chaplin and Coogan make a miraculous pair in this nimble marriage of sentiment and slapstick, a film that is, as its opening title card states, “a picture with a smile—and perhaps, a tear.” [Criterion]

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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Les Visiteurs (1993) Drury @ the Moxie

starts November 11

A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the while trying to cope with the cultural and technological changes distinguishing his time from ours.

Tickets are $5
Seating is first come, first serve.
There will be a 40 min post-show discussion with Shelley Wolbrink.

Drury @ the Moxie

Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1pm 2001: A Space Odyssey - Dr. Chris Panza

Saturday, November 11 @ 1pm Les Visteurs (French, 1992?) - Shelley Wolbrink

Saturday, November 18 @ 1pm Where Do We Go Now? (2011 ) - Mouhcine El Hajjami

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High Noon (1952)

starts November 13

Essential Western 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!

High Noon (1952) is possibly the all-time best Western film ever made - a successful box-office production by Stanley Kramer and director Fred Zinnemann (who also directed From Here to Eternity (1953) and A Man For All Seasons (1966)). The Western genre was employed to tell an uncharacteristic social problem tale about civic responsibility, without much of the typical frontier violence, panoramic landscapes, or tribes of marauding Indians.

Summary: In this classic western, a marshal prepares to retire from law enforcement because of his marriage to a Quaker. But upon learning that four outlaws will converge on the town at noon to kill him, he is torn between his sense of duty and his love for his pacifist bride.

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Where Do We Go Now? (2011) Drury @ the Moxie

starts November 18

Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, Where Do We Go Now? follows the antics of the town’s women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers. — (C) Sony Pictures Classics

Tickets are $5
Seating is first come, first serve.
There will be a 40 min post-show discussion with Mouhcine El Hajjami.

Drury @ the Moxie

Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1pm 2001: A Space Odyssey - Dr. Chris Panza

Saturday, November 11 @ 1pm Les Visteurs (French, 1992?) - Shelley Wolbrink

Saturday, November 18 @ 1pm Where Do We Go Now? (2011 )
- Mouhcine El Hajjami

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A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

starts November 19

Essential Western 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!

By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labelled “spaghetti westerns.” Leone approached the genre with great love and humor. Although the plot was admittedly borrowed from Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961), Leone managed to create a work of his own that would serve as a model for many films to come. Clint Eastwood plays a cynical gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rivaling gangs. Neither gang is aware of his double play, and each thinks it is using him, but the stranger will outwit them both. The picture was the first installment in a cycle commonly known as the “Dollars” trilogy. Later, United Artists, who distributed it in the U.S., coined another term for it: the “Man With No Name” trilogy. While not as impressive as its follow-ups For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars contains all of Leone’s eventual trademarks: taciturn characters, precise framing, extreme close-ups, and the haunting music of Ennio Morricone. Not released in the U.S. until 1967 due to copyright problems, the film was decisive in both Clint Eastwood’s career and the recognition of the Italian western. ~ Yuri German, Rovi

Summary: A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

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The Wild Bunch (1969)

starts November 26

Essential Western 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!

The Wild Bunch (1969) is director/co-writer Sam Peckinpah’s provocative, brilliant yet controversial Western, shocking for its graphic and elevated portrayal of violence and savagely-explicit carnage, yet hailed for its truly realistic and reinterpreted vision of the dying West in the early 20th century. Peckinpah had earlier directed another classic western about the West’s passing, Ride the High Country (1962) and the epic western film Major Dundee (1965). Many of the film’s major stars, including William Holden, Edmond O’Brien, Robert Ryan and Ben Johnson, were veterans of westerns with a more romantic view of the West in the 40s and 50s. This hard-edged, landmark masterpiece of the Western film genre was beautifully shot in wide-screen by cinematographer Lucien Ballard.

Summary: An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the “traditional” American West is disappearing around them.

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Unforgiven (1992)

starts December 3

Essential Western 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!

Unforgiven (1992) is producer/director/star Clint Eastwood’s own tribute to his legendary legacy in Sergio Leone’s low-budget ‘spaghetti’ westerns, and a return to his most successful film genre - after seven years (following his Pale Rider (1985)). The R-rated film was commercially successful at the time of its release and its acting was universally praised. It also was Eastwood’s first film to pass the $100 million mark. Overall, the film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four major ones: Best Picture (Clint Eastwood as producer), Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman - his second Oscar after winning for The French Connection (1971)), Best Director, and Best Film Editing (Joel Cox).Eastwood’s film helped to revive the reputation of Westerns, becoming only the third Western ever to win the Best Picture Academy Award.

Summary: Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

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A Town Called Panic (2016)

starts December 15

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: Take another trip to A Town Called Panic, with two award-winning new specials from the directors of the zany feature film and the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine, in theaters on September 24 for one day only!

With disarming wit and hilarious visuals, A Town Called Panic: Double Fun revels in the simple setup of three plasticine toys sent on increasingly surreal and freewheeling adventures. Cowboy and Indian are always up to some harebrained scheme, with Horse left to clean up the mess. In Christmas Panic, their out-of-control antics lead Horse to call Santa and cancel the presents. But the boys figure they can still save Christmas… if they break into their neighbor’s house to steal his yule log! In Back to School Panic, a class assignment yields a special prize, but only Pig knows the answer. Cowboy and Indian use a special shrinking potion to sneak into Pig’s brain, where they discover a sodium-packed world of pig cops riding in bacon cars and sausage cycles.

These new short films continue the brilliant, over-the-top visual inventiveness that has given the series a dedicated cult following, with a classic slapstick comedy sensibility that is perfect for all ages. This special Arthouse Theater Day release continues with the fun with an intermission featuring two classic A Town Called Panic shorts, Lisa & Jan and Cow-Hulk, where ill-behaved European backpackers and an alien microbe cause even more mayhem!

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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Moxie Mornings Winter

Sunday, Oct 22 0:00 pm

Moxie Mornings feature innovative short films and hands-on art-making for children ages 2-6. Admission is FREE thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council. Everyone is welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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