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  • BlacKkKlansman


    • Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin
    • Director: Spike Lee,
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy, Crime
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 135 min.
    "Lee is a true auteur, and at 61, he remains a defiant, daring, gutsy, visionary filmmaker. "
    - Adam Graham, Detroit News
    "A ferocious mix of prankishness and cold fury that is one of the director’s strongest yet most entertaining works in years. "
    - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    "A kitchen sink and kaleidoscopic study of cultural and institutional racism in America. "
    - Oliver Jones, New York Observer
    "BlacKkKlansman is one of Spike Lee’s most accomplished films in recent memory, and one of the best films of 2018. "
    - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
    "You leave this film shaken, remembering what happened not so very long ago in the name of “very fine people on both sides.” "
    - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    "Veering from a blaxploitation spoof to an undercover thriller and ending with a no-punches-pulled real-life coda, BlacKkKlansman is riotously fun one minute, savagely biting the next. "
    - Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
    "It is viscerally exciting, fun and saddening all at once. "
    - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    "As much a compelling black empowerment story as it is an electrifying commentary on the problems of African-American representation across more than a century of cinema. "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
    "Accompanied by an expressively lush jazz-blues score by Lee’s regular composer Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman announces from the jump that viewers are in for a lush, sensory treat as Lee plays with the film vernacular he’s manipulated so adroitly and expressively for three decades. "
    - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    "Spike Lee’s hellraiser about a black cop who infiltrated the KKK in the 1970s is also an incendiary indictment of our current Trump moment and one of the best films of the year. A cinema giant has found his voice again and the power to make it heard. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "It’s alternatingly comic, heroic, tragic, horrifying, ridiculous, dead serious, clear-eyed, and confused; it shifts into moments of documentary and even essay film, but it’s also one of Lee’s more entertaining and vibrantly constructed works. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a movie exploit its tonal mismatches so voraciously and purposefully. "
    - Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
    "BlacKkKlansman is both hilarious and exquisitely direct, and had it been made before November 2016, you might call Lee’s approach a little alarmist. But if anything, he’s restrained. This is an angry film as well as a hugely entertaining one, and Lee has complete control over its shifting tone, minute by minute. "
    - Stephanie Zacharek, Time
    "BlacKkKlansman is a furious, funny, blunt and brilliant confrontation with the truth. It’s an alarm clock ringing in the midst of a historical nightmare, and also a symphony, the rare piece of political popular art that works in all three dimensions. "
    - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
    "Working with longtime editor Barry Alexander Brown, the director casually but fearlessly stirs things up, balancing brutal satiric comedy, unapologetic social commentary, convincing jeopardy, even appealing romance. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "One of Spike Lee’s best movies. With a dynamite cast, sharp script and pointed humor that underscores real-life, disturbing horrors, it’s an entertaining crime drama that amuses and shocks and invites the audience into a complex and impassioned conversation about the power of racism - and the moving image - to influence our lives. "
    - William Bibbiani, IGN
  • Juliet, Naked

    4:15pm, 8:30pm

    Juliet, Naked
    • Starring: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O' Dowd
    • Director: Jesse Peretz
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance, Music
    • Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 105 min.
    "A charming film of an engaging, adult nature about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives, it is comic, heartfelt and smart as they come — a rare combination these days. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "Endearing and funny but with a melancholy edge, Juliet, Naked is more than just a rom-com—it’s a movie for and about adults, in all their messy complexity. "
    - Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
    "Hawke and Byrne have a nice chemistry, handling an offbeat and initially epistolary romance with wary sweetness. Juliet, Naked is surprising in its emotional contours, hitting familiar beats from different angles or, occasionally, taking the story in wholly unexpected directions. "
    - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
    "The film has a lot to say, but it thankfully does it in a manner that is natural, gentle, and if you will, authentic. "
    - Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
    "Open-hearted and sure to resonate with more than a few viewers, Juliet, Naked roms and coms in the most charmingly honest ways. "
    - Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    "“Juliet, Naked” is a gently winning romantic comedy, all keyed to a delightful note of indie-rock obsession. "
    - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
    "It’s everything a mainstream rom-com should be but no longer is — literate, unpredictable, full of bustling tangents. "
    - David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)
  • The Bookshop

    1:00pm, 5:30pm

    The Bookshop
    • Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
    • Director: Isabel Coixet
    • Genre(s): Drama
    • Rating: PG
    • Running Time: 113 min.
    "Those who love books, picturesque English villages and getting lost in actors’ faces should be very happy. "
    - Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
    "The Bookshop is an exquisitely understated tragicomedy. "
    - Simi Horwitz, Film Journal International
    "Coixet has a lyrical sense of place, and she has made a charming, well-acted adaptation that ably conjures visual pleasure out of the written word. "
    - Ella Taylor, NPR
    "it’s beautifully evocative of the musty, inviting smell of a bookshop on a cool day, or of the nostalgic pleasure of old photographs. "
    - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    "Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting. "
    - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
    "Wistful but never sentimental, it quietly turns the fortunes of one little store into a comment on the fate of many. "
    - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
    "Mostly, The Bookshop is a pretext to watch three great actors do their thing: Mortimer, as the film’s mousy but surprisingly formidable heroine; Clarkson, as her smiling adversary, Violet Gamart; and Bill Nighy, as the town’s reclusive loner — and its only voracious reader — Mr. Brundish, who comes to Florence’s aid and advocacy. "
    - Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
  • The Wife

    12:00pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm

    The Wife
    • Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater
    • Director: Björn Runge
    • Genre(s): Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 100 min.
    "It is a smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film, and Close gives a wonderful star turn. "
    - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
    "Like a bomb ticking away toward detonation, Glenn Close commands the center of The Wife: still, formidable and impossible to look away from. "
    - Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter
    "[Close] is a marvel of twisty understatement here, delivering emotions that conceal as much as they reveal, and offering onion-like layers that invite repeat viewings in light of some of the film’s later revelations. "
    - Andrew Barker, Variety
    "Runge is very good with actors. It’s a pleasure simply to watch Close and Pryce establish such minute and careful gradations of happiness, desolation and exasperation in their scenes together. "
    - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
    "‘The Wife’ offers viewers a chance to observe one of the finest - and most criminally underpraised - actresses of her generation working at the very top of her shrewd, subtle, superbly self-controlled game. "
    - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    "‘The Wife’ pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of spinning a fundamentally literary premise into an intelligent screen drama that unfolds with real juice and suspense. "
    - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
    "You can’t take your eyes off Glenn Close. Her tour-de-force as a long-suffering spouse who hits her breaking point might just get her the Oscar that has unfairly eluded her so far. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • West Side Story (1961)


    West Side Story (1961)
    • Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno
    • Director: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise
    • Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Crime, Musical
    • Rating: PG
    • Running Time: 153 min.
    "West Side Story remains a landmark of musical history. "
    - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
    "How does the film — which won ten Oscars on its 1961 release — stand up now? Very well indeed. "
    - Dave Calhoun, Time Out
    "It still represents a brave and effective fusion of serious and fantasy elements, and offers two and one-half hours of solid entertainment. "
    - James Berardinelli, ReelViews
    "Jerome Robbins’s legendary choreography needs the biggest screen it can get; when the movie’s firing on all cylinders of music, lyrics and motion (twice: “America” and “Gee, Officer Krupke”) there’s little to touch it. "
    - Tim Robey, The Telegraph
    "West Side Story is a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical which, in its stark approach to a raging social problem and realism of unfoldment, may set a pattern for future musical presentations. "
    - Whitney Willaims, Variety
    "West Side Story is a magnificent show, a milestone in movie musicals, a box-office smash. It is so good that superlatives are superfluous. Let it be noted that the film musical, the one dramatic form that is purely American and purely Hollywood, has never been done better. "
    - James Powers, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)


    Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
    • Starring: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano,
    • Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
    • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 101 min.
    "This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser. There’s been no more satisfying American comedy this year. "
    - David Ansen, Newsweek
    "A scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "The funniest and most gracefully written, acted and directed dysfunctional-American-family farce comedy of the year thus far. "
    - Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
    "If you think you’ve seen it all before in a family road movie, you owe it to yourself to see what happens when somebody actually comes up with a few bright ideas. "
    - Peter Howell, Toronto Star
    "It looks at the all-American obsession with winning and chortles darkly. You still come out of the movie wanting to give your family a hug. "
    - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    "Little Miss Sunshine triumphs with acting performances that are, across the board, poignant, smart and real. "
    - Jennifer Frey, Washington Post
    "Little Miss Sunshine employs razor-sharp humor and a deceptively realistic style to satirize a corrupt society that heroes of low status must navigate by their wits alone. "
    - Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
    "The casting is flawless. Kinnear has never been better suited to a role; Richard’s gradual surrender of his ego is sweet and totally convincing. Arkin has the best lines, and delivers them with the timing of a vaudeville pro. "
    - Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
    "A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don’t make anymore. "
    - Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
    "A quietly antic dysfunctional family road trip comedy that shoots down the all-American culture of the winner and offers sweet redemption for losers — or at least the ordinary folks often branded as such. "
    - David Rooney, Variety

Coming Soon

Somber (Local Film)

starts September 23

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

A young man is haunted by his unspoken past as he moves forward with an intimate relationship. Does he deserve the blessings he has received? Should he allow himself to be happy? Do things happen for a reason?

Camera Operator: Tristin Bogner
Sound Mixer: Jeremy Zickefoose
Costume Designer: Greta Adams
Props Master: Natalie Garner


Bad Reputation

starts September 26

Joan Jett is so much more than “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.” It’s true, she became mega-famous from the number-one hit, and that fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV. But that staple of popularity can’t properly define a musician. Jett put her hard work in long before the fame, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, influencing many musicians—both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands—with her no-bs style. Bad Reputation gives you a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene, and their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage. The theme is clear: even though people tried to define Jett and keep her stuck to one hit, she never compromised.


The Silence of the Lambs @ Mother's Brewery

starts September 28

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “The Silence of the Lambs (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!

Summary: In pursuit of one serial killer, ambitious FBI student Clarice Starling (Foster) is forced to enlist the aid of another notorious killer, the incarcerated ex-psychiatrist known as “Hannibal the Cannibal” Lecter (Hopkins).


I Am Not a Witch

starts September 28

I Am Not a Witch is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note

After a banal accident in her village, Shula, an eight-year-old girl, is accused of witchcraft. After a quick trial, she is found guilty and locked up in a witches’ camp.



starts September 28

Alexander McQueen’s rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of his McQueen’s own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.


On Stage: Julie

starts September 29

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

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

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.



starts October 5

Blaze is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey), the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact of his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze’s profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey. [Sundance Selects]


Madeline's Madeline

starts October 5

Madeline (Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. [Oscilloscope]


Member Picks: A League of Their Own (1992)

starts October 10

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.

October’s pick was made by moxie members
Rachel Dockery & Gwen Kearns

Free for Members

Synopsis: Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.


Best in Show (2000)

starts October 19

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.
October’s pick was made by Lillian Stone.

Free for Members

Synopsis: Centered at the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, the film follows several bizarre dog owners and their sometimes neurotic pets.


The Old Man and the Gun

starts October 19

Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) has been on the wrong side of the law since he was a teen. He grew into a career bank robber who broke out of prison 18 times, including a daring escape from San Quentin at age 70. The film covers his twilight years, and an unprecedented string of daring heists that confound authorities and enchants the public. Wrapped up in this chase are a detective (Casey Affleck) who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek) who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.


On Stage: Frankenstein (Encore)

starts October 22

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

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

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs), this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by over half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

starts October 26

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: You’re in for thrills as Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) confronts snakes, Nazis and one astonishing cliffhanger after another — all topped off by the discovery and opening of the mystical Ark of the Covenant. [Paramount Pictures] A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

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



starts October 26

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way. Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout.


Free Solo

starts October 26

Free Solo is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock…the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park…without a rope.


Ghost World (2001)

starts November 23

Staff Picks Series Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. November’s pick was made by Ellen Neville.

Free for Members

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


Moxie Mornings

starts January 12

Moxie Mornings: Spring

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
Sat. January 12
Sat. January 26
Sat. February 9
Sat. February 23 Sat. March 9
Sat. March 23

Sat. May 4 @ 10 a.m. Sat. May 18 @ 10 a.m. Sat. June 1 @ 10 a.m. Sat. June 15 @ 10 a.m. Sat. June 29 @ 10 a.m.

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

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Staff Picks Series

Saturday, Sep 22 5:00 am

Staff Picks Series

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - Sept. 21st & 22nd
September’s pick was made by Lindsey Hansen

Best in Show (2000) - Oct. 19th & 20th
October’s pick was made by Lillian Stone

Ghost World(2001) - Nov. 23rd &24 th
November’s pick was made by Ellen Neville

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Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.

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