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  • My Cousin Rachel

    5:30pm

    My Cousin Rachel
    • Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin
    • Director: Roger Michell
    • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Romance
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Running Time: 106 min.
    "Credit Rachel Weisz, who’s just the dynamite actress needed to play a character who could be a misunderstood innocent or a fortune-hunting seductress who could be a cold-blooded killer. How delicious to watch the star keep us guessing. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Weisz shows her Oscar-winning talents by hitting precisely the right notes throughout My Cousin Rachel: from warmth to guile to chilly practicality. "
    - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
    "It’s pure pleasure to watch Weisz as Rachel, who is also an actress of sorts, adapting to suit the needs and desires of whoever she’s seducing. Her manipulations feel more intuitive than conniving and need not be explicitly sexual per se. "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
    "Not only a triumphant exercise in dark and delicious romantic ambiguity, the pitfalls of being taken in are what this melodramatic thriller is all about. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "An operatic melodrama of hidden notes, stolen kisses, family jewels, and love’s first blush, but it’s also a film about the danger of one’s own belief systems, being locked into one way of thinking. "
    - Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
    "Weisz nearly vibrates with tremulous emotion, and the British countryside - full of romping wolfhounds, droning vicars and ancient family retainers - feels like yet another old and welcome character in this old-fashioned yet modern Gothic. "
    - Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
  • Band Aid

    7:45pm

    Band Aid
    • Starring: Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Zoe Lister Jones
    • Director: Zoe Lister Jones
    • Genre(s): Comedy
    • Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 91 min.
    "A charming and profoundly affecting film that dives into the messy business of creation. "
    - Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
    "If Zoe Lister-Jones wrote, produced, and directed her new film, Band Aid, to finally give herself a standout role, she succeeded. "
    - April Wolfe, Village Voice
    "A rock-tinged comedy about channeling the banal conflicts of married life into musical energy. "
    - Sara Stewart, New York Post
    "Sweet and sincere Band Aid makes a convincing case that relationships are all about how you heal from them. "
    - David Ehrlich, indieWire
    "An exuberantly low-key charmer that uses a light, wry touch to tackle such weighty matters as artistic drive and inertia and the male-female divide, while offering new fuel for drummer jokes. "
    - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
    "There’s no linear path to being “okay,” or to overcoming grief, and Band Aid is ultimately as much about how people have to do these things on their own as it is about a couple doing it together. "
    - Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, Consequence of Sound
    "Considering how much screen time they share together, Lister-Jones and Pally need to have fantastic chemistry to keep the audience rooting for Anna and Ben and, luckily, they have more than enough. "
    - Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
  • Paris Can Wait

    5:00pm, 7:00pm

    Paris Can Wait
    • Starring: Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin
    • Director: Eleanor Coppola
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance
    • Rating: PG
    • Running Time: 92 min.
    "A sun-dappled road-trip ramble rich in the buttery wonders of French cuisine and whisper-light on storyline. "
    - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
    "One of the sexiest and most joyful road movies in some time. "
    - Jordan Ruimy, The Film Stage
    "Director Eleanor Coppola is 80, but you’d never know it from her seductive lightness of touch. Diane Lane is irresistible in this delightful love-triangle that costars the French countryside, looking so delicious you want to lick the screen. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Coppola deftly shifts the focus to the woman behind the great man and asks who she is, how she understands the world, what she cares about. It’s fully her story and a rare perspective. "
    - Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
    "As it is for the two characters for two days, it’s an escape from real life, from anything consequential, a chance to delight in the pleasures that humans can take from what grows in the earth and from an amiable companion’s company. "
    - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

Coming Soon

Moxie Mornings

starts June 10

Moxie Mornings: Winter 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.

Summer

Sat. June 10 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. July 8 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. July 22 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. August 5 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. August 19 @ 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 info@moxiecinema.com.

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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

“The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

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2017 Sundance Shorts

starts June 30

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2017 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in.

5 Films About Technology
Written and directed by Peter Huang. 2016, Canada, 5 minutes.
Synop: Take a satirical look at the dumber side of technology.

And The Whole Sky Fit In The Dead Cow‘“s Eye
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Written and directed by Francisca Alegría. 2016, Chile, U.S.A., 19 minutes.
Synop: Emeteria is visited by the ghost of her patrón , Teodoro. She believes he has come to take her to the afterlife—but he has more devastating news.

Come Swim
Written and directed by Kristen Stewart. 2017, U.S.A., 17 minutes.
Synop:This is a diptych of one man’s day, half impressionist and half realist portraits.

Lucia, Before and After
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
Written and directed by Anu Valia. 2016, U.S.A., 14 minutes.
Synop: After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas’s state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed.

Night Shift
Written and directed by Marshall Tyler. 2017, U.S.A., 15 minutes.
Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.

Pussy
Written and directed by Renata Gasiorowska. 2016, Poland, 9 minutes.
Synop: Alone at home one evening, a young girl decides to have a solo pleasure session—but not everything goes according to plan.

Ten Meter Tower
Directed by Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson. 2016, Sweden, 16 minutes.
Synop: People who have never been up a 10-meter diving tower must choose whether to jump or climb down in this entertaining study of people in a vulnerable position.

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On Stage: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

starts July 2

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.

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

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Beatriz at Dinner

starts July 7

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

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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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The Hero

starts July 14

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy

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On Stage: George Balanchine’s Jewels

starts July 16

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 Summary: Jewels uses three gem stones as starting points to explore an array of musical and dance styles, each intimately connected to Balanchine’s own life and career.

Production Information: George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’. Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company

George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. He went on to make history with this, the first abstract three-act ballet, first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. Jewels was performed in full by The Royal Ballet for the first time in 2007, using costume designs from the original NYCB production and new set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant.

Each of the three movements draws on a different stone for its inspiration and a different composer for its sound. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the lyricism of ‘Emeralds’. The fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet in ‘Diamonds’, with the splendour of Imperial Russia and Tchaikovsky’s opulent Third Symphony. Each section salutes a different era in classical ballet’s history as well as a distinct period in Balanchine’s own life. Through it all, Balanchine displays his genius for combining music with visionary choreography.

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Fargo @ Mother's Brewery

starts July 21

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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After The Storm (In Translation Series)

starts July 21

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

Original Title: Umi yori mo mada fukaku
Film Synopsis: Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

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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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Graduation (In Translation Series)

starts August 4

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

Original Title: Bacalaureat
Film Synopsis: Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza (Maria Dragus), who’s just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success. [Sundance Selects]

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A Ghost Story

starts August 4

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. [A24]

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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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Ponyo (2008)

starts August 25

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: Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish — she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human. Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up at Sosuke’s doorstep, delighted to make herself at home with her new land-dwelling family. But having a magical fish princess walking around on dry land begins setting the mystical balance of the world off kilter, and even though the innocent love Ponyo feels for her dear friend is strong, it will take some help from the greatest powers in the ocean to make things right again. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, 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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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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On Stage: Peter Pan

starts August 27

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: All children, except one, grow up…

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas.

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

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On Stage: Angels in America (Part One Millennium Approaches)

starts September 3

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: America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

  • This production contains strobe lighting
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May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

starts September 12

Over two years in the making, MAY IT LAST is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at one of today’s most popular bands as they collaborate on their hit 2016 album “True Sadness.” Buttressed by incredible live performances, Apatow and Bonfiglio’s camera captures deeply personal and revealing moments between the band.

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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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On Stage: Angels in America (Part Two Perestroika)

starts September 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.

Production Information: America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

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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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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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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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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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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 Flix Summer 2017

Tuesday, Jul 4 9:43 am

MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.
Screenings start at 4:30pm on Fridays and 10:00am on Saturdays.

These FREE screenings were made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

Upcoming Films:

July. 14th & 15th: Beauty and the Beast (1946) NR; 120m

Aug. 25th & 26th: Ponyo (2008) G; 101m

Sept. 15th & 16th: Longing and Belonging: The Best Live Action Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle (2017) Best for ages 8+ though can also be appreciated by most younger viewers; 66 m

Sept. 15th & 16th: Shine On!: The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle (2017) Appropriate For All Ages; 64 m

Oct. 27th & 28th: Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) PG; 105m

Nov. 10th & 11th: The Kid (1921) NR; 53m

Dec. 15th & 16th: A Town Called Panic (2016) NR; 75m

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