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  • Call Me by Your Name

    6:00pm

    Call Me by Your Name
    • Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
    • Director: Luca Guadagnino
    • Genre(s): Drama, Romance
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 132 min.
    "Call Me By Your Name is a masterpiece of subtle emotions, intense sensuality and breathtaking beauty. The direction by Luca Guadagnino is reminiscent of Bertolucci’s sensitivity at its best, the fabulous cinematography by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom rapturously captures the rich work of art that is Italy in summer, and the actors are to die for. "
    - Rex Reed, New York Observer
    "Call Me By Your Name is a triumph of humanity. "
    - Mike Ryan, Uproxx
    "Chalamet gives the performance of the year. By any name, this is a masterpiece. "
    - David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)
    "One of the very best films of the year. Guadagnino, a master cinema sensualist, and his award-caliber actors Chalamet, Hammer and Stuhlbarg create a love story for the ages and a new film classic. Let it in. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Peachy keen. A luminous, sun-kissed Italian love story brimming with warmth, passion and feeling. This is utterly unmissable. "
    - Josh Winning, Total Film
    "Outside of a few short moments in Ismail Merchant and James Ivory’s “Maurice,” and Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” the love and intimacy between two male characters has never truly felt this real or emotionally heartbreaking in a theatrical context. It’s almost revolutionary. It’s cinematic art. "
    - Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
    "It’s real life, heartbreaking and sublime. "
    - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
    "First love is as much about hesitancy as it is about exuberance – maybe even more so – and Ivory and Guadagnino perfectly capture that sweet turmoil, aided by a gifted ensemble. This isn’t just an instant LGBT classic; this is one of the great movie love stories, for audiences of all stripes. "
    - Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
    "Filmed in luminous 35mm, as attentive to the colors and sounds of nature as it is to the beauty of art, architecture, and yes, Armie Hammer, this is the kind of movie you live in as much as watch. "
    - Dana Stevens, Slate
    "Even as he beguiles us with mystery, Guadagnino recreates Elio’s life-changing summer with such intensity that we might as well be experiencing it first-hand. "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
  • The Shape of Water

    5:30pm, 8:00pm

    The Shape of Water
    • Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones
    • Director: Guillermo del Toro
    • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, War
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 123 min.
    "One of [del Toro’s] deepest, most complex, most rewarding, and flat-out beautiful films. "
    - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
    "To place yourself in GDT’s hands, as he tells the type of story he tells better than anyone else, is a rich pleasure. "
    - Chris Klimek, NPR
    "This meticulously crafted jewel is del Toro’s most satisfying work since Pan’s Labyrinth. "
    - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
    "It’s a heartbreaking love story about loneliness and the transcendent power of language, and it’s simply magical. "
    - Oliver Whitney, ScreenCrush
    "A ravishing, eccentric auteur’s imagining, spilling artistry, empathy and sensuality from every open pore, it also offers more straight-up movie for your money than just about any Hollywood studio offering this year. "
    - Guy Lodge, Variety
    "Ms. Hawkins reminds us how intense silent films could be. She gives the best performance of the year with the most heart-piercing silence you’ve ever seen. "
    - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    "Guillermo del Toro channels all the streams that make him unique into The Shape Of Water, pouring his heart, soul and considerable craft into an exquisite creature fable. "
    - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
    "Not only is The Shape of Water one of del Toro’s most stunningly successful works, it’s also a powerful vision of a creative master feeling totally, joyously free. "
    - Ben Croll, Indiewire
    "The Shape of Water is a love story like no other, and it features one of the year’s most heart-wrenching performances nestled in a supreme confabulation of cinematic craft. "
    - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    "Nothing is out of place in The Shape of Water, especially its heart. The cast is universally flawless, as is the lavish production design of Paul. D. Austerberry and the sumptuous cinematography of Dan Laustsen. "
    - Jake Coyle, Associated Press
    "Del Toro is a world-class film artist and he proves it in this Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins, unforgettable) who falls for an amphibious creature. Don’t t analyze how del Toro does it. Just dive in. There’s magic in it. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Filmed in aquatic hues and bathed in nostalgic mid-century style, The Shape of Water is both a love story and a love letter to monster movies, musicals, and classic cinema. Del Toro’s affection for the genres – and for the magic of film in general – is clear in so many charming and not-so-charming touches. "
    - Sarah Kurchak, Consequence of Sound
    "The Shape of Water is a wonder to behold. Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones, it’s a film that plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "Without a single weak link in the exceptional cast…it’s a film that makes you feel a lot. But overridingly you feel lucky — lucky to be watching it, lucky that something so sincerely sweet, sorrowfully scary and surpassingly strange can exist in this un-wonderful world, and desirous of hanging on to as much of its magic for as long as you can after you reemerge back onto dry land. "
    - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
  • Lady Bird

    8:30pm

    Lady Bird
    • Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges
    • Director: Greta Gerwig
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 93 min.
    "One of the best films of the year. In telling her own coming of age story, Gerwig proves herself a blazing talent and Ronan and Metcalf should have Oscar calling. Totally irresistible. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "A lovingly observed, pitch perfect coming-of-age comedy, Gerwig’s warm, astute account of the end of adolescence is a stunning solo debut. "
    - Christopher Machell, CineVue
    "Lady Bird is often screamingly funny but it also has a generous spirit, embracing characters with all their flaws and foibles, virtues and defects. "
    - Allan Hunter, Screen International
    "A uniquely American comedy, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is testy, humane, and firmly rooted in its time and place. "
    - Christopher Gray, Slant Magazine
    "Lady Bird doesn’t exist as a twee indie movie construct, it feels thrillingly real and deeply personal, every single beat ringing true. "
    - Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
    "Lady Bird consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before. "
    - Eric Kohn, indieWire
    "There are no fireworks or twists or unnecessary frills here, nor should there be - this is simply perfect filmmaking from a voice that demands to be heard. "
    - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
    "Lady Bird is one of the year’s great joys. Greta Gerwig’s debut as a solo writer-director is so wise, so funny, and so remarkably assured that it seems to have flown in out of nowhere. "
    - Christopher Schobert, The Film Stage
    "Despite hitting so many classic coming-of-age hallmarks, Lady Bird never feels anything but fresh (and refreshing). This is, in part, due to the the film’s remarkably realistic performances. "
    - Sarah Kurchak, Consequence of Sound
    "A sweet, deeply personal portrayal of female adolescence that’s more attuned to the bonds between best girlfriends than casual flings with boys, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s beautiful Lady Bird flutters with the attractively loose rhythms of youth. "
    - Tomris Laffly, Time Out New York

Coming Soon

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

starts December 1

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

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Darkest Hour

starts December 21

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

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Moxie Mornings

starts January 13

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.

Winter 2018

Sat. January 13 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. January 27 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. February 10 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. February 24 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. March 10 @ 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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Ex Libris: New York Public Library

starts January 27

There will be a preshow panel at 11:45am with librarians, Regina Greer Cooper (Executive Director), Nancee Dahms-Stinson, (Youth Services Coordinator), and Gay Wilson (Planning & Development Librarian). They will discuss the past, present and future of our local library system at noon on Saturday.

Synopsis: In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC’s library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity.

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Miss Kiet's Children

starts January 28

Immigrant children have to find their way in a new classroom, with a new teacher and a language they don’t understand. An ode to the teacher every child deserves. Many of Miss Kiet’s pupils are refugees who have just arrived in Holland. Everything is new and confusing. Some are quarrelsome and headstrong. But Miss Kiet’s firm but loving hand brings calm and awakens interest. She not only teaches her pupils to read and write Dutch, but also helps them learn to solve problems together and respect one another. Slowly the children gain skills and confidence.

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Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

starts February 4

Essential French New Wave Cinema
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!

A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from Alain Resnais is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming mutual fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. With an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award–nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima mon amour is a moody masterwork that delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish.

Summary: A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

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Member Pick: Blue Velvet (1986)

starts February 7

Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.

Every month, a member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. February’s pick was made by moxie members Bill and Susan Prince.

“Blue Velvet is a film that makes you laugh, cry, and become outraged seemingly all at that same time,” said Bill Prince. “Upon its release, it was hailed as both a masterpiece and absolute trash and are those not ultimately the best kinds of movies to see?”

Free for members.

Synopsis: Set in a small American town, Blue Velvet is a dark, sensuous mystery involving the intertwining lives of four very different individuals. The film’s painful realism reminds us that we are not immune to the disturbing events which transpire in Blue Velvet’s sleepy community. There is a darker side of life waiting for us all. (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group Inc.)

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Breathless (1960)

starts February 11

Essential French New Wave Cinema
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!

There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.

Summary: A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

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Watership Down (1978)

starts February 16

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: A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

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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Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

starts February 18

Essential French New Wave Cinema
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!

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.

Summary: Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

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Solaris (1972)

starts February 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.
February’s pick was made by Avalon Johnson.

I love the way it forces you to think about perception. There really isn’t anything lacking in Solaris. Tarkovsky is known for being impeccable at creating atmosphere, and I think it’s insane how he can have that but also tell a story that is universal to the human experience. In Solaris he expresses extremely human ideas in such a lifeless atmosphere, which makes it all the more powerful. I want to share it with others because I think it’s beautiful and offers an unforgettable viewing experience.

Synopsis: Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

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Foxtrot

starts February 23

Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists – a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. [Sony Pictures Classics]

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Jules and Jim (1962)

starts February 25

Essential French New Wave Cinema
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!

Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary François Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash in 1962 and remains every bit as audacious and entrancing today.

Summary: Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

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On Stage: Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

starts March 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.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. The sights and sounds of war-torn London are recreated by Lez Brotherston’s Olivier Award-winning costumes and sets, lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, video and projection designs by Duncan McLean, and surround sound designed by Paul Groothuis. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score.

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Member Pick: Miami Connection (1987)

starts March 7

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. March’s pick was made by moxie member Nate Remington.

Free for members

Synopsis: The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song “Against the Ninja,” Mark (Tae Kwon Do master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”…and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!

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On Stage: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

starts March 10

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.

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) starred Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

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BEST OF 2016 NY INT'L CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL: KID FLIX

starts March 16

A list of short films will be posted when available.

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BEST OF 2016 NY INT'L CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL: PARTY MIX

starts March 16

A list of short films will be posted when available.

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Amadeus (1984)

starts March 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.
March’s pick was made by Ashley Fillmer.

“It’s the best film. Ever. Acting, Cinematography (all natural light!), Set design, Costume, and Story. The thing that ties it all together is the editing and music. Many films about musicians commit the editing horror of cutting the music around the film, but Milos Forman cuts the scenes to the music. He honors Mozart’s compositions, and even thought the story isn’t necessarily true it’s easy to imagine that you’re hearing the voice of God, and also being betrayed by Him for not being given the same gift of music.”

Synopsis: For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he’d left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow Czech expatriate, Miroslav Ondrícek. Amadeus is an expansion of a Viennese “urban legend” concerning the death of 18th century musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Tom Hulce) first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones). Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was Salieri — so disciplined, so devoted to his art, and so willing to toady to his superiors — not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart’s talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to sabotage the young upstart’s career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking Requiem, which eventually costs Mozart his health, wealth, and life. Among the film’s many pearls of dialogue, the best line goes to the emperor, who rejects a Mozart composition on the grounds that it has “too many notes.” Amadeus won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. In 2002, the film received a theatrical re-release as “Amadeus: The Director’s Cut,” a version that includes 20 minutes of additional footage. [Rovi]

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The General (1927)

starts April 20

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: When Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

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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Bottle Rocket (1996)

starts April 20

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.
April’s pick was made by Brooks Burrell.

“I love Bottle Rocket because every element of the film is so subtly perfect. The soundtrack is lively and keeps the pace of the film; the scenery and color palates are distinctive and warm; and the acting and dialogue are truly hilarious. It is a fun and easy film to watch casually, but can also be analyzed and dissected as a complex work of art. I wanted to share this film specifically because it is often overlooked in the Wes Anderson catalog — he certainly hones in his style of filmmaking in his subsequent films, but for me Bottle Rocket incorporates the very best of his talents and visions while not being over-the-top.”

Synopsis: Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision (with cowriter Owen Wilson) in this visually witty and warm portrait of three young misfits. Best friends Anthony (Luke Wilson), Dignan (Owen Wilson), and Bob (Robert Musgrave) stage a wildly complex, mildly successful robbery of a small bookstore, then go “on the lam.” During their adventures, Anthony falls in love with a South American housekeeper, Inez (Lumi Cavazos), and they befriend local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry (James Caan). Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers, shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, and the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.

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On Stage: Julius Caesar

starts April 21

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.

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

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On Stage: Bernstein Centenary

starts May 12

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.

Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony.

Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.

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Back to the Future (1985)

starts May 18

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: In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

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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Sunshine (2007)

starts May 25

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

“Sunshine is both creepy and beautiful. The two aspects coalesce until the movie makes the idea of a cosmic end seem almost romantic.”

Synopsis: The sun is dying. It is no longer providing the energy and the light that mankind needs to survive on Earth. The entire global community pools its resources to send a mission into space to deliver a bomb to reignite the part of the sun that is failing. Our story concerns the eight astronauts and scientists who lead this mission. On their journey towards the sun the crew stumble upon the ship that was sent on the same mission seven years previously, the Icarus I, drifting in space. From this point on things start to go very wrong. Its about how the crew react under the enormous pressure of their endeavor to save mankind. (Fox Searchlight)

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On Stage: Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte

starts June 9

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.

Prompted by Don Alfonso, a cynical old philosopher, two young idealists decide to put their lovers’ fidelity to the test. But love will teach them a bitter lesson: those who believe themselves phoenixes and goddesses will discover the desires of the flesh…

In 1790, one year after the French Revolution, in what would be their final collaboration, Mozart and Da Ponte conduct a scientific investigation of love. The music of Così fan tutte is truly extraordinary – complex in its symmetry, jovial and yet infused with an almost sacred melancholia. An extraordinary score where each note seems intended to make us accept a loss – lost paradise, lost youth, or a lost loved-one – and portray a world where all is in a constant state of flux. This laboratory of eroticism could but inspire choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who excels in revealing a work’s innermost geometry on stage. With six singers doubled by six dancers, she depicts the desire which unites and separates human beings, like the interactions between atoms that, once broken, make new bonds possible.

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Porco Rosso (1992)

starts July 20

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: In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

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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On Stage: The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake

starts July 24

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.

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934.
This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

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