Friday, August 29
Magic in the Moonlight
"A master stroke of enchantment from one of the few legitimate cinematic geniuses of the modern cinema, with a nimble and tender performance of enormous elegance and charm by Colin Firth that is heart-meltingly romantic. "- Rex Reed, The New York Observer
"Ms. Stone is entrancing, whether Sophie is in or out of her trance state, and so is the movie as a whole. "- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The director’s latest—a lighthearted romance set in 1920s Germany and France—won’t do much to sway proponents or detractors from their own perspectives, though taken at face value, it’s one of Allen’s most charmingly conceived and performed efforts. "- Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Life After Beth
"Blending smart fantasy elements, broad comedy, tender romance and an atypically slow-burning apocalypse, the directorial debut of “I Heart Huckabees” co-writer Jeff Baena is charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny. "- Geoff Berkshire, Variety
"Plaza, whose wide-eyed stare suggests a zombie as painted by Margaret Keane, plausibly navigates Beth’s journey into full-throttle Linda Blair demonic dementia. "- Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A nicely strange, and often strangely fun movie - and, unlike most of the summer’s comedies, a film with some brains. Even if it only wants to eat them. "- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Plaza is terrific. She commits so fully to her rabid, Romero-esque alter ego, she chews the movie up. "- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Boyhood is not just a great movie, it’s a landmark achievement in film. "- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"One of the most extraordinary films in decades, this family drama is also one of the most ambitious in scope, having taken more than a decade to shoot. Yet it comes across as effortless and unassuming. Boyhood is an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one. "- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"As a film that dares to honor small moments and the life they add up to, Boyhood isn’t just a masterpiece. It’s a miracle. "- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Extraordinary in form, ‘ordinary’ in content, Boyhood is ambitious, intimate and unforgettable. It might just be the apex of Linklater’s life’s work. "- Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Is it dumb to say, “Wow?”…I don’t care. Wow. "- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Once in a great while I see a movie I know I’ll be listing as one of my all-time favorites for the rest of my days. So it is with this remarkable, unforgettable, elegant epic that is about one family — and millions of families. It’s a pinpoint-specific and yet universal story. "- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Epic in scope yet unassuming throughout, Linklater’s incredibly involving chronicle marks an unprecedented achievement in fictional storytelling. "- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"Warm, soulful, funny and quietly insightful, Boyhood shines in its engrossing, experiential understanding and it’s a special achievement that should be cherished and acknowledged. "- Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"Perhaps never has the long arc of the journey from childhood to college been portrayed as cohesively and convincingly as Richard Linklater has done in a film that can be plain on a moment-to-moment basis but is something quite special in its entirety. "- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"I’m as reluctant to stop writing about this movie as I was to stop watching it: At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don’t want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn’t the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time. "- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Linklater’s newest film, a true masterwork, eschews this big-bang theory of dramatics in favor of the million-and-one little things that accumulate daily and help shape who we are, and who we will become. "- Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
starts September 5
A young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
starts September 12
Back when they were brothers-in-law, married to two sisters, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) were close friends, but they drifted apart as Mitch and his wife divorced and Colin’s wife died. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can’t quite admit to being retired, recruits a reluctant Colin on a holiday to Iceland-just the ticket to perk up a pair who have endured their share of disappointments but still have a spirit of adventure in them.
starts September 12
Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kely Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral—and often comic—problems, he feels sinister forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
starts September 19
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels. [IFC FIlms]
starts September 19
Poland, 1962. Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), an eighteen-year-old novitiate nun is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
starts September 19
When Colin (Romain Duris), a wealthy bachelor whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy), learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend’s party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou) and, before they know it, they’re dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into love. Their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. To save her, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround Chloe with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers
starts September 26
We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “Beerfest” 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: The Broken Lizard comedy group returns to the big screen in a new comedy that proves revenge, like beer, is best served cold. (Warner Bros.)
starts September 26
When Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a hard partying 20-something moves in with Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), a budding novelist, her film director husband (Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son after a break up, the family’s idyllic life is shaken. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with their baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber), and she and a friend, Carson (Lena Dunham), bring Kelly to the realization that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness
starts September 26
On the brink of separation, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.
starts September 27
Come celebrate our 9th birthday with a FREE encore screening of this fantastic doc that first played at the Moxie back in 2008.
SYNOPSIS: On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. Following six and a half years of dreaming of the towers, Petit spent eight months in New York City planning the execution of the coup. Aided by a team of friends and accomplices, Petit was faced with numerous extraordinary challenges: he had to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; smuggle the heavy steel cable and rigging equipment into the towers; pass the wire between the two rooftops; anchor the wire and tension it to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings. The rigging was done by night in complete secrecy. At 7:15 AM, Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan… James Marsh’s documentary brings Petit’s extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as “the artistic crime of the century.” (Magnolia Pictures)
News and Events
Saturday, Oct 4 10:00 am
Moxie Mornings feature innovative short films and hands-on art-making for children ages 2-6. Admission is FREE thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council. Everyone is welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Moxie Mornings: FALL 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.
Sat. Oct. 4 @ 10 a.m. Sat. Oct. 18 @ 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 1 @ 10 a.m. Sat. Nov. 15 @ 10 a.m.
Special thanks to the Missouri Arts Council for their support of this program. Support also comes from Wieland Studio, Mama Jean’s, Bambino’s, Greater Springfield Kids Directory, The Springfield Art Museum, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.
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