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The Essentials: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
(R, 180 min.)


Sunday, December 1, 2019

6:00 PM

Monday, December 2, 2019

7:00 PM

The Essentials: Martin Scorsese

This 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.

Essentials tickets are $9/Adult, $8/Seniors & Students, Free for Members.

Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title "The Wolf of Wall Street." [ Paramount]

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Director: Martin Scorsese
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy, Crime

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"A vital and troubling document of the present."

— A.O. Scott, New York Times

"The Wolf of Wall Street is a magnificent black comedy: fast, funny, and remarkably filthy."

— Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

"The sets are ravishing. The cinematography dazzles. There's so much going on that you don't blink for fear that you might miss something."

— Rex Reed, Observer

"The Wolf of Wall Street plays modern tragedy as epic farce, reminding us just how much fun Scorsese can be when he's in a playful mood."

— Tom Huddleston, Time Out

"DiCaprio has hinted before that comedy might be his natural calling -- think of Catch Me If You Can -- but his energy here is not just fun, it's discovery."

— David Thomson, The New Republic

"Talk about a high-risk reward. Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is a delirious, manic, push-the-limits comedy of gaudy amorality that tests the audience's taste."

— Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

"Working with a gutsy script by The Sopranos' Terence Winter, Scorsese is jabbing hard at America's jackpot culture. The laughs are merciless and nonstop, every one with a sting in its tail."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Scorsese unleashes a furious, yet exquisitely controlled, kinetic energy, complete with a plunging and soaring camera, mercurial and conspicuous special effects, counterfactual scenes, subjective fantasies, and swirling choreography on a grand scale."

— Richard Brody, New Yorker