Director: Michael Warchus
UK / 2014
English, 120 mins.
It’s the summer of 1984 in England. Margaret Thatcher is in power and more than 20,000 miners are on strike. A group of London-based gay and lesbian activists, who are also threatened by Thatcher’s policies, offer financial assistance to the miners’ families but are rebuffed by the Miners’ Union. Undeterred, the group sets off to a small village in Wales to offer direct support to a community. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Inspired by a true story, PRIDE is funny, touching, and uplifting food for the soul.
See the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIh0v7nQcXw
Director: Michael Winterbottom
UK / Italy, 2014
English, 108 mins.
Last seen together touring the culinary circuit of Northern England’s Lake District, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for seconds in this much-anticipated sequel. Partly retracing the steps of the great Romantic poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, the pals pile in to a quintessentially Italian Mini and take off along the glorious Italian coastline. Between bites of succulent seafood and mounds of pasta, these gifted mimics offer a repertoire of wickedly and hilariously accurate celebrity impersonations. A savoury mixture of character comedy, spectacular landscapes, and beautiful food, The Trip to Italy is marvellous, witty fun.
Director: John Michael McDonagh
English 100 mins.
This darkly funny and powerfully moving mystery set in a sleepy village in Ireland focuses on local parish priest Father James (Brendan Gleeson) who receives a death threat from one of his parishioners during confession. One by one, the assorted villagers (and potential suspects) tell their variously unhappy stories. In each encounter, the benevolent priest patiently argues for the value of the Church – and faith in general – in a society increasingly skeptical of this seemingly archaic institution. Featuring lively performances, spectacular scenery, and crackling dialogue, Calvary is a must-see for believers and agnostics alike.
Thursday, Oct.9 @ 7pm / Galaxy Cinemas/Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Richard Linklater
A coming-of-age epic of unparalleled depth and scope, this understated drama was shot chronologically, at regular intervals over a twelve-year period; as the story progresses, the actors age and mature along with their characters. Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grows up before our eyes from the age of five to eighteen, and along with him we experience the formative moments of his life as well as the seemingly inconsequential ones. The result is a moving series of vignettes that add up to a lifetime. Brilliantly blurring lines between life and art, BOYHOOD is extrordinary, touching and sincere.
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter: “A unique work in American cinema, shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years, BOYHOOD is an epic about the ordinary: growing up, the banality of family life, and forging an identity…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…”
See the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys-mbHXyWX4
Thursday, Oct. 2 @ 7pm / Galaxy Cinema/Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Polish with English subtitles
In 1960s Poland, Anna, a novitiate num about to take her vows, is instructed to meet her aunt, Wanda, prior to withdrawing into religious life. This launches a remarkable journey into the countryside, where the women’s search for details about their family’s past illuminates some of the darkest corners of Poland’s history under both fascist occupation and communist autocracy. Elegantly shot in black and white, brilliantly structured, and impeccably executed, IDA is one the year’s most powerful and affecting films.
Godfrey Chesire, RogerEbert.com: “Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, “Ida” would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country.”
IMDb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2718492/?ref_=nv_sr_1 See the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys-mbHXyWX4
Thursday, Sept.11 @ 7pm / Galaxy Cinema/Sault Ste. Marie
Director: Wes Anderson
English; 100 mins
Director Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) returns with his highly fanciful world view and a wide range of incredible acting talent including many from his usual ensemble in this 1930’s-set caper. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL tells the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at an elegant spa hotel in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka , and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
While the film appears on the surface as `a cinematic confection’, it `does grapple with the very raw and real stuff of humanity from an unusual but highly illuminating angle’. `THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is a movie about the masks we conjure to suit our aspirations, and the cost of keeping up appearances’. `Anderson the illusion-maker is dazzling, and with this movie he’s created an art-refuge that consoles and commiserates. It’s an illusion, but it’s not a lie.’ (Glenn Kenny, Roger Ebert.com)
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: “His (Anderson) abiding love for a vanished past, real and imagined, is at the core of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The thrill comes in watching as this rare talent gives his movie wings.”
Director: Ritesh Batra
India / France / Germany / USA 2014
Hindi & English; 105 min.
Through her cooking, middle class housewife Ila is trying to add some spice to her marriage. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement.
Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. An unexpected friendship unfolds between Ila and Saajan.
Alex Hunter, Daily Express: “Delicately judged, handsomely photographed and beautifully acted The Lunchbox marks an impressive debut from Ritesh Batra that is recommended to romantics of all ages.”
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: “The Lunchbox is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen.”
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: “A pleasure, from the fascinating intricacies of Mumbai-style interlocking lunch containers to the quietly masterful performance of Khan.”
Director: Paolo Sorrentino Italy / France 2013
Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese; 142 min.
Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Geoff Pevere,Globe & Mail: “The Great Beauty is an utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty that evokes Fellini’s La Dolce Vita by way of Baz Luhrmann.”
Steve Parsall, Tampa Bay Times: “Cut from similarly sexy and satirical cloth as Federico Fellini’s masterworks a half-century ago, Paolo Sorrentino’s movie glides like reverie, probing the emptiness that can result from living a full life.”
Jay Stone,Canada.com: “The Great Beauty (or, more wonderfully, La Grande Bellezza) is a memory play, a meditation on life, a celebration of the incidentals that make it joyous and more.”
Director: Ralph Fiennes
United Kingdom 2013
English; 111 min.
Actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) was 17 when she was first spotted by Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) who was 45 and married for 20 years. The two began a love affair, which was kept a secret from the general public for the duration of their lives. The Invisible Woman is a rapturous chronicle of Ternan and Dickens’ tempestuous relationship, which prompted the end of Dickens’ marriage, survived a train crash, inspired characters and scenarios in some of the author’s most beloved novels, and continued until his death in 1870.
Enveloped in opulent period detail and pulsing with subtle eroticism, this film brings us closer to Dickens and to the woman who sustained his lust for life in his final years.
Tom Long,Detroit News:
“Fiennes and screenwriter Abi Morgan adapt Claire Tomalin’s book with delicate grace, presenting love as blessing, curse and, perhaps, inevitable force.”
MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher:
“The story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either. It’s a tale of women being practical because they had to be.”
Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]:
“Expressing much while often saying little, Jones proves once again to be a mesmerising screen presence, a performer behind whose face you can see the most complex and subtle thought processes at work.”