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THE TRIP TO SPAIN UK. 2017. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. (115 mins.) Not Rated.
THE TRIP TO SPAIN reunites funny men Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they traipse through Spain for a delectable food frenzie!
"I would follow these guys on a trip to anywhere." - Bob Mondello, NPR
A delightful road trip comedy that feels like a vacation with old friends,THE TRIP TO SPAIN reunites the hilarious team of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon with director Michael Winterbottom for a third chapter, this time taking their wit and appetites on a tour through picturesque Spain. Older and maybe wiser, the two roam over many topics, but they always seem to come back to fame, family and getting older. Their celebrity impressions, comic observations and droll banter over paella, gazpacho and an awful lot of wine is a welcome and inviting treat!
PATTI CAKE$ United States. 2017. Directed by Geremy Jasper. (108 mins.) Rated R.
PATTI CAKE$ is a big-hearted, beautiful and exuberant mash-up of star-spangled uplift and hard-scrabble grit that cooly captures the feel of underdog America in the new millennium!
"Patti Cake$ winds up being a celebration of art, enterprise and self-invention that's as tough as it is touching. At the risk of mixing metaphors, not to mention musical genres, it rocks." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
First-time feature director Geremy Jasper unleashes a film as full of infectious energy, enthusiasm and music as its protagonist, Patricia Dombrowski, a feisty force of nature hoping to achieve hip-hop superstardom. The spectacularly talented Danielle MacDonald portrays "Killa P" with an intoxicating mixture of swagger, vulnerability and inner strength that gives her the daring drive and determination to follow her dreams. Derived from the Jersey of Jasper's childhood, PATTI CAKE$, one of the largest deals to come out of Sundance after a bidding war between studios, is a transformative and uplifting tale of hope with heaps of heart!
13 MINUTES Germany. 2016. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. (114 mins.) Rated R. in German with English subtitles
With a compelling and passionate performance from Christian Friedel, 13 MINUTES is a gripping historical drama and an earnest examination of personal conscience!
"Conspiracy theories surrounded the Elser plot for years, and his political motives have been debated; as scripted here, he acted alone and purely from moral conviction, which Friedel conveys in a passionate, charismatic performance." - JR Jones, Chicago Reader
A breathtaking, real-life thriller, 13 MINUTES features the harrowing tale of a forgotten hero who almost changed the course of history. Director Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose memorable DOWNFALL chronicled the final days of Hitler and his entourage in their Berlin bunker, rolls the clock back six years to 1939 for this taut and exciting drama. Georg Elser (a superb Christian Friedel), a left-leaning carpenter appalled by how the Nazi regime was destroying German society, attempted to assassinate Hitler with a homemade bomb that he wired to go off in a beer hall during a speech by the Nazi leader. Unfortunately, the bomb detonated 13 minutes too late. It's a masterful depiction of the events that stirred an apolitical man to activism and the agonizing aftermath of a plan gone wrong.
NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG United States. 2017. Directed by Steven Lewis Simpson. (110 mins.) Not Rated.
NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG is an important and enlightening road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape!
"A moving film with performances of depth and naturalness." - Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
With honesty, heart and whipsmart dialogue, NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG, adapted and directed for the screen from the beloved Indian Country novel, conveys how the deep cuts made in Native America continue to resonate. Made an offer he can't refuse, writer Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney) sets out on a bizarre road trip with Lakota elder Dan (Dave Bald Eagle) and his friend Grover (Richard Ray Whitman) to document the veracity, weight and spiritual history of the Native American people. Stopping off at key landmarks as they wind their way to the grave of the fallen at Wounded Knee, the trappings of modern life fall away, offering a deeply moving and mesmerizing account of the past.
LOST IN PARIS France/Belgium. 2017. Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon. (83 mins.) Not Rated. in English & in French with English subtitles
LOST IN PARIS creates a realm of magic by way of the amusing and absurd misadventures of a young woman searching for her missing aunt in the City of Lights!
"Thank goodness for Belgian duo Abel and Gordon. They are, simply put, the two funniest clowns working in cinema today." - Peter Debruge, Variety
As in their previous features, Brussels-based husband-and-wife duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (THE FAIRY, RUMBA) take inspiration from the slapstick comedies ofJacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in their whimsically romantic LOST IN PARIS. When the gawky, gangly Fiona receives a cry for help from her dotty aunt Martha, she hops a plane to Paris to come to her aid. But from the moment a hapless local tramp takes a shine to her, nothing seems to quite go her way.
THE GLASS CASTLE United States. 2017. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. (127 mins.) Rated PG-13.
THE GLASS CASTLE with phenomenal performances from Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, is the tremendous true tale of a woman who found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms!
"A family portrait that at its heart is a father-daughter movie, anchored by two outstanding actors." - Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News
"Easily one of the best films of the year." - Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment
Based on Jeanette Walls' remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, THE GLASS CASTLE is a revelatory look into a family both deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. Brie Larson teams up again with SHORT TERM 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton to play Walls, a successful gossip columnist desperate to escape her childhood. This blistering biopic flashes back to a brilliant and charismatic father (Woody Harrelson) and a free-spirited mother (Naomi Watts) who chose to raise a family off the grid by embracing life fearlessly. It is a poignant portrait of a woman wrestling to accept how her now stable life was shaped by the powerful influence of her peculiar parents and an unusual upbringing.
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