This week we may just have the perfect movie mix for anyone who loves quality movies. You can be hardcore and go to a quadruple bill (maybe bring a sleeping bag) and watch a brilliant film from nearly every genre. Start the day with some great Japanese animation. Take a quick lunch break (at the Parkway) before relishing Robert Redford's directorial return (actually he directed a movie 2 years ago but no-one saw it). Maybe go to a window and get a breath of fresh air before enjoying a ridiculously good time with 'The Sapphires'. Finish the night off with nail biting tension and drama with Ryan Gosling's latest thriller with a fine dinner. Or just go to one movie. Whatever floats your boat.
The Place Beyond the Pines
'Blue Valentine' put Derek Cianfrance on the map as a director to watch out for. It was emotional and gripping and his follow up has similar traits but on a much bigger canvas. If you have not seen 'Blue Valentine' and are skeptical about this one, it stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. So even if you are bored senseless throughout this movie (would be almost impossible) you can still just back and admire (or despise) their good looks and acting ability.
The movie powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke's (Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following. The atmosphere, gritty visuals and interesting characters make this film utterly compelling.
The Company You Keep
Robert Redford is 73 years old. He needs to stop dying his hair. I am not buying that his hair has never gone grey. And you shouldn't either. Regardless, it does not seem to have had an impact on his movie output. This is his fourth decade of making movies (directing) and you know with each movie there is a quality bar he refuses to go under.
In his latest movie, a wanted man and former member of the revolutionary militant group the Weather Underground goes on the run after a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) outs him in this political thriller based on Neil Gordon's acclaimed novel. Redford highlights the moral issues that can arise when idealism gives way to reality; he also has some keen insights into the way today's sensationalist media operates.
From Up on Poppy Hill
Hayao Miyazaki is a genius animator and storyteller with amazing movies such as 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle'. Unfortunately his son directed 'From Up on Poppy Hill' so this movie could have been awful. But it's not. Gorō Miyazaki must have been paying attention on his father's film sets because this is a beautifully made film. It retains the humor and delight that are part of the studio's trademark.
The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times.
Third week for this glorious, fun movie. Inspired by a true story, it follows four young Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. They are discovered by Dave (O'Dowd), a good-humored talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music.
The mood is uplifting, the music is a delight. This mashup of music and melodrama manages to entertain without demanding too much of its audience with Chris O'Dowd in wonderful form.
Schedule week of Friday, June 07, 2013 through Thursday, June 13, 2013
The Source Family (NR) Digital Presentation
Tue: 7:00 PM
The Place Beyond the Pines (R) Digital Presentation
Fri: 7:00 PM
Sat: 7:15 PM
Sun: 6:30 PM
Mon: 6:45 PM
Tue - Thu: 9:15 PM
The Company You Keep (R) Digital Presentation
Fri: 4:15 PM
Sat: 8:15 PM
Sun: 3:30 PM
Wed: 8:45 PM
Thu: 6:30 PM
Blancanieves (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Sun - Tue: 9:30 PM
From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokurikozaka kara) (PG) Digital Presentation
Fri: 8:30 PM
Sat: 2:00, 6:00
Sun: 1:00, 8:30
Mon: 4:30 PM
Wed: 6:30 PM
The Sapphires (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Sat: 4:30 PM
Sun: 12:30 PM
Ghostbusters (PG) Digital Presentation
Fri: 4:00 PM
Sat: 12:30 PM
Beginners (R) Digital Presentation
Sat: 3:00 PM
Purple Rain (R) Digital Presentation
Sun: 3:00 PM
Queen of Outer Space (1958) (NR) Digital Presentation
Sun: 6:00 PM
The R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along (NR) Digital Presentation
Sat: 10:30 PM