Film showing of Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Both also find their basic beliefs challenged.
4 Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actress (Judi Dench); Adapted Screenplay (Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope); and Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).
"One of the most eloquent, powerful and perfect movies I have ever seen." --Rex Reed, New York Oberver
"Dench and Coogan's chemistry is undeniably great." --Entertainment Weekly
Film showing of Her, directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, and Amy Adams. A withdrawn writer, Theodore Twombly, falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system named Samantha.
WINNER of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Spike Jonze).
Nominated for 4 additional Oscars: Best Picture; Best Original Score (Will Butler and Owen Pallett); Best Original Song, "The Moon Song" (Karen O and Spike Jonze); Production Design.
"One of the more original, hilarious and even heartbreaking stories of the year." --Richard Roeper
Film showing of Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney and starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin. An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements.
"...a worthy theme and plenty of things to reward adult moviegoers." --New York Post
"As a film, it is riveting, suspenseful, harrowing and exciting, and somehow, it also manages to be something rare among war pictures--a big-scale entertainment." --Rex Reed
Film showing of Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana. The story of four Navy SEALs sent on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative. They are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on the New York Times-bestselling book by Marcus Luttrell.
"Berg has made a powerful film." --Entertainment Weekly
"The story is nothing short of miraculous." --USA Today
Rated R, 121 minutes. Feel free to bring your lunch for this midday showing. Beverages provided.