Film showing of 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Lupita Nyong'o. The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom.
WINNER of 3 Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o); Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley).
Nominated for 6 additional Oscars: Best Director (Steve McQueen); Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor); Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender); Costume Design; Film Editing; Production Design.
From the outside Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret: she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally trapping the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter . Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.
Film showing of Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner. Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof's free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Shunned and ostracized by many old friends and bereft of government-approved medicines, he decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful "buyers" club.
WINNER of 3 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey); Best Supporting Actor (Jared Let0); Makeup and Hairstyling.
Nominated for 3 additional Oscars: Best Picture; Original Screenplay (Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack); Film Editing.
"Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto give terrific performances in this riveting and surprisingly relateable true story." --Variety
Film showing of American Hustle, directed by David O. Russell and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner. Brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Carmine Polito is the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the cons and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
10 Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Director (David O. Russell); Best Actor (Christian Bale); Best Actress (Amy Adams); Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper); Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence); Original Screenplay (Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell); Costume Design; Film Editing; and Production Design.
"With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious." --USA Today
Film showing of Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell. When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney's desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario's concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers' reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score (Thomas Newman).
"Thanks to Thompson and Hanks, this movie about the making of a movie hits the sweet spot. There's magic in it." --Rolling Stone
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