Film showing of The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone, based on the bestselling book by John Green, and starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
"What leavens the heaviness of the theme is the heroine's wry wit, which Ms. Woodley deploys just as naturally." --Wall Street Journal
"It's a fresh, lively love story, brimming with humor and heartbreak, and lifted to the heights by Shailene Woodley..." --Rolling Stone
"The movie is well-written, well-acted, acerbic, funny and wisely observed. Fans of the book will be glad to hear it is faithful to Green's tale." --USA Today
Film showing of Chef, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Favreau, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Sophia Vergara, and Robert Downey Jr. A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.
"A colorful, great-looking film, with an infectious soundtrack." --Richard Roeper.com
Film showing of Belle, directed by Amma Asante and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, and Tom Wilkinson. Although Dido Elizabeth Belle, an eighteenth century English woman of mixed race, is raised in privilege by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife, she is denied a proper social standing because of her skin color. But when Dido falls in love with a young idealist lawyer who aspires to create positive change, she finds herself caught between two worlds.
"The pleasures of Jane Austen and the horrors of the British slave trade make a surprisingly elegant and emotionally satisfying fit in Belle." --Variety
"Amma Asante's Belle is like a Jane Austen novel spiked with an extra shot of social conscience." --Entertainment Weekly
Film showing of Maleficent, directed by Robert Stromberg and starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom, and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well.
"Maleficent feels classical in nature. The characters are boiled down to their essentials, the humor is timelessly broad, and Jolie's at her best when she's curling her claws and elongating her vowels like a black-sabbath Tallulah Bankhead." --Entertainment Weekly
"An exquisitely designed, emotionally absorbing work of dark enchantment." --Hollywood Reporter
Film showing of A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (in his final leading role), Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and Willem Dafoe. When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity--oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A Most Wanted Man is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.
"One of the best spy thrillers in recent years." --Richard Roeper
"Hoffman leaves us with a quality film that showcases his tremendous depth and range as an actor." --Toronto Star