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THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Yorgos Lanthimos

  • 119 minutes
  • Starts Friday December 15

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    Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family's life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss. A haunting beautiful and frightening thriller that cannot be easily shaken. From acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster).

ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE

Frank Capra

  • 135 minutes
  • Sunday December 17 - 7pm

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    A BENEFIT FOR CHAT/SAFE SPACE - ALL SEATS $10.00

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    The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing. Now perhaps the most beloved American film. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density.

    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is about hunger. It's about greed. It's about the many ways a good man is held down by the system. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a dark and vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad. Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming, in the teary-eyed final reel, his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE finds the perfect balance between bittersweet and optimistic in this timeless holiday tale, to remind us that life is always worth it, even in the worst of circumstances. A wonderful story that resonates for a very long time after it is over.

DARKEST HOUR

Joe Wright

  • 125 minutes
  • Starts Friday December 22

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    During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill's courage to lead changed the course of world history

    Churchill's darkest hour is Gary Oldman's finest. Gripping, touching, amusing and enlightening, his performance is the prime reason this film must be seen - but not the only one. Wright's aesthetic visually transports the viewer, the images heavy with subtext and meaning. An astounding must-see perfromance and film.

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