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November 2018, Madden Auditorium


Monday
November 5
5:30pm
Thoroughbreds (2017) R

This intense, slow burn thriller follows two estranged friends who reunite under less than ideal circumstances, but forge an unlikely union when their personalities click and a twisted friendship is launched. This is a stylish, character driven piece that has excellent lead performances from Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke, while Thoroughbreds also features one of the final appearances from the late Anton Yelchin. A dark look inside high society sociopathy, Thoroughbreds is rated R for disturbing behavior, bloody images, language, sexual references, and some drug content.


Wednesday
November 7
5:30pm
The Bank Dick (1940) NR

This W.C. Fields classic has the star in all of his glory, as a brash, boorish man who seems to have little to no social graces, but finds himself in a once in a lifetime situation and makes the most of his big break. This is politically incorrect humor decades before the term even existed, as Fields plays on all kinds of social conventions and shows no mercy when it comes to skewering its targets. The movie blends razor sharp, fearless verbal banter with outlandish, sometimes scary physical humor, to deliver one of Fields’ most hilarious feature films. We will also be showing a couple of Fields’ classic short films after The Bank Dick, for those who would like to see more of the comic master at work.


Monday
November 19
5:30pm
Tender Mercies (1983) PG

This tale of a broken down country musician features one of the best performances in cinema, one that earned Robert Duvall a Best Actor Oscar and cemented him as one of the most skilled performers of his generation. Duvall plays Mac, a washed up musician who let alcohol and bad decisions tank his once great career, but when he opens his heart to a widow and her daughter, he discovers a new outlook on life. This movie has a natural, believable texture that makes Tender Mercies stand out from stylized, overwrought films in the same vein, thanks in part to the excellent Best Screenplay Oscar winning script. This is a subtle, powerful movie that mines genuine emotion and superb performances. Tender Mercies is rated PG.


Wednesday
November 21
5:30pm
Being John Malkovich (1999) R

In this surreal 90s classic, a disgruntled puppeteer accepts an office job to appease his beloved, only to stumble upon a mystical tunnel that takes the traveler into the mind of one of the world’s most famous actors. This bizarre, highly creative movie has a mind bending narrative, inventive visuals, and an excellent cast that includes Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Cusack, and of course, John Malkovich. This kind of wild, creative vision could only come from the mind of Charlie Kaufman and be brought to life by director Spike Jonez in unforgettable fashion. Being John Malkovich is rated R for language and sexuality.


Monday
November 26
5:30pm
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) NR

Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a bright, colorful, and romantic musical that doesn’t take the grand scale song & dance routine approach, but a more down to earth style. The story follows a young woman torn between true love and a more stable lifestyle, with all the ups, downs, and drama you’d expect, with the beautiful Catherine Deneuve in the central role. This movie also doesn’t lean on music driven set pieces, but puts all of the film’s dialogue into song, which takes an adjustment, but soon feels like second nature. This is a beautiful, melancholic, and romantic cinematic classic that generations of film fans have fallen in love with. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is not rated, but is comparable to a PG picture.


Wednesday
November 28
5:30pm
Hereditary (2018) R

In the wake of her domineering mother’s death, a woman struggles to balance her family’s needs, her own artistic pursuits, the grieving process, and what seems to be an ever more fragile mental state. As her family is subjected to one dark, strange event after another, she tries to cope and keep her loved ones protected, but what malevolent force threatens to collapse her existence? Heriditary was a smash hit that terrified, confused, and delighted audiences in equal doses, being one of the few lower profile horror movies to break through into mainstream success. This movie has intense, eerie atmosphere, wild performances, and some truly jaw dropping moments. If you like your horror movies to have that special unsettling kind of vibe, Hereditary is just what you need. The film is rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use, and brief graphic nudity.


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