Schedule for Wednesday, August 19
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In the Loop
"A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft." (New York Times)
The US President and the UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war would be a good thing. When one British official makes a passing comment to a reporter that "war is unforeseeable," it becomes a major news story that accelerates a run-up to war in the Middle East. A laugh-out-loud political satire on the diplomatic misunderstandings and behind-the-scenes power plays between the British and US governments preceding the Iraq war. The Village Voice calls it "a flying circus of backstage political damage control and deal-making."
LULU ("Animation Shorts Suite")
Armando Iannucci . 2009. 106 m. NR. UK. IFC Films.5:00 PM 9:45 PM
When Manhattan banker Charlie (Jeff Daniels) tries to run out on the check at a midtown diner, he is shanghaied by Melanie Griffith’s free-spirited Lulu, a kind of new wave, Lower East Side femme fatale. Next thing Charlie knows, he’s waking up in strange hotel rooms, running around with handcuffs on one wrist, and being tormented by Lulu’s psychotic husband (a tour-de-force performance by Ray Liotta). Only a filmmaker like Jonathan Demme could so successfully bring noir together with its mirror opposite, screwball comedy.
Jonathan Demme. 1986. 113 m. R. US. MGM.5:05 PM 7:30 PM 9:50 PM
"Subtlety and nuance mark both the film's dialogue and performances. It's hard to see how Dancy and Byrne could be any better." (LA Times)
After moving into her new apartment, Beth, a broken-hearted teacher, finds herself drawn to Adam, her socially inept downstairs neighbor whose head seems lost in the stars. When he reveals that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, her parents (Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving) are understandably concerned, but she can’t deny their unique connection. Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy deliver knockout performances, and Writer/Director Max Mayer examines the challenges of an exceptional modern relationship with a humorous and heartfelt touch.
Max Mayer. 2009. 99 m. PG-13. US. Fox Searchlight.5:15 PM 7:25 PM 9:35 PM
My One and Only
Renee Zellweger is a divorcee who hits the road in a baby blue Coupe de Ville with her two sons in search of a wealthy man to take care of her family. Certain that her feminine charms are fully intact and finding a mate will be an easy task, she soon realizes that there are more schemers, losers, and playboys than Prince Charmings. Set in 1953 and based on deep-tanned actor George Hamilton’s childhood, My One and Only co-stars Kevin Bacon as the philandering ex-husband and Chris Noth as a potential suitor in this charming coming-of-age comedy.
Richard Loncraine . 2009. 108 m. PG-13. US. Herrick Entertainment.7:30 PM