December: Local Rewind
This month, a chance to get a second look at some of the quality drama/comedies from the last year. And a reminder of our excellent local movie theater … you know the name.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy plays biographer Lee Israel, who made her living in the 1970's and '80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and Dorothy Kilgallen. When she can no longer get published because she is out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend (Richard E. Grant). Both actors were nominated for Oscars, as was the screenplay. 106 min. Rated R for profanity and some nudity.
The Favourite (2018) Set in early 18th-century England, this black comedy examines the relationship between two cousins: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Abigail Masham, who later became Baroness Masham (Emma Stone), as they battle to be the court favourite of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). The film received ten Oscar nominations, with Colman winning Best Actress. 119 min. Rated R for profanity and some nudity.
Late Night (2019). Emma Thompson is the host of a long-running late-night talk show who is forced to team up with one of her new staff writers in order to make her show more “contemporary.” This film is full of sharp, yet cruelty-free humor. Co-stars include Mindy Kalin also wrote the screenplay (based on her personal experiences) and the always-great John Lithgow. 102 min. Rated R for moderate profanity.
On The Basis of Sex (2018) A snippet from the “recent” past (1956-1972), this is a lightly-fictionalized chapter in the true story of some of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's early cases in a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. As we enter this important year of 2020, this one is a reminder that the push for true justice was waged before us, and will go on after us. With Armie Hammer, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston. 120 Min, Rated PG-13.