December- “Local Rewind”
This month Karen and Paul again remind us all how lucky we are to have a really good local cinema venue...you know the name. Here are some second looks at quality dramas from the last few years – all included Academy Award nominations.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
THE FLORIDA PROJECT (2017) Less about the state at the south end of Route 1, than the state of families and childish fantasies felt by all ages. During one summer, a precocious six-year-old girl courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother and the motel's handyman, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World. With Brooklynn Prince and Willem Dafoe. 111 Min. In English, w/subtitles. Rated R.
THE POST (2017) A reminder of the absolute value of having an engaged, investigative, professional free press, and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents, pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher to find her voice and, with her hard-driving editor, to join a historic battle between the press and the government. 116 Min. In English, w/subtitles. Rated PG-13
LADY BIRD (2017 ) A coming-of-age comedy/drama set in Sacramento in 2002 about an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl, Christine "Lady Bird" MacPherson. She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Catholic high school. In the course of her senior year, the film shows her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college, as well as her prickly but loving relationship with her hard-working mom. Written by Greta Gerwig, this is also her first solo directorial debut. Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan are incomparable as mother and daughter. In English, w/subtitles. 94 Min. Rated R