December 5, 2019
Wild At HeartDecember 5, 2019
Thriller / 1990 / 124 min
With the success of Blue Velvet and the Twin Peaks pilot bolstering his career, David Lynch’s 1990 Wild At Heart finds the director at his most fearless, a mood that suits the film’s young, love-crazed couple. Adapted from a novel by Barry Gifford and starring a Nicolas Cage (before he slipped into self-parody but still delightfully nutzo) and a never sexier Laura Dern, Wild At Heart is Lynch’s love-letter to The Wizard of Oz, Elvis Presley, road movies and the power of reckless love. Supporting the lustful couple is a stellar cast featuring Harry Dean Stanton, Willem Dafoe (at his all-time creepy best), Crispin Glover, Isabella Rosellini (herself romantically linked to Lynch at the time) and Laura Dern’s real-life mother Diane Ladd in a wonderfully histrionic villain role. Despite some explosive violence and truly unsettling moments, it’s the most traditionally “fun” of Lynch’s catalog, one that doesn’t sacrifice an ounce of his trademark surrealism or pitch black sensibility.
The LighthouseDecember 6, 2019
Dark Comedy / 2019 / 110 minutes
From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (35mm)December 6, 2019
Comedy / 2019 / 161 minutes
The phrase “love letter to Hollywood” gets thrown around critical circles with obnoxious regularity, but if any film ever deserved the distinction it’s Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. A rose-tinted look back at Tinseltown circa 1969 that follows three primary characters – a fading TV star (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stunt double/best friend (Brad Pitt) and infamously doomed starlet Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) – Tarantino’s ninth and possibly penultimate film is less an attempt at historical documentation and more an effort of historical reclamation, a cinematic balm to pop culture’s darkest moment and a nostalgic longing for a time that never truly existed. As always Tarantino is at the top of his directorial game, and with the powerhouse trio of DiCaprio, Pitt and Robbie dropping movie star charisma bombs into to every scene, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood lands as the auteur’s most purely enjoyable film, a world that film fans will cherish getting lost in.
Downton AbbeyDecember 7, 2019
Drama / 2019 / 122 minutes
The Julian Fellowes' created British television show was a smash hit both in the US and Europe in the early half of the decade, but none one would have expected the phenomenon to translate as well to the big screen as it has with the Michael Engler directed feature version of Downton Abbey. The ongoing saga of highborn family and their dedicated staff as it relates to the upkeep of a historical and culturally significant Yorkshire County estate, Fellowes' beloved period drama deals class relations, British history, period romance and good old fashioned melodrama, managing to so in an utterly charming manner that somehow avoids the stuffiness of the great Masterpiece Theater dramas of old. A lot of this is due to the winning cast – most of whom feature prominently in the film – Fellowes' unerring ability to allow his characters relatable dimensions, positing that privilege need not always be villainous and that the treatment of the serving class need not be cruel nor contentious. With Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Imelda Staunton and the magnificent Maggie Grace as the pithy family matriarch.