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Hearts Beat Loud
In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam session into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery. Directed by Brett Haley (The Hero). (PG-13, 97 mins)
"A sparkling gem. with an indie-rock soul. Nick Offerman turns in his best big-screen performance yet." – Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"This is the film that makes Kiersey Clemons a star. A uniquely musical, big-hearted gem about a father-daughter bond." – James Verniere, Boston Herald
This gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller is based on Nathan Dawidoff’s non-fiction book about the life of Moe Berg, the professional baseball player who became a World War II spy. A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Berg (Paul Rudd) was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the US government’s wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His mission: go behind enemy lines in Europe to assassinate the Nazi’s chief nuclear scientist before the Germans develop an atomic bomb. The great cast features Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, and Sienna Miller. (98 mins)
"Paul Rudd plays Berg with the droll, boyish charm he’s brought to dozens of other roles, but he adds a protective coating. This movie, directed by Ben Lewin from a Robert Rodat script (one adapted from Nicholas Dawidoff’s fascinating 1994 biography of Berg), relishes Berg’s compulsion to remain an enigma even to those closest to him." – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
Directed by John Frankenheimer and written by Rod Serling, this is a political thriller that keeps things tense all the way. It is about nothing less than the attempted overthrow of the United States government. The all-star cast includes Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Fredric March, and Edmond O’Brien in an Oscar-nominated performance as a Southern senator. A U.S. president, beset by endless press and polls, faces a possible overthrow by the military, led by Lancaster. It’s a fascinating “What if?” drama that is uncomfortably close to the unrest in today’s capital. Mal talks, particularly, about meeting Burt Lancaster, who always had a reputation for being difficult with the press, butin this instance proved, to the contrary, to be one of the friendliest. The reason? Ava! You’ll learn why Gardner was lured to make the trip from Spain for her small role. Could this kind of political drama actually happen? You may be convinced that it can indeed. (1964, 118 mins)
As a bonus, Ava Gardner's niece, Ava Carol Thompson ("Ava Baby") will join Mal at the Naro to answer his questions and add some insight about her famous great-aunt.
Based on the true story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is welcomed with open hostility by a US Army officer (Sam Rockwell), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by imperious government forces, Catherine must contend with the violence that underlies her position. (R, 101 mins)
"Woman Walks Ahead is a story of defying expectations, finding common ground and gaining knowledge." – Allan Hunter, Screen International
Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter. (PG13, 104 mins)
"This fairly laugh-packed comedy aims to address the desire for intimate companionship in older adults, an increasingly topical issue as more Americans live into their nineties." – Susan Wloszczyna, RogerEbert.com
"A chance to see four terrific actresses — let’s not use the gender-neutral term in this context — having varying degrees of fun with matters of sisterhood, sex and hope in a movie that touches on mortality and holds out the prospect of later-life joy." – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised in 18th-century London, Mary (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. From director Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female Saudi Arabian director to release a feature film. (PG13, 120 mins)
"Mary Shelley is a luscious-looking spectacle, drenched in the colors and visceral sensations of nature, the sensuality of young lovers, the passionate disappointment of loss and betrayal." – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
The women of the rural French farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch (Nathalie Baye), must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are fighting in World War I. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War. In French with subtitles. (R, 135 mins)
Film introduction by film curator Barbara Gardner.
"The Guardians is an intimate French epic, elegantly made and quietly emotional, a family story filled with characters whose lives we sink into, feeling the hope, the sadness, the sorrow and the joy right along with those on the screen." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
A small-town nurse named Susette Kelo (Catherine Keener) emerges as the reluctant leader of her working-class neighbors in their struggle to save their homes from political and corporate interests bent on seizing the land and handing it over to Pfizer Corporation. Susette's battle goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision outraged Americans across the political spectrum, and that passion fueled reforms that has helped curb eminent domain abuse. (98 mins)
Post-film discussion: attorneys Brian Kunze and Joshua Baker of the law firm Waldo & Lyle will speak about some prominent local eminent domain cases that they've argued for their clients who will also be joining them.
"Little Pink House brings urgency to a fascinating, underexplored theme." – Stephen Faber, The Hollywood Reporter