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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
Based on a true story, this is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everet's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. (PG13, 115 mins)
"Hawkins disappears into the performance, capturing Maud's physical limitations but also the light in her eyes, the sly humor in her observations about life -- and her gift for seeing the greatest beauty in the simplest things." -- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Hawke is good at playing bad, but Hawkins is better, rendering, in 'Maudie,' a portrait of a woman that feels raw, real and revelatory." -- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
The legendary Sam Elliott stars as Lee Hayden, an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from director Brett Haley (I’ll See You In My Dreams). Lee was once a Western icon with a golden voice, but he now spends his days reliving old glories. When a cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus, he tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter). And he soon strikes up an unexpected relationship with Charlotte (Laura Prerpon), a stand-up comic. (R, 93 mins)
"In 'The Hero,' Elliott finally gets to claim center stage, in a role that often slyly invokes his iconic stature and voice." -- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Director Brett Haley manages to take an underused subject, i. e. a character over 70, and make a movie that's deeply soulful and sweetly easygoing." -- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire real estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party thrown by a wealthy client, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. (R, 82 mins)
"Hayek is riveting in her restrained performance as an empathetic Mexican immigrant forced to engage with a boorish, racist, egomaniacal billionaire during an awkward dinner party." -- Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"'Beatriz at Dinner' is a meal of a film, with plenty to chew on." -- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Although filmmaker Scott Kennedy says that he maintained creative control and received no funding from agribusiness, his film was commissioned by the Institute of Food Technologists, an advocacy group that endorses the biotech industry. Although we hear impassioned voices from both sides of the debate, the organic movement is discredited for being unscientific. While the film has been championed by the New York Times, other big media, and many scientists – some scholars have criticized it as being too biased towards GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The Naro has chosen to show the film so that viewers can make up there own minds. (92 mins)
Post-film discussion: Mimi Rosenthal is retired from teaching Biochemistry and Nutrition at EVMS for 33 years; (retired as Professor Emerita). She is a long-time activist on issues of public health, environmental justice, and opposition to the mis-uses of science.
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life's ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. (R, 87 mins)
"A film that I can guarantee you people will revisit and discuss for years to come. It's daring, strange, and unforgettable." -- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"After seeing this film, I have determined that I want to live inside the mind of David Lowery. He is one of the most inventive directors of this generation and is capable of making great films no matter how big or small." -- Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment
The comedy/horror/musical turned cult classic stars Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. All shows feature live cast performances by Norfolk's own Fishnet Inc. No props allowed--throw your imagination! Tickets go on sale about 1/2 hour before showtime; plenty of seats always available. Until further notice , it shows every 4th Friday of each month and, of course, Halloween night each year, and additionally showing on the 5th Friday of each month (if there is one) with proceeds benefiting Fishnet Inc. (R, 99 mins)
Sat & Sun afternoons, July 29 & 30
This year's silent classic is THE GOLD RUSH, still Charlie Chaplin's most perfectly realized comedy and one of those rare movies that enchant anew no matter how many times you've seen it. And as usual. live original accompaniment by Julliard-trained pianist Chris Kypros. Matinee showtimes to be announced. (1925, 95 mins)