Friday, August 23 – 7 pm /
Saturday, August 24 – 4 pm & 7:30 pm /
Sunday, August 25 – 4 pm & 7:30 pm /
Wednesday, August 28 – 7 pm /
Thursday, August 29 – 7 pm
Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. [A24]
Insider tip: “The Farewell is so unexpectedly and deliciously funny that watching it feels like a tonic — an immersion in love and art” (Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times). Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, adds: “In The Farewell, Wang builds a funny, touching and vital film about what makes a family in any culture. It’s simply stunning.” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: “This is a viewing experience to be treasured. It is one of the very best films of 2019.”
THE FAREWELL has 6 wins and 2 additional nominations for excellence and is a Metacritic.com “MUST SEE”
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT:
Opening Friday, August 30.
Inspired by a true story, based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll, Blinded by the Light tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE:
Based on the runaway bestseller, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is an inspiring comedy about Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett), a loving mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.
Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort) was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day… a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.