Movie

Movie: Green Book PG-13

Friday, June 28   Green Book      2018 / 130 min. / PG-13


In 1962 an eccentric African American jazz pianist, Doctor Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), needs a driver for a tour of the Deep South. He hires Copacabana bouncer “Tony Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a coarse but affable White guy. As the two move south, Tony becomes angry when Don is treated disrespectfully in white venues, and Don warms to Tony when Tony rescues him from trouble. The film won the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture, and Ali won for Best Supporting Actor.

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Movie: Jazz on a Summer’s Day (not rated)

Friday, June 21   Jazz on a Summer’s Day   1959 / 85 min. / NR


More than a concert film, Jazz on a Summer’s Day takes place at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival during the America’s Cup yacht races. The narration-free film has the immediacy of a lived experience, shifting its focus between the ocean’s blues, straining sails and exquisite music performed by the likes of Anita O’Day, Thelonius Monk, Chuck Berry, Big Maybelle, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden.

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Movie: Songcatcher PG-13

Friday, June 7           Songcatcher    2000 / 109 min. / PG-13


It is 1907. When a female musicologist and college professor (Janet McTeer) is passed over for a deserved promotion, she angrily departs for the Appalachians of western North Carolina to record mountain dwellers’’ traditional songs, intending to restart her career’s momentum. More than she bargained for, the music and its singers absorb and transform her. Written and directed by Maggie Greenwald, the film has a captivating soundtrack.

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Movie Night @Claremont

In October we're showing films celebrating Hispanic Heritage. 

Wed.,   October  2,  5:30  Ixcanul   2015/NR/93minutes
María, a seventeen-year-old Mayan (Kaqchikel) girl, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but her suitor must first spend months working in the city. María knows nothing of this life but is forced to grapple with it.

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Movie Night @Claremont

In September we screen films with a South American setting.

Wed.,   September  4,  5:30pm  City of God     2002 /R/130 minutes
Based on the novel by Pablo Lin about gangland violence in the slum’s of Rio in the 1960’s and 19707’s. It was ranked No.6 on The Guardian's list of "the 25 Best Action Movies Ever" and Roger Ebert said it was “breathtaking and terrifying”.

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Movie Night @Claremont

In August we show films on the theme A Universe of Stories as part of our Summer Reading Program.

 

Wed. , August  7,  5:30pm  Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 2005/PG/110 min.
Trippy cosmic joyride with an earthling (Martin Freeman) and an alien (Mos Def). Adapted from the Douglas Adams sci-fi tales.


Wed.,  August 14, 5:30pm  Muppets from Space   1999/G/99minutes
Gonzo discovers that his long-lost relatives are aliens from a distant planet. 

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