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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am @Central

Celebrate Black History Month with a free viewing of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.

This 2019 documentary is "an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist". The film explores her youth growing up in Ohio to " '70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature". 

 

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Movie Night @Claremont

January films at Claremont

Wed.,  January 8,  5:30pm   Blackfish   2013/PG/134 min.
The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man's relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals. This intense, emotional documentary led to orcas no longer being bred in captivity.

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Movie: Lost in Translation

Friday, January 24   Lost in Translation   2003 / 102 min. / R
Aging American actor Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is bored in Tokyo as an English-challenged Japanese director tries to shoot a whiskey ad featuring him. Meanwhile, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), the young American wife of a famous photographer, looks for relief from her own ennui. Their communications dance around differences: male / female, American / Japanese culture, young versus old, English / Japanese language. Directed by Sofia Coppola.

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Movie: Philadelphia

Friday, January 17   Philadelphia    1993 / 125 min. / PG-13
A Philadelphia law firm fires associate Andy Beckett (Tom Hanks), claiming incompetence and that he has concealed his AIDS diagnosis. Beckett decides to sue but can’t find an attorney willing to represent him. Then Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) comes along. Tom Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Andy Beckett.

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Movie: The Late Show

Friday, January 10   The Late Show   1977 / 93 min. / PG
In this neo-noir mystery, Ira Wells (Art Carney) is a semi-retired private eye whose mortally wounded ex-partner seeks him out—and dies. The murder leads Ira to a small-time hood and a vicious beating. Meanwhile, a quirky wannabe client named Margo (Lily Tomlin), tries to hire him to find her missing cat. Pauline Kael says, “I can’t think of a thriller from the forties that is as tight or has such sustained tension as this.”

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Movie: The Straight Story

Friday, January 3   The Straight Story   1999 / 112 min. / G
When 73 year old Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) finds out his estranged brother has had a stroke and may not recover, he decides to ride his lawnmower 300 miles to make things right between them. A road movie like no other, this one encounters great storytelling and kindness all along Alvin’s slow, slow way. Delightful. Directed by David Lynch, Roger Ebert 4-starred it.

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African American History Month films @Claremont

Wed.,  February 5,  5:30pm       Last Black Man in San Francisco    2013/R/120 min.
A black man dreams of owning the house his grandfather built, now in a white neighborhood in San Francisco.  The film is loosely based on the life of Jimmie Fails, who portrays himself in the film he co-authored and with childhood friend & director Joe Talbot .

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