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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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Women in Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night @North

A female vampire stalks the streets of Bad City, a place overrun with crime, drugs and despair. Meanwhile, hardworking Arash cares for his father while struggling to make ends meet. When the vampire and Arash meet, a bizarre relationship begins. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2015, 99 min.) is a genre-bending horror drama.

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Movie: Lion in Winter

Friday, December 20   Lion in Winter   1968 / 138 min. / PG

It’s 1183. Though exiled from her husband Henry II’s court, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn) is allowed to visit her husband and sons at the holidays. Because Henry (Peter O’Toole) is about to name his successor, the court fills up with schemers set on promoting their favorite for king among Eleanor and Henry’s three sons.

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Movie: Carol (2016)

Friday, December 13   Carol     2016 / 118 min. / R6

The most highly acclaimed film of 2016, this is a 1950’s-era melodrama about a tentative romance between a well-to-do NYC woman, Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) and Therese  (Rooney Mara), a salesgirl / photographer. The two meet while Carol is shopping for a doll for her daughter at Christmas time, but Carol’s divorce and custody dispute complicate things.

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