Posted by Cyndy Davenport in Uncategorized
on July 4, 2014 | Comments Off
Coming this week on Friday, the Fourth of July, are “Lucky Them” Starring Toni Collette and the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself”. Also playing will be two special screenings of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of Henry IV Part 2.
“Lucky Them” follows Rock journalist Ellie Klug as she tries to save her dwindling journalism career by landing an interview with long lost Rock god (and ex-boyfriend) Matthew Smith. Starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt, Moira McDonald in the Seattle Times says that the film “has that rare gift: It leaves its audiences warm and happy, as the best romantic comedies do.”
The director of “Lucky Them”, Megan Griffiths, will be in attendance conducting Q&A’s after the 7:30 and 9:50 shows on Saturday night (7/5) as well as the 2:40 show on Sunday (7/6).
“Life Itself” is the new documentary from Steve James, the acclaimed director of “Hoop Dreams”. The film is about legendary film critic Roger Ebert. Adapted from Ebert’s autobiography of the same name, the film is full of his life history as told by his closest friends and the esteemed filmmakers whom received the earliest support from Roger.
Roger Ebert is arguably one of the most successful film critics of all time. One of the first film critics to receive the Pulitzer prize, Ebert began his career at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 as their chief film critic, a post he held there until his death. Most famous for coining the “Thumbs Up” rating, Ebert became a national figure thanks to his film review show, “At The Movies” with his contentious better half, the late Gene Siskel. Towards the end of his life, Ebert contracted thyroid cancer that years later would destroy his ability to speak. Despite great health challenges, Ebert maintained his position as film critic and continually updated his website with a variety essays and film reviews. Joe Neumaier writes in the New York Daily News that the film “is a joy. It celebrates colorful characters, an indomitable spirit and a generous mind.”
If you want to read any of Roger Ebert’s reviews, you can find them at www.rogerebert.com. Maintained now by film critic heir apparent, Mathew Zoller Seitz, the website contains all of his reviews since 1967, as well as his collection of “Great Movies” essays and a handful of other writings.
And don’t miss our showings for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of Henry IV Part 2. We have a matinee at noon on Sunday (7/6), and on Thursday (7/10) at 7 pm.
Get out of the heat, into any of our air conditioned theaters, and enjoy a movie with us!