Manchester by the Sea - Opens December 16th
A hardened handyman named Lee (Casey Affleck) returns to his hometown in New England after the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to care for his 16-year-old nephew (Lucas Hedges), but his arrival also unearths his checkered past. Soon, Lee comes back into contact with his estranged wife (Michelle Williams) as he deals with life in his tight-knit former community. Kenneth Lonergan directed this family drama.
" "Manchester by the Sea" is one of the best films of the year." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"An achingly graceful, heartfelt, working-class story about loss, grief, and family obligations." - Philadelphia Inquirer.
"Lonergan's film reveals itself as a wellspring of urgently needed compassion and grace." - NPR.
135 mins., Rated R.
Die Hard - Showing December 16th & 17th
It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film's profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood.
"Die Hard is an action picture with a capital A. In fact, you might as well go ahead and capitalize the whole darn word." - Orlando Sentinel.
"For what it is, this is the top model -- flash, bang, and witty one-liners all included." - ReelViews.
114 mins., Rated R.
Batman Returns - Showing December 16th & 17th
Batman returns, this time protecting Gotham City from the Penguin who is running for mayor and Catwoman who is just having fun in her psychotic way. The two villains team up to frame the caped crusader at Christmas time. Dark, stylish.
"Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original" - Boston Globe.
"Something about the filmmaker's eccentric, surreal, childlike images seems to strike a deep chord in the mass psyche: he makes nightmares that taste like candy." - Newsweek.
126 mins., Rated PG-13.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Three Day Engagement - December 22nd Thru December 24th
This is a special 70th anniversary digitally restored version of the film. This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury.
"The most well-loved of all Christmas movies." - Chicago Tribune.
"The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience." - Chicago Reader.
"It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie." - Time Magazine.
135 mins., Rated PG.