Wednesday, October 30. The Others. USA/Spain, 2011, directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Nicole Kidman delivers an unforgettable performance in this scary and stylish thriller. While awaiting her husband’s return from war, Grace and her two young children live an unusually isolated existence behind the locked doors and drawn curtains of a secluded island mansion. Acclaimed by critics everywhere, the unpredictable twists and turns of this compelling hit will keep you guessing as it keeps you riveted to the edge of your seat! Rated PG 13; 104 minutes.
Wednesday, November 13. Everybody Knows. Spain/France, 2018, directed by Asghar Farhadi. Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister’s wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open. In Spanish with English subtitles; 133 minutes; Rated R.
Friday, November 22. Biggest Little Farm. USA, 2019, directed by John Chester. An endearing, inspiring, thoughtful documentary about one couple’s dogged determination to transform a forsaken orchard into a resplendent, traditional farm. Forsaking monoculture for diversity and nature, a young California couple pursues a dream. 92 minutes; Rated PG.
Wednesday, December 4. Wild Rose. UK, 2019, directed by Tom Harper. Rose Lynn is a young woman from Glasgow, Scotland who has just been released from prison on a drug charge. Her disapproving mother Marion (Julie Walters) expects that she will begin taking care of her two children but Rose-Lynn has other plans. She wants to earn enough money to go to Nashville so she can pursue her dream of becoming a country singer. 100 minutes; Rated R.
Wednesday, December 18. Christmas on the Coast. USA, 2017, directed by Gary Wheeler. A light film to finish out the year about a hard-hearted New York novelist who is desperate to get her mojo back after a string of flops. She decides that a change of scenery might get her creative juices flowing and heads south for the winter, landing in a place known as Harbor Pointe. This movie was beautifully filmed on St. Simons in locations like the beach, Sal’s Pizzeria and the GJ Ford Bookshop (and you’ll recognize scenes from Darien, too!). 90 minutes; Rated G.
Wednesday, January 8. Stan and Ollie. UK, 2018, directed by Jon S. Baird. Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain. 100 minutes; Rated PG.
Friday, January 24. Woman at War. Iceland, 2018, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. Halla, a woman in her forties, declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland—but the situation could change with the unexpected arrival of a small orphan in her life. 100 minutes; Not Rated; in Icelandic with English subtitles.
Friday, February 7. Whale Rider. New Zealand, 2003, directed by Niki Caro. A small Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai. Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the village people, , 12 year old Pai remains certain of her calling and finds the strength to challenge her family and embraces a thousand years of tradition in order to fulfill her destiny. 101 minutes; Rated PG 13.
Wednesday, February 19. Best of Enemies. USA, 2019, directed by Robin Bissell. A timely drama that centers on an unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. Critics claim, “Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell soar in this riveting true story.” 133 minutes; Rated PG 13.
Wednesday, October 16. Never Look Away. Germany, 2019,
The film, “Never Look Away,” which was scheduled to be shown this Wednesday, October 16, arrived damaged. A new copy probably won’t arrive in time so the Guild will show the 2001 film “Nowhere in Africa” instead. This Academy Award-winning film is about a Jewish family in Germany who emigrates shortly before the Second World War. They move to Kenya to start running a farm, but not all members of the family come to an arrangement with their new life. Shortly after their departure, things are changing in Germany very quickly, and a turning back seems impossible. So everyone has to arrange himself with the new life in a new continent.
It’s a great film. Even if you’ve seen it, see it again!
As soon as “Never Look Away” comes back, it will be available for checkout from the St. Simons Library
Wednesday, October 2. Arctic. Iceland/Denmark, 2019, directed by Joe Penna. After a rescue attempt to his plane crash site fails, Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen) must decide whether to stay in the relative safety of his makeshift camp with dwindling supplies or make an arduous trek with his would be injured rescuer out into the frigid “Arctic.” In English and Danish with subtitles. 98 minutes; Rated PG 13.
Wonder. USA, 2017, directed by Stephen Chbosky. Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. 110 minutes.
Shoplifters. Japan, 2018, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. In a Tokyo grocery story, the head of the Shibata family signals to his son Shota. While one runs a blocking distraction, the other appropriates goods to feed the family, waiting back in the cramped quarters of grandmother Hatsue’s house. On their way home, they will also acquire a new member of the family, Yuri, an abused little girl left out in the cold. But the skill that supports the loving Shibatas will also prove their undoing. They are “Shoplifters.” In Japanese with English subtitles; 120 minute
THIS SCREENING IS CANCELLED FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.
Five Flights Up. USA, 2015, directed by Richard Loncraine. Over one crazy weekend a long-time married couple (Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman), wanting to leave their Brooklyn walk-up where they have lived for decades, discover that finding a new apartment in New York City is not about winding down but starting a new adventure. 93 minutes.
St Simons: Surviving Success and Conrack. Celebrate St. Simons with these two films. St. Simons: Surviving Success is a short documentary made by George Crain and Lance Lipman, who hope the film will inspire and challenge viewers to become more involved in preserving the island’s charm and character.
Immediately after the screening, there will be a open question/answer session with the audience.
All seats are on a first come, first serve basis. Best to make reservations online at Eventbrite. Be sure to bring a paper copy of your ticket or have it available on your cell phone.
There is no charge for this event. A $3 donation is suggested.
Becoming Astrid. Sweden/Denmark, 2018, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen. This fascinating biopicture centers on the creative and unconventional Swedish children's book writer Astrid Lindgren, who wrote Pippi Longstocking, which was published in 1945 to great acclaim. The story shows how overcoming turns to becoming if, among other things, you’re able to stick to your principles. This film about an exemplary woman, made by women, is as much a pleasure as it is a lesson. 120 minutes. In Swedish and Danish with English subtitles.
A Private War. UK/USA, 2018, directed by Matthew Heineman. One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin (Rosamude Pike) is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. 110 minutes.
Free Solo. USA, 2018, directed by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. In this gripping documentary follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. 100 minutes.
At Eternity’s Gate. France/UK/Switzerland, 2018 directed by Julian Schnabel. During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (portrayed by Willem Dafoe) develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin, van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship with eternity rather than the pain his art causes him in the present. 110 minutes.
The Bookshop. UK, 2017, directed by Isabel Coixet. England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), follows her lifelong dream by opening a bookshop in a conservative coastal town. While bringing about a cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson), and the support of a reclusive, book-loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass, she reminds herself that a town without a bookshop is no town at all. Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel, the film is an elegant rendering of personal resolve and the battle for the soul of a community. 110 minutes.
BlacKkKlansman. USA, 2018, directed by Spike Lee. Based on a true story, this film illustrates the absurdity and danger of the 1970’s civil rights movement, when Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, who is Denzel’s son) becomes the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. He sets out to prove his worth by infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and convinces his Jewish colleague (Adam Driver) to go undercover as a white supremacist. 135 minutes.
This is the second showing. The first showing fully booked.
Wednesday, May 1. Leave No Trace. USA, 2018, directed by Debra Granik. Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. 109 minutes.
Friday, April 19. Puzzle. USA, 2018, directed by Marc Turtletaub. Agnes (Kelly McDonald), taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world—where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined. 103 minutes.
Wednesday, April 10. About Elly. Iran, 2009, directed by Asghar Farhadi. Elly, a young school teacher, has gone on a weekend vacation with a group of thirtysomething professional couples from Tehran. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear. In Persian with English subtitles; 120 minutes.
Wednesday, March 20. Tea with Dames. UK, 2018, directed by Roger Michell. Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable awards between them. They are also longtime friends who invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. 84 minutes.
Wednesday, March 6. Death of Stalin. UK, 2017, directed by Armando Iannucci. This very black comedy takes place in Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power. 107 minutes.
Wednesday, February 27. The Celebration. Denmark, 1998, directed by Thomas Vinterberg. An upper-class Danish family, with friends, spouses and lovers in tow, congregates in the palatial country home to mark the patriarch’s 60th birthday, and all hell breaks loose in the unblinking Scandinavian summer. In Danish with English subtitles; 105 minutes.
(Note: This film is being shown as part of The Big Read: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor. USA, 2018, directed by Morgan Neville. This documentary reveals why a Mr. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister from Pittsburgh, deserves such attention. The director has gifted audiences with an emotionally intelligent film about a television personality who reverenced children and bequeathed to them his spiritual vision of love, kindness, caring, compassion, respect, and much more. 134 minutes.
A Street Cat Named Bob. UK, 2016, directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Based on the international best selling book. The delightful true feel good story of how James Bowen, a London busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. 103 minutes.
War of the Buttons. France, 2011, Directed by Christopher Barratier. In occupied France Lebrac leads a play war between two rival kid gangs, but a girl he likes, who’s Jewish, is in danger of being discovered by local Nazi sympathizers. Lebrac and the village must now respond to the reality of what’s happening. In French with English subtitles; 100 minutes.
Man Who Invented Christmas. UK, 2018, directed by Bharat Nalluri. The story of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. 110 minutes.
Jungle. Australia, 2017, directed by Greg McLean. Based on the true story of Israeli backpacker, Yossi Ghinsberg (played by Daniel Radcliff), who, in 1981, meets a cryptic Austrian geologist in La Paz, Bolivia, and captivated by his engrossing stories of lost tribes, uncharted adventures and even gold, decides to follow him. With his two good friends, Yossi joins an expedition led by their seasoned trail-leader, deep into impenetrable Amazonian rainforest. However, as the jungle separates the inexperienced team, before long, Yossi will find himself stranded in the depths of a nightmarish environment crawling with adversaries. 115 minutes.
Wednesday, November 28. Finding Your Feet. UK, 2018, directed by Richard Loncraine.
When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her
best friend she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited
sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag
her along to a community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet and romance as
she meets her sister’s friends. 60 minutes; 110 minutes.
The Exception. UK, 2016, directed by David Leveaux. A German soldier tries
to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm
(Christopher Plummer) in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch
woman during his investigation. 110 minutes.
Divine Order. Switzerland, 2017, directed by Petra Biondina Volpe. An uplifting, empowering and crowd-pleasing drama set in Switzerland in the early 1970s, about a seemingly unremarkable housewife from a quaint village who must learn to become an unflinching suffragette leader. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2017 Tribeca International Film Festival. In German with English subtitles; 96 minutes:
Get Out. USA, 2017, directed by Jordan Peele. Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous
attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. 104 Minutes.
RESCHEDULED DUE TO COUNTY CLOSING FACILITIES DUE TO STORM MICHAEL Death of Stalin. USA, 2017, directed by Armando Iannucci. Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev, and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria. But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? 107 minutes. CALENDAR WILL BE ADJUSTED ONCE WE HAVE A NEW DATE.
Wednesday, September 26. Sweet Bean. Japan, 2015, directed by Naomi Kawase. Sweet Bean is about a delicious red bean paste, the heart of the pancakes that Sentaro sells from his bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady’s ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. In Japanese with English subtitles. 113 minutes.
Rebel in the Rye. USA, 2017, directed by Danny Strong. This engaging biopic profiles the brilliant but reclusive novelist J.D. Salinger, from his early years as he resolves to become a writer through the scarring World War II experiences that led him to pen his masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye. 106 minutes.