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On The Whole: On Hell or High Water & Film-Writing in General

This week I had a chance to see Hell or High Water, a film that has gotten tremendous reviews, though I don’t normally have much time for westerns, neo-westerns, or post-westerns. But I could certainly see where these rapturous reviewers were coming from, even if I had a difficult time putting my finger on what made this relatively conventional heist tale so gratifying.

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Now Playing / Closing November 17
This politically-charged drama reveals the story of American Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee  who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press. Snowden became the most wanted man in the world — considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby

Closing November 3
Bridget (Renee Zellweger), single again, after parting ways with Mr Darcy (Colin Firth), is content to focus her time and energy on her career. Little does she know that her world will be turned upside-down after a chance meeting with a dashing American (Patrick Dempsey). One thing leads to another, including the return of Mr Darcy, and Bridget finds herself pregnant with one of these suitors’ child. 

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Hit And Miss

My entire life I have tried to avoid hosting events because of the sympathy established between organizers and attendees. Feeling immediate feedback on how something is going—are they enjoying this?—is borderline intolerable. I got together with some friends last weekend to watch one of my favourite films on the big screen, Sans Soleil, and it was excruciating to sit in a theatre with a gaggle of uncomfortable people for two hours. To be fair, it is mystifying piece of work…

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The Dressmaker

Closing December 15
In early 1950s Australia, after working for many years as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. 

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Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil

Now Playing / Closing October 20
Whether you know it or not, Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch’s wildly bizarre imaginings of hell are permanently etched upon your psyche. Pieter van Huystee records the meticulous work of archivists to definitively attribute the work to the artist as well as the snarky jousting by Dutch and Spanish curators over granting access to the masterpieces.
Various languages with English subtitles.

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The Light Between Oceans

Closing November 3
On a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, a lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a two-month-old infant.  When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice are devastating.

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Last Cab To Darwin

Encore! November 20
When an Australian cab driver is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he decides to drive his cab across the country to Darwin, where euthanasia is legal. Along the way, he meets new friends, experiences new adventures, and begins to reevaluate his once-expired lease on life.

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War Dogs

Closing Thursday October 6
Based on real events, this is the story of two young men, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (John Hill), who connived their way to winning a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

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Accounting For Taste

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, which roughly means that day and night are roughly equal in length. It also marks the beginning of Fall, or, as we like to say around The Screening Room, the absolute best time for movies. This period stretches from about now until the beginning of March, and it is generally the opposite of bloated blockbuster season…

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Keeping It Real

My phone has been a total wreck for the past nine months, and yesterday it gave up the ghost for good. Talk about disorienting. Strangely enough, I have been thinking about being without a phone for a week as a virtual vacation of sorts. And here I am, not even a Millennial, feeling awfully disconnected from the things. Unconscionable!