North County Film Club and AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13 present another series of fine films for summer-fall 2017.
“The Salesman” won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. While a husband and both participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman,” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife’s traumatized objections.
Dorottya is a young Hungarian actress with a burning desire: to make it on the English stage. Legendary actor Sir Michael Gifford suffers from an incurable disease, and has one desire: be left alone. When Dorottya becomes his carer they both hope their wish will be fulfilled. Good luck on that.
20th was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2017 Academy Awards. Love, life, and the struggles of a mother bringing up a son in the early 70's. The ignorance of a free spirit against the needs of a young man trying to find his true character and beliefs.
Nominated for a 2017 Golden Globe for best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. One day, he sees her - tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, blue eyes - an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of the gate of his school indolently observing people passing by. Who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? Easy. He would form a band. With every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows.
Frank vs. God is a warm, heartfelt very funny film, Frank thinks he’s lost everything. Unable to move past the grief of losing his wife, this former lawyer has all but given up. That is, until a tornado not only destroys his house, but takes from him the last real connection to the world, his beloved dog Brutus. When the insurance company deems the loss an “act of God,” David is desperate, and is convinced someone has to pay. He decides to serve God — with a lawsuit. David’s provocative and clever legal antics turn the courtroom into a riveting spectacle as he cross-examines representatives of the world’s religions. But when he meets his match — charming and intelligent defense lawyer Rachel — sparks fly and his assumptions are challenged. David’s act of desperation just might be his salvation.
While we may cringe as we watch a woman have to run to a half mile just to use a restroom, or to hear a supervisor instruct one of the sharpest minds on the campus “They’ve never had a colored in here before, Katherine, don’t embarrass me”, we also get to see one woman take on the system to become an engineer and another to lead a team of colleagues as they figure out a bulging computer system none of the white guys can master. And yes, there’s a love story, there are children to raise and some lovely moments where suspicious characters get woke. Two of my favorite of those involves John Glenn who, here, not only takes time on a receiving line to stop and meet the black women ignored by others, but who also insists on having the great mathematician Katherine Johnson check the numbers before he enters his space capsule.
The rams in question belong to elderly Icelandic sheep farmers Gummi and Kiddi who, despite being neighbors in a remote valley, have not spoken to one another in 40 years. But when their flocks are threatened by disease, the estranged siblings
Must co-operate in defying the authorities. Deadpan Scandi-humor runs through the carefully crafted tale.
NO MANCHES FRIDA is the story of Zequi, a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail. They return to the site only to find that Frida Kahlo High has built a gymnasium over the loot. To get the money, he poses as a substitute teacher for a school that can't seem to keep any teachers around. Zequi comes in ready to lay down the law- but he quickly finds out that life on the inside may have been easier to deal with than a school full of wild and rebellious teenagers.
Captain Fantastic, then, is a story about culture shock - and the shock waves that threaten to break up a close-knit, loving clan. Mortensen is just about perfect here.
One minute he's exclaiming "Stick it to the man!" - delighting his kids as they outsmart cops and supermarket managers. The next, he's strumming a guitar in a campfire jam. Or facing off against his angry, affluent father-in-law. Or stopping to consider that his strident child-rearing philosophy might have been a mistake.
But if this is Mortensen's movie, he shares it with an amazingly adept group of young actors. From McKay (conveying a keen intellect and an aching shyness) on down to the tiny Shotwell, Ross' ensemble of pip-squeaks, preteens, and adolescents works in sync, and in competition with each other, just like real siblings. How Ross cast this gang, and how he got these very different kids to coalesce, well, it's a feat.
It is a very slow paced thriller drama directed by Kelly Reichardt and written by Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond. Interestingly directed, it had lots of substance which gets even better with the stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat, and James LeGros. Another of the films shown in the main competition section of the 70th Venice International Film Festival and at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival which definitely needs a special attention! The story of three radical environmentalists - Josh, Dena, and Harmon, who are teaming up to execute the most spectacular direct action event of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam, was more story based and the actors were wisely chosen to make that story more effective.
Love and Friendship is a wonderfully crafted story that will charm Austen fans with its wit and sparkling wordplay. The script is a marvel with pleasantries and barbs doled out in equal measure. The individuals Jane encounters are sophisticated, educated and polite, but overly mannered to the point of being finicky, almost uptight,
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes.
A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union.
Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them
The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild (died 1989), a former gifted pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in a promenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.
Lily Tomlin is Elle Reid. Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.(C) Sony Classics
89 min. | Trailer
Comedy, Drama | 2015 (USA) | Source: IMDb
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mine Workers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. (C) CBS
119 min. | Trailer
Biography, Comedy | 2014 (UK) | Source: IMDb
A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to introduce her to their recently divorced friend Ahmad, now living in Germany. The next morning, the two women go shopping in the town and Elly says that she has to return to Tehran because her mother has been recently submitted to hospital for heart surgery, but Sepideh asks her to stay and hides her luggage. The children are playing in the sea and one mother asks Elly to watch them. Out of the blue, Sepideh's daughter calls to some men playing volleyball to rescue one of the children from the water. After rescuing the little boy they seek out Elly, questioning whether she has drowned or returned to Tehran. What has happened to Elly?
119 min. | Trailer
Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 2009 - released 2015 (Iran) | Source: IMDb
When a burned-out, brilliant professor - one who believes in lessons from life rather than textbooks - takes a job at a small college, everyone there is abuzz. He becomes involved with a teacher as well as a precocious student, but it takes a dramatic, existential act to turn his life around and make him see the world through a much rosier and more positive perspective..
95 min. | Trailer
Drama, Mystery | 2015 (USA) | Source: IMDb
An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) in Paris to finalize their divorce, which is soon com130 min. | Trailer
Drama, Mystery | 2013 (France) | Source: IMDbplicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage. ~ Jason Buchanan,
130 min. | Trailer
Drama, Romance | 2013 (USA) | Source: IMDb
Maya Forbes autobiographically inflected Infinitely Polar Bear stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana). When Maggie decides to go to business school in New York, they decide that he will move back in and take care of the day-to-day care for the kids.
90 min. | Trailer
Comedy, Drama | 2015 (USA) | Source: IMDb