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August 2
About Time   2 hours 4 minutes

(R—language, some sexual content) Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 69 Audience 81

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Repeat showing because this romantic comedy has a funny, clever scene at a nightclub when the couple first meet and likeable actors.

Director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral). Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams.

Christopher Rosen, The Huffington Post: “Definitely one to watch over and over again.”

Pete Hammond, Movieline: “Sweet, sentimental, funny and totally charming.”


August 9
Paddington 2   1 hour 44 minutes

(PG—some action, mild rude humor) Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 100 Audience 88

The first Paddington film was surprisingly good with the late, great Alan Rickman as the father in the Brown family. This film has another fine cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw.

Note that Domhnall Gleeson and his father Brendan are in the first two films of August.

Forbes: “An absolute delight.”

Jim Ferguson, ABC: “A wonderful family classic with humor and heart.”


August 16
The Party       1 hour 11 minutes

(R—language, drug use) Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 81 Audience 61

In Sally Potter’s new comedy, the party celebrates a woman’s political ascension. Her husband and friends gather; then announcements, provocations, and revelations unravel the sophisticated soiree. A night that began with champagne may not end well. Again, the cast is the attraction: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Bruno Ganz

Daily Mail: “Deliciously wicked fun.”

Screen Daily: “A crisp and energetic comedy.”


August 23
My Life As A Zucchini 1 hour 8 minutes

(PG-13—thematic elements, suggestive material) Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 98 Audience 88

Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film.

After befriending a kind police officer, nine-year-old Zucchini is taken to a foster home filled with other ophans his age. Though he struggles to find his place at first, with the help of his new friends, he learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own.

With the voices of Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: “Magical! Went straight to my heart!”

Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine: “Captivating and vibrant!”

Boyd Van Hoeu, The Hollywood Reporter: “Nothing short of a miracle!”

We’ll have time to start with the accompanying short film: The Genie in a Tin of Ravioli

 


August 30

No Film: Labor Day Weekend