OUR NEXT PRESENTATION - NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE & TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

January 21 at 4:00 p.m. at Barns of Rose Hill
January 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Maudie

February 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Barns of Rose Hill
February 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Frantz

March 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Barns of Rose Hill
March 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

DON’T THINK TWICE

April 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Barns of Rose Hill
April 29 at 4:30 p.m. at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

In a “delightful, semi-screwball comedy” (Washington Post), Richard Gere plays an aging New York fixer, always looking for the next deal, who becomes involved with Israeli politicians and, by extension, with Middle East politics.  Written/Directed by Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar and also starring Steve Buscemi and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Rated R (language); 117 minutes.

 

Sallie Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in this touching Canadian-Irish biopic of the Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis – often known as “the Canadian Grandma Moses.”  Hawkins has been particularly praised for her portrayal of the quirky, chain-smoking, severely arthritic title character, while Hawke plays against type as her boorish, fish-peddler husband.

What shines through is the beauty of the cinematography…and a remarkable performance by Hawkins, whose impossibly wide smile seems to bring the sun” (Seattle Times) Rated PG-13; 115 minutes.

Set just after WWI, this French-German production vividly depicts the aftermath of war, its effects on the families and loved ones who survive, and the strains between nationalism and human emotions.  The fiancé of a lost German soldier discovers that a young Frenchman is leaving flowers on the grave of her betrothed.   Surprises follow as do the challenges of loss and reconciliation.

A fine bilingual cast, haunting period detail and a provocative approach to a twisting story carries the day” (Globe & Mail).  In French & German w/English s/t.  Rated PG-13; 113 minutes.

 

The writer-director Mike Birbiglia (“Sleepwalk With Me”) returns to the standup comedy world with this bittersweet look at work and careers in today’s improv clubs.  A member of an NYC troupe gets cast on a hit TV show – great for him, but leaving his best friends behind.

Rated R; 92 minutes.

“A hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people” (Rotten Tomatoes.com)

Classic Movie Musical Series

This new, quarterly film series honoring the great American movie musicals of the mid-20th century takes place at Handley Regional Library Auditorium (100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester)

All Performances Free & Open to the Public

ON THE TOWN (1949)

Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m.

THE BANDWAGON (1953)

Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m.

A wonderful late ’40s musical starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Vera Ellen and Ann Miller with music by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Leonard Bernstein.  Three sailors go “on the town” in Manhattan,  looking for both the NYC sights and its girls.

What results is pure entertainment — a series of unforgettable song & dance numbers that did much to establish the dominant position that musicals occupied during these post-WWII days.

“The Bandwagon” is a quintessential Fred Astaire vehicle, which he shares with the luminous Cyd Charise, the British cabaret comedian, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli, written by Comden & Green with a long list of favorite songs penned by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz.

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