Schedule of films:
June 4: "Lion" If you see no other film this year, see this one. A five year old boy living in India's poverty gets lost far from home and spends his whole young adult life trying to find his family. A true story, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Picture, 2016.
June 11: "Sully" Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart reenact the true story of Captain "Sully" Sullenberger's miraculous 2009 landing of his disabled commercial airplane into the Hudson River. His judgment is then officially questioned as he begins to question himself. Rated PG-13.
June 18: "Collateral Beauty" Called, "a modern fable," this film tells the story of a successful New York ad executive who suffers the loss of his young son. Unable to cope with his grief, he retreats from life. His friends devise a plan to reach him. An all-star cast led by Will Smith. Rated PG-13.
June 25: "Hidden Figures" This film made me hate America and love America all in the same breath. Brilliant black women are employed by NASA as human "computers," and their work is pivotal in John Glenn's famous space flight around the earth. The true story is told about the three women who finally and proudly claim their place in the annals of American History. Rated PG. Nominated for Best Picture, 2016. Stars Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner.
July 2: "The King's Speech" Colin Firth's command performance as England's King George VI. Amidst family scandal and impending world war, he must overcome a lifelong, debilitating speech impediment to lead his nation. Geoffrey Rush brings home an equally powerful performance as the King's speech therapist and Helena Bonham Carter matches the brilliance of her male co-stars in her role as the King's wife. Rated R.
July 9: "The Queen of Katwe" Living in the slums of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, 10-year old Phiona finds her way out of poverty in the gentle urging of a missionary who teaches children how to play chess (David Oyelowo). This is a marvelous true story told with grace and pride. Rated PG.
July 16: "The 33" The true story of 33 miners in South America trapped in a gold and minerals mine for 69 days. Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Gabriel Byrne, and James Brolin. PG-13.
July 23: "Temple Grandin" Claire Danes brings to screen life the true story of Temple Grandin, an extraordinary woman with autism who overcomes many challenges and prejudices to find purpose and acceptance. PG.
July 30: "The Last Word" Love her or hate her, Shirley MacLaine is one of the consummate actors of our lives. In this film she plays an aging, crusty woman who hires Anne (Amanda Seyfried) to write her life story--while she lives. She wants to approve what is said about her, but is disappointed by how others see her. She sets about to reshape the way she'll be remembered, draggin Anne along for the ride. Together they find a meaning to their lives that they never thought was possible. Rated R.