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  • The Seagull

    4:00pm

    The Seagull
    • Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening
    • Director: Michael Mayer
    • Genre(s): Drama
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Running Time: 98 min.
    "An enticing, amusing and passionate showcase for its top-drawer cast led by a once-again superb Annette Bening. "
    - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
    "You can feel the heat, temperature and otherwise, in Michael Mayer’s sultry screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic 1896 play. "
    - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
    "It captures the true sense of humanism at the very soul of the story, which reflects both the lightness and the true darkness of life. "
    - Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
    "Bening and Stoll, in particular, find all the wit, vanity, vulnerability and casual cruelty there is to be found here. "
    - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
    "The Seagull, true to its author, turns life into art that’s bold enough to ask, ‘How shall we live?’ and brave enough to answer, ‘With great difficulty.’ "
    - Ella Taylor, NPR
    "The true magic of the film lies in its performances. Bening is the best she’s ever been as the vain, aging stage actress, with a perfectly naïve Ronan as Nina just discovering her sexual power. "
    - Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly
    "The Seagull is both laugh out loud hilarious and tragically sad, sometimes in the same scene "
    - Brandon Katz, New York Observer
    "The best reason to check out the film is for Saoirse Ronan’s tender, wrenching performance as the lovelorn Nina, and, especially, for Annette Bening’s fantastic turn as Irina… "
    - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
    "Although the action, set in the early 1900s, unfolds almost entirely in and around a Russian lakeside estate, the film rarely feels static or stagy, with enough brisk editing, active camerawork and intimate framing to make for satisfying cinema. "
    - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties

    6:00pm

    How to Talk to Girls at Parties
    • Starring: Alex Sharp, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman
    • Director: John Cameron Mitchell
    • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance, Music
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 102 min.
    "Rubbing blue-collar grit and grime against sterile futurism and free-love hippie nostalgia, Mr. Mitchell shows…his talent for imbuing outré sex with a joyful, youthful innocence. "
    - Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
    "A refreshing tonic against blockbusteritis. "
    - Chris Klimek, NPR
    "How to Talk to Girls at Parties is primarily a vessel for the attitude coursing through all of Mitchell’s work: Even the most outrageous behavior comes from a real place. "
    - Eric Kohn, indieWire
    "This outer space oddity is destined for the cult-classic section of some future camp horror and sci-fi B-movie aisle. "
    - Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
    "Mitchell transforms Neil Gaiman’s sci-fi short story into a vibrant, edgy and at times outright goofy statement on tough antiestablishment rebels and freewheeling hippy vibes, suggesting that they’re not really all that that different. "
    - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
  • First Reformed

    4:30pm, 8:15pm

    First Reformed
    • Starring: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer
    • Director: Paul Schrader
    • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 108 min.
    "Provocative and mesmerizing, ‘First Reformed’ is a film that demands to be seen. "
    - Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    "‘First Reformed,’ a mesmerizingly austere drama of one man’s apocalyptic crisis of faith, feels like the movie Paul Schrader was put on this planet to make. "
    - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    "Hawke’s performance is his most mature to date, a masterpiece of a man who cannot work himself out and yet is compelled to try. "
    - John Bleasdale, CineVue
    "A ‘Taxi Driver’ for the present day, with Hawke in a career-best performance. "
    - Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    "An act of spiritual inquiry, a coolly assured example of cinematic scholarship in subtly deployed motion and one of the strongest pictures of 2018. "
    - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
    "First Reformed is a stunner, a spiritually probing work of art with the soul of a thriller, realized with a level of formal control and fierce moral anger that we seldom see in American movies. "
    - Justin Chang, NPR
    "A direct expression from the soul onto celluloid, unvarnished and uncompromised, and Schrader’s best film in years. "
    - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    "An embittered look at our world through the eyes of someone who’s increasingly horrified to be a part of it, and a film that’s one of the most searing experiences of the year. "
    - David Sims, The Atlantic
    "Paul Schrader offers one of the year’s best movies-a faith-in-crisis powerhouse about a pastor -Ethan Hawke hitting a new career peak-who is politically awakened by an eco-activist and a new kind of love. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "This is a movie about faith tested, and people trying to reconcile hope with a world that can feel hopeless. It’s a film to be seen in a dark theater with an audience hushed in reverence of the power of cinema. "
    - Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
    "Full of conviction, First Reformed feels like a lifetime of preoccupations and traumas distilled beautifully, accompanied with a haunting sparseness creating a profound deliverance. "
    - Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
    "After more than 20 features, Paul Schrader has been reborn with First Reformed, an unhurried, furious, deeply agonized look at faith and skepticism that’s as reverent as it is blasphemous. "
    - Greg Cwik, Slant Magazine
    "The film itself, shot in Academy ratio in the dead of winter, is quieter and more sensitive than anything else Schrader has directed, with Ethan Hawke giving one of his finest and most moving performances in the lead role. "
    - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
  • Pope Francis - A Man of His Word

    2:30pm

    Pope Francis - A Man of His Word
    • Starring: Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, John Kerry, Melania Trump, Pope Francis, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Shimon Peres, Vladimir Putin, Wim Wenders
    • Director: Wim Wenders
    • Genre(s): Documentary
    • Rating: PG
    • Running Time: 96 min.
    "The director is clearly an admirer of Francis (both the saint and the pope), and was able to conduct extensive and exclusive interviews with the pontiff. "
    - Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
    "Whether he’s washing the feet of prisoners in America, visiting sick children in Africa, or praying with hurricane victims in Asia, Pope Francis doesn’t merely preach empathy, responsibility, and accountability, he lives it. "
    - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
    "A Man of His Word…is not a lecture. It conveys the pope’s concerns, certainly, but it also conveys his charm — his gentle, personal manner, his sense of humor (he quotes from the St. Thomas More joke book), his ‘charisma.’ "
    - Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily New
    "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word is an essay in radical humility capable of moving a viewer regardless of his or her religious persuasions, or lack thereof. "
    - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    "While the film is best for fans of the cloth, non-Catholics, too, will gain insight into one of the most prominent leaders in the world. "
    - Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
    "‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ offers audiences a thoroughly engrossing portrait of one of the most beloved and galvanizing figures of the 21st century… "
    - Ann Hornada, Washington Post
    "So much of our public discourse now is about making ourselves sound bigger and better than we are, while belittling others who think differently. Here is one of the most powerful people in the world going in the opposite direction. "
    - Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
    "One of Pope Francis’ closing messages rings out, undiluted by a muddled conclusion: ‘We have so much to do, and we must do it together.’ "
    - Kate Erbland, indieWire
    "It’s difficult not to be charmed by Francis’ plainspoken demeanor, and his ability to retain the folksy conversational style of a simple parish priest even when speaking from the impossibly elevated confines of the Holy See. "
    - Andrew Barker, Variety
    "It is a pleasure to watch the present-day Francis interact with people all over the world and articulate his hopes for improving the lot of the poor. "
    - Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
  • RBG

    2:00pm, 9:00pm

    RBG
    • Starring: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg,
    • Director: Betsy West and Julie Cohen
    • Genre(s): Documentary
    • Rating: PG
    • Running Time: 97 min.
    "The movie’s touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion. "
    - A.O. Scott, New York Times
    "Intimate without being obtrusive, RBG doesn’t exactly demystify the Supreme Court so much as it brings us closer to one of its greats. "
    - John Fink, The Film Stage
    "Ginsburg’s life — and its many lessons, both learned and taught — come to entertaining and energetic life. It’s a fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing documentary that makes one heck of a play to remind people of Ginsburg’s vitality and importance, now more than ever. "
    - Kate Erbland, Indiewire
    "A chronology of Ginsberg’s subsequent victories shows how patiently and shrewdly she worked to establish the existence and pernicious effects of sex discrimination. "
    - J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
    "With the #MeToo movement occupying our culture, it’s easy to say that this is the perfect time for a detailed, thorough film on Ginsburg. But frankly, anytime would have been a good time. "
    - Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
    "Ostensibly a documentary about 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but it feels more like a love letter. "
    - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
    "Stands as a film that informs, and sometimes even delights with its portrait of one of the more remarkable lawyers, judges, and feminist icons of our time. "
    - Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
    "This woman is a force, and the great service this clear-eyed and admiring documentary provides is to emphasize not just Ginsburg’s work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "A proficient but prosaic overview of Ginsburg’s (exceptional) life and (world-improving) accomplishments. If you know enough to be impressed, you’ve probably heard at least a few of the oft-told statistics and anecdotes that burnish the RBG myth here. "
    - Inkoo Kang, TheWrap

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Crooklyn (1994)

starts June 22

Staff Picks Series Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. June’s pick was made by Tom Hembree.
After the stress and success of Malcolm X the year before - Spike took it down a notch and teamed up with his sister, Joie Lee (who plays Aunt Maxine in the film), to write the screenplay for Crooklyn, loosely based on their childhood in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Some call it Spike’s “quietest” film - but it’s still full of the complexities of growing up and raising a family, in any neighborhood. Touching on issues of class, artistic integrity, the compromise and sacrifice that comes with adulthood, and the bittersweet nature of growing up - all with a perfect soundtrack.
Free for Members

Summary: Make yourself at home with the Carmichael family as they experience one very special summer in their Brooklyn neighborhood that they’ve affectionately nicknamed “Crooklyn”. A loving, but fiercely independent mother along with her musician husband (Delroy Lindo) struggles to raise her family in difficult but often wonderful circumstances. (Universal Studios)

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American Animals

starts June 22

Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. They head off to colleges in the same town, haunted by the fear they may never be special in any way. Spencer is given a tour of his school’s incredibly valuable rare book collection and describes it all to Warren. Suddenly, it hits them—they could pull off one of the most audacious art thefts in recent history, from the university’s special collections library. Convinced they can get away with it, they recruit two other friends. Suddenly, the dance of knowing what happens if they cross the line becomes all-consuming. [Sundance]

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Moxie Mornings

starts June 23

Moxie Mornings: Spring

These hour-long kid-friendly events feature innovative short films and hands-on art-making for children ages 2-6. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Spring 2018

Sat. June 23 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. July 14 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. July 28 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. August 11 @ 10 a.m.

Sat. August 25 @ 10 a.m.

Special thanks to the Missouri Arts Council for their support of this program. Support also comes from Mama Jean’s, Discovery Garden Montessori, Bambino’s, Greater Springfield Kids Directory and The Springfield Art Museum.

For information on how to sponsor a Moxie Kids event or to sign up for our Moxie Kids newsletter, email info@moxiecinema.com.

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Western (In Translation Series)

starts June 23

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Western follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but tensions mount when, Meinhard, the strong, silent and newcomer to the group, starts mixing with the local villagers. The two sides speak different languages and share a troubled history. Can they learn to trust each other — or is the stage being set for a showdown?

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Tatterdemalion (Local Film)

starts June 27

Local films are $5. Seating is first come first serve.
A dramatic thriller about a young, female army veteran suffering from PTSD who returns home to the Ozarks to look for her estranged brother and finds an abandoned young boy in the woods. As she searches for answers about who the child is, she discovers a mysterious world of folklore, clan rules and lies, ultimately putting her own life in jeopardy to protect the young boy and find out the truth.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

starts June 29

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

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The Royal Tenenbaums @ Mother's Brewery

starts June 29

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Summary: Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston), had three children—Chas, Margot, and Richie—and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. [Touchstone Pictures]

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Revenge

starts June 29

Jen (Matilda Lutz) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly––and viciously––intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge.

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Member Picks: The Way Way Back (2013)

starts July 11

Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.

Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.

July’s pick was made by moxie member Sarah Jenkins.

Free for members

Synopsis: Over the course of a summer, 14-year-old Duncan comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with a carefree employee at the local water park where he gets a job.

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2018 Sundance Shorts

starts July 13

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2018 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in.

Maude
U.S.A, 10 minutes. Written and directed by Anna Margaret Hollyman.
Teeny thought it was just another routine babysitting job – until she’s shocked to meet the client. As the day goes on, Teeny decides to become the woman she had no idea she always wanted to be…until she gets caught.

Baby Brother
U.S.A., 14 minutes. Written and directed by Kamau Bilal.
The director’s baby brother moves back in with his parents.

The Burden
Sweden, 14 minutes. Written and directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr.
A dark musical enacted in a modern shopping center, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.

Hair Wolf
U.S.A., 12 minutes. Written and directed by Mariama Diallo.
In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

JEOM
U.S.A., South Korea, 4 minutes. Written and directed by Kangmin Kim. A father and a son both have the same big birthmark on their butt. Believing that the two birthmarks are connected, the son scrubs his father’s birthmark to remove it – but he just can’t get rid of it.

Fauve
Canada, 16 minutes. Written and directed by Jérémy Comte.
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Matria
Spain, 21 minutes. Written and directed by Álvaro Gago.
Faced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter.

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Porco Rosso (1992)

starts July 20

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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Three Identical Strangers

starts July 20

Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret - a secret with radical repercussions for us all.

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Leaning Into the Wind

starts July 21

Leaning into the Wind is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Thomas Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world. [Magnolia Pictures]

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On Stage: The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake

starts July 24

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students.

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934.
This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

starts July 27

Staff Picks Series Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. July’s pick was made by Shay Rainey. “I wanted to screen this for the Moxie crowd because I think it’s one of the best and least well known movies to come out on the cusp of the 70s cinema revolution, and it’s definitely something for film lovers. Other films like The Last Picture Show, The Godfather, and Deer Hunter are great examples of American stories being told during the same period that have all the idealism of the 50s juxtaposed with the contemporary reality of war and greed. They Shoot Horses is tough, brilliantly shot, and hosts iconic performances from an ensemble cast. It runs the gamut of emotions, making it a true cinematic treasure. In college I had a class with Dr. Pat Elliot that introduced me to seventies film. Her instruction had a profound influence on me. I’ve been in love with the decade ever since. She had a bold intensity and an immeasurable knowledge of film that helped shape her students. This screening is dedicated to her.”

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Summary: A total of nine Academy Award nominations went to this wildly acclaimed, allegorical drama set amongst the contestants in a marathon dance contest during the Great Depression. Gig Young stars as Rocky, the obnoxious emcee for a dance marathon that offers prize money of $1,500, a small fortune during hard economic times that brings out the worst in several participants. Among them are Gloria Beatty (Jane Fonda), a malcontent who’s partnered with a drifter, Robert Syverton (Michael Sarrazin); a pregnant farm girl (Bonnie Bedelia) and her husband (Bruce Dern); a sailor (Red Buttons); and an aspiring actress (Susannah York). As the marathon winds into a staggering second month, suspicion, doubt and insecurity rages among the competitors and even the decaying and increasingly manipulative Rocky, leading to a shocking crime.

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The Essentials: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

starts August 5

The Essentials: Musicals
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: Sally Benson’s short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters, who hoped to find a throughline to connect the anecdotal tales. After several false starts (one of which proposed that the eldest Smith daughter be kidnapped and held for ransom), the result was the charming valentine-card musical Meet Me in St. Louis. The plot hinges on the possibility that Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames), the family’s banker father, might uproot the Smiths to New York, scuttling his daughter Esther (Judy Garland)’s romance with boy-next-door John Truett (Tom Drake) and causing similar emotional trauma for the rest of the household. In a cast that includes Mary Astor as Ames’ wife, Lucille Bremer as another Ames daughter, and Marjorie Main as the housekeeper, the most fascinating character is played by 6-year-old Margaret O’Brien. As kid sister Tootie, O’Brien seems morbidly obsessed with death and murder, burying her dolls, “killing” a neighbor at Halloween (she throws flour in the flustered man’s face on a dare), and maniacally bludgeoning her snowmen when Papa announces his plans to move to New York. Margaret O’Brien won a special Oscar for her remarkable performance, prompting Lionel Barrymore to grumble “Two hundred years ago, she would have been burned at the stake!” The songs are a heady combination of period tunes and newly minted numbers by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, the best of which are The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. As a bonus, Meet Me in St. Louis is lensed in rich Technicolor, shown to best advantage in the climactic scenes at the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Series Lineup:

Aug 5 & 6: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Aug. 12 & 13: My Fair Lady (1964) Aug. 19 & 20: The Umbrella of Cherbourg (1964) Aug. 26 & 27: Cabaret (1972) Sept. 2 & 3: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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My Fair Lady (1964)

starts August 12

The Essentials: Musicals
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

Series Lineup:
Aug 5 & 6: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Aug. 12 & 13: My Fair Lady (1964)
Aug. 19 & 20: The Umbrella of Cherbourg (1964)
Aug. 26 & 27: Cabaret (1972)
Sept. 2 & 3: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Bringing Up Baby (1938)

starts August 17

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Summary:A madcap heiress upsets the staid existence of a straitlaced scientist. [TCM.com]

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

starts August 19

The Essentials: Musicals
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary:
A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through lilting songs by the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

Series Lineup:
Aug 5 & 6: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Aug. 12 & 13: My Fair Lady (1964)
Aug. 19 & 20: The Umbrella of Cherbourg (1964)
Aug. 26 & 27: Cabaret (1972)
Sept. 2 & 3: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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The Thin Blue Line (1988)

starts August 24

Staff Picks Series
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
August’s pick was made by Catie Bankston.

Free for Members

Summary: Among the most important documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris, erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime. Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Philip Glass, Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers. The Thin Blue Line effected real-world change, proving film’s power beyond the shadow of a doubt.

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Cabaret (1972)

starts August 26

The Essentials: Musicals

This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Cabaret (1972) is director/choreographer Bob Fosse’s defining, decadent, award-winning musical which popularized the phrase: “Life is a Cabaret.” It was only Fosse’s second film, but won numerous accolades (and was a financial and artistic hit), and has been viewed in retrospect as the only truly great musical of the 1970s.

The boundary-pushing film, with themes of corruption, sexual ambiguity and false dreams, was adapted from the grim 1966 Tony-winning Broadway stage production, which was in turn inspired by gay author Christopher Isherwood’s 1945 Berlin Stories (including 1939’s short story Goodbye to Berlin) and John Van Druten’s 1951 play and movie I Am a Camera (1955, UK).

Series Lineup:
Aug 5 & 6: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Aug. 12 & 13: My Fair Lady (1964)
Aug. 19 & 20: The Umbrella of Cherbourg (1964)
Aug. 26 & 27: Cabaret (1972)
Sept. 2 & 3: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

starts September 2

The Essentials: Musicals

This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: From the dark, gothic imagination of director Tim Burton comes Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a bloody tale of music, murder, melodrama, meat pies, and one man’s desperate desire for revenge. (Paramount Pictures)

Series Lineup:
Aug 5 & 6: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Aug. 12 & 13: My Fair Lady (1964)
Aug. 19 & 20: The Umbrella of Cherbourg (1964)
Aug. 26 & 27: Cabaret (1972)
Sept. 2 & 3: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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West Side Story (1961)

starts September 21

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Summary: This romantic musical update of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines has captivated audiences for four decades. The Stephen Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein score is just one of the reasons.

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

starts September 21

Little Miss Sunshine is an American family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

starts October 26

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: You’re in for thrills as Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) confronts snakes, Nazis and one astonishing cliffhanger after another — all topped off by the discovery and opening of the mystical Ark of the Covenant. [Paramount Pictures] A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

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Staff Picks Series

Friday, Jun 22 5:00 am

Staff Picks Series Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.

Crooklyn (1994) - June 22nd & 23rd
June’s pick was made by Tom Hembree

They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (1969) - July 27th & 28th:
July’s pick was made by Shay Rainey

The Thin Blue Line (1988) - Aug 24th & 25th
August’s pick was made by Mike Stevens

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - Sept. 21st & 22nd
September’s pick was made by Lindsey Hansen

Showtimes are TBD This series is Free for Members

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