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  • Colette

    6:30pm

    Colette
    • Starring: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West
    • Director: Wash Westmoreland
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 111 min.
    "The best and most lavishly appointed, gorgeously photographed period movie in years. "
    - Rex Reed, Observer
    "Knightley gives one of her best performances as a girl with spirit and talent who becomes a woman with ferocity and a voice. "
    - Nell Minow, RogerEbert.com
    "Knightley shines in period films (Anna Karenina, Pride & Prejudice) and here inflects Colette with a boldness and forthrightness that create a bridge between Belle Epoque Paris and today’s zeitgeist. "
    - Erica Abeel, Film Journal International
    "This is the firebrand Colette that Knightley plays with every fiber of her being. She’s something to see. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "The script, co-written by director Wash Westmoreland; his late husband, Richard Glatzer; and Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Disobedience), is fun, delightfully sharp, and at times surprisingly tender. "
    - Alex Barasch, Slate
    "Westmoreland means to celebrate Colette the literary titan and bisexual pioneer, and to dissolve your initial outrage at her mistreatment in a warm bath of feel-good satisfaction. But he also wants to paint a lively, credible portrait of a genuinely complicated marital arrangement and to show how one woman’s genius could flourish even amid so much oppression and compromise. "
    - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
    "Colette is an origin story, a tale of metamorphosis rather than of already formed greatness. What interests Mr. Westmoreland is how a self-described country girl became a woman of the world, a transformation that in its deeper, more intimately mysterious registers remains out of reach of this movie and of the hard-working Ms. Knightley. "
    - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • Beautiful Boy

    6:00pm, 8:30pm

    Beautiful Boy
    • Starring: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney
    • Director: Felix Van Groeningen
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 120 min.
    "Strong, committed performances and the upsetting ring of reality anchor a highly-personal film which cycles through addiction, relapse and rehab in an episodic way, each high as inevitable as the low which follows. "
    - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
    "Beautiful Boy, made by the Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), from a script by Luke Davies, is scrupulous and tenderly wounding — a drama that seizes and holds you. "
    - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
    "Chalamet, a heartthrob unafraid to tackle unglamorous material, so embodies the tragic struggles of a drug-addled young man it’s a wonder he made it through the production, while Carell’s melancholic eyes absorb every detail. It’s a haunting two-hander that allows their talent to tower over everything else. "
    - Eric Kohn, indieWire
    "It’s a tough, achingly tender film that refuses to trade in false hopes or cheap sentiment. That truth is what makes Beautiful Boy hard to take and impossible to forget. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "The imperfect yet affecting new film Beautiful Boy, based on memoirs by the real-life Nic and David, examines addiction and its effects on one family. But it’s also a meditation on memory and the difficulty of reconciling the happiness of the past with a present that’s become too sad to bear. "
    - Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
    "The split point of view, coupled with a wealth of ripped-from-experience details, is a welcome approach to a subject so frequently explored that you’re lucky to get a drop of fresh insight out of it. "
    - A.A. Dowd, AV Club
    "[It’s] beautifully shot, and acted, with compelling and affecting music cues from Neil Young to Radiohead. "
    - Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
    "Chalamet’s charismatic, maddening Nic is spectacular, and the film’s stubbornly unresolved view of loving an addict - its perception of the experience as a grueling, endless walk beside someone - is brutal but feels honest. "
    - Linda Holmes, NPR
    "The days when a dramatic performance from Carell was a surprise are long behind us, and his journey in “Beautiful Boy” is a marvelously sensitive, largely quiet tour de force. "
    - Steve Pond, TheWrap
    "Every last thing the movie shows us about addiction, and the effect it can have upon those who are trying to save an addict from himself, is entirely authentic. "
    - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
  • Free Solo

    4:30pm, 8:45pm

    Free Solo
    • Starring: Alex Honnold
    • Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
    • Genre(s): Documentary
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Running Time: 97 min.
    "A brilliant documentary. "
    - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    "Whether you care about climbing or not, you’ll appreciate this tale of passion, discipline and, ultimately, transcendence. One incredible climb for one athlete, one quantum leap for mankind. "
    - Katherine Laidlaw, The Globe and Mail
    "An awesome and inspiring doc from the team behind Meru. "
    - Gary M. Kramer, Film Journal International
    "Beyond that interesting character profile, Free Solo also operates as a sort of meta criticism of this kind of documentary filmmaking. We see Chin and his crew, most of them friends or at least affectionate admirers of Honnold’s, grapple with the difficult realities—and the potential trauma—of what they’re doing. "
    - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
    "For those who love the thrill of high-adrenaline adventure docs, National Geographic’s Free Solo will be a hard experience to top. "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
    "‘Free Solo’ is so absorbing because it strives for even a tenuous grip on the balance between love and need. There’s no denying that the domestic scenes of Free Solo are more powerful because you appreciate the madness of what Honnold is trying to do, and the climbing scenes are more powerful because you appreciate the full extent of what he’s risking to do it. "
    - David Ehrlich, indieWire
  • The Old Man and the Gun

    4:00pm

    The Old Man and the Gun
    • Starring: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck, Tom Waits
    • Director: David Lowery
    • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Crime
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Running Time: 93 min.
    "The film is fizzy, lightweight fun with some real moments of genuine heart. Redford… has left movie lovers with one last gift that will put a smile to your face. "
    - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
    "The various marvels of the movie aren’t just the sparks between Redford and Spacek or Waits’ dry humor but often, Lowery’s inspired direction. "
    - Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
    "The Old Man & the Gun eschews pastiche for a sweet, affable character study that resurrects Redford’s original star power with a wet kiss. The entire picture amounts to a low-key cinematic resurrection. "
    - Eric Kohn, IndieWire
    "We’re treated to a series of breezy heist/cat-and-mouse montages and a lowkey, conversational charm that are combined to hammer home the idea of how great a feeling it is to love what you do. "
    - Josh Lewis, The Film Stage
    "People don’t forget a performer like Redford, whose movie-star charisma idles low and sexy like a Harley Davidson motor even when he’s not doing anything, and that means a movie like David Lowery’s The Old Man & the Gun — a dapper, low-key riff on the bank-robber genre — can play things soft, counting on Redford’s charm to fuel the show. "
    - Peter Debruge, Variety
    "True, she is an anchor for him - a savior - but Spacek finds depth in the performance that doesn’t seem to be in the script. It is in her eyes, twinkling with the wisdom of a lifetime on screen and off. "
    - Sasha Stone, TheWrap
    "It’s a light, warm story that’s punctuated by the power of Redford’s smile, one of the best special effects in movie history. "
    - Adam Graham, Detroit News
    "If there’s a reason to see the movie, it’s Redford, whose charismatic, mature presence argues that age has done nothing to diminish his ability to command the screen. "
    - James Berardinelli, ReelViews
    "[Redford] delivers a glorious, sly performance in a gloriously sly movie that masks its idiosyncrasy in brisk and breezy storytelling. "
    - Richard Brody, New Yorker
    "A puckish film with a wistful quality, a gently comic end-of-the-line adventure about doing what you love, the passage of time and the things that might have been. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "Warm and funny and mesmerizing in its understated perfection, The Old Man & the Gun is a splendid experience. "
    - Rex Reed, Observer
    "Robert Redford robs banks and steals your heart. And whether David Lowery’s exuberant gift of a film reps his final bow or not, Redford gives a virtuoso performance that feels like a valedictory. You want to salute him. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "A love letter to a cinematic legend, serving as a perfect final film for someone who long ago surpassed mere actor status to become an icon. "
    - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

Coming Soon

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

starts November 16

When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel, is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack.

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Boy Erased

starts November 16

Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.

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Moxie Mornings

starts November 17

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.

Winter 2018 @ 10am, shorts followed by art activity
Sat. November 17
Sat. December 1

Winter 2019 @ 10am, shorts followed by art activity Sat. January 12
Sat. January 26
Sat. February 9
Sat. February 23
Sat. March 9
Sat. March 23

SPRING 2019 @ 10am, shorts followed by art activity
Sat. May 4
Sat. May 18
Sat. June 1
Sat. June 15
Sat. June 29

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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State of the Union (Drury Humanities)

starts November 17

Elizabeth Gilbert will lead a post show discussion of the film.
Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

Summary: In this film, Spencer Tracy plays an aircraft tycoon who is coerced into seeking the Republican Presidential nomination. Campaign manager Van Johnson suggests that, for appearance’s sake, Tracy be reunited with his estranged wife Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn agrees, although her faith is shattered when Tracy publicly compromises his values.

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The Essentials: His Girl Friday (1940)

starts November 18

The Essentials: Classic Comedies
This 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: One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema’s powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow news writers with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that’s supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s smash hit play The Front Page, director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with ebullient remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a brand-new restoration of the 1931 film The Front Page, Lewis Milestone’s famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material.

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Jenesis (Local Film)

starts November 18

Local films are $5 and seating is first come first serve.
Summary: A full length skateboard film from the Jive Clothing and More team filmed in Springfield, Missouri and surrounding cities.

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Ghost World (2001)

starts November 23

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.
November’s pick was made by Ellen Neville.
“I first found this film after I read Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Ghost World as a teenager. I was slowly accepting my outsider, art-kid destiny, and Daniel Clowes’ books introduced me to what would become my favorite book genre. I love Enid’s (Thora Birch) sarcastic sense of humor, her sense of style, and the strange people she attracts. I wanted to share it because it’s a coming of age film about a very specific type of nonconforming teenager. Also the music is great!”

Free for Members

Synopsis: Based on the well-known comic, Ghost World tells the story of neo-cool Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) who, faced with high school graduation take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. (MGM / UA)

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Monsters and Men

starts November 23

One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed–Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? [Sundance]

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Moxie Flix: Shrek (2001)

starts November 23

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

Summary: Once upon a time in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek (Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy-tale characters.

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 Essentials: The Lady Eve (1941)

starts November 25

The Essentials: Classic Comedies
This 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: In Preston Sturges’ comedy, Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target of the father-daughter team of card sharps ‘Colonel’ Harry and Jean Harrington (Charles Coburn and Barbara Stanwyck). Their plan to rob the naive young man blind hits a snag, however, when Jean actually falls head over heels for an equally-smitten Pike.

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Wildlife

starts November 30

14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.

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The Essentials: The Seven Year Itch (1955)

starts December 2

The Essentials: Classic Comedies This 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: Like thousands of other Manhattanites, Tom Ewell annually packs his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and children off to summer vacation, staying behind to work at the office. This particular summer, the lonely Ewell begins fantasizing about the many women he’d foresworn upon getting married (in one of the fantasies, Ewell and Marguerite Chapman parody the beach rendezvous in From Here to Eternity). He is jolted back to reality when he meets his new neighbor—luscious model Marilyn Monroe. Inviting Monroe to dinner, Ewell intends to sweep her off her feet and into the boudoir. Things don’t quite work out that way, thanks to Ewell’s clumsiness (and essential decency) and Monroe’s naivete. Still, Ewell becomes convinced that his impure thoughts will somehow be transmitted to his vacationing wife and to the rest of the world, leaving him wide open for scandal and ruination. In the original play, the husband and the next-door neighbor did have an affair, but both play and film arrived at the same happy ending, with Ewell and his missus contentedly reunited at summer’s end. Featured in the cast of The Seven Year Itch are Robert Strauss as a lascivious handyman, Sonny Tufts as Evelyn Keye’s former beau, Donald MacBride as Ewell’s glad-handing boss, and veteran Broadway funny man Victor Moore in a cameo as a nervous plumber. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Bridge & other films

starts December 2

Four films by Jem Moore including “Bridge”, a short film that was shot outside of Marshfield, MO. The program will include two other short films, “Grace” & “Tango”, and a medium-length documentary called “Taiwan Portraits”.

Local films are $5 and seating is first come first serve.

“Bridge”
Starring: Austin Grant, Phoenix Xavier,
Director: Jem Moore
Cinematographer: Blayne Chastain
Casting: Jonna Volz
Sound: Derek Haff Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 6 mins. Summary: In a small town in southern Missouri, two brothers share an endless summer afternoon, with no thought toward the future. Based on a true event, “Bridge” captures a moment in time and place, where the ordinary is everything, and nothing will be the same.

“Tango”
Starring: Meg Saricks, Roger Strong, Kurt Hanover,
Director: Jem Moore,
Cinematographer by Hanuman Brown-Eagle
Genre: Suspense
Running Time: 2 minutes
Appropriate Audience/”Rating”: PG13
Summary: In the darkest hour of the night, in a suburban home, murder is afoot. But who will pay in the end?

“Grace”
Starring: John Maloney, Hannah Elizabeth Kenyon
Director: Jem Moore
Cinematograper: Hanuman Brown-Eagle
Writer: Horace Buckley
Genre: Supernatural
Running Time: 11 minutes
Appropriate Audience/”Rating”: PG13
Summary: A man with a past he longs to leave behind takes a temp job as a night watchman at an abandoned hospital. He finds out that not only does it look haunted, it is haunted, and he may never escape.

“Taiwan Portraits”
Director: Jem Moore, Genre: Documentary Running Time: 45 minutes Appropriate Audience/”Rating”: G -
Mandarin Chinese w/subtitles in English Summary: These films reveal the intimate portraits of six very different people, who share a commitment to living life in Taiwan on their own terms. From a painter who started her own vegetarian restaurant in the hills, to the Woody Guthrie of Taiwan singing protest songs and winning top musical awards, to the last living movie poster painter in Taiwan, these portraits convey a sense of the daily life and culture of this small, but thriving, island democracy.

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At Eternity's Gate

starts December 14

At Eternity’s Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented. [CBS Films]

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The Royal Ballet presents The Nutcracker

starts December 20

Your ticket to world class performances from stages across the globe
Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

Summary: Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

Production Information: Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

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The Favourite

starts December 21

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. [Fox Searchlight]

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Special Events 2018

Saturday, Nov 17 5:00 am

State of the Union (1948)
Saturday, Nov. 17th @ TBD
Elizabeth Gilbert will lead a post show discussion of the film.
Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

Jenesis (Local Film)
Nov 18th @ 7pm
Local films are $5, and seating is first come first serve.

Staff Picks: Ghost World (2001)
Nov 23rd & 24th @ TBD
November’s picks was made by Ellen Neville - Verdugo
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
“I first found this film after I read Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Ghost World as a teenager. I was slowly accepting my outsider, art-kid destiny, and Daniel Clowes’ books introduced me to what would become my favorite book genre. I love Enid’s (Thora Birch) sarcastic sense of humor, her sense of style, and the strange people she attracts. I wanted to share it because it’s a coming of age film about a very specific type of nonconforming teenager. Also the music is great!”

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