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Friday, September 19

  • The Trip to Italy

    4:30pm, 6:45pm, 9:00pm

    The Trip to Italy
    "Coogan, Brydon and Winterbottom journey to the Mediterranean in this warmly enjoyable continuation of their improvised cultural and culinary adventures. "
    - Scott Foundas, Variety
    "As funny as the first go-round, more beautiful to look at, and better conceived. "
    - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
    "A leg up on the first “Trip,” an altogether more delightful vacation with two blokes who might wear us and each other out along the way. But then, that’s half the fun. "
    - Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    "If you go in for allusive British humor that builds slowly from dry to uproarious, as executed by two absolute masters of the form, The Trip To Italy will work for you, I believe. I also think the film, directed, like the prior one, by the astute Michael Winterbottom, is a somewhat smoother trip than the first. "
    - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
    "The sumptuous views of gorgeous locations and savory foods combine with the improvised dialogue and behavior to give these movies a sensuous sort of spontaneity. "
    - Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
  • Calvary

    5:00pm, 7:15pm

    Calvary
    "Visually, intellectually and emotionally, McDonagh’s film is one to savor. "
    - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
    "Anchored by a truly sensational performance from Gleeson, this unexpected blend of passion play, detective story, rural comedy and serious inquiry into faith is destined for classic status. "
    - Andrew Lowry, Total Film
    "Calvary is also just jaw-droppingly beautiful. McDonagh and cinematographer Larry Smith capture the four-seasons-in-one-day miracle that is Ireland, with its jagged stonescapes, roiling surf, fairie towns, and bracing skies. "
    - Claudia Puig, USA Today
    "One of the smartest and most impassioned films about Christianity in recent memory, though to say that might give the wrong impression. In tone and strategy, the film is low-key and subtle; and the story can be appreciated both for its surface qualities and its deeper intentions. "
    - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    "The film is then not so much a meditation but a reverie, a swirl of emotions and ideas, managing to be both calmly reflective and skittishly anxious at the same time. Calvary is a serious comedy, a funny drama, a ruminative film about life and a lively film about death. "
    - Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
    "Twice I have left a Calvary screening feeling dazed and moved. "
    - Kyle Smith, NY Post
    "Some of Calvary is uncomfortably bleak… But writer-director John Michael McDonagh—brother of the English playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)—has an ear for wry humor, providing his characters with a steady supply of acerbic wit. "
    - A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club
    "Calvary offers a fascinating look at contemporary attitudes toward the priesthood and Catholicism, as well as an impeccable lead performance by Brendan Gleeson and darkly sharp wit. "
    - Claudia Puig, USA Today
  • Mood Indigo

    9:30pm

    Mood Indigo
    "Mood Indigo perfectly balances Gondry’s ornamental creativity and the verité storytelling of his more recent work, combining refined style and raw emotion into one devastating, beautiful package. "
    - Todd Gilchrist, TheWrap
    "Just the first 10 minutes of Michel Gondry’s latest pillowcase of whimsy, “Mood Indigo,” has more invention than most of the movies you’ll see this year. "
    - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    "If it works on you it does so as an exquisitely managed mood piece and an unforgettable visual experience, one that uses fantasy and artifice as a pathway to emotional truth. "
    - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
    "Thank goodness for director Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), whose vision is so brazenly, enduringly unique. "
    - Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
    "A mad mix of what Tex Avery, Rube Goldberg and the silent-film fantasist Georges Melies might have come up with if they’d put their feverish heads together. "
    - John Anderson, Newsday

Coming Soon

Beerfest @ Mother's Brewery

starts September 26

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen “Beerfest” 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: The Broken Lizard comedy group returns to the big screen in a new comedy that proves revenge, like beer, is best served cold. (Warner Bros.)

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Happy Christmas

starts September 26

When Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a hard partying 20-something moves in with Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), a budding novelist, her film director husband (Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son after a break up, the family’s idyllic life is shaken. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with their baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber), and she and a friend, Carson (Lena Dunham), bring Kelly to the realization that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness

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The One I Love

starts September 26

On the brink of separation, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

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Man on Wire (free!)

starts September 27

Come celebrate our 9th birthday with a FREE encore screening of this fantastic doc that first played at the Moxie back in 2008.

SYNOPSIS: On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. Following six and a half years of dreaming of the towers, Petit spent eight months in New York City planning the execution of the coup. Aided by a team of friends and accomplices, Petit was faced with numerous extraordinary challenges: he had to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; smuggle the heavy steel cable and rigging equipment into the towers; pass the wire between the two rooftops; anchor the wire and tension it to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings. The rigging was done by night in complete secrecy. At 7:15 AM, Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan… James Marsh’s documentary brings Petit’s extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as “the artistic crime of the century.” (Magnolia Pictures)

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The Searchers (1956) FREE!

starts October 11

This free screening is sponsored by the Springfield Art Museum and is inspired by the Museum’s current exhibit Into the West. Sarah Buhr, the Museum’s Curator of Art, will be on hand for a pre-screening introduction.

If John Ford is the greatest Western director, The Searchers is arguably his greatest film, at once a grand outdoor spectacle like such Ford classics as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950) and a film about one man’s troubling moral codes, a big-screen adventure of the 1950s that anticipated the complex themes and characters that would dominate the 1970s. John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a former Confederate soldier who returns to his brother Aaron’s frontier cabin three years after the end of the Civil War. Ethan still has his rebel uniform and weapons, a large stash of Yankee gold, and no explanations as to where he’s been since Lee’s surrender. A loner not comfortable in the bosom of his family, Ethan also harbors a bitter hatred of Indians (though he knows their lore and language well) and trusts no one but himself. Ethan and Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), Aaron’s adopted son, join a makeshift band of Texas Rangers fending off an assault by renegade Comanches. Before they can run off the Indians, several homes are attacked, and Ethan returns to discover his brother and sister-in-law dead and their two daughters kidnapped. While they soon learn that one of the girls is dead, the other, Debbie, is still alive, and with obsessive determination, Ethan and Martin spend the next five years in a relentless search for Debbie — and for Scar (Henry Brandon), the fearsome Comanche chief who abducted her. But while Martin wants to save his sister and bring her home, Ethan seems primarily motivated by his hatred of the Comanches; it’s hard to say if he wants to rescue Debbie or murder the girl who has lived with Indians too long to be considered “white.” John Wayne gives perhaps his finest performance in a role that predated screen antiheroes of the 1970s; by the film’s conclusion, his single-minded obsession seems less like heroism and more like madness. Wayne bravely refuses to soft-pedal Ethan’s ugly side, and the result is a remarkable portrait of a man incapable of answering to anyone but himself, who ultimately has more in common with his despised Indians than with his more “civilized” brethren. Natalie Wood is striking in her brief role as the 16-year-old Debbie, lost between two worlds, and Winton C. Hoch’s Technicolor photography captures Monument Valley’s savage beauty with subtle grace. The Searchers paved the way for such revisionist Westerns as The Wild Bunch (1969) and McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), and its influence on movies from Taxi Driver (1976) to Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Wars (1977) testifies to its lasting importance.

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On the Waterfront

starts October 25

Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty

The Moxie and Drury University’s Humanities Department are sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Kevin Henderson will be presenting a discussion of the film.

SUMMARY: Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry. A raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and social corruption, On the Waterfront follows Terry’s deepening moral crisis as he must decide whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny’s right-hand man, Terry’s brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them. Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savory, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars®, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay.

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Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

starts October 25

FREE SCREENING of Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

SUMMARY: The cheese-loving Wallace and his ever faithful dog Gromit, the much-loved duo from Aardman’s Oscar-winning clay-animated shorts star in an all new comedy adventure, marking their first full-length feature film. (DreamWorks)

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The Spirit of the Beehive

starts November 8

Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty

The Moxie and Drury University’s Humanities Department are sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Heidi Backes will be presenting a discussion of the film.

SUMMARY: Eight-year-old Ana lives in a close-knit Castillian village with her daydreamer mother Teresa, older sister Isabel and father Fernando, who tends beehives for a living. After watching James Whale’s 1931 version of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff, little Ana becomes convinced that the monster in living in one of the nearby, rundown houses. When an escaped convict seeks refuge in one house, Ana believes she has finally met the monster of her nightmares.

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

starts November 15

Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty

The Moxie and Drury University’s Humanities Department are sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Peter Meidlinger will be presenting a discussion of the film.

SUMMARY: Through a series of military and political accidents, a psychotic general - U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Hayden) - triggers an ingenious, irrevocable scheme to attack Russia’s strategic targets with nuclear bombs. The U.S. President (Sellers) and Dr. Strangelove (Sellers), a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist who has bizarre ideas about man’s future, work with the Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world

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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

starts February 21

Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty

The Moxie and Drury University’s Humanities Department are sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Rich Schur will be presenting a discussion of the film.

SUMMARY: RAISIN IN THE SUN is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award(r) winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) promptly puts a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter Lee (Poitier), against the wishes of her daughter (Diana Sands) and daughter-in-law (Ruby Dee). It takes the strength and integrity of this African-American family to battle against generations of prejudice to try to achieve theirpiece of the American Dream. [Columbia Pictures Industries]

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Old School @ Gillioz

starts March 27

RESCHEDULED AFTER RAIN DELAY! The Final Friday Flicks with Mother’s moves indoors this winter to the lovely Gillioz Theatre (325 Park Central East). Summary: A raucous comedy about a trio of thirty-something buddies who try to recapture the outrageous, irrepressible fun of their college years by starting their own off-campus frat house. (DreamWorks Pictures)

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Moxie Mornings: FALL

Saturday, Oct 4 10:00 am

Moxie Mornings feature innovative short films and hands-on art-making for children ages 2-6. Admission is FREE thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council. Everyone is welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Moxie Mornings: FALL 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.

Sat. Oct. 4 @ 10 a.m. Sat. Oct. 18 @ 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 1 @ 10 a.m. Sat. Nov. 15 @ 10 a.m.

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

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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