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  • Cold War

    8:15pm

    Cold War
    • Sarring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
    • Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
    • Languages: German, French, Russian, Italian, Polish, Croatian
    • Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Music
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 89 min.
    "This is the refined work of an artist at the peak of his powers, and, dare we say it, a masterpiece. "
    - John Bleasdale, CineVue
    "Cold War is a ravishment, a cinematic feast for the senses, and it packs an epic inner landscape into a dense 88 minutes. "
    - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    "We can see Cold War as a look back on recent history, not through the lens of realism, but as a Hollywood fantasy, a kind of romantic protest against a political nightmare. "
    - Liam Lacey, Original-Cin
    "A near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that’s both deeply personal and politically attuned. "
    - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    "Passionate, tempestuous, haunting and assured, this latest from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski explores, as did his Oscar-winning “Ida,” Poland’s recent past, resulting in a potent emotional story with political overtones that plays impeccably today. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "An aching film on such exquisite pains of impossible love, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War concurrently swells your heart and breaks it, just like the sore memory of a lover that drifted away from your life, or an intensely craved kiss that never was. "
    - Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
    "The Polish filmmaker has conjured a dazzling, painful, universal odyssey through the human heart and all its strange compulsions. It could be the most achingly romantic film you’ll see this year, or just a really painful reminder of the one that got away. "
    - Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
    "Pawlikowski, who doesn’t waste a shot (nor compose one that isn’t a work of art on its lonesome), creates a gripping present tense from the clarity and efficiency of his storytelling: No matter how often he lurches us forward in time, we remain locked into the emotional sphere of his characters. "
    - A.A. Dowd, AV Club
    "Polish actress Joanna Kulig has been waiting for years to show what she can do, and in Cold War she gets the chance. She takes the role of a lifetime between her teeth, chomps on it, pounds it into the ground and never lets go for a second. Ferocity and intensity are present in every moment of her performance, even when she’s contained. With Cold War, Kulig breaks out as a lioness of international cinema. "
    - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Mary Queen of Scots

    3:00pm

    Mary Queen of Scots
    • Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden
    • Director: Josie Rourke
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 124 min.
    "Ronan’s fiery Mary and Robbie’s emotionally complex Elizabeth truly reign divine on screen. "
    - Yolanda Machado, TheWrap
    "What keeps the film from feeling like period-piece amber, all whispered alliances and wiggery, is the keenly feminist sensibility of first-time director Josie Rourke (her background is largely in theater) and the fierce charisma and complicated humanity of its two leads, sovereigns till the end. "
    - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
    "A history lesson with more fire in the belly than most. It turns out that a feminist angle really can revive the same old Tudor psychodramas, thanks in large part to Ronan and Robbie’s authoritative performance. "
    - Helen O'Hara, Empire
    "The most spirited heart and poignant soul of “Mary Queen of Scots” are Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as Mary and Elizabeth, whose contradictory relationship accommodates hostility, jealousy, admiration and sisterly love with affecting seamlessness. "
    - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
    "An epic look at the intimate frustrations of two massively powerful young women who spend most of their energy navigating between who they are and what they represent. "
    - David Ehrlich, indieWire
    "Acknowledges both the struggles of women and the fact that people of color have always been part of society, even during the Renaissance and Age of Discovery. "
    - Yolanda Machado, TheWrap
  • Staff Picks: Carol (2015)

    7:45pm

    Staff Picks: Carol (2015)
    • Starring: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler
    • Director: Todd Haynes
    • Genre(s): Drama, Romance
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 118 min.
    "Haynes directs with a subtle precision, the script by Phyllis Nagy is a well-crafted gem, and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara make for one of the most intriguing and memorable movie couples of the year. "
    - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
    "Mara and Blanchett are each extraordinary, working in the most organic and soul-stirring ways. "
    - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
    "Even if it didn’t have a spellbinding central performance from Cate Blanchett, Carol would be worth seeing just for its sumptuous re-creation of an era…Todd Haynes’ film is luminescent - like a perfectly preserved Kodachrome image. "
    - Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
    "Carol is a complex human story about unspoken desire, social expectations and an authentic life. "
    - Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
    "Carol is a haunting motion picture - the kind of film that stays with the viewer long after the multiplex’s neon signage has disappeared from the rear-view mirror. "
    - James Berardinelli, ReelViews
    "‘Carol’ establishes a mood of mournful romance, half nostalgic and half ominous, that never lets go. "
    - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
    "Carol simmers with unspoken emotion and desire, condensing volumes into the Brief Encounter-style touch of a hand on a shoulder, into the offer of a whiff of perfume on a pulse point, into Billie Holiday recordings and Carter Burwell’s expressive score. "
    - Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed News
    "An exquisitely drawn, deeply felt love story that teases out every shadow and nuance of its characters’ inner lives with supreme intelligence, breathtaking poise and filmmaking craft of the most sophisticated yet accessible order. "
    - Justin Chang, Variety
  • Oscar Animated Shorts (2019)

    3:15pm

    Oscar Animated Shorts (2019)
    • Genre: Animation
    • Details for individual films below
    • Rating: PG
    • Running Time: 76 min.
  • Oscar Documentary Shorts (2019)

    5:30pm

    Oscar Documentary Shorts (2019)
    • Genre: Documentary
    • Details for individual films below
    • Rating: R (violence, drug abuse, language)
    • Running Time: Approx: 143 min.
  • Roma (Encore)

    5:00pm

    Roma (Encore)
    • Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
    • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
    • Languages: English, Spanis
    • Genre(s): Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Running Time: 135 min.
    "[Alfonso Cuarón] first film to be set in his homeland since Y Tu Mama Tambien in 2001 is Alfonso Cuarón’s most personal film, and his most honest. It may even be his best. "
    - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
    "[Roma is] a majestic feat of filmmaking, an intimate portrait of a family that also serves as a broad portrait of a changing nation. Cuaron creates such a vibrant world that it demands to be seen on the biggest canvas possible. "
    - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
    "Cuaron has made his most personal film to date, and the blend of the humane and the artistic within nearly every scene is breathtaking. It’s a masterful achievement in filmmaking as an empathy machine, a way for us to spend time in a place, in an era, and with characters we never would otherwise. "
    - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
    "Experiencing the lovely and lyrical Roma, you get the impression that at age 56, Cuarón not only wanted to get these still-vivid memories down on film, but that he also needed to. You’ll be glad he did. Because movies with this much empathy and humanity don’t come along very often. "
    - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
    "A richly textured masterpiece, Roma is cinema at its purest and most human. "
    - Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
    "This period epic…is so full of dazzlingly intricate visual poetry, so teeming with sensory spirit, that trying to review it is a bit like trying to review all of life. Which may sound a bit grandiose, but Cuarón’s magnum opus provokes such turgid sentiment. "
    - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
    "The exploration of political upheaval, class and gender inequalities make this an important film, but the fact that it always remains grounded in its personal story makes Roma a compelling and emotional film, shot masterfully by a veteran director who finally created his masterpiece. "
    - Rafael Motamayor Aguiton, IGN
    "Roma follows in the tradition of neorealist filmmakers like Vittorio De Sica and Satyajit Ray. No one else is making movies like this today. "
    - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
    "An immersive bath in some of the most luxuriantly beautiful black-and-white images you’ve ever seen, this is the work of a great filmmaker who exhibits absolute control and confidence in what he’s doing. "
    - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

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Oscar Live Action Shorts (2019)

starts February 8

The Short Film (Live Action) nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been announced! The mix of nominees for this past year’s movie season is filled with memorable films featuring some of the most talented artists in the world. [oscar.go.com]

Detainment
(Vincent Lambe)
IRELAND/30 MINS/2018
Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today.

Fauve
(Jeremy Comte)
CANADA/17 MINS/2018
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer…

Marguerite
(Marianne Farley)
CANADA/19 MINS/2017
An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.

Madre (Mother)
(Rodrigo Sorogoyen)
SPAIN/19 MINS/2017
A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago.

Skin
(Guy Nattiv)
USA/20 MINS/2018
A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

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Moxie Mornings

starts February 23

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 2019 @ 10am, shorts followed by art activity
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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Selma (Drury Humanities)

starts February 23

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

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) leads a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The march from Selma to Montgomery culminates in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

Ticket Prices are $5, and Free for Members.

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The Essentials: Marie Antoinette (2006)

starts February 24

The Essentials: Auteurs
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: The retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

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Arctic

starts March 1

A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive.

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Everybody Knows

starts March 8

Carolina, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

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Apollo 11

starts March 8

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

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Bury the Hatchet (Local Film)

starts March 10

Local screenings are $5, and first come first serve seating.

Summary: When the matriarch of the wealthy Manden family passes away, she leaves a strange last will and testament as her legacy. Her descendants, a malicious group of degenerates and misfits, are now in a mad dash to claim all of her fortune. They’ll stop at nothing, including murder. Can the unorthodox Detective Nemo Smithfield and his no-nonsense partner, Detective Nalaie Crawley, solve a series of homicides before the entire Manden clan winds up dead?

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Into The Light 2

starts March 10

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

Summary: After filming a documentary on the spook light phenomena, paranormal researchers Josh Heard and David Glidden were left with more questions. In an attempt to dig deeper they return to a site in which they previously had an experience and visit a new location that would turn this documentary on it’s head while bringing a new theory to the light.

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Pierrot le Fou (1965)

starts March 13

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. March’s pick was made by moxie members Chris Drew and Jahnavi Delmonico.

Synopsis: Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeoisie behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s tenth feature in six years is a stylish mash-up of consumerist satire, politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, Pierrot le fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema. (Criterion)

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Border (In Translation Series)

starts March 15

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

Gräns (original title)
Tina (Eva Melander) is a border guard who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell that confounds her detection, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and humankind.

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Never Look Away

starts March 15

Young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) has fled to West-Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences he made in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime. When he meets the student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation.

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Moxie Flix: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

starts March 16

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

Summary: An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

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: Y Tu Mamá También (2002)

starts March 29

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.
March’s pick was made by Derek Dunn.
“Cuarón’s loving portrait of rural Mexico is told through the viewpoints of two young men full of youthful abandon and a woman dealing with her own newly-realized mortality. This juxtaposition infuses the film with a unique perspective that brings to life the fleeting beauty of a country and culture too-often neglected by Western audiences. The film is full of rough edges, and that brash and unrefined approach make me love the final product even more.”

Free for Members

Summary: Abandoned by their girlfriends for the summer, two teenagers meet an exotic older woman at a wedding, and they embark on a road trip together.

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Staff Picks: Gosford Park (2001)

starts April 19

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.
April’s pick was made by Ashley Fillmer.

Free for Members

Summary: This ensemble murder mystery satire, set in 1930’s England, revolves around an elegant hunting party weekend at a country estate, featuring an aristocratic family and their friends. [Metacritic]

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Staff Picks: Zodiac (2007)

starts May 31

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.
May’s pick was made by Lindsey Hansen.

Free for Members

Summary: Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation’s history, Zodiac is a thriller from David Fincher, director of “Seven” and “Fight Club.” As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues. [Paramount Pictures]

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Staff Picks: The Last Picture Show (1971)

starts June 28

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 Shay Rainey

Free for Members

Summary: In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. [Metacritic]

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