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  • Tea with the Dames

    5:00pm

    Tea with the Dames
    • Starring: Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith
    • Director: Roger Michell
    • Genre(s): Documentary
    • Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 84 min.
    "It’s delicious — sweet, tart, surprisingly moving and funny as hell. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Tea with the Dames is absolutely charming and surprisingly emotional. "
    - Julia Teti, The Playlist
    "It’s all immensely entertaining, revealing, and moving—especially the occasional silences, when they sit comfortably together and the shared years fill the open space. "
    - Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
    "The assembled dames are so smart, witty and strong-willed, it’s a wrench to have to part company from them at the end of the film. "
    - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
    "Candid, insightful and unpredictable, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith are not only acting legends but also great friends. And a treat to hang out with. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "Serious actors will find a whole new respect for these women and their individual contributions to film and theater, who fought through way through a system made for men and blazed a path for those who followed. And fans of one or all the dames will see the object of their fandom be real, open, and honest. "
    - Alan Ng, Film Threat
    "Michell’s film allows us the privilege to spend an unscripted hour or so with the four acting goddesses during their routine visit to Plowright’s home in the English countryside, and though our time with them is brief, the very thought of our world existing in their absence is almost unbearable. "
    - Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com
    "Unrehearsed, spontaneous and off-the-cuff, they don’t hold back, their fearless charm is relaxed and effortless, and the relentless candor is enchanting. The result is 83 minutes of bliss spent with four Dames who know the difference between truth and illusion, and generously give a great deal of both. In Tea with the Dames, boredom is not an option. "
    - Rex Reed, Observer
  • Roma

    5:30pm, 8:15pm

    Roma
    • Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
    • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
    • 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
  • At Eternity's Gate

    6:45pm, 9:00pm

    At Eternity's Gate
    • Starring: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
    • Director: Julian Schnabel
    • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Running Time: 110 min.
    "Schnabel fuses form and content in a way that’s rarely attempted and even more rarely achieved; in risking the same derision with which Van Gogh was sometimes met, he transcends the limitations of the conventional biopic and creates something that feels genuinely new. "
    - Michael Nordine, IndieWire
    "Schnabel, the director of “Before Night Falls” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” has stripped down his filmmaking in the most seductive way, all to achieve something audacious and elemental. He’s out to imagine what Vincent van Gogh was really like — to bask in van Gogh’s presence with an experiential, present-tense immediacy. "
    - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
    "Schnabel creates a natural, immersive motion picture that conveys the experience of being, living with, and painting like Vincent Van Gogh. Any film could give you the gist of Van Gogh’s life story, but perhaps only this one can make you feel what it would be like to stand in a field with this brilliant mind, and watch him make magic out of scenery. "
    - William Bibbiani, TheWrap
    "At Eternity’s Gate is a film made by an artist (“plates painter” Schnabel) less concerned with a painter, more with the way a painter saw the world. In its rupture from traditional biographical narratives, it does not merely stand out as unconventional biopic–it also comes close to resuscitating the idea of cinema as moving pictures. "
    - Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage
    "The movie is not just a pleasure to watch, but actually puts forward some new ideas about van Gogh. "
    - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
    "An unbridled portrait of the painful but productive final years in the life of Vincent van Gogh, a role inhabited with the acrid lucidity of madness by Willem Dafoe. "
    - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
    "Dafoe’s work, the look in his searching, despairing eyes, feels beyond conventional acting, using intuition as well as technique to go deeply into the character, putting us in Van Gogh’s presence. "
    - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
    "There have been many films about Vincent Van Gough, but none as extraordinary as Julian Schnabel’s version, starring Willem Dafoe in a monumental, career-best performance that lets us feel we’re living Van Gough’s life and not just watching it. "
    - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Coming Soon

Love, Actually (2003)

starts December 14

Summary: This ultimate romantic comedy weaves together a spectacular number of love affairs into one amazing story. [Universal Pictures]

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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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Space Buddies (Local Film)

starts December 21

Summary: With the end of their lease quickly approaching, two goofballs set out to make a movie in order to buy their house.

For the 10th Anniversary making of the film, there will be a post show Q and A with the filmmakers of Space Buddies.
Local films are $5 and seating is first come, first serve.

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Thread

starts December 23

A young woman working as an office assistant at a culture website comes down with a mysterious illness.

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Staff Picks: Perfect Blue (1997)

starts December 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.
December’s pick was made by Mark Gillenwaters.
“I discovered Perfect Blue as a teenager and initially did not get it but the haunting images and fluid animation stuck with me. I rediscovered the movie years later and began suggesting it to anyone who would listen. Perfect Blue is a movie for adults that treats it’s audience intelligently and weaves a mystery through psychosis and distorted reality without succumbing to outright deceit. The heroine and the audience are left questioning reality in this tight, underrated, thriller.”

Synopsis: Mima was a pop idol, worshipped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima’s character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse. She begins to feel reality slip, that her life is not her own. She discovers (imagines) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn’t given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened (and killed) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer.

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Moxie Mornings

starts January 12

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. 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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On Stage: The Madness of George III

starts January 12

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

Summary: It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

Production Information: Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

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Member Picks: Gilda (1946)

starts January 16

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.
January’s pick was made by moxie member Taylor Stanton.

What do you love about this particular film, and why do you want to share it with others?
Something about the fast-talking, cynical, crime-filled stories of film noir pull me in every time. While Gilda is much more glamorous than many noir films, it’s twisting plot line and femme fatale are worth every minute. In this film, the dazzling Rita Hayworth is a force to remember; she’s absolutely mesmerizing on screen. I love watching the subtle expressions pass between Hayworth and her co-star, Glenn Ford, as their characters try to navigate the tense world of secrecy while stoking the fires of an old, but still burning, flame.

What are the “three benefits” of coming to the Moxie?
When I come to the Moxie, I know I am supporting a place that shows films our community would not otherwise have access to see in theaters. I used to be surprised that I never saw, or sometimes even heard of, certain Oscar winning movies. I realized it was because they just didn’t play here in Springfield’s mainstream theaters. The Moxie definitely fills that void by playing meaningful films that often speak to our current social and political climate. The Moxie is a small theater, and I think that gives it a sense of community you don’t find at other theaters.

Summary: In this film noir, Rita Hayworth stars as the sexy wife of crippled casino owner George Macready. She is also the former love of gambler Glenn Ford, who takes a job in Macready’s Buenos Aires casino. Macready goes out of his way to throw the two of them together.

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Moxie Flix: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (2017)

starts January 18

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

Summary: From the creators of the Academy Award (R)- nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits destined to become a classic. The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again! Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner’s own acclaimed graphic novel into a delirious, delightful triptych of interlocking stories, with a pacing and visual spontaneity that harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts and slapstick two-reelers. But underneath the gags (and there are plenty of them), the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family, and the anxieities of modern life.

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: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

starts January 25

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.
January’s pick was made by Isabel Shirey.
What do you love about this film, and why do you want to share it with others?
“Stranger Than Fiction plays with reality in such a subtle and tasteful way. This film provides an artful depiction of what it means to be the protagonist in your own life. It has a unique take on locus of control and the concept of determinism that might induce an existential crisis in the most light-hearted of ways.”

Synopsis: An IRS auditor has his life interrupted by the sound of a personal narrator who knows his every thought, feeling and action, including when and where he will die.

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The Essentials: Fish Tank (2009)

starts February 3

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 film is an emotionally stunning coming-of-age story, electrified by the breakthrough performance of its young star Katie Jarvis. Fifteen-year-old Mia is in a constant state of war with her family and the world around her, without any creative outlet for her considerable energies save a secret love of hip-hop dance. When she meets her party-girl mother’s charming new boyfriend Connor, she is amazed to find he returns her attention, and believes he might help her start to make sense of her life. A clear-eyed, potent portrait of teenage sexuality and vulnerability, Fish Tank confirms writer/director Arnold’s status as one of the leading figures of new British cinema. (IFC Films)

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The Essentials: Pariah (2011)

starts February 10

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: Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur and younger sister Sharonda in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura, Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina, Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward. (Focus Features)

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The Essentials: Wendy and Lucy (2008)

starts February 17

The Essentials: Auteur
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: Wendy Carroll is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Wendy and Lucy addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times. (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

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The Essentials: Marie Antoinette (2006)

starts February 27

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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On Stage: Winter 2018

Sunday, Dec 16 5:00 am

Your ticket to world class performances from stages across the globe
King Lear - Nov. 3 @ 11am & Nov. 6 @ 3pm
Showtimes are subject to change please check moxiecinema.com the week of to confirm showtimes.

The Royal Ballet presents The Nutcracker - Dec. 20, 22, & 23

Madness of King George - Jan 12 & 16

Showtimes are subject to change please check moxiecinema.com the week of to confirm showtimes.

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

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

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