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Blinded by the Light

In 1987, during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
(PG-13, 118 min.)

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Monday, Sep, 16

5:00 PM

Tuesday, Sep, 17

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Wednesday, Sep, 18

2:30 PM 5:00 PM

Thursday, Sep, 19

5:00 PM

Inspired by a true story, based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll, Blinded by the Light tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

Starring: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy, Music, Musical

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"A heartfelt ode to the promise of youth and the transformative power of music."

— Rafer Guzman, Newsday

"It'll remind you of the importance of chasing dreams and loving yourself as well as others."

— Brian Truitt, USA Today

"Blinded by the Light features scenes of the most pure, unadulterated joy I’ve seen on screen in quite a while."

— Mike Ryan, Uproxx

"As a crowd-pleasing, emotionally gripping joyride about the ways in which music can change our lives, it’s one to see, and more than once."

— Clint Worthington, Consequence of Sound

"It’s the sort of unguarded drama they used to make in the ‘80s — a coming-of-age tale of unabashed earnestness — but it’s also a delirious and romantic rock ‘n’ roll parable."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"Blinded by the Light, at its very best, captures the experience of being a fan, the pure exhilaration of it, and the sense of your vision opening out to vistas beyond your horizon."

— Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

"You don't have to love Bruce Springsteen with the all-consuming passion of Sarfraz Manzoor, the U.K. journalist whose memoir was adapted for the screenplay of Blinded By the Light, to find the film both deeply moving and utterly charming."

— Ed Masley, Arizona Republic

"Love, faith, Springsteen; that and a Sony Walkman are all it takes to surrender to the pure, ingenuous joy of Blinded by the Light, a Technicolor ode to the power of music so deeply tender and heartfelt that it disarms even the most misanthropic critic’s instincts."

— Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

"Warm, funny, humane and deeply sincere, this ode to Bruce Springsteen, breaking free and belonging isn’t content merely to revel in Springsteen’s greatest hits — although it does, with vibrant, vicarious exhilaration. It delves into the singular power of music, and by extension art itself, to make its audience feel comprehended."

— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"If you have even the slightest emotional connection to Springsteen’s music — if you’ve ever found salvation in a rock song, or desperately wished that you could change your clothes, your hair, your face — this giddy steamroller of a movie is going to flatten you whether you like it or not."

— David Ehrlich, IndieWire