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Dayton Metro Library’s popular Sunday Movies @ Main series continues this summer with more out-of-the-ordinary films. All films are free and start at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third Street. For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-2665.
7/14 Trumbo (2015)
The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Nominated for Best Actor (Bryan Cranston) at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“It’s a cracking good story, and Cranston does a great job portraying a man who made great sacrifices for his principles.” – Lou Lumenick, The New York Post
7/21 Don’t Look Now (1973)
Working with elements of the traditional horror genre – second sight, ESP, warnings from the dead, a mad killer – and cinematography of disquieting beauty and dreamlike sense of dislocation, director Nicolas Roeg weaves a fabric of anxiety that questions all reality. The evocative use of the back streets of Venice is a sinister participant in the action based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. This intensely erotic and macabre film boasts outstanding performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
Winner of Best Cinematography and nominated for Best Actress (Julie Christie), Best Actor (Donald Sutherland), Best Film, and Best Direction at the BAFTA Awards. Nominated for Best Horror Film at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards.
“A devastating portrait of grief, a master class in disjunctive editing and a haunting disquisition on the use of the color red.” – Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times
7/28 Captain Fantastic (2016)
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent, and brings into question everything he’s taught them.
Nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and the BAFTA Awards. Winner of a Directing Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Captain Fantastic leaves viewers with the cheering, deeply affecting image of a dad whose superpowers lie in simply doing the best that he can.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
8/4 The Lobster (2016)
A darkly comic fable from Yorgos Lanthimos (Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Favourite), this acclaimed film centers on recently-divorced David (Colin Farrell) as he searches for a new love within 45 days – at which point, if he’s still single, he will be turned into a lobster.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Winner of three prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.
“The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime.” – Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer
8/11 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D’Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.
Nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTA Film Awards. WInner of the Best Production Design Award at the Venice International Film Festival.
“At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system.” – Ben Walters, Time Out
8/18 Big Night (1996)
The tables sit empty in a restaurant, despite the talents of chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and the ambitious efforts of his brother Secondo (Stanley Tucci). A celebrity night at their restaurant promises not only to turn their business around, but to change their lives.
Winner of Best First Screenplay at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
“A feast of a film done on a low budget with a menu featuring top-grade acting, writing and direction.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
8/25 Orpheus (1950)
Jean Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Dea), and a mysterious princess (Maria Casares). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead, through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal. Orpheus’ peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling represent the legendary Cocteau at the height of his powers.
Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 1950 Venice Film Festival. Nominated for Best Film at the 1951 BAFTA awards. French with English subtitles.