Casablanca

Best Bets for Independent Classic and Foreign Films:

Boston

Museum of Fine Arts
www.mfa.org/film

Brookline

Coolidge Corner Theatre
3 screens
www.coolidge.org

Cambridge

Kendall Theatre
Kendall Square
9 screens
landmarktheatres.com

Brattle Theatre
Harvard Square
Brattlefilm.org

Waltham

Embassy Theatre
6 screens
landmarktheatres.com

Newton

West Newton Cinema
6 screens
westnewtoncinema.com

u.Movies

Florence Foster Jenkins

Meryl Streep stars as a New York socialite who ,although she loves music, sings off key.Surrounded by sychophants and long time friends ,she financed her own concerts. Her devoted husband, played by Hugh Grant,helped to enforce her delusion and kept her spirit and determination alive. Streep is marvelous at being awful, and very funny, although there is a somewhat sad side to her quest to perform.For me, her accompanist, Simon Helberg, from TV's "Big Bang Theory",steals the show with his reaction to her singing. Chalk up another over the top performance from Streep. 

 

 Ben Hur

Ben-Hur (2016) Poster

 

The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

 


Hell or High Water

A pair of Texan brothers become bank robbers in an effort to save their family farm.  Ben Foster plays the older brother,an ex-con and loose cannon who masterminds the robberies and his brother(Chris Pine) a divorced dad who just wants to get a better life for his two kids.Jeff Bridges is the crusty old coot of a Texas lawman who is on the case and eventual shoot out.  Directed by British director David Mackensie the film manages to depict the anxiety and frustration of our current era. It's a modern western that digs deep into the character of the cast and is one of the best of its genre. Don't miss it.

 

 

  

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