Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Sunday, February 25: (2:30), 5:15, 8:00
Monday, February 26 - Thursday, March 1: (5:15), 8:00
Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X - a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is...Read more
'Annihilation' is smart science fiction
• 3½ stars out of four •
Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Annihilation” may strike some viewers as a hybrid of “Arrival” (2016) and “Alien” (1979), but it’s very much its own thing — a science-fiction flick that’s at once intellectually ambitious and extremely frightening.
Working from a screenplay that he adapted from a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, director Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) creates a strange, intriguing world in which none of the usual rules apply. This is a film that gets under your skin and stays there.
Portman is eminently watchable as Lena, who slowly realizes that she’s in way over her head. And “Ex Machina” star Isaac virtually redefines creepiness.
No doubt “Annihilation” will get a lot of attention for showcasing a mostly female cast. But the film is best appreciated as a smart entry in an often challenging genre.
Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan
Sunday, February 25: (1:30), 4:15, 7:00
Monday, February 26 - Thursday, March 1: (4:15), 7:00
Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined...Read more
Smart and funny, ‘I, Tonya’ attempts some tricky moves, nails them all
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
“I, Tonya” is kitschy and smart and funny and insightful, and sometimes sobering. It reminds us that one of the many sad things about Tonya Harding’s life story is Harding never realized she didn’t have to be the villain, the late-night punch-line, the object of so much derision and mockery.
She could have been a real-life, female “Rocky” on ice. She could have been the People’s Champion.
Female skating legends were beautiful athletes who projected an almost regal air, from the reign of the glamorous Sonja Henie through Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Janet Lynn, Katarina Witt, et al. From demeanor to costume to makeup to choice of music to knowing how much to play to the crowd and the judges, there was a certain way of doing things.
And then along comes Tonya Harding, clomping onto the ice in clownish makeup and garish costumes hand-sewn by her mother, attacking her routine to the sounds of ZZ Top’s “Sleeping Bag” — and knocking the wind of out the skating world by becoming the first woman to nail a triple axel.
We just might have loved Tonya if the rogue’s gallery of abusers, miscreants, sycophants and clowns surrounding her had given her the least bit of encouragement to consider the possibility she was actually something quite special.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading