Dwayne Johnson, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost
Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24: (12:30), 3:00, 5:30, 8:00
Monday, February 25 - Thursday, February 28: (5:30), 8:00
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige(TM). Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in...Read more
Uplifting comedy follows clan with WWE ambitions
Richard Roeper / Chicago Sun-Times
In “Fighting With My Family,” the instantly likable Florence Pugh has the chops to sell the story of the real-life WWE Diva known as Paige, and along with a supporting cast led by Nick Frost and Lena Headey as her parents and Jack Lowden as her older brother — not to mention writer-director Stephen Merchant’s funny and touching screenplay and his solid work behind the camera — this group has more than enough spark and sparkle to win over the crowd. I loved hanging out with this movie, even when we were getting training sequences straight out of “An Officer and a Gentlemen”; tough-love speeches from the coach a la the aforementioned “Rocky” et al; the good ol’ standby of a dinner scene featuring uptight, oh-so-proper guests meeting a crude and cussing family, and even a couple of shameless cutaway shots to the family dog reacting to events probably no dog would be able to comprehend. It’s just a big bowl of uplifting fun. What comes as a bit of a surprise is how often “Fighting With My Family” is genuinely moving, and how a handful of seemingly stock characters turn out to be something … well, something more.
“Fighting With My Family” works as a cheeky but never condescending story of one of those “chin-up” working-class British families so often featured in the movies, and of course primarily as the story of an undersized, overmatched outcast who is determined to succeed against all odds.
It’s quite a trick to pull off such an authentic sports movie about a world in which every match really IS fixed.
Friday, February 22 - Thursday, February 28: 6:30 Only
A sweeping romantic historical drama, NEVER LOOK AWAY follows thirty years in the life of a great artist - loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century's most admired visual artists - played by Tom Schilling (Woman in Gold, Generation War). The film goes from a childhood witnessing...Read more
‘Never Look Away’ is a masterpiece that confronts truth, Nazi history
By Katie Walsh | Tribune News Service
• Four stars out of four •
“Never Look Away” is both the title and the thesis of Oscar-winning German writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s third feature film, but it could describe the movement of contemporary German films that confront the country’s ugly Nazi history, as well as the post-war era when war criminals slipped back into civil society. How does a nation grapple with that? In Donnersmarck’s latest film, it’s through art. The film has been nominated for Academy Awards for best foreign language film and best cinematography (by legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel).
Donnersmarck has crafted an unparalleled masterpiece, a three-hour epic that leaves you wanting more. The setup is a brilliant way to explore the ways in which Nazi ideology destroyed families and generations to come within an intimate, human-sized scale. It’s even more astonishing to consider the story is based in reality, even if Donnersmarck’s script offers theories that have never been confirmed.
Donnersmarck directs “Never Look Away” with a sensitivity and clarity that is as rich as Deschanel’s crisp, saturated images. The film is anchored by an arresting performance by Schilling, who evolves from a dreamy young man into a serious, taciturn artist, refusing to reveal too much of himself. The essential truth Donnersmarck elicits is one we look away from at our own risk.
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