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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Rated R/ 161 Minutes
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie

Showtimes

  • Thursday, August 22 - Friday, August 23:  (4:15), 7:30
  • Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25:  (1:00), 4:15, 7:30
  • Monday, August 26 - Thursday, August 29:  (4:15), 7:30

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.

  • Due to studio restrictions, complimentary passes are not valid during opening weekend of this film.

Tarantino’s colorful snapshot of an era

Blending fiction with real-life events, the darkly funny period piece captures the flavor of a changing America in 1969.

4 stars (out of four)

Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times

Quentin Tarantino’s deeply personal, ’60s-cool, darkly funny, trippy, bold and sensational “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is filled with pitch-perfect vignettes such as that moment at the intersection — moments perfectly capturing the vast chasm in the country and in the world of American pop culture in 1969. 

In certain elements of tone and structure, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” has echoes of “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown,” but it is alive and electric with a beat all its own. This is a brilliant and sometimes outrageously fantastic mash-up of real-life events and characters with pure fiction. Tarantino, who was 6 years old in 1969, has created a stylized, at times idealistic, sometimes insanely inspired memory piece — a love letter to the movies from a director famously obsessed with movies. It’s also a fractured fairy tale. (After all, it IS called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”) And it is absolutely dripping with pop-culture touchstones and a flood of references to other movies, on a level both exhilarating and borderline overwhelming. “Once Upon a Time …” also tells the familiar Hollywood tale of rising stars and fading stars in a changing industry. Shot on Kodak 35mm film by the great cinematographer Robert Richardson, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” pops with stunning visuals, including some beautiful, sweeping, overhead shots giving us a big-picture perspective on certain events. DiCaprio strikes just the right seriocomic notes as Rick, who is more than a little narcissistic and kind of an idiot but earns our sympathy because he wears his heart on his sleeve and he truly cares about his friend Cliff. And then there’s Mr. Pitt. Who kills it. Pitt turns in one of the most memorable performances of his career as the badass and fearless, albeit deeply flawed, antihero Cliff. In a movie filled with sparkling acting, Pitt dominates. It’s one of the best performances of the year in one of the best movies of the year.

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THE FAREWELL

Rated PG/ 98 Minutes
Directed by: Lulu Wang
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

Showtimes

  • Thursday, August 22 - Friday, August 23:  6:30
  • Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25:  (3:30), 6:30
  • Monday, August 26 - Thursday, August 29:  6:30

The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family's decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.

Universal tale of family love, with Awkwafina, is truly incredible

★★★★

Moira Macdonald - The Seattle Times

Sometimes, a movie just grabs hold of your heart and settles there. Such is the case with Lulu Wang’s beautiful “The Farewell,” a semiautobiographical drama / comedy (or comedy/drama; they’re so perfectly intertwined it’s hard to say which should come first). “The Farewell” immerses us in a family; sweeping us into their embrace, their quirks, their factions (Billi and her parents, who immigrated to America when Billi was a small child, are to an extent outsiders), their food, their stories. And the film’s silken threads — it’s shot in soft blues and grays and gentle light, with an ongoing theme of birds — are bound together by Awkwafina’s quiet, soulful performance, miles from her comedic turns in “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean's Eight.” All this sounds potentially depressing, but “The Farewell” is so unexpectedly and deliciously funny that watching it feels like a tonic — an immersion in love and art. By the time “The Farewell” hands us its final gift — well, I wished I had a grandma to call. It’s a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart, and leaves you happy.

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