What we're about

Do you see a lot of movies at Kendall Square Cinema, the Brattle Theater, Coolidge Corner, West Newton? Are you unfazed by subtitles? When you tell people your favorite director, do they have to Google the name to find out who you're talking about? Do you find poetry in black-and-white studio-era pictures, off-the-radar art-house films, and challenging foreign fare? Do you look forward to meeting other film fans, and even getting to talk about the movies, as much as actually seeing them?

Then this Meetup is for you!

Each meeting will be to see a film, to be followed by a meal or a drink, over which we can discuss the film--and whatever else comes to mind. :) Films need not be restricted to the Brattle, the Kendall, or even a Cambridge cinema at all!

Organizers are responsible for:

1. Choosing a film and showtime.

2. Identifying a place to meet at the film.

3. Choosing a reasonably priced venue near the cinema for food and drink after the show and making reservations when necessary. (Carter can help with suggestions.)

To help make each meetup of this group be a success, members are responsible for:

1. Keeping their RSVP status current for a movie they've signed up for.

2. Bringing cash to any eatery. It makes paying the bill in a group SO much easier!

Thank you and enjoy the show ... and each other!

The Management ;)

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Here's another fine mess they'll get you into: Jon S. Baird's STAN AND OLLIE

SCREENING AT 7:05 (to be confirmed) Running time 1 hr 38m SUMMARY Affectionately known as Laurel & Hardy, skinny Englishman Stan Laurel and portly American Oliver Hardy are widely regarded as the greatest comedy partnership in movie history, defining the notion of the double act with infectious chemistry and hilarious routines that seemed effortless but were honed down to the finest detail. In Stan & Ollie, set in the twilight of their career together, the duo are magnificently embodied by Steve Coogan (The Trip, Philomena) as Stan and John C. Reilly (The Sisters Brothers, Chicago) as Ollie. In 1953, unable to get work in Hollywood, they set out on a tour of seedy British variety halls. Despite their waning powers the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, and they reconnect with their adoring fans, turning the tour into a surprise hit. But the pair can’t shake the specter of Laurel & Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. In this portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, the duo approach their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other. Co-starring Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston and Rufus Jones. Written by Jeff Pope (Philomena) and directed by Jon S. Baird. – Kendall Square Cinema TRAILER, RATING, EXTRAS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWVWBNMsmrQ Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 92% of 118 reviews (27 "Top Critics" linked at https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stan_and_ollie/reviews/?type=top_critics) Jon S. Baird's exclusive filmmaker letter (Kendall Square Cinema): https://www.landmarktheatres.com/stan-ollie-filmmaker-letter Filming hours were limited, due to Reilly requiring four hours in the make-up chair each day. BLURBS & ATTITUDES “Stan & Ollie” is a gentle movie. It’s valedictory, with a sense of the ephemeral nature of life, the inevitability of regret, and the bittersweetness of looking back on past happiness. It’s the story of a movie partnership, of two men who were, at one time, among the most loved people in the world ... ∞ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle It’s a story about the serious side of comedians that never indulges in sad-clown sentimentality. It calls upon modern actors to recreate iconic film moments without falling prey to the many potential embarrassments of such restagings. And it intelligently explores the limitations of working partnerships, not to mention the elusive line between partnership and friendship, in a way that neither canonizes nor excoriates its famous subjects. ∞ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly deliver dynamite performances that capture the expressions and physicality of the star comedians without ever descending into caricature. They never strain for laughs but are consistently amusing. As Laurel, who wrote the comic bits and was the more tortured star, Coogan communicates a tremendous amount of anxiety and discord in a slight downturn of the lips. Equally subtle and emotionally grounded, Reilly portrays Hardy as a big man with a light touch, so laid-back so as to be almost reckless. ∞ Jason Zinoman, New York Times The two leads are terrific: Reilly defies a slightly iffy fat suit to give us an avuncular but creaky Hardy, bemused by his friend’s work ethic and obsessed with the finer things in life. Coogan, in particular, is a revelation as Laurel, dialing down the trademark head-scratching mannerisms and unpeeling layers of disappointment and melancholy as the funnyman grapples with their failing film project and past wounds. Both disappear entirely into their characters, nailing the pair’s comic routines in a way that quietly speaks to a thousand hours of practice. ∞ Phil De Semlyen, TimeOut

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