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Welcome to our group. We see movies at the Little Theatre on East Ave. in Rochester on the first Saturday of the month. We meet at 6:00 - 6:15 near the cafe behind the ticket booth for cinemas 2-5. I usually send out suggested movies from among the 6:30 to 7ish showings. This allows us to get out of the theater at about the same time for talk. Pair up with people for a movie or join the general group. We agree to meet afterwards at a near by restaurant, Acanthus Cafe on East Ave (2 block walk from the cinema) for conversation about the movie, life, or toward wherever the conversation leads.
Join us to meet new people, see an interesting movie, and have a nice night out with good conversation, connection and companionship. All are welcome.
The Little Theatre Website (http://www.little-theatre.com/index.php)
Acanthus Cafe (http://acanthuscafe.com/)
See you at the movies.
Movie recommendations below
There are some interesting selections at the Little this weekend to temp you inside from this beautiful weather. There is "Renoir" (Rated R, 111 min., in Little 1 @ 6:30pm (French, with English subtitles)) that looks lush and beautiful, just like his paintings. It is also about the elder painter's son, who was a a famous film maker. Here is a description from the Little website:
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama Renoir tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse.
Check out a review of "Renoir" below:
Peter Rainer's review in the Christian Science Monitor (http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2013/0329/Renoir-explores-the-final-chapter-in-the-life-of-the-Impressionist)
"The Company You Keep" (Rated R, 125 min., in Little 3 @ 6:50pm) is a thriller that has an old radical becoming a fugitive after exposure by an agressive young reporter. The fugitive must find his ex-lover, the only person that can clear his name, before the FBI catch up to him. This film was made by and stars Robert Redford, and seems to be in support of "homegrown terrorism." You be the judge. See the review below:
Review blog in the Canadian Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mitch-wolfe/liberal-hollywood-icon-ro_b_3179715.html)
On the lighter, mushier side there is "Starbuck" (Rated R, 110 min., in Little 5 @ 7pm). Here is a description lifted from the Little Theater page:
Starbuck stars Patrick Huard as David Wosniak, a 42-year old lovable but perpetual screw up who finally decides to take control of his life. A habitual sperm donor in his youth, he discovers that he's the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of the prolific donor code-named Starbuck.
A not-so-good review of Starbuck from the NY Times (http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/movies/starbuck-a-french-canadian-comedy.html?_r=0)
Finally there is "Disconnect"(Rated R, 115 min., Little 4 @ 7:10pm), a dramatic thriller about ordinary people trying to connect in today's wired world. Here is a description from the Little website:
A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world. Disconnect explores the consequences of modern technology and how it affects and defines our daily relationships.
Review of Disconnect by Richard Roeper (taking over for Roger Ebert at Chicago Sun-Times) (http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/disconnect-2013)
Meet between the cafe and the back theaters (2-5). Introduce yourself if you are new, ask "Is this the movie group?" After the film, walk over to Ancanthus Cafe on East Ave (about a 2 block walk) for good food and conversation.
See you there.