If the boozy epic confrontations of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" or "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" are your definition of a good time, then this is the place to be. Accusations are shouted, plates are smashed, doors are slammed and casseroles abused. At the very least, you will likely hold your own family in a higher regard this holiday season. -Susan Wloszczyna
August: Osage County is based on Tracy Letts's Tony and Pulitzer-prize winning play of the same name, and stars Meryl Streep as the matriarch of the Weston family, who have gathered together to pay their last respects to one of their own. To say that they don't get along is an understatement.
We will be meeting at 6:30 for the 6:45 film. Buy your ticket outside, then head to the lobby. I will be standing near the water fountain, in between the two entrances to Theater 1. I will also have my cell phone on until about 5 minutes before the film starts, so feel free to text me if you're having trouble locating me. NOTE THAT SIFF CINEMA STAFF DO NOT KNOW WE ARE COMING, SO IF YOU ASK THEM WHERE WE ARE MEETING, THEY WILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. Since the theater shouldn't be too full (it seats almost 500, after all), we will all go in as a group about 5-10 minutes before previews begin. Before heading into the theater, please make sure you sign in with me, as I do take attendance. Once the end credits have finished, we will regroup in the lobby before heading to a local restaurant for our post-film discussion.
SIFF has free parking after 6 pm! Just drive up to the loading zone near the ticket window and ask for a parking pass when you buy your ticket. They will direct you to the lot. Otherwise, a gazillion buses stop near the Uptown, including the 1, 2, 8, 32, and D Line.
Here is the rest of Susan Wloszczyna's review of the film: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/august-osage-county-2013
Currently, the film is scoring a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes with the critics, and a 75% with viewers: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/august_osage_county/
Hope to see everyone there!