COMING IN MAY…to Harbor Theater

 

FINAL PORTRAIT

May 3-4

Rated R   90 minutes

Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy

One of the giants of 20th century art, Swiss sculptor and artist Alberto Giacometti worked in many styles, including Surrealism in his early days and then Existentialism in his later years with the tall, waif-like bronze figures for which he became famous (Walking Man I brought $104. 3 million at auction in 1960). His sculptures are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and the Tate Gallery (London).

In 1964, two years before his death, Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asks his friend and author James Lord (Armie Hammer) to sit for a portrait. He tells Lord it will only take a day. (“Sit still,” he says). But Lord sits and sits, as the crusty old artist rants and raves amidst his paint rags and brushes, first at his subject and then at himself…the self-doubt and anger set in….and many days later he finally finishes the portrait that has caused him such anguish. We get inside the artist’s studio to see the beauty, frustration and sometimes chaos of the creative process.

 

“…. the film bites off a whole chunk of [Giacometti’s] life and presents it to you just as it might have happened.”     Owen Gleiberman, Variety

BEIRUT

MAY 4-10   

 Rated R  1 hr. 49 minutes

Starring Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, 

 

An old-fashioned spy thriller set in Beirut in 1982 during the Lebanese Civil War, the film stars Jon Hamm as a former CIA officer who returns to service to save a colleague from the group responsible for the death of his family. Critics call it “absorbing,” and “a complex, tightly-plotted tale of international intrigue, elevated by strong performances from Hamm and Pike.”

John DeFore, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, characterized it as a “period political thriller whose motivations remain timely.”

 

 I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

MAY 10-11  

PG   1 hr. 50 minutes

Starring Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, J. Michael Finley.

The film tells the story behind MercyMe’s beloved song of the same name which topped the charts in the early 2000s and eventually became a world-wide phenomenon. Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) wrote the song after his father (Dennis Quaid) died. Its theme is the estranged relationship between father and son that turned to forgiveness and love and offered hope to so many. The song is performed live on stage at the end of the film.

Across the country the film has been at the top of the box office charts for weeks, and now comes to Harbor Theater.  Diana Saenger of Reel Talks says,

This true story will connect with viewers who see the film whether they are familiar with MercyMe’s music or not, for the theme of overcoming and redemption is universal.”

  

ISLE OF DOGS

May 11-16

Rated PG-13  101 minutes

 Starring a stop-animated young Japanese boy, dogs, lots of dogs, and the voices of Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Live Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Yoko Ono (yes!), Bill Murray and others.

Are you a Wes Anderson fan?  What’s your favorite…The Grand Budapest Hotel… Fantastic Fox… Moonrise Kingdom? If you’re a fan, you’ve been waiting for the new Anderson film. If you’re not a fan, you may soon be one. Anderson is one of a kind…his films are innovative, quirky, funny, intelligent….and above all, unique.

This stop-motion animated comedy, written, directed and produced by Anderson, and set in a dystopian near-future Japan, follows a young boy who goes in search of his dog after the whole species is banished to an island due to an illness outbreak. I won’t spoil the story for you, but just know this…if you like Anderson, you will like this movie! And if you love dogs, you will LOVE this movie. See the poster in the theater lobby!

Wes Anderson’s joyous stop-motion feature looks and sounds like nothing we’ve encountered before…[it’s} clever, funny, startlingly beautiful, politically acute and surprisingly heartfelt. Mr. Anderson’s film is all a movie lover could ask for. It’s the canine version of the cat’s meow.

Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

 

BECOMING WHO I WAS

MAY 17-18              

NR  95 minutes

Berlin, Seattle, Moscow Film Festival Grand Prix or Grand Jury awards, plus 12 other film festival awards

In Ladakhi and Tibetan, with subtitles

In northern India’s sparsely populated and mountainous Ladakh region, an impoverished young boy is discovered to be the reincarnation of an esteemed, high-ranking Tibetan monk. Born displaced from his original monastery in Tibet, the boy is denied his rightful place. Amid growing doubts and mounting expectations in the community, the boy and his elderly godfather embark on a grueling, improbable trek across India to return the young monk-to-be to his rightful monastery before it becomes too late.

Filmed over eight years by award-winning Korean director Chong Yong Moon and Jin Jeon, the film portrays an intimate bond of friendship between a future religious leader and his godfather, who exhibits devotion and selflessness in caring for the boy. Striking drone shots use the powerful magnitude of the natural landscape, particularly in the final moments in the snowy mountains. The film is an evocative exploration of culture, tradition and identity

“A documentary packing much more charm than its esoteric-sounding subject might suggest.

 John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

 

“[A] gorgeously shot, touching documentary.”

 Kathleen Richards, The Stranger

 

RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

May 18-23

PG   113 minutes

 

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. Her trailblazing work for women’s rights has led Millenials and MeToo! movement members to extoll her virtues on Twitter and Tumblr, stock up on RBG tee-shirts and tote bags and, in extreme cases, get tattoos–-big, permanent, multi-color tattoos–-of her face.

But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen filmed her in her officeon vacation with her family and working out with her personal trainer. They also began tracking down the dramatic stories of the clients she represented as a young lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court in the 1970’s. West and Cohen said, “We want audiences to see for themselves the Notorious RBG in action — staying up late into the night crafting blistering dissents and doing the planks, squats and push-ups that keep her in shape to do the job she loves to do.

A fist pumping, crowd pleasing doc…to remind people of Ginsburg’s vitality and importance, now more than ever.”       – Kate Erbland, IndieWire

THE RIDER

May 25-May 31

R    1 hr 44 minutes

 

Filmmaker Chloe Zhao portrays the gritty life in a South Dakota Sioux community, and that of a real-life cowboy (played by the cowboy himself) who was seriously injured in a rodeo accident and struggles to find something to replace the life he loves. Based on a true story, THE RIDER stars Brady Jandreau and other members of his real family. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Godfrey Cheshire of RogerEbert.com gave the film 4 stars, writing that “the film’s style, its sense of light and landscape and mood, simultaneously give it the mesmerizing force of the most confident cinematic poetry.”

Once The Rider hooks you – and believe me, it will – there’s no way you will ever forget it.”

 Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“This poetic, laconic and ineffably beautiful drama has an unerring feel for its subject, a young cowboy struggling against his implacable fate.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal