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LADY BIRD

93 Minutes
Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

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  • Monday, November 20:  (3:30), 5:45, 8:00
  • Tuesday, November 21:  (3:30), 5:45, 7:00* 
  • Wednesday, November 22 - Thursday, November 23:  (4:30)*, 7:00*, 9:30*
  • *SHOWN AT THE HI-POINTE BACKLOT
In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
  • Due to studio restrictions, "Wednesday's Treat" of $5 does not apply on 11/22.

'Lady Bird' is one of the year's best films

• Four stars out of four •

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Lady Bird” is the solo directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, who is best known as a performer. Working from her own screenplay, Gerwig delivers a comedy-drama that transcends genre categories. It’s simply one of the best films of the year — an experience at once joyful, heartbreaking and hilarious.

And Lady Bird might finally be the role that earns Ronan (“Brooklyn”) an Oscar. As a young woman at odds with the world, and herself, she illuminates the film. Also worthy of Academy attention is Metcalf, who is sheer perfection as the quintessential stressed-out mom.

Lots of movies are set to be popping up in multiplexes, but few as wonderful as “Lady Bird.”

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JANE

PG/ 90 Minutes
Directed by: Brett Morgen
Cast: Jane Goodall - Documentary Film

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  • Monday, November 20: (4:45), 7:00

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall - a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists.

 

‘Jane’ Is an Absorbing Trip Into the Wild With Jane Goodall

Ben Kenigsberg / New York Times

 * NYT Critic’s Pick

As an opening title card explains, most of “Jane” comes from 16-millimeter film shot by Hugo van Lawick, the renowned wildlife photographer who joined Ms. Goodall on her travels and eventually became her first husband. Mr. Morgen’s film draws on more than 100 rediscovered hours from National Geographic’s archives. The abundant raw material allows Mr. Morgen to construct the impression of a complete narrative arc, and to show the tedious work of gaining the trust of the chimps and collecting data in fast forward, conveying the excitement of scientific discovery with adventure-movie momentum. Ms. Goodall, who is seen in a fresh interview with Mr. Morgen and heard in excerpts from an audio version of one of her books, narrates her efforts to make contact with the chimps. The footage has been edited in a way that is not strictly faithful to chronology but complements the storytelling. “Jane” will delight those familiar with Ms. Goodall and provide a vibrant introduction for newcomers.

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