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Golden Globe Winner Best Supporting Actress

I, TONYA

Rated R/ 119 Minutes
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan

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  • Monday, January 22 - Thursday, January 25:  (5:15), 8:00

Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie's I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding's life and career in all of its unchecked--and checkered--glory.

Smart and funny, ‘I, Tonya’ attempts some tricky moves, nails them all

★★★★

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“I, Tonya” is kitschy and smart and funny and insightful, and sometimes sobering. It reminds us that one of the many sad things about Tonya Harding’s life story is Harding never realized she didn’t have to be the villain, the late-night punch-line, the object of so much derision and mockery.

She could have been a real-life, female “Rocky” on ice. She could have been the People’s Champion.

Seriously.

Female skating legends were beautiful athletes who projected an almost regal air, from the reign of the glamorous Sonja Henie through Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Janet Lynn, Katarina Witt, et al. From demeanor to costume to makeup to choice of music to knowing how much to play to the crowd and the judges, there was a certain way of doing things.

And then along comes Tonya Harding, clomping onto the ice in clownish makeup and garish costumes hand-sewn by her mother, attacking her routine to the sounds of ZZ Top’s “Sleeping Bag” — and knocking the wind of out the skating world by becoming the first woman to nail a triple axel.

We just might have loved Tonya if the rogue’s gallery of abusers, miscreants, sycophants and clowns surrounding her had given her the least bit of encouragement to consider the possibility she was actually something quite special.

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Golden Globe Winner Best Supporting Actress

I, TONYA

Rated R/ 119 Minutes
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan

Showtimes

  • Monday, January 22 - Thursday, January 25:  (5:15), 8:00

Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie's I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding's life and career in all of its unchecked--and checkered--glory.

Smart and funny, ‘I, Tonya’ attempts some tricky moves, nails them all

★★★★

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“I, Tonya” is kitschy and smart and funny and insightful, and sometimes sobering. It reminds us that one of the many sad things about Tonya Harding’s life story is Harding never realized she didn’t have to be the villain, the late-night punch-line, the object of so much derision and mockery.

She could have been a real-life, female “Rocky” on ice. She could have been the People’s Champion.

Seriously.

Female skating legends were beautiful athletes who projected an almost regal air, from the reign of the glamorous Sonja Henie through Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Janet Lynn, Katarina Witt, et al. From demeanor to costume to makeup to choice of music to knowing how much to play to the crowd and the judges, there was a certain way of doing things.

And then along comes Tonya Harding, clomping onto the ice in clownish makeup and garish costumes hand-sewn by her mother, attacking her routine to the sounds of ZZ Top’s “Sleeping Bag” — and knocking the wind of out the skating world by becoming the first woman to nail a triple axel.

We just might have loved Tonya if the rogue’s gallery of abusers, miscreants, sycophants and clowns surrounding her had given her the least bit of encouragement to consider the possibility she was actually something quite special.

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Golden Globe Winner Best Picture, Comedy and Best Actress!

LADY BIRD

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

Showtimes

  • Monday, January 22 - Thursday, January 25:  (4:15), 7:00
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.

'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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