July 2015

Far From The Madding Crowd

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD  UK 119 min   Drama PG-13

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

An enthralling, complex, nimbly acted drama with a sweeping romance that doesn’t shy away from sexual politics.”  Claudia Puig, USA Today


Gueros

MEXICO  106min  Comedy/Drama  Unrated

Ever since the National University strike broke out, Sombra and Santos have been living in angst-ridden limbo. Education-less, motionless, purposeless, and unsure of what the strike will bring, they begin to look for strange ways to kill time. But their idiosyncratic routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Tomas, Sombra’s kid brother. Unable to fit in amongst these older slackers, Tomas discovers that unsung Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the city. Tomas convinces Sombra and Santos they must track him down in order to pay their final respects on his deathbed. But what they thought would be a simple trip to find their childhood idol, soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery across Mexico City’s invisible frontiers.

“Güeros” is like a flip-book history lesson, one that evokes the pain and comedy – the pop, the politics, the tedium and the momentousness – of a particular moment in the endless, cyclical chronicles of youth and disillusionment.”

A.O.Scott, New York Times