Theatrical Release at the Grand Theater on December 25, 2009
THE YOUNG VICTORIA (2009) Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee @ 100 minutes.
The film stars Emily Blunt, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, and Mark Strong. Synopsis: The story of the young queen, chronicling her turbulent rise to the crown and her passionate romance with Prince Albert. Taglines: Love rules all. [And] She was the Queen of an Empire, but her heart belonged to one man. Reviewed as, “Utterly gorgeous, visually stunning and gloriously romantic.”
HER MAJESTY, MRS. BROWN (1997) Directed by John Madden @ 105 minutes.
The film stars Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Gerard Butler, and Geoffrey Palmer. Synopsis: Queen Victoria was bereft by the death of Prince Albert, and she withdrew from public life to her Scottish retreat at Balmoral. Her personal servant was a highlander named John Brown, who was able to encourage her to take interest in life again; which politically erupted into a firestorm of intrigue. Tagline: A powerful Queen; her forbidden passion. [And] Loyalty without question; friendship without equal—that would transform an empire. Siskel & Ebert gave it, “Two very enthusiastic thumbs up! This is the rarest of films—intelligent, entertaining, and funny.”
BRICK (2005) Written & Directed by Rian Johnson @ 100 minutes.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, and Richard Roundtree. Synopsis: A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. The film won “Special Jury Prize” at the Sundance Film Festival. Tagline: A detective story. Roger Ebert wrote, “What is unexpected and daring is that BRICK transposes the attitudes and dialogue of classic noir detective fiction to a modern Southern California high school.”
HER MAJESTY, MRS. BROWN will screen at CSL on Friday, January 8, 2010.
BRICK will screen at CSL on Friday, January 15, 2009.