Friday Night Feature - 'McFarland USA'

Friday, July 10th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - McFarland USA (2015) Starring Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratts, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, and Michael Aguero; Rated PG; 128 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

In this inspiring sports drama based on actual events, Kevin Costner plays a high-school football coach who ends up leading a cross-country track team made up of lower-class Latino students to a state championship. Jim White (Costner) finds his days as a football coach numbered when an incident with a player leads to his dismissal. Desperate for work, he moves his wife (Maria Bello) and daughters (Morgan Saylor and Elsie Fisher) from Idaho to McFarland, CA, a rural town that's predominately Latino and the only place willing to give him a teaching job. The family feel like they don't fit into their new community, but White has an epiphany one day when he sees his students running from their early-morning farming jobs to school: Why not channel their talents into running cross-country track? Soon enough, White is connecting with his young charges, particularly a gifted athlete named Thomas (Carlos Pratts), and the squad set their sights on a state championship. 

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Foreign Film Fest: 'Amelie'

Monday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. - Amelie (French) (2001) Starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Serge Merlin, Rufus, Jamel Debbouze, and Yolande Moreau; Rated R; 120 minutes; Presented with captions.

Amelie is a shy young woman who has a love of life’s small pleasures. While she takes joy in the slightest things in life she is still looking for love as well as the course her life should take. Her slightly dysfunctional family have fostered her tentative interaction with her neighbors as well as the customers of the Parisian restaurant where she waitresses. When she successfully tracks down the owner of a box of boyhood treasures that she found in her house she begins to believe she might have the power to influence more of the people around her. This fairy-tale style film follows the heroine until she finds love and her place in life even though everyone around her has always underestimated her.

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Wednesday Matinee- 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Wednesday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m. - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Frank Overton, and Rosemary Murphy; NR; 129 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris, her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. 

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Friday Night Feature - 'While We're Young'

Friday, July 17th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - While We're Young (2014) Starring Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller, Adam Driverm, Maria Dizzia, and Naomi Watts; Rated R; 94 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enter their lives. Josh and Cornelia's friends start having children and, instead of following suit, they befriend a young hipster couple. Jamie is an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begin enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought.

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Foreign Film Fest: 'Saawariya'

Monday, July 20th at 1:30 p.m. - Saawariya (Indian) (2007) Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, Zohra Sehgal, and Begum Para; Rated PG; 142 minutes; Presented with captions.

The title of Saawariya carries a double meaning; it refers to both an epithet for the Hindu god Krishna and to a title sought by many Indian lovers, who wish to reach a state of "Saawariya," or overpowering consumption by love. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic drama Saawariya weaves the tale of the ill-fated romance between two such individuals: artist Raj, who finds the fulfillment of his soul's yearning when he enters one of the most picturesque rural hamlets in India, and his lover, Sakina, a mysterious young woman whom he spots standing on a bridge. Raj tries desperately to win Sakina's love and devotion, but finds it increasingly difficult to accept the truth of her past. 

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Friday Night Feature - 'Woman in Gold'

Friday, July 24th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Woman in Gold (2015) Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Daniel Brühl, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Six decades after WWII, an elderly Jewish woman (Helen Mirren) returns to Vienna in order to reclaim family belongings that were once seized by the Nazis in this poignant drama based on a true story. Chief among those items is the Gustav Klimt painting "The Lady in Gold." With the help of her ambitious young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), the woman takes her fight all the way from Austria to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Foreign Film Fest: 'Life is Beautiful/La Vita È Bella'

Monday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. - Life is Beautiful/La Vita È Bella (1997) Starring Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric, and Marisa Paredes; Rated PG-13; 110 minutes; Presented with captions.

In this WWII tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's real-life wife). Dora likes Guido, but she remains faithful to her pompous fiancé, so Guido has an uphill struggle. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido's Jewish uncle (Giustino Durano). Leaping ahead to five years later, during WWII, Guido and Dora are married and have a son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest.

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Friday Night Feature - 'The Longest Ride'

Friday, July 31st at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Longest Ride (2015) Starring Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, and Oona Chaplin; Rated PG-13; 139 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

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