Saturday, December 15 - Sunday, December 16: (12:00), 2:30, 5:15, 8:00
Monday, December 17 - Thursday, December 20: (2:30), 5:15, 8:00
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant...Read more
A wild, wickedly funny blast of fresh air
5 stars, out of 5
Mike Scott / The Times-Picayune
To the casual observer, "The Favourite" would appear to be every bit your traditionally stuffy Oscar picture. It's about British royals. It's got extravagant costumes and powdered wigs. It boasts opulent sets and all the other trappings of award season. But while director Yorgos Lanthimos' film can, indeed, be expected to maintain a conspicuous presence on any number of red carpets during Hollywood's impending award season, it is anything but tradition-bound. Rather, his "Favourite" is a refreshingly original and giddily lurid tale of palace intrigue, a comedy of manners posing as a right and proper costume drama -- but one that has its middle finger extended defiantly at the establishment from its very first frame.
That being said, "The Favourite" is easily his most accessible film to date, centered around the deliciously scandalous whisperings surrounding Queen Anne and her relationships with the Duchess of Marlborough and Lady Marlborough's cousin and fellow lady-in-waiting, Abigail Hill.
More to the point, Lanthimos' film examines the ruthlessly calculated jockeying by Lady Marlborough (Weisz) and Abigail (Emma Stone) for the favor of Colman's Queen Anne -- and their willingness to do anything at all to cement their position at court.
All three are rich, juicy roles, each boasting their own well-written balance of strength and vulnerability, free agency and oppression, defiance and deference. All three actresses -- Weisz, Stone and particularly Colman -- seize them, too, digging into Lanthimos' tale with both fists.
All three also appear to be having the times of their lives. After all, roles like these don't come around too often.
Neither do movies like "The Favourite" -- or filmmakers like Lanthimos.
Saturday, December 15-Sunday, December 16: (1:00), 4:00, 7:00
Monday, December 17-Thursday, December 20: (4:00), 7:00
Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the...Read more
A jazzman and a bruiser take feel-good road trip in ’60s South
Richard Roeper / Chicago Sun-Times
“Green Book” meets our expectations at every intersection and occasionally veers from the sentimental lane into a corny patch — and yet it’s still one of best comfort-food movies of the year, a lovely and sweet road movie that plays a compacted 1960s role-reversal take on “Driving Miss Daisy.” Primarily, though, “Green Book” is a friendship story about the two men. Most of their adventures are painted in broad strokes, and the messages are hardly subtle, but thanks in large part to the winning chemistry between Ali and Mortensen, and a pretty darn inspirational true-life story as its foundation, this was one of the best times I’ve had at the movies this year.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading