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Party Downtown & The Barn Light present The Resonance of Gen-X Series: GROSSE POINTE BLANK

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GROSSE POINTE BLANK

Comedy/Crime/Romance – 1997 – USA – 107 Minutes – Buena Vista International – Rated R

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Most people have trouble deciding what to say when they’re asked what they’ve been doing with their lives at a High School reunion, but Martin Blank (as played by John Cusack) has a different problem than most — he has to make his career sound less interesting than it actually is. Martin is a former CIA operative who is now a freelance hit man, making good money for killing people he doesn’t know. However, Martin’s game has been a bit off lately; he’s no longer happy in his work, and both hissecretary Marcella (Joan Cusack) and his psychiatrist, Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin), who is more than a bit nervous about having a hired assassin as a patient, think that Martin should accept an offered assignment in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, his old home town, which would conveniently coincide with his ten year high school reunion. While in Grosse Pointe, Martin discovers that his high school sweetheart, Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver), is still living in town, and still holds a grudge against him for standing her up on prom night. While Martin tries to sort out his past and tie up loose ends with Debi (whom he still loves), he discovers someone in Grosse Pointe is out to kill him; he’s also confronted by the highly unstable Mr. Grocer (Dan Aykroyd), a fellow hit man who wants Martin to join forces with him and form a union and isn’t keen on taking no for an answer. Grosse Pointe Blank was a pet project for star John Cusack, who co-wrote the screenplay and also served as co-producer.

Directed by George Armitage

Starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Akroyd, Joan Cusack, Hank Azaria

PLAYING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Sunday shows $12 ($10 for Bijou Members) – The admission ticket includes a complimentary cup of coffee at Party Downtown before the Sunday matinee screening and brunch at Party Downtown following the screening

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THE ZERO THEOREM

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THE ZERO THEOREM

Drama/Fantasy/Sci-Fi – 2014 – USA – 107 Minutes – Voltage Pictures – Rated R

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The latest movie from visionary director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus). The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it’s only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he’s able to understand his own reason for being.

Directed by Terry Gilliam

Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Mélanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, Lucas Hedges, David Thewlis

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STARRED UP

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STARRED UP

Drama – 2014 – UK – 106 Minutes – Tribeca Films – Unrated

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9-year-old Eric (Jack O’Connell, star of the upcoming Unbroken), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, The Dark Knight Rises). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates – and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point – Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend, Homeland), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him. Written by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser, Starred Up is a merciless, uncompromising portrayal of a dehumanizing life behind bars, and the most accomplished film of David Mackenzie’s career; as father and son, Mendelsohn and O’Connell give extraordinary performances, charting a path that resembles Greek tragedy.

Directed by David Mackenzie

Starring Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend

LOCKS YOU IN AND REFUSES TO LET YOU GO.” – The New York Times (full review HERE)

BREAKS THE BOUNDS OF ITS GENRE with phenomenal technique and Jack O’Connell’s shocking performance.” – The Wall Street Journal

BRUTALLY AUTHENTIC. An intensely-charged father-and-son story…powered by Jack O’Connell’s riveting performance.” – Film Comment

THE FIRST TRULY GREAT FILM OF 2014. Makes a bona fide breakthrough star of its lead Jack O’Connell.” – The Playlist

UNFLINCHINGLY BRUTAL, INCREDIBLY WELL ACTED. David Mackenzie is a master of atmosphere and finding telling bits of human detail.” – Vulture

FURIOUSLY COMPELLING…superbly acted.” – Time Out

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BOYHOOD

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BOYHOOD

Drama – 2014 – USA – 166 Minutes – IFC Films – Rated R

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Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. 

Written & Directed by Richard Linklater

Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette

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A MOST WANTED MAN

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A MOST WANTED MAN

Thriller – 2014 – USA – 122 Minutes – Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions – Rated R

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When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist?

Based on John le Carré’s novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.

Directed by Anton Corbijn

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe

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THE ONE I LOVE

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THE ONE I LOVE

Comedy/Drama/Romance – 2014 – USA – 91  Minutes – Radius-TWC – Rated R

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The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, THE ONE I LOVE is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell’s keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. On the brink of separation, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

Directed by Charlie McDowell

Starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss

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MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

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MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

Comedy/Drama/Romance – 2014 – USA  – 97 Minutes – Sony Pictures Classics – PG-13

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A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Cote d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.

Written & Directed by Woody Allen

Starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Atkins, Jacki Weaver

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