“Beginners” Opens Fri 7/15, 6th Big Week for Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”, Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” is Wednesday’s Summer Classic

Mike Mills’ “Beginners” imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage – came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him. trailer

No Summer Classic Series would be complete without a healthy dose of Alfred Hitchcock, and “Shadow of a Doubt” was reportedly his favorite film.  Teresa Wright plays Charlie, a small-town high-schooler who enjoys a symbiotic relationship with her favorite uncle, also named Charlie (Joseph Cotten). When young Charlie “wills” that old Charlie pay a visit to her family, her wish comes true. Uncle Charlie is his usual charming self, but he seems a bit secretive and reserved at times. Too, his manner of speaking is curiously unsettling, especially when he brings up the subject of rich widows. When a pair of detectives (MacDonald Carey and Wallace Ford), posing as magazine writers, arrive in town and begin asking questions about Uncle Charlie, young Charlie’s curiosity is aroused. Why, for example, has Uncle Charlie torn an article out of the evening newspaper?  The casting, from stars to bit players, is impeccable; the best of the batch is Hume Cronyn, making his film debut as a wimpy murder-mystery aficionado. trailer

Check out our Facebook page to see what folks are saying about Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”, and why they are coming back a second time and bringing their friends! We can’t keep it much longer, so catch it while you can. trailer

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