New Films This Week: “The Help”; “Snow Flower & The Secret Fan” (one week only!); “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” Wednesday’s Summer Classic

From the director of “The Joy Luck Club” , “Snow Flower & The Secret Fan” is set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women. trailer

“The Help” stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. trailer

 

Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor together with riveting performances. Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. trailer

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