SONG TO SONG
2017, Broad Green Pictures, 145 min, USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

The Austin, Texas, music scene is the setting for acclaimed writer-director Terrence Malick’s drama of intersecting love triangles. Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender lead the star-studded ensemble cast, while a “who’s who” of alternative music artists (including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and Arcade Fire) appear in cameos. Frequent Malick collaborators Emmanuel Lubezki (cinematography), Jack Fisk (production design) and Jacqueline West (costumes) give this exploration of obsession and betrayal a rich visual component.


RULES DON’T APPLY
2016, 20th Century Fox, 127 min, USA, Dir: Warren Beatty

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) for whom they work.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed. The terrific ensemble cast includes Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen and Paul Sorvino.


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