LION
2016, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Australia, Dir: Garth Davis

Garth Davis’ feature debut follows the journey of Saroo, a 5-year old boy alone in Calcutta after being separated from his family; 20 years after being adopted by an Australian couple, he uses Google Earth to search for his birth mother. Newcomer Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel are both tremendously affecting as the young and old Saroo, and they receive strong support from costars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham in this heartwarming true story. “A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


MR. HOLMES
2015, Roadside Attractions, 104 min, UK/USA, Dir: Bill Condon

This graceful adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind is set in 1947, when a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) has retired to a Sussex farm he shares with widowed housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her son (Milo Parker). Struggling with both memory loss and the fictionalization of his exploits, Holmes tries to deduce what went wrong in his final case 30 years earlier. “What Ian McKellen does with Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective in MR. HOLMES is nothing short of magnificent.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


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