Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th Street, NW
at the corner of E St
Washington, DC  20004
United States of America
Dear Rotary Movie Fans -- Please join us Thursday, February 14, 2019, for the 44th Ed O'Brien ROTARY MOVIE NIGHT featuring "If Beale Street Could Talk," directed by Barry Jenkins.
Date:     2nd Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time:     Meet at 6:35 PM in the lobby to pick up tickets; Movie starts at 7:05 PM.
Where:    Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20004
Entrance on E Street
METRO:  Metro Center


SUMMARY:  Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) returns with his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel. 

     Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish (talented newcomer KiKi Layne). 

      A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo (Stephan James, Race, Selma), who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. 

      Even more anxious to clear Fonny’s name is Tish’s deeply compassionate mother Sharon (Regina King, Ray), readying to put herself on the line for her daughter and future son-in-law’s happiness…and for the couple’s unborn child, whose arrival will herald new joys and challenges. 

      Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure. 

     Nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (King), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.

*****Four and a half STARS on ROTTEN TOMATOES !

1 hrs, 59 mins
CAST:   Diego Luna, Teyonah Parris, Finn Wittrock, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein, Stephan James, Regina King, Aunjanue Ellis, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, Michael Beach, KiKi Layne, Emily Rios, Bryan Tyree Henry
DIRECTOR:   Barry Jenkinsimage