13
Dec
2018
Washington
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11 Street, NW
Washington, DC  20004
United States of America
Dear Rotary Movie Fans -- Please join us Thursday, December 13, 2018, for the 42nd Ed O'Brien ROTARY MOVIE NIGHT featuring "The Favourite," starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, & Olivia Colman, nominated for 5 Golden Globes. 
 
Film:   The Favourite
                   
Date:     2nd Thursday, December 13, 2018
 
Time:     Meet at 6:45 PM in the lobby to pick up tickets; 
                       Movie starts at 7:15 PM.
 
Where:    Landmark E Street Cinema, 11th & E Streets, NW 
METRO:  Metro Center
 
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SUMMARY:  Set amid the outrageous aristocratic excesses of 18th century royals, The Favourite is a dark yet comic story about three hugely commanding women jockeying with raw abandon for love, favor and power. 
     England is at war with the French.  Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving at court. 
     A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), who has given birth to 17 infants but has no living heir, occupies the throne; her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), an expert strategist and powerful personality, governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and capricious temper. 
      When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm and intelligence catch Sarah’s attention, and she makes Abigail her protégé.  Ambitious to get ahead, Abigail finds ways to make herself valuable to the Queen, and soon grows into a dangerous rival to Sarah. 
      Abigail will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.  Directed by international bad boy Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer). Winner of the Special Grand Jury Prize and Best Actress Prize (Colman) at the Venice Film Festival.  2 hours.  
 
Critic reviews:  4.5 Stars on Rotten Tomatoes !
The Favourite is a wildly entertaining, bracingly cynical comedy of royal manners directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. It's a farce with teeth.
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--A.O. Scott, The NYTimes
 
Best of all, he makes us care about this women warriors who, without compromising their strength, also reveal their vulnerability and sorrow. 
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--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
 
The comedy is elegant, frequently dark and genuinely witty.  The spectacle is gorgeous. The revisionism is gleeful. 
--Joe Morgenstern. Wall Street Journal
 
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ALSO TAKE NOTE
Movie Night founder, Wilhelmina Bratton, highly recommends
 the following film:
Green Book*
nominated for 5 Golden Globes:
 
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Be sure and see the film "Green Book"  that showcases a critical part of Black history.  The Negro Motorist Green Book (1936-1964), popularly known as the Green Book, was a travel guide to help African American motorists avoid social obstacles prevalent during the period of racial segregation/Jim Crow.  The Green Book listed the hotels, restaurants, garages, service stations, bars, etc. that would allow Negros to be serviced.   Victor Hugo Green, African American postal employee from Harlem, New York City, developed and wrote the Green Book travel guide.
Synopsis:
      This is a true story.   Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour from New York City to the Deep South in 1962.  In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx.   Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside their differences and the two soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.
     Donald Walbridge Shirley (January 29, 1927 – April 6, 2013) was a highly acclaimed Black pianist and composer.  At the age of nine, Shirley was invited to study theory with Mittolovski at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music.  He also studied with Conrad Bernier and Thaddeus Jones at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.    Shirley earned a doctorate of Music, Psychology, and Liturgical Arts.  He spoke eight languages fluently and was a talented painter.
 
 
*Unfortunately, not playing Thursday at Landmark E Street, but
you can see it at local theaters everywhere.