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The Pitch – What’s Playing At The Civic, July 28 – Aug 3

The Pitch – What’s Playing at The Civic, July 28 – Aug 3

If you are missing the Thursday Night Movies or Doc Wednesdays during this summer blockbuster season you are in luck!

Edgar Wright’s beautifully crafted stylish, exciting, and fueled by a killer soundtrack, Baby Driver (14A) shares the road with the sleeper hit of the Summer, The Big Sick (14A), the small black comedy and first film for the Trump era, Beatriz at Dinner (PG) and Risk (PG), the story of WikiLeak’s editor-in-chief Julian Assange as seen by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras (Citizen Four).

What could be dismissed as another derivative getaway driver scenario with all the tricks at the wheel is completely the opposite in the capable hands of Edgar Wright.  The 94% Certified Fresh Baby Driver, gets its name and lead character from the Simon and Garfunkle song and that is where this perfect marriage of image and soundtrack begins in this “romantic musical disguised as a car-chase thriller, Baby Driver combines the over-cranked action fantasies of Hot Fuzz with the poptastic sensibilities of Scott Pilgrim vs the World.” ~ The Guardian

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, who co-wrote the romantic comedy The Big Sick, based on their real-life courtship — and her scary illness.  The film, which has become the great sleeper hit of the summer – 98% Certifed Fresh, up-ends and brings a new vitality to the oft tired romantic comedy genre. Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.

Beatriz at Dinner offers timely social commentary enlivened by powerful, layered performances from Salma Hayek and John Lithgow. The dinner party is a powerful setting for black comedy, race, class and religion; opinions of all sorts fall out of the mouths faster than the food goes in.  When I saw the trailer, I immediately thought of Louis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.  And while Buñuel’s film touched on the time and place of Spanish aristocracy, Beatriz finds herself at the perfect time and place to delve early into a Trump era America.

Following up her Academy Award winning documentary, Citizen Four, with intimate access to Edward Snowden, we find Laura Poitras training her lens and sensitivity onto Julian Assange and the contradictions therein in Risk.

This is one killer line-up.  Sorry it all had to be in one-week.

See you there,


Coming next: Dunkirk and The Hero


Baby Driver (14A, 112 mins)
Friday 28, July 7:00 PM
Saturday 29, July 9:00 PM
Sunday 30, July 6:45 PM
Tuesday 1, August 9:15 PM

The Big Sick (14A, 120 mins)
Friday 28, July 9:15 PM
Monday 31, July 7:30 PM
Tuesday 1, August 7:00 PM

Beatriz at Dinner (PG, 82 mins)
Saturday 29, July 7:00 PM
Sunday 30, July 2:00 PM
Thursday 3, August 7:30 PM

Risk (PG, 92 mins)
Wednesday 2, August 7:30 PM