A “June Jumble” of films for Friday Night Flix

May 31, 2019

BELFAST — June's Friday Night Flix features films themed “June Jumble.” The free screenings take place Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Karen Gleeson and Paul Sheridan are presenting an assortment of films, each of which is described as a “comedy-drama.” Some are more funny than others, but like life, all are a mixture of both comedy and drama, all with a human twist.

The first film of the month, “Hail Caesar!” (2016, UK/Japan/USA) on June 7, is another hit from the pen and direction of the Coen Brothers, who have given us such greats as “Fargo” and “Blood Simple.” Classic Hollywood is cleverly skewered by an all-star cast including Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill and even Dolph Lundgren. It portrays a day in the life of a Hollywood “fixer" for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s (portrayed by Josh Brolin), who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But he meets his match when he has to deal with the disappearance of studio star Baird Whitlock (Belfasters will know that name, here portrayed by George Clooney). The film runs 1 hr. 46 min., in English (but with subtitles, so as not to miss a word), and is rated PG-13.

On June 14 is an Australian black comedy “The Dressmaker” (2015, Australia) based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham. It stars Kate Winslet as a femme fatale in the title role of Tilly, a dressmaker who returns to a small town to take care of her ailing, mentally unstable mother (Australian actress Judy Davis). Tilly is everything the town isn't – sophisticated, stylish, experienced and worldly. She has come back for one reason – revenge. The film has been described as "Clint Eastwood's ‘Unforgiven,' with a sewing machine.” The film runs 1 hr. 58 min., in “Australian” with subtitles, and is rated R.

The series concludes on June 21 with “The Band's Visit” (2007, Israel/USA/France). The eight men of the Alexandria (Egypt) Ceremonial Police Orchestra have been invited to an Arab cultural center, but through a series of miscommunications, they take their bus to the middle of the Negev Desert in Israel, to a lonely outpost that, according to one of its residents, not only doesn't have a cultural center but has no culture. The few Israeli townspeople's response varies from curiosity, friendship and wariness, but the town provides them with shelter, food, music and companionship during their visit. Since the film's debut, this story has been produced as a musical both on- and off-Broadway. However, this is the original! The film runs 1 hr. 27 min., in Hebrew, Arabic and English, with subtitles, and is rated PG-13.

On June 28 there will be no film shown.

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