Words & Film

Free film | Rated PG-13   “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob,

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October Sky – Words & Film

Sunday, October 1st 2:00 pm Free film | Rated PG This October marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik and the beginning of the space race. October Sky is the story of how the 1950s space race inspires four West Virginia teens to begin creating their own rockets in the hopes of getting out of their coal-mining town.

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Loving – Words & Film

Join us for a free showing of Loving   The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. In 1958, in the state of Virginia, the idea of interracial marriage was not only considered to be immoral to

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Words & Film – Deepwater Horizon

Lone Survivor director Peter Berg helmed this docudrama about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the 2010 oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.   The film depicts the challenges that Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and the rest of the rig’s crew faced as they fought for survival. Kate Hudson, Kurt

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This biopic of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), traces her journey from the Kampala slum of Katwe, where she is forced to abandon her formal schooling at the age of nine, to the upper echelons of the chess world after she develops an interest in the game at a youth-outreach program run by Robert Katende (David Oyelowo).  Lupita

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Words & Film

Please join us on Sunday, February 5th at 2 p.m. for a showing of the Oscar-nominated film, 13th. In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The New York Times described the film as “Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming.” The film will be shown in the Community Room

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Words & Film – Selma

Join us on Sunday October 2nd at 2:00 PM for a viewing of the film “Selma”. David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this historical drama set during the height of the American civil-rights movement, and depicting the marches from Selma, AL, to the state capital of Montgomery to secure voting rights for black people. Brad Pitt and

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Words & Film: Concussion

Filmmaker Peter Landesman (Parkland) wrote and directed this sports-themed drama based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’ GQ article “Game Brain,” about the potentially horrific cost of playing football. Pittsburgh-based neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers a degenerative brain disease now known as CTE in the autopsies of several deceased pro-football players, but after presenting his research, he finds himself under

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Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda. The film was nominated for seven academy awards and Mark Rylance received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Set during the Cold War, the film stars Tom Hanks as an American lawyer who is recruited to defend a Soviet spy in court (played

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Free Film – Suffragette

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Words & Film Sunday Matinee presents the 2015 film Suffragette. Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to risk everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story

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