Screening Details: Monday, October 15th at 7:30pm at Landmark E St
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At 18, Nicolas Sheff was a good student, editor of his high school newspaper, an actor in the school play and a member of the water polo team. A voracious reader and a talented artist, Nic was set to enter college in the fall. He had started experimenting with drugs when he was 12, but in his late teens he tried meth for the first time and, as he writes, “the world went from black and white to Technicolor.” Nic went almost instantly from a teenager dabbling with substances to a having a full-blown dependency.
BEAUTIFUL BOY is a searingly honest/frank account of the Sheff family’s journey through Nic’s continuing struggles with addiction. Based on acclaimed journalist David Sheff’s bestseller of the same name and his son Nic’s breakout memoir Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, the film presents a unique portrait of the ways addiction can destroy lives and the power of love to rebuild them.
Harrowing, heart-breaking and yet full of joy, hope, and love, BEAUTIFUL BOY recounts the rehabs, disappearances, broken promises and rage as Nic sinks deeper into the drug world, as well as David’s efforts to save his “beautiful boy” from the ravages of addiction.
Directed by: Felix van Groeningen (Belgica, The Broken Circle Breakdown)
Cast: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Big Short) and Timotheģe Chalamet (Interstellar, Call Me by Your Name), Maura Tierney (“The Affair,” Baby Mama), Amy Ryan (Birdman, Gone Baby Gone) and Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People).
Screening Details: Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00pm at Regal Majestic
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In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). Rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use. Running Time: 107 minutes
Directed by: Marielle Heller
Screenplay by: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
Based on the book by: Lee Israel
Produced by: Anne Carey p.g.a., Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Ben Falcone, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Spinella