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Good Drama Plays At Towngate Cinema


“Hateship Loveship,” a drama starring Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Kristen Wiig, and Nick Nolte is the feature at the Towngate Cinema this weekend. Mr. McCauley (Nolte) is an elderly man who hires Johanna Parry (Wiig) as a caregiver for himself and his teenage granddaughter, Sabitha (Steinfeld). Matters become complicated when Johanna meets Sabitha’s estranged father, Ken (Pearce).

The showtimes for the film are Friday, Aug. 8, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9., at 4, 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is rated R with a running time of 104 minutes. The following critical commentary is from

Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper Kristen Wiig’s performance in the unfortunately titled “Hateship Loveship” is so beautifully muted it takes a while to appreciate the loveliness of the notes she’s hitting.

SlateDana Stevens
 The revelation of “Hateship Loveship” is the casting of Kristen Wiig, who effortlessly makes the shift from comedian to straight dramatic actress in a role full of potential ego traps that she never falls into.


Washington PostAnn Hornaday “Hateship Loveship” sneaks up on the viewer, not only in the way the story takes its unlikely turns, but in Wiig’s own portrayal of a woman discovering desire and, in the most subtle way possible, acting on it.

Miami HeraldConnie Ogle We may not understand her, this strange, solitary woman, but we know in our bones her desire for a place in the world.


Christian Science MonitorPeter Rainer Although the cast, which also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christine Lahti in sharp cameos, is very good, Wiig’s performance is self-effacing to a fault. Like a lot of comic actors, she overcompensates in dramatic roles by wearing a very long face.


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Towngate Features Woody Allen Film


LOGOSet in 1928 on the French Riviera, “Magic in the Moonlight,” which was written and directed by Woody Allen, tells the story of a magician (Colin Firth) dedicated to exposing those posing as spiritualists. His current quest is to discover whether or not Sophie (Emma Stone) can really contact spirits.

Show times for “Magic in the Moonlight” are Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, at 4, 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 with a running time of 97 minutes. The following critical commentary is from

New York Observer Rex Reed
 A master stroke of enchantment from one of the few legitimate cinematic geniuses of the modern cinema, with a nimble and tender performance of enormous elegance and charm by Colin Firth that is heart-meltingly romantic.

Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern
 Stone is entrancing, whether Sophie is in or out of her trance state, and so is the movie as a whole.


Time Out New York Keith Uhlich
 The director’s latest—a lighthearted romance set in 1920s Germany and France—won’t do much to sway proponents or detractors from their own perspectives, though taken at face value, it’s one of Allen’s most charmingly conceived and performed efforts. 

VarietyScott Foundas 
Whenever Firth and Stone are onscreen together, the movie sings; the rest of the time it’s never less than a breezy divertissement.


Christian Science MonitorPeter Rainer Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is a “serious” movie attempting to be lighthearted. It deals with the same issues that Allen’s idol, Ingmar Bergman, often grappled with – namely, the battle zone of reason versus mysticism – but offhandedly. 

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Acclaimed Comedy Here This Weekend


This weekend’s offering at the Towngate Cinema is “Your Sister’s Sister,” a critically acclaimed comedy/drama starring Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt. In an effort to help a man cope with the death of his brother, a woman offers to let him stay at her family’s cabin located on a remote island. But when he arrives there, he finds the woman’s sister, who is trying to get over the end of a long relationship, and the two of them seek solace in each other.

Show times for “Your Sister’s Sister” are Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at 4, 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is rated R, and its running time is 90 minutes. The following critical commentary is from 

USA TodayClaudia Puig
 So many movies try to capture human relationships and fail miserably. A few come close. Your Sister’s Sister nails it with grace, humor and winning charm.

Entertainment Weekly
 Lisa Schwarzbaum Each an actor of distinctive delicacy, Duplass, DeWitt, and Blunt do some of their subtlest, most sweetly calibrated work ever, playing off one another with the kind of ease and trust that is, in itself, a demonstration of love.

indieWIREEric Kohn Duplass’ feisty energy is matched by DeWitt’s constant smarminess, while Blunt’s shy, fragile behavior balances off the forceful personalities surrounding her.

St. Louis Post-DispatchCalvin Wilson
This is a smart, moving film that’s also very, very funny.

MovielineMichelle Orange It’s a mark of Shelton’s ability to create living characters from seemingly minor shared moments — the ones that wind up meaning everything.

New York Daily NewsElizabeth Weitzman This film’s only real stumble is its ending, which is so predictable it seems like a bit of a copout.

TimeMary Pols
 There is a looseness to the dialogue that suits the mood of the story-each character gets his or her own bombshell (or two) to digest and has to figure out how to cope with it.

Chicago ReaderJ.R. Jones In some mumblecore movies the semi-improvised dialogue can be engulfed by hipster irony, but the acting here is so skilled, and the emotional terrain so rocky, that Shelton manages to break past the genre’s narrow social parameters to a moving story of grief, betrayal, and devotion.

Time Out New YorkJoshua Rothkopf Nothing about the movie is showy, except for Shelton’s palpable love of good people making a mess of things. Barring some late-inning coyness, it’s some of the truest, dinged-heart couples’ circling of the year.

The GuardianMatt Mueller A captivating examination of criss-crossing relationships permeated by incisive performances.

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“Alfred Nobbs” Playing This Weekend

This weekend’s feature at the Towngate Cinema is “Pariah,” the critically acclaimed film about a 17-year-old African-American woman’s (Adepero Oduye) attempt to cope with her lesbianism as she grows into adulthood in Brooklyn.

The  show times for “Pariah” are Friday, April 13, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday at 4, 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is rated R, and its running time is 86 minutes. The following critical commentary is compliments of

Washington PostAnn Hornaday This invigoratingly fresh, optimistic film – which features the breathtaking debuts of director Dee Rees and leading lady Adepero Oduye – plunges the audience into a world that’s both tough and tender, vivid and grim, drenched in poetry and music and pain and discovery.

Entertainment WeeklyLisa Schwarzbaum Rees presents this vivid, hidden culture with raw honesty.

San Francisco ChronicleAmy Biancolli
 The film benefits most of all from Rees’ careful screenplay, which dances that shifting line between fear and emergent hope. One of Alike’s poems says it best: “Even breaking is opening. And I am broken. I am open.”

NPR Ella Taylor The movie is anything but combative. Pariah is a tender, sporadically goofy, yet candid examination of emergent identity, a film whose lack of attitude sets it apart from much of the hard-bitten, thug-life storytelling that’s dominated African-American cinema for decades.

Austin Chronicle Marjorie Baumgarten Yes, it’s a coming-out film, but it breaks that mold by being thoroughly unpredictable. It’s a coming-of-age film, too, and by virtue of of telling the story of a young, black lesbian, Pariah also ventures into novel territory for a motion picture.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Calvin Wilson Like Elizabeth Olsen   in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Oduye brilliantly slips inside the skin of a sensitive young woman who’s having trouble finding her place in the world.

Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey
 Rees tells Alike’s story in vignettes that are sometimes slapstick, sometimes heartbreaking, always tender.

Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips The payoffs here begin and end with Oduye, and as we see this character confront her obstacles with bravery, grace and resolve, “Pariah” exhibits many of the same traits, for which filmgoers can be thankful.

Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert So what we’re seeing here is the emergence of a promising writer-director, an actor and a cinematographer who are all exciting, and have cared to make a film that seeks helpful truths.

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‘Like Crazy’ Is Coming To The Towngate

The Towngate Cinema will feature a special New Year’s weekend engagement of the critically acclaimed film “Like Crazy” starring Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. The movie is a love story about a British woman named Anna (Jones) and an American named Jacob, who meet when they are both students at a university in Los Angeles. They fall deeply in love, and when it comes time for Anna to be graduated, she decides to stay in America in violation of her student visa. But after she makes a brief visit to England, she learns that she is going to have great difficulty getting back into the United States because of the red tape involving customs and immigration laws.

The show times for “Like Crazy” are Friday, Dec. 30, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is rated PG-13, and its running time is 90 minutes. The following critical commentary is compliments of HAPPY NEW YEAR!

San Francisco ChronicleMick LaSalle
 The actors keep their clothes on, but everything else is naked in Like Crazy, a romantic drama that makes other romantic films look obvious and calculated in comparison.            

Christian Science MonitorPeter Rainer A semi-improvised, microbudget marvel with a range of feeling that shames most big-budget star-driven movies.


USA TodayClaudia Puig
 Doremus’ elegant filmmaking is key to the appeal of the film, but it would never work as superbly without the wonderfully natural, believable performances and powerful chemistry of the lead actors. 

Entertainment WeeklyLisa Schwarzbaum
 Like Crazy tells the truth, simply: Love is thrilling. And – just because of the way life happens – sometimes love hurts.         

VarietyAndrew Barker
 An exquisite, beautifully acted gem of a film, one that should serve as a prelude to bigger things for stars Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, as well as director Drake Doremus. 


St. Louis Post-DispatchCalvin Wilson
A beautifully realized drama that gets to the essence of what it’s like to be young, confused and in love.           

Rolling StonePeter Travers
 Jones is a marvel. Sundance couldn’t get enough of her. You won’t, either. Her performance grabs hold and won’t let go.

Portland OregonianShawn Levy 
There’s plenty of freshness and skill here, both in front of the camera and behind it.  


indieWIREEric Kohn
In Sundance terms, Like Crazy qualifies as this year’s “Blue Valentine,” but it’s more observational about the details of a doomed relationship than relentlessly bleak like the aforementioned Derek Cianfrance movie.            

Chicago ReaderJ.R. Jones
 This indie drama starts off as a sexy little date movie, but once the lovers have been separated it grows steadily more complicated and mature.            

TimeMary Pols
 Like Crazy is a cinematic love potion and you leave it feeling bewitched.

Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern
 Like Crazy develops slowly, and threatens at first to be just another movie about beautiful young people in the Age of Fraught Relationships. It’s much more than that, though. Without belaboring any issues, it speaks volumes about fear of commitment.

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Acclaimed Drama Playing At Towngate

The Towngate Cinema will present a limited engagement this weekend of the critically acclaimed “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” starring Elizabeth Olsen as a vulnerable woman who escapes from a cult in rural New York and goes to live with her sister (Sarah Paulson). Adjusting to a normal life proves difficult for her, however, because she is haunted by the memories of what happened to her when she was living with cult.

The showtimes for “Martha Marcy May Marlene” are Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at 4, 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is rate R, and its running time is 102 minutes. The following critical commentary is compliments of

Philadelphia InquirerSteven Rea
 Moves from its protagonist’s dream state to her memories to her waking present in imperceptible shifts – the effect is disorienting, at first, but ingenious. 

Portland Oregonian Marc Mohan
 It’s a topic that’s been handled in films before, perhaps most notably in Jane Campion’s “Holy Smoke,” but Durkin offers the most persuasively believable peek into the psyche of such a character I’ve ever seen.          

The A.V. ClubNoel Murray Because the movie plays on so many common fears – including fears of being in a remote house with big windows when intruders arrive – the confusion of Martha Marcy May Marlene proves effective, not sloppy.


indieWIREEric Kohn Like “Afterschool,” Durkin’s first feature explores the dangerous extremes of youth vulnerability.

Arizona RepublicBill Goodykoontz
 Olsen makes us understand, as best we can, Martha’s plight. She has a tenuous grip on reality, and, thanks to Olsen’s performance and Durkin’s sure hand, by the film’s end, so do we. 

Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey
A film of rough edges and no easy answers, nearly perfect in its imperfection.

Boxoffice MagazineSara Maria Vizcarrondo
 Martha Marcy May Marlene enters so richly into psychological horror it recalls those disturbing dramatizations of Jonestown that were big on TV in the ’80s. 

Orlando SentinelRoger Moore
 The rawboned Hawkes manages both charm and menace in the same look, and Dancy gives his character a testy, fearful edge that doesn’t make him scary, but rather someone we fear for.

Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips
 The acting in Durkin’s feature is excellent. Olsen is utilized largely as an object for camera adoration, but not in the usual glamorizing way. Olsen, Hawkes and company play slippery figures with lovely assurance.

Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert
 A linear story, or one that was fragmented more clearly, could have been more effective. Still, a good film, ambitious and effective, introducing a gifted young actress and a director whose work I’ll anticipate. 

ReelViewsJames Berardinelli
 Martha Marcy May Marlene offers a challenging, emotionally riveting experience, even if the conclusion dangles at the edge of an unresolvable cliffhanger.


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R – 113 minutes – subtitled

June 24-26

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