Matthew Goode, Tuppence Middleton, Maggie Smith
Saturday, September 21 - Sunday, September 22: (12:00), 2:30, 5:15, 8:00
Monday, September 23 - Thursday, September 26: (5:15), 8:00
This fall, the worldwide phenomenon DOWNTON ABBEY, becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will...Read more
‘Downton Abbey’ movie a happy homecoming
On the big screen, the highbrow soap opera’s improbabilities seem sillier and the highlights seem even more brilliant.
Three Stars (out of four)
By Richard Roeper / Chicago Sun-Times
A few years after all those memorable early 20th century British period-piece characters took their curtain call (or so we thought) in an audience-pleasing, unabashedly sentimental series finale, now arrives the “Downton Abbey” movie, which is the cinematic equivalent of taking a trip to Highclere Castle for old times’ sake and taking one last look around.
It’s an extravagant dessert after a six-course meal. Absolutely unnecessary, but still a real treat.
For all its sophistication and pinpoint attention to detail, for all the wonderful performances from one of the great ensemble casts in television history, for all the sharp-tongued dialogue and gorgeous visuals, “Downton Abbey” embraced its soap opera core from the very start — complete with arbitrary deaths, lurid affairs, dramatic marriage proposals, devious criminal doings, multiple instances of elaborate cover-up efforts to hide the biological truth about a child, etc., etc. Magnified to the big screen, some of the more implausible moments seem even more ridiculous.
But that also holds true for the highlights, from a genuinely moving conversation between the Dowager Countess and Lady Mary that reinforces their respective standings as perhaps the two most powerful, take-charge characters in the “Downton” canon, to the visual splendor of Downton Abbey aka Highclere Castle on the big screen.
Saturday, September 21 - Sunday, September 22: (4:15), 7:00
Monday, September 23 - Thursday, September 26: 7:00
Brittany Forgler is a hilarious, friendly, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good time, but at 27, her late-night adventures and early-morning walks-of-shame are starting to catch up to her. When she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor's office in an attempt to score some...Read more
Jillian Bell excels as a trainwreck who gets back on the rails
— 3 stars (out of four)
Michael Phillips - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Eight years ago, Jillian Bell was playing “Girl at Shower" in the hit comedy “Bridesmaids.” Now, finally, the “Saturday Night Live” writing alum and familiar supporting actress and voiceover regular has landed a new role: Woman in Title. Opening wide this week, “Brittany Runs a Marathon” has done well in limited release in LA and New York for a reason. It’s an enjoyable mainstream comedy asserting that change is possible, weight can be lost and races can be won, or at least completed: The marathon of the title refers to the New York City Marathon. It’s simple stuff in terms of narrative. But it’s amplified by a few satisfyingly complicated aspects to Bell’s character. The movie is very hard on its protagonist, and not all the obstacles, humiliations and setbacks escape the realm of cheap pathos. Bell and company keep it honest, though. The movie thrives in its detours. Brittany’s self-doubt makes it a pretty harsh experience. There’s an element (a good, funny, honest element) of Amy Schumer’s showcase feature “Trainwreck” in how “Brittany Runs a Marathon” works. As with that picture, you can feel the gears grinding when it’s uplift time. Yet the uplift is the selling point. The movie succeeds because Bell succeeds. It’s gratifying to see a so-called character actress with reliably deadly comic timing loosen up, stretch out and learn what it means to carry a movie.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading