Monday Night Film Series

MONDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES: JANUARY 8 - APRIL 16, 2018

The Monday Night Film Series takes place at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus
Tel: 455-1632 or email info@nbfilmcoop.com

The NB Film Co-op presents the Fredericton Monday Night Film Series. The series partners are the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival and the UNB Faculty of Arts. The series presents limited release, independent foreign and Canadian films for one-night screenings, with the goal of diversifying local access to cinema. These films are new or recent releases, which would not otherwise be available to Fredericton audiences on the big screen.

Tickets and Membership

The film series is open to everyone.
Regular admission is $8.00
Member's admission: $5.00

Full-Year Memberships
Regular: $30.00
Students/Seniors (65 years and up)/NBFC Members: $18.00

Half-Year Memberships
Regular: $20.00
Students/Seniors (65 years and up)/NBFC Members: $12.00

Tickets and Memberships are Available at

Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB on Monday Nights. Memberships are also available at the NB Film Co-op: 732 Charlotte Street (Charlotte Street Arts Centre) in early September annually

Lead sponsor: Bell. Major sponsors: RBC Rpyal Bank, L'Oreal Paris, VISA.

SERIES SCHEDULE

JANUARY-APRIL, 2018

NOTE: All films screen at 7:30pm

January 22, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Simon Curtis
107 mins
UK, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly MacDonald

A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Goodbye Christopher Robin resonates today amid multiple wars and a celebrity culture that skews fame, life, and values. It confronts family schisms. And it reflects on the long and sometimes tortured path to healing the human psyche. - Robin Wright New Yorker

January 29, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

LUCKY

John Carroll Lynch
88 mins
USA, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston

Having outdrank, outsmoked, and outlived all of his contemporaries in his off-the-map desert town, fiercely independent 90-year-old atheist Lucky (the late Harry Dean Stanton in his final role) finds himself unexpectedly thrust into a late-in-life journey of self exploration. The directorial debut of acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Lucky is a cinematic love letter to its legendary leading man Stanton, as well as a deeply felt meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.

Living alone in the blistering Arizona heat, Lucky (Stanton; Seven Psychopaths, This Must Be the Place) slopes along through life, occupying his time by smoking, drinking coffee, doing crosswords, and walking around the dusty streets of his speck of a southwestern town.

Unmoved by sentimentality and small talk, Lucky engages himself and those around him in mild ruminations on life, its value, and what it all might mean. Never maudlin but always poignant, Stanton’s gently powerful performance resonates even more in the wake of his passing this fall. A worthy final role, which evokes the simultaneous magnitude and futility of the daily details scattered throughout life, Lucky makes for an incredible showcase for Stanton’s unique mastery of the wry, cantankerous wisdom that became his trademark.

The late, great Stanton gets the perfect send-off playing an atheist loner kicking his own mortality down the road like a tin can that got in his way. His character may not believe in God. But what kind of fool doesn’t believe in Harry Dean Stanton? – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

February 5, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME - PLAYING ON SUN, FEB 4, AND MON, FEB 5!

Luca Guadagnino
130 mins
Italy/France/Brazil, 2017, English, Italian, French, German w/ English subtitles
Principal Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Adapted from Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name, director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, I am Love) drenches us with the golden heat of a Northern Italian summer in his new sensual masterpiece, Call Me by Your Name.

It’s 1983, and 17-year-old music prodigy Elio (Timothée Chalamet) whiles his time away by the pool in a beautiful vacation villa along with his Greco-Roman professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg, Arrival; Trumbo) and French mother (Amira Casar), while the family reads German poetry to each other. Each year, the family welcomes an academic assistant for six weeks and this year’s guest is the broad-shouldered, cocky Oliver (Armie Hammer, Free Fire; The Social Network), who could easily stand on his own among the Greek statues he studies. At first ambivalent to each other, it’s not long before the mutual attraction between the wiry, hot-blooded adolescent and the Adonis in tiny shorts simmers beyond the bathroom they share.

This time around, Guadagnino eschews his usual splashy filmmaking with a less hurried pace and understated storytelling, at the same time offering ripe, glowing visual details to amplify and fill in the subtext. Ultimately, the director and his cast have crafted a movie that transcends its same-sex central story to tell a universal coming-of-age story. Reflecting on human nature, family, and first love, Call Me by Your Name joins the likes of Brokeback Mountain, Carol, and Moonlight in the essential queer cinema canon.

Even as he beguiles us with mystery, Guadagnino recreates Elio’s life-changing summer with such intensity that we might as well be experiencing it first-hand. It’s a rare gift that earns him a place in the pantheon alongside such masters of sensuality as Pedro Amodóvar and François Ozon. – Peter Debruge, Variety

February 12, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Sean Baker
115 mins
USA, 2017 English, Spanish, Portuguese with English subtitles
Principal cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer.

The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moon’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they've been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

It was equal parts whimsical child fantasy and very real adult drama. It simultaneously broke my heart and opened my eyes. - Joshua Axelrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

February 19, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

PERMANENT

Colette Burson
87 mins
USA, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Patricia Arquette, Rainn Wilson, Kira McLean

While most would probably want to forget the painful style trends of the ’80s, director Colette Burson mines the decade of big hair and toupees for laughs in her delightful coming-of-age feature debut, Permanent.

The idiosyncratic Dixons have just moved to a small-town neighbourhood where dressing up like a tennis player is the cool thing to do. Jim Dixon (Rainn Wilson; Juno, TV’s The Office) is set to begin medical school while his breadwinner wife Jeanne (Patricia Arquette, Boyhood) works at a restaurant and their daughter Aurelie (newcomer Kira
McLean) dauntingly starts at a new high school.

As the new girl in town, Aurelie believes that the best way to fit in is to get a Body Wave perm. She begs her parents, but they take her to the local beauty school instead of a salon in order to save money. Unfortunately, the student technician accidently sets the timer for too long, leaving Aurelie with more of a poodle pouf than the soft, natural ringlets of a glamorous movie star.

After her award-winning performance in Boyhood, Arquette gets to let loose and return to her comedic roots. This light-hearted film about growing up across all generations will charm your audience with its rose-tinted look back at the ’80s

February 26, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

WONDERSTRUCK

Todd Haynes
116 mins
USA, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams

Director Todd Haynes (Carol) has created a movie that is a meticulously curated pastiche that spans generations, genres and styles. Based on the young-adult book by Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), who adapted the screenplay, the two narratives belong to Rose (Millicent Simmonds) and Ben (Oakes Fegley), 12-year-old children living in 1927 and 1977, respectively. Rose is deaf and living unhappily in New Jersey with her strict father (James Urbaniak), and spends most of her time going to the cinema and collecting photos of her favorite movie star (Julianne Moore).

Ben lives in Minnesota, has recently lost his mother (Michelle Williams), and is consumed with curiosity about his father, whom he never knew. After a freak accident leaves Ben deaf, he and Rose both embark on parallel journeys to New York City, in search of their idol/missing parent (though it seems there’s ultimately not much of a difference). Though they don’t exactly find what they were looking for, their fates intersect around a certain “cabinet of curiosities,” and they find other sympathetic souls

There’s a layer of feeling running through the picture that builds as the narrative unfolds, and when everything falls into place its almost overwhelming. - Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

March 5, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

LADY BIRD - PLAYING ON SUN, MARCH 4, AND MON, MARCH 5!

Greta Gerwig
94 mins
USA, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.

Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afl oat after Lady Birdʼs father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

The film abounds with pinpoint insights into its mildly rebellious heroine’s hunger to shed the restraints of home and Catholic school and bust into an independent life, and does so with a wealth of keenly observed detail. Modestly scaled but creatively ambitious, it succeeds on its own terms as a piquant audience pleaser.

A heartfelt coming-of-age story that perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to dawning adulthood... - April Wolfe, Village Voice

March 12, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

Paul McGuigan
105 mins
UK, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave

The sultry Gloria Grahame won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in
1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful. She appeared in films alongside Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, and a bevy of other icons. Her star blazed brightly then faded quickly, but she did not disappear. How Grahame spent her later years is the subject of this beautiful — and rare — ode to life after fame.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool features as fine a performance as you will see this year: Annette Bening’s (20th Century Women, The Kids Are Alright) portrayal of Grahame. She is paired brilliantly with Jamie Bell (Nicholas Nicholby, Billy Elliot), who breathes pure empathy into his role as Gloria’s lover Peter Turner, a working-class English actor. Drawing on Turner’s memoir of the same name, director Paul McGuigan fashions a moving narrative that embraces the high and lows of the erstwhile Hollywood star’s time spent living in Liverpool in the 1970s. Gloria is in her fifties, but her vitality and eccentricity leave Peter, who is decades younger, enraptured by this outrageous new force in his life.

As the two embark on their romance, we follow them from England to Los Angeles, from stage to hospital, and from laughter to tears. Unorthodox and sincere, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is the kind of showbiz love story seldom depicted onscreen.

There is no denying the emotional force that this film develops, and for that, we can credit talented filmmakers and two stars working at the height of their powers. – Stephan Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

March 19, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

WONDER WHEEL

Woody Allen
101 mins
USA, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.

Four peoples' lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny's rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty's long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father's apartment.

It's got movement and flow, it's got a vibrant sunset look of honky-tonk nostalgia, and it's got a bittersweet mood of lyrical despair that the film stays true to right up until the final note. - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

March 26, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

THE LEISURE SEEKER

Paolo Virzì
112 mins
Italy/France, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Christian McKay

Canadian acting legend Donald Sutherland and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren star in this wise and witty road movie set in today’s divided United States. The English-language debut of Italian director Paolo Virzì (Like Crazy), The Leisure Seeker makes an entire country its canvas and a couple of aging adventurers its lovable heroes.

Living their twilight years under the close supervision of their adult children and an array of doctors and specialists, John (Donald Sutherland; Milton’s Secret, Pride and Prejudice) and Ella (Helen Mirren; Trumbo, Woman in Gold) yearn for one last adventure. Escaping in a 1978 “Leisure Seeker” RV, the couple hits the road in an effort to reclaim some independence and spontaneity in their lives. However, the trip may not be as carefree as John and Ella anticipate; both are suffering from serious health issues, prompting their children and doctors to keep close tabs on them at all times. Yet Ella, the driving force behind the road trip down the famous Route 66, refuses to let these hindrances keep her and John from truly experiencing the world and living life on their own terms for as long as possible.

Based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian, The Leisure Seeker is a pleasure giver. Despite the sombre rationale behind Ella and John’s journey, the film brims with humour, affection, observation, and more than a little satire. Featuring standout performances from both its magnificent leads, the film unflinchingly chronicles the challenges that seniors can face, while simultaneously saluting the adventurous spirit that inspires these two to throw caution to the wind and embark on an improbable escapade together. With great respect and genuine affection for its characters, and an impressively nuanced take on the aging process as a journey of its own, The Leisure Seeker is a road trip unlike any other.

April 2, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI - PLAYING ON MON, APRIL 2, AND TUES, APRIL 3!

Martin McDonagh
115 minutes
USA. UK, 2017, English
Principal Cast: Francis McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh.

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Academy award winner for Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best supporting actor (Sam Rockwell).

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a character study, even though the parts never stop moving -- it's wildly violent, brilliantly funny and deeply moving. And so smart." - Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

April 9, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

THE SHAPE OF WATER - PLAYING ON SUN, APRIL 8, AND MON, APRIL 9!

Guillermo Del Toro
123 minutes
USA 2017, English, American Sign Language, Russian, French
Principal Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon 

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water - an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. 

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation.  Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Winner of 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Production Design, Best Director and Best Music Score.

"Del Toro is a world-class film artist and he proves it in this Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins, unforgettable) who falls for an amphibious creature. Don't t analyze how del Toro does it. Just dive in. There's magic in it." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

April 16, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

I, TONYA - PLAYING ON SUN, APRIL 15, AND MON, APRIL 16!

Craig Gillespie
119 minutes
USA 2017, English
Principal Cast: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Bojana Novakovic  

In 1994, the figure-skating world was rocked by a brutal attack on US medal hopeful Nancy Kerrigan. The more shocking news was that the attack was allegedly conceived and executed by those close to — and perhaps including — rival figure skater Tonya Harding. You might expect to see a film about Kerrigan, her triumphant recovery, and her silver medal at the Lillehammer Olympics, but that’s not the story we get here. This is Tonya’s story.

Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie; Suite Francaise, The Wolf of Wall Street) was the first American woman to achieve figure skating’s holy grail move, completing a triple axel in competition, in 1991. But success on the ice was not always matched with happiness in her personal life. She grew up constantly at odds with her abusive mother (Allison Janney; The Way Way Back, The Oranges) and fought for everything she had. Though an accomplished technical skater, pleasing the judges proved tougher and she was criticized for her lack of artistry and unconventional “trailer park” beauty. When she met Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan; The Martian, Ricki and Flash), he provided a long-awaited escape from her mother, an encouraging voice in her corner, and fatefully, connections to a sleazy underworld.

Approaching these real-life characters without judgment, Steven Rogers’s sharp script and Craig Gillespie’s (Lars and the Real Girl) bold direction combine to deliver a shamelessly entertaining film that is part mockumentary and part tragicomedy. With a transformative performance from Margot Robbie as Tonya and an unforgettable turn from Allison Janney (Academy award winner for Best Supporting Actress) as her mother, you’ll come away with a better understanding of the life behind the tabloid headlines. You might just find you like her, too.

 "I, Tonya will make you care about Tonya Harding for the first time in a long time. Moreover, I, Tonya will make you sympathize with Tonya Harding for the first time." - David Ehrlich, indieWire

April 23, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

C’EST LA VIE!

Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
117 minutes, France | Canada | Belgium 2017, French with English subtitles
Principal Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Suzanne Clément, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche 

This effervescent comedy from celebrated French directing duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (The Intouchables) invites us to an opulent château to attend a très extravagant wedding, where the groom is an obnoxious tyrant, the band is at war with the organizers, and the chief planner is looking for the exit.

Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) is a battle-weary veteran of the wedding-planning racket. His latest — and last — gig is a hell of a fête, involving stuffy period costumes for the caterers, a vain, hyper- sensitive singer who thinks he's a Gallic James Brown, and a morose, micromanaging groom determined to make Max's night as miserable as possible. But what makes the affair too bitter to endure is that Max's colleague and ostensible girlfriend, Joisette (Xavier Dolan regular Suzanne Clément), seems to have written him off, coolly going about her professional duties while openly flirting with a much younger server. It's going to be a very long night… especially once the groom's aerial serenade gets underway.

An Altmanesque ensemble work brimming with offbeat, lovable characters, and hilarious set pieces, C'est la vie! is a fiendishly smart, sprawling comedy as only the French do it. You will be laughing all the way down the aisle.

 This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. - Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

April 30, 2018 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus

DEATH OF STALIN

Armando Iannucci

106 minutes
UK | France 2017, English
Principal Cast: Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambour, Olga Kurylenko

The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on a darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci.

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive. The film combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvering.

"There is one thing that power can't stand, and that is to be mocked: The social importance of this topical romp should not be underestimated." - Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail