“Sing Street” – May 1st

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, May 1st at 4:50pm for Sing Street at the AFI Silver . Look for Laine wearing a purple jacket in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

SING STREET travels back to 1980s Dublin, seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy. Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school, where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, uber-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his bands music videos. Theres only one problem: hes not part of a bandyet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what hes promised. Calling himself Cosmo and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Inspired by writer-director John Carneys (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN) life and love for music, SING STREET depicts a world where music has the power to take people away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform them into something greater. DIR/SCR/PROD John Carney; PROD Anthony Bregman, Kevin Scott Frakes, Christian Grass, Martina Niland, Raj Brinder Singh, Paul Trijbits. Ireland/UK/U.S., 2016, color, 106 min, DCP. RATED PG-13

“Purple Rain” – Apr 24th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 24th at 5:30 pm for Purple Rain at the AMC Hoffman Center . Look for Brian A. wearing a green t-shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

A young man with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn’t all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating his father’s self destructive behavior, losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues.

“Miles Ahead” – Apr 10th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 10th at 5:30pm for Miles Ahead at the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema . Look for Brian F. wearing a green button-down shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Don Cheadle writes, directs and stars in a moving portrait of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis during a troubled time when he disappeared from public view.

I recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as this is a limited opening weekend for the movie. I’m in seat D6. You can purchase tickets online at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/booking/250/2855850

“Krisha” – Apr 3rd

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 3rd at 4:30pm for Krisha at the West End Cinema . Look for Laine wearing a green jacket in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.   The West End Cinema was recently taken over by Landmark Theatres, and this weekend is the grand re-opening after undergoing major renovations over the past few months. The Cinema features three auditoriums, all of which have been remodeled and outfitted with oversized, plush leather seating and riser platforms, designed to provide maximum comfort. Additional enhancements include larger screens, new aisle lighting and wall-to-wall carpeting on auditorium floors. The West End Cinema also offers rotating wine and beer selections, which patrons are welcome to bring into any auditorium to enjoy with their movie. Showcasing one of the best performances by an actress in any film over the past year, Krisha is the story of a womans return to the family she abandoned years before, set entirely over the course of one turbulent Thanksgiving. When Krisha (Krisha Fairchild) shows up at her sisters Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her extended family greets her with a mixture of warmth and wariness. Almost immediately a palpable unease permeates the air, which only grows stronger as Krisha gets to work cooking the turkey and trying to make up for lost time catching up with her various relatives, in particular her alienated son, Trey (writer/director Trey Edward Shults, her real-life nephew). As Krisha’s attempts at reconciliation are increasingly rebuffed, tension and suspicion escalate, with long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments bursting out in cathartic confrontations. A potent combination of innovative cinematic storytelling and timeless themes of love, family and forgiveness, Krisha is winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival, as well as the John Cassavetes Award at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards. Advance tickets may be purchased at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/Booking/west-end-cinema/2830582

“Hello, My Name is Doris” – Mar 27th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Mar 27th at 3:15 for Hello, My Name is Doris at the Landmark E Street Cinema . Look for Brian A. wearing a green t-shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

When Doris Miller meets John Fremont, her company’s hip new art director, sparks fly-at least for Doris. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the Internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz. When Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts, she wins over his Williamsburg friends. Her new life brings Doris a thrilling perspective, but also creates a rift between her and her longtime friends and family, who believe she’s making a fool of herself over a guy half her age. Eager for all the experiences she has missed out on, Doris throws caution to the wind and follows her heart for the very first time.

“Embrace of The Serpent” – Mar 20th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Mar 20th at 4:00 for Embrace of The Serpent at the Landmark E Street Cinema . Look for Eric wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

The film tells two stories, taking place in 1909 and 1940, both starring Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his tribe. He travels with two scientists, German Theodor Koch-Grunberg and American Richard Evans Schultes, to look for the rare yakruna, a sacred plant. The film is loosely inspired by the diaries written by the two scientists during their field work in the Amazon.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” – Mar 13th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Mar 13th at 5:10pm for 10 Cloverfield Lane at the AMC Loews Uptown 1 . Look for Brian F. wearing an NPR t-shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

After surviving a car accident, Michelle wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men named Howard (John Goodman) and Emmett. Howard tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. Despite the comforts of home, Howard’s menacing demeanor causes the young woman to plan her escape. After taking matters into her own hands, Michelle’s desire to learn the truth about the outside world comes to fruition.

A spiritual sequel to the 2008 film Cloverfield.

“Zootopia” – Mar 6th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Mar 6th at 5:20pm for Zootopia at the AMC Mazza Gallerie . Look for Laine wearing a purple jacket in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

In a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals who have abandoned traditional predator/prey roles in favor of civilized coexistence, uptight rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is forced to work with charismatic fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to crack a major case involving the mysterious disappearance of some carnivorous citizens. But when a few of the missing critters reappear, having reverted to pre-enlightenment savagery, it exposes existing anti-carnivore prejudice among the city’s herbivores that threatens to damage the fabric of their diverse metropolis. Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia L. Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Alan Tudyk, Don Lake, and John DiMaggio also lend their voices.

“Spotlight” – Feb 28th

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Feb 28th at 3:30 pm for Spotlight at the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema . Look for Brian A. wearing a green and gray striped sweater in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

This film tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. This tense investigative dramatic-thriller traces the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.

“Deadpool” – Feb 21st

Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Feb 21st at 4:30pm for Deadpool at the AMC Loews Uptown 1 . Look for Brian F. wearing an NPR t-shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.