Wild Nights With Emily

Opens Fri. May 24 @ 1 & 7 p.m.Director: Madeleine Olnek
Run Time: 1 hr. 25 min. Rating: PG-13   
Starring: Amy Seimetz, Brett Gelman, Dana Melanie, Jackie Monahan, Joel Michaely, Kevin Seal, Lisa Haas, Molly Shannon, Sasha Frolova, Susan ZieglerThis independent film explores Emily Dickinson’s vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years, most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman. In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan…yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.

The White Crow
Opens Fri. May 24 at 4 p.m.Run Time: 2 hrs. 7 min. Rating: R
Language: Russian
Ralph Fiennes’ The White Crow was inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh. The drama charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.

La Bamba

Sun. May 26 at 2 p.m.Run Time: 1 hr. 48 min. Rating: PG-13

La Bamba is the story of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll rage Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Valenzuela), played herein with gusto and credibility by Lou Diamond Phillips. The film follows 17-year-old Ritchie as he strolls from one end of his California barrio to the other, guitar in hand. We meet Ritchie’s colorful Mexican/American family, who react to his fame with varying degrees of pride and envy. And we meet the ladies in his life: his ambitious mother Connie Valenzuela (Rosana De Soto), his half-sister Rosie Morales (Elizabeth Pena), and blonde classmate Donna Ludwig (Danielle von Zerneck), who inspired Ritchie’s first hit “Donna.” Both this song and “La Bamba” are given con brio interpretations by Lou Diamond Philips and by the contemporary group Los Lobos, who appear in the film as the Tijuana band. Also making cameo appearances are the real-life Mrs. Connie Valenzuela and Bob Morales, Richie’s half- brother (played in the film by Esai Morales). Those familiar with The Buddy Holly Story (1978) don’t need to be reminded what happens after Ritchie, Holly (Marshall Crenshaw) and The Big Bopper board that plane on February 3, 1959. The tragic coda of La Bamba is not unduly emphasized; this is a celebration of Ritchie Valens’ life, not a eulogy.

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