Friday Night at the Movies

Friday Night at the Movies

In March, Friday Night at the Movies founder, Carol Lysne, will bring us Miracles from Heaven about a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder who finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. Staring Jennifer Gardner and directed by Patricia Riggen, this 2016 movie is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family.

Refreshments will be served; $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up in the church office at 630.968.7120 or email Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

This month, John Smoke will present, Sully, a 2016 biographical drama directed by Clint Eastwood. The film tells the story of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived with only minor injuries, and the subsequent publicity and investigation, which threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. The film stars two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as Sully, as well as three-time Academy Award nominee Laura Linney and Aaron Eckhart .

Refreshments will be served; $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up now in the church office at 630.968.7120 or email Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org.  

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

As the New Year starts, we leave behind our fall political theme and turn to a potpourri of films selected by our winter and spring presenters. January starts with The Danish Girl, a 2015 British-American production starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as Danish artists Elnar (Lili)Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Billed as biographical romantic drama, The Danish Girl portrays a touching but very atypical love story. Redmayne garnered an Academy Award Best Actor nomination, while Vikander won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, garnering extremely high praise for her outstanding performance.   

Ken and Tammy Potts will be on hand to present the movie and lead our post-film discussion. 

Sign-up now in the church office at 630.698.7120.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Concluding our Fall “Politics in the Movies” theme, We will view Lincoln, a 2012 historical drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, supported by an all-star cast including Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt among others. Covering the last months of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, this movie delves into the difficult issues and politics of the time, including the struggle to enact the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and to end the Civil War. Day-Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor for his riveting performance, while the film garnered a total of 12 Oscar nominations.  Kay Mundy and Owen Bates will lead our post-film discussion. 

Sign-up now in the church office at 630.968.7120 or sheila@dgfumc.org.  A $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Bob and Kathleen Schultz will present My Fellow Americans, a 1996 political comedy starring two of our most beloved actors no longer with us, Jack Lemmon and James Garner. Playing two ex-presidents on opposite sides of the political fence, these two foes become aligned in a struggle for their very survival as they deal with the corrupt current chief executive. Supported by the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Lauren Bacall, Wilfred Brimley, Bradley Wilford, and several other well-known performers, our November offering should provide us with some well-deserved laughs after this current presidential election has concluded.

Contact the church office now to sign-up at 630.968.7120; hope to see you there!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

PLEASE NOTE:   With our apologies, we have to change the “usual” date once again, from the 3rd Friday to the 2nd Friday.

Continuing our fall Politics in the Movies theme, Don and Caryl Safford will present The Candidate, a compelling 1972 satirical dramedy starring Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, and Melvyn Douglas. Rotten Tomatoes, giving the film a 95% favorable rating, describes it as “a gritty, documentary-like tale of an idealistic, good-natured attorney [Redford] whose high standards are soiled by his run for political office." Tapped by a political hack (Boyle) to run against a seemingly unbeatable senatorial incumbent in California, this political neophyte at first seems overwhelmed by the political machine that directs his every move. But then, cautiously, he begins to assert himself…with surprising results. Is the theme of this movie timely in today’s political world?  We should enjoy a lively discussion answering this and other questions as well.

Contact the church office by phone, email or in person to sign-up now. Refreshments will be served; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Fall is almost here and Friday Night at the Movies is ready to start up once again. Through the end of 2016, our theme will focus on Politics in the Movies, in “honor” of the 2016 presidential election. And by “politics,” we don’t mean to focus entirely on governmental issues. Our first film of the new season, Spotlight, takes us on an entirely different journey involving the politics of the Roman Catholic Church. Spotlight refers to a group of investigative journalists with The Boston Globe who follow up on an allegation of child sexual abuse by area catholic priests. Their shocking findings of abuse, as well as its cover-up by Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law and others, touches off similar revelations all around the world. Nominated for six academy awards, this true story won Best Picture for 2015. Its excellent cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci.  

Former DGFUMC pastor Fred Conger will present this film and lead a lively discussion afterward. BE SURE TO NOTE THAT THIS MONTH OUR MOVIE IS ON THE FOURTH FRIDAY, rather than the usual third Friday of the month.

Space is limited to 20 people, so sign-up now in the church office, by phone, email or in person.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

"Two unlikely prospectors share the same wife" in No Name City, a miner's town during the California Gold Rush. So goes the intriguing initial description of Paint Your Wagon, a 1969 western musical based on the broadway show of the same name. Starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg, this movie brings us much-loved Lerner and Loewe songs such as They Call the Wind Mariah and Wandrin' Star as it tells the tale of the partnership of Ben Rumson (Marvin) and Pardner (Eastwood) and their unlikely union with mutual wife Elizabeth (Seberg). Ken Drogemueller will lead our discussion of one of his favorite movies.

Sign-up now by calling (630.968.7120) or stoping by the church office. Snacks, drinks and dessert will be on hand; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Our favorite presenter and Movie Night founder, Carol Lysne, will present The Judge, a 2014 dramatic film starring Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Chicago lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey), long estranged from his small town Indiana family, returns for his mother’s funeral. Tension remains between he and his father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Duvall), and he vows never to return. Then the judge is indicted for murder following a hit and run accident; Hank decides to stay and defend him. This compelling drama explores multiple themes centered around family relationships; we’re sure to have an excellent post-film discussion. The usual snacks, soft drinks and dessert will be at hand; a $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up now by calling the church office at 630-968-7120.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Roger Ebert lavished high praise on director Barbra Streisand for the 1991 film The Prince of Tides, a multi Academy Award-nominated romantic drama starring Streisand, Nick Nolte, and Blythe Danner.  John Smoke will present this film, the story of Tom Wingo (Nolte), an unemployed teacher and football coach who travels from his South Carolina home to New York City to help in the recovery of his suicidal twin sister. Meeting with his sister's psychiatrist, Susan Lowenstein (Streisand), he begins to confront his own demons, developing feelings for Lowenstein along the way. It is a compelling and complex story that should generate a many-layered, deep discussion afterward.

Sign-up in person in the church office or by telephone, 630.968.7120. Enjoy refreshments before and after the film; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

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