Friday Night at the Movies

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

Friday Night at the Movies

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a 2012 release, will be presented by Andrew and Cindy Johnson. This popular and highly-acclaimed comedy-drama follows a group of retired Brits in search of a nice but not-too-costly rtirement site, which leads them to the lovely aforementioned hotel, located in India. At least the place looks lovely in the pictures!  What our adventurers find is “a little” different, which makes for a great story.  

Following what is sure to be a lively post-film discussion, we’ll enjoy our usual dessert and coffee, and of course we’ll have popcorn and soft drinks during the film  The usual $2 donation is suggested. Call the church office at 630.968.7120 and sign-up now.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Please note that due to a conflict, we have moved the January movie from the 3rd Friday to the 4th Friday of the month.

Stan and Maria Clements will present Water for Elephants, a 2011 romantic drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Christopher Waltz and Robert Pattinson. Set in the 1930's, the film tells the story of Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson), a veterinary student whose life changes dramatically when his parents are tragically killed. Dropping out of school due to financial problems, Jacob hops a circus train, meets beautiful performer Marlene(Witherspoon), her cruel husband, circus owner August(Waltz), and Rosie the elephant, and becomes the circus vet. Based on the 2006 book of the same name, by Sara Gruen, this compelling film combines elements of compassion, cruelty, and forbidden love that will capture your interest and ultimately your heart.

Sign-up now in the church office at 630.968.7120. As always, refreshments will be served; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Our “regular” December movie, Gideon’s Trumpet, tells the true story of Clarence Earl Gideon. Accused of robbery and forced to represent himself at trial because he does not have the right to a public defender, Gideon seeks to right this wrong from his prison cell. His fight results in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that we take for granted today. 

This 1980 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie treats us to stellar performances from some outstanding actors of the past, including Henry Fonda, Jose Ferrer, John Houseman, and Sam Jaffe. Kay Mundy and Owen Bates will lead our discussion, and we’ll have the usual treats.

Take a break from your hectic Christmas preparations and join us! Sign-up now by calling or dropping in at the church office, 630.968.7120.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies - Rescheduled **New Date**

Please note the date of November's Friday Night at the Movies has changed. Evan Almighty will now be shown on Friday, December 4.

If Noah’s Ark was one of your favorite Bible stories, you’ll love Evan Almighty, a 2007 comedy billed as a “stand-alone sequel/spin-off” to the popular 2003 comedy, Bruce Almighty. Steve Carell stars as congressman Evan Baxter, whose legislative career and happy family life are turned upside down when God shows up with other plans in mind. Also starring Morgan Freeman, John Gooden,and Wanda Sykes among others, this film is filled with laughs but also gives you a lot to think about.

Bob and Kathleen Schultz will be our presenters.

We’ll have refreshments; a $2 donation is suggested.  Sign-up now in the church office.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Join us as Carol Lysne, founder of Friday Night at the Movies, presents Black or White, a film whose story addresses issues of race, forgiveness, and understanding as two families fight for the custody of a beloved grandchild. Maternal grandfather Elliott Anderson, played by Kevin Costner in one of his best roles, is just coming to terms with the realization he will be raising granddaughter, Eloise, alone following the sudden death of his wife, when her paternal grandmother Rowena Jeffries, played by Octavia Spencer, seeks custody of the little girl. Based on true events, this 2014 release looks at two seemingly different worlds in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

Call or visit the church office to sign-up soon, as attendance is limited to twenty people. A two dollar donation is suggested to cover popcorn, soft drinks, coffee and dessert.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 7:30pm

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