Friday Night at the Movies

Friday Night at the Movies

January 16
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

Greta McDonald will kick off the new year with The Way Way Back, a 2013 dramedy that made its debut that year at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s a coming of age story about Duncan, a 14-year-old introvert who must accompany his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and the boyfriend’s obnoxious daughter on a summer vacaion at the beach. Feeling that he does not fit in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend who helps him find his place in the world. The film stars Toni Collette, Steve Corell, and Allison Janney, plus other well-known actors you will recognize and enjoy.

Call or drop in at the church office to sign-up. A $2 donation is suggested, and refreshments will be served.

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

Friday Night at the Movies

December 19, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

Take a break from your holiday preparations and join us as Rev. Howard Milkman presents After the Wedding, an award-winning Danish film that received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2007 Academy Awards. In the opening sequence we meet Jacob, described as a good Samaritan running an orphanage in India that is in dire need of funding. Help comes in the form of Jorgen, a wealthy Dane who offers financial rescue, but only on the condition that Jacob return to his native Denmark to receive the funds. Why? The answers will intrigue you and surprise you in this entertaining movie as the story moves far beyond saving an Indian orphanage. Join us! Sign-up as soon as possible in the church office or by phone at 630.968.7120; we fill up fast. The usual goodies will be there; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

November 21
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

Continuing The Pastor Picks series, John Smoke will present Her, a 2013 film billed as “a science fiction, fiction, romantic comedy-drama.”  Wow, something for everyone! Spike Jonze wrote and directed this highly acclaimed movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer nursing a broken heart after the break-up of his marriage. But then Theodore falls in love with “her.” It’s romance 2025-style, and a little different than what we’re used to, but heartwarming nonetheless. Her garnered many awards, including five Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. 

Soft drinks, popcorn, dessert and coffee will be served; a $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up now in the church office, 630.968.7120; attendance is limited to 20 people. See you on the 21!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

November 21, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

Continuing  The Pastor Picks series, John Smoke will present Her, a 2013 film billed as “a science fiction, fiction, romantic comedy-drama.”  Wow, something for everyone!  Spike Jonze wrote and directed this highly acclaimed movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer nursing a broken heart after the break-up of his marriage. But then Theodore falls in love with “her.”  It’s romance  2025-style, and a little different than what we’re used to, but heartwarming nonetheless. Her garnered many awards, including five Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. 

Soft drinks, popcorn, dessert and coffee will be served; a $2 donation is suggested.  Sign-up now in the church office at 630.968.7120; attendance is limited to 20 people.  See you on the 21st!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Friday, October 17
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

The Pastor Picks theme continues with a dramedy offering by Jim McDonald. Don Jon, a 2012 release written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, and Gordon-Levitt himself in the title role. You have probably seen Gordon-Levitt before in such diverse roles as Robert Todd Lincoln in the film Lincoln and Tommy Solomon in TV's Third Rock from the Sun among many others. In his writing and directorial debut, Gordon-Levitt explores such themes as family and romantic relationships, fantasy versus reality and sexual addiction.

We had a full house and a waiting list in September, so sign-up as soon as possible in the church office, as space is limited to 20 people. Popcorn, soft drinks, coffee and dessert will be on hand as usual; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
Friday, September 19
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

This year we are returning to the popular format The Pastor Picks that everyone enjoyed a few years ago. Kicking off the season will be retired pastor and DGFUMC member Tom Babler. Tom has elected to present Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall, with Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley and Ellen Barkin. Released in 1983, the film is a compelling story of love and redemption, focusing on the life of Mac Sledge (Duvall), a recovering alcoholic and washed up country music singer trying to turn his life around. Among many awards, the film earned Oscars for Best Actor (Duvall) and Best Original Screenplay for Horton Foote, who also won an Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Popcorn, soft drinks, dessert and coffee will be served; a $2 donation is suggested.  Sign up now in the church office; attendance limited to 20 people.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Bernie

Bernie

Laura Temple and Andy Wood will present Bernie, a 2011 release starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey.

Based on a true crime that took place in Carthage, TX in 1996, Black plays the title role of Bernie Tiede, a beloved assistant funeral director in the small town who befriends an elderly millionaire widow who is much unloved in the little community. Roger Ebert said that Jack Black gave one of the performances of the year. "He creates his character out of thin air, it's like nothing he's done before, and it proves that an actor can be a miraculous thing in the right role."

Sign-up now below or in the church office. A suggested donation of $2 will cover popcorn, soft drinks, coffee, and dessert.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: This Boy's Life

On March 21, we move from the terrific Robert DeNiro comedy viewed in February to an equally compelling DeNiro drama, This Boy’s Life, which also stars Ellen Barkin and a young Leonardo DiCaprio. A 1993 release, the film is a true story based on the dysfunctional relationship between the teen-aged Tobias Wolff, his mother, Rosemary, and his abusive stepfather, Dwight.  

Stan and Maria Clements will be our discussion leaders. The movie starts at 7:30pm. Please sign-up in the church office or using the form below starting March 1. We had a full house in February, so sign-up early to reserve your place, and let the office know if you need to cancel later on; we had a waiting list in February. As usual, popcorn, soft drinks, coffee and dessert are on hand; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Midnight Run

Midnight RunAction.  Comedy.  Crime.  Mystery.  Thriller.  Those are the genres named by Roger Ebert in his glowing review of Midnight Run, starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. De Niro plays Jack Walsh, who is a “skip-tracer,” a person who finds and brings back bail bondsmen clients who have tried to skip bail. Grodin plays Jonathan Mardukas, bail skipper. As Ebert says, “[they] spend most of the movie trying to survive….while the FBI is trying to capture them and the underworld is trying to kill them.”  Here we see De Niro unleash his considerable comedic talents; Grodin is every bit his equal.

Sue Thornquist will lead the lively discussion we’re sure to have after this extremely funny and delightful film. A $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Philadelphia

PhiladelphiaWe kick off the new year on January 17 with Philadelphia, a 1993 drama starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. This ground-breaking film, cited as the first Hollywood mainstream movie to address HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia, is the story of Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), a rising star senior associate in a highly prestigious Philadelphia law firm. Andrew’s life changes dramatically when his homophobic firm not only discovers he is a gay man but also learns he suffers from AIDS. In 1993, AIDS was a death sentence, its transmission still poorly understood by the general public. This emotionally powerful film garnered Oscars for Best Actor (Hanks) and Best Original Song (“Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen) as well as a host of other nominations and awards. In addition, watch for such veteran actors as Jason Robards and Joanne Woodward as well as [then] newcomers Antonio Banderas and Chandra Wilson, now playing Dr, Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy.

John Smoke will be our discussion leader. Sign up now in the church office. Snacks and desserts will be on hand; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Theatre
Date: 
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 7:30pm

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