Spring Film Festival begins tonight in MC

Star Staff
Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Montana Theatre in Miles City will present its 2019 Spring Film Festival movies starting tonight and continuing for six weeks. This event gives attendees the opportunity to see movies that are not necessarily in the mainstream, but ones that are available mostly at specialty art houses in larger communities. Some of the films may be foreign and most are critically acclaimed, according to a Montana Theatre news release.

Films will be shown once each evening, starting at 7 in the theater located at 915 Main St.

The list of movies to be shown this spring follows. Titles are subject to change.

— Tonight — “Beautiful Boy.” Based on the memoir “Beautiful Boy” by David Sheff and “Tweak” by his son, Nic Sheff, “Beautiful Boy” chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. The movie stars Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet and Timothy Hutton. The film is rated R for drug content throughout, language and brief sexual material use.

— March 21 — “On the Basis of Sex.” This movie is about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a United States Supreme Court Justice. Starring in the film are Felicity Jones, Armi Hammer, Kathy Bates and Sam Waterson. The movie is rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content.

— March 28 — “Green Book.” Veggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures”) star in Participant and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Green Book.” Peter Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary,” “Fever Pitch”) directs the warmhearted and surprisingly comic road-trip adventure based on a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon lines. Stars include Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, P.J. Byrne, Mahershala Ali and Don Stark. Rated PG-13 for thematic content, the film also contains language throughout including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material.

— April 4 — “The Favourite.” The film opens in early 18th century England, which is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail (Emma Stone), arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss and Joe Alwyn. It is rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language.

— April 11 — “BlacKkKlansman.” From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning “Get Out.” The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier. This movie is rated R for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references.

— April 18 — “Can You Ever Forgive Me.” Melissa McCarthy stars in the adaptation of the memoir “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel, who made her living in the 1970s and 1980s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack. Starring in this film are Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. The movie is rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use.