ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD
2019, Columbia Pictures, 161 min, USA/UK/China, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. With Margot Robbie. “All the actors, in roles large and small, bring their A games to the film. Two hours and 40 minutes can feel long for some. I wouldn’t change a frame … You can feel Tarantino’s mad love for movies in all their disreputable dazzle and subversive art in every shot.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
1952, Kino Lorber, 80 min, UK, Dir: George More O'Ferrall

Based on the classic play by Wynyard Browne (Hobson’s Choice), this heart-warming Christmas tale set in post-war Britain stars Ralph Richardson as Reverend Martin Gregory, a recently widowed minister torn between his roles of clergyman and father. His zeal for attending to his parishioners leads him to neglect the needs of his own family, until emotions boil over one Christmas. A charming and moving seasonal favorite, peaking with the family’s poignant reconciliation as they rediscover the true spirit of Christmas, the yuletide classic also stars Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton and Denholm Elliott.


OUR BLUSHING BRIDES
1930, Warner Bros., 102 min, USA, Dir: Harry Beaumont

The conclusion of the trilogy that began with OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS and OUR MODERN MAIDENS, this drama stars Joan Crawford, Anita Page and Dorothy Sebastian as three young women trying to make a good life in Manhattan. Geraldine (Crawford) weds the wealthy Tony (Robert Montgomery) after he realizes that is the only way he will get her into his bed. Francine (Sebastian) marries thief Martin J. Sanderson (John Miljan) in the mistaken belief that her groom is a millionaire. And Connie (Page) weakens to temptation and becomes the mistress of Tony's younger brother (Raymond Hackett). Will they become blushing brides or girls without blushes?


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