We’ve sat through superhero antics, clever animated films and a handful of sequels. Now it’s time for grown-up films that add a bit more depth to our moviegoing. We’ve asked Dave Huffman of Cleveland Cinemas (Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas, Shaker Square Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas) to give us a preview of what’s coming and when. Note that opening dates are subject to change.
Opening Sept. 14
After nearly 40 years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife.
Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. “The Wife” interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, 30-plus years later — a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love.
White Boy Rick
Opening Sept. 14
Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, “White Boy Rick” is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe, who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and was shot in Cleveland.
Opening Sept. 21
“Love, Gilda” opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of beloved performer Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her story. Working with the Radner estate, writer and director Lisa Dapolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer. This never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story through laughter and sometimes tears.
The Old Man and the Gun
Opening Oct. 12
“The Old Man and the Gun” is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek) who loves him despite his chosen profession.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Opening Oct. 26
Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out-of-step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).