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Each Thursday for the past decade, I have put out a commentary on the week's films, Vine happenings and fun information in the form of Kenny's Korner. This has been in our weekly email newsletter. Please sign up for this newsletter to get my commentary, and the best information about the Vine. Below is this week's Kenny Korner - enjoy!
Oscar season is here, and we have a good one for you opening this week! THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN is a new, only in theatres, dark comedy that stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. The film is at 97% on Rottentomatoes, and is expected to be nominated for Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, screenplay, director and more! It was also a standout film at the Toronto and Venice film festivals, winning the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at Venice!
BANSHEES was written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the same director of In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.
Synopsis: Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleesan), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán and troubled young islander Dominic, endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Pádraic's repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences.
Here are just some of the GLOWING reviews for THE BANCHEES OF INISHERIN:
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun Times: "Gleeson and Farrell revive their mesmerizing interplay, surrounded by breathtaking Irish scenery and a brilliant ensemble cast."
Randy Myers from the San Jose Mercury News: “Certainly one of Farrell’s finest performances and like the film itself, his loneliness sticks in your craw like an oft-recited Irish limerick!”
David Fear from Rolling Stone: “While we’ve been taking Gleeson’s off-kilter charisma for granted since 1998’s The General, the performance that leaves scars is Farrell’s. It’s tough to think of a portrayal that finds so many emotional shades and levels of depth in incomprehension.”
Ken Whitney, Vine Cinema assistant mgr: “A bitingly funny and sincerely sorrowful story about conflict, The Banshees of Inisherin is a triumph of nuance, depth, and character. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are pitch perfect together (Kerry Condon & Barry Keoghan shine as well); Martin McDonagh has crafted his best tale since In Bruges.”
THE BANCHEES OF INISHERIN starts tonight, Thursday November 3rd at 5:00 and 7:20. It then starts Friday for four showings a day. Please see the show times below.
Thank you all so much for a WONDERFUL turnout for the first two weeks of TICKET TO PARADISE! It was great to see so many of you turnout for this film, and I heard so many positive things about the film itself! That sentiment is also reflected in the very high 88% audience review about Ticket to Paradise.
If you have not yet seen TICKET TO PARADISE yet, or just want to again, I have a SPECIAL OFFER for those of you that read this carefully! If you come to the box office this weekend and say, “I would like TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE” to the toon of Eddie Money’s song, I will give you a coupon for a FREE medium popcorn on the spot! That’s right, a free popcorn just for being a little silly! This offer is good for all showings this weekend only!
TICKET TO PARADISE stars the amazing duo of Julia Roberts and George Clooney. This romantic comedy is fun, charming and a great escape out to the movies!
Synopsis: Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen as exes who find themselves on a shared mission to stop their love-struck daughter from making the same mistake they once made. From Working Title, Smokehouse Pictures and Red Om Films, Ticket to Paradise is a romantic comedy about the sweet surprise of second chances.
We are so excited to be opening THE FABELMANS on Wednesday, November 23rd! This new film from Steven Spielberg is already being called an instant masterpiece as it WON the TIFF’s People’s Choice Award! This is the Toronto Independent Film Festival’s “Best Picture,” and so many winners of this award have gone on to win the Oscar Best Picture: La La Land, Room, 12 Years a Slave and Nomandland just in the past decade or so.
I will have more on THE FABELMANS in next week’s newsletter, including show times!
We hope that you will continue to spread the word that the Vine Cinema & Alehouse is the valley’s only movie theatre showing independent films and classics, while serving beer, wine and food.