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Hello Everyone,

This week we are bringing in a few films that we did not have room to play when they first opened – HOUSE OF GUCCI and LICORICE PIZZA!

LICORICE PIZZA is the Paul Thomas Anderson film that set records when it opened on only four screens on Black Friday!  This is because writer & director Paul Thomas Anderson has an amazing following within the art-house community.  He is beloved for films like: Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Phantom Thread.  All of these films are incredibly highly reviewed, and he continues that trend with LICORICE PIZZA, which is currently at 91% on RottenTomatoes.

LICORICE PIZZA is also an Oscar contender for Best Picture, Director and for Supporting Actor. (Bradley Cooper)  And, being set in California in the 1970’s, the film’s sets are simply amazing.

Synopsis:  "Licorice Pizza" is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.  Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.

Every year there seems to be a film that opens around Thanksgiving time that pleases the audience and that does great business into the new year!  In 2019 “Knives Out” was that film, and the year before it was “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  This year, to a lessor extent because of Covid, that film is HOUSE OF GUCCI!  The film features an amazing cast which includes: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Irons & Al Pacino!

Synopsis:  House of Gucci is inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire.  When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately... murder.

HOUSE OF GUCCI plays this week on the same screen as THE TRADEGY OF MACBETH.  Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand the film is written and directed by Joel Coen.  (Yes, half of the Coen brothers!)  Reviews are stellar for this film, as it is at 94% on RottenTomatoes. 

Synopsis:  A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland.  His ambitious wife will do anything to support him in his plans of seizing power.  This film is one of the favorites to win the Oscar for Best Picture, Actress, Actor and Director.  It also recently won the AFI’s award for “Movie of the Year.”

Join us for a 70th anniversary screening of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN on Thursday, January 27th at 7pm.  Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor & Jean Hagen, this classic amongst classics opened up in 1952!  Tickets are now on sale!

PLEASE NOTE:  WE ARE ONLY SELLING OUR AUDITORIUMS UP TO 50% CAPACITY AT THIS TIME FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.  THIS IS NOT REQUIRED THE COUNTY OR THE STATE AT THIS TIME, BUT WE FEEL THAT IT IS IMPORTANT.   THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO PUT A COUPLE OF SEATS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE COMING OUT TO THE MOVIES.

Thank you all again for your passionate support of the Vine, and I hope you and your family are staying safe out there. 

Kenny