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Hello Everyone,

We have a really good one this week!  THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is a new independent film, only in theatres that opens Friday.  Starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield this drama/biopic has received strong reviews, especially for the possible Oscar worthy performance of Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Baker.

Synopsis:  THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.  In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world's largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity.  Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life.  However, it wasn't long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.

THE CARD COUNTER was a surprise hit last week!  Produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Paul Schrader, this mystery/drama/thriller is very highly rated by the critics.

Synopsis:  Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader's THE CARD COUNTER.  Told with Schrader's trademark cinematic intensity, the revenge thriller tells the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions, and features riveting performances from stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe.  The LAST DAY for The Card Counter is Thursday, September 23rd.

Opening Friday, September 24th is BLUE BAYOU.  From award-winning writer/director Justin Chon, Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future.  Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie.  Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

PULP FICTION plays tonight, September 16th at 7pm.  One of Quentin Tarantino’s best films, it stars the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurmon, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken and many other greats!  This film ranks historically high, at 96% on Rottentomatoes!

Synopsis:  Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames); his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman); struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis); master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).

We are so proud to be screening THE BIRDCAGE on September 30th at 7pm.  This is not only going to be a regular screening of a wonderful classic starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, but it is also a fundraiser for Livermore Pride! 

The Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece REAR WINDOW is screening at the Vine on Thursday, October 14th.  It has been FIVE long years since we last showed this thriller at the Vine, so we figured it was time to screen it again!  Tickets are now on sale for Rear Window.

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

Kenny