January Friday Movies




Jan. 5  A United Kingdom

A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. Rating : NR (for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality)  Runtime: 111 minutes.

Jan. 12  Women’s Balcony

The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles. The ladies soon decide to fight back against his ultratraditionalist beliefs, while raising money to repair the “women’s balcony” in the synagogue. Evelin Hagoel, Igal Naor, Orna Banay, Einat Sarouf, and Avraham Aviv Alush star in this comedy-drama from director Emil Ben-Shimon. Rating  NR. Runtime:  96 ,minutes.

Jan. 19  Dunkirk

Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance co-star, with longtime Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer providing the score.  Starts: Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles.  Rating:  PG-13 (for intense war experience and some language)  Runtime: 107 minutes

Jan. 26  Stronger

STRONGER is the inspirational and heroic true-life story of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), the man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. Rating (for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity) Runtime:  119 minutes.

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