Friday Night at the Movies

Friday Night at the Movies

The 2019-2020 season kicks off with the highly-acclaimed 2018 film A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga portraying, as Rotten Tomatoes puts it, "Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together on stage and in life."

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers and falls in love with the struggling Ally, who is about to give up on a musical career until she meets him. The tale that ensues brings us joy, love, success, passion, and heartbreak in an immensely compelling story. Six Oscar nominations plus numerous other awards attest to the power and great talent of this latest version of three other films of the same name. Trivia challenge: when did the other three films appear and who were the two main stars?

Mark and Kathy Kostelny will present the film and lead our discussion. Sign up by email, phone at 630.968.7120, or in person in the church office as seats are limited to 20 people. A $2 donation is suggested to cover snacks, beverages, and dessert. See you at the movies!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Mama Mia, Here We Go Again will be our final offering of the 2018-2019 season. Both a prequel and a sequel to 2008’s hit Mama Mia, this 2018 musical romantic comedy is populated with a delightful ensemble cast, including Meryl Streep, Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, and Cher. One reviewer stated that “if you liked Mama Mia, you’ll love this one,” but even if you never saw the first picture, you will enjoy the fun, the romance, the ABBA songs, and everything else this delightful film has to offer.

Sign up soon by phone, email, or in person in the church office. The usual snacks, soft drinks, and dessert will be offered; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Darkest HourWinston Churchill said: "I have nothing to offer but blood,  toil, sweat, and tears." Churchill spoke these famous words during his first speech to Parliament in 1940 as the Nazis were overrunning Western Europe and threatening to invade Britain.

Our April movie, The Darkest Hour, tells the story of those bleak and difficult days in World War II when Britain stood alone against Nazi tyranny. Incredible to us now, Churchill as the newly-elected prime minister faced fierce opposition against his decision to fight rather than make a peace treaty with Hitler. British soldiers are trapped at Dunkirk. King George VI is not sure he has confidence in this new PM. The story of Churchill's triumph in the face of so much opposition attests to his brilliance as a wartime leader almost without peer.

Gary Oldman plays Churchill in an outstanding performance that garnered best actor wins in several award programs, including the Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards. Rich and Sarah DeMink will lead our discussion.

Sign up soon by phone, email, or in person in the church office. A suggested $2 donation covers snacks, soft drinks and dessert.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Shape of WaterBilled as a romantic dark fantasy/sci-fi drama, the Academy Award winner, The Shape of Water, is the February movie. Set in a 1962 military research center in Baltimore, the story revolves around Elisa Esposito, a mute cleaning woman played by Sally Hawkins, and her friend and interpreter Zelda Fuller, played by Octavia Spencer. Elisa stumbles upon a secret, highly classified experiment involving an otherwordly creature, and her world turns upside down.

Film expert Sue Thornquist will present this film and lead the discussion. Sign up soon by calling the church office; space is limited to 20 guests at the Safford Home Theatre. A $2 donation is suggested to cover the cost of snacks, drinks, and dessert.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

MarshallWe start off the new year with Marshall, a 2017 biographical legal drama about the early career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role, the story depicts the young NAACP lawyer in one of his first cases, in which he attempts to defend a young African-American chauffeur accused of raping a wealthy white woman, played by Kate Hudson. As the trial commences, a racist white judge, played by James Cromwell, attempts to block Marshall from significant participation as defense counsel. How Marshall gets around this roadblock and helps mount a compelling search for the truth makes for an excellent story of the beginnings of a stellar legal career.

Kay Mundy and Owen Bates will present the movie and lead our post-film discussion. Sign up now by calling or visiting the church office, as enrollment is limited to 20 participants. A $2 donation is suggested to help defray the cost of snacks, beverages, and dessert.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Join us for the kick-off to our new season as movie night founder Carol Lysne presents Mollie’s Game, a 2017 drama starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, and Kevin Costner. The movie is based on the true story of Mollie Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who subsequently ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for the rich and famous before being arrested by the FBI.

Snacks and beverages will be served; $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up in the church office at 630.968.7120 or email Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

This May Friday Night at the Movies will present Mudbound, a 2017 period drama. Presented by our local film expert, Sue Thornquist, this movie is the story of two families, one black and one white, living uneasilty in the Mississippi Delta farmland during the WWII era.

Refreshments will be served; $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up in the church office at 630.968.7120 or email Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

John Smoke will present Kramer vs Kramer, a 1979 drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Rotten Tomatoes tells us it is not a “typical” divorce story but “a film of rare depth and honesty” written and directed by Robert Benton.

Sign up now by calling the church office. As always, snacks, soft drinks, dessert and coffee will be on hand; a $2 donation is suggested.

Attendance is limited to 20 people, so sign up soon by contacting the church office, 630-968-7120. We hope to see you there!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!

We start off this new year with Amadeus, a 1984 film adaptation of a hugely successful Broadway play of the same name by Peter Shaffer.  Set in the 18th century, it is a somewhat fictionalized story of the rivalry between genius composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, a successful composer in his own right.  Annoyed by Mozart's gauche behavior and (to Salieri) unearned acclaim given by the emperor Joseph II, Salieri acknowledges the young composer's brilliance but pursues a jealous vendetta against the young man nevertheless.  An immensely popular film, Amadeus won eight Oscars, including best picture and best actor for F. Murray Abraham, who plays Salieri.   The soundtrack underscores Mozart's works beautifully.

Tom Babler will present the movie and lead our post-film discussion.  Snacks, desserts and soft drinks will be on hand; a $2 donation is suggested.  

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE LENGTH OF THE FILM, WE ARE STARTING ONE-HALF HOUR EARLIER THAN USUAL!   

Contact Sheila in the church office to sign up.

Location: 
Safford Home Theater
Date: 
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Stan and Maria Clements will present Lion, a 2016 film about a young Indian boy who gets separated from his family and winds up living in the streets of Calcutta before being rescued and taken to an orphanage. At age 5 he is unable to explain where he came from or to know how to return to his family, so he is ultimately adopted by an Australian couple and taken there to live. Never forgetting about his biological family, after reaching adulthood he sets out to find his origins.  This highly acclaimed film garnered six Oscar nominations, including best supporting actor and actress for stars Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman respectively.Snacks, soft drinks and dessert will be on hand; a two dollar donation is suggested. Sign-up in the church office now for this popular film.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:30pm

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