And they offered a variety of seasonings for the popcorn, including hemp. This is a clue you are at an independently run theater. I did not use the hemp, but I did use the garlic salt.
The Roxy has only been an independent art house for the last four years. It was built in 1937, but was damaged by a fire and rebuilt in 1994. It now relies on volunteers and membership plans to keep running.
The Roxy runs a number of special series, along with regular releases. In November they had a comedy series on Wednesday nights. I snuck my head in the door before a screening of Bridesmaids and heard a local stand-up comic introducing the film with his set.
Looking at the December newsletter, I saw a number of series coming up. Unsurprisingly, “‘Tis The Season” is one of them, featuring Gremlins, Home Alone, Scrooged, Christmas Vacation, Elf, Die Hard, and It’s a Wonderful LIfe. They also have a series on “Movie Cult” and “Essential Cinema.” In fact, we saw a trailer for Alien as a part of the Cult, though it probably should have been a part of the Essential Series. They also run local films, such as the Montana made I’m a Patriot.
We didn’t go for any of their series, but rather a independent film, Moonlight. The film is a current contender in the upcoming awards season. The National Board of Review gave the film’s director, Barry Jenkins, their directing award. The New York Critics gave Moonlight the award for Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali’s performance.
It follows the life of a young, gay African American growing up with a meth addicted mother in Miami. Three different actors play Chiron in three different stages of life: pre-adolescent, mid-teen, and young adult.
There are no Movie Churches in the film, but there is one character who talks about praying for others and who treats people with kindness. And that character is the drug dealer played by Ali. Yup, the drug dealer and his girlfriend are the people in the film who have the most love and compassion for others. Sadly, we mostly see people without any compassion in the film; bullying and selfishness tend to rule the day. The film reminds us how necessary small acts of kindness are in this world.