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SAVOY Newsletter Sept 27 - Oct 3

posted at 9:05 am Wed Sep 25th, 2019 by (WherezIt_Staff)

SAVOY theater Newsletter


schedule for SEPT 27 - ocT 3


It was a beautiful warm fall weekend so we understandably did not see many of you at the theater, but we hope that you’ll make it over to see one of the films playing this week.   This Friday we will be holding two of the current films and opening two new ones so come indulge your senses at the best art-house theater in Central Vermont!


There are quite a few good films coming up so we are trying to get as many in as we can while we can.  This Friday we have two new great films opening.  Upstairs we will have Keira Knightly in the psychological thriller Official Secrets, based on a true story about a would-be whistle-blower in the days and weeks leading up to the Iraq war.  Downstairs we bring you Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a comprehensive and well-made biopic that spans the life and career of this very iconic musician.


Despite the small crowds so far for our latest comedy-drama Brittany Runs a Marathon, the few who did come out to see it all agreed that this is a great film.  Don’t sell yourself short - this one is worth the trip out!  Jillian Bell plays the lead character whose story of transformation is not just about getting in shape.  Brittany’s journey is as much spiritual and emotional as it is physical, avoiding the clichés and superficiality often inherent in this type of story. 


The most popular film in our line-up continues to be our musical biopic about one of the most well-known female singers of all-time.  Many of us grew up with her music and know parts of her story, but this documentary high-lights the beautiful instrument that was her trademark.  Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice pays homage to this bright, humble woman who paved the way for many other performers. 


You still have two nights left to catch the original comedy-drama The Peanut Butter Falcon, which features Zack Gottsagen, an actor with Down syndrome playing a young man with Down syndrome who embarks on an adventure with a stranger he befriends when both find themselves on the run. Shia LaBoeuf and Dakota Johnson round out the cast.  This film is more than it might appear at first glance.  It has many well-earned laughs, but despite the touches of magical realism it is very much grounded in a real time and place and Gottsagen is a truly gifted actor who will impress with his range of emotions and nuanced performance. 


We are excited about the films coming up in the next few weeks, beginning with Renee Zellweger’s Oscar-worthy portrayal of the last year in the life of Judy Garland, simply titled Judy.  We’ve also got some true art-house fare with Robert Pattinson and Willem Defoe in The Lighthouse and also Parasite from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, an unusual black comedy that looks at greed and class discrimination. 


If time permits we will also try to fit some other interesting films in including the off-beat comedy Before You Know It which is set in New York City, a surreal drama-thriller called Monos from Brazilian director Alejandro Landes and The Load (Teret), a grim but powerful drama about one man’s journey through his country as it is coming apart culturally during the Nato bombings in Kosovo, from Yugoslavian director Ognjen Glavonic.  You will not likely catch any of these anywhere else but here at The Savoy so we hope that we can have the privilege of bringing them to you!


We meant to get the information out sooner, but better late than never.  There is still time to register for one or both of Rick Winston’s two fall film series.  The syllabus is below and you can register through the Montpelier Senior Activity Center.   If you have not signed up for one of these in the past, don’t miss your chance.  Rick’s knowledge of film, genre, history and context are unmatched, and the films are always amazing too! 


Coming up next month we will also be playing The Rocky Horror Picture Show again on Saturday October 19th.  Last year’s show was a huge success and we almost filled the house.  Local burlesque show hosts Beaux and Prudie will be your guides again this year and they have lined up some other great local acts to frame the movie screening.  You can use this link to reserve your tickets as it may well sell out.  We will also have the complete line-up for you in next week’s newsletter.

What's Playing?

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Opens Friday September 27th:




5:50  All evenings


1:30  Matinees Sat & Sun

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain's help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm's way.


R~ (for language throughout)


Drama  ~  1 hr 52 mins


Opens Friday September 27th:





5:45  All evenings


1:15  Matinees Sat & Sun

Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis' life, and of this film is Davis' restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles' original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Miles continues to be a relevant voice in today's world.


NR ~ Documentary  ~  1 hr 55 mins






6:00  All evenings

Beginning Fri 9/27:

8:10  All evenings


3:50  Matinees Sat & Sun

Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the "rock queen" of the '70s and early '80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; an early advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson's disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne.  Celebrating an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her - and the sound of her voice.


PG-13 ~ (for brief strong language and drug material)


Documentary  ~  1 hr 35 mins





5:50 & 8:00  All evenings

Beginning Fri 9/27:

8:05  All evenings


3:40  Matinees Sat & Sun

Brittany Forgler is a hilarious, friendly, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good time, but at 27, her late-night adventures and early-morning walks-of-shame are starting to catch up to her. When she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor's office in an attempt to score some Adderall, she finds herself slapped with a prescription she never wanted. Forced to face reality for the first time in a long time, Brittany laces up her Converse and runs one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. Soon she runs a mile. Brittany finally has direction--but is she on the right path?


R~ (for language throughout, sexuality and some drug material)


Comedy, Drama  ~  1 hr 44 mins


Ends Thursday Sept 26th:




8:10  All evenings



A modern Mark Twain style adventure story.  Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak's return, to join them on their journey.


PG-13 ~ (for thematic content, language throughout, some violence and smoking)


Action & Adventure, Drama  ~  1 hr 33 mins

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