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Doors open at 2 pm for the Sunday screening; at 6 pm for the Monday and Tuesday screenings.
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3187 Linwood Avenue, Mt. Lookout Square 513 871 6789
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Sitwell's Coffee House
513 281 7487
Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
513 871 8626
Shake It Music & Video
513 591 0123
513 651 5483
Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability.
The film contrasts the "modern" entertainment business with styles and practices found decades ago. Afterwards, we'll talk about these contrasts and the workings of entertainment in popular culture.
Discussion Leader: John Alberti
A graduate of USC (BA, English) and UCLA (MA and Ph.D., English), Dr. Alberti has been teaching at Northern Kentucky University for almost 20 years. Currently a Professor of English and Assistant Chair of the department, John also oversees the Cinema Studies program.
FIRST-RUN CINCINNATI ENGAGEMENT, 3 DAYS ONLY !!
JOHN MALKOVICH is
B U C K H O W A R D
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John Malkovich, Emily Blunt, Colin Hanks
Steve Zahn, Ricky Jay, Griffin Dunne and Tom Hanks
Show-biz comedy offers window into old-school style and substance. A feel-good movie that doesn't insult our intelligence, that offers more than the studio tag lines convey.
"Malkovich is a joy to watch ... You'll be glad you saw it."
Read Larry Thomas' film review at WVXU 91.7 FM, Cincinnati
THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD offers audiences multiple paths to enjoyment. As a romantic comedy, there's plenty of warm sentiment and life lessons in the baseline narrative about a young man (Colin Hanks as Troy Gable) finding himself, and romance, as he travels America's mid-size and smaller cities in the employ of a once-great entertainer.
BUT FOR THOSE WANTING SOMETHING MORE, this is a showcase for John Malkovich's comedic eccentricity - perhaps his best performance since Being John Malkovich and the woefully underexposed Ripley's Game. With considerable success as an actor and director, John Malkovich knows how to inhabit a character and tell a convincing story. Even the most casual viewer is familiar with Mr. Malkovich's highly regarded body of work: MORE...
AS THE AGING TITLE CHARACTER (a mentalist - not a magician, who performs effects - not tricks), Malkovich imbues Buck Howard with a number of annoying idiosyncrasies and an obvious inability to adapt to modern focus-group-driven image building tactics or successfully master the talk-show circuit.
YET, WHILE HIS CAREER DECLINES and he plays half-empty venues in increasingly smaller towns, Malkovich gives Buck an endearing vulnerability and sincerity that ultimately cements his relationship with his fans and the towns they live in. The result is an insightful film that captures the relationship between entertainer and audience while gently satirizing Hollywood and Pop Culture. Moreover, it speaks to the desire in most everyone to be loved, applauded and the center of attention.
KEY PATHS CONVERGE IN CINCINNATI . Buck's great comeback event is set in the Queen City, where he plans to hypnotize 800 people. Look for cameos by WXIX's Rob Williams, Sheila Gray and others, as Buck and his handlers make the rounds of local television stations. And, Steve Zahn and Debra Monk (a Middletown native who plays a "Red Hat" lady) are hilarious as the local venue factotums who insist upon chauffeuring Buck around Cincinnati.
Sparks commence when Valerie Brennan, a young, aggressive and very attractive PR woman arrives in Cincinnati, to promote the big event and kindle a romance with Buck's road manager, Troy. Valerie is played by Emily Blunt (Sunshine Cleaners, The Devil Wears Prada) and set to star later this year in The Young Victoria. See more of her here.
THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT life changes and the advice offered by Shakespeare's Polonius forms the backbone and moral of the story. "To Thine Ownself Be True," conceptually as simple now as when originally penned for Hamlet, is much tougher in real life, creating bumpy roads and self-discovery learning for both Troy and Buck. Young Troy doesn't know what he really wants and is attracted to writing over the return to law school relentlessly pushed by his father (real-life dad Tom Hanks); as evidenced by the story he narrates in the film.
Buck thinks he wants to revive and elevate his career. But we can see where Buck's real passion lies -- not Las Vegas or the talk-show circuit -- and Malkovich takes his character through the realization that ultimately confirms what the audience may suspect. Not to plant the typical Hollywood roadmap to the outcome, but because this is how Buck works - he does nothing the easy way.
Buck Howard is a throwback - a master of rapidly disappearing style and stagecraft. Dismissed perhaps by those who float on the hypersonic electronic bubble of trend, but beloved by Americans in smaller communities who still appreciate patient old-style showmanship and the special connection between a performer and his audience.
THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD resonates because he is a performer dedicated to showing people that the impossible is indeed possible. With his amazing ability to make us want to believe in him, Buck will always have a home in our hearts.