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St. Andrews Film Society

All are welcome. Free admission

   Sunday evenings - 7:30 p.m.                                    W.C. O'Neill Arena Theatre

January 7:  Last Cab to Darwin* (Australia., 123 min., 2015, rated PG).  In this award-winning Australian film, Rex, a cab driver in the mining town Broken Hill, has spent his life avoiding getting close to people - even his best friend and occasional lover Polly, who lives across the road.  One day, Rex discovers he doesn't have long to live.  Not wanting to be forced to rely on anyone, least of all Polly, he decides to leave his home and drive alone the 3000 km across Australia to Darwin, where a recently passed law and a willing Dr. Farmer, will allow him to die on his own terms.  But on his epic journey he discovers that before you can end your life you've got to live it, and to live it you've got to learn to share it.

January 21: Freeheld (USA., 103 min., 2015, rated PG-13).  Nominated for multiple awards, Freeheld tells the true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice.  A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie.  However, the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this.  Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel's and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality. Freeheld stars Ellen Page and Julianna Moore.

February 4:  Hidden Figures (USA., 127 min., 2016, rated PG).  As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.  Based on the true-life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow them as they quickly rose though the ranks of NASA along side many of history's greatest minds.  Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson's stunning achievements restored US confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.  The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big, and firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

February 18:  A Man Called Ove* (Sweden., 116 min., 2015, rated PG-13).  Based on the best-selling international novel, this drama-comedy tells the story of 59-year old Ove, the quintessential angry old man next door.  An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, he spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife's grave.  Ove had given up on life, when a boisterous young family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox.  Yet from this inauspicious beginning, an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove's past happiness and heartbreaks.  What emerges, is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

March 4:  Spotlight (USA., 128 min., 2015, rated R).  This film tells the riveting 2001 true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions.  The newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church.  Following leads, interviews with victims, existing court cases and extensive research, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.  Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 2015, Spotlight is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.

*NOTE: The starred films will be screened with English subtitles.

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