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Far From the Madding Crowd

Starts Friday, May 29

Rated PG-13;119 minutes

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Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.

This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

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Iris

Starts Friday, May 29

Rated PG-13; 83 minutes

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Manohla Dargis, The New York Times (excerpted)

There are few better ways right now to spend 80 movie minutes than to see Iris, a delightful eye-opener about life, love, statement eyeglasses, bracelets the size of tricycle tires and the art of making the grandest of entrances.

You may have seen her before, peering out of a luxury magazine in a gaudy fur cloud in a jewelry advertisement or, in another campaign, cozily perched on a park bench alongside the model Karlie Kloss. Ms. Apfel, her customary bold palette muted, wears blue socks with white polka dots, tee-ready green slacks and a dusky rose coat, a large white bow tied around her neck. The bow makes her look like a gift, which, in a way, she is. As you discover, she would prefer you look at the bow than try to untie it to see what lies beneath.

Directed by Albert Maysles — one half of the legendary documentary team that made Grey Gardens — this is a documentary about a very different kind of woman who holds your imagination from the moment she appears. You can’t take your eyes off Iris Apfel (she wouldn’t have it any other way), but, then, why would you want to?

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Love & Mercy

Coming Soon

Rated PG-13;119 minutes

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John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter (excerpted)

A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject's creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure, director Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy spends time with Brian Wilson both while his mental illness was a storm gathering on the Beach Boys' horizon and years later, as he tried to break away from a doctor who was using that illness to control his life.

Balancing the emotionally involving drama in that later story with the thrilling musical creation in the earlier one, the picture would be exciting even if all it offered was the vision of Paul Dano's Wilson guiding musicians through the creation of Pet Sounds; but as the older Wilson, John Cusack gives one of the best performances of his career.

Unlike most music biographies, this one has no real interest in showing its hero performing for adoring crowds. It understands Wilson's desire to "play the studio," making perfect records instead of living off the energy of an audience. It never needs to explain how well suited the artist's particular gifts were to the anxieties that crippled the man.

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I Am Big Bird:
The Carroll Spinney Story

Coming Soon

Not Rated; 90 minutes

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Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com (excerpted)

When Caroll Spinney was a kid, he showed an interest in puppets, and was teased in school about it. His father was a stern man with a bad temper, but his mother encouraged Spinney's interest and actually built a puppet theatre for him. As Caroll reminisces in the wonderful documentary, I Am Big Bird, "She didn't realize she was giving me my career."

I Am Big Bird documents Caroll Spinney's forty-plus years playing the big yellow bird (and the greasy grouch Oscar in the trash can - maybe one of the best dual roles in history) on "Sesame Street". Who is this man? How did he create Big Bird, an icon known the world over? What went into that creation?

I Am Big Bird features interviews with Spinney, his wife and manager Debra, Frank Oz, the cast members of "Sesame Street" ("Bob," "Luis," "Maria," "Susan"), as well as the producers and head writers of the show. It is a warm and enthusiastic celebration of Spinney as a man and a performer as he walks us through what is involved in playing Big Bird.

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