by Jacki Mick
December 3, 2014 at 7:30PM | FREE and open to the public!
Robin Williams goes berserk as Rainbow Randolph, the disgraced host of a children's television show, in director Danny DeVito's fast-paced satire, DEATH TO SMOOCHY. Busted by the Feds for accepting a bribe to get a child on his show, Randolph gets booted from his network, Kidnet, and is replaced by the earnest do-gooder Sheldon Mopes (Edward Norton), who plays Smoochy, a loveable pink rhino with a strong resemblance to Barney. Sheldon sums up his own personality with a classic line, "When my brothers and I played cowboys and Indians, I was always the Chinese railroad worker." As Sheldon becomes a superstar, Randolph plots his revenge. Robin Williams is amazing, completely shedding his "nice guy" persona and making the shockingly foulmouthed kiddie show host simultaneously hilarious and frightening. Norton does a great job of winning the audience over to his buffoonish but truly nice-guy character, and he and Catherine Keener lend heart to the scathingly funny script by Adam Resnick. USA, 2002, In English, 109 min, Rated R, Directed by Danny DeVito
December 9, 2014 at 9:30PM | $5 | 25th Anniversary Screening!
Director Peter Weir’s surprise hit is an often hilarious, sometimes deeply moving and somber treatise on the fires of youth and the creative spirit which they enkindle. Robin Williams gives a spirited performance as Jack Keating—an unconventional English teacher at a New England boarding school for boys who finds himself at odds with the school’s administration. And while no one here will deny the brilliance of Williams’ work, the movie really doesn’t belong to him: it belongs to the young actors who play his students. Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke head the ensemble of talented teenagers who make this movie a true success; their performances, as a group, are nothing less than marvelous.
USA, 1989, In English, 128 min, Rated PG, Directed by Peter Weir Wednesday Night Pitcher Show: GOOD WILL HUNTING
December 17, 2014 at 7:30PM | FREE and open to the public! A breakthrough film in more ways than one, GOOD WILL HUNTING is a genuinely moving, exceptionally written and performed drama of a mathematical genius at odds with the world. Co-writer Matt Damon (who deservedly shared a Best Screenplay Oscar® with co-star Ben Affleck) gives a sincere performance as Will Hunting, a troubled working-class Boston youth. Working as a janitor at M.I.T., Will is spotted answering a difficult physics question on a blackboard, the only one to get it right. The professor (Stellan Skarsgård) immediately takes him under his wing and convinces psychology professor Sean McGuire (Robin Williams) to counsel Will as well. These sessions are the heart of the drama, in which both men are able to come to terms with their demons. Director Gus Van Sant, whose most accessible work this is to date, never allows the film to wallow in sentimentality; it's low-key, but it's also as tough-minded, steadfast, and unexpectedly humorous as Will himself. The performances are uniformly excellent. In addition to the great acting by Damon and Williams (who won an Academy Award®), co-writer Affleck makes a very good impression as Will's best friend, and Minnie Driver is splendid as a Harvard student who sees in Will more than his gruff exterior and masked hurt. USA, 1997, In English, 126 min, Rated R, Directed by Gus Van Sant
December 30, 2014 at 9:30PM | $5 When the U.S. Army engages irreverent, nonconformist radio deejay Adrian Cronauer, it unleashes a secret, if unpredictable, weapon: laughter. Academy Award® winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, GOOD WILL HUNTING, 1997) shakes up 1965 Saigon in the role that garnered him his very first Oscar® nomination. Imported by the military to host an early a.m. radio show, Cronauer (Williams) blasts the formerly serene, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home. The G.I.s love him, but the top brass is up in arms. Riddled with sidesplitting comic salvos, bittersweet bombshells, and hot '60s rock 'n' roll, this landmark film chronicles one man's raucous Saigon adventures amidst a world gone mad. USA, 1987, In English, 121 min, Rated R, Directed by Barry Levinson
WHERE: Enzian Theater & Eden Bar Lawn, 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
INFO: Enzian is Central Florida's only full-time, not-for-profit cinema for first-run independent and international film, classic revivals, documentary features, and select family entertainment. Enzian, a member-supported organization serving the community for more than 28 years, is home to the Florida Film Festival and Eden Bar. For additional information, visit Enzian.org or call general information at (407) 629-1088.