Film discussion with Dick Adler: Eye in the Sky (2015)

Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing. The mission changes from “capture” to “kill” and American drone pilots are brought in. But when a nine-year old is seen entering the target area, American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) has a crisis of conscience, triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. This film was directed by Gavin Hood.

Film showing & discussion: The Visitor (2007)

Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) is a widower who teaches economics at a Connecticut university. He lives alone and is no longer motivated by his work. When he reluctantly makes a trip to New York to deliver a paper at a conference, he discovers that his apartment has been surreptitiously rented to a couple of illegal immigrants. The three develop an unexpected and profound connection that will change Walter’s life forever. This film was written and directed by Tom McCarthy.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Film showing and discussion with Bob Coscarelli - Ragtime (1981)

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, the film follows the intertwining lives of several characters. Among them is African American pianist Coalhouse Walker, Jr. (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.), who becomes embroiled in the lives of a prominent white family. Racial tensions, infidelity, and drama combine with nostalgic events that reflect life in New York during the early 1900s. Directed by Milos Forman, the film was nominated for 8 Academy Awards.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center.

Film showing and discussion with Bob Coscarelli: Avalon (1990)

The story covers nearly forty years in the lives of a Jewish immigrant family, starting in 1914 when Sam Krichinsky (Armin Mueller-Stahl) emigrates to Baltimore. The family goes from poverty through prosperity, facing and adjusting to the changing world around them. The film received several Academy Award and Golden Globes nominations, including best screenplay and best original score (Randy Newman) and was directed by Barry Levinson.

Presented with the Highland Park Senior Center

Film discussion with Dick Adler: Spotlight (2015)

The film is based on the true story about the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that delved into allegations of child abuse within the Boston Catholic Archdiocese. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams lead a critically acclaimed cast. The film won the Academy Award® for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Director Tom McCarthy was nominated for Best Director.

The film will not be shown prior to the discussion. Copies of the DVD are available in the Film & Music Services Room.

Film Showing - Infinitely Polar Bear

Based on a true story, the film stars Mark Ruffalo, who is hospitalized after a manic breakdown. He becomes the primary caregiver for his daughters and finds himself in over his head. A discussion follows, led by Gail Cutler, president of Rebecca's Dream, an organization that promotes awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases. Presented with Rebecca's Dream.

Just Eat It (Environmental Film Screening)

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.

The film screening for Just Eat It is sponsored by the City of Highland Park Natural Resources Commission.

Film showing and discussion with Bob Coscarelli

What's Up Doc (1972)
Musicologist Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal) is in San Francisco to attend a conference and to compete for a grant. Pursuing him is eccentric Judy Maxwell (Barbra Streisand). Four identical tartan suitcases containing stolen jewels, igneous rocks, underwear, and secret documents, get mixed up at the hotel where they are staying. Spies and thieves are intent on stealing the contents of the suitcases but inevitably pick the wrong one. Howard and Judy get caught up in the mayhem that ensues. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.