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Hearts Beat Loud

2018, Brett Haley, USA, 97 min. With Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 17th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 17th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 18th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Aug 19th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Aug 20th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 21st 8:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 22nd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 23rd 8:00pm

"This soft breeze of a movie emerges as a scrappy surprise that's hard to shrug off." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"At a time when popular American movies are heading in the direction of the huge and the simple, Haley is developing an aesthetic that's all about the small and complex...In their low-key way, Haley's movies are practically radical." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

With three indie hits in a row, writer-director Haley (I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, THE HERO) has established himself as a specialist in audience-friendly dramedies filled with gentle charm and focused on characters of a certain age facing a crossroads in their lives. HEARTS BEAT LOUD gives veteran character actor Offerman (Parks and Recreation) a rare starring role as Frank Fisher, a gruff widower who gave up an unsuccessful music career to run an oldies record shop in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. Now his musty establishment is in danger of closing, and his biracial daughter Sam is about to start pre-med studies at UCLA. Sam (who is discovering her gayness) is also a talented singer, and, when a demo Frank recorded with her becomes a surprise hit on Spotify, he grasps at a chance to realize his unfulfilled glory through her. Should he follow his dream, or does he need to move on with his life and let his daughter do the same? Besides Offerman's sentimentality-dodging star turn, HEARTS features a breakout performance by Kiersey Clemons as Sam, and standout support from Ted Danson (as a neighborhood barkeep), Toni Colette (as Frank's more-than-businesslike landlady), Blythe Danner (as his senescent mother), and Sasha Lane (as Sam's first crush). DCP digital. (MR)

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