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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Lighthouse

2019, Robert Eggers, Canada/USA, 109 min.
With Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 13th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Dec 13th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Dec 14th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 15th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 16th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Dec 17th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 18th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 19th 6:00pm

“Explosively scary and captivatingly beautiful…barnacled with resemblances to Coleridge, Shakespeare, Melville.”—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“At its finest and creepiest, THE LIGHTHOUSE courts comparison to F.W. Murnau’s fantasies of temptation, desire and striking imagery.”—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

In this towering and darkly majestic take on the psychological drama, grizzled lighthouse keeper Thomas (Dafoe) and his taciturn younger apprentice Ephraim (Pattinson), two lonely men sequestered on a rocky island off the coast of nineteenth-century Maine, are swept into a maelstrom of frightening temptations, hallucinations, and brutish power plays when guilty secrets from their pasts erupt. Through the masterful manipulation of black-and-white cinematography, a constricted film frame, and a hauntingly evocative soundtrack, director Eggers (THE WITCH) forms the stark environment of the island into a shape-shifting prison in which the force of nature is a harsh keeper. This crazed, mythic sea tale ultimately hinges on the unbearable love-hate bond of a perverse simile of a father-son relationship enacted by Pattinson and Dafoe with raging, eerie intensity. DCP digital. (BS)

The Friday (12/13) 3:45 pm and Wednesday (12/18) 6 pm screenings are Open-captioned.

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