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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2018, Jonah Hill, USA, 85 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 11th 4:15pm
  • Fri, Jan 11th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Jan 12th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 13th 3:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 14th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 15th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jan 16th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Jan 17th 8:15pm

"Hilarious and heartfelt…totally irresistible."--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"[Hill] makes MID90S resonate with universal poignancy and electric energy; his kids are the best, messiest kind of real, and they're alright."--Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

Period-rich coming-of-age stories have become the indie genre du jour, and MID90S is a
worthy addition to the ranks of such recent forerunners as MOONLIGHTING,
LADYBIRD, and EIGHTH GRADE. Growing up in Clinton-era L.A. with a distracted
single mother (Waterston) and an insecure bully of a brother (Hedges), 13-year-old
Stevie (Suljic) finds the role models he craves in a quartet of raucous, raunchy
skateboarders who hang around a Motor Avenue skate shop. Sidling his way into
tolerance and eventually acceptance by the group, Stevie hurtles through a gauntlet of
rites of passage (booze, drugs, danger, theft, sex) that roller-coaster from the exhilarating
to the harrowing. In his directorial debut, esteemed actor Hill (SUPERBAD,
MONEYBALL) finds a distinctive groove between the unfiltered edginess of Larry Clark
and the humane generosity of Richard Linklater, with especially keen insights on the
emergence of masculinity in the bud (as an intrigued older girl tells Stevie, "You're at that
age before guys become dicks"). Photographed in richly textured Super 16mm, MID90s
also features a resonant Trent Reznor-Atticus Ross soundtrack interlaced with astute
needle-drops from the likes of the Pixies, Cypress Hill, Morrissey, and Pharcyde. DCP
digital. (MR)

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