Final REEL Wednesday Film Not to be Missed

Published: April 05, 2019

Academy Award winner caps off REEL Wednesdays movie season

SUBMITTED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE SPRUCE GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY

The REEL Wednesdays movie fundraising season ends with a bang on April 17 with the Academy Award winner If Beale Street Could Talk (14A). 

Join your fellow movie lovers at 7 p.m. at Landmark Cinemas in Spruce Grove to witness first-hand why Regina King won her award for supporting actress.  The movie was nominated in several other categories and also received several Golden Globes.

It’s an adaptation of James Baldwin’s poignant novel about a woman fighting to free her falsely accused husband from prison before the birth of their child.  Director Barry Jenkins, who won his Oscar for Moonlight, shows profound insight into African Americans’ unique place in society.

“It’s a gorgeous poem on love and justice,” says the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which brings arthouse movies to smaller communities through its Film Circuit program.

“You’ve never seen romantic love depicted on screen with such lyrical and gorgeous intensity, or systemic injustice brought to such vivid and enraging life,” says one film reviewer.  “Film classes will be taught about Jenkins’ use of color.”

The movie opens on Tish, who is only 19 but has been forced to grow up fast.  She’s pregnant by Fonny, the man she loves.  But Fonny is going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  As the film begins, Tish must break the news to her family and his.  Tish’s mother, played by Regina King soon must decide how far she will go to secure her daughter’s future.

Tickets for the movie are now on sale at the Spruce Grove Public Library (SGPL), 35 – 5th Avenue.   Cost is $13 each.  Tickets may not be available at the door on the evening of the movie, as it may sell out beforehand.

The 2019 spring series is sponsored by the Zender Ford, Liquor on McLeod, Rotary Club of Spruce Grove, OK Tire, Main Street Law, Creative Color and Kedra Transport.   Liquor on McLeod will once again offer a free wine-tasting prior to each movie.   Landmark Cinemas will offer a popcorn/soda bargain for REEL Wednesdays supporters.  Famoso and Jack’s Drive-In will distribute coupons to each movie-goer. 

REEL Wednesdays are organized by the Friends of the Spruce Grove Public Library, who raise funds and voices for the love of libraries.   For further information, e-mail friends@sgpl.ca or join the REEL Wednesdays discussion group on Facebook.  The SGPL is located at 35 5th Avenue.