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A Ghost Story

Rated Parental Guidance (Language May Offend, Mature Theme) ~ Runs 92 minutes

Dir.: David Lowery, US

Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Sonia Acevedo

“Walking out of A Ghost Story, a fellow critic told me, ‘I feel like the best review of this would be just the words ‘go see it.’’ I knew exactly what he meant. There’s a simplicity to this movie... The plot can be summarized in a sentence: After a man dies, his ghost returns to haunt his former home, waiting for some sign from his beloved. Yet in its brief sojourn on the screen, A Ghost Story moves through centuries of geologic time and into the deepest recesses of the human heart.” - Dana Stevens, Slate. “If you’re lucky enough to live anywhere that’s showing it, the must-see of the weekend is A Ghost Story, a delicate and deliberate work that turns our notions of both supernatural stories and cinematic romance inside out. It turns out, it’s neither of those things; it’s a meditation on the passage of time and the tentativeness of life itself, though a good deal less pretentious than I just made it sound.” - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire. “This elliptical tale of apparitions from the afterlife isn’t scary in the conventional sense, although it’s certainly haunting in ways that resonate beyond the usual jump scares and cheap thrills... The story begins with an unnamed couple bickering over whether to move out of their modest rural Texas house. The husband subsequently dies in a car accident, prompting his widow to grieve and eventually move out. But he remains behind, in the stereotypical form of a ghost represented by a corpse in a white sheet, struggling to come to terms with his own death and the presence those who later live there... Lowery not only subverts genre conventions - with some playful touches that break up the mostly solemn proceedings - but his ambitious vision makes a powerful impression with its meticulous attention to imagery and atmosphere. Hypnotic yet ambiguous, the result isn’t for all tastes, with Lowery favoring long takes with little verbal communication... The film commands appreciation for its vision and audacity. You might not see ghosts the same way again.” - Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue

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June 17