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Lucky

Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language) ~ Runs 88 minutes

Dir.: John Carroll Lynch, US

Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerrit, Beth Grant

“The fantastic directorial debut of John Carroll Lynch, Lucky, is a beautiful showcase for the 90-year-old Harry Dean Stanton, giving one of the best performances of his remarkable career. With supporting work from other icons as diverse as David Lynch and Tom Skerritt, Lucky is a film about both not much at all and, well, pretty much everything. Stanton plays the title character, a lifelong bachelor who has an existence built on routine. He’s been doing the same Yoga routines every morning for decades, goes to the same diner, and ends his days at the same bar. He’s been smoking at least a pack a day for most of his life and if lung cancer hasn’t gotten him yet then it probably won’t. He watches the same game show every day and does his crossword puzzles. All he has in his fridge is milk - he eats his meals at the diner and drinks his booze at the bar. As his days are inevitably coming to a close, he begins to consider the end, and what his life has meant. Don’t worry. This is not Harry Dean Stanton’s The Bucket List. It’s a subtle, episodic chapter in a long life, and it’s a showcase for an actor who has never gotten the credit or attention he deserved. Even at 90, Stanton is phenomenal here, bringing a lot of his own life to the character (one imagines) and making him feel completely three-dimensional. The hints at Lucky’s back story - pictures on the shelf, stories he tells about WWII - are plentiful enough that we truly get the impression that he is not a Hollywood creation but a real person. And the spiritual/religious issues in Lucky are fascinating. Lucky sees a lot of things practically - he thinks Deal or No Deal is ridiculously convoluted, for example, and is compelled by the definition of realism - but we all get a little philosophical when we know the end is near. This is one of the best performances of 2017 in a film that I think a lot of people will be talking about.” - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com



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November 12