First off, I have to thank all of you who voted for THE NEON as “Dayton’s Best Movie Theater” in Active Dayton’s annual poll. For the third year in a row, we came out on top! Thank you so much for your continued support.
On Friday we open one of the best reviewed thrillers in years…one that currently has a score of 92% approval on Rotten Tomatoes and has received 100% reviews from publications like the The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal and Entertainment Weekly. MOTHER, the Hitchcockian thriller from Korean director Bong Joon-ho, has an incredible performance at its center by Hye-ja Kim. If you like a good thriller, you don’t want to miss this.
Synopsis for MOTHER: “The latest film from award-winning Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host) is a unique murder mystery about a mother’s primal love for her son. Mother is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded twenty-seven-year-old son, Do-joon. Often a source of anxiety to his mother, Do-joon behaves in foolish or simply dangerous ways. One night, while walking home drunk, he encounters a school girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force result in a speedy conviction. His mother refuses to believe her beloved son is guilty and immediately undertakes her own investigation to find the girl’s killer. In her obsessive quest to clear her son’s name, Mother steps into a world of unimaginable chaos and shocking revelations.” (Magnolia Pictures)
On June 17, The Dayton Pride Partnership and The Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Fest are joining forces to bring a special film to town – PATRIK, AGE 1.5. Her’s the set-up: “Göran always wanted to become a father. He is married to his partner, Sven, and they have been cleared for adoption by the Swedish authorities. The problem is that no country seems to be willing to give a child to a homosexual couple. Göran refuses to give up his dream of having what so many others take for granted; a real family. Göran and Sven receive a letter with an offer from the social services to take care of “Patrik, Age 1.5″ – a Swedish child who needs a new family. They happily accept the offer and prepare the nursery for the baby’s arrival. On the day that little Patrik is expected to arrive, a lanky teenager rings their doorbell. He says his name is Patrik and that he has come to live with them. They realize, horror-struck, that their little baby Patrik is actually a juvenile delinquent. To add insult to injury, he is also homophobic.” The film will screen Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 and 9:40, and a special panel discussion about gay adoption with adoption professionals and a local gay couple who are adoptive parents will occur after the 7:00 screening. Tickets to this film – just $6.00 each – are currently on sale at THE NEON’s box office.
We hope to see you soon!
SHOWTIMES for June 4 – June 10:
CITY ISLAND (PG-13) 100 Minutes
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:40
Monday – Thursday: 2:50, 5:10, 7:30
BABIES (PG) 87 Minutes
Friday – Thursday: 3:00, 7:40
MOTHER (R) 128 Minutes
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12:30, 5:10, 9:30
Monday – Thursday: 5:10
As always, all dates are tentative.
June 11 THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (winner of “Best Foreign Film”)
June 18 PLEASE GIVE
June 25 THE SQUARE
July 16 I AM LOVE (My favorite from Toronto!)
July 16 CYRUS
July 30 WINTER’S BONE
TBD – MOTHER AND CHILD
TBD – JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK