(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- As the 2022 awards season ramps up, The Clairidge in Montclair presents "For Your Consideration" - a new series of special screenings bringing you the most talked about films of the year. Join them as they present the movies that have shaped the awards conversation. The films for January 25-30 include screenings of The Power of the Dog, The Hand of God, Tick, Tick... BOOM!, Don't Look Up, The Mitchells vs The Machines, The Lost Daughter, and Procession. All films are available for one night only.
The Power of the Dog on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:30pm. The Power of the Dog is the new film from the Academy Award® winning writer/ director Jane Campion (The Piano). In 1925 in rural Montana, brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons) Burbank run their successful family ranch together, despite their differences; George is soft spoken and focused on political and business relationships, while Phil is tough and focused on the day to day life of ranching. Soon, their relationship begins to fracture when George falls for a local widow and decides to bring her and her son to live on the ranch, bringing Phil perilously close to having a long kept secret exposed. The Power of the Dogis a sweeping story of family and betrayal, love and loss.
The Hand of God on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30pm. From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, set in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. The Hand of God is a story full of unexpected joys, such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion. Sorrentino returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.
Tick, Tick... BOOM! on Thursday, January 27 at 7:30pm. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut with Tick, Tick... BOOM!, an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who revolutionized theater as the creator of Rent. The film follows Jon (Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael, who has moved on from his dream to a life of financial security; amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?
Don't Look Up on Friday, January 28 at 7:30pm. Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem: it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. Turns out warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate. With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason (Jonah Hill), to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). With only six months until the comet makes impact, managing the 24-hour news cycle and gaining the attention of the social media obsessed public before it’s too late proves shockingly comical — what will it take to get the world to just look up?!
The Mitchells vs The Machines on January 29 at 12:30pm. When Katie Mitchell, a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick determines the whole family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda, her quirky little brother Aaron, and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi, should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over AND the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world! Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe’s The Mitchells vs The Machines is an instant family classic.
The Lost Daughter on Saturday, January 29 at 7:30pm. Alone on a seaside vacation, Leda (Olivia Colman) becomes consumed with a young mother and daughter as she watches them on the beach. Unnerved by their compelling relationship, (and their raucous and menacing extended family), Leda is overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion and intensity of early motherhood. An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and ominous world of her own mind, where she is forced to face the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter is a stunning directorial debut.
Procession on Sunday, January 30 at 7:30pm, In his new film Procession, director Robert Greene uses the power of storytelling to grapple with the need for justice and recovery among a group of six Midwestern men who experienced sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests.
The Clairidge is located at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, New Jersey. Opened in 1922, the historic Clairidge began life as a single screen movie palace serving Montclair, NJ and film lovers from all over the tri-state area. Throughout the 20th century, The Clairidge was synonymous with an exceptional moviegoing experience for patrons, with a large screen (including years as one of NJ’s only Cinerama theaters) and ample seating.
As moviegoing trends changed and the film exhibition business shifted to meet patron demand, The Clairidge changed ownership frequently, moving to a three screen multiplex cinema in 1983, followed by an expansion to six screens in 1997, and a focus on independent, documentary, and foreign language films.
In June of 2021, after over a year of being closed, Montclair Film signed an agreement to take over the operation of The Clairidge and began remodeling the space, retaining the six theaters and a focus on the best in independent, documentary, foreign language, and restorations that patrons have come to expect from The Clairidge, and Montclair Film is committed to providing our patrons with an exceptional moviegoing experience.
Montclair Film opened The Clairidge again on October 22, 2021 for the 10th annual Montclair Film Festival, and began year-round film exhibition on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Montclair Film’s non-profit status is extended to its operation of The Clairidge, allowing the public to donate to become members of Montclair Film and receive year-round ticketing discounts, early access to tickets to the Montclair Film Festival, special member preview events and more.