February 23rd – Dinner and a Movie

This month’s “Dinner and a Movie to benefit the St. Johns Cultural Council will be held at Gypsy Cab Company, located at 828 Anastasia Blvd., on Monday, February 23, 2009 according to an announcement received by Historic City News today.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner and the movie starts at 7:00p.m.

Tickets: $25 with tax and tip extra.

For reservations, please call 824-8244.

Your ticket price includes buffet dinner, one non-alcoholic drink, a $5 donation to the St. Johns Cultural Council, and a movie.

This months dinner includes Salad with House Dressing, Chicken Marsala, Swedish Meatballs, Vegetable Lasagna, Roasted Potatoes, Vegetable du jour, Dessert Assortment, and Coffee.

This months movie selection, “Lifelines”, from writer-director Rob Margolies’ bristles with smart dialogue, complex characters, and heart wrenching performances. Set against the backdrop of suburban utopia, the Bernstein family leads a dysfunctional existence.

With three foul-mouthed kids (Robbie Sublett, Dreama Walker, and Jacob Kogan), a caffeine-addict mother (Jane Adams) on the brink, and a less than forthcoming father (Josh Pais), they suffer an atmosphere so heavy with collective hostility and tension it seems as if the floral-papered walls will come crashing down at any minute.

Forced to the breaking point, they concede to a family therapy session, where it quickly becomes clear that what’s at stake is “about a lot more than dry turkey.” Repressed anger and antagonism give way to moments of self-revelation, as a patient and compassionate Dr. Livingston (Joe Morton) draws out demons and dark secrets, allowing the family to start accepting their own humanity.

Reviewed as brutally hilarious, warmly intimate, always honest, “Lifelines” is an impressively fresh take on the family drama.

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