Freeheld

October 2015103 minutes
Drama
131

Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice.  A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie.  However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
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English (5.1)
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English [CC]
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Run time
103 minutes
Rating
PG-13
Comedy
Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is an illustrator with a history of failed relationships. Growing up, he spent much of his time with his eccentric mother, Georgia (Mary Page Keller), while his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), supported the arts as the curator of a local museum. Though Oliver's parents never divorced, as a young boy he always sensed a distance between them -- a distance, Oliver discovers following his mother's death years later, that resulted from the fact that his father had lived most of his life as a closeted homosexual. With his wife gone and his son grown up, 75-year-old Hal decides to finally embrace his sexuality and takes a young boyfriend (Goran Visnjic). When Hal's health takes a turn for the worse, Oliver steps up to care for him while recalling quiet conversations and eventful trips to the museum with his unpredictable mother -- a dyed-in-the-wool eccentric. Gradually, Oliver begins to see his father in a whole new light. Later, Oliver falls for pretty French actress Anna (M̩lanie Laurent) after a chance meeting at a costume party. The more intimate Oliver and Anna become, the more they both realize they share one defining character flaw -- the moment any relationship turns serious, they run away. For Oliver it means shutting himself in and obsessing over his work; for Anna it's as easy as checking into another empty hotel room in yet another strange city -- one of the perks, as it were, of having an itinerant job. After moving in together, the dysfunctional couple realizes that overcoming their hard-wired relationship issues is more difficult than either of them expected.
Drama
High school athlete Cyd Loughlin lives alone with her depressive father in South Carolina, perpetually longing to get away from it all. When her aunt, famous novelist Miranda Ruth, agrees to host her for a few weeks during the summer, Cyd jumps at the opportunity. Arriving in Chicago, the curious, earthbound Cyd begins to sense her vulnerability as she encounters points-of-view different from her own. Cyd discovers that her aunt is more interested in literature, Christian theology and food than romance and sexuality, while Miranda realizes her niece is operating in a different register, embracing body over soul, and hungry as hell. After a jog one afternoon, Cyd meets the strikingly androgynous Katie. Days later, Cyd finds herself in Katie's apartment, where she meets Katie's brother and his strange friend Tab, who seems to take a provocative, potentially dangerous liking to his friend's sister. Meanwhile, Miranda has an increased sensitivity to the attraction felt from her best friend, African-American author and journalist Anthony James. During one of Miranda's monthly soirees, her closest friends from academia and church come over to celebrate each other, Cyd meets a dreamy young man named Ridley, who attempts to sweep her up. Struggling to navigate these complicated feelings, Cyd yields to his flirtations. At the same time, Katie, left alone with Tab at her apartment, increasingly senses trouble. Later that night, Miranda and Cyd stealthily rescue Katie from violence, and she ends up back home with Miranda and Cyd, safe. As the days press on, Miranda, Cyd and Katie form a special bond, eventually gathering with Anthony at a block party. As the two dynamics meld into one colorful and complex modern quartet, they each find themselves transformed by this stretch of summer, challenged to continue living in their evolution even as they part ways.
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