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THE COEN BROTHERS: THE MEN WHO WEREN’T THERE

MAY AT THE TRYLON AND HEIGHTS

St. Louis Park’s Coen Brothers have built a career of brilliant films that defy classification. Their supremely entertaining creations take cues from such directors as Howard Hawks, David Lynch, and Preston Sturges—and from westerns, film noir, screwball comedies, and musicals. You always know it’s a Coen Brothers movie. You just might not know what it means.

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Upcoming Films in this Series

Starts Sat, May 25

BLOOD SIMPLE

(1984, DCP, 95m) w/Frances McDormand, John Getz, M. Emmet Walsh. In this bleak neo-noir, married Abby (McDormand) is having an affair with Ray (Getz). Abby’s husband hires private eye Lorren Vasser (Walsh). But murder’s more lucrative than incriminating photos. Soon the bodies start accumulating, and no one knows why. FRI 9:30 SAT 7:00 SUN 5:30

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Starts Sat, May 25

MILLER’S CROSSING

(1990, DCP, 115m) w/Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden. This stylish Prohibition-era gangster film stars Byrne as Tom Reagan, the sharp right-hand man to boss Leo (Finney). But Leo is love-struck, making bad decisions that force Tom to take desperate steps to keep the peace between tangling mobsters. FRI 7:00 SAT 9:00 SUN 3:00

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Thu, May 30

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

A Trylon Roadshow at the Heights Theater (2007, 35mm, 122m) w/Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin. While out hunting, Llewelyn Moss (Brolin) discovers $2 million and a pile of corpses. He goes on the run, but the forces of evil have been unleashed in the form of Anton Chigurh (Bardem), whose single-minded pursuit of Moss blazes a bloody trail of collateral damage. $10 7:30

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Starts Fri, May 31

A SERIOUS MAN

(2009, 35mm, 106m) w/Michael Stuhlbarg, Fred Melamed, Richard Kind. The Coens’ take on the biblical Book of Job may also be their most personally revealing film. In 1967 St. Louis Park, Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg) is a physics professor whose faith is sorely tested: His wife wants a divorce, his tenure-track job is at risk, his young son is a pothead, and his sexy neighbor is distracting him. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:15 SUN 3:00 5:15

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Thu, May 2

FARGO

A Trylon Roadshow at the Heights Theater (1996, DCP, 98m) w/Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi. An outrageous story of a kidnapping gone wrong, an intensely violent look at loneliness and greed, and a hilarious sendup of Minnesota nice. McDormand won an Oscar as Marge Gunderson, the very pregnant Brainerd policewoman whose persistence and wisdom win the day. $10   7:30

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Starts Fri, May 3

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE

(2001, 35mm, 116m) w/Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson. Barber Ed Crane (Thornton) wants to invest in a dry-cleaning business, but his modest income won’t allow it. So he turns to blackmail, unleashing a series of increasingly terrible events that include suicide, murder, and death in the electric chair. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:30 SUN 3:00 5:30

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Starts Thu, May 9

RAISING ARIZONA

A Trylon Roadshow at the Heights Theater (1987, DCP, 94m) w/Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson. Ex-con H. I. (Cage) and policewoman Ed (Hunter) fall in love and marry but then can’t have a child. Enter the “Arizona Quints,” five babies born to furniture salesman Nathan Arizona (Wilson). A kidnapped infant, prison breaks, bank robberies, multiple chases, and yodeling make this one of the Coens’ best, and most emotional, films. $10 7:30

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Starts Fri, May 10

THE HUDSUCKER PROXY

(1994, 35mm, 111m) w/Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman. Initially called the Coens’ first dud, The Hudsucker Proxy has since become a cult classic. This screwball comedy homage features Robbins as a sucker who’s installed as president of a manufacturing company in order to take the fall in a stock scam. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:15 SUN 3:00 5:15

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Starts Thu, May 16

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

A Trylon Roadshow at the Heights Theater (2000, 35mm, 107m) w/George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson. Three convicts escape from a chain gang into Depression-era rural Mississippi in this hilarious romp, loosely based on Homer’s The Odyssey. $10 7:30

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Starts Fri, May 17

BARTON FINK

(1991, 35mm, 116m) w/John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis. This is a claustrophobic trip into the anxious mind of a 1940s newby Hollywood screenwriter, who may be living next door to Satan. This was the first film to sweep at Cannes, winning the Palme d’Or and prizes for Best Director and Best Actor (Turturro). Barton Fink was also the Coens’ first to receive Oscar nominations. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:30 SUN 3:00 5:30

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Starts Thu, May 23

THE BIG LEBOWSKI

A Trylon Roadshow at the Heights Theater (1998, DCP, 117m) w/Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore. Bridges is the Dude, who discovers that an assault on him was meant for the Big Lebowski, a wealthy man whose wife has been kidnapped . . . or not. $10 7:30

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