Orpheum Theatre Fairfield

  • Fri
    Jul 11
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jul 13
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

It's a major weekend for film fans. First, two well reviewed movies come to the Chef posterOrpheum Theatre. One is Chef, directed by & starring Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man 1 & 2) "Favreau has assembled a terrific cast for a foodie road trip that is joyous and revelatory, all set to a great soundtrack". Plus: Obvious Child. "Virtue and vulgarity fight to a draw via a film that should put the vivacious Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre on everyone's indie radar."- Newsday

Also, you need to know about Richard Linklater's "astonishing" latest: Boyhood. "Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes." So-far there are over 70 reviews on RT, 100% glowingly positive. "I'm not saying Boyhood is the greatest film I've ever seen (although it's up there), but I'm thinking... there's my life before I saw it, and my life now, and it's different. I know movies can do something that just last week I didn't." - David Edelstein, CBS Sunday Morning. "The best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule."- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Plus (how exciting :) Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes "the first big tent-pole film of 2014 that nails everything from start to finish, blending thoughtful allegory, meaningful science fiction and dazzling action spectacle without a hitch."- NPR. Fridays free film at the FF library (7:30) is About Time, Directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually). "Beautifully told, wonderfully acted and touching enough to bring viewers to tears." We'll talk all this and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. -I'm f-in lost! -That's a good place to start. Chef

  • Fri
    Jul 04
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jul 06
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Held over for a second big- that's really big- week at the Orpheum Theatre is Transformers: AOE posterTransformers: Age Of Extinction. Not only are the Transformers big to look at, but it had the biggest box office opening weekend of the year.

Among the new releases, we're excited to tell movie fans about Life Itself, "a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert." "Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world's most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived -- right up to the very last moment."

We'll also talk about other new releases, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM Central, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "We don't have a home, Dad. It blew up." - Tessa, Transformers: Age Of Extinction

  • Fri
    Jun 20
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 22
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

FAIRfest '14 starts Friday "with a roar. Three days of fabulous free music in a vibrant community renowned for its cultural arts and smarts--that's FAIRfest in a nutshell," says James Moore, festival founding member, adding with a smile, "We may be small but we got it all. There's nothing small about this year's musical lineup." Get complete FAIRfest '14 info and the latest news (a parade! :) at fairfestiowa.com HTTYD2 poster

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is held over for another big week at the Orpheum. But not as big as I predicted. I confidently said last week HTTYD2 would win the weekend and be one of the top 3-5 box office films of the year. I was wrong about the weekend and may be for the year. 22 Jump Street did roughly 60 million to Dragon's 50. Now, without a major blockbuster opening Friday the industry narrative becomes: who wins this weekend? Which of these sequels will drop the least in their second weekend? Kevin Hart's ("this generation's Eddie Murphy") new release Think Like a Man Too (yet another sequel) is tracking to do well. “It’s a close three-way race for first,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at Box Office.

If “Think Like a Man Too” manages to usurp the crown from last weekend’s champ, “22 Jump Street,” it will be the ninth weekend in a row with a new release at the top of the box office charts. That’s a record in the modern summer blockbuster era. - Variety

We'll cover other new releases, what we've seen and if time permits, more summer movie preview, now in the month of August. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30." 

  • Fri
    Jun 13
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 15
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Opening "on the break" at the Orpheum, certainly the biggest film of the weekend HTTYD2 posterand possibly one of the biggest of the year: How To Train Your Dragon 2. (6/15 update- 22 Jump Street wins #1 box office weekend) By all accounts, HTTYD2 is a sequel maybe as good as the original. "Most sequels get made for commercial reasons, whether or not the world needs them. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a movie the world needs." - Wall Street Journal. "Dragon 2, like The Empire Strikes Back, takes sequels to a new level of imagination and innovation. It truly is a high-flying, depth-charging wonder to behold."- Rolling Stone. "This is a richer story that dares to go darker and is thus more rewarding." - Arizona Republic.

Friday is this month's FREE movie at the Fairfield Library: The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, "based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners."  "This is a sturdy, old-school, big-scale Greatest Generation war movie. It's great escapism." - Minneapolis Star Tribune. Doors open at 7:00, film at 7:30. Organic popcorn and bottled water go for a buck each, helping the library maintain their movies license.

We'll talk about other new releases, the evolving box office story of 2014 and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays, 12:30 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Life here is amazing. Dragons used to be a bit of a problem, but now they've all moved in! And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger. - Hiccup, HTTYD2

  • Fri
    Jun 06
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 08
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Held over at the Orpheum Theatre for a second big week: X-Men: Days Of  X-Men: Days Of Future Past posterFuture Past. "Time travel, Peter Dinklage and 1970s kitsch top a very long list of what makes this such a blast." - LA Times

The two big new releases may expand a developing box office narrative. Beginning in May, all of the summer season's biggest "tentpole" films, including Spider Man, Godzilla and X-Men have only been able to finish number one at the box office their opening weekend. Now, this weeks action blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise may not even win it's opening weekend. Edge and Cruise are getting great reviews- "Breathlessly exciting, wildly entertaining, with the kind of smarts, wit, filmmaking and force too many other summer films can only dream of. Cruise delivers a one-man master class in his own fascinatingly protean screen presence. One of the most surprising and satisfying films of the year so far." Also opening is The Fault In Our Stars, based upon the bestselling  young-adult novel by John Green. This is a teen romance film about a couple who meet in a high school cancer support group. Although well reviewed and highly anticipated by fans of the book, normally there's no way this film would do more opening weekend business than the big-budget action thriller Edge Of Tomorrow. But the "tracking" indicates differently. We shall see.

We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more on  Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "What I am about to tell you sounds crazy, but the longer I talk the more rational it's going to appear." - Edge Of Tomorrow

  • Fri
    May 30
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 01
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

The number one movie in the world comes to the Orpheum Friday: X-Men: Days Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past posterFuture Past. Come see what all the fuss is about. "Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right."- Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"

There will be a special Monday night showing of the Oscar nominated short subject documentary Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall.  Director Edgar Barens will be here to introduce the film. Jennifer Hamilton will tell us more on the show. "Prison Terminal draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating, poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated."  "The film is most moving as a case study of a decorated WWII vet and German POW who killed his late son’s drug dealer. He’s a tough bird and so are the volunteers, convicted murderers all, who care for him in his final illness, but “Prison Terminal” turns out to be a profoundly tender experience." - Ty Burr, "The Boston Globe". “When I started hospice I thought it would be about what I could give to the patient or what I could do for the patient to make them feel better. But when you do what you do; the feeling you get back from them, you can't even describe it. I get the feeling in the inside that for once I’m somebody that nobody thought I could be” -inmate hospice volunteer.

We'll talk about that and more on the Filmosophers movie-appreciator talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions" Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. “When you find yourself doing a life sentence, the thought of your death comes to mind. So when the prison administration started looking for guys to do volunteer work in the hospice program, I said  sign me up.”- Prison Terminal

  • Fri
    May 23
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 25
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Starting this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre, yet another critically praised film: Locke posterLocke, starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises; Inception). "A one-man show set in a single confined location, Locke demands a powerful performance, and gets it from a never-more-compelling Tom Hardy." "One of my favorite movies of the last couple years. Great script, Tom Hardy is brilliant!" Chris Busch sees a Best Actor Oscar nomination- "it's a lock." The Orpheum also rocks with many live events. We suggest bookmarking OrpheumTheaterFairfield.com and joining their email list.

Another weekend in the summer movie season, another "blockbuster" release. Opening Friday: X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The buzz is very good: "as intoxicating as a shot of adrenaline. It's what summer movies are meant to be."- Washington Post

This month's free film at the FF Library is Philomena, with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It's a wonderful film experience. "A true story that takes unexpected, unusually poignant turns. Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best one." Friday evening, 7:30.

We'll talk about this, what we've seen and continue our summer movie preview, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Locke: "A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary." - Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Fri
    May 02
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 04
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Under The Skin posterStarting Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield, the "arty sci-fi thriller" Under The Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. Directed by Jonathan Glazer who made Sexy Beast, a film we've recommended several times. Likewise, Skin is getting good and intriguing reviews. "A direct descendant of Nicolas Roeg's classic The Man Who Fell to Earth, Under the Skin is the kind of movie people will be talking about, dissecting and puzzling over for years."- Detroit News. "A cinematic Rubik's Cube that snaps together surprisingly easily, yet whose larger meanings remain tantalizingly out of reach."- Boston Globe

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens nationwide this weekend, available to see in 2 and 3D at the Ottumwa 8 Theatre. Also, we're into the month of July in our summer movie preview. It includes Richard Linklater's groundbreaking film Boyhood, a genuine coming of age movie that used the same actors over 12 years. Also the Wachowski's (The Matrix) Jupiter Ascending. We'll discuss that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "When people say they're tired of seeing the same stories regurgitated over and over again, this is the answer."- Channing Tatum on Jupiter Ascending (I hope... :)

  • Fri
    Apr 11
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 13
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

If you haven't had a chance to see The Grand Budapest Hotel yet, you're in luck. The Grand Budapest Hotel posterIt's been held over for another week at the Orpheum Theatre. We've seen it, Chris twice, and it's delightful. The critics consensus: "Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom; Rushmore) once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas." 

If anyone can get me to watch a vampire film, it's Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog- The Way Of The Samurai). His latest Only Lovers Left Alive is getting good reviews. "...functioning beautifully as both an inventory of Jarmusch's literary, philosophical, and musical interests, and a larger comment on the follies of human existence. One of the best films of 2014."  

We'll talk about that, more new releases, what we've seen and more, on Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM CDT, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. The Grand Budapest Hotel "This is about as fun as movie-going gets." - Anthony Morris, The Vine

  • Fri
    Feb 28
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 02
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

"The moment Hollywood's been waiting for all awards season has (finally) arrived: the The Oscars86th Annual Academy Awards" happen Sunday night. Many nominations have clear cut favorites, like Cate Blanchett for Best Actress in Blue Jasmine. However, the big prize- Best Picture is considered the closest race in memory, between Gravity and 12 Years A Slave. We'll be giving our predictions for who'll win that and several other nominations.

Breaking news from The Orpheum Theatre: "We got a phone call this morning from Sony Pictures asking us to hold The Invisible Woman for one more week. Normally we would argue this but they have made us an offer we couldn't refuse. So thankfully studios can play nice with each other and we are pushing back AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY for next week." The Punk Singer has been held over.

The Ottumwa 8 is showing Philomena, which has 4 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Judi Dench for Best Actress. This will be one of our favorite shows, as we love to handicap the Oscars. We're the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings at 11:30. Kathy Bates, 2003: Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings.