SPEAKING OF MOVIES

FEBRUARY 19, MARCH 19, APRIL 16
6:30 – 8:00 pm

MAY 21
6:15 – 8:45 pm, Dinner and a Classic Movie

In Better Living through Criticism, film critic A. O. Scott writes: “In nearly every decade in the history of movies, it has been discovered—it has been assumed—that the art form has entered a phase of terminal badness, in which good movies must be seen as anomalies.” And yet we continue to go to the movies and to find there a vast range of singular experiences that, as the Roman poet and critic Horace said of art in general, both “please and instruct.” Resident film critic Scott Churchill alerts members of this popular Institute group to new releases from week to week, assigns two or three of those a month, and then leads the group in discussion, often inviting guest critics to join him.

The semester will conclude with dinner-and-a-classic-movie, a perennial favorite.