(Shane Black, US 2016, 116 min., 35mm)
Holidays | A Very Shane Black Christmas. Writer-director Shane Black travels back to the 1970s for his latest mismatched crime-solving partnership. The first time that low-rent private investigator Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and low-rent muscle-for-hire Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) meet, Jackson breaks Holland’s arm. That doesn’t stop them from teaming up to find the mysterious Amelia, who hired Jackson to scare off Holland, before the menacing Blueface and Older Guy do. Gosling and Crowe are perfectly cast as the misfit gumshoes stumbling their way through 1977 Hollywood, as Black skewers everything from the porn industry to the auto industry.
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Labor Film Series | Holidays. Included on many best film lists, this classic holiday movie—its story takes place over Christmas/New Year’s—features glorious performances by Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and a sparkling script and vibrant direction by Billy Wilder.