Pillbox

Dollar Movie

Dallas Buyers Club
Thursday, Feb. 20 — 10
Friday, Feb. 21 — 7:30, 10

In the midst of the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, cowboy Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) is living the high life: lots of drugs, sex, and booze. Wanting to be the manly rodeo cowboy that he is, Ron is strongly homophobic and is therefore shocked when he contracts the HIV virus. In a desperate struggle of survival, Ron begins smuggling unapproved drugs and selling them to other AIDS victims. In a sudden career twist, McConaughey sheds his beach-boy persona and gives one of the best performances of his career. He carries the film with the support of the amazing Jared Leto, who plays a HIV-positive transsexual woman (and a shoo-in for an Oscar). This is not a fairytale film with happy endings; but it’s full of uplifting courage and strength that will send jitters down your spine.

12 Years a Slave
Saturday, Feb. 22 — 11
Sunday, Feb. 23 — 8

In one of the best films of the year, director Steve McQueen ruthlessly captures the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man in New York in the 1840s who is a gifted musician and carpenter with a family by his side. However, in a cruel twist of fate, he is captured and forced to work as a slave on a plantation in New Orleans. Depicting a true test of survival, 12 Years a Slave shows the cruel beginnings of American history and humanity. McQueen’s visceral style creates a documentary-like feel, making it hard to watch at times, but it’s a courageous and truthful account of one man’s journey during a devastating time in history.