Final Week — Must End Wednesday, March 4
Weeknights 7:30, 9:30
at the affordable VARSITY THEATRE in Des Moines,
across from Drake University
Rex Reed's ★★★★ review of “Still Alice”
in the New York Observer:
“Like the way A.L.S. is revealed and examined without buckets of tears in The Theory of Everything, Julianne Moore, in the heartbreaking Still Alice, follows the arc of a devastating illness without pulling out the stops and torturing you with self-pity.
“This time the disease is the mysterious Alzheimer’s, and thanks to this brave and gutsy actress’ overwhelming candor and sincerity, you go away feeling educated, enlightened and more compassionate than you can possibly imagine.
“The always startling actress is no stranger to forays into the dark side, but this time she’s as real and as normal as inhaling, playing a 50-year-old distinguished professor of linguistics at Columbia, a well adjusted, happily married professional with a successful husband and three grown children. When she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s after her mind goes blank in the middle of a guest lecture at UCLA, she’s shocked, then shattered. She’s too young for this. Alzheimer’s is a disease for senior citizens, right? Her blood tests are fine, but her memory losses are worrying and the profile fits. Determined to continue her research and lifestyle uninterrupted, with the full support of her husband (Alec Baldwin, in one of his more sensitive and totally natural performances) and family, Alice eschews the terror of what lies ahead and embraces logic and common sense.”
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