GET ON UP
Wedneday, April 1, 2015 at 2 pm – Free
A Hollywood musical bio-pic that chronicles James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to becoming one of the most influential pop stars in the world. Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in 42, is sensational as the Godfather of Soul in this bold movie from the director of The Help. Over the decades, Hollywood has filmed the life stories and music of seminal artists from the era of early rock ‘n’ roll: The Buddy Holly Story, La Bamba (Ritchie Valens), Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Ray (Ray Charles), plus docu-features on Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Now, eight years after Brown’s death comes Get On Up. It may be the finest, most complex of the bunch — the story of a difficult man who created the funk sound, endlessly sampled by rock stars and rappers today. Written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, directed by Tate Taylor and boasting an indelible lead performance by Boseman, Get On Up is terrific, stirring stuff.
“Like James Brown himself, the movie is dynamic and entertaining as hell.” (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News)
“In 2007, Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for his subtle performance as Ray Charles. Chadwick Boseman exceeds that solid standard. Incarnating James Brown in all his ornery uniqueness, he deserves a Pulitzer, a Nobel and instant election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” (Richard Corliss, Time Magazine)
United States — 2014 — 139 mins.