Grand features films worth a night out or matinee

“Molly’s Game,” about the Olympic-class skier Molly Bloom, who later became the “Poker Princess” in that high-stakes, underground world, is among The Grand’s picks in its CineGrand series.

ELLSWORTH — The Grand’s Weekly CineGrand series — a series of the best of the recent films, many of which are recent Oscar or Golden Globe winners and nominees — will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, and at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, with “Downsizing” written and directed by Alexander Payne (“Election,” “Sideways”).

In “Downsizing,” starring Matt Damon as Paul and Kristen Wiig as Audrey, Payne returns to his social satire roots with this story about how scientists discover how to shrink humans to 5 inches tall as a solution to overpopulation.

Paul and his wife, Audrey, decide to abandon their stressed lives and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures. The film also features Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, Udo Kier and Hong Chau.

The series continues with “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, and at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30. Directed by Dan Gilroy, the film is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington gives an Oscar-nominated performance as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell co-stars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm. The film also features Carmen Ejogo and Tony Plana.

“Molly’s Game,” based on the true story of the Olympic-class skier Molly Bloom, who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game before being arrested, screens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, and at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. Played by Jessica Chastain, Bloom was arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons.

Bloom’s players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

“The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin made his directorial debut with “Molly’s Game” and was nominated for this year’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for this film. The film also stars Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd and Kevin Costner.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $7 for seniors/students (15 and under) and $6 for Grand members (as well as matinee screenings).

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