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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Sunday December 16th, 2018 at 5 PMEvent Website
Morgan Neville · USA · 2018 · 95 mins · PG
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Fred Rogers is the subject of Morgan Neville’s surprisingly moving Won’t You Be My Neighbor? You ask: How can a man so square now be so hip? Neville gently eases us into a neighborhood-as-world in which all talk is soft; all fantasy is plainly handmade, as if by a child in a playroom; and the most important thing we’re meant to take away is that no matter how we look or feel (sad, mad, plaid), we’re special, each of us, loved unconditionally by this nice, nice man.
There he is, breezing through the front door, jauntily trading his shoes for sneakers and sports coat for a button-down or zip-up sweater.
There is no doubt that we miss him, badly. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a wonderful breather from reality, from which you come back more conscious of — and dismayed by — the hate that more than ever runs the world.
–Vulture/New York Magazine
“At a time when tolerance and compassion often seem to be under siege, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? reminds us that the softest voices often have the strongest impact.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“This funny, touching and vital doc from Oscar winner Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom") shows why the late Mr. Rogers remains timely and timeless.”
–Rolling Stone“It’s an hour-and-a-half of peace, a movie that exists beyond cynicism and irony.” –Arizona Republic“An enlightening and deeply touching documentary.” –San Francisco Chronicle