October 15 – 18, 2020 Films & Events

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

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When investigative New York journalist Lloyd (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile on Mister Rogers (perfectly portrayed by Tom Hanks), he’s not happy.  Lloyd’s known for his hard-hitting reporting, not feel-good stories. He’s also cynical, jaded, and skeptical that anyone can really be that good of a person. Arriving on set as Mister Rogers is taping his show, Lloyd is quickly thrown off guard – as he’s disarmed and charmed by Fred’s genuineness and the way he seems to look into his soul.  A new parent, with a troubled childhood, Lloyd finds himself turning inward to confront his own deep-rooted pain and estranged relationship with his father.  Inspired by award-winning journalist Tom Junod’s 1998 Esquire profile on Fred Rogers ("Can You Say...Hero?") and the real-life friendship that developed between the two men -- and masterfully directed by Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)-- ABeautiful Day in the Neighborhood takes us backs to a time and place where qualities like empathy, kindness, and respect are valued.