Saturday Movie Matinee: ‘Vice’

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Palisadians who missed their opportunity to catch the Academy Award-winning “Vice” in theaters will have a chance to do so from the comfort of Palisades Branch Library on Saturday, April 13, as this month’s Saturday Movie Matinee.

“Vice,” an American biographical comedy-drama film, was written and directed by Adam McKay. The film stars Christian Bale as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Theatre Palisades-trained Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney.

“The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as vice president to George W. Bush,” an IMDB synopsis reads, “reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.”

The film was released to mixed reviews: Some lauded it as “cleverly biting” while others described it as “a clumsy display of political hatred.”

Bale and Adams received widely universal praise for their performances, with Bale winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

“Polarizing by nature and a bit rocky in its execution, ‘Vice’ nevertheless is hugely, exhaustingly entertaining—and it features some of the finest acting of 2018,” Samuel Murrian wrote for Parade. “Just as the picture paints Lynne as the driven woman behind the man, Adams is essentially the spinal column of ‘Vice’; this whole enterprise wouldn’t work without the authenticity and heart she brings to a role that would have gone camp in the hands of a lesser actor.”

“Vice” is rated R and runs for 132 minutes. The screening, intended for adults and seniors, will begin at 1 p.m.