The Wright Recommends

On this page you will find recommendations from our Board of Directors and Staff of films that we enjoy. Our hope is that you will find time to watch and enjoy them as much as we do!

The Greatest Showman

Pick by Alyssa Preston, Executive Director

The directorial debut of a feature film by Michael Gracey impressed me from the very first time I saw the trailer. The attention to symbolism, background detail and overall production value is stunning. This film is inspirational on a multitude of levels and can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

P.T. Barnum indulges his limitless imagination to create the Barnum & Bailey circus in the 1800s. Featuring musical numbers, exotic performers and daring feats, the mesmerizing spectacle takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth.

RATED PG | 2017

Call Me By Your Name

Pick by Kate Jones, President

“Do you remember the first time you fell in love? Luca Guadagnino captures this feeling beautifully, in picturesque Northern Italy in the 1980s. We may not be able to physically travel during our current situation, but what a world to be transported into! Plus Timothée Chalamet? What more do you need?!”

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

RATED R | 2017

Dancing with the Birds

Pick by Kit Meckel, Vice President

“Sometimes you just need to remember how crazy bird love is...with a cheeky British undertone…”

Dancing with the Birds is a 2019 documentary film directed by Huw Cordey and narrated by Stephen Fry. The premise revolves around exotic birds doing mating rituals, either by dancing or creating nests with the right decorations.

NR | 2019

Capernaum

Pick by Eliza Wister, Secretary

Divine luck and the perseverance of the human spirit shines through in this foreign film by the Lebanese director, Nadine Labaki.”

After running away from his negligent parents, committing a violent crime and being sentenced to five years in jail, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-old Lebanese boy sues his parents in protest of the life they have given him. Directed by Nadine Labaki.

RATED R | 2018

The Lighthouse

Pick by Terry Kiser, Board Member

“Two of the best male performances of the year, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography. You will be thinking about this film for some time.”

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Directed by Robert Eggers.

RATED R | 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Pick by Marc Hitchcox, Board Member

A typically bizarre Tarantino flick. You have to be prepared for gratuitous and well-executed bloody violence.”

Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that he doesn't recognize anymore. He spends most of his time drinking and palling around with Cliff Booth, his easygoing best friend and longtime stunt double. Rick also happens to live next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate -- the filmmaker and budding actress whose futures will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.

RATED R | 2019

Dodsworth

Pick by Cecily Bryson, Marketing Designer

"A classic, beautiful love story with a happy ending. Perfect for these times."

When Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston), the head of a car company, embarks on a vacation in Europe with his youth-obsessed wife, Fran (Ruth Chatterton), the couple find themselves growing apart. Soon Fran is flirting with other men and embracing a spontaneous and impulsive lifestyle, while Sam is left on his own. However, after running into the lively and independent Edith Cortwright (Mary Astor), an acquaintance from their transatlantic trip, Sam realizes that he may find love again.

1936 ‧ Drama/Black and white ‧ 1h 41m

The Gentlemen

Pick by Alyssa Preston, Executive Director

Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes -- including bribery and blackmail -- from shady characters who want to steal his domain.

RATED R | 2019

West Side Story

Pick by Lou Hart, Board Member

Love at first sight strikes when young Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks -- two rival gangs vying for control of the streets.

RATED PG-13 | 2021

Power of the Dog

Pick by Isabella Geyer, Board Member

A domineering rancher responds with mocking cruelty when his brother brings home a new wife and her son, until the unexpected comes to pass.

RATED R | 2021

Sweet Girl

Pick by Faren Wilbur, Marketing Director

A devastated husband (Jason Momoa) vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter (Isabela Merced).

NETFLIX | 2021

No Time to Die

Pick by Austin Vernon, Event Manager

Recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist, globe-trotting spy James Bond finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain who's armed with a dangerous new technology.

RATED PG-13 | 2021

The Accountant

Pick by Chuck Anderson, Former Board Member/Treasurer

There are very few movies made about a CPA.................so this is an obvious pick!”

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise. Directed by Gavin O’Connor

RATED R | 2016


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