MONDAY MOVIES: “St. Vincent”

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"St. Vincent" stars Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher (Courtesy: http://stvincentfilm.com/)

“St. Vincent” stars Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher (Courtesy: http://stvincentfilm.com/)

I had a great opportunity this past Saturday to see the movie “St. Vincent” on opening weekend. My wife and a friend and I saw it at the iconic Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Afterward, actress Melissa McCarthy and director Theodore Melfi held a Q&A session for the audience, moderated by McCarthy’s husband and actor Ben Falcone. As a cinephile, it was a great chance to watch an excellent movie and hear from the folks to made it happen.

As for the movie itself, you should see it if you have the chance. It’s all about finding the goodness in others, even when it’s hard to see. It’s about not judging a book by its cover. It’s about not giving up on people, even when they don’t (or can’t) help themselves. It’s about being open to new experiences and lessons. And most notably for me, it’s about realizing that we can’t choose our friends — the forces of the universe choose them for us; good friends accept our faults and we accept theirs, and we’re always there for each other.

(And on a side note: I predict Bill Murray will get an Oscar nod for Best Actor)

"St. Vincent" director Theodore Melfi , star Melissa McCarthy, and her husband Ben Falcone discuss the film at the Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome on Oct. 12, 2014.

“St. Vincent” director Theodore Melfi , star Melissa McCarthy, and her husband Ben Falcone discuss the film at the Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome on Oct. 12, 2014.

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