“Count” on Cultural Films for a good time

Pete Cilento

“You Can Count on Me,” a Kenneth Lonergan film which is the latest offering from the Cultural Film Series, features Academy Award nominated Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick as just some of its talented cast members.

“You Can Count on Me” is the latest installment in this semester’s film series, “Siblings: Resentment and Commitment.” The plot’s driving element is the moral struggle faced by Sammy (Linney) after her troubled brother Terry (Ruffalo) returns home. Part of single-mom Sammy wants to discount the past and focus on raising her 8-year-old son Rudy, but she feels an obligation to her distressed brother, who is counting on her for support. Director Lonergan uses “real” dialogue to count down to the movie’s poignant yet understated ending. In fact, the picture’s subdued tone is its main strength, and Lonergan honed it with the skill and precision of a master director.

“You Can Count on Me” will be shown in the Connelly Center Cinema Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Monday at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 for students and $4 for others.

The Monday evening screening will feature a special introduction and discussion by guest speaker Susan Mackey-Kallis of the Communication department, who will present a talk entitled “Arriving Where we Started.”

Those interested in obtaining further information about the Cultural Film and Lecture Series, including the complete movie lineup for the semester – can either call the Communication department at x9-4750, or visit the Cultural Film Series website online at www.culturalfilms.villanova.edu.