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Ladies Night • Thursday, April 25


Ladies Night

Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.
All seats, $10.

Tickets at the door.

Gloria Bell is a middle-aged, middle manager at a middle-size insurance company, who lives in Los Angeles.

Divorced, on the north side of her 50s and living alone, Gloria Bell sings along to sad disco songs when she drives to work, and at night, sometimes she goes dancing at a local singles bar.

Flawed, funny and played by a luminescent Julianne Moore with oversized glasses and an infectious giggle, she’s the kind of character we seldom see at the movies anymore.

She’s just trying to inject some color and fun and sex into a life that, according to the world at large, is no longer worthy of such indulgences.

Julianne Moore stars in “Gloria Bell,” the rare film to examine the life of a woman navigating the day-to-day dramas of middle age.

Can a divorced, 50-something woman with a penchant for wrap dresses and bad decisions be the center of her own story? The question sounds absurd, until you consider just how few films have focused on such a character.

Set in a hazily lit Los Angeles, the film stars Julianne Moore as a funny, irrepressibly optimistic and deeply flawed divorcée who in the course of the film does her best at navigating the day-to-day drama of middle age on her own.

She lives in a modest apartment, works a boring job in insurance, sings out loud to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in her beat-up car and goes out dancing by herself.

Orbiting around her are her adult children, played by Michael Cera and Caren Pistorius, her friends (Rita Wilson and Alanna Ubach), her mother (Holland Taylor) and her disaster of a boyfriend (John Turturro), whom she meets out one night at her go-to disco.

Rated R. Contains sexuality, nudity, strong language and some drug use. 1 hour, 45 minutes.