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Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 101 minutes
The perfectly titled BEATS is a propulsive, surging, coming-of-age look at the lives of two frustrated teenage boys in 1990s Scotland. When conservative law passes the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill, rave culture becomes outlawed and pushed deeper into the underground. Growing up in a dull working class suburb, best friends, Johnno and Spanner, decide to have one last hurrah and journey to a secret illegal rave as a final send off before Johnno’s family moves him away. Shot in vivid black and white, the film follows the boys’ youthful shenanigans as they meet up with a motley crew of older kids who help them reach the party and procure the necessary drugs. Featuring a transcendent, jaw-dropping, psychedelic rave centerpiece sequence, the film is an ode to a bygone era and offers a portrait of the UK, rich with nostalgia and detail. Ultimately a look at a deeply loving, platonic male friendship, the film is surprisingly moving and gentle. But when all cylinders are firing, this party film is an effusive, joyful, exuberant rush of blood to the head. (In Scottish English with subtitles) — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:40 PM ET
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:10 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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