Space Station 76 (9/20, 4:30pm)

“An intergalactic deadpan farce that suggests a daft mashup of ‘The Ice Storm’ and ‘Space: 1999’.” — Joe Leydon, Variety

The cosmos can be a strange place for the lonely-hearted, the existentially bedeviled and the sexually frustrated, as the quiet genius of Space Station 76 explores with giddy poise.  Director Jack Plotnick (previously seen on the Cinefamily screen as the star of Quentin Dupieux’s absurdist farce Wrong) blends the makings of a retro-futuristic sci-fi spoof with the serio-comic emotion of a classic Frank Perry or Bob Rafelson “New Hollywood” gem — and in the process, this ensemble romp (featuring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan and Matt Bomer) contains a bevy of genuinely touching moments.  Plus, workplace angst hasn’t felt this right in ages, with Wilson in particular delivering an incredibly fine-tuned, low-key comedic turn as the Will Ferrell-esque, mustachioed captain of our dysfunctional deep-space outpost.  Awash with killer tunes from the likes of Todd Rundgren and Neil Sedaka, Space Station 76 easily goes where no other soapy space opera has gone before.  
Dir. Jack Plotnick, 2014, DCP, 93 min.

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