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This Weekend at the Coliseum: A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose opens this weekend at the Coliseum Theatre with a special invitation to community canines and their owners. “For an additional donation to our future Coliseum Dinner Theatre, we are inviting folks to bring their dog for a pooch movie night (dogs get in free – owners still pay regular admission price),” Brad Carr, Graceland’s Director of Student Activities / Conference and Events who manages the theater, said. “We call it: Bark for Bucks!”

A Dog’s Purpose was called “… a comforting Milk Bone for the soul.” (Entertainment Weekly), the film features a devoted dog (voice by Josh Gad) as it discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the dog keeps its memories / personality, despite being different breeds and genders. The lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

Critic Comments: “All I can say is that A Dog’s Purpose left me cherishing my borderline-venerable Skeezix; longing to see Scamp and Fluff and Sukoshi and Sally, the dear departed dogs of my life; and wishing I could have been reincarnated as a better master than I was.” (Wall Street Journal) “A Dog’s Purpose recycles bits of every animal saga you can name, and practically dares you to make it through with a face of stone.” (New York Magazine) “Mr. (Director Lasse) Hallström’s graceful touch serves both species equally well; the humans on screen enhance the presence of their faithful canines.” (Wall Street Journal) “Anyone who has ever loved or said goodbye to a pet will be able to relate to this heartfelt story…” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“We hope that all dogs and their owners will feel free to laugh, clap, scratch, and bark throughout the movie to help us raise funds for the future balcony dinner theatre, but if they can’t fit on your lap, please leash them,” Carr said. “Bark for Bucks is a first in Coliseum Theatre history and if it is successful, there just might be a Meow for Money weekend in the near future.” Dog’s Purpose will be shown at the Coliseum Theater, 100 North Maple Street, Lamoni on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. It is rated PG for thematic elements and some peril. It runs for 100 minutes.

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